Category Archives: Polk

Local positive tests jump by 80 in two days in Northwest Georgia; 19 more in Floyd on Friday. Statewide, coronavirus death toll at 2,174; 50,621 positive cases since February.

Local positive tests jump by 80 in two days in Northwest Georgia; 19 more in Floyd on Friday. Statewide, coronavirus death toll at 2,174; 50,621 positive cases since February.

Another increase in positive coronavirus test results in Northwest Georgia on Friday, jumping by 43 from Thursday. That means 80 new cases in two days, boosting the regional total to 1,182 people in the pandemic began. Bartow County cases are up by 18 in two days while Gordon County is up by 24. Polk saw… Read more

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3 p.m. Update pending; please check back. Two additional cases reported today bringing total to three in clerk’s office, two in probate court. Probate court remains closed today, Monday.

3 p.m. Update pending; please check back. Two additional cases reported today bringing total to three in clerk’s office, two in probate court. Probate court remains closed today, Monday.

THE LATEST As of 1:25 p.m., two additional positive tests have been reported among courthouse employees — a third one in the clerk’s office and a second in the probate court office. There are no changed in operations — probate court is closed through Monday. In the clerk’s office, the latest employee to test positive… Read more

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State patrol: Cedartown woman killed, two Floyd County women injured in collision Thursday afternoon.

State patrol: Cedartown woman killed, two Floyd County women injured in collision Thursday afternoon.

    A 28-year-old Cedartown woman is dead and two Floyd County women injured following a collision in southwest Polk County on Thursday afternoon, according to Georgia State Patrol reports. The accident report shows: Killed was Courtney Danielle Winkles, 29, the driver of the Volkswagen Beetle. Injured were Connie L. Mills, 46, and Margaret Rogers-Mills,… Read more

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Education: Georgia Highlands to distribute $2.1 million in CARES Act funds to students.

Education: Georgia Highlands to distribute $2.1 million in CARES Act funds to students.

Media release: Georgia Highlands College will begin distributing $2,110,118 in CARES Act funds to students affected by changes due to COVID-19. The CARES Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and allows institutions of higher education to use funds they receive to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery… Read more

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Heritage First Headlines. Closing sale next for Rome’s JC Penney store. Prayer service seeks peace, healing. Weekend protests planned. Virus: 6 options to open Floyd Schools; another courthouse case; Georgia records 2,147 deaths in 3 months.

Heritage First Headlines. Closing sale next for Rome’s JC Penney store. Prayer service seeks peace, healing. Weekend protests planned. Virus: 6 options to open Floyd Schools; another courthouse case; Georgia records 2,147 deaths in 3 months.

  Today’s top headlines: Rome’s JC Penney among stores being closed in Georgia. Mall owners hope to use ‘this setback to create an opportunity for successful businesses to serve the Rome community.’ Community — in person and through social media — hears words of peace, healing as Trinity United Methodist Church hosted an all-faiths ecumenical… Read more

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Updated: Rome’s JCPenney on list of Georgia stores being closed by the retailer. Mall owners hope to use ‘this setback to create an opportunity for successful businesses to serve the Rome community.’

Updated: Rome’s JCPenney on list of Georgia stores being closed by the retailer. Mall owners hope to use ‘this setback to create an opportunity for successful businesses to serve the Rome community.’

  The JCPenney store at Mount Berry Mall is on the list of stores being closed by the struggling retailer. It is the second anchor to leave the mall. Sears was first as the company shuttered the retailer in March 2016. By August of that year, another part of the company — Kmart — was closing… Read more

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Community — in person and through social media — hears words of peace, healing as Trinity United Methodist Church hosted an all-faiths ecumenical service.

Community — in person and through social media — hears words of peace, healing as Trinity United Methodist Church hosted an all-faiths ecumenical service.

With more than 2,700 watching on Facebook Live as well as a drive-in audience, Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome united area congregations to pray for our country and those hurting in the wake of George Floyd’s death. A post from the church following the nearly hour-long service summed it up perfectly: “We’re so grateful to all our… Read more

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Three rallies set for Rome this weekend; related update. Planning meeting set for ‘Unity in the Community.’ Polk authorities on watch; sheriff doubts claims but says all are ready. Gaylesville woman charged with attempting to ‘incite a riot.’

Three rallies set for Rome this weekend; related update. Planning meeting set for ‘Unity in the Community.’ Polk authorities on watch; sheriff doubts claims but says all are ready. Gaylesville woman charged with attempting to ‘incite a riot.’

