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Georgia gas prices increase

March 1, 2021–8:52 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.57 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 6 cents more than a week ago, 33 cents more than last month, and 29 cents more than this time last year. Because…

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Issue with 2018 Floyd County ballots referred to state attorney general’s office

March 1, 2021–8:39 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The State Elections Board has sent dozens of alleged election violations to prosecutors. One of those cases, which has been referred to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, involves the Floyd County Board of Elections and Registrations for allegedly improperly assigning school board districts to 17,682 voters and failing to…

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[VIDEO] Dr. Voccio gives NWGA a COVID-19 update

February 26th, 2021 – 3:05 PM Northwest Health District– Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, give us a quick update on coronavirus in Northwest Georgia, and vaccine/immunizations. Then Cicely Thomas, nutrition services director for the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program and someone who has…

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DPH announces COVID-19 Health Equity Council

February 25, 2021–8:24 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) announces the newly-created DPH COVID-19 Health Equity Council. The group will help DPH increase the effectiveness of its public health programs statewide, ensure equity in COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration, and improve outreach and communication within Georgia communities most affected by COVID-19.…

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[VIDEO] More Georgians will soon qualify for COVID-19 vaccine

February 25, 2021–8:17 p.m. GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP More Georgians will soon qualify to get the COVID-19 vaccine. On Thursday, Governor Brian Kemp announced that due to the steady increase in vaccine supply the progress made in getting more doses administered, starting March 8, the state will expand the current 1A+ vaccination criteria to include adults…

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Public health to end free COVID testing in Northwest Georgia

February 23, 2021–8:19 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District is ending its nearly yearlong operation of free COVID-19 testing sites effective Thursday, February 25, with the closing of that day’s site in Walker County. “Over the last two months, we’ve been shifting more and more of our limited public…

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Georgia has prices headed upward

February 22, 2021–11:02 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.51 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 18 cents more than a week ago, 27 cents more than last month, and 21 cents more than this time last year. Abnormally…

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Dr. Voccio gives COVID-19 update

February 21, 2021–9:38 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, updates us on coronavirus in Northwest Georgia. He said we are seeing diminished transmission in Northwest Georgia with the lowest numbers since last summer. He also tells us where we…

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Governor Kemp Announces $552M Georgia Rental Assistance Program

February 20th, 2021 – 9:50 PM Press Release – Governor Kemp announced that the State of Georgia has received more than $552 million in stimulus funds through the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Congress appropriated $25 billion to provide relief to landlords and tenants who are behind on rent and utility payments due to the…

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Famed Summerville Attorney Bobby Lee Cook Passes Away

February 19th, 2021 – 9:50 AM WZQZ Radio – (Via WZQZ Radio) Summerville Attorney Bobby Lee Cook passed away this morning, according to family members. Mr. Cook, age 96, was born in the Chattoogaville Community in 1925.  He served in the United States Army in World War II and has practiced law in Chattooga County…

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GDOT Hosting Small Business Webinar in NWGA

February 18th, 2021 – 2:20 PM Georgia Department of Transportation – The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) State Supported Funding Program (SSFP) will be hosting an online webinar for small business owners interested in learning about routine maintenance opportunities in Northwest Georgia. Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), small business owners and veteran-owned small businesses will…

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GA DPH and DHS Help Seniors Get COVID-19 Vaccine

February 18th, 2021 – 2:15 PM Georgia Department of Public Health – The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) are joining efforts to ensure vulnerable seniors get access to the COVID-19 vaccine. DPH, DHS and local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) will be helping older adults to sign up…

Legislation seeks to end “no excuse” absentee voting in Georgia

February 17, 2021–5:09 p.m. STAFF REPORTS A Georgia State Senate subcommittee has voted to advance a bill to end no excuse absentee voting. The legislation limits absentee voting to those over the age of 75, those with a doctor’s note and people who are out of town. The vote was 3-2 along party lines. The…

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Flash Flood Watch Issued for much of NWGA

February 17th, 2021 – 3:45 PM The National Weather Service in Peachtree City – The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of north and central Georgia from 7 PM EST this evening through Friday morning. NWGA Counties impacted include: Chattooga, Gordon, Polk, Floyd, Bartow, and Paulding County.  Widespread…

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Weather delays COVID vaccine shipments to Georgia

February 16, 2021–8:23 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Winter weather across the country is significantly impacting shipments of COVID-19 vaccine to Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) received notification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that normally would have arrived the first part…

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New COVID vaccine dashboard on DPH website

February 16, 2021–4:04 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is launching a new COVID vaccine dashboard on the DPH website at dph.georgia.gov. The dashboard provides a detailed, transparent picture of vaccination administration in Georgia. As part of the transition to the new dashboard, you will see a one-time decrease in the…

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Closings and delays for Tuesday

February 15, 2021–7:12 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Due to the frigid temperatures and threat of black ice, Floyd County Schools will be closed Tuesday for all staff and students. Please note that all after-school activities are canceled for Tuesday as well. Rome City Schools is scheduled for a flexible learning day on Tuesday.  In addition to students, RCS administrators, educators and…

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NWGA Health Departments announces delayed openings on 2/16

February 15th, 2021 – 5:10 AM GA DPH Northwest Health District – All Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District offices, including the district office in Rome and all ten county health departments, will delay opening tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16, until 10 a.m. This effects health departments in in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd,…

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NWGA: Black Ice/Wind Chill Potential until Tuesday morning

February 15th, 2021 – 5:00 PM The National Weather Service and GDOT- According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, the potential for black ice on roads in Northwest Georgia is expected until Tuesday morning with the following Counties potentially effected: Floyd, Polk, Gordon, Bartow, Paulding, and Chattooga.  Rainfall associated with an approaching cold…

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AAA: Georgia Gas Prices Ticking Upward

February 15th, 2021 – 9:45 AM AAA The Auto Club Group – Georgia gas prices  increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.33 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 5 cents more than a week ago, 12 cents more than last month, and 6 cents more than this…

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