Cherokee County, Alabama

[PHOTOS] Local skywatchers wowed by Northern Lights

[PHOTOS] Local skywatchers wowed by Northern Lights

Saturday, May 11, 2024–1:30 a.m. -Staff reports- Northwest Georgia was treated to views of the northern lights Friday evening. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Aurora Borealis are the result of electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. The phenomenon is primarily seen in the polar regions. However, during major…

Movie filming in Centre, Alabama

Movie filming in Centre, Alabama

Tuesday, May 7, 2024–12:07 p.m. -WEIS Radio- Film crews were in Centre, Alabama Monday and Tuesday, filming a production called “Heist.” The movie is being directed by international rap star T-Pain. According to the movie’s first assistant director, the filming included chase scenes. T-Pain, who was born in neighboring Florida, is a huge admirer of…

[AUDIO] Atrium Health Floyd, Harbin leaders discuss future

[AUDIO] Atrium Health Floyd, Harbin leaders discuss future

Monday, April 22, 2024–10:31 a.m. -WRGA Radio- Last week, Atrium Health Floyd and Harbin Clinic, the region’s two longest-serving healthcare providers, finalized along-anticipated strategic combination, creating an integrated healthcare system. Kurt Stuenkel, president of Atrium Health Floyd, and Kenna Stock, chief executive officer at Harbin Clinic, were guests on WRGA’s First News with Tony McIntosh…

More rain on the way, flooding and thunderstorms possible

More rain on the way, flooding and thunderstorms possible

Tuesday, April 9, 2024–10:51 a.m. -Floyd County EMA- Thunderstorms will bring widespread rainfall to the region between Wednesday evening and Thursday evening. There is a slight risk (level 2 of 5) of severe weather, with damaging wind gusts and/or a brief tornado being the main hazards. Flash flooding and/or river flooding may also become a…

Atrium Health Floyd EMS named Georgia’s Service of the Year

Atrium Health Floyd EMS named Georgia’s Service of the Year

Thursday, March 28, 2024–10:30 a.m. -News Release- Atrium Health Floyd EMS was named the Georgia EMS Service of The Year during the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association (GEMSA) awards held Tuesday night in Buford. It marked the fourth time Atrium Health Floyd has earned statewide the award. Individual honorees for Atrium Health Floyd EMS include:…

Alabama shooting suspect in custody

Alabama shooting suspect in custody

Tuesday, March 19, 2024–11:44 a.m. -WEIS Radio- The man wanted in connection with a shooting incident Saturday night in Cherokee County, Alabama is now in custody. The shooting erupted in front of a residence on county road 40 near the Peeks Crossroads Community during a dispute between 34-year-old Joseph Hunter of Centre and the victim who…

Alabama jury finds man not guilty in murder of two Rome sisters

Alabama jury finds man not guilty in murder of two Rome sisters

Tuesday, March 19, 2024–8:00 a.m. -Adam Carey, Rome News-Tribune- This story is possible because of a news-sharing agreement with the Rome News-Tribune. More information can be found at northwestgeorgianews.com. An Alabama jury acquitted a Rome man on a capital murder charge stemming from the killing of two Rome sisters in May 2020. Devin Lashawn Watts was…

Flood Watch lifted for Floyd County

Flood Watch lifted for Floyd County

Saturday, March 9, 2024–6:14 a.m. -National Weather Service- Most of the rain has moved off to the south of Floyd County, meaning a Flood Watch that was in effect has been lifted. Just under an inch of rain has been recorded at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in the last 24 hours. There is…

Man arrested in Alabama following chase that started in Floyd County

Man arrested in Alabama following chase that started in Floyd County

Thursday, March 7, 2024–12:16 p.m. -WEIS Radio- According to Cedar Bluff Police Chief Jeremy Stepps, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, Cherokee County 911 received a call from Floyd County Georgia advising that Floyd County officers were involved in a high-speed pursuit of a 2010 Gray Hyundai Sonata driven by a white male. Floyd County advised…

Human remains found in truck submerged in Weiss Lake

Human remains found in truck submerged in Weiss Lake

Saturday, February 24, 2024–2:52 p.m. -WEIS Radio- According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, a truck was recovered Friday morning from Weiss Lake at Chesnut Bay. Law enforcement began to look for the truck after a fisherman reported what he thought was a vehicle. The truck was registered to Oscar Lewis King who was reported…

