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First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Rome have declined by 35% over the year, according to the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor.
A person of interest in a homicide investigation who was being held in jail on a weapons charge is now out after the warrant was recalled.
Cedartown Police have arrested a man who they say stabbed a teenager who was trying to stop him from breaking into his grandmother's car.
Roe Dale Bowman is considered a person of interest in the death of Tammy Wolfe, whose body was found in the Polk Memory Gardens on April 5.
Controversy continues to simmer among law enforcement and Polk County government as Sheriff Johnny Moats has called on the County Commission to take action regarding the police department.
The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District's Chronic Disease Prevention Program and the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition were recently recognized.
A raccoon has tested positive for animal rabies, and public health officials are reminding Polk County residents about the potential dangers of rabies.
According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, a 17-year-old male was stabbed by 49-year-old Matthew Dalton Stroup Thursday morning.
Mary-Kate Billings of Cartersville will receive her college degree from Georgia Highlands College before she gets her high school diploma.
Activities start at 6 p.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds.
The watch area includes Floyd, Chattooga, Gordon, Polk, Paulding, Murray, Walker, Carroll, Dade, Haralson, Whitfield, Catoosa and Heard Counties in Northwest Georgia and Cherokee County in Alabama.
The ban, which has been implemented each summer since 2005, prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris from May 1 through September 30.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Rome’s unemployment rate in March was 5.3 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 5.7 percent in February.
The Georgia Department of Labor's Cedartown Career Center will continue to host its monthly recruitment for Day Star Staffing.
According to an arrest warrant on file at the jail, Chancy Waddell Ashley took a Citation camper from a residence on Rockmart Road in Silver Creek back on May 1, 2016.