Update: Polls to stay open until 9 p.m. in Rome/Floyd County after morning meltdown with problems; Judge signs injunction to extend hours. Expect coronavirus safety steps.

Update: Polls to stay open until 9 p.m. in Rome/Floyd County after morning meltdown with problems; Judge signs injunction to extend hours. Expect coronavirus safety steps.

  >Below: Q&A with Floyd sheriff’s candidates 2 p.m. update: All polls to stay open until 9 p.m. tonight in Rome/Floyd County after Superior Court Judge John Niedrach signs consent order to extend hours after problems and delays at voting machine earlier today. Elections Concent Order At 11 a.m. Tuesday: Floyd Commission Chairman Scotty Hancock says… Read more

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Heritage First Headlines. We should know Floyd’s next sheriff, House nominee later tonight. 117th Northwest Georgia resident dies from COVID-19. AP honors for 66 Floyd students. Services set for accident victim.

Heritage First Headlines. We should know Floyd’s next sheriff, House nominee later tonight. 117th Northwest Georgia resident dies from COVID-19. AP honors for 66 Floyd students. Services set for accident victim.

  Today’s first headlines: Precincts open until 7 tonight. Expect coronavirus safety steps. ‘We would like to encourage voters to wear a face mask but it’s not required.’ 63rd Bartow resident claimed by coronavirus. 60 COVID patients at Floyd, Redmond; 103 in the region. 47 additional positive tests from NW Georgia total at 5,670. COVID… Read more

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COVID and campuses: Masks a local school district decision, governor says. 800 Cherokee (Ga.) students in quarantine. Latest updates from area schools, colleges.

COVID and campuses: Masks a local school district decision, governor says. 800 Cherokee (Ga.) students in quarantine. Latest updates from area schools, colleges.

  THE LATEST: From the AJC: Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday ruled out ordering public school systems to impose mask mandates for returning students and teachers, echoing his opposition to statewide requirements to wear face coverings to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Kemp, speaking at the opening of a testing site at Hartsfield-Jackson airport, said he… Read more

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Monday: 63rd Bartow resident claimed by coronavirus. 66 COVID patients at Floyd, Redmond; 109 in the region. 47 additional positive tests from NW Georgia since Sunday; total at 5,670.

Monday: 63rd Bartow resident claimed by coronavirus. 66 COVID patients at Floyd, Redmond; 109 in the region. 47 additional positive tests from NW Georgia since Sunday; total at 5,670.

Tuesday: 63rd Bartow County resident dies from coronavirus between Sunday and Monday. Update from the Rome hospitals shows 66 patients with coronavirus, five others awaiting test results. From LakePoint Station: “Due to a possible exposure and out of abundance of caution, we have decided to CLOSE through Wednesday to perform additional deep cleanings and to… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Kids and COVID — State’s rate is higher than the national average (Ga. 571 per 100,000 people; U.S., 447).

Georgia Health News: Kids and COVID — State’s rate is higher than the national average (Ga. 571 per 100,000 people; U.S., 447).

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Georgia’s rate of COVID-19 cases among children is greater than the national average, according to a new report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. Nationally, more than 97,000 new child cases were reported in a two-week period ending July 30, the report said.… Read more

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Rome City Commission bans use ‘personal electronic devices’ by commissioners during meetings by 7-2 vote with Cochran, Davis opposing.

Rome City Commission bans use ‘personal electronic devices’ by commissioners during meetings by 7-2 vote with Cochran, Davis opposing.

By a 7-2 vote, Rome’s City Commission banned the use ‘personal electronic devices’ by commissioners during meetings. Mayor Bill Collins, Commissioner Jamie Doss and City Attorney Andy Davis told of concerns about public perception, Open Records inspection of some of those text conversations or, as Doss implored, “putting the entire city in jeopardy.” There was… Read more

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Buzz: Gas prices drop a couple of cents vs. last week as summer ‘ends.’

Buzz: Gas prices drop a couple of cents vs. last week as summer ‘ends.’

