First National Community Bank headlines. Rain, then 15-degree wind chill Friday a.m. Rome woman dies in I-75 collision. COVID: 583 new cases here; school counts, hospitalizations rising. $90 million Bartow project announced.

First National Community Bank headlines. Rain, then 15-degree wind chill Friday a.m. Rome woman dies in I-75 collision. COVID: 583 new cases here; school counts, hospitalizations rising. $90 million Bartow project announced.

Today’s first headlines:
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center:  Rain, no evening snow, this afternoon and then frigid cold in the morning with wind chills around 15 degrees.
  • Rome woman, 24, killed in collision on I-75 north Wednesday morning that blocked traffic from LakePoint to Cartersville.
  • 92 virus patients in Rome hospitals, up 10 from Tuesday. 583 new cases in Northwest Georgia in a day.
  • COVID on campus: Rome’s East Central moves to phase 2 of pandemic restrictions; mandatory masks, meals in classrooms, no visitors. Rome Schools report 43 positive tests on day 1; 18 more cases at Floyd Schools; 69 at Polk Schools on Wednesday; and 45 active cases at Berry.
  • Business: Bartow booming again with $90 million, 1.53 million-square-foot logistics center at Cass-White east of I-75.
  • Rome-Floyd Planning Commission to review changes to building code, allowing road setbacks to drop from 60 to 40 feet. Staff recommends the change, in part citing earlier construction and today’s urban planning.
  • FAIR, dedicated to supporting civil rights and liberties, opens chapter in Rome. A Q & A with Jennifer Thompson who’s leading the local office.
  • Those railroad crossing blues change: Norfolk Southern won’t start Rome repairs until Jan. 17. Work will spread into the county through at least Feb. 4. The schedule and crossings
  • Health: Misty Traylor named Georgia market care management director with responsibilities at AdventHealth Redmond, Gordon and Murray.  COVID surge alters annual Heart of the Community plans.
  • The Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation adds two board members. Floyd Board of Education meets Monday evening.
  • Buzz: Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation donates athletic equipment to Harbor House. PFLAG virtual meeting is Jan. 11.
  • Obituaries: Pastor Perry Davis Jr., Ms. Wilma “Jean” Mobbs Gross, Mrs. Sarah Beatrice “Bea” Reeves Purdy.
  • Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores, Tuesday-Saturday. No reports again from Wednesday.
  • Crimewatch brought to you by Big Dan’s Car Wash. Updates on arrests.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Report

  • Georgia vs. Alabama, national championship, 8 p.m. Monday, ESPN.
  • Falcons vs. Saints, 4:25 p.m. Sunday, Fox 5, 92.9 FM and Le Mejor. Season finale.
  • Shorter women’s game postponed; Lee in COVID protocols.
  • TRED announces ‘Assail the Trail’ on Feb. 19.
  • Parks and Recreation spring signups continue.

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