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CDC updates guidance for facial coverings

July 27, 2021–9:22 p.m. STAFF REPORTS In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, primarily due to the more contagious Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance regarding facial coverings. The CDC is now recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of…

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Fatal wreck Saturday on Highway 53/Farmville Road, GSP investigating

July 27th, 2021 – 3:00 PM Staff Reports – An investigation conducted by the Georgia State Patrol is underway into a fatal wreck that occurred on Hwy. 53 at Farmville Road on Saturday (7/24/21) around 11:00 AM. According to information provided by the Georgia State Patrol, a 2016 red Kia Soul was traveling east on…

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Gordon Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting incident

July 27th, 2021 – 11:33 AM Gordon County Sheriff’s Office – According to the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, at about 8 p.m. yesterday evening (July 26), deputy sheriffs and other emergency personnel were dispatched to a private residence on Wesley Chapel Road in the Sonoraville community in response to a report of a man having…

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Calhoun Police arrest armed robbery suspects

July 21, 2021–5:20 p.m. CALHOUN POLICE REPORT Two Acworth men were arrested Tuesday following an armed robbery at Ginger’s Grocery on Dews Pond Road in Calhoun. According to the police report, 22-year old Cameron David Mulligan entered the store wearing all black and a mask just after 1 p.m. He pointed a gun at the…

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[VIDEO] COVID-19 cases rising in Georgia

July 19, 2021–6:15 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and public health officials are concerned. In Georgia, positivity rates have increased by 84% over the last two weeks. In the 10-county Northwest Georgia region, the increase hasn’t been quite as dramatic. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for…

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Georgia gas prices up four cents

July 19, 2021–6:10 p.m. AAA SOUTH Peak summer driving season is in full swing as Americans hit the road and gas prices are not backing down. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.97 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 4 cents more than a week ago, 7 cents…

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NGEMC warms customers of scams

July 19, 2021–6:00 p.m. NORTH GEORGIA EMC North Georgia EMC has received several reports of a scammer in their service area. A scam caller has contacted several members demanding payment for a new meter. NGEMC will not call you demanding payment and they do not charge for meters. If you receive a similar call, please…

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[VIDEO] Dr. Voccio updates NWGA on pandemic situation

July 16th, 2021 – 10:45 AM 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 pandemic and our immunization progress in Northwest Georgia. He talks about our recent uptick in cases, Long Covid, and recently released CDC…

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First-time unemployment claims decrease in June

July 15, 2021–11:15 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Initial claims for unemployment insurance were down in the Rome area last month. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, there were 768 first-time claims reported in Floyd County in June.  That is down from 799 in May. Surrounding counties also saw a decline over the month.…

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Gordon woman takes her own life after police pursuit

July 15th, 2021 – 10:45 AM Gordon County Sheriff’s Office – At about 12:15 pm yesterday (Wednesday, July 14), Gordon County E 911 broadcast a report of a woman brandishing a pistol and pointing it at her own head in the parking lot of a local business near Fairmount. A Fairmount Police officer observed the…

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E-commerce/manufacturing facility proposed in Calhoun

July 15, 2021–4:03 p.m. STAFF REPORTS A new 1,069,000 square foot building for e-commerce or manufacturing is being proposed for property on Salem Road in Calhoun. According to a Development of Regional Impact statement filed with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the first phase of the project is slated for completion in 2022 with…

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Georgia pump prices slightly increase as demand grows

July 12th, 2021 – 8:20 AM AAA – The Auto Club Group – Georgia gas prices increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are paying an average price of $2.93 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents higher than a week ago, 2 cents higher than last month and 94 cents more than this time last…

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Gordon County woman killed in Saturday wreck

July 11, 2021–8:18 p.m. GEORGIA STATE PATROL A Fairmount woman was killed Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 53 at the South Calhoun Bypass. According to the Georgia State Patrol, 47-year old Letitia Whitener was traveling on the bypass and attempted to cross the eastbound lanes of 53. She failed to yield to…

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Georgia gas prices on the rise

July 8, 2021–6:30 a.m. AAA SOUTH A slight increase in Georgia gas prices this week. Monday’s average was $2.91, unchanged from last week. However, the average had jumped to $2.93 on Wednesday. According to Garrett Townsend with AAA, while Georgians have not seen significant fluctuations at the pump over the last month, crude oil prices…

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Calhoun Police warn of internet and phone scams

July 7th, 2021 – 3:25 PM Calhoun Police Department – The Calhoun Police Department has recently received numerous complaints pertaining to internet and phone scams. While there are different variations of the scams most revolve around money orders, checks, or prepaid cards being sent to the perpetrator(s) of said scam, however, a resent case of…

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Hufstetler named to jobs and infrastructure committee

July 5, 2021–1:30 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Governor Brian Kemp has named members of the Georgia Jobs and Infrastructure Committees. The committees will be responsible for receiving applications and making recommendations to the Governor regarding federal coronavirus relief funds allocated to Georgia through the American Rescue Plan. State government entities, units of local government, industries, and…

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COVID-19 vaccines seem to be effective against Delta variant

July 5, 2021–1:06 p.m. STAFF REPORTS We’ve heard a lot in recent weeks about the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, which now accounts for about half of the current cases we are seeing now in Georgia. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District, said the Delta…

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16 holiday traffic deaths, none in Northwest Georgia

July 5, 2021–11:04 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY The Georgia Department of Public Safety is reporting that 16 people lost their lives on the state’s highways during the Independence Day holiday travel period. Fatal wrecks were investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Post 17 in Washington, Post 36 in Douglas, Post 40 in Albany,…

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Calhoun Police warning public not to drink and drive this July 4th

July 2nd, 2021 – 3:30 PM The Calhoun Police Department – The Calhoun Police Department and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety are warning everyone before the long July 4th holiday weekend to make the safe and smart choice to not drink and drive. Calhoun Police Officers will be working to get drunk and drugged…

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Independence Day activities in Northwest Georgia

July 1, 2021–9:04 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Events to celebrate Independence Day will take place in Cave Spring and Rome this weekend. On Saturday, the Liberty Day Parade in downtown Cave Spring begins at 9 a.m. Please be aware that Gadsden Road at Fosters Mill Road will be closed down for the parade and traffic will…

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