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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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Red Cross: Need for Blood doesn’t stop for Holidays – Donors are Needed

December 3rd, 2019 – 12:00 PM Red Cross Press Release – Those who come to give through Dec. 18 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card (Dec. 2, 2019) Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a life-saving gift…

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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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Georgia DOT Restricts Lane Closures for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel in Northwest Georgia

November 25th, 2019 – 4:45 PM Georgia Department of Transportation Press Release – To ease Thanksgiving traffic congestion statewide, Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes from 6 a.m. Wednesday, November 27 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 2. The statewide lane restrictions allow commuters work-zone…

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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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Foggy morning in Northwest Georgia

November 25, 2019–7:00 a.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE You’re waking up to patchy fog and frost portions of north and central Georgia this morning. Visibility restrictions as low as a quarter of a mile are anticipated where fog occurs. Drivers should be alert for decreasing visibility. The fog will begin to dissipate after sunrise and will…

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Floyd Diabetes Prevention Program earns recognition from CDC

November 21, 2019–7:48 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The Diabetes Prevention Program at Floyd is playing a role in “turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes,” according to a letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “As the (CDC’s) Director of the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program, it is immensely…

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Cedartown High placed on lockdown Wednesday

November 20, 2019–1:43 p.m. FROM POLK COUNTY SCHOOLS Polk School District has been made aware of a potential threat, via our anonymous tip line, to Cedartown High School. In response and as we investigate, the school is on a Code Blue (a heightened state of security) preventive lockdown as a precautionary measure. No students will…

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Report: Thanksgiving is by far the leading day for U.S. home cooking fires

November 18th, 2019 – 5:00 PM National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) More than three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on a typical day of the year. That’s according to the latest U.S. Home Cooking Fires report recently released by the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA), which shows that there were 1,600 reported home…

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55 million expected to travel this Thanksgiving

November 18, 2019–7:54 a.m. AAA SOUTH More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. Overall,…

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USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program 2019

November 16th, 2019 – Press Release – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be…

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Veteran’s Day observances Monday in Northwest Georgia

November 10, 2019–12:59 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Monday is Veteran’s Day and a number of events are planned to honor everyone who has served in our nation’s armed forces. On Monday at 11 a.m., the Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 of the American Legion will present the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at Myrtle Hill. The service will feature…

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GNTC announces winner of 2020 EAGLE Award

November 6, 2019–8:00 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Calhoun resident Brandon Dyer told judges of a car accident caused by a distracted driver that left him severely injured but put him on the path to obtaining his General Education Development® diploma, and now his Marketing Management degree, through Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC). Dyer’s story, as well…

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Floyd Health System and Atrium Health to join

November 5, 2019–9:52 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Floyd Health System (Floyd) and Atrium Health announced today that the organizations have signed a letter of intent to combine, with the goal of bringing enhanced capabilities and new investments in skills and talent, facilities and technology to the communities served by Floyd. The agreement is subject to regulatory…

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Pilot killed in gyrocopter crash in Polk County

November 5, 2019–9:04 a.m. STAFF REPORTS A pilot died when the gyrocopter he was flying crashed in Polk County on Monday afternoon. Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the aircraft crashed in a cotton field between Collard Valley and Wyatt roads about 1:30 p.m. It’s not clear what led to…

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Today is Election Day

November 15, 2019–7:48 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Voters in Rome are casting votes for City Commission. In Ward One, five candidates are seeking three seats. They are incumbents Milton Slack, Bill Irmscher and Sundai Stevenson, along with Mark Cochran and Jim Bojo. In Ward Three, Incumbents Bill Collins and Craig McDaniel are running, along with JJ…

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Gas prices increased last week

November 5, 2019–7:37 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased 3 cents at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.43 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 3 cents more than a week ago, 9 cents less than this time last month, and 21 cents less than this time last…

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