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 Saturday, July 22nd, and happy 59th birthday to actor David Spade
I’m Brian Giffin and here the stories Northwest Georgia is talking about presented by Drake Realty
Nearly 200,000 'inactive' Georgia voters to be dropped from rolls
Another 2,900 jump in local jobs in June to 44,700; state sets record employment numbers
And a crash in Gordon County kills Chatsworth woman
Plus, we’ll talk with Kim Scofi about the upcoming We Care Veterans Fair, just like the one inhere in Rome in May, planned for Cobb County on August 4th and 5th
Plus, Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets is here to talk with Bruce Jenkins about cutting back on soda
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: inactive
Georgia is set to remove 191,473 voters previously labeled as "inactive" from the voter list ahead of next year's elections. If an inactive voter does not respond to a mailed notice within 30 days, they will be taken off the list. However, if they update their registration information in response to the notice, they will remain registered. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger claims that the state's voter rolls are the cleanest in the nation, and such list maintenance efforts ensure election integrity. The removals are required by state and federal laws to update registration records accurately. So far this year, 75,676 voters have been removed due to out-of-state moves. Georgians can check their voter registration status and make changes through the My Voter Page or register to vote through various methods..…….get more info at northwestgeorgianews.com
STORY 2: jump
The labor force in Rome/Floyd County increased by 2,900 jobs in June, reaching 44,700, with 363 first-time unemployment claims recorded. Georgia's overall June unemployment rate remained steady at 3.2%, with a record high of 4,909,800 jobs and a labor force of 5,300,544. The region showed mixed results for initial jobless claims, with some counties experiencing a drop from the previous year. Goodwill and the Georgia Department of Labor's Rome office will hold a career fair on July 24, with over 80 jobs available, including positions in healthcare, logistics, and education. The Rome Floyd Chamber and Cartersville-Bartow Chamber also list job openings in their respective areas.
STORY 3: crash
A fatal crash occurred near the intersection of Nicklesville Road and Mount Zion Road, claiming the life of a 71-year-old Chatsworth woman named Bertie Grizzell Hayes. The accident involved a two-vehicle collision on Georgia Highway 136 at mile marker 10. Hayes, driving a Jeep, crossed the center line while rounding a curve, and her vehicle collided with an oncoming semi-truck. She was transported to AdventHealth Gordon but later succumbed to her injuries. The condition of the semi-truck driver is unknown. The crash investigation is ongoing, and the road was closed for about an hour and a half before reopening. Grizzell is survived by her husband, two daughters, six siblings, and several grandchildren.
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STORY 4: zoning
The Calhoun City Council granted a zoning change request for a 23.60-acre parcel to developer Mission New Value Group LLC, allowing the construction of a new apartment complex near the interstate. The plan includes 50 townhomes, 13 apartment buildings, and commercial spaces. The council also approved other zoning requests, sign variances, and recognized the heroic acts of the Calhoun Fire Department during their meeting. Jim Rosencrance was re-appointed to the Calhoun-Gordon County Airport Authority, and a city-owned Dodge Charger was approved for auction. The city's recent financial audit received a clean bill of health, and the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list was approved for an upcoming intergovernmental agreement.
STORY 5: listen
The Rome City Auditorium held a community discussion led by Mayor Sundai Stevenson and the City Commission to address gun violence in the community. Panelists, including Rome Police Chief Denise Downer-McKinney, discussed the root causes of gun violence, such as lack of opportunity, poverty, and mistrust in the system. They also highlighted the need for conflict resolution education in schools and the importance of community building and mentorship for youth. The hope is to create a comprehensive plan to combat gun violence, acknowledging that it's a long-term process requiring sustained efforts. The discussion was prompted by an increase in gun-related incidents in the area.
Read more at northwestgeorgianews.com
STORY 6: camp
Big Time Sports is hosting a quarterback and wide receiver training camp at Heritage Park for players aged 8 to high school level, just ahead of football season. Shorter head coach Zach Morrison and former University of Alabama quarterback Blake Sims will be guest instructors. The camp costs $75 per player, and participants can secure their spot by sending the fee via Venmo to @Big_Time_Sports. The organization previously hosted a "Lessons from Legends" baseball camp in July, featuring former major leaguers like Otis Nixon, John Rocker, and Johnny Estrada as instructors. For more information, visit the Big Time Sports Facebook page or call 706-766-9002.
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Story 7: east
Back in May, Rome hosted the We Care Veterans Fair, and event targeting helping veterans that was a big success. Enough so that Rome is having it again in a larger venue next year. Well United Military Care is hosting another one in Cobb County, right down the road, on August 4th and 5th. We Caught up with UMC President and CEO Kim Scofi to talk about it.
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