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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unemployment rate rises in Northwest Georgia

February 7, 2020–6:33 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Northwest Georgia added to its labor force in December. At the same time, the annual numbers for employed residents and the workforce increased in December for the 15-county area, preliminary numbers show. “Georgia finished the year strong by continuing to…

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Flu season has claimed 42 lives in Georgia

February 5, 2020–8:00 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting that 42 people have died from influenza during the 2019-2020 flu season. 23 of those deaths have been among those 65 and older. According to the latest weekly influenza report for the period of January 19 through January…

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[VIDEO] Learn about Georgia’s new election system

February 5, 2020–7:50 a.m. GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE The Presidential Primary on March 24 kicks off a busy election year in Georgia. Elections officials have posted an online video to educate voters about the new statewide election system. According to a news release, following bipartisan legislation, recommendations from a bipartisan commission, and a fair bid…

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Legislation could change rules for U.S. Senate Special Election

January 30, 2020–7:00 a.m. STAFF REPORTS A bill that would change the rules for the special election for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kelly Loeffler has cleared committee and appears to be headed for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives for a vote. House Bill 757 would eliminate the so-called “jungle…

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State troopers dismissed following investigation

January 30, 2020–6:08 a.m. GEORGIA DPS NEWS RELEASE Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, announced disciplinary action taken against 30 members of the Georgia State Patrol following an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) for the Department of Public Safety.  The disciplinary action was their immediate dismissal from…

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DPH Working to Identify and Prevent Coronavirus in Georgia

January 28th, 2020 – 11:25 AM Georgia Department of Health – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is closely monitoring the outbreak of  2019-nCoV (coronavirus) occurring in China and regularly coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DPH has not confirmed any novel coronavirus cases to date, however, the situation could change. DPH is advising…

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Georgia gas prices continue downward trend

January 28, 2020–6:13 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices declined at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.37 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 3 cents less than a week ago, 1 cent less than last month, and 21 cents more than this time last year. It now…

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[VIDEO] Georgia ends record year for jobs on a high note

January 27, 2020–6:00 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that 2019 was another banner year for Georgia with increases in jobs, workforce and employed residents. In fact, the year-end numbers in all three categories were record highs, preliminary numbers showed. At the same time, the December unemployment rate was…

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Fishing license scam, buyer beware.

January 23, 2020–6:30 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Buyer Beware! A scam license website has been detected by the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division. This site appears to be active in both North Georgia and on the coast. This scam website appears as an advertisement during a Google Search for “Georgia Fishing License.” The site then allows…

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