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Ambassadors Educating Community About Heart Health

February 24th, 2021 – 11:50 AM Floyd Medical Center – Eleven community leaders are training to become More Heart Ambassadors for Floyd, volunteering to raise awareness about cardiovascular health through community programs and outreach. These trained ambassadors will help Floyd address health care disparities surrounding cardiovascular care that exist in northwest Georgia, particularly in the…

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Purported gang members charged in assault at jail

February 24, 2021–11:19 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS Seven inmates at the Floyd County Jail who are purported members of the “Ghost Face Gangsters” criminal street gang are facing charges in connection with a violent incident that occurred back on December 18. According to jail records, an inmate was severely beaten, stabbed, and burned during…

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Rome Redevelopment Committee meets Wednesday

February 23, 2021–8:26 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome Redevelopment Committee will get an update on city-owned property on West 3rd Street and annexations when they meet Wednesday. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the Sam King Room at Rome City Hall. It will also be on Zoom. Other agenda items include an annexation…

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Public health to end free COVID testing in Northwest Georgia

February 23, 2021–8:19 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District is ending its nearly yearlong operation of free COVID-19 testing sites effective Thursday, February 25, with the closing of that day’s site in Walker County. “Over the last two months, we’ve been shifting more and more of our limited public…

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Inmate accused of punching jail officer

February 23, 2021–8:17 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS An inmate at the Floyd County Jail is facing charges of simple battery against a law enforcement officer, unlawful acts of violence in a penal institution, and obstruction. According to jail records, 36-year old Hosea Mac Henderson Jr. punched a deputy in the face, leaving a bruise…

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Floyd County PD to get K9 thanks to donation

February 23, 2021–8:13 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Floyd County Commission has approved the purchase of a K9 for the Floyd County Police Department. The total cost is $18,200 includes the purchase of the dog and the training of the officer handler, according to Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord. “In January, a donation of $21,000 was…

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Woman accused of stealing vehicle

February 23, 2021–8:10 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A 38-year old Rome woman was jailed Monday on charges of theft by taking and theft by taking a motor vehicle. According to Floyd County Jail records, Emily Louise Fowler was found in possession of a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the day. Then,…

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Helipad to be constructed at Floyd Medical Center

February 23, 2020–8:04 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Floyd Medical Center will construct a $4 million helipad for air ambulances at the North Second Avenue entrance to the hospital’s Emergency Care Center (ECC) as the hospital continues to enhance its trauma services. The expenditure was approved Monday by the Floyd Healthcare Management Inc. board. The raised helipad…

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Floyd County Commission meets Tuesday

February 22, 2021–11:08 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Floyd County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday at the Forum River Center. The caucus will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Floyd Room and will include an update on the county clerk’s office. The regular meeting is at 6:00 p.m. in the Ballroom. Agenda items include public hearings regarding special…

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Teen accused of misleading police about shooting

February 22, 2021–11:04 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS An 18-year old is accused of misleading police who were investing a shooting that occurred back on December 11. According to an arrest warrant, John Daniel Whatley III led investigators on a search for alleged suspects in the shooting, and even named suspects, when he knew the…

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Georgia has prices headed upward

February 22, 2021–11:02 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.51 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 18 cents more than a week ago, 27 cents more than last month, and 21 cents more than this time last year. Abnormally…

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City commission approves rezoning for town homes

February 22, 2021–10:52 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome City Commission has approved a rezoning request for a townhouse development on East 3rd Street and East 8th Avenue. The applicant sought rezoning the parcels from Office Institutional to Urban Mixed-Use for approximately 18 new units, according to Rome-Floyd Planning Director Artagus Newell. “This rezoning request will…

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[VIDEO] Train strikes and kills Pedestrian at Hall Rd & Old Rockmart Rd

February 22nd, 2021 – 7:55 PM Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter – *Feb 23rd UPDATE: According to Floyd County Deputy Coroner Chris Giles, the identity of the individual struck by the train has been confirmed to be a 30-year-old Matthew Jordan Courson. The Deputy Coroner also stated that it is…

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GNTC awards four students with Governor Nathan Deal Technical Education Scholarship

February 22nd, 2021 – 5:10 PM  Georgia Northwestern Technical College – Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students received The Governor Nathan Deal Technical Education Scholarship, an award of up to $2,500 for academic achievement for students enrolled in an industrial program at the Whitfield Murray Campus (WMC). The four students, Ashley Vineyard, Logistics and Supply Chain…

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Calhoun man accused of fleeing from authorities

February 22, 2021–11:18 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A Calhoun man was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly fleeing from law enforcement in Rome. According to Floyd County Jail records, 22-year old Tarik Dajuan Holmes refused to stop for authorities and placed pedestrians at risk while traveling on North Broad Street and other locations. He allegedly…

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Man died from accidental gunshot wound in Calhoun

February 22, 2021–10:15 a.m. CALHOUN TIMES A 41-year old man died in an accidental shooting incident in Calhoun Saturday. According to the Calhoun Times, police responded to the parking lot of the Kroger on West Belmont Drive and found Michael Lee Rhodes with a gunshot wound to the leg. A .380 handgun was found in…

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Man injured in fall at Cherokee Rock Village

February 21, 2021–9:55 p.m. WEIS RADIO One person was airlifted after falling an estimated 20 feet while rock climbing at Cherokee Rock Village in Alabama on Sunday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to the park after a 911 call reporting a 52 year old male had fallen. A medical helicopter was called to the helipad…

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COVID-19 testing schedule for this week

February 21, 2021–9:51 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health has released this week’s schedule for free drive-up COVID-19 testing in Northwest Georgia. The Gordon County testing site at the senior center on Cambridge Court in Calhoun will be open Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Floyd County…

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Gordon County High Schools to stay with hybrid model until March

February 21, 2021–9:48 p.m. GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS Following conversations with community leaders and high school administrators concerning additional safeguards for preventing the spread of COVID-19, Gordon County Schools has made the decision to continue the hybrid schedule for Gordon Central and Sonoraville High Schools through March 5. The schedule for in-person instruction will be Mondays…

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Gordon County issues statement regarding reported GBI investigation

February 21, 2021–9:46 p.m. GORDON COUNTY NEWS RELEASE Gordon County Officials say they are aware of a Calhoun Times Article alleging an investigation of Board Chair Becky Hood by the GBI. According to a statement issued over the weekend, County Officials are confident that this investigation does not involve any allegations pertaining to County business or Mrs.…

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