Public Health powers bill clears House committee
Legislation that would take away the power of county boards of health to appoint local health directors and give it to the state public health commissioner cleared a Georgia House committee Tuesday. Under current law, Commissioner Kathleen Toomey selects directors of each of the state’s 18 health districts, Sen.... Read more
Chief justice: Trial backlog may last years, asks lawmakers for help
Georgia Chief Justice Harold Melton asked members of the General Assembly Tuesday to pass legislation aimed at shrinking a serious backlog of jury trials resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The bill, which the Georgia Senate passed overwhelmingly early this month and is now before the state House of Representatives,... Read more
School systems in Floyd County prepare for teacher, staff vaccinations
The Rome City and Floyd County school systems are prepping for mass teacher and staff vaccinations as their eligibility opens up next week. Floyd Medical Center will partner with both school systems as well as local private schools in order to administer the vaccines. Using an existing nursing contract... Read more
Floyd-Atrium deal likely to close this summer
The details of a deal between Floyd Medical Center and Atrium Health will be presented to the Floyd boards during their joint meeting Monday. No vote will be taken, said FMC President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel, but it’s his intention to detail the mountains of minutiae regarding the deal... Read more
Protections for human-trafficking victims pass Georgia Senate
The Georgia Senate passed two bills Thursday aimed at protecting victims of human trafficking, advancing a key plank of Gov. Brian Kemp’s legislative agenda. One bill sponsored by state Sen. Clint Dixon, R-Buford, would allow human-trafficking victims to sue their traffickers in civil court for monetary damages. Read the... Read more

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