From the Ingles Studio this is The Northwest Georgia News Podcast
Today is Wednesday, May 17th, and happy 64th birthday to the great Jim Nantz
I’m Brian Giffin and here the top stories Northwest Georgia is talking about presented by Drake Realty
Cave Spring seeking 1st city manager; job posting is up for the transformative position
Fricks promoted to instructional technology officer for Rome City Schools
And Floyd County investigating 2 deaths in separate Saturday wrecks on Alabama Highway
Plus Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets joins our own Bruce Jenkins to discuss high grocery prices and a little later we’ll hear from Gary Crawford of the US dept. of Agriculture on that same topic
These stories and more are coming up in today’s edition of the Northwest Georgia News podcast
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STORY 1: Cave Spring
Cave Spring is undergoing a significant change by hiring its first full-time city manager. The decision comes as a charter change takes effect on July 1, transferring executive authority from the part-time mayor to a professional administrator. The town's mayor, Rob Ware, expressed the need for a full-time person to effectively manage the city's projects and budgets, which exceed $2.5 million. The city has posted a job description and plans to reach out to potential applicants from both the public and private sectors. Council members will review applications and select the manager, considering relevant experience and qualifications. The mayor, who has been leading the city for nearly 20 years, will continue until the new manager is hired. The goal is to bring new ideas and improvements to the community.
STORY 2: Fricks
John Fricks, the Associate Principal of Rome High School, has been promoted to the role of Instructional Technology Officer. In this new position, Fricks will be responsible for integrating technology into classrooms and supporting teachers and staff in improving student learning experiences. His promotion comes after successfully implementing technology initiatives at RHS, where he formed a technology team and provided tech instruction to staff. By incorporating technology into his math classroom, Fricks was able to enhance student achievement. Rome City Schools Superintendent, Eric Holland, expressed excitement about Fricks' promotion, highlighting his expertise and contribution to providing a world-class education. The move aligns with the school district's ongoing efforts to modernize instruction through technology integration. Fricks expressed enthusiasm for his new role and the opportunity to work with the team to provide students with an excellent education.
STORY 3: Deaths
Tragedy struck on Alabama Highway as two separate accidents claimed the lives of two individuals. The first incident occurred around 6 a.m. near Woods Road, where a vehicle pulled out from the Woods Road cutoff and was hit by a truck. The driver, identified as 26-year-old Channing Wallace, sustained fatal injuries in the collision. Later, around 2 p.m., a Dodge pickup veered across the center line, clipped another vehicle, and collided head-on with another pickup. The driver of the Dodge pickup was identified as 50-year-old Trevor Britt from Rome. The Floyd County Police are currently investigating both accidents.
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STORY 4 Leah visit
And now Leah McGrath, corporate dietician for Ingles Markets joins our own Bruce Jenkins to talk about high grocery prices:
We’ll have more in a moment
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STORY 5: Around town:
In business comings and goings, The Church's Chicken restaurant in Northwest Georgia, located at 614 Shorter Ave., has closed its doors. The branding was recently removed, leaving only hand-written signs indicating its closure. The closure comes after the Calhoun location shut down in 2015 due to competition and low sales. The West Rome area has been experiencing changes in the restaurant scene, including the opening of Jim 'N Nick's barbecue and Tequila's in a former spot. Meanwhile, the Comfort Suites hotel on Chateau Drive in East Rome has been sold for $4.6 million and will be converted into micro apartments. O'Reilly Auto Parts is also planning a new location on Dean Ave.
STORY 6: Baseball
From Friday to Monday, the Georgia High School Association baseball championships will be held at AdventHealth Stadium in Rome. The games will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, with additional games scheduled for noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday. If needed, there will be a game at 7 p.m. on Monday. Tickets for each day cost $15. On Friday, the Class 3A matchup will be between Harlem and Ringgold, followed by another game between the same teams at noon on Saturday if necessary. In the Class 2A category, Mt. Paran will face North Cobb Christian in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. on Saturday, with a potential game on Monday at 7 p.m. if needed. In addition, Darlington will play against Prince Avenue Christian in a best-of-three series to determine the A Division championship.
Story 7: USDA
And now, we hear from Gary Crawford from the US Department of Agriculture, more on current food prices:
We’ll have closing comments after this
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