NEW: Update from Fire Marshal Chewning on children in critical condition following house fire near fairgrounds Friday morning.

NEW: Update from Fire Marshal Chewning on children in critical condition following house fire near fairgrounds Friday morning.

  Two children, ages 5 and 10, were in ICU in critical but stable condition at Scottish Rite hospital last night following a morning fire at 52 Washington Drive off Martin Luther King Jr. in Rome. Fire Marshal Mary Catherine Chewning said the children’s grandmother called her last night at about 9:30 p.m. with an… Read more

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Heritage First Headlines: Two children critical following Rome house fire. All eyes on incoming rain, storms. Newsletter: Big week for Martha Berry properties? Key dominoes fall in Shannon. A decked out parking deck. Peaks & Valleys. Ryan Earnest to lead merger regional bank. No deal on West Third — yet.

Heritage First Headlines: Two children critical following Rome house fire. All eyes on incoming rain, storms. Newsletter: Big week for Martha Berry properties? Key dominoes fall in Shannon. A decked out parking deck. Peaks & Valleys. Ryan Earnest to lead merger regional bank. No deal on West Third — yet.

The latest: Fire marshal: Two children in critical condition following house fire near fairgrounds Friday morning. Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Several inches of rain starting tonight into Tuesday across Northwest Georgia; high of 84 today. Continuing updates. Newsletter: Keep an eye on Martha Berry real estate next week. Some key dominoes falling in Shannon. A… Read more

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Newsletter: Keep an eye on Martha Berry real estate next week. Some key dominoes falling in Shannon. A decked-out deck in Cartersville. The Tennis Center turns 5. Peaks & Valleys.

Newsletter: Keep an eye on Martha Berry real estate next week. Some key dominoes falling in Shannon. A decked-out deck in Cartersville. The Tennis Center turns 5. Peaks & Valleys.

A different look at the news and updates from across Northwest Georgia from Hometown Headlines. THE INSIDER: Deal of the week — at least that’s what’s buzzing: The first major step in cleaning up additional parts of Martha Berry Boulevard could be about to happen. Some minor pieces in the bigger puzzle report a deal is… Read more

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Business:  Ryan Earnest to serve as president, CEO of merged Heritage First/First Chatsworth banks.

Business: Ryan Earnest to serve as president, CEO of merged Heritage First/First Chatsworth banks.

  Media release:  First National Community Bank will welcome Ryan P. Earnest as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2021 upon completion of the merger between  First Chatsworth Bankshares Inc. (“FCBI”), parent of First National Community Bank (“FNCB”), and Heritage First Bancshares, Inc. (“HFBI”), parent of Heritage First Bank (“Heritage First”).… Read more

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12th ‘probable’ death in Gordon County from COVID. Week ends with five virus patients in Floyd, Redmond hospitals.

12th ‘probable’ death in Gordon County from COVID. Week ends with five virus patients in Floyd, Redmond hospitals.

FRIDAY Northwest Georgia: Gordon County posts 12th ‘probable’ death from COVID. Regional deaths: 670 deaths; 97 probable deaths. 5 patients in Floyd, Redmond as of Thursday, down 1. 3 fewer cases after latest adjustments by health department: 404 on Jan. 22. State: 20 deaths reported. Pandemic daily record: 187 on Feb. 12, 2021 343 new… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: We could see several inches of rain starting tonight as Claudette sweeps across the Southeast; flash flood watch for Polk only.  Continuing updates.

Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: We could see several inches of rain starting tonight as Claudette sweeps across the Southeast; flash flood watch for Polk only. Continuing updates.

    OUTLOOK Extended periods of heavy rainfall are expected Saturday through Tuesday as a potential weak tropical system moves through Georgia and tropical moisture lingers across the area. Heavy rainfall could lead to quick rises in smaller creeks and streams, river flooding, and urban flash flooding. Aside from the heavy rainfall, thunderstorms will be… Read more

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Business: Greater Community Bank cuts the ribbon on remodeled Calhoun office; celebration continues this evening.

Business: Greater Community Bank cuts the ribbon on remodeled Calhoun office; celebration continues this evening.

Greater Community Bank held a ribbon cutting to help celebrate the grand reopening of the Calhoun office at 305 W. Belmont St. The celebration continues this evening at the bank from 5 until 9 p.m  Live entertainment is planned as are door prizes and food (Taco House, Dairy Queen). The bank has doubled the size of… Read more

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Education: Georgia Highlands congratulates spring 2021 President’s, Dean’s lists honorees.

Education: Georgia Highlands congratulates spring 2021 President’s, Dean’s lists honorees.

