Area News

Coronavirus playing havoc with University System of Georgia finances

By Dave Williams Bureau Chief Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – The coronavirus pandemic has cost the University System of Georgia about $200 million, losses that could add up to $350 million by the end of the summer, system Chancellor Steve Wrigley said Tuesday. The state’s 26 public colleges and universities have done some belt…

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U.S. 27 Bridge South Of Summerville Is Closing

The U.S. 27 bridge south of Summerville at Wildlife Lake Road is being closed by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Chattooga Commissioner Jason Winters said he was just notified the bridge could be closed until tomorrow. “For people and EMS needing to get to or from Rome, they will need to use Hwy. 100,” Commissioner…

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Storm Damages Multitude Of Homes; Power Still Out For Many

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is working with Chattooga officials in helping to clean up the county after powerful storms rolled through Sunday night Several areas seemed affected worse than others.  Mahan Road, Hair Lake Road, Orchard Hill Road, Memorial Drive area, the Mountain View area and Halls Valley Drive area. Power is out for…

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New state website points students to free internet connections

By Dave Williams Bureau Chief Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – A major obstacle to the era of online instruction the coronavirus pandemic has forced on Georgia schools is that some students, particularly in rural communities, don’t have access to the internet at home. The state Department of Community Affairs is stepping up to that…

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Roper Donates To Lyerly Fire Department

The Roper Corporation donated a new oven and refrigerator to the Lyerly fire station. Here is a press release from the company: April 10, 2020 – LAFAYETTE, GA — At Roper Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GE Appliances, we believe in the value and spirit of community. As our world and community have rapidly changed in…

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Garbage collectors putting safety on the line during coronavirus pandemic

By Dave Williams Bureau Chief Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – The sacrifices America’s doctors, nurses and other first responders are making to care for coronavirus patients are receiving an outpouring of praise and thanks. But another group of workers risking their health to perform their duties during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t getting nearly as…

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The Danger of Ending Social Distancing too Early

Message from Dr. Gary Voccio, Health Director for the Georgia Department of Health: ROME, GA: You may have heard about some recent national studies suggesting that our social distancing measures, or what I prefer to call safe physical distancing measures, appear to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Indeed, looking at our data…

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Chattooga is up to five confirmed cases

Monitoring Data for Chattooga County   5 confirmed cases and 1 death in Chattooga County per Georgia Department of Public Health.  Please watch the Georgia Department of Public Health Website at https://dph.georgia.gov/georgia-department-public-health-covid-19-daily-status-reportfor COVID-19 official case counts released each day at 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Urgent Care Patient In-take Level- MODERATE with Increases Unacast Cell…

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Georgia primary election delayed to June 9 amid coronavirus

By Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – Georgia’s primary election set for May 19 will be postponed three weeks to June 9 due to health and safety concerns over coronavirus, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Thursday. The move came after Gov. Brian Kemp extended the state’s public health emergency status…

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