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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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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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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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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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Calhoun Police seeking robbery suspect

February 16, 2020–5:38 p.m. CALHOUN POLICE DEPARTMENT Calhoun Police are searching for a man who robbed two Dollar General employees at gunpoint last Thursday night. The incident occurred at the store on Oothcalooga Street on the west side of Calhoun. The employees had just closed the store and were walking to their cars when a…

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Four jailed on drug charges

February 14, 2020–9:17 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force made four arrests at a mobile home on Shorter Avenue Thursday. Those arrested were: 49-year old Tracy Lyn Brock of Cedartown 57-year old David Michael Brock of the residence (2531 Shorter Avenue – Lot #58) 43-year old Peggy Sue Tillman of Fairmount 48-year…

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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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Closings and delays for Tuesday

February 10, 2020–8:55 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Due to potential flooding that could create unsafe road conditions tomorrow morning, Floyd County Schools will be on a 2-hour delay for all staff and students. For example, if your school normally starts at 7:50 a.m., it will open at 9:50 a.m. tomorrow. Schools will dismiss at their regular…

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Road closings due to flooding

February 10, 2020–8:47 p.m. STAFF REPORTS From Floyd County Public Works Roads that are still closed Tuesday morning: Thomas Bluff Road – 900 block near County Line Collier Road – access past 100 block should come from the north loop Bert Road – south of Dempsey Gaines Loop Road – between Gaines and Crowder Roads…

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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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Four dead in Gordon County plane crash

February 9, 2020–6:24 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Four people died in a plane crash Saturday in Gordon County. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the Cessna 501 Citation departed from Falcon Field in Peachtree City at around 9:45 a.m. en route to Nashville, Tennessee. It crashed at around 10:15 a.m. in a heavily wooded area…

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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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Gordon County Joint Agency determines East Plainview Rd Damage caused by Tornado

February 7th, 2020 – 12:15 PM Gordon County Joint Agency Media Release – Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Gordon County Fire Department, Gordon County Emergency Management, and Georgia Emergency Management Agency officials met with National Weather Service today to tour the storm damage that occurred the prior day in the East Plainview Road area. According to…

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