Georgia gas prices  decreased slightly at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $1.97 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, 2 cents less than last month, and 57 cents less than this time last year. It now costs motorists $29.55 to fill a 15-gallon tank of… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Your election day forecast complete with hour-by-hour updates during the hours precincts are open today.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Your election day forecast complete with hour-by-hour updates during the hours precincts are open today.

  VOTERS’ FORECAST: Expected conditions at the precincts between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 7 am Slight Chance Rain And Thunderstorms Temp: 72°F Wind: WSW @ 1 mph 8 am Slight Chance Rain And Thunderstorms Temp: 73°F Wind: WSW @ 1 mph 9 am Slight Chance Rain Temp: 76°F Wind: WSW @ 1 mph 10… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Adairsville’s Kaitlynn Stiles among 11 newcomers for Shorter women’s basketball. College football situation changing by the hour. Braves open series with Yankees in New York tonight. Community updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Adairsville’s Kaitlynn Stiles among 11 newcomers for Shorter women’s basketball. College football situation changing by the hour. Braves open series with Yankees in New York tonight. Community updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through and Door Dash. Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbs ide, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday. Shorter women’s basketball announces incoming class. Shorter University’s head women’s basketball coach Jared Hughes has announced 11 newcomers for the Hawks in one of the… Read more

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Obituaries: Melissa Kathleen Alexander, Daryl Jean Gould, Mildred (“Millie”) Neslin, Mr. Millard Albertus Tanner.

Obituaries: Melissa Kathleen Alexander, Daryl Jean Gould, Mildred (“Millie”) Neslin, Mr. Millard Albertus Tanner.

  Mr. Millard Albertus Tanner, age 81, of Rome, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at a Griffin, GA healthcare facility. Mr. Tanner was born in Rome, Georgia on July 10, 1939, son of the late Lonzo Hopson Tanner and the late Dora Annie Ingram Tanner.  He was also preceded in death by his… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant scores for Monday.

Dining: Public Health restaurant scores for Monday.

FLOYD Armuchee High, 100. The Spires at Berry College, 97. BARTOW Country Pride, Cassville, 96. Fazoli’s, Cartersville, 99. Adairsville Elementary, 100. GORDON Starbucks, Calhoun, 97. POLK No reports. CHATTOOGA No reports. Read more

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CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia. 6 Cedartown store clerks charged with selling vaping products to a minor.

CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia. 6 Cedartown store clerks charged with selling vaping products to a minor.

  Six Cedartown convenience store clerks were cited last week for selling vaping products to a minor during a compliance check initiated by the police department. Media release: Cedartown Police report that a 16-year-old non resident of Polk County assisted the department with the compliance check. The check was conducted after law enforcement received several… Read more

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Services pending for 38-year-old man killed in single-car accident in Chattooga County.

Services pending for 38-year-old man killed in single-car accident in Chattooga County.

From the Georgia State Patrol: On Sunday, Aug. 9, at approximately 7:30 a.m., a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling north on Old Holland Road. It left the roadway, onto the east shoulder. The driver overcorrected the wheel, causing the vehicle to rotate counter-clockwise. It then traveled across the roadway, striking an embankment, and overturned,… Read more

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The College Board: 66 Floyd County Schools students earn 92 AP Scholar Awards.

The College Board: 66 Floyd County Schools students earn 92 AP Scholar Awards.

Media release: The College Board has released the AP School Scholar Roster and it includes 66 Floyd County Schools (FCS) students earning 92 AP Scholar Awards. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. Students can earn… Read more

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As Saint Mary’s Catholic School celebrates 75 years amid a pandemic, the resolve of those who opened the school just days after the end of World War II remains.

As Saint Mary’s Catholic School celebrates 75 years amid a pandemic, the resolve of those who opened the school just days after the end of World War II remains.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net As students return to Saint Mary’s Catholic School in Rome this Wednesday, they will be marking the 75th year the private school has been educating students from across Northwest Georgia. Born from the mission and vision of parishioners from Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and staffed by Dominican nuns, Saint Mary’s opened on… Read more

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