Georgia Highlands College has announced students named to the spring 2021 President’s List and Dean’s List. To achieve President’s List status, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average and attain a minimum of nine semester hours of credit. To make Dean’s List students, must complete a minimum of nine semester hours and achieve at… Read more

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Bowling Green tops Rome Braves in extra innings. Big night, from Brian McCann bobbleheads to solid plays. Gallery by Mills Fitzner.

Bowling Green tops Rome Braves in extra innings. Big night, from Brian McCann bobbleheads to solid plays. Gallery by Mills Fitzner.

10 photos from Friday night’s game from Mills Fitzner. Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome Braves lose to Hot Rods 7-5; Atlanta Braves crush Cardinals 9-1; Atlanta Hawks fall to Philly 99-104; Two Shorter student-athletes honored. Race to Remember set for this morning. Atlanta Falcons updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome Braves lose to Hot Rods 7-5; Atlanta Braves crush Cardinals 9-1; Atlanta Hawks fall to Philly 99-104; Two Shorter student-athletes honored. Race to Remember set for this morning. Atlanta Falcons updates.

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Self-serve, drive-through, curbside, 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. BASEBALL Rome Braves bring the heat in early innings but lose to the Hot Rods 7-5 in 11th.     Media release:  The Rome Braves (20-20) suffered their first extra-inning… Read more

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Obituaries: Mr. Rashaun Keyontae Cummings, Rebecca “Becky” Ann Looney Rollins.

Obituaries: Mr. Rashaun Keyontae Cummings, Rebecca “Becky” Ann Looney Rollins.

  Rebecca “Becky” Ann Looney Rollins, age 55, crossed into the loving arms of the Lord on Thursday, June 17, 2021, while surrounded by her family that she so dearly loved. Becky was born on May 10, 1966 and raised in Floyd County, Ga. Survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Dell Rollins, daughters… Read more

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CrimeWatch brought to you by thestoragehound.com: Arrests in Northwest Georgia.

CrimeWatch brought to you by thestoragehound.com: Arrests in Northwest Georgia.

. 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. Floyd County Jail:   4 a.m. 8 a.m. 8 p.m. Polk County Jail:… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant scores from Friday.

Dining: Public Health restaurant scores from Friday.

  FLOYD No reports BARTOW Best Western Hwy 20, 100. Southern Comforts Catering, mobile, 90. GORDON Burger KIng, Calhoun, 85. POLK Kizuna Japanese Restaurant, Cedartown, 86 CHATTOOGA Chattooga County Nutrition Center, Summerville, 88 Frutilandia Yummy Snacks, Summerville, 90 Read more

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Heritage First Headlines: $13 million and 100-plus home permits to date, Smith Douglas isn’t slowing down in Rome/Floyd. River District deal on hold.  3 to 5 inches of rain starts Saturday evening. COVID claims Gordon resident. Celebrating Juneteenth.

Heritage First Headlines: $13 million and 100-plus home permits to date, Smith Douglas isn’t slowing down in Rome/Floyd. River District deal on hold. 3 to 5 inches of rain starts Saturday evening. COVID claims Gordon resident. Celebrating Juneteenth.

The latest: Business: Smith Douglas not waiting for possible construction breaks, instead preparing for another 57 homes off Calhoun Highway in Rome on top of 64 already permitted this year. 2021 combined permit value tops $13 million. Business: River District deal on hold; Rome government retreat updates, housing committee recommendations — and maybe a surprise. 105th… Read more

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Smith Douglas not waiting for possible construction breaks, instead preparing for another 57 homes off Calhoun Highway in Rome on top of 64 already permitted this year. 2021 combined permit value tops $13 million.

Smith Douglas not waiting for possible construction breaks, instead preparing for another 57 homes off Calhoun Highway in Rome on top of 64 already permitted this year. 2021 combined permit value tops $13 million.

  As a special Rome/Floyd County committee continues to review efforts to spur development of critically needed homes and apartments, Smith Douglas Homes isn’t waiting for any conclusions. Already established with fast-selling projects such as Emerald Oaks off Old Dalton Road in Armuchee and Westover in West Rome, the company is busy preparing for Crestwood… Read more

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Business: No deal yet on West Third after all; some contract language needs to be resolved. City Commission also looks at housing, the homeless population, COVID, communications.

Business: No deal yet on West Third after all; some contract language needs to be resolved. City Commission also looks at housing, the homeless population, COVID, communications.

No deal yet: City Manager Sammy Rich on Friday asked the City Commission to delay a vote on West Third deal with Four Stones Real Estate. There are some language issues in the contract that need to be resolved, says Rich and City Attorney Andy Davis. Four Stones’ reps have “red lined” some points. One issue… Read more

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