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Rome area adds jobs in August

September 17, 2020–10:24 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR The Northwest Georgia job market is improving but we still have a way to go to get back to where we were before COVID-19 hit. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the Rome area saw 400 jobs added from July to August. Rome is up by…

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GA DPH COVID-19 Status Report for September 17th

September 17th, 2020 – 4:20 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 9/17/2020, 2:50:08 PM. Total Confirmed State Cases are now at 300,903, Total State Deaths are now at 6,474, Total State Hospitalizations are at 27,054, and total state ICU Admissions are…

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Woman charged with battery on a police officer

September 17, 2020–7:54 a.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS A Cedartown woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly punching a Floyd County police officer in the face and kicking him in the leg. According to Floyd County Jail records, the incident occurred at Redmond Regional Medical Center. 46-year old Paula Pace Dudley also reportedly threatened to kill…

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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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GA DPH COVID-19 Status Report for September 16th

September 16th, 2020 – 4:20 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 9/16/2020, 2:50:09 PM. Total Confirmed State Cases are now at 299,056, Total State Deaths are now at 6,419, Total State Hospitalizations are at 26,884, and total state ICU Admissions are…

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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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Rockmart Silver Comet Trailhead installs new public bike pump station

September 15th, 2020 – 5:35 PM Rockmart Silver Comet Trailhead –  The Rockmart Silver Comet Trailhead in the Downtown Rockmart Historic District posted the following press release regarding their recent repair of the trail’s public bike pump station: “Thanks to our Public Works team for the replacement of the air pump, and the relocation of our…

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GA DPH COVID-19 Status Report for September 15th

September 15th, 2020 – 5:30 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 9/15/2020, 2:50:09 PM. Total Confirmed State Cases are now at 296,833, Total State Deaths are now at 6,398, Total State Hospitalizations are at 26,665, and total state ICU Admissions…

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Flash Flood Watch issued for Wednesday through Friday

September 15th, 2020 – 4:00 PM The National Weather Service – The National Weather service in Peachtree City has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the majority of Northwest Georgia including Floyd, Gordon, Bartow, Chattooga, and Polk counties, from Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning. Periods of heavy rainfall are expected across the area with the…

Georgia gas prices trending lower

September 14, 2020–7:43 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices decreased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.02 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 6 cents more than last month, and 39 cents less than this time last year.…

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GA DPH COVID-19 Status Report for September 14th

September 14th, 2020 – 5:30 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 9/14/2020, 2:50:09 PM. Total Confirmed State Cases are now at 295,337, Total State Deaths are now at 6,353, Total State Hospitalizations are at 26,394, and total state ICU Admissions are…

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COVID-19 status report for September 13

September 13, 2020–5:50 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Floyd County reported 20 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday for a total of 2,695 since March. No new deaths were reported from Saturday to Sunday so Floyd County remained at 39 total deaths. Bartow County did report a death from Saturday to Sunday. 77 Bartow County…

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Congressman Tom Graves stepping down in October

September 13, 2020–3:13 p.m. STAFF REPORTS 14th District Congressman Tom Graves has announced that he will be stepping down in October. CNN and other media outlets reported the news on Friday. In a statement Graves, who did not seek re-election and was set to step aside in January said: “With the House planning to wrap…

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GA DPH COVID-19 Status Report for September 12th

September 12th, 2020 – 4:20 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 9/12/2020, 2:50:09 PM. Total Confirmed State Cases are now at 292,905, Total State Deaths are now at 6,287, Total State Hospitalizations are at 26,327, and total state ICU Admissions are…

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Kevin Van Ausdal Drops out of Congressional Race

September 11th, 2020 – 3:45 PM Staff Reports –  On Friday afternoon, Democratic Candidate Kevin Van Ausdal announced that he was dropping out of the 14th district Congressional Race effective immediately. Ausdal posted the following public press release on the topic: 

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GA DPH COVID-19 Status Report for September 11th

September 11th, 2020 – 3:00 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 9/11/2020, 2:50:08 PM. Total Confirmed State Cases are now at 290,781, Total State Deaths are now at 6,246, Total State Hospitalizations are at 26,163, and total state ICU Admissions are…

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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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