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Today’s headlines:

  • Ware Mechanical Weather alert: The latest on the New Year’s monsoon. At least 1.5 inches of rain so far with more due; flood watch until 7 tonight. Also, watch for fog.
  • Rome Police: Operation Zero Tolerance ends with 23 arrests (traffic and outstanding warrants); more than 150 violations cited; and 3.5 pounds of pot seized.
  • Georgia Health News: Georgia is 49th among the states, District of Columbia, when it comes to preventing kids from using tobacco products.
  • Education: Dusty Powell, with two Georgia Northwestern degrees, heading for the final frontier with a job at SpaceX.  Model Middle earns Platinum Award for ‘Greatest Gains.’
  • Buzz: Rome’s Gretchen Corbin among Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Bring One for the Chipper is Saturday. Floyd School Board meets Tuesday.
  • Weekend observation: The story of Dr. Ouida Word Dickey, 91: From Wildwood, Fla., to around the world, her true home was Berry College. An obituary.

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