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AAA: Georgia Pump Prices Continue to Hold Steady

July 13th, 2020 – 2:00 PM AAA, The Auto Club Group Georgia gas prices  hold steady at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.00 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 11 cents more than last month, and 65 cents less than this time last year. It now costs motorists $30.00 to…

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[VIDEO] Harbin Clinic and the YMCA of Rome announce “Team Up For Health”

July 13th, 2020 – 12:00 PM Ethan Garrett  – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter On Monday morning, Harbin Clinic and The YMCA of Rome and Floyd County announced Team Up for Health, an initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of children and youth in the community through collaboration. As a key…

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State COVID-19 report for Sunday

July 12, 2020–5:04 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The State of Georgia reported 2,525 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. In addition, there were 324 additional hospitalizations from Saturday to Sunday and five additional deaths. Floyd County saw eight new cases with no deaths and no additional hospitalizations. Bartow County reported 34 new cases, two…

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City commission to discuss Confederate monuments, masks Monday night

July 12, 2020–2:48 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Discussions about face masks and Confederate monuments are on the agenda for Monday night’s Rome City Commission meeting. The commission will hear a recommendation to petition the State of Georgia to allow the city to relocate the statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest from Myrtle Hill to Fort Norton.…

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Child drowns in Garden Lakes pool on Friday

July 12,2020– 2:45 p.m. STAFF REPORTS A seven-year-old girl is dead after apparently drowning in a private pool at a home in Garden Lakes on Friday. According to Assistant Rome City Police Chief Debbie Burnett, the little girl was playing and went into the deep end of the pool. First responders tried to revive her…

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Bartow Transit Closed Week of July 13-17 – Four Employees Test Positive for COVID

July 10th, 2020 – 11:15 AM WBHF Radio –  (Via WBHF Radio) Bartow County announces its Transit Department will be closed the week of July 13 to July 17.  Four department employees have tested positive for COVID-19.  All employees have been tested and we are awaiting results on eleven employees. In an abundance of caution,…

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New pathway in sports management opens up career possibilities for GHC students

July 10th, 2020 – 11:00 AM Georgia Highlands College –  Georgia Highlands College is now providing students an opportunity to enter the growing world of sports management by introducing the Sports Management Pathway this fall. Students can start this pathway in August by applying before the July 15th fall deadline. “This program was developed to meet…

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[VIDEO] GA DPH’s Dr. Voccio addresses public COVID-19 mask usage

July 10th, 2020 – 10:55 AM Georgia Department of Public Health –  The latest situation report on COVID-19 and message on masks comes from Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District. Remember, free COVID-19 testing is available to everyone in each Northwest Georgia county See his…

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Polk County Health Department to close until July 15

July 10th, 2020 – 10:15 AM Georgia Department of Public Health – The Polk County Health Department will be closed until Wednesday, July 15, because two employees have tested positive for COVID-19.  The health department will resume regular services, including COVID-19 testing, on the 15th. “We are following the same CDC guidelines and procedures we…

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Rome City Schools delays start of 2020-2021 school year

July 9, 2020–7:16 p.m. STAFF REPORTS During a called meeting Thursday evening, the Rome City Board of Education approved a delay in the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The year was set to begin on August 3, now it will be August 13. Superintendent Louis Byars said the delay will give the school system…

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Georgia Reports Most UI Benefits Ever Paid in One Week

July 9th, 2020 – 4:50 PM Georgia Department of Labor –  The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today it has paid more Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits than ever previously paid.  Payments of almost three times the amount in all of 2019 were issued to claimants during the short holiday week. Over $857 million in…

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GA DPH COVID-19 State Report for July 9th

July 9th, 2020 – 4:30 PM Georgia Department of Public Health –  These data represent confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as of 7/9/2020, 2:50:06 PM: There have been 106,727 total confirmed cases, 1,019,422 viral tests have been conducted, 2,322 people currently hospitalized, and there have been 2,930 total deaths…

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Public health announces new COVID-19 testing days/hours

July 9th, 2020 – 3:30 PM Georgia Department of Public Health – The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District is changing testing hours at its ten Northwest Georgia drive-up COVID-19 testing locations. Beginning Monday, July 13, free testing will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Chattooga, Catoosa,…

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Floyd County Board of Education Decides to Delay Start of 2020-2021 School Year

July 9th, 2020 – 12:00 PM Floyd County Schools – During a called meeting on July 9, the Floyd County Board of Education agreed to delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year until August 13, 2020, in response to a recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson. The recommendation is slated to be approved at…

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Chieftains Museum Reopening to Public

July 9th, 2020 – 10:30 AM The Chieftains Museum and Major Ridge Home – On Wednesday, The Chieftains Museum and Major Ridge Home in Rome has re-opened its doors to the public. The following is a press release from the museum: “We will be open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm–closing an hour earlier than our regular operating hours…

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GNTC Offering Microsoft Essential Training Courses

July 9th, 2020 – 10:00 AM Georgia Northwestern Technical College – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s  Office of Economic Development is offering a Microsoft Office Essentials Course on the Floyd County Campus Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 11 – 20, from 9:00AM – 12:00PM. The course includes an overview of Computer Basics, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft…

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City, county school boards will meet Thursday

July 8, 2020–5:45 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Both the Floyd County School Board and the Rome Board of Education will hold called meetings on Thursday. The county school board meets at 8 a.m. in the board room to approve the FY21 Tentative Budget. Public hearings regarding the millage rate, which is expected to remain the same,…

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