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Rome City Commission meets Monday

October 25, 2020–11:53 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Rome City Commissioners will consider an agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the adjustment of water and sewer facilities ahead of a proposed paving project on Highway 411. The project would see the resurfacing of Highway 411 from Highway 27 to the Bartow County Line. Due to…

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Wings Over North Georgia continues Sunday

October 25, 2020–11:35 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show hosted near capacity crowds on Saturday, October 24. Due to weather issues near Dobbins ARB, the Thunderbirds and F-16 Viper demo team were unable to perform, however, all other air show performers were able to complete their demonstrations. The A-10 Team…

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[VIDEO] Sneak Peek of the Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show

October 23rd, 2020 – 6:45 PM Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor and Video Reporter  (Photos and video by Ethan Garrett) WRGA News was invited to the rehearsal of the Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show on Friday morning, where we got a sneak peak of what you can expect from this weekend’s…

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Wings Over North Georgia this weekend

October 22, 2020–11:45 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2020 Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show this weekend. The U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team, the Black Daggers, will open the show each day during opening ceremonies with an abbreviated aerial demonstration. They will return later in the show for…

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Rome’s jobs increase in September

October 22, 2020–11:23 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome saw its jobs increase in September. Additionally, Rome saw monthly increases in its labor force and number of employed residents for September. “Although we saw some negative metrics in certain MSAs, a majority of the areas saw increases…

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15 Floyd County Jail inmates have COVID-19

October 22, 2020–11:08 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE According to a statement from Sheriff Tim Burkhalter: “Currently, we have 15 inmates in the Floyd County Jail, who have tested positive for covid-19, along with 7 employees. More test results for staff and inmates are still pending. Effective immediately, the Floyd County Jail is implementing the…

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Berry College announces new Board of Trustees chairman 

October 22nd, 2020 – 4:55 PM Berry College – Berry College alumnus and co-founder of Atlanticus Holdings Corporation Rick Gilbert has been named the new chairman of the Berry Board of Trustees.  Gilbert, who earned his law degree from John Marshall Law School, is a member of both the Georgia Bar and American Bar Association. He attended Berry College after attending and playing…

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COVID-19 status report for October 22nd

October 22nd, 2020 – 4:20 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH – These data represent confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as of 10/22/2020, 2:50:08 PM. Total Confirmed State Cases are now at 345,535. Total State Deaths are now at 7,729. Total State Hospitalizations are at 30,829, and total state ICU Admissions are at 5,774. 1,824 confirmed…

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Voting PSA from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office

October 22nd, 2020 – 4:00 PM Floyd County Sheriff’s Office – We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that carrying a firearm at a polling location is illegal per O.C.G.A. 21-2-413 and O.C.G.A. 16-11-127. O.C.G.A. 21-2-413 (i) states: (i) No person except peace officers regularly employed by the federal, state, county, or…

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GNTC receives donation to establish Public Safety Scholarship

October 22nd, 2020 – 2:30 PM Georgia Northwestern Technical College –  Seated in the office of Dr. Heidi Popham, president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), Gary and Diane McConnell established a Public Safety Scholarship through the GNTC Foundation. With a combined public safety career of over 75 years, the McConnell’s wanted to assist students…

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[VIDEO] US Army Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration at Redmond

October 22nd, 2020 – 12:00 PM Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter On Thursday Morning, the US Army Black Daggers Special Ops Parachute Team conducted a demonstration at Redmond Regional Medical Center in honor of our healthcare workers. The public event was provided by the US Army’s Atlanta Medical Recruiting Company, and the Atlanta 2nd Medical…

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Four more COVID-19 deaths in Northwest Georgia

October 22, 2020–7:44 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Two more Floyd County residents have died from COVID-19. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the death toll as of Wednesday was 57 since the start of the pandemic, up from 55 on Tuesday. Total cases in Floyd County were at 3,710, up by…

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Man charged with theft

October 22, 2020–7:30 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A Cave Spring man was jailed Tuesday on charges of theft by taking and theft by deception. According to Floyd County Jail records, 33-year old Justin Lamar Penny took radios, fans, welding torches, and other equipment valued at $1,500 from International Paper. He also stole two Motorola…

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Rome Christmas Parade will be scaled down this year due to COVID-19

October 22, 2020–7:27 a.m. STAFF REPORTS At this time, the Rome Christmas Parade is still on for December 1. However, it will be a scaled-down version due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parade entries will be limited to 40 instead of the usual 100-150. Participants will also be required to wear a mask and there will…

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Georgia DPH provides update on COVID-19 trends

October 21, 2020–6:19 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing the following information regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia: COVID-19 Cases From 10/13 to 10/19, the seven-day average of new cases reported increased 3.8%. The seven-day average of new cases reported is down 65% from our peak July 24. As of…

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Manhunt continues for Polk murder suspect

October 21, 2020–6:11 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The manhunt for a Polk County man wanted in a deadly shooting Sunday evening continues. Jimmy Blackmon is a suspect in the shooting death of his wife 36-year old Ginger Leanne Green Blackmon on Rice Road in Rockmart. His pickup truck was later discovered at the East Rome Walmart…

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Man charged with child cruelty, aggravated assault

October 21, 2020–8:36 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A 33-year old Rome man was arrested Monday at his Bollen Court home on charges of aggravated assault and 1st-degree cruelty to children. According to Floyd County Jail records, Adam Corey Master applied pressure to the throat of a child, causing the victim to be unable to…

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[VIDEO] Car vs Motorcycle at Turner McCall and Riverside

October 20th, 2020 – 6:15 PM Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter On Tuesday afternoon, a two vehicle accident involving a car and a motorcycle occurred at the intersection of Turner McCall BLVD and Riverside PKWY. Rome Police and Fire Department rushed to respond to the area to divert the heavy…

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New Acts Featured in this years Wings Over North Georgia Show

October 20th, 2020 – 4:50 PM Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show –  The annual fall air show in Rome, GA has served as host to a number of top military and civilian pilots and demonstration teams; however, the 2020 Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show will host a number of acts for the first time…

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F & P Georgia announces $22.8 million expansion in Floyd County

October 20th, 2020 – 4:30 PM Rome Floyd County Development Authority – F & P Georgia announced plans Tuesday for a $22.8 million expansion of their stamping and assembly facility located in the Floyd County Industrial Park….This expansion will create an additional 15 jobs. “Rome and Floyd County have been a great home for F…

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