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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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[VIDEO] Floyd County Police looking for vehicle that struck teen

July 26, 2021–11:19 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY POLICE Investigators are seeking information about a vehicle that struck a teen after midnight on July 19 on Alabama Highway. The 19-year-old lay on the road several minutes before anyone recognized he was injured. Tips are confidential and can be directed to Investigator Esteffany Guzman. http://

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City commission approves downtown open container trial period

July 26, 2021–10:30 p.m. STAFF REPORTS By a 5-3 vote, the Rome City Commission has approved an open container trial period. The ordinance will allow public consumption of alcoholic beverages on a temporary trial basis within the Downtown District on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. from August 5 to October…

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More details released regarding Alabama shooting

July 26, 2021–10:16 p.m. WEIS RADIO Additional information has now been released regarding the domestic dispute which ended with one person being fatally shot over the weekend in Cherokee County, Alabama. At around 1:00 pm Saturday, 9-1-1 Central Dispatch received a call from a man saying he’d shot his wife. After arriving at the residence…

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Changes to elections office on agenda for county commission meeting

July 26, 2021–10:13 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Floyd County Commission will consider several changes to the elections office then they meet Tuesday. The commission is set to vote on a recommendation to consider Vanessa Waddell as the Floyd County Chief Elections Clerk at a salary of $65,000. The commission is also being asked to restructure…

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Big Texas Valley Road closure

July 26, 2021–10:08 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS Floyd County Public Works will replace a failed cross drain at #4619 Big Texas Valley Road, beginning Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. Work will continue through Thursday, July 29 at 4:00 p.m. Detour and advanced warnings are in place now. The detour will include Texas Valley to Sand…

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Floyd County Commission to set millage rate

July 26, 2021–10:04 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Floyd County Board of Commissioners will hold a series of meetings Tuesday. A public hearing for the FY21 millage rate will be held at 8:00 am and 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the County Administration Building on East 4th Avenue. The Caucus will begin at 4:00 pm in the Caucus Room…

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Pipeline project in Rome about 89% complete

July 25, 2021–5:54 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Crews continue to work on the Atlanta Gas Light pipeline extension in Rome. The entire project is approximately 89% complete and they expect to be done with the full project, including restoration, by fall. According to a statement from the utility, “Atlanta Gas Light remains committed to leaving the…

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Road work on Taylors Ridge Monday

July 25, 2021–5:52 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Weather permitting; crews will continue to repair the roadway at Taylors Ridge on Highway 27 in Chattooga County this week. The work will require occasional lane closures Monday with traffic being led by a pilot car from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The southbound lanes will be…

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Floyd BOE to hold millage rate public hearings Monday

July 25, 2021–1:57 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Floyd County Board of Education will hold the second public hearing for the millage rate on Monday at 11:30 am. The third and final public hearing will be at 6 p.m. At 6:15 pm, the board will hold a called meeting to set the millage rate. All of…

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City commission to vote on downtown open container trial period Monday

July 25, 2021–1:53 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The Rome City Commission is set to vote on a trial period for open container in downtown Rome when they meet Monday night. The proposal is to allow consumption on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. from August 5 to October 30. A number of…

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Deadly shooting in Cherokee County, Alabama

July 25, 2021–1:42 p.m. WEIS RADIO An investigation into a fatal shooting in the Round Mountain area of Cherokee County is underway. Officers were called to the residence on County Road 662 at around 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon in response to a report of a domestic incident resulting in one person apparently being stabbed and…

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[VIDEO] “Give-A-Kid-A-Chance” Community Event

July 24th, 2021 – 2:30 PM Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter – On Saturday morning the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the BLESS Coalition and Crosspoint Community Church to present the “Give A Kid A Chance” event. Hosted at the Floyd County Jail on New Calhoun Highway, the “Give…

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RIFF to Kick-off Fiddlin’ Fest with Concert and Film, “Sweet Dreams Do Come True”

July 23rd, 2021 – 3:50 PM Rome International Film Festival – The Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) will kick off Fiddlin’ Fest this year with a screening of “Sweet Dreams Do Come True,” complete with a concert by Nashville veteran Verlon Thompson. The event will be held at the Rome City Auditorium, Friday, October 8, at 7:00…

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[VIDEO] Easy Auto in West Rome holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

July 23rd, 2021 Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter – On Friday morning Easy Auto located in West Rome at 1954 Shorter Ave NW held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Easy Auto was founded in Cleveland, TN in 1991, and has served East and Middle Tennessee, as well as Northwest Georgia. This…

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Rome CCA open house on Saturday

July 23, 2021–5:55 a.m. ROME CITY SCHOOLS The Rome City Schools’ College and Career Academy will be open for public tours on Saturday. Superintendent Louis Byars says not only are these tours meant to let RCS students see what lies ahead for them but an invitation for the entire community to be a part of…

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Give Kids a Chance event Saturday

July 23, 2021–5:50 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office will partner with the BLESS Coalition and Crosspoint Community Church to present “Give A Kid A Chance” this Saturday. The Give A Kid A Chance program provides book bags, school supplies, boxes of canned foods, and more to kids in need within the community.…

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[VIDEO] Wreck disrupts traffic at intersection of Hwy 53 & Veterans Memorial

July 22nd, 2021 – 2:45 PM Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter – On Thursday afternoon a wreck at the intersection of Highway 53 and Veterans Memorial Highway disrupted traffic for an hour.  The Rome Police Department at the intersection directed traffic around the vehicles for investigators to look further into…

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Floyd Board of Elections meets Friday

July 22, 2021–11:45 a.m. NEWS RELEASE The Floyd County Board of Elections will hold a Special Session on Friday, July 23, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Caucus Room located in the County Administration Building at 12 East 4th Avenue in Rome. The purpose of this meeting is to go into an executive session to discuss pending…

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Two deaths reported in Floyd County this week as COVID-19 cases rise

July 22, 2021–11:14 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Floyd County has reported two COVID-19-related deaths this week as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Floyd County saw seven positive tests the week of July 3. That rose to 49 last week. This week we have seen 70…

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