Heritage First Headlines. Panda Express opens today — with proper pandemic precautions. 2 events — River Jam, Fiddlin’ Fest — a test for Rome this weekend. 47th Floyd resident dies. Floyd commission candidates’ answers to pandemic, economic development questions. Last day to register to vote.

Heritage First Headlines. Panda Express opens today — with proper pandemic precautions. 2 events — River Jam, Fiddlin’ Fest — a test for Rome this weekend. 47th Floyd resident dies. Floyd commission candidates’ answers to pandemic, economic development questions. Last day to register to vote.

Today’s first headlines:

  • Panda Express opens in Rome today with a full menu and pandemic precautions: Masks are a must; 10 customers in the store at a time.
  • Two huge ‘tests:’ Rome River Jam on Friday, Saturday; Fiddlin’ Fest on Saturday. One is a private, controlled event with expensive safety protocols; the other is free, open-flowing and known to draw large crowds.
  • Floyd records 47th death since March 15; regional total at 216; state a 7,162. Free COVID/flu tests Friday; slight shift in Public Health testing on Saturdays.
  • COVID on campus: 570 students, staff in quarantine at Floyd County, Rome City schools as fall break begins. St. Mary’s class to quarantine during, after fall break.
  • Voting: Floyd County Commission candidates respond to questions about pandemic response, new economic development option and what’s ahead.
  • Today is your last chance to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election; several ways to do so. Vice presidential debate is Wednesday. Advance voting starts a week from today.
Also today:
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center: After highs in the low 70s, we’re right back to the mid 80s by midweek. More trouble in the tropics.
  • Obituaries: No additional services from Sunday.
  • Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores, Tuesday-Saturday.
  • Crimewatch: Updates on area arrests.

Truett’s Chick-Fil-A Sports Report:

John McClellan’s high school picks: Close wins for Rome, Woodland this Friday; Darlington, Pepperell should cruise. McClellan
-Latest high school rankings.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:50 tonight, ESPN, 92.9 FM (note game time change).
Georgia hosts Tennessee Saturday
Georgia Tech vs. Louisville at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN.
-AP Top 25:
Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins, best of five series, begins 2 p.m. Tuesday on Fox Sports 1.
-On the mound: Max Fried.
Community sports updates.

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