Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Tropical storm warning in effect as Zeta moves this way.  2.31 inches of rain so far today at the Rome airport; much more on the way. 50-mph gusts forecast overnight.  Delays and closings.

Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Tropical storm warning in effect as Zeta moves this way. 2.31 inches of rain so far today at the Rome airport; much more on the way. 50-mph gusts forecast overnight. Delays and closings.

THE LATEST TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT… A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours Peak Wind Forecast: 30-40 mph with gusts to 55 mph,  early Thursday morning. Potential for wind 39 to 57 mph – The wind threat has remained nearly steady from… Read more

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Updated Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Carterville-Blessed Trinity game postponed because of CHS COVID cases. Rome-CHS JV game also canceled. Latest on volleyball, softball championships. Falcons’ injury report heading into Thursday’s game vs. Panthers. Dodgers win World Series.

Updated Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Carterville-Blessed Trinity game postponed because of CHS COVID cases. Rome-CHS JV game also canceled. Latest on volleyball, softball championships. Falcons’ injury report heading into Thursday’s game vs. Panthers. Dodgers win World Series.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash. Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday. THE LATEST From Cartersville City Schools: “Unfortunately, the Purple Hurricanes football game scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, is canceled due to the number of… Read more

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Heritage First Headlines. Zeta packing heavy rain, strong gusts as it heads this way. Latest alerts. Rome Schools go virtual, at least through Nov. 6. Floyd, Bartow school updates. State: NW Georgia in ‘high transmission’ zone for COVID; 57 in Rome hospitals.

Heritage First Headlines. Zeta packing heavy rain, strong gusts as it heads this way. Latest alerts. Rome Schools go virtual, at least through Nov. 6. Floyd, Bartow school updates. State: NW Georgia in ‘high transmission’ zone for COVID; 57 in Rome hospitals.

Today’s first headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Zeta spawning tropical storm, flash flood watches. So far: Half inch of rain in Rome; 273 without power in Bartow. Continuing updates all day. Rome Schools all virtual today-Nov. 6. 618 students, faculty/staff in quarantine. Floyd: 243 in quarantine, up 29; 12 new positive cases. Bartow: 4th school… Read more

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Make that a double (almost): Anheuser-Busch announces $150 million expansion in Cartersville, up from $85 million announced earlier this year.

Make that a double (almost): Anheuser-Busch announces $150 million expansion in Cartersville, up from $85 million announced earlier this year.

  From media releases and earlier reports: Anheuser-Busch announces it is increasing its investment in its Cartersville brewery from $85 million to $150 million. The investment, which was originally announced in January, will support new brewing capabilities, the creation of a new can line, and will generate new efficiencies in the brewing process as the company… Read more

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COVID on campus: Rome Schools all virtual today through at least Nov. 6. Now 618 students, faculty/staff in quarantine. Floyd: 243 in quarantine, up 29; 12 new positive cases. Bartow: 4th school shifts to yellow phase. Cartersville: 4 CHS students positive; 68 students quarantined.

COVID on campus: Rome Schools all virtual today through at least Nov. 6. Now 618 students, faculty/staff in quarantine. Floyd: 243 in quarantine, up 29; 12 new positive cases. Bartow: 4th school shifts to yellow phase. Cartersville: 4 CHS students positive; 68 students quarantined.

  Rome City Schools will go virtual starting Wednesday through Nov. 6. (Click here for Spanish) The media release: At the direction of Superintendent Louis Byars, all Rome City Schools will transition from in-person learning to virtual learning on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 through Friday, November 6, 2020 due to several schools showing symptoms commonly associated… Read more

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All of NW Georgia included in ‘high transmission’ counties. 135 new cases reported since Monday in our area. 57 COVID patients in Floyd, Redmond on Tuesday.

All of NW Georgia included in ‘high transmission’ counties. 135 new cases reported since Monday in our area. 57 COVID patients in Floyd, Redmond on Tuesday.

