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Cedartown Police seeking driver in fatal hit and run

January 17, 2020–8:05 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Cedartown Police are seeking the identity of a suspect in a fatal hit and run that occurred back on December. Kathy Chelsea Cochran was struck and killed by a vehicle on Prior Station Road near the intersection with Highway 100 at around 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, December 22. Authorities say…

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Fugitive Arrested in Connection With Missing Person Case

January 14th, 2020 – 4:40 PM Sheriff Mitch Ralston – Gordon County Sheriff’s Office –  On Monday morning, January 13, Kayla Silvers was reported missing by a family member who told deputies she’d last been seen on Saturday (January 11). Detectives immediately initiated a search for the missing woman. Detectives had also developed information that she…

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Cedartown Police investigating armed robbery; Rockmart suspect arrested

January 14th, 2020 – 2:10 PM WGAA Radio – (Via WGAA) Cedartown Police have arrested one suspect as an investigation into an early morning armed robbery continues. Aaron Arrington, 27, of 928 Dever St., Rockmart, has been charged with armed robbery and is currently housed in the Polk County Jail. According to Cedartown Police, a…

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Arrest made in police chase where Polk PD officer was struck by train

January 14th, 2020 – 2:00 PM WGAA Radio – (Via WGAA) The suspect that was being pursued by Polk County Police Officer Andy Anderson, who was struck by a train in Rockmart, is now in the Polk County Jail. According to Polk County Jail records, 18-year-old Jayden Willis Moates of a Litchfield St. address in…

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Gas prices decline last week

January 13, 2020–10:13 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices declined compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.44 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 4 cents more than last month, and 37 cents more than this time last year. According to Montrae Waiters with…

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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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Power to 112,000 Georgia Power customers restored following Saturday storm

January 12, 2020–12:00 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Electric service to over 112,000 Georgia Power customers has been restored following the storm that brought heavy wind and rain through Georgia Saturday night. As of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, approximately 11,000 customers are without power with a majority of the outages concentrated to the Rome, Cartersville, and Carrollton areas.…

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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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Georgia gas prices on the rise

January 7, 2020–7:39 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices continue their upward trend compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.46 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 4 cents more than a week ago, 3 cents more than last month, and 41 cents more than this time last year. It now…

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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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Police arrest parents of 11-month-old who died last month

January 6, 2020–10:37 a.m. WGAA RADIO The parents of an 11-month-old boy who was found deceased were arrested on December 31, 2019, and remain in the Polk County Jail with bail denied. According to Polk County Jail records, 29-year-old Jimmy Phillip Beck and 26-year-old Karalyn Brynne Lonergan, both of an Adamson Drive address in Cedartown,…

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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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Georgia gas prices increase four cents

December 30, 2019–8:00 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased slightly at the start of the workweek. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.42 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 4 cents more than a week ago, 3 cents less than last month, and 33 cents more than this time last year. It now costs $36.30 to…

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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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Lookout Mountain CASA Looking For Volunteer Advocates

December 28th, 2019 WZQZ Radio – Lookout Mountain CASA is looking for more volunteer advocates.  Are you the next HERO in a foster child’s life?  Right now there are over 200 children in the Lookout Mountain jurisdiction who are living in foster care. They say that it takes a village to raise a child, and…

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NIDIS: State of Georgia cleared of Drought Conditions

December 27th, 2019 – 1:15 PM NIDIS (National Integrated Drought Information System) – The U.S. Drought Monitor released an update on drought conditions across the State of Georgia that revealed that December’s rain has finally cleared the entire state of any drought conditions. None of Georgia’s 159 counties have any drought conditions as of this…

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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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Polk Medical Center earns national award for quality

December 26, 2019–8:08 a.m. NEWS RELEASE For the second consecutive year, Polk Medical Center has been named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. This award highlights the hospital for its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one…

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