Georgia is getting a federal labor grant of $3.75 million to help hundreds of workers affected by the closure of the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital in Rome. State labor officials say the federal cash comes from National Emergency Grant funding to provide training and support services to about 750 affected workers.
Experts say deadly storms that raked Georgia this week spawned at least 10 tornadoes, including a rare EF-4 tornado that pummeled Catoosa County with 175 mph winds. National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Sieux said Friday it's possible more tornadoes will be added to the list as survey teams continue investigating reports.
North Georgia has seen major population gains over the last decade. But parts of the region north of metro Atlanta have been playing catch-up with technology. The area's now in the middle of a big push to get plugged-in for the economic benefits.
The next step to linking Atlanta through northwest Georgia to Chattanooga with high speed rail was presented Thursday night. The Georgia Department of Transportation says the latest plans unveiled whittle-down more than a dozen proposals to four.
Federal fish and wildlife officials have added three species of mussels to the endangered list, two of which are found in Georgia waters. The Georgia pigtoe mussel, interrupted rocksnail, and rough hornsnail now have protection for critical habitat.