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Category Archives: Polk County

Monkeypox: How to stop the spread

Monkeypox: How to stop the spread

August 10, 2022–10:50 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to closely monitor the current outbreak of monkeypox in the state. As of today, there are 625 confirmed monkeypox cases in Georgia. Testing and vaccination are available in health districts throughout the state; however, vaccine supplies from the…read more

Georgia gas prices drop 14 cents

Georgia gas prices drop 14 cents

August 8, 2022–10:30 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices are down another 14 cents. Drivers are now paying an average price of $3.63 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is also 63 cents less than last month. According to Montrae Waiters with AAA, crude prices fell last week as market concerns about weakening demand and an…read more

Dr. Voccio gives COVID-19, vaccine updates

Dr. Voccio gives COVID-19, vaccine updates

August 8, 2022–10:25 a.m. STAFF REPORTS Hospitals are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, accounting for 10% of current hospitalizations. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the Northwest Health District, did have some encouraging news about the BA 5 variant. “It appears as though the vaccine, at least in one medical report, does demonstrate that…read more

Georgia DOT awards contracts for Chattooga, Polk projects

Georgia DOT awards contracts for Chattooga, Polk projects

August 7, 2022–7:47 p.m. GEORGIA DOT A bridge construction project in Chattooga County and a repaving project in Polk County are among the $199 million in construction contracts awarded by the Georgia Department of Transportation in June. The DOT awarded a contract of nearly $5 million to C.W. Matthews for the construction of a bridge…read more

DPH debuts kiosks for COVID-19 PCR testing

DPH debuts kiosks for COVID-19 PCR testing

August 4, 2022–4:03 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is offering COVID-19 PCR testing at kiosks placed in communities across Georgia. In most locations, these kiosks offer access to COVID-19 testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After completing a brief registration form, the kiosks dispense a test kit…read more

Man charged with murdering missing woman now back in Polk County

Man charged with murdering missing woman now back in Polk County

August 4, 2022–3:30 p.m. STAFF REPORTS A Rome man charged in the murder of a missing woman has been is now in the Polk County Jail after being transferred from another facility. 30-year-old Joseph Leroy Jones was initially arrested on unrelated charges and was being held in the DeKalb County, Georgia Jail. The Georgia Bureau…read more

Man arrested following standoff in Cedartown

Man arrested following standoff in Cedartown

August 3, 2022–4:42 p.m. POLK COUNTY POLICE On Wednesday at around 1:52 a.m., the Polk County Police were dispatched to 107 Forrest Lane (Rolling Hills Subdivision – Cedartown) in reference to an unknown problem. While en route, patrol officers were updated with information that a man had allegedly pointed a gun at a woman while…read more

Georgia gas prices down 13 more cents

Georgia gas prices down 13 more cents

August 1, 2022–11:00 a.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices continue their downward trend. Georgia drivers are now paying an average price of $3.77 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 13 cents less than a week ago, 59 cents less than last month, and 81 cents more than this time last year.  According to Montrae Waiters with AAA, low…read more

Mega Millions: $10K, $20K tickets sold in Rockmart, Cartersville

Mega Millions: $10K, $20K tickets sold in Rockmart, Cartersville

July 31, 2022–7:11 p.m. GEORGIA LOTTERY Although the winning $1.34 billion Mega Millions ticket was sold in the Chicago area, a couple of area residents did have four of the five winning numbers in Friday Night’s drawing. According to the Georgia Lottery, a ticket sold at Yorkville Market on Highway 101 in Rockmart is worth…read more

New transport offers better service for babies, parents

New transport offers better service for babies, parents

July 28, 2022–7:25 p.m. NEWS RELEASE More tiny infants who need lifesaving care can now be brought quickly to Floyd Medical Center, thanks to Atrium Health Floyd’snewNeonatal Intensive Care Transport. The specially equipped ambulance is designed for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients. The new vehicle can transport twins or a baby and the mother and additional family…read more