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Economic Forecast Breakfast at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's Richards College of Business and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce are hosting an Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the UWG Campus Center Ballroom.

William "Joey" Smith, associate professor of economics at UWG, will give the forecast for the West Georgia region, and Martin A. Regalia, chief economist at the United States Chamber of Commerce, will give the forecast for the entire country.

Smith was a research associate at the Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University, where he specialized in the study of growth patterns of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Regalia, senior vice-president for economic and tax policy, oversees the Chamber's Council on Small Business and the Corporate Leadership Advisory Council.

Business leaders in all fields, educators, government officials and the general public are encouraged to attend.

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Carroll County Schools Congratulates Teachers of the Year

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Carroll County Board of Education hosted a reception on Thursday, Oct. 14 to honor the 2012 Teacher of the Year nominees.

Each school in the county was represented by its individual Teacher of the Year. They were introduced by Assistant Superintendent David Goldberg, who highlighted their dedication to the profession.

Michael Cleek of Mt. Zion High School was selected as the 2012 Carroll County Teacher of the Year. The first runner-up was Carolyn Turner of Central Middle School, and Sharon Morgan of Mt. Zion Middle School was second runner-up.

Carroll County Schools Superintendent Scott Cowart presented awards to all the honorees. Each Teacher of the Year nominee went home with a clock, given by his or her principal. Associated Credit Union also recognized each nominee with a $100 gift card.

The Teacher of the Year winner and finalists each received a plaque and monetary award from Bank of North Georgia. Mr.

Local Teacher Charged with Child Exploitation

CARROLLTON, GA -- He's been a teacher for more than two decades. Now Richard Lee DeLong is behind bars, accused of sexually exploitating a child.

Carroll County Sheriff's spokesman Shane Taylor said DeLong began sending inappropriate text messages and photos to a 17-year-old student about a week ago. The boy and his mother went to authorities, who monitored DeLong's messages until he tried to arrange a sexual tryst with the teen.

He was arrested early Wednesday morning.

DeLong had been with Carroll County Schools since 1988, most recently working with high schoolers in the internet learning lab at Crossroads Academy.

He is also a major figure in contemporary Sacred Harp singing, a style of choral music that became popular in the South in the 1800s. He was part of recording sessions for the Civil War movie "Cold Mountain" and performed at the Academy Awards.

Richards College of Business Honored by Princeton Review

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's Richards College of Business is an outstanding business school, according to the Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the 2011 edition of its book, The Best 300 Business Schools.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice-president of publishing, "We are pleased to recommend UWG's Richards College of Business to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 300 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools.

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School Bus Accident in Bowdon

CARROLLTON, GA -- Carroll County Schools reported a bus accident on Wednesday, Oct. 13 around 7:45 a.m. on Georgia Highway 166 at Simonton Mill Road.

The bus was transporting 24 students to Bowdon High School and Jonesville Middle School. There were no injuries to anyone on the bus. Following the incident, an alternate bus transported the students to school.

A small pick-up truck with three passengers collided with the driver's side of the bus. At this time, the accident is still under investigation with the Georgia State Patrol.

The bus driver was Karmen Mitchem, a 12-year veteran driver. Mrs. Mitchem is fully certified and carries a class B driver's license, CDL, with S (to transport students) and P (to transport passengers) endorsements. Mrs. Mitchem has been a Carroll County bus driver since 1998 and has had no prior accident history.

Villa Rica Man Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

VILLA RICA, GA -- Detectives from the Cobb County Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit have investigated and arrested an individual for sexual exploitation of a child.

According to investigators, they arrested the 20-year-old man in west Cobb County when he thought that he was meeting a 14-year-old female, with whom he'd been communicating on the Internet, for the purpose of having sexual intercourse with her.

Detectives have charged Matthew Day Cauthen of Villa Rica with sexual exploitation of a child. He has been processed through the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on $35,000 bond.

Investigators are interested in talking with anyone who has corresponded in the past with an individual with the screen name MDcauthen911. Mr.

911 Tapes Describe Chaos And Heroics At Fatal Bus Crash.

   In a matter of seconds after Monday's deadly bus crash in Carroll County, phone lines to the 911 center lit up.

  "Carroll County 911, do you have an emergency.  Yes, there's been a bus accident on 113 right here by Sharp Creek Elementary," reported one motorist.  "Sharp Creek?  Yes.  The school bus just flipped."

   Witnesses describe a frightening scene.  And the chaos of those life and death moments come through clearly on the phone.