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GSP investigating fatal two-vehicle crash in Bartow

September 16th, 2021 – 2:00 PM Staff Reports (Photo from WBHF Radio) On September 16th at 7:00 AM the Georgia State Patrol Post 3 of Cartersville was requested to investigate a two-vehicle crash on Georgia 20 near mile marker 6.  The preliminary investigation shows that a tractor-trailer (vehicle 1) was attempting to cross over the…

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Man accused of molesting child on numerous occasions

September 16, 2021–12:15 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A Rome man was arrested at his Scott Drive residence Wednesday on charges of aggravated child molestation. According to Floyd County Jail records, 38-year old William Shane Guice molested a child under the age of 10 on numerous occasions between 2019 and September of this year. Guice…

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Trion student dies from injuries in ATV accident

September 16, 2021–11:19 a.m. WZQZ RADIO A student at Trion High School in Chattooga County, Georgia passed away on Tuesday from injuries received in a four-wheeler accident taking place last weekend. 16-year old Josh Hernandez passed shortly after 6:00 that evening as the result of injuries sustained in the ATV accident which occurred on Saturday,…

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New distribution process for monoclonal antibody treatments

September 16, 2021–11:13 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The federal government has changed the way COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments will be distributed in the United States, including Georgia. The decision announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the result of supply shortages and extraordinary demand for the treatments across the country,…

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NWGA Regional Hospital property acquired for economic development

September 16, 2021–11:01 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The Rome Floyd County Development Authority announced today that the State of Georgia has accepted their offer for the purchase of the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital Property. Rome and Floyd County leaders have considered many options for the site including housing and social services but determined the best use…

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RCS implements two additional teacher in-service days

September 15, 2021–8:54 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Superintendent of Rome City Schools, Louis Byars, asked the RCS School Board to add an additional two teacher in-service days for valuable planning opportunities for RCS educators and for students to recover from time lost in the classroom due to the system’s COVID-19 protocol. This decision was announced during…

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A-10 Demo Team Members to Return to Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

September 15th, 2021 – 2:40 PM Staff Reports – Several members of the U.S. Air Force ACC A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team will return to familiar surroundings when they perform at the 2021 Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Hybrid Air Show. Four of the 10-member team hail from towns less than a two-hour drive from the air show…

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Rome man arrested for multiple counts of aggravated animal cruelty

September 15th, 2021 – 12:15 PM Staff Reports – The suspect that was wanted for causing prolonged physical harm and negligent care to multiple dogs and puppies has been arrested by the Floyd County Sheriffs Office. According to Floyd County Jail reports, a 53-year-old Timothy Mark Reynolds of an Acorn Road residence was arrested on Tuesday.…

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Two Inmates Charged With Murder At Hays State Prison

September 15th, 2021 – 11:20 AM WZQZ Radio – (Via WZQZ Radio) Two Hays State Prison inmates have been charged with murder in connection with the murder of a fellow inmate earlier this year. Jorge Renberto Ventura was reportedly murdered in his cell at Hays in June.  Ventura was serving a sentence for molesting a…

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Businesswoman Jennifer Strahan announces bid for Congress

September 15, 2021–10:43 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Republican Jennifer Strahan today launched her U.S. House campaign in Georgia’s 14th congressional district. A mother and small business owner, Strahan will be challenging Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene in the Republican Primary. “Georgia’s 14th district deserves a representative who is focused on serving, not being a celebrity,” said Strahan. “There is too much at stake right…

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[VIDEO] Dump truck wrecks on Broad Street

September 15, 2021–10:30 a.m. STAFF REPORTS South Broad Street between McGhee Street and Butler Street was shut down for a time Wednesday morning following a one-vehicle accident involving a dump truck. The wreck occurred at around 9 a.m. near the intersection of Cantrell Street. The dump truck, which was carrying metal, overturned, ending up on…

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Time to start thinking about getting a flu shot

September 14, 2021–7:37 p.m. STAFF REPORTS As we head into fall, now is a good time to start thinking about getting a flu shot in addition to the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest District said influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are different. “The Centers for Disease…

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15 COVID-19 deaths in NWGA reported Tuesday

September 14, 2021–6:54 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Floyd County reported five additional COVID-19 deaths from Monday to Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. 231 Floyd County residents have now lost their lives to the virus since the start of the pandemic. Floyd County also reported 64 new positive tests on…

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Rome Commission approves tennis management negotiations

September 14, 2021–6:47 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome City Commission has voted to give Rome City Manager Sammy Rich the authorization to enter into negotiations with a private contractor for the management of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College and Downtown Tennis Center. Texas-based Cliff Drysdale Tennis has submitted a proposal that calls for…

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Centre native receives leadership award from U.S. Coast Guard

September 14th, 2021 – 4:15 PM WEIS Radio – (Via WEIS Radio) The Inspirational Leadership Awards recognize service members, civilians and auxiliary volunteers for their accomplishments in innovative and people-focused initiatives across the country. The eight individuals selected for the 2021 awards were announced on July 20 by the Coast Guard Office of Leadership. Since…

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GNTC’s Horticulture program to hold Fall Mum Sale

September 14th, 2021 – 4:10 PM Georgia Northwestern Technical College – The Horticulture program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will hold a Fall Mum Sale outside of Building L located across from GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome Tuesday, Sept. 21, through Thursday, Sept. 23. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to…

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Confirmed Rabies Case In Chattooga County

September 14th, 2021 – 4:00 PM WZQZ Radio – (Via WZQZ Radio) A raccoon and a dog in the Gore/Subligna/Haywood Valley area have recently tested positive for animal rabies, and public health officials are reminding Chattooga County residents about the potential dangers of rabies and urging them to make sure their pets are vaccinated against…

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[VIDEO] RomeGACares volunteers prepare to provide hurricane relief

September 14th, 2021 – 3:45 PM Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter – On Tuesday morning the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office’s volunteers met at the North Rome Church of God Warehouse to discuss preparations for the RomeGACares Hurricane Ida Relief Project.  The Sheriff’s Office volunteers will be departing on Monday morning…

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Paulding Deputies Assist Georgia State Patrol in Fatal Pursuit

September 14th, 2021 – 10:15 AM Paulding County Sheriff’s Office – Deputies with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist the Georgia State Patrol with an uncooperative motorist that resulted in a fatal pursuit last week. In the early morning hours of Friday, September 10, 2021, Deputies with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office…

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Man sought on 28 counts of aggravated animal cruelty

September 14, 2021–9:23 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man wanted on 28 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Timothy Reynolds is accused of maliciously causing prolonged physical harm and negligent care to 28 dogs and puppies. Unfortunately by the time authorities got involved all of the animals were…

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