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Today is Saturday, May 13th, and happy 40th birthday to longtime NFL rusher Frank Gore
I’m Brian Giffin and here the top stories Northwest Georgia is talking about presented by Drake Realty
Cochran seeks to have judge block ethics hearing calling the process 'fatally flawed'
West Third 'foundation' well underway. 200 earthmovers clearing way for battery plant.
And an Agreement stemming from CRBI lawsuit means Mt. Vernon Mills in Chattooga County to quit using PFAS
These stories and more are coming up in today’s edition of the Northwest Georgia News podcast
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STORY 1: Cochran
Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran has filed a motion seeking a judge's intervention to block an ethics investigation and a public hearing. The hearing scheduled for Tuesday comes after an ethics complaint against Cochran was filed by Rome Human Resources Director Kristy Shepard, who alleges that the commissioner's conduct toward city employees was "uncalled for and unprofessional." Cochran's attorney argues that the proceedings are "unfounded and retaliatory" and lack merit. The motion cites several issues with the process and asks the court to stop the proceedings, which could cause immediate and irreparable harm to Cochran's reputation.
STORY 2: River
The River District in Rome is seeing a surge of construction activity with the first building permits being issued for the CRE Impact development, which will feature 250,000 square feet of housing and 10,000 square feet of artisan retail space at an estimated cost of $43 million. The development is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the Fifth Avenue/West Third Street/Avenue A quarter, which has seen a number of demolitions and renovations in recent years. The River District is one of two major redevelopment areas in the city, with the other being at the intersection of Martha Berry.
STORY 3: PFAS
Mount Vernon Mills in Trion has agreed to permanently cease using toxic chemicals that provide protective coatings for its products after being sued by the Coosa River Basin Initiative for violating the Clean Water Act. The mill had been discharging per- and polyfluorinated substances to the city of Trion’s wastewater treatment plant, which then flowed into the Chattooga River. Mount Vernon has agreed to divert its internal waste for offsite treatment rather than sending it through the city’s treatment plant. PFAS, a class of synthetic chemicals known to be toxic, were released upstream by chemical companies, carpet manufacturers, and Dalton Utilities into Rome's main water source, the Oostanaula River.
STORY 4: Crash
Cartersville-based Phoenix Air has released the names of the three crew members who died in a crash off the coast of California. Recovery efforts are underway to retrieve the bodies of Capt. Eric Tatman, First Officer Spencer Geerlings and Systems Specialist Shane Garner. The crash occurred during a US Navy training exercise involving two Phoenix Air Learjets, with one of them landing safely. The Navy, Coast Guard and other agencies conducted search operations and found a debris field in the water about a mile from San Clemente Island. The Coast Guard has confirmed that there were no survivors. Phoenix Air has been a contracted air operator for the Navy for over 20 years and is cooperating with investigations…….We’ll be back
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STORY 5: Darlington
Darlington's baseball team secured a spot in the final four by sweeping Heard County in its Class A Division I quarterfinal matchup. Darlington's Logan Floyd had a complete game effort to earn a 4-1 victory in Game 1, while Hill Shropshire pitched a complete game for an 11-6 win in Game 2. Ashton Albers hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs in Game 2, while Floyd had a triple and an RBI in Game 1. The Tigers will face Prince Avenue Christian in the semifinals. Darlington's head coach, Matt Larry, praised his team for playing its best baseball at the right time over the past few weeks….back in a moment
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STORY 6: Rome coaches
On Tuesday, Rome High School announced three new head coaches for various athletic programs. Kelly Carter was named the new head coach for track and field and cross country. He previously coached at Georgia Southern University and has over 24 years of coaching experience. Matthew Dunn was appointed as the new head coach for wrestling. He has experience as a head and assistant coach at multiple schools and established the Elite Wrestling Academy in Tennessee. Lastly, Shane Ramsey was named the new head coach for baseball. He previously coached at Heritage High School and Effingham County High School, winning multiple Coach of the Year honors during his career.
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