Heritage First Headlines. Celebrate Independence Day! Local COVID cases continue to rise, record cases in Floyd. Dining out with safety in mind. Parades in Cave Spring, Rome. Fireworks over Rome tonight.

Heritage First Headlines. Celebrate Independence Day! Local COVID cases continue to rise, record cases in Floyd. Dining out with safety in mind. Parades in Cave Spring, Rome. Fireworks over Rome tonight.

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Celebrating Independence Day 2020! 

Today’s top headlines:

  • NW Georgia positive test results jump by 82 in 24 hours, led by 30 alone in Floyd County (local record). State’s positive test count climbs by 2,784, down from Thursday’s record.
  • Dining out with safety in mind: Try the outdoor seating at area restaurants, from Cave Spring to Armuchee to Cartersville. A quick review.
  • Education: Despite pandemic, Georgia Highlands’ student groups post a big year.
  • Red, white & you: Cave Spring opens the celebration with a parade at 9 a.m.; Rome at 2 p.m.; fireworks at 9:50 p.m. Can’t attend? FB Live at the fireworks.
Also today:
  • Keith Mickler’s Rome Grown: Some gardening tips that could lead to a little social distancing as well.
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center: A sizzler — 92 with a heat index of 99 today; watch rain, clouds tonight. Also later: A full moon and a lunar eclipse (almost).
  • Obituaries: Anthony Harbin (Tony) Fricks, Linda Joan Hitchcock, Mr. Joseph C. Smith, Mr. Dewey Lee Stevens, Ms. Edna Lee Warren West.
  • Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores return Tuesday.
  • Crimewatch: Updates on area arrests.

Truett’s Chick-Fil-A Sports Report:

  • High school teams adjust to latest GHSA coronavirus guidelines.
  • Live baseball? Try the Macon Bacon.
  • Atlanta Braves report for training.
  • Rockmart runner joins Berry.
  • Plus links to today’s pro sports updates.

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