Newsletter: A day after First Friday was labeled a ‘super spreader’ amid the pandemic’s surge, it was on with the show in Rome. Bartow brew crew to the rescue. Weekend observations and Peaks & Valleys.

Newsletter: A day after First Friday was labeled a ‘super spreader’ amid the pandemic’s surge, it was on with the show in Rome. Bartow brew crew to the rescue. Weekend observations and Peaks & Valleys.


So no second thoughts on First Friday? There was no mistake in assessing the concern local health leaders expressed at Thursday’s meeting with Rome and Floyd commissioners. The details shared by senior medical officers at Floyd, Harbin, Redmond and Public Health were stunning: Packed emergency rooms and hospitals; demoralized staff — and missing staff; predictions of much more to come before we see a peak; and ignored calls to get vaccinated.

The commissioners expressed their concern and empathy for all those in healthcare — and promptly did nothing.

Thursday night, city commissioners in particular heard Dr. Gary Voccio label the First Friday concert set for the next evening a likely super spreader event — especially given the variant’s ongoing rampage. Never mind that one of their own even asked Voccio the question about the potential staging of concert during current conditions. (Watch the meeting).

How hard would it have been to cancel a concert, especially one involving a Rome-based band?

It was astonishing enough to hear that the pandemic would be discussed in a City Commission caucus 11 days after Thursday’s briefing. We don’t have 11 days. This pandemic demands your attention each minute, let alone each day, as Rome/Floyd County is recording more than 100 cases every 24 hours. At 3 p.m. Friday, 22 hours after the joint commission meeting began, Floyd County posted its 209th fatality; another 165 Floyd residents tested positive for the virus; and Rome hospital virus cases rose to a pandemic-record 185  patients.

As for the concert: Photos and video from Friday night show a large turnout, most spaced a few feet apart from other groups — and barely a mask.

The three chief medical officers and director of the region’s public health system basically were assembled for a show-and-tell.

What a fine example set by our elected officials — ignoring information that can save lives. And yet these same “leaders” are critical of those ignoring medical advice about masks and vaccines. Shameful.

  • Sidebar: We forgot to turnoff comments on this Facebook post Saturday morning. One commenter urged us to stay home if we’re so worried about public events and the spread of the virus. We see it the other way around: People who do get protected and do wear masks shouldn’t be the ones staying home. We’ve done our part.

Cartersville brew crew again helping those in need following Hurricane Ida.

A few years ago, they made a Super Bowl commercial about the dedicated efforts of the crews at Cartersville’s Anheuser-Busch brewery pausing production to instead can needed drinking water for hard-hit areas. It might be time for a sequel.

The parent company reports that Anheuser-Busch is delivering seven truckloads – more than 400,000 cans – of emergency drinking water to local communities in Mississippi and Lousiana in support of recovery efforts following Hurricane Ida. “The clean, safe drinking water was produced at Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville, GA and Fort Collins, CO breweries…”

A-B earlier this month also delivered nearly 120,000 cans of emergency drinking water to ongoing wildfire relief efforts and volunteer fire departments in California, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.  All that came from Fort Collins.

To those water brewers and transport teams in Cartersville, we say, “this Bud really is for you.”



‘Botox’ on Broad Street: Keep an eye out for formal word of some updates coming to a familiar spot on Broad Street. We hear some constructive Botox touchups are coming inside and out. We’re not talking major money here but it is welcome news amid other changes under way.

Nurses R Us: An interesting post circulating in Rome’s social media is from a nurse/healthcare professional recruiting team, seeking applicants. The numbers we’re seeing for four weeks of work? Nearly $20,000 with per diem and housing allowance if needed. You need an active RN license in Georgia. It already is straining are healthcare operations as some incumbent staffers leave for higher pay.

Our NFL connections: The season formally starts Thursday and it will be fun being able to watch Cedartown’s Nick Chubb continue to carry the Cleveland Browns as that team has shifted from pretender to contender. New this year will be finding the Jacksonville Jaguars as Cartersville’s  Trevor Lawrence starts at quarterback. And we hope to see more of Berry College’s Mason Kinsey with the Tennessee Titans, especially after the dazzling exhibition season he had. Kinsey is on the Titans’ practice squad to start the season.


To two women in line at Publix in Rome: You know how you somehow track people as you enter a store and for us last week, it was an older woman assisted by a walker. She eventually was checking out a few customers in front of us when the line suddenly stopped. It seems she was around $2 short. Without prompting, two women behind her immediately stepped up. “I’ve got it,” said one to the cashier who completed the transaction. The small bags of groceries were loaded onto the walker and the older customer was on her way. No fanfare, no drama, just people being nice. We needed a dose of that.

Valley to click-bait Facebook comments on media sites: Some of the most vicious posts in memory appeared on some of the Atlanta media Facebook pages following the death of a 13-year-old Coosa High eighth grader. He was our youngest COVID victim to date. Responsible media starting cutting such comments before the 2020 election. Others continue it to build “readership.”

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