Category Archives: Local News

GEORGIA DPH PREPARES FOR POTENTIAL SPREAD OF COVID-19 (OR CORONAVIRUS)

The Georgia Department of Public Health is working closely with the CDC and state partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the US, including Georgia, according to a DPH media release. The goal is to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take the appropriate public health actions to reduce its spread and…read more »

LOCAL RED CROSS IS SAVING LIVES WITH ‘SOUND THE ALARM’ SMOKE ALARM CAMPAIGN

The American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia aims to make sure that those in need have smoke alarms. The potentially life-saving devices are installed by Red Cross volunteers and community partners at homes around this local chapter’s service area, free of charge, via the Sound the Alarm campaign. Leigh Barba, Executive Director, asserts that you…read more »

FLOYD COUNTY IS IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE, ACCORDING TO THE COUNTY MANAGER

Floyd County is in pretty good shape right now, according to Jamie McCord, County Manager. Improvements in the local economy have provided a boost to county operations. Sales tax grew by nine percent and the tax digest grew by about two and a half percent in 2019, asserts McCord. The downside to the uptick in…read more »

AAA: GAS PRICES HAVE RISEN BY THREE CENTS IN THE PAST WEEK

Georgia’s gas prices have risen by three cents in the past week, reports AAA, The Auto Club Group. Motorists statewide now pay an average of $2.30 per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, three cents more than a week ago, seven cents less than this time last month, and two cents more than at this time…read more »

CHATTOOGA COUNTY TRIO ARRESTED FOR THEFT OF SERVICES

The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office assisted with the arrest of a trio in Chattooga County accused of illegally obtaining power for the residence, which caused a fire to break out on February 8th. Jonathan Stricklin (age 47), Jimmy Stricklin Jr. (age 54), and Janice Stricklin (age 78) have each been charged with…read more »

HUFSTETLER’S SB 359 UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY STATE SENATE

Senate Bill 359, the “Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act”, sponsored by Senator Chuck Hufstetler of Rome, received unanimous passage earlier in the week by the state Senate. According to a release from the Georgia Senate Press Office, the bill extends consumer protections against surprise billing by delineating an arbitration process between the insurer and provider,…read more »

GET READY TO GO GREEN AT ANNUAL LEPRECHAUN-A-THON

Registration continues for the annual Harbin Clinic Leprechaun-A-Thon 5K run and two-mile health walk, scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. The event will once again feature a flat, fast course around downtown Rome that will lead to a foam-filled celebration on the Town Green. Jim Alred, the Recreation Services Manager at Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation, enthuses…read more »