First National Community Bank headlines. Floyd housing boom continues; another 325 units proposed; some 3,300 proposed overall. 7 more COVID deaths posted Wednesday in NW Georgia; 362 new cases. Latest jobs snapshot. Very cold weekend ahead.

First National Community Bank headlines. Floyd housing boom continues; another 325 units proposed; some 3,300 proposed overall. 7 more COVID deaths posted Wednesday in NW Georgia; 362 new cases. Latest jobs snapshot. Very cold weekend ahead.

Today’s first headlines: Business: Development with 325 residences proposed off Ga. 53 on West Hermitage near Pepsi plant turn. That’s 3,300 homes and town homes in play right now. 7 more die in Northwest Georgia from COVID since Tuesday. 362 new cases in 24 hours. 176 virus patients in Rome hospitals Wednesday, down 4. Campus… Read more

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Business: Development with 325 residences proposed off Ga. 53 on West Hermitage near Pepsi plant turn. That’s 3,300 homes and town homes in play right now.

Business: Development with 325 residences proposed off Ga. 53 on West Hermitage near Pepsi plant turn. That’s 3,300 homes and town homes in play right now.

The housing boom in Floyd County is far from over. The latest entry comes before the Rome Floyd Planning Commission on Feb. 3 and involves 325 residences off Ga. 53 about a half-mile east on West Hermitage. Hermitage Partners LLC and 7 Lights Development are behind the project which is close to Ball Corp. as well… Read more

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7 more die in Northwest Georgia from COVID since Tuesday. 362 new cases in 24 hours. 176 virus patients in Rome hospitals Wednesday, down 4.

7 more die in Northwest Georgia from COVID since Tuesday. 362 new cases in 24 hours. 176 virus patients in Rome hospitals Wednesday, down 4.

  WEDNESDAY SUMMARY Seven more regional deaths posted Wednesday. 4 in Bartow, 2 in Gordon, 1 in Chattooga. 362 new reports in 24 hours including 148 including Floyd and 103 in Bartow. Atrium Health Floyd reports 67% of the 104 people hospitalized for COVID are unvaccinated (basically 70 patients). Expanded numbers below. 13,913 new cases in… Read more

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Campus updates: Awaiting regular updates from Floyd, Rome schools. The latest from Polk Schools, Berry College.

Campus updates: Awaiting regular updates from Floyd, Rome schools. The latest from Polk Schools, Berry College.

FROM TUESDAY Floyd County: Alto Park Elementary and Armuchee Elementary under mask requirements this week, All Rome City Schools remain under a mask requirement until further notice. Latest chart below. Bartow County Schools: Adairsville Elementary out of yellow phase; Clear Creek, Cloverleaf remain in yellow.   CAMPUS REPORTS: Weekday reports Rome City Schools. 13 cases on Jan. 21;… Read more

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Unemployment rate inches up in Floyd and Bartow counties in December even as the number of people working grew.

Unemployment rate inches up in Floyd and Bartow counties in December even as the number of people working grew.

Media release: Rome recorded an unemployment rate of 2.3 percent, up three-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 5.2 percent. Despite this, Rome saw highs in labor force, number of employed, and jobs in the month of December. Bartow County recorded an unemployment rate of 2.2 percent, up three-tenths of a… Read more

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Model’s Liam Marshall among candidates in the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Georgia Highlands names fall president’s, dean’s lists.

Model’s Liam Marshall among candidates in the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Georgia Highlands names fall president’s, dean’s lists.

Liam Marshall, a graduating senior at Model High School, has been named one of more than 5,000 candidates in the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2022. This is the third consecutive year Model High School has… Read more

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Liam Samples wins Rome City Schools’ spelling bee.

Liam Samples wins Rome City Schools’ spelling bee.

  Fourteen Rome City Schools students gathered at the College and Career Academy to participate in the annual school-wide Spelling Bee. There were two contestants representing each of the six RCS elementary schools as well as Rome Middle School. A panel of three judges assisted moderator Scott Crabbe and caller Ruth Cipolla. Tod Wheeler, Stephanie… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Get ready for a couple of cold ones this weekend.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Get ready for a couple of cold ones this weekend.

  OUTLOOK The good news: Mostly sunny through Sunday. The bad news: We’re in for a cold weekend. It will be 19 on Saturday morning followed by a high of 37. FORECAST Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 55. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Calm wind.… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Sports Buzz on a game delay for Chargers; who’s visiting Rome High football; and Falcons staying busy. NFL championship games this Sunday. Community sports calendar.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Sports Buzz on a game delay for Chargers; who’s visiting Rome High football; and Falcons staying busy. NFL championship games this Sunday. Community sports calendar.

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Self-serve, drive-through, curbside, Door Dash. Mount Berry Mall, 7 a.m. curbside breakfast; 9 a.m. inside; open until 8:30 p.m. Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.  SPORTS BUZZ Game postponed: The Georgia Highlands’ mens and women’s basketball teams are on a good run this season but now this.… Read more

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Obituaries: Mrs. Ora Mae Cook-Washington, Mr. Charles William “Bill” “Cotton” Helms, Mr. Robert Howard Jackson, Mr. Jeffrey Edwin McDonald.

Obituaries: Mrs. Ora Mae Cook-Washington, Mr. Charles William “Bill” “Cotton” Helms, Mr. Robert Howard Jackson, Mr. Jeffrey Edwin McDonald.

Mr. Robert Howard Jackson, age 81, of Silver Creek, GA, passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2021, at his residence. Mr. Jackson was born on February 12, 1940 in Adairsville, GA, son of the late Lindsey Howard Jackson and the late Mary Christian Stephens Jackson.  He was also preceded in death by a sister and… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant scores from Thursday.

Dining: Public Health restaurant scores from Thursday.

FLOYD El Zarape, 90. Jerusalem Grill, 85. City Creamery, 90. BARTOW No reports. GORDON No reports. POLK No reports. CHATTOOGA No reports. Read more

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CrimeWatch: Arrests in Northwest Georgia brought to you by Big Dan’s Car Wash. Plainville man faces drug, weapons, animal cruelty charges.

CrimeWatch: Arrests in Northwest Georgia brought to you by Big Dan’s Car Wash. Plainville man faces drug, weapons, animal cruelty charges.

About this page:  Updates from the Floyd County Jail three times a day: 4 and 8 a.m., and 8 p.m The latest each day from the Bartow County Jail.  Reports from the Polk County Jail (weekdays). Updates from Cartersville Police. Plus: Safety, crime-fighting tips. Plainville man faces drug, weapons, animal cruelty charges: From Sheriff Mitch Ralston: On Tuesday… Read more

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GBI: Aragon man, threatening suicide, points his gun at an officer who then fires, killing the 30-year-old. Investigation continues.

GBI: Aragon man, threatening suicide, points his gun at an officer who then fires, killing the 30-year-old. Investigation continues.

    Media release: The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Polk County. The Aragon Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Tuesday, Jan. 25.  Derick Rock, age 30, of Aragon, has died. No officers were injured. Preliminary information indicates that at about 6 p.m., an Aragon Police Department officer… Read more

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Across-the-board raises for Rome City Schools’ employees coming in the new school year.

Across-the-board raises for Rome City Schools’ employees coming in the new school year.

  From a media release: Major changes — specifically in compensation — are coming to Rome City Schools employees. Tuesday evening, Rome City Schools Superintendent Louis Byars and the RCS Board of Education outlined the changes. There was a change in all salary schedules planned for the 2022-2023 school year. They include: Salary increases for all system… Read more

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