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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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20th annual “Night at the Movies” benefits local child abuse prevention efforts

February 25, 2020–7:09 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Since 1990, the annual “Night at the Movies” has been a Rome tradition, bringing good friends together for a great cause, the prevention of child abuse.  To date, the event has raised over $275,000 for the  Exchange Club Family Resource Center.  This year’s event is set for February 25, 2020, and…

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Floyd County Commission meets tonight

February 25, 2020–7:00 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Floyd County Commission will consider the purchase of new lighting for State Mutual Stadium when they meet tonight. The lighting and other renovations at the stadium are being funded in part by a 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Also tonight, the commission will conduct public hearings…

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PFC Scott Kasmar named Rome’s Officer of the Year

February 25, 2020–6:31 a.m. STAFF REPORTS PFC Scott Kasmar is the Rome Police Department’s Officer of the Year. On August 28, 2019, officers responded to 232 South Broad Street in reference to a physical domestic altercation in which someone had been shot. PFC Kasmar arrived shortly after and observed a male lying outside the residence…

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Rome Braves All-Star Game, Individual Game Tickets On Sale March 2

February 24th, 2020 – 3:40 PM Rome Braves Press Release – Rome Braves individual game tickets for the 2020 season along with tickets to the 2020 South Atlantic League All-Star Game go on sale to the general public Monday, March 2 at 9:00 AM. Fans may call 706-378-5144, visit romebraves.com or stop by the State Mutual Stadium…

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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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Coosa Valley Credit Union CEO named to LSCU Board

February 24th, 2020 – 11:00 AM Coosa Valley Credit Union Press Release – The League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) Board of Directors has appointed Coosa Valley Credit Union President and CEO Andy F. Harris as its newest member. “I am very excited to be joining the LSCU Board and serving alongside my peers in…

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Teen charged with sexual battery, statutory rape

February 24, 2020–5:44 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS Rome Police have arrested an 18-year old on charges of statutory rape and felony sexual battery. According to arrest warrants, David Lee Jeter of a Livingston Road address had sex with someone who was under the age of 16 at the time of the incident that occurred…

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Floyd School Board meets tonight

February 24, 2020–5:41 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Floyd County Board of Education will get updates on facilities, child nutrition, and the old Johnson Elementary School property when they meet Monday night. The board will also recognize the cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” AA State wrestling champion Drake Miller and school counselors during…

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Rome City Commission to recognize Officer of the Year tonight

February 24, 2020–5:39 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome City Police Department’s Office of the Year will be named Monday night. The recognition of the officer of the year is among the agenda items for Monday’s Rome City Commission meeting. The commission will also conduct Second Reading of a Tax Payment Ordinance. The ordinance states that…

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Report: Man stabbed his brother

February 22, 2020–6:50 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A Rome man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred Friday on Kirton Street. According to the arrest warrant, 33-year old Joshua Brian Boswell of a Lindsey Road address stabbed his brother with a knife. The victim sustained a wound to the right…

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Alleged white supremacist implicated in murder plot denied bond

February 22, 2020–6:05 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Floyd Superior Court Judge Jack Niedrach has denied bond for a local man who authorities say was involved in a white supremacist group with plans to overthrow the government and murder a Bartow County couple. 21-year old Luke Austin Lane was arrested near his Silver Creek home on January…

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Early Voting begins March 2

February 22, 2020–5:45 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Advance voting for the Presidential Primary begins on March 2 at the Floyd County Administration Building. On March 9, advance voting expands to the Garden Lakes Baptist Church. You can also vote on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 at the Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill. Those…

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Mannington Mills to Expand, Create 268 Jobs in Gordon County.

February 22, 2020 Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp –  Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced a $22 million expansion by flooring manufacturer Mannington Mills, Inc. in Gordon County due to increased customer demand for domestically produced luxury vinyl flooring. Mannington Mills purchased a 10.5-acre site in Calhoun that will expand upon the company’s manufacturing…

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[VIDEO] Rome’s Arbor Day Celebration at Parks Hoke Park

February 21st, 2020 – 3:45 PM Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter Rome’s Arbor Day celebration took place Friday morning at Parks Hoke Park on Hardy Avenue in South Rome, where 13 trees were planted to help with the shade in the park at the park during the future summer months.…

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Rome City Chief of Police Visits Phoenix Learning Center

February 21st, 2020 – 12:30 PM Rome City Schools – In celebration of Black History Month, the Phoenix Performance Learning Center (PLC) hosted Rome City’s Chief of Police, Chief Denise Downer-McKinney, to speak to students about her life, how she became a police officer and eventually, the first African American Chief of Police at the…

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Lithonia man charged in plot to smuggle drugs into the Floyd County Prison

February 21, 2020–10:03 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A Lithonia man is in the Floyd County Jail accused of attempting to smuggle drugs into the Floyd County Prison. According to arrest warrants, 24-year old Maurice Carter Nixon delivered 98.9 grams of suspected marijuana and 29.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine to the Rome-Floyd Recycling Center on…

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Report: Man used cell phone to arrange drug deal

February 21, 2020–9:52 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A Rockmart man was booked into the Floyd County Jail Thursday on charges of conspiracy to violate Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act and use of a communication device in facilitating the commission of a felony. According to the arrest warrant, 50-year old Johnny Shane Estes used a cell…

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Floyd County middle school students win state 4-H life skills competition

February 21, 2020–9:46 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Floyd County 4-H is providing tools to equip today’s youth with the skills they need to become positive and productive citizens in a vibrant, creative way through LifeSmarts. LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer advocacy group, headquartered in Washington, DC. LifeSmarts is…

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Jail inmate facing additional charges

February 21, 2020–9:44 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS An inmate at the Floyd County Jail is facing charges of unlawful acts of violence in a penal institution and battery. According to Floyd County Jail records, 23-year old Michele Cutright-Cox of Taylorsville was witnessed hitting another inmate who suffered a cut above her left eye as…

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