Latest Heritage First Headlines: Georgia Baptist audit shows 1,300-student drop for Shorter; $16 million in cuts; $16 million in debt owed now through 2022. Rome smoking ban: a closer look. Gordon sheriff: Meth distributor, 78, busted. Updates on Turner McCrawl repaving. After deadly 2017-18 season, flu shots begin.

Latest Heritage First Headlines: Georgia Baptist audit shows 1,300-student drop for Shorter; $16 million in cuts; $16 million in debt owed now through 2022. Rome smoking ban: a closer look. Gordon sheriff: Meth distributor, 78, busted. Updates on Turner McCrawl repaving. After deadly 2017-18 season, flu shots begin.

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Updates from the Floyd County, Bartow County and Polk County jails.

MORNING REPORT

Audit of Shorter University shows 1,300-student loss over five years; $16 million in overall staff, operating cuts; combined long-term debt of $16.5 million due for repayment now through 2022. Shorter

About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate. Update

Gordon Sheriff: 78-year-old man faces multiple charges, accused of being a ‘major methamphetamine distributor.’ Also: $40,000 in meth seized by investigators. Arrest

Latest updates on Turner McCall as repaving continues. Some tips on avoiding the backup and a detour map. Traffic

Health: Public Health offering flu shots as new season begins. Last season, 145 people in Georgia — including at least five here — died because of the illness. Flu

Politics: Floyd Democrats host ‘Georgia Giants’ dinner Friday; guest speaker lieutenant governor candidate Sarah Riggs Amico. Attorney General Chris Carr at GOP headquarters today. Politics

Georgia DOT: 10.8-mile stretch of U.S. 41 in Bartow County to be repaved for $3.2 million. Bartow

Buzz: Firefighters conducting hydrant flows in Horseleg area today-Friday. Free day at Oak Hill Saturday. Three Rivers Singers start new season Oct. 14. Buzz 

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: No real break in the heat until next week; we could see 93 today. Weather

Obituaries: Mr. Leon Diamond, Mrs. Ruth R. Jones (104), Mrs. Bonnell Wallace Wright, Ms. Mildred Wyley. Obituaries

Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining

Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties sponsored by Living Proof Recovery. Crimewatch


Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports Report: Sports.

Rome Braves name pitcher, position players of the year.
Division III honors for Berry’s Bryson Lamboy.
Falcons host Saints at 1 p.m. Sunday.
John McClellan’s high school picks for the week.
College football:
-Berry at Centre, 7 p.m. Saturday.
-Shorter at Valdosta State, 7 p.m. Saturday.
-Georgia at Missouri, noon Saturday.
-Georgia Tech at home Saturday vs. Clemson, 3:30 p.m.
Community:
-Harbin Hero Hustle is Sept. 29.

Hometown Headlines Radio Edition, 7-9 a.m. weekdays, WRGA 98.7 FM

8:10 a.m. Erica Simpson with the Rome Beer Festival on what to expect this Saturday and where those proceeds are applied by the Rome Area Council for the Arts.
8:40 a.m. Keith Beauchamp of KB Aerial Imaging talks about his travels to the saturated Carolinas with David Parker and Parker Systems as they worked on key recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence.

Also today:

Traffic: Georgia DOT, Google Maps or Waze.

State business headlines: Georgia Trend

Health headlines: Georgia Health News

Northwest Georgia jobs: Career Builder

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