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[VIDEO] Rome Floyd Chamber Announces 2021 PAGE STAR Student Region Winners

April 4th, 2021 – 5:30 PM Rome Floyd Chamber (Video by WRGA News) – The following High School Seniors have been named 2021 PAGE STAR Student Region Winners for PAGE STAR Region # 1. The announcement was made today by Jeanne Krueger, President & CEO of the Rome Floyd Chamber, region chair for the PAGE…

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Gas prices hold steady

May 3, 2021–6:50 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices have held steady for the past month. The state average is $2.70 per gallon. It now costs motorists $40.50 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $3.60 more than what motorists paid in January of 2020 when pump prices hit their peak of $2.46 per gallon. According to AAA,…

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Outdoor burn ban now in effect

May 3, 2021–6:49 p.m. GEORGIA FORESTRY COMMISSION The annual ban on outdoor burning I now underway in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. Affected residents are asked to refrain from burning yard and land-clearing debris during the hot summer months because smoke can negatively impact the state’s air quality by…

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Potential for severe weather Monday and Tuesday

May 3, 2021–8:50 a.m. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE There is a transition to a more active pattern, several disturbances/frontal systems will increase the chances for strong to severe storms across the area both today (Monday) and again Tuesday/Tuesday night. Below are our current thoughts on the particular main hazards and timing. Today: The first disturbance will allow for scattered…

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Floyd nurses complete residency program

May 2, 2021–3:10 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Twenty nurse residents at Floyd Medical Center have completed an 8-Week Intensive Nurse Residency program. The residents are nursing school graduates with less than 6 months of experience who participated in ancillary and clinical opportunities throughout the hospital. Additionally, residents attended instructional classes covering a range of topics: Work/life…

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All state-run mass vaccination sites will allow for drive ups starting Monday

May 2, 2021–2:32 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Beginning Monday, all eight Mass Vaccination Sites operated by the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) will allow drive-ups with no appointment necessary for the COVID-19 Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The Sites, including the one at the LakePoint Sports Complex in Bartow County, will administer the single-dose…

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Things you can do now if fully vaccinated against COVID-19

April 28, 2021–8:57 a.m. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 you can now start doing many things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines earlier this week. What You Can Start to Do If you’ve been fully vaccinated: You can gather…

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Dr. Voccio gives latest COVID-19 update

April 26, 2021–5:33 p.m. 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 the coronavirus pandemic and immunization progress in Northwest Georgia. http://

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DPH to resume J&J vaccinations in Georgia

April 24th, 2021 Georgia Department of Public Health – The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today recommended that the United States should resume Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations. Pending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) formal acceptance of the decision, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will again offer J&J vaccine…

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GA EPD announces annual ban on open burning

April 23rd, 2021 – 7:40 AM Georgia Environmental Protection Division – Beginning May 1, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) open burning ban will be in effect for 54 Georgia counties.  The open burning ban has been in place during the summer ozone season since 2005. The ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yards…

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Georgia gas prices hold steady at the pump

April 19th, 2021 – 5:45 AM AAA: The Auto Club Group – Georgia gas prices hold steady at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are paying an average price of $2.70 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 4 cent less than a month ago, and $1.03 more than this time last year.   It now costs motorists…

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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.

Gas prices decrease slightly

April 12, 2021–10:47 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices decreased slightly at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.70 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 1 cent less than a week ago, but 5 cents more than last month, and 99 cents more than this time last…

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DPH Pauses J&J Vaccinations at Cumming – NWGA unaffected

April 9th, 2021 – 4:00 PM Georgia Department of Public Health – The Georgia Department of Public Health has announced that out of an abundance of caution, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the North Health District are pausing COVID vaccinations using the J&J (Janssen) vaccine at the Cumming Fairgrounds site. Eight people…

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[VIDEO] NWGA COVID-19 update with Dr. Voccio (4/9/21)

April 9th, 2021 – 2:40 PM GA DPH Northwest Health District – 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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COVID-19 vaccination opportunities Friday and Saturday

April 8, 2021–5:30 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Area residents have a number of opportunities to get a free COVID-19 vaccine Friday and Saturday. Friday, Floyd Medical Center will be administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Rome Community Kitchen, located at 4 Calhoun Avenue. No registration is required. On…

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Gov. Kemp Appoints Patel to Cherokee Judicial Circuit

April 7th, 2021 – 4:38 PM Press Release – Governor Brian P. Kemp announced his appointment of Samir Patel to fill the District Attorney vacancy in the Cherokee Circuit Court. Patel will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Rosemary Greene as Superior Court Judge of the Cherokee Judicial Circuit. The Cherokee…

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Potential for severe weather from Thursday through Saturday

April 7th, 2021 – 4:00 PM Floyd County Emergency Management – According to Floyd County Emergency Management, several rounds of isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible (some possibly severe) for portions of north and central GA tomorrow (Thurs) through Saturday. MARGINAL risks for severe storms are across portions of north GA and west central GA both Thursday and…

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Latest COVID-19 vaccination numbers

April 6, 2021–7:00 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH 22% of Floyd County’s population has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health. 21,738 Floyd County residents have had at least one dose and 16,099 or 17% have been fully vaccinated That’s…

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Georgia Power invites customers to share thanks in “Thank a Lineman” Celebration

April 5th, 2021 – 3:10 PM Georgia Power – During the month of April, Georgia Power and other electric utilities in Georgia are celebrating and thanking utility workers across the state. The daily work done by line workers in Georgia’s communities is always recognized, but their work has been especially pronounced over the past year, as many…

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