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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, July 29th, and happy 70th birthday to rocker Geddy Lee



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


Rome, Floyd County law enforcement officers take part in school shooting drill


Motorcyclist killed in crash on Red Bud Road in Calhoun


And a Judge hands down guilty verdict in fatal Cedartown hit-and-run trial


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: drill


In preparation for potential active shooter events in Rome or Floyd County, reducing response time is crucial to minimizing casualties. To address this, the Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Floyd County Police Department, and Rome Police Department collaborated on an active shooter training exercise at the old Midway School. The exercise aimed to improve officers' preparedness and response in high-stress situations. Training plays a vital role as officers rely on their expertise during critical incidents, making it a vital component of their continuing education. The joint effort ensures a comprehensive approach to handling such challenging scenarios....…….get more info at northwestgeorgianews.com


STORY 2: Motorcyclist killed


A tragic accident occurred on Red Bud Road involving a collision between a motorcyclist and an SUV. The motorcyclist, identified as Tomas Garcia Marquez Jr., 81, from Calhoun, lost control of his motorcycle while riding westbound on Red Bud Road. He crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the right front passenger side of an SUV. After the impact, Garcia Marquez veered onto the sidewalk and came to rest on an embankment near the Garden Heights Apartments. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Bo Nicholson. The Gordon County Coroner's office released his identity after notifying his next of kin.


STORY 3: guilty


Ralph "Ryan" Dover III of Aragon was found guilty on hit and run and reckless conduct charges for a collision that occurred nearly four years ago. Dover hit Eric Keais, who was on a bicycle, and failed to immediately report the incident to authorities. Instead, he drove to a convenience store, called a friend, State Rep. Trey Kelley, and didn't notify law enforcement until around 40 minutes after the collision. The delay in seeking medical care contributed to Keais' death. Dover claimed he didn't realize he hit a person and thought it was something else. Sentencing is scheduled for August 29.


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STORY 4: cave


The Cave Spring City Council has hired Nick McLemore as the city manager, starting on Monday. McLemore brings a wealth of experience in public safety, firefighting, teaching, and business operations. He aims to make Cave Spring the best city in the Southeast and will oversee important projects like a water and sewer project. Building a strong team is one of his main priorities as city manager. Cave Spring recently transitioned to a city manager form of government, and McLemore was chosen from twelve candidates after a series of interviews. The council and residents are hopeful for positive developments under his leadership.


STORY 5:  skating


The former Skating Palace, a beloved landmark and youth entertainment center in Calhoun, is set to undergo a $140,000 remodel for a new purpose. Roswell-based Miller Contracting LLC will be renovating the 12,800-square-foot building located at 115 Kenmorland Circle. It was once known as King's Skating Palace and operated under various names and owners before closing in 2019. The building will now be used by Iglesia Pentecostal Bethel de Calhoun. The property was purchased by GANS LLC from Gordon County Bowling and Skating in December 2019. In April 2021, the community had the opportunity to buy items from the skating rink building before the remodel.


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STORY 6: jobless


In June, over 5,300 residents in the area were unemployed, showing a slight increase of less than 1% compared to the same month in 2022. Despite schools being out and adding to the labor pool, the demand for workers remained high, with many "help wanted" signs. Floyd County's unemployment rate was 3.7%, up two-tenths of a point from May, but the same as a year earlier. The labor force increased by 226 people, and Rome had a record high of 44,700 jobs in June. Initial unemployment claims decreased in Rome from the previous month but were up compared to June 2022. The unemployment rate in Northwest Georgia was 3.4% in June, up from May and the previous year. There are various job opportunities available, including 100 positions at Toyo Tire's job fair on August 2nd.



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Story 7: Lady devils


The Model High volleyball program successfully hosted its second youth camp, attracting 56 campers from kindergarten to eighth grade. The three-day camp included individual and group instruction, drills, and games to help kids develop their volleyball skills and passion for the sport. The camp's attendance almost doubled compared to the previous year, and the coaches and high school players worked with the campers to grow the game and foster their love for volleyball. The camp also provided valuable experience for the high school players as they took on coaching roles and adapted to different situations. The camp concluded the team's summer program, and they are now preparing for the upcoming season with the goal of building on their consecutive playoff appearances and achieving more victories.


Story 8:  tigers

The Darlington Lady Tigers aim to improve their performance this season by eliminating mistakes, maintaining consistency, and giving their best effort throughout games. Head coach Anna Harris hopes to guide the team to the state playoffs after an up-and-down season in 2022. The team returns key players like Audrey Abbott, Emma Hunt, and Presley Dixon, while also incorporating new talent. With the season starting soon, the Lady Tigers are determined to reach their full potential and achieve success on the field. The season opener is scheduled for August 14 at Walker.


Story 9: HOF

Registration is open for the 2023 Willard Nixon Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, sponsored by Rome Orthopaedic Center. The tournament will take place on October 6 at Stonebridge Golf Course, featuring a four-man scramble with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The team entry fee is $400, covering greens fees, cart fees, range balls, and a post-round lunch. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, with additional prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive contests. The tournament proceeds will fund ROC Outstanding Student Athlete Scholarships, benefiting college-bound seniors excelling in athletics, academics, and public service from local schools. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100 per hole.


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