MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes says state Rep. Tyrone Brooks may not be a great bookkeeper, but insists he's not a crook.
Barnes, who's representing Brooks, said at a news conference Thursday that Brooks never took money from the charitable organizations he leads but did receive money to cover his expenses.
Barnes says he wishes the U.S. attorney's office had exercised its discretion and pursued the case as a civil tax case rather than a criminal prosecution.
A federal indictment charges the longtime Democratic lawmaker with mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
The indictment alleges Brooks solicited more than $1 million in contributions from the mid-1990s to 2012 to fight illiteracy in underserved communities and other causes. Prosecutors say Brooks used the money for personal expenses.
The Northside Swim Center, located on Kingston Avenue, is set to open this Memorial Day weekend for the summer swimming season.
Swimmers will get their first chance to get a dip in the spool on Saturday, May 25. The pool is open to the public six days a week: Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for all ages is $5.
Swim season passes for the pool – featuring a triple slide - are available for $199 (family of 5) and $50 (individual). Season passes can be purchased at the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority main office located on Shorter Avenue.
The pool still has some availability for private party rentals which start at $150 for a 2-1/2 hour rental. The pool is available for evening rentals and Sunday rentals. Book rentals in-person at the RFPRA Main office.
Registration is open for swim lessons offered at the Northside Swim Center. Certified lifeguards will teach classes following the American Red Cross Learn to Swim program. Class sessions run two weeks, Monday through Thursday and are offered for ages 6 months and up.
RFPRA is offering 3 two-week class sessions will be offered starting June 3 and are $45 a class. Morning and afternoon swim class schedules and descriptions are available online at the RFPRA website. Register for swimming lessons online at rfpra.com or in-person at the main office.
Melissa Beatty, right, and her daughter Amanda, 9, sit on a ledge overlooking some of the graves of Union soldiers killed during the Civil War at the Vicksburg military campaign, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Vicksburg, Miss. The Vicksburg National Cemetery's graves were adorned with an American flag placed by volunteers prior to the Memorial Day weekend. Even 150 years later, Vicksburg is still overshadowed by Gettysburg _ so much so, that the Mississippi city is having its Civil War commemoration a few weeks early rather than compete with Pennsylvania for tourist dollars around July 4. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)