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Jobless claims down in Rome

June 17, 2021–2:20 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell in the Rome area last month. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, there were 799 initial claims filed in May, down from 1,218 in April. There were a whopping 7,309 in May of last year. Rome has also gained 2,600…

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New parking deck planned for Main Street

June 17th, 2021 – 10:50 AM Downtown Cartersville – As part of the 2020 SPLOST program, the County is planning to construct a parking deck in the rear of its Annex Building, with access from Main Street and Cherokee Avenue. The first level of the parking deck will be accessible from Main Street and have…

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$80 million warehouse and distribution center proposed in Bartow County

June 16, 2021–5:45 p.m. STAFF REPORTS/ROME NEWS-TRIBUNE The Bartow County Planning Commission will conduct a zoning hearing on July 12 that could pave the way for a proposed $80-million dollar business center on Cass-White Road. According to the agenda for the meeting, Bartow Land Partners, LLC is seeking to rezone the two parcels totaling more…

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Harbin Clinic welcomes 10 new physicians

June 16, 2021–8:07 a.m. NEWS RELEASE For 150 years, Harbin Clinic has demonstrated its commitment to providing high-quality, local medical care to patients throughout Northwest Georgia. As the state’s largest privately owned, physician-led healthcare organization with an established and trusted reputation in the communities it serves, Harbin Clinic recognizes the critical importance of recruiting world-class…

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Red Cross issue plea for blood donations

June 15, 2021–11:09 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage. This, as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants, and elective surgeries rise and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to…

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Rome to host planning sessions for state child abuse prevention plan

June 14, 2021–7:25 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The Prevention and Community Support Section at the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS PCS) and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (PCA Georgia) are now preparing for the Regional Implementation Planning process for Georgia’s recently released Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (https://abuse.publichealth.gsu.edu/canpp/). The Exchange Club Family Resource Center…

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Georgia Reinstates Pre-Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Requirements

June 10th, 2021 – 5:15 PM Georgia Department of Labor – In accordance with the plan for reemployment and the announcement to no longer participate in the federal unemployment insurance (UI) programs enacted through the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will reinstate many of the eligibility…

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[VIDEO] Dr. Voccio updates NWGA on Pandemic and Immunization

June 10th, 2021 – 4:45 PM Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District – Voccio Viewpoint 6/10/21: Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, updates us on the coronavirus pandemic and our immunization progress in Northwest Georgia.

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New immunization requirement for rising 11th grade students

June 9th, 2021 – 3:40 PM Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District – Under a new state rule, effective July 1, all students entering the 11th grade require proof of a booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) unless they received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday. “Incoming high school…

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Mathis to retire as GHC director of athletics

June 8, 2021–10:14 a.m. NEWS RELEASE After nearly 30 years at Georgia Highlands College (GHC), David Mathis announced plans to retire on August 31 as the director of athletics. GHC has appointed Brandan Harrell to serve as the new director of athletics starting September. Mathis, who helped lead GHC’s athletics program from its inception, is a…

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Georgia pump prices hold steady at $2.91 per gallon

June 7, 2021–11:35 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices held steady at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are paying an average price of $2.91 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is the same from a week ago, 18 cents more than last month and $1.13 more than this time last year.…

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AAA: “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers have begun

June 3, 2021–5:33 p.m. AAA SOUTH Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start of summer and unfortunately a dangerous time of year for young drivers. Nationwide, more than 30 percent of deaths involving teen drivers occur during what’s called the “100 Deadliest Days” – a period that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “Now…

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GA Tourism Recovery, $2 Million in Marketing Grants & Co-op Funding

June 3rd, 2021 – 3:50 PM Georgia Department of Economic Development – Governor Brian P. Kemp in partnership with Explore Georgia, the state tourism office within the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced the recipients of a special round of Tourism Recovery Marketing Grants. The Explore Georgia Tourism Recovery Marketing Grant program supports marketing…

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COVID-19 cases are down, but vaccine rates have slowed

June 2, 2021–5:47 p.m. STAFF REPORTS As we enter the summer months, we are continuing to see a decline in COVID-19 cases in Northwest Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Floyd County has reported 60 positive test results in the last two weeks. Compare that to December 10 when there were 132…

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Blood donations needed as cancer patients resume care

June 2, 2021–5:39 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up this June to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Give Time and help ensure loved ones have the strength and support they need as they undergo cancer treatment. According to the American Cancer Society,…

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GBI investigating drowning of toddler at Carters Lake

June 2, 2021–7:12 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The GBI’s Region One office in Calhoun is investigating the drowning death of a 3-year old child from Adairsville at Carters Lake Sunday. The Murray County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a missing toddler in the area of Cove Road at around 2 p.m. Malachi Holden was pulled…

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Rome-Floyd Unified Development Code community kickoff event June 15

May 31, 2021–7:41 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The City of Rome and Floyd County has kicked off a new project: “Rome – Floyd Unified Development Code”.  The goal of this effort to update and simplify the City and County’s Unified Land Development Code (also referred to as the “Code”). The public will have several opportunities to…

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Georgia gas prices down two-cents

May 31, 2021–7:25 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices decreased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.91 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 22 cents more than last month, and $1.16 more than this time last year. Local averages…

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Report: Man jumps from bridge in Bartow County Thursday

May 27, 2021–7:08 p.m. WBHF RADIO A man was pulled from the Etowah River Thursday after jumping from the River Bridge on I-75 at Red Top. Bartow 911 received two calls reporting an individual sitting or jumping off the bridge located between mile markers 285 and 287 Officials say the man was taken to an…

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Law enforcement: Buckle up this weekend

May 27, 2021–2:58 p.m. NEWS RELEASE State troopers and local law enforcement are asking everyone to make the summer travel season a safe one this year by remembering to click their seat belt or risk being handed a ticket. Preliminary data from the Georgia Department of Transportation shows the number of people killed in traffic…

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