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Polk Medical Center named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospital list

October 4th, 2019 – 2:45 PM Dan Bevels (Public Relations Manager, Floyd Medical Center) – (Via Floyd Medical Center press release) Polk Medical Center has been named one of the country’s Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for Best Practice in Quality. “This honor means so much because it recognizes the hard work we put…

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NW Georgia makes job gains in August

October 4, 2019–7:07 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Northwest Georgia region’s unemployment rate fell in August. Preliminary results showed that the 15-county area saw its unemployment claims fall for the month. At the same time, the labor force and the number of employed residents both showed annual growth.…

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Silver Comet Trail gets $6 million donation

October 1, 2019–12:31 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Silver Comet Trail gets a $6-million donation from Cox Enterprises. The donation from the parent company of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB will connect the trail to Atlanta and make it the longest paved trail in the US. Rome City Manager Sammy Rich reacted to the news on…

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Gas prices falling

September 30, 2019–10:00 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices declined at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.54 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 5 cents less than a week ago, 14 cents more than this time last month, and 18 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $38.10 to fill…

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Woman dies following Rockmart fire

September 30, 2019–3:10 p.m. WGAA RADIO From Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier: Polk Co. 911 received an emergency call to a Clearwater St., Rockmart address at 2:56 a.m. this morning. Apparently a flash explosion occurred from an Oxygen delivery device & had ignited while the victim was smoking a cigarette. The fire was quickly extinguished…

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Gas prices up

September 23, 2019–10:40 a.m. AAA SOUTH Gas prices continue their upward trend compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.59 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 17 cents more than a week ago, 15 cents more than this time last month, and 12 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $38.85 to fill a 15-gallon tank of…

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Body discovered in Rockmart

September 21, 2019–9:32 p.m. ROCKMART POLICE The body of a man found Saturday in a Rockmart Creek is being sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy. The body was discovered Saturday at around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Jones Street and Elm Street. The man’s identity is not known at this time.…

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Officers seize $40,000 in meth

September 18, 2019–5:47 p.m. NEWS RELEASE On September 17, 2019, the culmination of investigative efforts between multiple law enforcement agencies resulted in the seizure and recovery of more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine, numerous firearms, prescription pills, seizure of multiple vehicles, plus U.S. Currency. This resulted in the arrest of more than 20 individuals, some…

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Culberson nominated for Robert Clemente Award

September 17, 2019–2:49 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Former Calhoun High star Charlie Culberson is the Atlanta Braves’ nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. The award is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field. “Charlie “Clutch”…

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Arrest made in Paulding Co. arson and muder

September 17, 2019–9:15 a.m. PAULDING COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE An arrest has been made in connection with a murder and arson in Paulding County that occurred last month. Detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been conducting an investigation into what was originally dispatched…

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Gas prices on the rise

September 17, 2019–7:56 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices are up this week compared to a week ago and are likely to continue to rise as a result of attacks in Saudi Arabia. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.42 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 4 cents more than a week ago, 7 cent less than this time last…

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Four arrested for entering autos in Rockmart

September 16, 2019–7:03 p.m. ROCKMART POLICE Rockmart Police have arrested four people, including two juveniles, on charges of entering an automobile, criminal trespass, and loitering or prowling. On Sunday, officers were dispatched to Monarch Drive in reference to the homeowner seeing 4 suspicious males in hoodies on his property. Within 3 minutes, four young males…

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GSP investigating Saturday night crash

September 15, 2019–10:24 p.m. GEORGIA STATE PATROL According to the Georgia State Patrol, a late model Ford explorer, was traveling south on GA 1 (Highway 27 South) near Booger Hollow Road in the inside lane of travel. The Explorer began to rotate counter clockwise picking up on the two driver side wheels. The vehicle struck…

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Bicyclist killed in Cedartown

September 13, 2019–7:44 a.m. WGAA RADIO/GEORGIA STATE PATROL Driver, Ralph William Dover III (37), was operating a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe. Mr. Dover was traveling south on GA1 (Main St) near Frances Drive, in the city of Cedartown. Eric Christopher Keais (38) was riding a Road Master bicycle, southbound on GA1 (Main St), also near…

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Georgia has now experienced 73 days of temperatures above 90 degrees since May

September 11, 2019–10:45 p.m. NEWS RELEASE With Georgia experiencing its 73rd day of temperatures above 90 degrees this year, Georgia Power urges customers to act to minimize the impact of higher temperatures and increased energy use on electric bills. The company is committed to providing information and choices that give customers the options they need…

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Gas prices continue to fall

September 9, 2019–11:26 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices continue to decline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 17 cents less than this time last month, and 34 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $35.70 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $6.90 less than what motorists paid in May of 2018 when pump prices hit their…

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Georgia pump prices continue to drop

September 2, 2019–1:38 p.m. AAA NEWS RELEASE Georgia gas prices continue to decline. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.40 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 19 cents less than this time last month, and 29 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $36.00 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $6.60…

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Mandatory evacuations for the Georgia coast ahead of Dorian

September 2, 2019–1:00 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Governor Brian Kemp issued a mandatory evacuation of individuals east of Interstate 95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties. The Governor’s order also directed the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) and Georgia Department of Transportation to establish westerly contraflow…

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Troopers encourage safe driving habits this Labor Day Weekend

August 30, 2019–7:56 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The Georgia State Patrol is reminding motorists to practice safe driving habits as they travel throughout the state this Labor Day weekend. “Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers will be on patrol in full force for the upcoming 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period this weekend,” said Colonel Mark W.…

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NW Georgia makes gains in July

August 30, 2019–7:53 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Northwest region added to its workforce and number of employed residents in July. Preliminary results showed that the 15-county area saw its unemployment rate climb for the month. “Georgia continues to perform well in terms of jobs, claims…

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