  No permit for rumored rally in Rome on Saturday: As of 12:45 p.m. Friday, no one had applied for a permit for a rumored “counter rally” in downtown Rome on Saturday. Assistant Rome Police Chief Debbie Burnett reports no such permit had been granted. Social media is abuzz with such reports which, in turn,… Read more

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Floyd County Schools posts six ‘scenarios’ for reopening classrooms, currently set for Aug. 6. Each depends on status of the pandemic.

Floyd County Schools posts six ‘scenarios’ for reopening classrooms, currently set for Aug. 6. Each depends on status of the pandemic.

Floyd County Schools has released a list of “scenarios” for reopening classrooms as the new school year starts Aug. 6. The above chart lists six scenarios under consideration: “Floyd County Schools’ District Reopening Scenarios for 2020-21 School Year (Dependent on the spread of COVID-19 in the community determined by local and state health officials. Social… Read more

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Remembering Dr. Robert V. Ozment: Native Roman touched the world through preaching, practices and publications, including a long-running column in the AJC, Rome News-Tribune and throughout the South.

Remembering Dr. Robert V. Ozment: Native Roman touched the world through preaching, practices and publications, including a long-running column in the AJC, Rome News-Tribune and throughout the South.

In context: Occasionally, news slips through our hands for whatever reason. This is one of those cases as today we join many who celebrate the incredible life of Dr. Robert V. Ozment, 93. We first met in 2002 as Dr. Ozment would hand-deliver his column for weekend publication in the Rome News-Tribune and share a… Read more

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Rant: Remembering Georgia’s star-spangled legend. News: JCPenney closing. A community prays for peace. Virus updates.

Rant: Remembering Georgia’s star-spangled legend. News: JCPenney closing. A community prays for peace. Virus updates.

Listen by clicking the above arrow or the SoundCloud post below. Today’s top headlines: Rome’s JC Penney among stores being closed in Georgia. Mall owner talks about new direction, what’s next. Community — in person and through social media — hears words of peace, healing as Trinity United Methodist Church hosted an all-faiths ecumenical service.… Read more

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Health: Been putting off that check-up? ‘Going too long without a well-check visit could lead to potential health issues.’

Health: Been putting off that check-up? ‘Going too long without a well-check visit could lead to potential health issues.’

Media release: Summer is an excellent time to schedule an annual well-check visit, and the Family Medicine and Internal Medicine physicians at Harbin Clinic are encouraging patients to build a strong foundation and keep their health top-notch. “Men and women of all ages should see their primary care physician yearly,” says Dr. Brian McNiece of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Rome. “By taking… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center:  Highs in the upper 80s to 90 through Sunday; some rain, storms possible.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Highs in the upper 80s to 90 through Sunday; some rain, storms possible.

  OUTLOOK Thunderstorms are expected each day through Wednesday. Frequent lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds will be the primary hazards with any storms which do form. FORECAST Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts between a… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: ‘Hometown Heroes’ tennis tournament set. Owen’s reopens Monday (high school conditioning, too). Racing in Georgia this weekend. NBA ready to return; NFL takes steps.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: ‘Hometown Heroes’ tennis tournament set. Owen’s reopens Monday (high school conditioning, too). Racing in Georgia this weekend. NBA ready to return; NFL takes steps.

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. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday. SPORTS BUSINESS Welcome back to Northwest Georgia’s first stop for sports equipment and other needs: Noah Syverson, a rising senior and student assistant in the… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant scores for Thursday. Plus: Cartersville’s Swheat Market Deli reopens Monday.

Dining: Public Health restaurant scores for Thursday. Plus: Cartersville’s Swheat Market Deli reopens Monday.

  Cartersville’s Swheat Market Deli reopens Monday at 11 a.m. FLOYD Bella Roma, 89. Local Joe’s barbecue, Cave Spring, 92. Jazzy Hot Wings, Redmond, 89. BARTOW No reports. GORDON No reports. POLK R & R Catering, Cedartown, 100. CHATTOOGA No reports. 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, crimefighting tips. Floyd County Jail:  4 a.m. 8 a.m. 8 p.m. Polk County Jail report:  Friday Cartersville Police reports: May 29. 1 /… Read more

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Motorcycle procession through Rome escorts former Marine Evan Tucker Williams home for final services.

Motorcycle procession through Rome escorts former Marine Evan Tucker Williams home for final services.

Wednesday afternoon, a procession of motorcycles rumbled into Rome, escorting the body of Evan Tucker Williams, a Rome native and veteran who lost his life in a Tennessee motorcycle accident. An online account in his honor to help cover funeral expenses (the goal was easily topped) featured this photo and caption: “As of 12:25 p.m.,… Read more

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