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Georgia DPH investigating possible vaping-related illnesses

August 24, 2019–12:28 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness in individuals who reported vaping. Symptoms, which worsen over time, include cough, shortness of breath fatigue, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Multiple states have reported similar cases requiring hospitalization and patients being…

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Georgia Power, Georgia 811 team up for National 811 Day

August 11, 2019–1:45 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Georgia Power and Georgia 811 have teamed up once again to raise awareness for National 811 Day on August 11 (“8-11”). Employees at Georgia Power’s Customer Care Center received a surprise visit today from Digger Dog, Georgia 811’s mascot, to help them become more familiar with digging notification requirements.…

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Floyd expands program to cut down on Urgent Care waiting times

August 7, 2019–8:38 a.m. NEWS RELEASE A service aimed at making visits more convenient has been expanded to include all Floyd Urgent Care locations. Save My Spot, designed to cut down on the time patients have to spend in the waiting room, begin earlier this summer in Rome, Cartersville and Centre, Alabama. The service is…

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All ages reminded to get recommended, required immunizations

August 5, 2019–10:14 p.m. NEWS RELEASE August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that Northwest Georgians of all ages require timely vaccinations to protect their health.  “Vaccinations are our best defense against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Janet Eberhart, immunizations coordinator for the ten-county public health district.  “This National Immunization Awareness Month, we…

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Georgia pump prices continue to drop

August 5, 2019–7:37 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices continue to decline. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.57 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 4 cents less than a week ago, 1 cent less than this time last month, and 20 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $38.55 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $4.05 less than…

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It’s back to school time

August 1, 2019–7:12 a.m. STAFF REPORTS It’s back to school this morning for students in the Floyd County School System. Gordon County and Chattooga County students also head back to class today. Rome City Schools begins the new school year tomorrow. Motorists are urged to slow down and be on the lookout for school buses…

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Georgia pump prices continue to drop

July 29, 2019–6:43 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices continue to decline. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.61 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 4 cents less than a week ago, 9 cents more than this time last month, and 11 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $39.15 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $2.85 less than what motorists…

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Students record strongest-ever overall gains on Georgia Milestones assessments

July 28, 2019–4:44 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Georgia students showed strong gains on the spring 2019 Georgia Milestones assessments. Scores increased or held steady on 25 of 26 assessments – the strongest overall gains recorded in the five years the assessment has been administered. The percentage of students reading on grade level or above increased or…

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Mt. Vernon Mills in Trion announces expansion plans

July 26, 2019–5:50 a.m. WZQZ RADIO Mount Vernon Mills in Trion has plans to expand operations in a move that will increase the production of its line of flame-resistant cloth. Vice-President of Flame Resistant Fabrics for Mount Vernon Mike Woods told “Textile World” that the rapid growth in the flame-resistant products has presented the mill…

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Jobless rate ticks up from May to June

July 26, 2019–5:40 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Unemployment rates in Northwest Georgia counties increased in June from the month before, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The jobless rate in Floyd County was 4.1%, up from 3.6% in May. It was 4.7% in June of last year. Bartow County’s rate rose from 3.3%…

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Georgia gas prices decrease slightly

July 22, 2019–8:49 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices decline at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.65 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 2 cents more than this time last month, and 5 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $39.75 to fill…

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New look for Georgia Driver’s Licenses

July 22, 2019–8:44 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF DRIVER’S SERVICES Georgia driver’s licenses have a new design. Features: Polycarbonate Card Body – This card will be a more durable, secure and tamper-resistant card Overlapping – Signatures and Data over the photograph Secure ID Compliant Star – Meets state and federal regulations Laser Engraving – Laser engraving…

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Isakson discharged from D.C. hospital

July 21, 2019–12:55 a.m. NEWS RELEASE U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was discharged today from George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and will enter an inpatient rehabilitation program at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Isakson was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Tuesday, July 16, after falling in his D.C. apartment and suffering…

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Sen. Isakson hospitalized after suffering fractured ribs during fall at D.C. apartment

July 18, 2019–7:00 a.m. NEWS RELEASE U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., released the following statement from his spokesperson, Amanda Maddox: “Senator Isakson was admitted to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night after falling in his apartment and suffering four fractured ribs. He is in pain, but resting and doing well. Senator…

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Georgia gas prices still rising

July 16, 2019–7:21 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices are up this week compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.67 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 7 cents more than a week ago, 19 cents more than this time last month, and 5 cents less than this time last year. Montrae Waiters with AAA…

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Operation Southern Shield begins Sunday

July 12, 2019–7:54 a.m. CALHOUN POLICE NEWS RELEASE Law enforcement officers in Georgia are ready to put the hammer down on drivers who are hammering down on their gas pedal during the second annual “Operation Southern Shield” speed enforcement operation. After the last 2 year’s highly successful operation that drew national attention, Georgia will join…

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Georgia gas prices rise 6 cents

July 9, 2019–8:30 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices are up this week compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.60 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 6 cents more than a week ago, 7 cents more than this time last month, and 12 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $39.00 to fill a 15-gallon tank…

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Final Fourth of July 2019 holiday traffic count

July 8, 2019–4:42 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Traffic crashes across Georgia during the July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in 26 traffic deaths.  This year, the holiday travel period was 102 hours long.  It began at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 513 traffic crashes resulting in 307 injuries,…

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It’s time to begin thinking about back to school immunizations

July 8, 2019–9:30 a.m. STAFF REPORTS We are less than a month away from the start of the 2019-2020 school year so now is the time to start thinking about getting school-age children up to date on their vaccines. According to Janet Eberhart, Immunization Coordinator with Northwest Georgia Public Health, immunizations are the most effective…

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19 traffic deaths statewide during holiday period so far

July 6, 2019–11:35 .m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY Public Safety officials are continuing the urge safety on the roadways as the Independence Day holiday travel period continues. As of noon Saturday, there had been 19 fatalities on the state’s highways since the holiday weekend began Wednesday night with one in Northwest Georgia. Seven of…

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