Mayor Pleads Guilty in Child Sex Sting – Cartersville Patch
A Bartow County mayor has pleaded guilty to the electronic exploitation of a child after avoiding another charge he had faced—attempted child molestation.
Taylorsville Mayor Cary Wayne Rhodes, 57, was arrested in October in an online sting by theFederal Bureau of Investigation and Northwest Georgia Safe Child Task Force. Authorities said Rhodes—a self-employed engineer and secretary and chief financial officer ofTaylorsville Baptist Church—was arrested in Chatsworth, where he traveled to meet and have sex with a child he had already met online.
Two counts of attempted child molestation against Rhodes were dismissed.
Cotton Mill Destroyed by Fire – Douglasville Patch
The General Western Cotton Mill in east Douglasville at 6398 E. Broad St. (Bankhead Highway) was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.
The structure, which dated back to 1897, had been abandoned and in derelict condition for