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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 Saturday, June 24th, and happy 76th birthday to legendary musician Mick Fleetwood



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


Pair remain in hospital after being struck by train behind Goodwill


SPLOST committee votes out water park; package may be finalized next week


And Floyd County Public Animals Welfare Services offering extended adoption hours starting July 5


Plus, everyone knows College Football is King here in Georgia, and many pro players have come from universities here.

None however, until this year, from Kennesaw State, a football program that launched in 2015. That changed this year when the Bears drafted defensive tackle Travis Bell. We have a special on, and with Bell, coming up a bit later in the podcast…..we’re certain you’ll enjoy it.


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: pair


A man and a woman are hospitalized after being struck by a train while crossing a train bridge in Rome. Jessica Collins is in stable condition, while Michael Doi is in the ICU according to family members. The train driver attempted to warn them with lights and horns, but Doi continued to walk, eventually running as the train approached. Both were struck by the snow plow on the front of the train and suffered serious injuries. During the investigation, police found a baggie of suspected meth in a shoulder bag carried by Collins. No charges have been filed as of yet, an investigation is ongoing. Read more about this story at northwestgeorgianews.com.


STORY 2: splost


The SPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee has rejected a $20 million water park project for inclusion in the November ballot. The committee is reviewing proposed projects worth $175 million to be funded by a 1-cent sales tax. Chairman Bob Berry requested a vote on the water park project due to its high cost, stating that it would consume a significant portion of the SPLOST budget. While some members saw potential economic benefits, such as increased visitor draw and hotel bookings, many had concerns about unknown factors, staffing requirements, and the price tag. The county expressed no interest in operating the park, and city commissioners did not endorse the project. The final vote was 10-3 against including the water park in the package.


STORY 3: animals


Starting July 5, Floyd County Public Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) will extend its hours to provide more time for pet adoptions. The shelter will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, allowing an additional two hours each day. PAWS Director Katy Walters shared positive news about the shelter's adoption rates, with a live outcome of 97.79% in May and 95.64% for the entire year so far, maintaining its no-kill status. Walters also mentioned plans to replace old cat condos, acquire new Toughbooks for animal control officers, and improve kennels and fences with the assistance of Floyd County Prison......…..get more details at northwestgeorgianews.com …………we’ll be back in a moment.


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STORY 4: guard


Soldiers from the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 420th Signal Company, demonstrated bravery and quick thinking when they rescued an elderly woman from her smoking vehicle in Rome. Sgt. Joshua Armstrong and Spec. Brady Anderson, returning from a military mission, noticed smoke coming from a crashed vehicle in a ditch alongside the highway. Armstrong, utilizing his civilian firefighting training, took immediate action to assist the injured woman while Anderson contacted local authorities. Thanks to their prompt response, the soldiers were able to save the woman's life, despite her severe injuries.



STORY 5:  wood


Brice Wood has been appointed as the Rome-Floyd County Planning Department director, approved by Rome city commissioners. Wood has an extensive background in the city planning department, previously serving as assistant planning director. He has also worked as a special agent with the Georgia Department of Revenue and as a planner with the regional commission. Wood is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration. The appointment was made after joint deliberations and interviews conducted by Rome and Floyd County government officials, who agreed that Wood was the most suitable candidate. In addition, the commission addressed various zoning matters and made appointments to several commissions.



STORY 6: 4th


Rome is hosting its 2023 Independence Day Celebration at Ridge Ferry Park, sponsored by Atrium Health Floyd. The event features a full day of activities, including music, food trucks, water inflatables, and a fireworks show. The park opens at noon, with food trucks and concessions available. Kids can enjoy the splash zone with water inflatables starting at 1 p.m. In the evening, Benny Gray and the Trailer Park Cowboys will perform on the Coca-Cola Stage. The fireworks display, consisting of over 1,500 shells, will begin at approximately 9:55 p.m. The event is free to enter, but there is a $5 parking fee. Some restrictions apply, such as no large coolers, pets, drones, sparklers, or fires. Handicapped parking is available in the main lot, while regular parking is located at the Shoals Side of Ridge Ferry. More information can be found on the parks and rec website.


Back with a special sports feature after this


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Story 7: Bell


I had the privlege of being the 1st radio play by play voice at Kennesaw State, a program that launched in 2015. Until this year, the Owls had not had a player taken in the NFL draft….that all changed back in April


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