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Lots of snow coming down all over the area. Temp is 36 degrees at Rome airport at 7:40 p.m. Floyd EMA Director Tim Herrington reports there are no issues on local roads at this time. "I'm seeing some accumulation on some elevated surfaces. We may be dealing with some possible black ice in the morning, so we'll keep an eye on that situation." We'll have continuing updates. (Twitter photo from Dale Ratteree.)
Tellus Museum’s Jose Santamaria named Georgia’s Museum Professional of the Year
Media release: Tellus Science Museum Executive Director Jose Santamaria was recognized with one of the most prestigious awards during the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (GAMG) annual conference in Albany, GA on Friday, January 22, 2016. Santamaria received the award for Museum Professional of the Year for his exemplary service to the museum industry. He has been on board at Tellus Science Museum since before its opening in 2009, when the museum was formerly known as the Weinman Mineral Museum. [ 376 more words. ]
Ware Mechanical forecast: Latest prediction shows less than an inch of snow overnight. Rainfall already over an inch.
#hometownweather What to expect today, overnight: At least another 0.60 of an inch of rain through 6 a.m. Saturday Seven tenths of an inch of snow between 11 tonight and 11 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures staying above 32 degrees now through 3 a.m. Saturday Continuing live weather coverage all weekend from Hometown Headlines. Rainfall since 6 p.m. Thursday (through 5 a.m.) [ 201 more words. ]
FRIDAY early closings, weekend closings/cancellations
#hometownweather FRIDAY EARLY CLOSINGS, OPENINGS OR DELAYS Between the winter weather advisory for Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Chattooga counties, and the winter weather warning for Gordon County starting at 3 p.m. Friday, we're anticipating another round of schedule changes across Northwest Georgia. We'll post them as these arrive today and early Friday. Please send to A blank next to a school's name means no decision has been announced. [ 88 more words. ]
Harbin Clinic, parks & rec team up for 2016 Harbin Clinic Race Series with Leprechaun-a-thon, Patriotic Splash Dash 5K, Hero Hustle
Media release: Get ready for plenty of green, tons of water and to dress up as some of your favorite super heroes as Harbin Clinic and the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority bring the 2016 Harbin Clinic Race Series to Rome. The series, sponsored by Harbin Clinic, features three, fun-filled running events all with their own style and flavor. [ 418 more words. ]
Snow reports from the weather service: 0.4 of an inch in Rome, half inch in Cave Spring, inch in Cartersville.
#hometownweather Here are the latest snowfall totals from the National Weather Service. Officially, Rome recorded four tenths of an inch; Cave Spring, a half inch (as seen in the above photo of the Cave Spring cave from Rhonda Steed); and Cartersville, one inch. PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA 1213 PM EST SAT JAN 23 2016 ..TIME... [ 1088 more words. ]
Ware Mechanical forecast: Extremely windy conditions will keep temps near freezing today. Morning low of 28, wind chill of 15 and 30 mph wind gusts. Winter Weather advisory until 1 p.m. Wind advisory until 7 p.m.
#hometownweather Situation: 30% chance of light snow this morning. Temperature is 28 degrees and not expected to rise above freezing until after 1 p.m. The wind makes it feel bitterly cold with 15 degree wind chill. The high today will only be 34 degrees. Floyd, Polk and Bartow counties remain under a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 p.m. today. Gordon County is under a Winter Weather Warning until 7 p.m. [ 341 more words. ]
Smile Report: Armuchee High earns Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award
Media release: Armuchee High School has been selected to receive a Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for the school community's superior efforts at displaying good sportsmanship over the past year. The Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC) presents the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award to honor Georgia High School Association (GHSA) schools that exhibit exemplary sportsmanship during competitive events. Armuchee High School joins 47 other GHSA schools across the state this year to receive the sportsmanship distinction for the 2014-2015 school year. [ 95 more words. ]
Region: Give blood this Saturday. A sneak peek at a Community HeART Project. Calhoun Schools on weather, SAT test. Bartow makeup day is Feb. 15
Here’s what is going across Northwest Georgia: ROME Blood Assurance is opening its local Rome donor center this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in an effort to increase blood donations critically needed from local hospitals. Due to inclement winter weather, Blood Assurance has experienced a severe decrease in blood donations and asks the community to visit the donor center this Saturday to help save local patients’ lives across the region. [ 589 more words. ]
Ware Mechanical alert: Winter weather watch for Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Chattooga; warning for Gordon, northern tier counties
‘Emergency relocation’ under way for remaining patients at Rockmart Nursing and Rehabilitation
Battling temperatures near freezing and a steady drizzle, state health officials on Wednesday are moving several dozen patients from Rockmart Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to like facilities in Northwest Georgia after it was discovered the center owners couldn't make payroll, according to Georgia Department of Community Health.. Rockmart Nursing -- at 528 Hunter St. -- already had received a notice of termination from the federal [ 313 more words. ]
TRAFFIC: Ice reported on I-75 near the Georgia-Tennessee line; some icing in Gordon County as well.
