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, May 27th, and happy 87th birthday to actor Louis Gossett Jr.
I’m Brian Giffin and here the top stories Northwest Georgia is talking about presented by Drake Realty
Rockmart man shot in officer-involved shooting by Polk County Police
Atrium Health Floyd and Harbin Clinic close to finalizing multi-million dollar deal
And Judith Ann Neelley denied parole in 1982 slaying
Plus, Gary Crawford of the US Department of agriculture talks about some good news regarding food prices
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: Shooting
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), a Rockmart man was shot by a Polk County Police officer after reportedly reaching for a gun during a domestic dispute. Flint Dawson Warren, 63, is in critical condition after being airlifted to a local hospital. The incident occurred on Pleasant Hill Road in Southeast Polk County. Witnesses reported that Warren reached for a gun on his waist, prompting the officer to fire his weapon. No officers were injured during the incident. The GBI has been requested to conduct an independent investigation, and upon completion, the case will be reviewed by the Polk County District Attorney's Office. This is one of three officer-involved shootings the GBI is investigating in Georgia on Wednesday, making it the 41st such case in 2023. The GBI emphasized its commitment to conducting thorough and impartial investigations in these cases. ….stay up to date on this story at northwest Georgia news.com
STORY 2: Atrium
Negotiations are ongoing between Atrium Health Floyd and Harbin Clinic for a potential affiliation, with a final agreement said to be close. The discussions have been underway for almost a year, and both parties remain committed to finalizing the deal. Harbin Clinic is a prominent healthcare provider in Northwest Georgia, with a 150-year legacy of serving the region. The pending affiliation follows a series of healthcare changes in the area, including the sale of Redmond Regional Medical Center and Cartersville Medical Center, as well as the merger of Atrium Health with Advocate Aurora Health. The outcome of the negotiations will shape the healthcare landscape in Northwest Georgia.
STORY 3: neeley
Convicted child killer Judith Ann Neelley has been denied parole once again for the murder, rape, and torture of a 13-year-old girl in Rome, Georgia over four decades ago. The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously denied her parole after less than a minute of deliberation. Neelley's case has been highly publicized in Alabama due to the brutality of the crime and her escape from death row through commutation. Despite the parole denial, Neelley will continue to serve her life sentence at Julia Tutwiler Prison. Even if granted parole, she faces a consecutive life sentence in Georgia for a kidnapping case. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey expressed her strong opposition to Neelley's release in a letter to the parole board, stating that mercy for the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.…..we’ll be back in a moment.
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STORY 4: survivor
Carson Garrett, a 20-year-old student and aspiring NASA engineer, competed in the 44th season of "Survivor" filmed in Fiji a year ago. Despite facing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during his high school years, Garrett excelled academically and held leadership positions. In the final episode of "Survivor," Garrett won the first immunity challenge, securing a spot in the final four. However, he finished second in the last game and lost a fire-building challenge to Heidi. Ultimately, Yam Yam Arocho, who taught Garrett fire-making skills, emerged as the winner. Garrett supported the finalists and provided analytical insights during the decision-making process.
STORY 6: basebasll
The Calhoun High School baseball team had a strong showing in the 7-5A All-Region recognition with eight players being honored. Cartersville dominated the first team with five players, while Calhoun had two players named to the first team: graduated senior pitcher Cooper Evans and junior shortstop Andrew Purdy. Four Calhoun players made the second team: junior utility player Ripken West, senior outfielder Cohen Chadwick, junior pitcher Jax Bishop, and sophomore pitcher Spencer Evans. Senior outfielder Isaac Green and senior catcher Luke Sims received honorable mention. Despite a 10-21 record, Calhoun made it to the first round of the GHSA 5A state playoffs.
Story 7: Manley
Calhoun High School senior Ella Manley won her third consecutive GHSA 5A girls state championship in golf, shooting a 2-under par 146 over two rounds. Manley, who missed the chance to potentially win four consecutive titles due to the COVID-19 pandemic in her freshman year, expressed her happiness and gratitude for the hours of hard work that paid off. She mentioned feeling pressure since her sophomore year and was motivated to finish strong in her final high school round. Manley secured her victory with a strong performance on the back nine, sinking crucial birdie putts. She will continue her golf career on a scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University…..back in a moment
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Story 8: USDA
And now, Gary Crawford of the USDA gives us some good news regarding food prices
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