Heritage First Headlines. A record 17 pandemic deaths posted from one day in NW Georgia. 186 virus patients at Rome hospitals. Rome Schools to keep masks into mid-October. Retail and restaurant updates. Cooler afternoons this week.

Heritage First Headlines. A record 17 pandemic deaths posted from one day in NW Georgia. 186 virus patients at Rome hospitals. Rome Schools to keep masks into mid-October. Retail and restaurant updates. Cooler afternoons this week.


Heritage First Headlines:

  • 17 deaths, a pandemic record, posted in NW Georgia on Tuesday. 15 died from COVID, including 5 in Floyd County; 2 ‘probable’ deaths as well. 186 virus patients at Floyd, Redmond on Tuesday; down 15. New cases: 180 since Monday.
  • COVID on campus: Rome Schools to require masks into October; adds two in-service days; seeing help from current safeguards. Also: Rome Schools reports 9 new cases; Floyd County posts 19 students, no faculty or staff.
  • Georgia Health News: 60% of the new COVID cases are in our state’s schools, grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Business: Sign’s up at Old Navy as ‘opening this fall’ draws closer. Changes for Summerville restaurant. Latest business newsmakers.
  • Update on Ratliff’s in downtown Rome: The congregation at Metropolitan United Methodist Church thanks Dennis for ‘a legacy of excellence.’ Earlier: Ratliff Coastal Service Center closes as site to become convenience store.
  • Buzz: Household Hazard Waste/Electronics recycling event this Saturday; call for an appointment. Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation plans a ribbon cutting ceremony at Shag Williams Park on Sept. 21. Hancock sworn in. GNTC’s outdoor mum sale next week. Blood Assurance offering Sickle Cell tests.
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center:  Rain moving in; more than an inch through Thursday. Cooler afternoons, too.
  • Obituaries:  Erma Braden, Mr. Emory Wayne Green, Mrs. Linda Diane Mack, Billy Wade Prater, Rose Marie Remington, Mrs. Harriet McKnight Strickland, Mrs. Cassie Elaine Williams.
  • Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores, Tuesday-Saturday.
  • Crimewatch brought to you by Big Dan’s Car Wash. Updates on arrests.

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  • Rome Braves pound Hickory. Plus players of the week; roster moves.
  • Braves announce 2022 schedule.
  • Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery from the game.
  • Atlanta Braves host Rockies through Thursday.
  • John McClellan’s high school picks: Rome to rebound; Ws for all the ranked local teams; first win of the season for Pepperell. McClellan.
  • Berry, Shorter both on the road this Saturday.
  • Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Sunday.
  • Community sports updates: Half-price special on upcoming Dash.

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