Floyd County

Floyd County Commission meets Tuesday

Floyd County Commission meets Tuesday

January 24, 2022–11:21 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Floyd County Commissioners will conduct public hearings on several zoning matters when they meet tonight. One of those is a rezoning request for the former McHenry School property. The applicant is seeking to change the zoning at 100 McHenry Drive from Office-Industrial to General-Heavy-Commercial. Both planning staff and the…

Georgia Gas Price Average Increases

Georgia Gas Price Average Increases

January 24th, 2022 – 11:00 AM AAA: The Auto Club Group Georgia gas prices experienced a slight increase. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $3.13 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents more than a week ago, 2 cents more than last month, and 89 cents more than this time last year. It costs motorists…

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Rome City Commission meets Monday

January 23, 2022–6:11 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome City Commission will consider a number of agenda items when they meet Monday. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Rome City Hall. A public hearing regarding a rezoning request for a townhouse development on East 1st Avenue will be conducted during the meeting. Commissioners will also…

GNTC names GOAL Semi-Finalists

GNTC names GOAL Semi-Finalists

January 23, 2022–5:57 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Trish Wiggins, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program. Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (from left to right) the student’s…

Fatal fire in West Rome Friday

Fatal fire in West Rome Friday

January 23, 2022–2:00 p.m. STAFF REPORTS A house fire on Wingfield Street in West Rome claimed the life of a 66-year old woman Friday evening. According to Rome Fire Marshal Mary Catherine Chewning, firefighters were dispatched to the residence just after 8 p.m. and found the structure fully involved. Neighbors told firefighters that 66-year old…

[VIDEO] Dr. Voccio updates NWGA on COVID-19 Pandemic

[VIDEO] Dr. Voccio updates NWGA on COVID-19 Pandemic

January 21st, 2022 – 4:50 PM GA DPH Northwest Health District – Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, updates us on the coronavirus as cases surge throughout Northwest Georgia.

Etowah Skate Park closing Monday for renovations

Etowah Skate Park closing Monday for renovations

January 21st, 2022 – 4:45 PM Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Local skaters can be happy, although they need to find a new skating location for now. The Etowah Park skate park is closing on Monday, Jan. 24 to begin renovations. The renovations are part of a 2017 SPLOST project and will take several weeks to…

Two arrested on 27 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals

Two arrested on 27 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals

January 21, 2022–3:58 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS Two Lindale residents have been arrested on three counts of cruelty to animals, 27 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, and three counts of 1st-degree cruelty to children. According to Floyd County Jail records, 27-year old Shannon Renee Byars and 22-year old Dayton Levi Harvey deprived three…

Woman arrested for child molestation

Woman arrested for child molestation

January 21, 2022–3:54 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A homeless woman has been arrested on seven counts of child molestation. According to the arrest warrants, 34-year old Amanda Sue Charles had sex in front of children at a location on Martha Berry Boulevard. She also forced some of the children to watch pornography. The incidents…

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COVID-19 status report for January 20

January 20, 2022–6:20 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH 262 more COVID-19 cases were reported in Floyd County, according to Thursday’s status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. The new cases bring the total to 20,727 since the start of the pandemic. We are now at 2,784 cases in the last two weeks.…

Initial jobless claims rose slightly in December

Initial jobless claims rose slightly in December

January 21, 2022–6:16 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR First-time claims for unemployment insurance were up slightly last month, but they are still down dramatically from what we saw in December of 2020. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Floyd County reported 160 claims in December, up from 117 in November.  There were 1,749 in…

Two accused of stealing items from a storage unit

Two accused of stealing items from a storage unit

January 20, 2022–10:10 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS Two people have been arrested in connection with the theft of various items from a storage unit on Martha Berry Highway back on December 28. According to Floyd County Jail records, 32-year old Connie Leann Garlin of Silver Creek, and 40-year old Stevie Lamar Corcle of Cedartown…

Operation Gift Card returns in February

Operation Gift Card returns in February

January 20, 2022–9:45 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The Rome Floyd Chamber announced today, January 20, 2022, the return of Operation Gift Card. Operation Gift Card is a gift card matching program the Rome Floyd Chamber began in 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Operation Gift Card event will be held on Friday, February 4,…

[VIDEO] Floyd Police seek aide Identifying Robbery Suspect

[VIDEO] Floyd Police seek aide Identifying Robbery Suspect

January 20th, 2022 – 1:30 AM Floyd County Police Department – Police are asking for public help in identifying a suspect who robbed the A1 Food & Beverage on January 15th. According to Floyd County Police, the suspect fell hard running away, and was picked up by a dark color car on a nearby street.…

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COVID-19 daily status report for January 19

January 19, 2022–6:44 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH 242 Floyd County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Wednesday status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. The new cases reported from Tuesday to Wednesday bring the total to 20.465 since the start of the pandemic. Our two-week total is now…

Man charged with child molestation, solicitation of sodomy

Man charged with child molestation, solicitation of sodomy

January 19, 2022–8:39 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A 41-year old Rome man has been jailed on felony warrants charging him with child molestation and solicitation of sodomy. According to the warrants, the incidents involved a female under the age of 16 that occurred at the West 13th Street apartment of Jessie Lavell Zolicoffer. The…

[VIDEO] Single-Vehicle Accident in front of GA Highlands

[VIDEO] Single-Vehicle Accident in front of GA Highlands

January 19th, 2022 – 5:00 PM Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter – On Wednesday afternoon a single-vehicle accident was reported in the area in front of Georgia Highlands College on 27 South. According to 911 dispatch, First responders arrived at the scene to find a white Chevy utility van that had…

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City of Rome joins the Georgia Purchasing Group

January 19, 2022–11:43 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The City of Rome has officially joined the Georgia Purchasing Group, one of bidnet direct’s regional e-procurement solutions, providing vendors throughout Georgia easy online access to its upcoming solicitations. The City of Rome invites all vendors to register online at https://romega.us/552/Bids-RFPs. The regional purchasing group connects local governments with vendors…

Free at-home COVID-19 tests now available for order

Free at-home COVID-19 tests now available for order

January 19, 2022–10:25 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Visit https://www.covidtests.gov/ to place your order.

Teacher from Tunnel Hill arrested in Floyd County

Teacher from Tunnel Hill arrested in Floyd County

January 19, 2022–10:04 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A 36-year old man is accused of engaging in a graphic sexual conversation with someone he thought was under the age of 16 online. According to Floyd County Jail records, Michael David Powers also sent four pictures, exposing himself, and threatened to tell others about their conversation…

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