Category Archives: Polk County

[VIDEO] Dr. Gary Voccio gives COVID-19 update

[VIDEO] Dr. Gary Voccio gives COVID-19 update

June 25, 2022–3:57 p.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH All counties in the Georgia Department of Public Health’s 10-County Northwest District are seeing low community transmission rates for COVID-19. However, public health officials are keeping a close eye on new variants of the virus. The BA.4 and BA.5 variants seem to be taking the place…Continue Reading

What Roe v. Wade ruling means for Georgia

What Roe v. Wade ruling means for Georgia

June 24, 2022–8:40 a.m. STAFF REPORTS On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1972 Roe v. Wade decision, essentially giving the states the power to make their own laws regarding abortion. In the short term, in Georgia, that will likely mean the return of the so-called “Heartbeat Bill.” The bill was signed into law…Continue Reading

GNTC Foundation awards summer scholarships

GNTC Foundation awards summer scholarships

June 23, 2022–8:14 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The Foundation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) awarded $16,500 in scholarships–including the Vernon and Gaynelle Grizzard Scholarship, Patrick D. Doyle Law Enforcement Scholarship, and Gene Haas Scholarship–for the summer semester of 2022 to 31 students. Each scholarship included an award between $500 and $1,000 to assist in paying for the summer…Continue Reading

[VIDEO] Ribbon-cutting held Thursday for Floyd helipad

[VIDEO] Ribbon-cutting held Thursday for Floyd helipad

June 23, 2022–7:56 p.m. STAFF REPORTS Although it has been in use for several weeks, Atrium Health Floyd, with the help of the Rome-Floyd County Chamber of Commerce officially dedicated the new helipad as the hospital on Thursday. Those in attendance got a tour of the raised helipad, which has direct elevator access to trauma…Continue Reading

GNTC student to compete in national competition, visit family in Chicago

GNTC student to compete in national competition, visit family in Chicago

June 22, 2022–6:39 p.m. NEWS RELEASE A trip to Chicago is not only an opportunity to compete in a national competition for one Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student, but also will reunite her with her sister for the first time in six years. Aixa Rodriguez, who was born and raised in Chicago, is among…Continue Reading

Ribbon-cutting for Floyd helipad Thursday

Ribbon-cutting for Floyd helipad Thursday

June 22, 2022–6:34 p.m. STAFF REPORTS The new helipad at Floyd Medical Center will officially be dedicated Thursday afternoon during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The helipad sits at the North Second Avenue entrance to the Emergency Care Center and has direct elevator access to trauma bays. It replaces Atrium Health Floyd’s helipad, which was on Riverside…Continue Reading

Atrium Health Floyd’s Will Byington earns key real estate designation

Atrium Health Floyd’s Will Byington earns key real estate designation

June 22, 2022–10:14 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Will Byington, director of real estate for Atrium Health Floyd, is now a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). CCIMs can help companies minimize risk, get the maximum return on investments, and make wiser business decisions. Candidates are required to complete extensive educational courses and pass a comprehensive exam. They…Continue Reading

Primary Runoff Election returns

Primary Runoff Election returns

June 22, 2022–6:18 a.m. The November General Election contests are now set. On Tuesday, there were four Democrat primary runoffs that were decided. Charlie Bailey won his runoff against Kwanza Hall and will now face Republican Burt Jones in November. For Secretary of State, Bee Nguyen defeated Dee Dawkins-Haigler. Nguyen will now face incumbent Republican…Continue Reading

AAA offers some hop tips for driving in the heat

AAA offers some hop tips for driving in the heat

June 21, 2022–5:09 p.m. NEWS RELEASE A heat wave is anticipated across north Georgia this week.  AAA urges motorists to be cautious while driving in extreme heat. “Nothing ruins a summer trip faster than a flat tire, overheated cooling system, or battery that quits working on a hot summer day,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA-The Auto…Continue Reading

Today is runoff election day

Today is runoff election day

June 21, 2022–9:53 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Today is runoff election day in Georgia. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The only runoff contests locally are state contests on the Democrat ballot. Charlie Bailey is in a runoff with Kwanza Hall for Lt. Governor. For secretary of state Dee Hawkins-Haigler and Bee Nguyen…Continue Reading