  COVID-19 trends: Reported Tuesday by the state Department of Public Health. Transmission rate here among highest in the state: All of Northwest Georgia now has among the state’s highest transmission rates. New cases: From Oct. 20-26, the seven-day average of new cases reported increased 15%. Positivity Rate: The statewide percent positivity (7-day moving average) for PCR test increased from… Read more

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Investigation continues into Saturday night shooting that left one man dead and a Cartersville attorney facing murder charges.

Investigation continues into Saturday night shooting that left one man dead and a Cartersville attorney facing murder charges.

A Cartersville man faces murder and other charges following a Saturday night shooting that left another man dead. Killed from a gunshot wound was Jonathan Smith, 31, according to Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton. Smith was taken to Floyd Medical Center where he later died, Guyton says. Smith’s body was sent to the GBI crime… Read more

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New life for former Mr. D’s in Armuchee. Rome Redevelopment Committee to discuss annexation, West Third, Martha Berry today. Chamber expo going all digital because of COVID.

New life for former Mr. D’s in Armuchee. Rome Redevelopment Committee to discuss annexation, West Third, Martha Berry today. Chamber expo going all digital because of COVID.

A few concepts have been tried at 3793 Martha Berry Highway in Armuchee since the closing of Mr. D’s in January 2016. Most have involved southern cooking,  including a few meat-and-threes. Now on the way is Armuchee Cafe. The sign shows “Armuchee Cafe coming soon” and some interior work is under way. We’ll have updates soon.… Read more

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Voting: Advance voting ends Friday afternoon. State at 3.2 million early voters. All Floyd precincts ‘adopted’ on election day. Full election report.

Voting: Advance voting ends Friday afternoon. State at 3.2 million early voters. All Floyd precincts ‘adopted’ on election day. Full election report.

  ON THIS PAGE: Updates on absentee ballots / drop box locations / advance voting / sample ballots / debates All Floyd precincts adopted for election day: Dr. Melanie Conrad of the Floyd County Board of Elections reports that all precinct workers will  have meals sent their way on election day. Says Conrad: “Thank you… Read more

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Obituaries: Lebanon Brown, Jeanne Blackburn Cox, Mrs. Vivian Marie Wells, Mr. Paul Wesley Willis, Mrs. Sarah Young, 100.

Obituaries: Lebanon Brown, Jeanne Blackburn Cox, Mrs. Vivian Marie Wells, Mr. Paul Wesley Willis, Mrs. Sarah Young, 100.

  Mrs. Vivian Marie Wells, age 84, of Rome, Ga. transitioned October 23, 2020. Services for Mrs. Vivian Marie Wells will be Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11 am at Holsey Sinai CME Church (1233 Martin Luther King Jr, Blvd. NE). Mrs. Wells will lie instate from 10 am until the funeral hour. The service… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant scores from Tuesday. 70 for Emerson restaurant.

Dining: Public Health restaurant scores from Tuesday. 70 for Emerson restaurant.

FLOYD No reports. BARTOW Second Half Sports Pub & Grill, 78. Two Amigos, Kingston, 96. Mister Softee, base and mobile, Cartersville, 100. Doug’s Place, Emerson, 70. Previous: 89 on March 12. 2-2B Violation of Code: [511-6-1.03(5)(j)1&2] Observed employee drinks not stored in single service beverage containers with lid and straw. CA: PIC removed drinks. Educated PIC to… Read more

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CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia.

CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia.

  About this page:  Updates from the Floyd County Jail three times a day. 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. Floyd County Jail:  4 a.m. 8 a.m. 8 p.m. Polk County Jail: Wednesday Cartersville Police reports: Oct. 28: 1… Read more

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Polk Police: Murder suspect Jimmy Blackmon in custody; faces three counts. Services held for Ginger Blackmon.

Polk Police: Murder suspect Jimmy Blackmon in custody; faces three counts. Services held for Ginger Blackmon.

  Developing: Polk County Police say wanted murder suspect Jimmy Blackmon, 50, is in custody as of Monday. Arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Blackmon is now charged with murder, possession of a firearm or knife in the commission of a felony and cruelty to children, Polk County Jail records show. He is charged in… Read more

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