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Voting about to begin in Georgia

September 17, 2020–7:51 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Voting in Georgia for the November 3 General Election is about to begin. Absentee ballots are set to start going out by the end of the week. More than a million Georgians have already requested an absentee ballot. You can request an absentee ballot by going to the Georgia…

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Use extreme caution driving in storms

September 16, 2020–6:06 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Hurricane Sally is forecast to impact Georgia Wednesday and Thursday. The storm will bring heavy rains and strong winds, which create dangerous driving conditions, with little to no visibility.  AAA urges motorists to heed official warnings and stay off the roads, if possible. “While it isn’t advised, if you…

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Gov. Kemp extends COVID-19 order, addresses long-term care facility visitation

September 16, 2020–9:30 a.m. WBHF RADIO On September 15, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 09.15.20.01, extending current COVID-19 restrictions and issuing guidance for long-term care facility visitation. The new Executive Order takes effect on September 16 at 12:00 AM and runs through September 30 at 11:59 PM. Under Executive Order 09.15.20, there…

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Flooding threat in Northwest Georgia from Hurricane Sally

September 15, 2020–6:19 p.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE As Hurricane Sally comes ashore in the gulf, we are keeping an eye on the possible impacts on Northwest Georgia. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Friday morning. Periods of heavy rainfall are expected across the area with the outer rainbands of Hurricane Sally as it…

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GBI Makes Multiple Drug Arrests and Seizures in Paulding and Haralson

September 11th, 2020 – 3:20 PM Georgia Bureau of Investigation –  On Thursday, September 10, 2020, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office and the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force executed a series of search warrants and arrest warrants resulting in the arrest of 15 persons. Search warrants were executed at…

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AAA Cautions Consumers: Don’t Buy the Automated Driving Hype

September 11th, 2020 – 7:55 AM AAA – The Auto Club Group New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found consumer information that stresses convenience and capabilities while minimizing limitations can inflate expectations regarding what active driving assistance systems can do. AAA warns that a false sense of system capabilities created by marketing campaigns…

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[VIDEO] Dr. Gary Voccio updates NWGA on COVID-19 (September 10th)

September 10th, 2020 – 4:50 PM Georgia Department of Public Health – Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, updates us on COVID-19 in Northwest Georgia and encourages everyone to get tested, especially close contacts of positive cases (on the tenth day of their quarantine) and,…

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Voters can request absentee ballots online

September 10, 2020–11:31 a.m. STAFF REPORTS With the COVID-19 pandemic, more Georgia voters than ever before are expected to cast ballots in the upcoming November General Election by mail. The Georgia absentee ballot portal allows voters to quickly request an absentee ballot and receive confirmation that your request is being processed. The ballot will be…

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Improvements coming to the COVID-19 Daily Status Report

September 10, 2020–9:38 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Effective Thursday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m., there will be several improvements to the COVID-19 Daily Status Report on the Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) website. These changes are designed to make the dashboard more user-friendly while providing an accurate picture of COVID-19 in Georgia.…

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Poll workers needed

September 9, 2020–11:30 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Every year elections in Georgia are made possible because thousands of ordinary people step up to the extraordinary call of serving as a poll worker. It is estimated that over 5 million Georgians will vote at approximately 2,600 polling places in the November General Election. Having enough poll workers…

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[VIDEO] Man wanted for shooting Whitfield deputy was hauling explosives

September 9th, 2020 – 11:15 AM The Georgia Bureau of Investigation –  On Monday, September 7th, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting in Dalton, GA. Preliminary information indicates that Dalton Potter, age 29, a wanted Texas fugitive, was driving a stolen…

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DPH provides update on COVID-19 trends in Georgia

September 9, 2020–10:08 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing the following information regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia: Positive Indicators COVID-19 Cases From 9/1 to 9/8, the seven-day average of new cases reported decreased by 11.7%. The seven-day average of new cases reported is down 48% from our peak…

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DPH and Governor Kemp Ask Georgians to Follow Four Things for Fall

September 5th, 2020 – 1:00 PM The Georgia Department of Public Health – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Kemp are encouraging Georgians to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend while following Four Things for Fall COVID-19 prevention measures. Wear a face covering in public. Stay 6 feet away from…

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GDOT Public Notice: Removal of Signs on Right of Way

September 4th, 2020 – 4:30 PM Georgia Department of Transportation –  The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) is sending a friendly reminder that signage of any kind that is found in state right of way and not previously authorized is unlawful and will be removed as soon as possible after discovery by Georgia DOT…

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GSP Cautions Motorists to Practice Safe Driving this Labor Day Weekend

September 2nd, 2020 – 2:35 PM Georgia State Patrol –  The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) will be on high-visibility during this 78-hour Labor Day holiday weekend reminding motorists to practice safe driving habits as they travel throughout the state. The holiday travel period begins Friday, Sept. 4 at…

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Georgia Power customers to see $17 reduction on October bills

September 1st, 2020 – 2:45 PM Georgia Power-  Georgia Power today announced that the typical residential customer using 1,000-kilowatt hours will receive an estimated $12 credit on their October Georgia Power bill. This reflects implementation of a one-time $61.6 million credit for customers, approved today by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), as a result…

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AAA offers tips for safe Labor Day travel

September 1st, 2020 – 11:25 AM AAA – The Auto Club Group – The COVID-19 pandemic can be very confusing for travelers. As Georgians look to Labor Day and the upcoming autumn and holiday seasons, many are still questioning how the pandemic will affect the various elements of their trip. In addition to its expert…

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Voters can request absentee ballots online

August 31, 2020–9:45 a.m. WZQZ RADIO Georgians can request an absentee ballot for the November election by going online to a website Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office launched Friday. Located at ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov, the website allows users to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to them, which they can then return by mail or place…

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New COVID-19 testing program announced for Northwest Georgia

August 30, 2020–4:34 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District is unveiling a new COVID-19 testing program effective Tuesday, September 1. Testing remains free. The new program will feature additional testing times and more easily found test sites throughout Northwest Georgia. “Our goal is to increase testing in Northwest Georgia…

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[VIDEO] GA DPH Health Director gives COVID-19 Update

 August 29th, 2020 – 2:35 PM Georgia Department of Public Health –  Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, updates us on COVID-19 in Northwest Georgia and talks about some of the issues with events and gatherings, particularly outdoors, as we soon head into the fall…

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