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EPA Action Boosts Grassroots Momentum to Reduce Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’

ROME, Ga. — The intake pumps that once drew 6 million gallons of water a day from the Oostanaula River now sit mostly dormant in this northwestern Georgia city. Local officials contend that years of contamination miles upstream sent toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, into Rome’s water supply, rendering it potentially dangerous for the city’s roughly 37,000 residents. A water source switch from the Oostanaula and added treatment have reduced the traces of the chemicals running through residents’ taps, but they have not eliminated PFAS from the community’s water supply.

Not Just Another Day in the Park…

A 47 year old Atlanta man was arrested in Floyd County, Georgia after he shall we say “attracted attention” – by taking off his clothing in front of several people and just for good measure, put on a bra. He then reportedly threatened a 44 year old man with a knife. Bobby D. Gray was taken into custody at Heritage Park in Rome, after police said that he failed to comply with commands. Luckily, no one was actually hurt during the bizarre incident.
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Wings Over North Georgia announces acts for 10th annual show

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The Wings Over North Georgia air show announced some of the acts that will perform at Russell Regional Airport in Rome. The air show is scheduled to be Oct. 15-16. The newest act is the first Airshow Racing Series event. Competitors will fly three laps around a 5,000-foot slalom course. Multiple preliminary heats will determine the final competitors, with a winner determined at the end of the day.

Officials discuss possible new fire station on U.S. 411

As Rome and Floyd County continue to grow, especially along U.S. 411 toward Bartow County, officials are discussing how emergency services will need to grow accordingly. With the expectation of thousands of new structures in the area surrounding U.S. 411, Rome-Floyd Fire Chief Troy Brock said in order for the county to maintain its fire insurance rating, new homes need to be within 5 miles of a fire station. The...

Cave Spring City Council seeking consultant to assess school property

A special committee made up of Cave Spring City Council members is looking into hiring a consultant to assess the elementary school property for the city. Since the closing of Cave Spring Elementary was announced in 2020, officials and residents have worked to figure out how to keep the school as a community hub. After over a year of back and forth between the small town and the Floyd County...

Superintendent: Proactive security measures added to Rome Middle School

Students at Rome Middle School will see an increase in security measures on Thursday akin to the ones that went in place this week at the high school. The new process is meant to be proactive, Interim Superintendent Dawn Williams said. There have been no incidents at the middle school, she said on Tuesday. The new measures follow the arrest of two students who are accused of having loaded pistols...

Man charged in second armed robbery

A man arrested earlier this week in connection with an armed robbery at the Big H store on East 12th Street has now also been charged in a robbery that occurred Saturday at the Hi-Tech on South Broad Street. According to Floyd County Jail records, 46-year-old Lamar Cantrell Hunter entered...

August 9th Centre City Council Meeting

Among the topics discussed at the Centre City Council meeting on Tuesday, was the planning of the upcoming 46th Annual Centre Fall Festival. At the recommendation of Mayor Mark Mansfield, the local Boys Scouts were named Grand Marshal of the fall festival parade, set for Saturday, October 1st. In other...

Rome man sentenced to two decades in federal prison on meth distribution charges

A 39-year-old Rome man was sentenced to just over two decades in federal prison on Monday for his part in a drug trafficking ring that smuggled liquid meth in from Mexico to distribute across Northwest Georgia. Juan Cain “Chapa” Valencia-Ramirez was sentenced to 22 years and one month in prison by Judge Amy Totenberg on Monday in U.S. District Court. Last year a jury found Valencia-Ramirez guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, attempted distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to launder money charges. ...

Sentencing for man behind Mexico to Georgia Meth ring

ROME, Georgia (WDEF) – The man convicted of setting up a Mexico to Northwest Georgia meth pipeline has been sentenced in Federal Court in Rome. Prosecutors say Juan Cain Valencia-Ramirez has been in the drug business for a long time. They say he had set up a meth processing...

Cherokee County Arrest Files for Tuesday, August 9th

Amanda Ivey, age 41 of Cedar Bluff – Failure to Appear – Switched Tag and Driving while License Cancelled. Arrests are based on probable cause – all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Currently there are 97 inmates housed in the...

Former secretary of GA task force arrested for theft

ATLANTA – A former secretary for the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force in Georgia has been arrested for financial card theft. The GBI has arrested Danielle Sprouse, age 38, of Lafayette, GA, for 10 counts of financial card theft and one count of theft by taking. Sprouse is a former secretary for the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force (DTF). She was arrested on Friday, August 5, 2022.