Newscast: Heat index of 108 today; what to know. Reward in arson case a first for Floyd. Dining: Mac ‘n cheese and a shrimp boil. Rant: The heat is on to protect our student athletes.

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Please take extra steps today to avoid excessive heat. Our headlines:
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Heat index of 108 due today with a high of 99, prompting head advisory from noon until 8 tonight. What to know.
  • $4,750 reward paid to anonymous source who provided details needed to arrest, sentence local arson suspect; a first in Floyd County.
  • RN-T: Judge allows state to drop original indictments in school thefts case; allows up to six months to bring new indictments.
  • Toni Rhinehart named new Finance Director for the city of Rome
  • Dining & Drink: Mac and cheese now offered at Chick-fil-A. Shrimp boil to help Rome City Brewing kickoff college football season
  • Buzz: Video preview of Saturday’s Health Inititative for Men Plus Women. Ribbon cutting today for Redmond’s Outpatient Congestive Heart Failure Clinic.
  • Rant of the Day: The heat is on — to protect our student athletes from heat stroke. Follow the advice of healthcare professionals, not a cranky old coach.

Weekday newscasts: The latest headlines, a rant or two, Peaks & Valleys. Around eight minutes each, available between 7 and 8 a.m.

The Druck Report: Our long-form interviewsnow called The Druck Report and produced by our colleagues at Brand Red Studios in downtown Rome. All available on demand:

  • Jay Shell on the explosive growth of Rome City Brewing Co. on Broad Street and what’s brewing.
  • Todd Wofford and Jim Alred from Rome Floyd Parks & Rec. As changes continue, what’s ahead for the thousands using area parks, trails and rec programs.
  • Carol Morgan of Denim Marketing of Cartersville was among the first to champion Facebook as a critical tool for her clients.
  • City Commissioner Wendy Davis with millions of dollars worth of reasons why the 2020 Census is critical. Plus: Fall commission elections.
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