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It could be a bumpy night as storms are slated to move into the area during the nighttime hours.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 11:00 p.m. for Floyd, Gordon, Chattoooga, Walker, Whitfield, Dade and Murray Counties.
This is the first confirmation of avian influence in Georgia.
Oil prices are continuing to fall.
Initial unemployment claims are down for the month.
The Thunderstorm Watch area includes Floyd, Chattooga, Gordon, Bartow and Polk Counties.
There is the possibility of damaging winds and hail.
Last week, the Trump Administration released its budgetary wish list, which includes eliminating the Community Development Block Grant program. Rome gets about $400,000 a year in grants.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is one of the targets for elimination in the proposed Federal Budget unveiled by the Trump Administration last week.
Georgia gas prices are $2.17--two cents less than a week ago.
Georgia gas prices averaged $2.19 on Sunday - 2 cents less than a week ago and 33 cents more than a year ago.
The recruitment will be held on Thursday, March 16, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Forum River Center located at 2 Government Plaza in Rome.
Daylight saving time begins this weekend.
However, the Rome area gained 1,100 jobs in January compared to the same time last year.
Unini Odama, M.D., MPH, has been named health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District headquartered in Rome.