Man shot Saturday in Cherokee County, Alabama

Man shot Saturday in Cherokee County, Alabama

Tuesday, February 13, 2024–10:50 a.m. -WEIS Radio- The Cherokee County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into a weekend shooting that sent one man to the hospital. According to the incident report: Two men entered a home on County Road 71 in the Woods Bend community at around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. An altercation ensued…

Rome City, Floyd County Schools operating on a two-hour delay Wednesday

Rome City, Floyd County Schools operating on a two-hour delay Wednesday

Tuesday, January 16, 2014–3:13 p.m. -Staff reports- Floyd County Schools will implement a two-hour delay on Wednesday, January 17. School will begin at 10 a.m. All FCS employees should report by 9 a.m. Please note, that this will be a two-hour delay with a two-hour shift in the normal schedule. If you normally drop your…

Multiple School Closings Announced in Northwest Georgia

Multiple School Closings Announced in Northwest Georgia

January 15th, 2024 – 4:20 PM WRGA Staff Reports – Due to the anticipation of severe weather, all campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College will be closed on Tuesday, January 16. All classes, activities, and events are canceled. Unity Christian, Darlington, Georgia Highlands College, and Bartow County Schools have also announced closures. Rome City Schools issued…

Prepare your home for a winter weather blast

Prepare your home for a winter weather blast

Sunday, January 14, 2023–6:53 p.m. -AAA South- With the season’s most frigid temperatures on the way, AAA reminds homeowners and renters that preparing for inclement weather is essential to avoiding wintertime repairs. Prolonged periods of below-freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on a home’s heating system, plumbing, and exterior features. “Maintaining your property is essential to…

Winter Weather Advisory from 1 a.m. Monday until 10 a.m. Tuesday

Winter Weather Advisory from 1 a.m. Monday until 10 a.m. Tuesday

Sunday, January 14, 2024–6:21 p.m -National Weather Service- The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Floyd, Gordon, Chattooga, Bartow, and Polk Counties from 1 a.m. Monday until 10 a.m. Tuesday. The advisory is also in effect for Cherokee County, Alabama. We could see a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing…

Local schools operating on a two-hour delay Tuesday

Local schools operating on a two-hour delay Tuesday

Monday, January 8, 2024–9:54 a.m. -David Crowder, WRGA News- Due to the potential for flash flooding and gusty winds on Tuesday morning, Floyd County, Rome City, Gordon County, Calhoun City, Chattooga County, and Polk County Schools will all operate on a two-hour delay. In addition, Cherokee County and DeKalb County Schools in Alabama will also…

Blood donations sought as we near the end of the year

Blood donations sought as we near the end of the year

Wednesday, December 20, 2023–9:24 a.m. -David Crowder, WRGA News- You can give the gift of life this holiday season. Blood Assurance is looking for blood donors, especially O-positive, O-negative, A-negative, and B-negative. According to Dr. Liz Culler, Chief Medical Officer with Blood Assurance, recent severe weather in Middle Tennessee demonstrates how the need for blood…

Man sentenced to life without parole for murder of two Rome women

Man sentenced to life without parole for murder of two Rome women

Monday, November 27, 2023–8:00 p.m. -John Bailey, Rome News-Tribune- This story is possible because of a news-sharing agreement with the Rome News-Tribune. More information can be found at northwestgeorgianews.com. Desmond Lavonta Brown was sentenced to life without parole Monday for the murder of two Rome sisters in 2020.  A Cherokee County, Alabama, jury found Brown guilty…

Guilty verdict in the trial of a man in the murder of two Rome sisters

Guilty verdict in the trial of a man in the murder of two Rome sisters

Tuesday, November 21, 2023–5:45 p.m. -Adam Carey, Rome News-Tribune- This story is possible because of a news-sharing agreement with the Rome News-Tribune. More information can be found at northwestgeorgianews.com. The jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday afternoon in the capital murder case against Desmond Brown for the killing of two Rome sisters in 2020. Brown faces…

Man accused of breaking infant’s ribs

Man accused of breaking infant’s ribs

Friday, November 17, 2023–9:24 p.m. -Floyd County Jail records- A Centre, Alabama resident is facing felony charges for allegedly breaking a four-month-old baby’s ribs.  According to an arrest warrant at the Floyd County Jail: 19-year-old Damon Eugene Soles Jr. squeezed the infant’s torso causing multiple broken ribs.  The child had to be hospitalized due to…

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