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Floyd announces promotions in Imaging Services

August 25, 2019–12:12 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Floyd has announced several changes in Imaging Services as it works to continue its outstanding level of care in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Aimee Griffin has been promoted to Director of Imaging Services for Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center. Griffin is known to…

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Floyd releases app for moms and moms-to-be

August 24, 2019–12:40 a.m. NEWS RELEASE My Floyd Baby is a new mobile app that helps moms-to-be and moms keep track of pregnancy milestones, baby, toddler and child development, and health care checks for the entire family. My Floyd Baby features a pregnancy tracker that includes how much the baby grows from week to week,…

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Georgia DPH investigating possible vaping-related illnesses

August 24, 2019–12:28 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness in individuals who reported vaping. Symptoms, which worsen over time, include cough, shortness of breath fatigue, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Multiple states have reported similar cases requiring hospitalization and patients being…

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Old Rockmart Road at County Line closed Thursday

August 21, 2019–7:52 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Norfolk Southern will close Old Rockmart Road Thursday from approximately 9 am – 3 pm for repairs at the crossing near the Polk County line. They will post a detour and contact 911 prior to the actual closing. The detour will include Byrd Station, Fish Creek and Stewart Road…

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Georgia Power, Georgia 811 team up for National 811 Day

August 11, 2019–1:45 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Georgia Power and Georgia 811 have teamed up once again to raise awareness for National 811 Day on August 11 (“8-11”). Employees at Georgia Power’s Customer Care Center received a surprise visit today from Digger Dog, Georgia 811’s mascot, to help them become more familiar with digging notification requirements.…

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Floyd expands program to cut down on Urgent Care waiting times

August 7, 2019–8:38 a.m. NEWS RELEASE A service aimed at making visits more convenient has been expanded to include all Floyd Urgent Care locations. Save My Spot, designed to cut down on the time patients have to spend in the waiting room, begin earlier this summer in Rome, Cartersville and Centre, Alabama. The service is…

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All ages reminded to get recommended, required immunizations

August 5, 2019–10:14 p.m. NEWS RELEASE August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that Northwest Georgians of all ages require timely vaccinations to protect their health.  “Vaccinations are our best defense against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Janet Eberhart, immunizations coordinator for the ten-county public health district.  “This National Immunization Awareness Month, we…

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Volunteer Services provides $275,000 to Floyd

August 5, 2019–7:46 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Volunteer Services presented two checks to Floyd on Friday, $270,000 to Floyd Medical Center and $5,000 to Polk Medical Center. The money was raised by sales at the gift shops at both hospitals, donations through the Hole in the Wall thrift shop, baby photos and special sales. Volunteers play…

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Georgia pump prices continue to drop

August 5, 2019–7:37 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices continue to decline. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.57 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 4 cents less than a week ago, 1 cent less than this time last month, and 20 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $38.55 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $4.05 less than…

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Georgia pump prices continue to drop

July 29, 2019–6:43 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices continue to decline. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.61 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 4 cents less than a week ago, 9 cents more than this time last month, and 11 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $39.15 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $2.85 less than what motorists…

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Students record strongest-ever overall gains on Georgia Milestones assessments

July 28, 2019–4:44 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Georgia students showed strong gains on the spring 2019 Georgia Milestones assessments. Scores increased or held steady on 25 of 26 assessments – the strongest overall gains recorded in the five years the assessment has been administered. The percentage of students reading on grade level or above increased or…

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Polk Medical Center receives award

July 27, 2019–11:42 p.m. NEWS RELEASE For the second consecutive year, Polk Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. The goal is…

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Jobless rate ticks up from May to June

July 26, 2019–5:40 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Unemployment rates in Northwest Georgia counties increased in June from the month before, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The jobless rate in Floyd County was 4.1%, up from 3.6% in May. It was 4.7% in June of last year. Bartow County’s rate rose from 3.3%…

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Georgia gas prices decrease slightly

July 22, 2019–8:49 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices decline at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.65 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 2 cents more than this time last month, and 5 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $39.75 to fill…

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New look for Georgia Driver’s Licenses

July 22, 2019–8:44 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF DRIVER’S SERVICES Georgia driver’s licenses have a new design. Features: Polycarbonate Card Body – This card will be a more durable, secure and tamper-resistant card Overlapping – Signatures and Data over the photograph Secure ID Compliant Star – Meets state and federal regulations Laser Engraving – Laser engraving…

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New law requires notification for dense breast tissue

July 21, 2019–1:00 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Women who get mammograms at The Breast Center at Floyd already receive letters informing them of their test results. Because of a new state law, this result letter will now include additional information about breast tissue density. Margie’s Law took effect July 1, requiring the notification because very dense…

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Isakson discharged from D.C. hospital

July 21, 2019–12:55 a.m. NEWS RELEASE U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was discharged today from George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and will enter an inpatient rehabilitation program at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Isakson was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Tuesday, July 16, after falling in his D.C. apartment and suffering…

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Sen. Isakson hospitalized after suffering fractured ribs during fall at D.C. apartment

July 18, 2019–7:00 a.m. NEWS RELEASE U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., released the following statement from his spokesperson, Amanda Maddox: “Senator Isakson was admitted to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night after falling in his apartment and suffering four fractured ribs. He is in pain, but resting and doing well. Senator…

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Georgia gas prices still rising

July 16, 2019–7:21 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices are up this week compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.67 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 7 cents more than a week ago, 19 cents more than this time last month, and 5 cents less than this time last year. Montrae Waiters with AAA…

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Operation Southern Shield begins Sunday

July 12, 2019–7:54 a.m. CALHOUN POLICE NEWS RELEASE Law enforcement officers in Georgia are ready to put the hammer down on drivers who are hammering down on their gas pedal during the second annual “Operation Southern Shield” speed enforcement operation. After the last 2 year’s highly successful operation that drew national attention, Georgia will join…

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