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Child killed in Chattooga County wreck

November 10, 2019–3:50 p.m. GEORGIA STATE PATROL A child was killed in a two-vehicle wreck in Chattooga County on Saturday. According to the Georgia State Patrol, a 2000 Chrysler Sebring was traveling north on Highway 27 in Trion and was attempting to turn left onto West Oak Street from the center turn lane. The Sebring…

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Today is Election Day

November 15, 2019–7:48 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Voters in Rome are casting votes for City Commission. In Ward One, five candidates are seeking three seats. They are incumbents Milton Slack, Bill Irmscher and Sundai Stevenson, along with Mark Cochran and Jim Bojo. In Ward Three, Incumbents Bill Collins and Craig McDaniel are running, along with JJ…

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Gas prices increased last week

November 5, 2019–7:37 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased 3 cents at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.43 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 3 cents more than a week ago, 9 cents less than this time last month, and 21 cents less than this time last…

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Time change this weekend

November 1, 2019–8:00 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Don’t forget to set your clock back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The annual change from daylight saving time to standard time is a good reminder to make sure your smoke alarm is working properly. A new battery and cleaning dust from the device are simple…

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Northwest Georgia posts record in September

November 1, 2019–7:51 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Northwest Georgia region dropped its unemployment rate in September to a new record low. At the same time, the annual and monthly numbers for the labor force and employed residents increased in September for the 15-county area, preliminary numbers…

HALLOWEEN TIPS

Don’t be a nightmare to pedestrians on Halloween

October 31, 2019–7:57 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrians. AAA is reminding evening commuters and other motorists to expect more pedestrians on the road, as millions of children and families across the country will be trick-or-treating through neighborhoods. Halloween ranks as one of the top 3…

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Halloween safety tips

October 30, 2019–8:00 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Fast becoming one of the most popular holidays in this country, Halloween is Thursday. This means masses of little superheroes, cartoon and television characters will soon be out in their neighborhoods for trick or treat fun. The American Red Cross of Georgia has ten tips parents and guardians can…

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Gas prices drop

October 28, 2019–8:06 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices dropped another 3 cents at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.40 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 3 cents less than a week ago, 16 cents less than this time last month, and 30 cents less than this time last year. It now…

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Gas prices drop last week

October 21, 2019–11:45 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices drop another 2 cents at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.43 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 16 cents less than this time last month, and 32 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $36.45 to fill…

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Former Hays guard pleads guilty to smuggling drugs into prison

October 21, 2019–10:45 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Voltaire Peter Pierre, a former corrections officer at Hays State Prison, has pleaded guilty to smuggling methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and marijuana past prison security and into the hands of inmates in exchange for payments.  Because Pierre stored the drugs at his family home before smuggling them into the prison,…

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Trooper involved in accident on Highway 48 in Menlo

October 20, 2019–10:04 p.m. WZQZ RADIO An accident on Highway 48 near Menlo on Saturday left at least two people injured and a state trooper’s car badly damaged. According to early reports, Trooper Doug Shamblin was stopped on Highway 48  when another car plowed into the back of his cruiser, badly damaging the vehicle.  The…

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NW Georgia makes job gains in August

October 4, 2019–7:07 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Northwest Georgia region’s unemployment rate fell in August. Preliminary results showed that the 15-county area saw its unemployment claims fall for the month. At the same time, the labor force and the number of employed residents both showed annual growth.…

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Gas prices falling

September 30, 2019–10:00 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices declined at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.54 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 5 cents less than a week ago, 14 cents more than this time last month, and 18 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $38.10 to fill…

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Chattooga woman indicted for murdering husband

September 23, 2019–10:45 p.m. WZQZ RADIO A Chattooga County Grand Jury has indicted fifty-two-year-old Renee Lanhem on murder charges in connection with the shooting death of her husband over two years ago. Chattooga County Sheriff Schrader said that investigators with his office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had interviewed Ms. Lanham on several occasions…

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Gas prices up

September 23, 2019–10:40 a.m. AAA SOUTH Gas prices continue their upward trend compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.59 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 17 cents more than a week ago, 15 cents more than this time last month, and 12 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $38.85 to fill a 15-gallon tank of…

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Thursday morning fire in Trion

September 19, 2019–10:21 a.m. WZQZ RADIO Firefighters battled a large fire at Benny’s Convenience Store on Highway 27 in Trion on Thursday morning. Several area fire departments responded to the blaze, which may have started in the kitchen area of the store. There were no injuries reported. Both lanes of Highway 27 were closed Thursday…

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Chattooga shooting victim dies

September 19, 2019–10:09 a.m. WZQZ RADIO A man who was wounded in a triple shooting in Chattooga County back on August 27 has died. Daryl Marsh initially survived the shooting on Highway 100 in the Holland community that claimed the lives of 35-year-old Joe Edward Brown and 61-year-old Linda Mae Everett. Marsh passed away Thursday…

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Culberson nominated for Robert Clemente Award

September 17, 2019–2:49 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Former Calhoun High star Charlie Culberson is the Atlanta Braves’ nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. The award is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field. “Charlie “Clutch”…

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Gas prices on the rise

September 17, 2019–7:56 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices are up this week compared to a week ago and are likely to continue to rise as a result of attacks in Saudi Arabia. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.42 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 4 cents more than a week ago, 7 cent less than this time last…

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Georgia has now experienced 73 days of temperatures above 90 degrees since May

September 11, 2019–10:45 p.m. NEWS RELEASE With Georgia experiencing its 73rd day of temperatures above 90 degrees this year, Georgia Power urges customers to act to minimize the impact of higher temperatures and increased energy use on electric bills. The company is committed to providing information and choices that give customers the options they need…

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