Ahead of the Headlines: Another round of economic development debate by the City Commission tonight. A return of a downtown Calhoun favorite. High school football semi-finals — and a critical SEC Championship game.

Ahead of the Headlines: Another round of economic development debate by the City Commission tonight. A return of a downtown Calhoun favorite. High school football semi-finals — and a critical SEC Championship game.

Thurston’s Cafe in Calhoun: Back and better than ever? From Facebook.

Monday: Thurston’s Cafe returns to downtown Calhoun: Look for Thurston’s Cafe at 114 Court St. , which reopens today, to go right back to the top of the culinary favorites in Calhoun/Gordon County. The hours:  Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m  until 2 p.m.  Friday’s hours will be reserved for catering, says owner Mitzi Hutchinson. She sold the business  to David and Amanda Sellers, who opened the self-named chop house but closed in recent months.

Monday: Caucus ruckus revisited. The tentative agenda is out for this evening’s Rome City Commission meeting (click here) and the economic development changes will be part of the caucus session set for 5 p.m.. The City Commission meeting is at 6:30 p.m. On Nov. 13 city caucus, it got down right confrontational as The Big Switch was proposed for a vote on that evening’s meeting agenda.

Monday: Advance voting begins for the general election runoff: On the ballot — Republican Brad Raffensperger vs. Democrat John Barrow for Secretary of State; Public Service Commission, District 3, between Republican Chuck Eaton and Democrat Lindy Miller. Where to vote in advance and when.

Tuesday: Downtown Rome Christmas Parade. Bring blankets and hot chocolate; it will be cold. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and the chairs will go out much sooner as more than 20,000 are expected to line Broad Street. The forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 30s with winds of 7 to 8 mph. That puts the wind chill right at 32 degrees. Thankfully, clear skies. Updates on parades

Friday: The Can-A-Thon 2018 moves to Coosa Valley Fairgrounds from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and includes donation drive-through service. With over 100,000 non-perishable items collected annually, Can-A-Thon support The Salvation Army’s efforts to alleviate hunger throughout Rome-Floyd County. How to help.

Friday: Northwest Georgia has four teams in the eight high school football championship classifications. Rome seeks a third straight 5A title; Calhoun hopes to repeat as 3A champ; Cartersville — which won it all in 4A in 2015 and 2016 — wants back in this year; and Rockmart is a newcomer in the 2A brawl. John McClellan’s picks.

SEC Championship, No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Georgia: A win by either team guarantees a slot in college football’s four-team playoff on Dec. 29. A Georgia win earns the Bulldogs a trip and it is likely Alabama would be invited as the top-ranked one-loss team. 4 p.m., CBS

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