Latest Heritage First Bank: Closer look at proposed $30 million Ledbetter/Kmart deal; 28-30 businesses possible.Pete McDonald retiring from Georgia Northwestern. Newsmakers: County commissions, Rome School Board, CRBI changes. Much colder today; watch the wind chill.

Latest Heritage First Bank: Closer look at proposed $30 million Ledbetter/Kmart deal; 28-30 businesses possible.Pete McDonald retiring from Georgia Northwestern. Newsmakers: County commissions, Rome School Board, CRBI changes. Much colder today; watch the wind chill.

LATEST HEADLINES

Updates from the Floyd County and Bartow County jails.

MORNING REPORT

Business: Kmart site update (with rendering): Ledbetters say project worth $30 million, to feature 28 to 30 restaurants, retailers, other businesses. Also: Contract pending on former West Rome Burger King site. Redevelopment

Education: Pete McDonald retiring from Georgia Northwestern Technical College on March 31. He’ll leave as Whitfield Murray Campus expansion nears completion. McDonald
Aerial photographs show the extent of the damage to the home the Levys were restoring as well as the Gilbert home next door. Fire investigation continues; damage estimate is ‘well over $1 million.’ Fire update
Newsmakers: Hancock, Maxey, Wallace sworn in to new terms on the County Commission. Collins, Fisher to lead Rome Board of Education. Felisha Jackson named interim principal at Anna K. Davie Elementary. Ashley Ray named CRBI outreach coordinator as Joe Cook steps aside. People
Buzz: First eagle egg of the season is in the nest at Berry College. Marine Corps League meets Saturday; Marine of the year to be named. Free legal assistance set for Jan. 11. Buzz
Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Much colder with 15-mph winds, 25-mph gusts and wind chills of 20 or lower Thursday morning.  Weather
The border wall: Text from Trump’s address from the Oval Office and the Democratic response. Politics
Politics: Feb. 5 runoff between Vaughn, Barton to settle State House District 5 race. Runoff
Obituaries: Ms. Juanitha Carolyn Bowman, Ms. Glennis Johnson, Mr. William Robert “Skeet” Rickman, Mr. Jodie Alexander Rowell Jr. Obituaries
Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining
Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Sports.

Latest high school basketball scores and schedules.
Local college links and notes.
Next round of NFL playoffs as the teams battle for a spot in the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in Atlanta.

Hometown Headlines Radio Edition, 7-9 a.m. weekdays, WRGA 98.7 FM
7:40 a.m. Jamie Rohler, Floyd County Schools Safety Coordinator, and Lenora McEntire Doss join us to talk about bus safety in the new semester.
8:40 a.m. Dr. Renee’ E. Carleton, D.V.M., Associate Professor of Biology at Berry College, on the arrival of the first egg of the new season in the eagles’ nest near the Krannert Center — and what to watch for now through spring.
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