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“Surprise billing” legislation passes in State Senate

February 25, 2020–10:24 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Legislation to address so-called “surprise” medical billing has passed the Georgia State Senate with bipartisan support. Legislators have been working for years to come up with a plan to address charges from out-of-network medical providers. State Senator Chuck Hufstetler was the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 359. He said…

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Rainfall in February of 2020 may be record breaking

February 24th, 2020 – 2:15 PM National Weather Service (Atlanta/Peachtree City) –   This February has been no Cake walk in terms of Rain. With rain for the rest of the day we might come close to beating a few of the all time February rainfall totals. That being said, Tonight’s forecast predicts Showers and…

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Pursuit ends in deadly crash in Adairsville Saturday morning

February 22, 2020–5:21 p.m. GEORGIA STATE PATROL A Blountsville, Alabama man is facing a felony vehicular homicide charge following a high-speed chase with law enforcement that ended with a crash, claiming the life of an Adairsville woman Saturday morning. According to the Georgia State Patrol, at around 9:15 a.m., a 2015 Mini Cooper driven by…

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Georgia DOT Issues Caution Warning to drivers for Black Ice

February 20th, 2020 – 5:35 PM Georgia Department of Transportation – With winter weather and some expected accumulation of snow on roadways this afternoon and evening in north Georgia, GDOT crews are treating roads as necessary and will continue to monitor roadways, overpasses and bridges throughout the evening and into the morning for hotspot areas…

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Closings and delays for Friday

February 20, 2020 – 3:30 PM STAFF REPORTS Due to the frigid temperatures and the threat of black ice, we have some school closings and delays to tell you about. Floyd County Schools will be closed Friday and they will be implementing a Digital Learning Day. Teachers sent assignments home with students or they posted…

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One airlifted following Wednesday wreck in Adairsville

February 20, 2020–5:53 a.m. WBHF RADIO One person was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta Wednesday following a two-vehicle wreck on Joe Frank Harris Parkway at Manning Mill Road in Adairsville. According to the Georgia State Patrol, a Toyota Four Runner driven by 57-year old Brian Holt of Adairsville traveled through the intersection without…

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Cartersville murder suspect in custody

February 19, 2020–6:30 p.m. CARTERSVILLE POLICE NEWS RELEASE The suspect in a deadly shooting Tuesday night in Cartersville is in custody. 35-year old Tavares Atwell was taken into custody without incident in Doraville on Wednesday. He is charged with murder with malice under the State’s Family Violence Act, possession of a firearm during the commission…

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Gas prices up slightly

February 18, 2020–5:57 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased slightly at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.28 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 1 cent more than a week ago, 15 cents less than this time last month, and 10 cents more than this time last year. It now…

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Two more flu deaths reported in Georgia

February 17, 2020–7:07 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health reports two more flu-related deaths in the state, bringing the total number to 47 since September 29. According to the latest weekly influenza report for February 2 through 8, there were 131 hospitalizations for the week.  There have been 1,799…

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Voccio named health director for Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District

February 14, 2020–8:27 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Dr. Gary E. Voccio has been named health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District headquartered in Rome. As district health director, Voccio oversees ten Northwest Georgia county health departments and various district-wide public health programs. He is retired from private practice in pulmonary…

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5-year old credited for saving family from housefire

February 12, 2020–6:56 a.m. WBHF RADIO On Sunday, Bartow County Fire Department had a house fire at 120 West Howard Street in Kingston. 5-year Noah Woods woke up to find the bedroom that he and his sister share on fire. The only way out was to exit through a window. Noah escaped through the window…

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Northwest GDOT Utilizing Rumble Strips to Combat Distracted Driving

February 10th, 2020 Georgia Department of Transportation –    Thump thump thump! The distinctive sound of rumble strips is keeping roads safer for motorists throughout northwest Georgia. Rumble strips are quickly becoming a feature of many of the state roads managed by Georgia Department of Transportation District Six as a way to combat distracted driving.…

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Flood Warnings, Watches in effect

February 10, 2020–8:13 a.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Oostanaula River in Calhoun and Rome, the Coosa River near Rome Mayos Bar Lock & Dam Park and Armuchee Creek. At 1 AM Monday, the stage for the Oostanaula River in Rome was 21.5 feet and minor flooding…

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Snowy Saturday morning in Northwest Georgia

February 8, 2020–10:45 a.m. STAFF REPORTS A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. for Floyd, Bartow, Chattooga, Polk and Paulding Counties. Wet snow is falling. Total snow accumulation up to two inches possible mainly north of Rome to Kennesaw to Lawrenceville. Plan for slippery roads. There has been an automobile accident in…

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Unemployment rate rises in Northwest Georgia

February 7, 2020–6:33 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Northwest Georgia added to its labor force in December. At the same time, the annual numbers for employed residents and the workforce increased in December for the 15-county area, preliminary numbers show. “Georgia finished the year strong by continuing to…

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Flu season has claimed 42 lives in Georgia

February 5, 2020–8:00 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting that 42 people have died from influenza during the 2019-2020 flu season. 23 of those deaths have been among those 65 and older. According to the latest weekly influenza report for the period of January 19 through January…

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Rome, Cartersville and others suing AirBNB

February 5, 2020–7:58 a.m. ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE Four Georgia cities including Rome and Cartersville are suing AirBNB, claiming the short-stay rental giant has failed to collect and remit taxes owed to the municipalities. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the complaint was filed on January 31 in U.S. District Court in Rome. The governments assert…

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[VIDEO] Learn about Georgia’s new election system

February 5, 2020–7:50 a.m. GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE The Presidential Primary on March 24 kicks off a busy election year in Georgia. Elections officials have posted an online video to educate voters about the new statewide election system. According to a news release, following bipartisan legislation, recommendations from a bipartisan commission, and a fair bid…

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