COVID closings: Walmart in Calhoun reopens after two days of cleaning. Floyd jury trials’ resumption postponed to 2021. Latest updates.

COVID closings: Walmart in Calhoun reopens after two days of cleaning. Floyd jury trials’ resumption postponed to 2021. Latest updates.


Walmart is Calhoun reopened at 7 a.m. Sunday. The store at 450 W. Belmont Drive temporarily closed at 2 p.m. Friday and was to remain closed until Sunday at 7 a.m. as part of a company-initiated program to allow third party cleaning crews to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building, according to a company statement. The Walmart Health Center, located adjacent to the store, will remain open to customers, under normal operating hours.  “Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and customers, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts. When the store reopens Sunday morning, we will continue conducting associate health screens and temperature checks, and all associates will continue to be provided with facemasks and gloves. These protocols are in addition to the extensive measures we’ve put in place during the pandemic to help protect our associates and customers, including installing sneeze guards at registers, customer metering and social distancing measures and enacting an emergency leave policy for associates who are unable or uncomfortable coming to work. Additionally, through the help of our health ambassadors, we will continue requiring customers to wear protective facial coverings while inside the building,” said the company in a statement. The company did say they are not able to provide information about those impacted by COVID, for privacy reasons.


  • Floyd County jury trials postponed to 2021: From the Floyd County Superior Court. “The judges of the Floyd County Superior Court have determined to postpone the resumption of jury trials until after the first of the year.  “While the judges are anxious to resume jury trials to address the continuing backlog of cases, the safety and security of court personnel, parties, attorneys, and, especially, jurors is of utmost importance. In light of the spike of COVID-19 cases and the concern expressed by participants in the court system, no jury trials will be conducted in December.”
  • 5 staff members of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office have coronavirus, four inmates coming back from quaratine, Sheriff Tim Burkhalter says. Twenty or so inmates have been in the “observatory block” as they’re booked in for a 14-day review as well, he says. The sheriff’s office closed administrative and visitation lobbies until further notice. This is a precautionary measure due to the recent rise in Covid cases in our area. All finger print and background check services will be suspended during this time as well. All registered sex offenders that need to fill out their registration packet or change their address should report to the booking lobby in the back of the jail to fill out the appropriate paperwork.
  • Shorter University is “transitioning to remote learning beginning Monday, Nov. 23, due to the surge of cases nationally and locally. This extends the time students are home for Thanksgiving by two days. Our plan called for finishing the semester remotely after Thanksgiving,” says Dr. Dawn Tolbert,  Associate Vice President for University Communications.
  • The Rome Floyd Chamber is currently closed to the public, because of coronavirus. “The staff is still available to serve the community. Please reach out to staff members via phone at 706-291-7663 or via Jeanne Krueger’s cell at 404-909-5607.”
  • Rome Municipal Court case continuances: In response to the incidences of coronavirus currently occurring in the City of Rome and Floyd County, and in an effort to better protect the health and safety of all our citizens and employees, all pending cases scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 19, 2020 and Dec. 3, 2020, are continued for a minimum of 30 days. All defendants affected by the continuance who do not receive a new arraignment date by mail prior to Dec. 1, 2020, must contact the Clerk’s Office at 706-238-5150 to receive a new arraignment date.
  • City of Rome Administration is closing city government facilities that involve face-to-face transactions effective Monday, Nov. 16, citing worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The public is encouraged to take advantage of online services. Citizens can access online bill pay for water billing, downtown parking tickets, solid waste/landfill bills, and municipal court fees at A list if city departments with contact names, phone numbers and emails is available at
  • As the city of Rome continues expanded safety steps with restricted operations, we checked with City Manager Sammy Rich for an update on personnel. We have had several cases but I don’t think we have a disproportionate share,” said Rich. “I’m just hoping and praying for better days ahead!” Week of 11/15/2020 – 10 know positives, 7 pending results.
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