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[VIDEO] Dr. Voccio gives NWGA COVID-19 update (4/15/21)

April 16th, 2021 – 4:00 PM GA DPH Northwest Health District – Voccio Viewpoint 4/15/21: Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, updates us on the coronavirus pandemic and immunization progress in Northwest Georgia.

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New head girls volleyball coach named at Coosa High School

April 16th, 2021 – 12:30 PM Floyd County Schools – Coosa High School (CHS) has announced Hannah Harmon as their new head girls volleyball coach. “We are thrilled to welcome Coach Hannah Harmon as head volleyball coach at CHS. She brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge and experience. Coach Harmon and her family are invested…

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Man arrested in home invasion

April 15, 2021–8:00 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A 39-year old Rome man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a home invasion. According to Floyd County Jail records, Corey Derrel Wood entered a residence on Atteiram Drive, picked up two kitchen knives and chased a woman through the home. He then reportedly put the knives…

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First-time jobless claims up slightly in Floyd County

April 15, 2021–7:55 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR First-time claims for unemployment insurance were up in Floyd County last month. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, 1,260 Floyd County residents filed initial claims in March, compared to 944 in February. However, the number of claims was down from the 3,764 in March of 2020.…

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Floyd County getting new bomb response robot

April 15, 2021–7:63 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Earlier this week, the Floyd County Commission approved the purchase of a mini-caliber bomb response robot. Floyd County Police Chief Mark Wallace said the Floyd County Bomb Squad’s current robot is large and not movable by hand. It also has trouble getting into confined spaces and moving up stairs.…

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Rome City Schools to offer vaccines to students over 16

April 15, 2021–7:46 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Rome City Schools will be partnering with Floyd Medical Center to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all students over the age of 16 who wish to be vaccinated. Details of the program will be released after coordinating the effort with Floyd Medical Center healthcare professionals. Meanwhile, a survey is being…

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Man charged with statutory rape, child molestation

April 15, 2021–7:40 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A 19-year old Rome man was jailed Wednesday on warrants charging him with statutory rape, child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, and misdemeanor obstruction of officers. According to the warrants, Joshua Tyriek Anderson had sex with and molested a female under the age of 16 between April and…

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Rome High introduces new boys head basketball coach

April 15th, 2021 – 4:00 PM Rome City Schools – In the following press release, Rome High School introduced their new boys head basketball coach: “Rome High School would like to welcome our newest Wolf, John McFather, as he prepares to join the Pack as head coach for the boys’ basketball team. McFather comes to Rome boasting…


Rome City Schools details use of COVID relief funds

April 15, 2021–6:30 p.m. ROME CITY SCHOOLS Administrators and the Rome City Schools Board of Education met on Tuesday, April 13th to approve a wide range of changes in programs and funding future projects that will affect the system. Board members approved the allocation of CARES funds that school administrators will use to address learning…


Film crews in Cartersville next week

April 15, 2021–6:30 a.m. CITY OF CARTERSVILLE Here’s an early heads-up for next week, because Downtown Cartersville is going to look a little different. Production crews will be in the area filming scenes for the Powerpuff Girls pilot. If you’re around Downtown Cartersville next Monday through Wednesday, traffic may be a little slower at times…

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Report: Shoplifting incident results in high-speed pursuit in Gordon County

April 15, 2021–6:23 a.m. CALHOUN POLICE DEPARTMENT Two Chattanooga women were arrested following a high-speed chase on I-75 in Gordon County Monday. A Calhoun Police Officer responded to the Calhoun Outlet Mall after getting a call that two women had grabbed handfuls of clothing at the Polo Ralph Lauren store and fled in a Ford…


Resurfacing continues on I-75 in Bartow County

April 15, 2021–6:21 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Weather permitting; Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be resurfacing a portion of I-75 southbound in Bartow County today. The work will close down the two right lanes between mileposts 300 and 299 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Motorists should expect delays.


Stevenson: COVID-19 vaccine is ‘worth a shot’

April 14, 2021–10:31 a.m. BY ROME MAYOR PRO TEM SUNDAI STEVENSON As the days get longer and the temperatures get warmer, it’s hard to believe that more than a year has passed since the world as we know it changed due to the deadly coronavirus. I’m sure most of us spent the last year telling…

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Rome BOE approves virtual learning academy for 2021-2022

April 13, 2021–9:10 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome Board of Education voted last night to establish a virtual learning academy for the 2021-2022 school year. Superintendent Lou Byars said 8% of the 1,700 parents who responded to a survey indicated that they wanted their child to take virtual classes. Byars explained how the classes will…

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Report: Man pulled gun on three people

April 13, 2021–9:05 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A 23-year old Rome man was arrested following an incident Monday evening on Ashland Park Boulevard. According to Floyd County Jail records, Haleem Jibril Robinson kicked in the door of the residence and then hit, threw shoes at and grabbed a woman by the hair, dragging her.…


11 apply for chief elections clerk job

April 13, 2021–9:00 p.m. STAFF REPORTS So far, 11 people have applied for the Floyd County chief elections clerk job. During Tuesday’s elections board meeting, chair Dr. Melanie Conrad gave a brief update. The deadline for applications is April 24. Meanwhile, qualifying for this fall’s municipal elections will be the week of August 16. Three…


Forrest statue to be moved to history center

April 13, 2021–8:41 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Nathan Bedford Forrest statue that used to stand at Myrtle Hill Cemetery is going to be permanently relocated to the Rome Area History Center. Rome City Commissioner Jamie Doss said city staff and the history center are making the recommendation. A seven-member interpretation advisory committee is working on…

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GHC virtual career fair to feature more than 20 employers

April 13th, 2021 – 5:25 PM Georgia Highlands College – Georgia Highlands College’s (GHC) upcoming Spring Virtual Career Fair will feature more than 20 local employers with career options in healthcare, finance and more. The event is free and open to the public and available via Zoom on April 15. While the event will be…

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Two Right Lanes of I-75 Southbound Closed Wednesday

April 13th, 2021 – 2:20 PM Georgia Department of Transportation – Weather permitting, GDOT Maintenance crews will be resurfacing a portion of I-75 in Adairsville Wednesday. The work will close two right southbound lanes, and motorists should expect delays during that time. WHEN: Wednesday, April 14 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Two right lanes of…

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Pedestrian struck and killed on Cassville Rd on Monday

April 13th, 2021 – 12:40 PM WBHF Radio – (Via WBHF Radio) A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Cassville Road early Monday morning. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, the accident occurred Monday, April 12, at approximately 3:30 a.m.  Twenty-one-year-old, Markel Burise of Cartersville, was walking northbound on Georgia 293 in…

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