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Initial unemployment claims are down for the month.
The Thunderstorm Watch area includes Floyd, Chattooga, Gordon, Bartow and Polk Counties.
There is the possibility of damaging winds and hail.
Last week, the Trump Administration released its budgetary wish list, which includes eliminating the Community Development Block Grant program. Rome gets about $400,000 a year in grants.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is one of the targets for elimination in the proposed Federal Budget unveiled by the Trump Administration last week.
Georgia gas prices are $2.17--two cents less than a week ago.
Georgia gas prices averaged $2.19 on Sunday - 2 cents less than a week ago and 33 cents more than a year ago.
The recruitment will be held on Thursday, March 16, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Forum River Center located at 2 Government Plaza in Rome.
Daylight saving time begins this weekend.
However, the Rome area gained 1,100 jobs in January compared to the same time last year.
Unini Odama, M.D., MPH, has been named health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District headquartered in Rome.
According to Director Jeffrey Putnam, they are putting together a traveling road show to visit four areas in the 13 counties they serve.
The average cost for a regular unleaded gallon of gasoline in Georgia is $2.21
Floyd County's Armuchee High School, Bartow County's Taylorsville Elementary School, Trion Elementary School and C.A. Robert's Elementary School in Paulding County were named highest performing school
Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Northern Floyd County, Gordon County, Chattooga County, Northern Bartow County and Southeastern Murray County.