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 5th, and happy 73rd birthday to singer Huey Lewis
I’m Brian Giffin and here the stories Northwest Georgia is talking about presented by Drake Realty
SPLOST list finalized, will go up for voters in November
Atrium Health Floyd announces new residents
And Police arrest man on DUI charges after wreck on Turner McCall Bridge
Plus, Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets is here to talk with Bruce Jenkins about cutting back on soda
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: splost
The final SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) project list, to be voted on in November, includes a wide range of projects across Rome and Floyd County. The proposal covers public safety, infrastructure, public works, quality of life, and economic development. One notable project is an $8 million investment in improving parks across the county, including the addition of artificial fields and splash pads. The advisory committee recommended extending the collection period to six years, allowing for additional funding for transportation projects. The total budget for the sales tax is estimated to be around $110 million. The committee emphasized the importance of approving the SPLOST to fund essential projects and continue the community's progress. The mayor and committee members expressed optimism and highlighted the positive impact of citizen input in the SPLOST process.…….get more info at northwestgeorgianews.com
STORY 2: atrium
Dr. Rachael Candela and Dr. Hannah Williams have been named chief residents for the Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program for the new academic year. The chief residents are selected by their peers and will serve as mentors and liaisons between residents and faculty. Dr. Candela earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University, while Dr. Williams earned hers from William Carey University. The residency program has also welcomed nine first-year family medicine residents, expanding from the previous years. The expansion aims to better meet the community's workforce needs. read more at northwestgeorgianews.com
STORY 3: dui
A man was arrested on DUI charges after causing a wreck on the Turner McCall Boulevard bridge. The man was driving a Chevy Tahoe at a high speed, weaving in and out of traffic when he struck another vehicle and lost control. The Tahoe hit the bridge railing, causing damage, and then flipped over before landing back on its tires. The driver fled the scene but was later apprehended at a Taco Bell restaurant. He admitted to drinking vodka and was on his way to meet someone at a hospital. The man is facing multiple charges, including DUI and reckless driving. No other injuries were reported..……we’ll be back after a quick timeout.
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STORY 4: Agencies
Governor Brian Kemp has announced several changes in key positions within his administration. Rick Dunn, the current director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), will become the new director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (OPB), replacing Kelly Farr. David Dove, the governor's executive counsel, will serve as interim director of the EPD while continuing in his current role. Walter Rabon, currently the deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will assume the role of commissioner, replacing Mark Williams, who will become the executive director of the Jekyll Island Authority. Russell Carlson, the chief health policy officer for the state Department of Community Health, will become the commissioner of the health agency, succeeding Caylee Noggle. Some appointments took effect on July 1st and the remainder will on August 1st.
STORY 5: veterans
The We Care Vets Fair, organized by United Military Care, was a tremendous success, with nearly 700 visitors attending the event. The fair, aimed at providing support and resources to veterans, exceeded expectations and showcased various services available to veterans. The organizers plan to host the fair again next year, potentially at a larger venue like the Forum River Center. Despite the challenges of convincing veterans that the event is free, the fair made a significant impact, with some lives potentially saved. United Military Care will also be holding another We Care Veterans Fair in Marietta, featuring two days of vendors and booths to assist veterans.
STORY 6: flores
Angel Flores, manager of the Rome Braves, is living out his childhood dream as a baseball manager. His passion for the game dates back to when he first picked up a baseball at the age of 3. Flores had a professional playing career before transitioning into coaching. He joined the Braves organization in 2017 and became the manager of the Rome Braves in his first year. Flores cherishes every moment at the ballpark and feels blessed to be a part of the game he loves. He credits his mother for still having a project from his elementary school days where he expressed his desire to be a baseball player. Flores highlights the no-hitter thrown by Daniel Martinez and Luis Vargas as a memorable moment of the season. He looks up to Bernie Williams as a player and admires Brian Snitker as a manager. Flores values open communication with his players and enjoys seeing them improve and achieve their goals. While his ultimate goal is to reach the big leagues, he finds fulfillment in coaching at the minor league level.
……….Back in a moment
Story 7: Leah
And now, Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets talks with Bruce Jenkins about cutting back on soda
We’ll have closing comments after this
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