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Around 100 employees to be laid off at Mount Vernon Mills in Trion

January 17, 2020–7:56 a.m. WZQZ RADIO Around 100 employees will get pink slips next month as Mount Vernon Mills announces the shutdown of several departments at the mill in Trion. Mount Vernon Mills President and CEO William E. Duncan issued a statement saying Mount Vernon Mills will be phasing out all of their yarn operations. …

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Gas prices decline last week

January 13, 2020–10:13 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices declined compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.44 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 4 cents more than last month, and 37 cents more than this time last year. According to Montrae Waiters with…

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Mount Vernon Mills to close Alto, Ga. plants; full operations to continue in Trion

January 13, 2020–10:05 p.m. WZQZ RADIO Mount Vernon Mills has announced that they’re closing their yarn and weaving mill in Alto, Georgia. Randy Henderson, Vice-President of Mount Vernon Mills in Trion – informed media outlets last Friday those two Alto plants would be closing effective March 9th; however they would continue running full operations in…

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Flash Flood Watch in effect until Wednesday morning

January 13, 2020–10:30 a.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of North and Central Georgia until Wednesday morning. A frontal boundary will remain stalled across much of north and central Georgia through Wednesday morning. Waves of moderate to locally heavy rainfall are expected today through Wednesday…

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Power to 112,000 Georgia Power customers restored following Saturday storm

January 12, 2020–12:00 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Electric service to over 112,000 Georgia Power customers has been restored following the storm that brought heavy wind and rain through Georgia Saturday night. As of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, approximately 11,000 customers are without power with a majority of the outages concentrated to the Rome, Cartersville, and Carrollton areas.…

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Summerville teen charged with rape

January 11, 2020–8:39 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A Summerville teen was booked into the Floyd County Jail late last week on a strong-arm rape charge. According to Floyd County Jail records, 17-year old William Evan Bowman raped a woman at a location in the 500 block of Broad Street. The incident occurred just before…

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Georgia Power prepared for severe weather on Saturday: Offers Storm Safety Tips

January 10th, 2019 – 12:25 PM Georgia Power Press Release – With severe weather expected to impact Georgia over the weekend, Georgia Power is advising customers to prepare for the potential of wind, rain, and possible tornadoes. The company is monitoring the changing weather conditions and is ready to respond to any service interruptions as…

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Summerville Police Charge Woman With Murder

January 9th, 2020 – 4:00 PM WZQZ Radio – (Via WZQZ Radio) Summerville Police have charged fifty-three-year-old Angela Rowland of a Kelly Street address with murder in connection with the shooting death of Ronald Moates on December 30, 2019. Rowland originally claimed that the shooting was self-defense, telling police that she and Moates, who was…

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Georgia gas prices on the rise

January 7, 2020–7:39 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices continue their upward trend compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.46 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 4 cents more than a week ago, 3 cents more than last month, and 41 cents more than this time last year. It now…

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Former Cherokee County GA Firefighter died battling fire in Missouri

January 6th, 2020 – 3:15 PM Cherokee County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services – A former Cherokee County firefighter died yesterday morning while battling a fire in Peculiar, Missouri. Chuck McCormick, who worked for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services from 2014 until 2017, responded to a fire that was reported at 11 o’clock yesterday…

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NW Georgia sets jobs record in November

January 3, 2020–8:00 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Northwest Georgia set a record in November for its lowest unemployment rate ever. At the same time, the annual numbers for employed residents and the workforce increased in November for the 15-county area, preliminary numbers show. “Georgia had a record…

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Flood Watch remains in effect

January 3, 2020–7:57 a.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE A rainy day is in store for the area. Just over an inch and a half of rain has been recorded at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport. A Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening for much of the area including Floyd, Gordon and Chattooga Counties.…

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[VIDEO] New Years Day Hike at the James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park

January 2nd, 2020 Mary Saintfort – Video Reporter (WRGA News) What better way to kick off the New Year by leaving 2019 in the past and looking forward to 2020; A good ole’ hike to the Marble Mine. Over 200 people attended the “First Day Hike” January 1st that was hosted by The Friends of…

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Accidental shooting at Summerville Bojangles’

January 1, 2020–8:55 p.m. WZQZ RADIO An accidental shooting at Bojangles in Summerville sent a man to the hospital on Wednesday evening. Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader told WZQZ News that a man was at Bojangles with his family on Wednesday evening when the incident happened.  The sheriff said that the man had a .25…

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Flood Watch issued for Floyd, Gordon and Chattooga Counties

January 1, 2019–8:52 p.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a * Flood Watch for a portion of northwest Georgia along and northwest of a Rome to Fairmount to Chatsworth line from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening. Waves of moderate to heavy rainfall can be expected across the watch…

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One dead in Summerville shooting

December 31, 2019–10:52 a.m. WZQZ RADIO Summerville Police have identified the victim of a Monday night shooting at 152 Kelly Street as fifty-one-year-old Ronald Moates, who lived at the address. According to a press release that was issued shortly after 4 PM on Tuesday, police say that the preliminary investigation revealed that a physical, domestic…

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Summerville Police looking For driver Who fled vehicle during traffic stop

December 30th, 2019 – 4:40 PM WZQZ Radio – (via WZQZ) Summerville Police are looking for a driver who jumped out of a vehicle on Bittings Avenue on Christmas Eve after an officer attempted a traffic stop. According to the report released late last week by the Summerville Police Department, a patrol officer attempted to…

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State Troopers gear up for New Year’s holiday

December 30, 2019–8:07 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) will be on high visibility patrols on interstates and state roads during the New Year’s holiday travel period. The 30-hour New Year’s holiday period will begin at 6 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 31, and end at 11:59…

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Georgia gas prices increase four cents

December 30, 2019–8:00 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased slightly at the start of the workweek. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.42 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 4 cents more than a week ago, 3 cents less than last month, and 33 cents more than this time last year. It now costs $36.30 to…

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