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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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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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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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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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Seven deaths reported statewide this year from influenza

December 29, 2019–4:37 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Seven people have now died from the flu in Georgia, according to the latest report from the state department of public health. Those numbers include the one death reported during the latest report which is from December 15 through the 21. It also states there were…

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CDC & DPH: Flu cases are Rampant

December 28th, 2019 Georgia Department of Public Health – If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, do not wait any longer. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season there have been at least 2.6 million flu-related illnesses and 1,300 deaths from flu. The Georgia Department of Public…

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Alabama State Troopers to Maintain Increased Presence on Roadways Through New Year’s Day

December 28th, 2019 WEIS Radio- Alabama State Troopers, as well as local law enforcement agencies, will continue to have an elevated presence on Alabama’s roadways throughout the remainder of the “Holiday Travel Period”, which officially ends at midnight, January 1st. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said all available State Troopers have been assigned to patrol…

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Several new state laws go into effect January 1, one will not

December 27, 2019–8:18 a.m. WXIA TV -11 ALIVE Several new laws are going into effect in Georgia on January 1, but the most controversial bill signed into law in 2019 will remain on hold, for now. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed more than 300 bills into law in 2019. Many have already taken effect, while…

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Georgia posts record-breaking November

December 24, 2019–9:50 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia’s unemployment rate hit a historic low in November even as the state set records for employment, jobs and workforce. The series of records in November add up to one of the best months in state history, said Butler.…

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Power bills going up in January

December 18, 2019–8:06 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Georgia Power customers will see their power pills going up in the New Year. On Tuesday, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved a rate hike for the utility. Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft, quoted by the Associated Press, said a residential customer who uses 1,000-kilowatt hours of power a…

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[Study] Seeing family at holidays may be opportunity to spot signs of Alzheimer’s

December 14th, 2019 Understanding Alzheimer’s Press Release – With over 5.8 million adults living today with Alzheimer’s, being able to pinpoint early onset signs is crucial. As the holidays approach, my team surveyed nearly 1,000 individuals, those of whom knew someone or is a family member with Alzheimer’s. We then paired the findings with research from…

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AAA URGES DRIVERS TO SAFELY SECURE CHRISTMAS TREES

Decemember 11th, 2019 – 12:00 PM AAA Press Release – ATLANTA, Ga. (December 9, 2019 ) — Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas season is in full effect. Parents with children in tow are searching for a real Christmas tree. Now that you have found the perfect tree, transporting it to your home can be problematic. According to…

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Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham to resign in March

December 6, 2019–7:54 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Justice Robert Benham announced today that he will resign from the Supreme Court of Georgia effective March 1, 2020 – before his current six-year term ends a year from now. In making this decision, he has acknowledged that a number of candidates have announced preparations to run for his…

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Kemp appoints Kelly Leoffler to U.S. Senate

December 4, 2019–10:54 a.m. STAFF REPORTS As expected, Governor Brian Kemp appointed businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to fill the unexpired term of Johnny Isakson in the U.S. Senate Wednesday. She is the chief executive officer of Bakkt, a subsidiary of commodity and financial service provider Intercontinental Exchange, and the co-owner of the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball…

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Isakson to deliver farewell address on Senate floor Tuesday

December 2, 2019–9:45 a.m. NEWS RELEASE U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will deliver his farewell address on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday at approximately 2:30 p.m. Isakson’s remarks will be available to view live on television on C-SPAN2 or through the Senate floor webcast at https://www.senate.gov/floor/. Isakson’s remarks will be followed by tributes from…

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NW Georgia adds to labor force in October

December 1, 2019–7:20 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Northwest Georgia added to its labor force and employed residents in October. At the same time, the annual numbers for employed residents and the workforce increased in October for the 15-county area, preliminary numbers show. “October was a great month for Georgia…

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This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week

December 1, 2019–7:10 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The weather outside isn’t frightful yet, but the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, in partnership with the National Weather Service and GDOT, is gearing up for Winter Weather Preparedness Week on Dec. 2-6. This week encourages Georgians to prepare for inclement winter weather by learning about winter…

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Former Paulding County Deputy arrested for child molestation

November 26, 2019–8:08 a.m. GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION On November 25, 2019, Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 1 Field Office arrested Paulding County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Sorrells, age 48, for two counts of Child Molestation and Violation of Oath of Office. The investigation was initiated on November 14, 2019, by the GBI…

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GSP and MCCD Preparing for Busy Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend on Georgia Roadways

Georgia Department of Public Safety Press Release – (ATLANTA, GA) -The 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. “Reducing traffic crashes, deterring and correcting bad driving behaviors, and making the roadways safer is our job.  To make this happen, Troopers and…

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