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Rome City Schools Participates in “Stuff the Bus” Virtual Fundraising Event

Jul 14th, 2020 – 12:15 PM Rome City Schools –  Help support Rome City Schools’ students as they prepare to head back to class! WSB-TV has partnered with the Children’s Restoration Network, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Georgia Foundation for Public Education in hosting a virtual “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive July…

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City approves resolution to relocate Confederate statue

July 14, 2020–1:08 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome City Commission has approved a resolution expressing the desire to relocate the statue of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from Myrtle Hill Cemetery to Fort Norton on Jackson Hill. The relocation would be contingent on further study and engineering. The commission also approved the formation of an…

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City commission approves mandatory mask emergency order

July 14, 2020–1:04 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome City Commission has approved an emergency order requiring the wearing of face coverings in public places when social distancing is not feasible. The order is an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. During a joint city/county meeting last week, public health officials and representatives from Floyd,…

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Rome City School Board to discuss budget

July 14, 2020–1:00 a.m. STAFF REPORTS First Reading and the first public hearing regarding the Rome City School System’s proposed Fiscal Year 21 Budget is on the agenda for tonight’s Rome School Board meeting. The FY20 Budget is about $2.2 million less than the original FY20 Budget. Today’s Rome City School Board meeting begins at 4:00…

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Floyd County Commission meets Tuesday

July 14, 2020–12:57 a.m. STAFF REPORTS A packed agenda awaits Floyd County Commissioners when they meet this evening. The commission will consider the approval of a budget for a COVID-19 marketing plan. During a joint city/county meeting last week, the county commissioners in attendance indicated support for a public education effort to encourage the wearing…

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GA DPH COVID-19 State Report for July 13th

July 13th, 2020 – 4:15 PM Georgia Department of Public Health –  These data represent confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as of 7/13/2020, 2:50:06 PM. On Monday, the State of Georgia reported 3,643 new COVID-19 cases on since sunday. In addition, there were 217 additional hospitalizations from…

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AAA: Georgia Pump Prices Continue to Hold Steady

July 13th, 2020 – 2:00 PM AAA, The Auto Club Group Georgia gas prices  hold steady at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.00 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 11 cents more than last month, and 65 cents less than this time last year. It now costs motorists $30.00 to…

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[VIDEO] Harbin Clinic and the YMCA of Rome announce “Team Up For Health”

July 13th, 2020 – 12:00 PM Ethan Garrett  – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter On Monday morning, Harbin Clinic and The YMCA of Rome and Floyd County announced Team Up for Health, an initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of children and youth in the community through collaboration. As a key…

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State COVID-19 report for Sunday

July 12, 2020–5:04 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The State of Georgia reported 2,525 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. In addition, there were 324 additional hospitalizations from Saturday to Sunday and five additional deaths. Floyd County saw eight new cases with no deaths and no additional hospitalizations. Bartow County reported 34 new cases, two…

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City commission to discuss Confederate monuments, masks Monday night

July 12, 2020–2:48 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Discussions about face masks and Confederate monuments are on the agenda for Monday night’s Rome City Commission meeting. The commission will hear a recommendation to petition the State of Georgia to allow the city to relocate the statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest from Myrtle Hill to Fort Norton.…

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Child drowns in Garden Lakes pool on Friday

July 12,2020– 2:45 p.m. STAFF REPORTS A seven-year-old girl is dead after apparently drowning in a private pool at a home in Garden Lakes on Friday. According to Assistant Rome City Police Chief Debbie Burnett, the little girl was playing and went into the deep end of the pool. First responders tried to revive her…

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New pathway in sports management opens up career possibilities for GHC students

July 10th, 2020 – 11:00 AM Georgia Highlands College –  Georgia Highlands College is now providing students an opportunity to enter the growing world of sports management by introducing the Sports Management Pathway this fall. Students can start this pathway in August by applying before the July 15th fall deadline. “This program was developed to meet…

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[VIDEO] GA DPH’s Dr. Voccio addresses public COVID-19 mask usage

July 10th, 2020 – 10:55 AM Georgia Department of Public Health –  The latest situation report on COVID-19 and message on masks comes from Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District. Remember, free COVID-19 testing is available to everyone in each Northwest Georgia county See his…

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Rome City Schools delays start of 2020-2021 school year

July 9, 2020–7:16 p.m. STAFF REPORTS During a called meeting Thursday evening, the Rome City Board of Education approved a delay in the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The year was set to begin on August 3, now it will be August 13. Superintendent Louis Byars said the delay will give the school system…

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Georgia Reports Most UI Benefits Ever Paid in One Week

July 9th, 2020 – 4:50 PM Georgia Department of Labor –  The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today it has paid more Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits than ever previously paid.  Payments of almost three times the amount in all of 2019 were issued to claimants during the short holiday week. Over $857 million in…

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GA DPH COVID-19 State Report for July 9th

July 9th, 2020 – 4:30 PM Georgia Department of Public Health –  These data represent confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as of 7/9/2020, 2:50:06 PM: There have been 106,727 total confirmed cases, 1,019,422 viral tests have been conducted, 2,322 people currently hospitalized, and there have been 2,930 total deaths…

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Public health announces new COVID-19 testing days/hours

July 9th, 2020 – 3:30 PM Georgia Department of Public Health – The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District is changing testing hours at its ten Northwest Georgia drive-up COVID-19 testing locations. Beginning Monday, July 13, free testing will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Chattooga, Catoosa,…

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