#hometownweather Ice is slowing traffic in extreme Northwest Georgia this morning as well as in Gordon County. The above map shows some of the concerns on and off I-75 including spots near Dalton. Gordon County public works is in the process of applying salt to bridges as a precaution. Some bridges have already started to ice over. If you have to get out use extreme caution and drive slow.
Gordon deputies find missing 74-year-old man who wandered from his home as the snow started Friday night; he’s now safe and back home.
#hometownweather Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston reports that at approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, deputy sheriffs and other county public safety personnel responded to the report of an older man, believed to be suffering from dementia, who'd wandered away from his residence in the Dews Pond community during the onset of the winter storm. Deputies scoured the area for two hours. Uniformed deputies finally located the 74-year-old man, who'd made his way to Calhoun, at 7:30 p.m. [ 32 more words. ]
Armuchee High senior is George Pullen Community Leadership Award winner
Media release: Fatima Waseem, a senior at Armuchee High School, was named the George Pullen Community Leadership Award winner by the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth. The award is presented each year to one adult and one youth in the community. The award was announced at the groups 2016 Annual Meeting this week. Waseem has been a member of the Floyd Youth Action Team for three-years. [ 199 more words. ]
Georgia DOT: Trucks out applying brine to roadways
Media release: As Georgia DOT forces begin laying materials and clearing roadways in north Georgia, Metro Atlanta roadway crews are preparing for the window of opportunity after the rain moves out to begin applying brine and spreading salt and gravel materials on the roadway. The multi-layered winter storm forecasted to move into the Metro area this afternoon is expected to dump sleet and snow with strong wind gusts later this afternoon. [ 630 more words. ]
Berry Provost Kathy Brittain Richardson named president of Westminster College in Pennsylvania
Media release: Berry College Provost Kathy Brittain Richardson has been named president elect of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Penn. Richardson, who will be the Pennsylvania college’s 15th and first female president, will assume her new duties on July 1. “I am deeply honored to have been selected to serve as Westminster’s next president and look forward with excitement to working with its faculty, staff, trustees, and alumni to provide a challenging and rewarding education for its students,” Richardson said. [ 432 more words. ]
Georgia Health News: Exchange enrollment shows strong Atlanta area numbers
#hometownhealth For more on these and additional updates, please click Georgia Health News: By Andy Miller Georgia’s exchange sign-ups have nearly equaled last year’s open enrollment total, with the deadline more than a week away. Federal health officials reported that as of Jan. 16, 535,918 Georgians have signed up for health insurance through the exchange or were automatically renewed for coverage in 2016. [ 342 more words. ]
Ware Mechanical alert: Flood watch tonight through Saturday for Northwest Georgia; two inches due. New: Hour by hour forecast.
#hometownweather This is news we didn't need. The National Weather Service is issuing a flood watch for Northwest Georgia and surrounding counties as a new storm churns out way. We're still recovering from the last rough of high water over the Christmas holidays. The details: FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING SOILS REMAIN EXCESSIVELY WET ACROSS NORTH GEORGIA WITH AVERAGE STREAMFLOWS OF CREEKS AND RIVERS ABOVE NORMAL. [ 190 more words. ]
Georgia Health News: Piedmont expanding as Ellijay facility downsizes.
#hometownhealth For more on these and additional updates, please click Georgia Health News: By Andy Miller The owner of North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay plans to close the hospital’s inpatient services and lease its emergency room and medical offices to Piedmont Healthcare. Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, about 20 miles away, would take over operation of the Ellijay hospital’s ER, doctors’ offices and imaging and outpatient surgery centers, under a lease agreement that requires state regulatory approval. [ 562 more words. ]
Region: Greystone Apts. ribbon cutting, food truck returns to Rome First UMC, Cartersville Mardi Gras event, updates from Gordon Chamber annual dinner and artists needed in Rockmart.
Here’s what is going across Northwest Georgia: ROME The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for The Greystone Apartments, 90 E. 2nd Ave., on January 29 at 11 a.m. From Rome First United Methodist: Wednesday, Jan. 27 Lou Cora’s BBQ Food Truck will be in our parking lot and ready to serve the public starting at 6 p.m. [ 473 more words. ]
More than 1500 without power in Lindale due to weather
According to the Georgia Power outage map, approximately 1525 customers are without power in Lindale. There are a few other smaller outages of less than 15 customers over Floyd County. GA Power reports the severe weather has caused widespread outages. Crews are assessing the situation now. No estimate on when power will be restored.
Latest update from Floyd County Emergency Management Director Tim Herrington (5:07 p.m.) "The county is currently under a Flood Watch as we expect the rain to start sometime tonight with some periods of heavy rain and strong winds. The storm is expected to change over from rain to snow between 3 to 5 p.m." Direct link to latest weather update:
Ware Mechanical update: Up to two inches of rain starting today; we should miss most of weekend snow.
#hometownweather The scenario: Wednesday: With few reports of sleet, Floyd and Bartow counties mostly dodged any of the major effects from Wednesday's winter storm. In all, Floyd saw around two tenths of an inch of rain while Bartow was at 0.12 of an inch. Temperatures held just above freezing most of the day -- and overnight, which lessened chances of black ice forming on area roads. [ 468 more words. ]
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