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Four indicted on murder charges stemming from May 2022 shooting death in North Rome

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From the Ingles Studio this is The Northwest Georgia News Podcast from the Rome News Tribune, Calhoun Times, Catoosa Walker News, and Polk County Standard


   Today is Wednesday, August 9th, and happy 56th birthday to “primetime” Deion Sanders



I’m Brian Giffin and here the stories Northwest Georgia is talking about presented by Drake Realty


Four indicted on murder charges stemming from May 2022 shooting death in North Rome


Design work continues on water treatment facility to remove toxic chemicals from Rome rivers


And a Golf foundation seeks to preserve course, promote golf in Rome and Floyd County


Plus, Leah McGrath is here to talk with Bruce Jenkins about Plant based ,meats


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, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen daily and subscribe!


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STORY 1: indicted


Four men were indicted on murder charges for the shooting death of Derricus Smith on Perkins Street in North Rome on May 21, 2022. The grand jury returned true bills of indictment for malice murder and felony murder against the accused, who were also charged with participation in street gang activity and aggravated assault. Smith's body was found after police received calls of shots fired and a fight in the area. Three of the four men were already held in jail without bond, while the fourth was still being actively sought. The group, known as the Real Northside Babies, was involved in a pattern of crimes, including armed robbery, assault, and drug-related offenses. The investigation began after a robbery at a convenience store, and several other individuals linked to the gang were also arrested. A tentative trial date is set for August 30 for many of the earlier charges.....…….get more info at northwestgeorgianews.com


STORY 2: rivers


Rome is progressing with the design work for a reverse osmosis water treatment facility to remove harmful chemicals, including PFAS, from the drinking water supply. The facility is funded by a lawsuit against carpet manufacturers and chemical companies, totaling around $159 million. The design phase is about 40% complete, aiming to meet the 2026 deadline. The US EPA proposed new legal limits for PFAS, expected to be finalized soon. The settlements will allow a rollback in water rates for Rome's customers. Additionally, Rome is ahead of the deadline for the EPA's Lead and Copper Rule, identifying and inspecting lead service lines through a meter change-out program.


STORY 3: golf


The Rome Historic Golf Preservation Foundation aims to preserve and promote the sixth oldest golf course in Georgia, located near downtown Broad Street. The course, designed by George Cobb, is part of the historic Coosa Country Club but is a stand-alone organization. The foundation's mission is to preserve the course and promote golf locally through education and scholarship opportunities. They are working with organizations like First Tee and local schools to make golf accessible to kids. One of their immediate goals is to renovate the cart paths, with plans to fund scholarships and collaborate with golf academies in the future. The course is expected to reopen in November after renovations.


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STORY 4: hydrogen


The Georgia Department of Transportation has initiated a plan to establish hydrogen fueling stations across the state for commercial vehicles. They issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather input from the private sector on the development and construction of these stations. Hydrogen-powered electric fuel cells show promise for fast recharging of large trucks, allowing goods to be transported over long distances. While the technology is still in early stages in the U.S., it has been successful in other countries. The RFI process will assess the demand for hydrogen transportation, with a focus on areas near the ports of Savannah and Brunswick. The RFI will remain open for 30 days, and interested parties can respond by email at



STORY 5:  soap


The Rome football program held its annual Soap Game scrimmage at Barron Stadium, featuring players from sixth grade to the varsity team. The varsity teams split into Red and Gold squads and showcased their skills. Both squads performed well on offense and defense. The game ended in a 14-14 tie. Before the varsity game, younger Rome squads played in exhibitions. The 10th grade squad defeated the freshmen 22-0, and the ninth grade squad won 14-0 against the eighth grade team. The eighth grade team beat the seventh graders 14-0, and the seventh grade squad won 16-0 against the sixth grade team. Rome High has a scrimmage against Rockmart before their regular-season opener against Cass.





STORY 6: brown


Sean Brown, a former Coosa High standout and Jacksonville State player, has been listed on the John Mackey Award Watch List. The award recognizes college football's most outstanding tight end each year and focuses on "true tight ends" with blocking responsibilities and potential for professional play. Brown, a redshirt junior, had impressive performances in the ASUN Conference in 2021 and 2022, leading tight ends in receiving yards. He is known for his big-play ability and contributions as a blocker. The committee will also award the John Mackey Tight End of the Week during the season. Jacksonville State will face UTEP in their season opener on August 26, marking their FBS debut and first Conference USA matchup, televised on CBS Sports Network.



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Story 7: LEAH


And Now, Leah McGrath, corporate dietician at Ingles Markets, talks with Bruce Jenkins about plant based meats




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