Newscast: Concerns about City Commission’s proposed homeless crackdown. Storms leave 1,100 in the dark; slightly cooler today. Rant: Priorities — discarded litter or discarded people? Plus: Davies Shelters’ Devon Smyth on Food & Faith Podcast.

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The audio edition of today’s headlines and today’s rant:
  • Community groups organizing as Rome City Commission considers ‘urban camping,’ ‘panhandling’ ordinances. More updates later today.
  • We the Church buys 19.5 acres off Ga. 101 near Saddle Mountain. The Lighthouse, a nondenominational church, launches Aug. 25.
  • Bartow sheriff: Deputy fired, arrested with fiance following off-duty disturbance Saturday night caught on video.
  • Late-night storms trigger power outages; more than 1,000 customers without service.
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Low 90s due today after record-level highs on Torrid Tuesday. Heat index was 109; today, 102

Davies Shelter’s Devon Smyth a guest on The Food and Faith Podcast –– “conversations from the soil and around the table with Anna Woofenden and Sam Chamelin.” The hosts met Smyth at Ecotones of the Spirit and “our ears perked up when hearing the words ‘farm bus’ from across the room. Among her amazing work directing the Davies Shelters in Rome, Ga., she also oversees South Meadows Farm and The Farm Bus, which drives local produce to various parts of the city to provide fresh veggies for all who need them. Listen to her amazing story of creativity and care!”  Food & Faith/Devon Smyth


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.
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