First National Community Bank headlines. Frigid Friday begins; latest updates. School COVID cases continue to rise; 4 of 8 Rome schools in ‘phase 2’ protocols. 90 virus patients in Rome hospitals.

First National Community Bank headlines. Frigid Friday begins; latest updates. School COVID cases continue to rise; 4 of 8 Rome schools in ‘phase 2’ protocols. 90 virus patients in Rome hospitals.

Today’s first headlines:
Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Cold morning with 22 degrees due and a wind chill of 13. High today only 39; warmer weekend.
  • Updates on any delays or closings.
Also today:
  • GBI: Investigation under way into Calhoun Police officer-involved shooting that left a 37-year-old burglary suspect dead.
  • COVID on campus: Anna K. Davie, West Central, Rome Middle join East Central on phase 2 of pandemic restrictions; mandatory masks, meals in classrooms, no visitors. Latest count: Rome Schools, 24. Floyd Schools, 31; Polk Schools, 88; Berry College staff, students, 65 active cases.
  • 90 virus patients in Rome hospitals, down 2 from Wednesday. State records 18,556 new cases; no local reports Thursday.  Voccio: Omicron is the dominant variant here; hospitals seeing surge in patients.
  • Buzz: Habitat accepting applications through Feb. 25; what to know. Blood Assurance, stung by weather and COVID cancellations, needs donors.
  • Services for Ava Freeman set for Tuesday, Wednesday (Jan. 11-12) at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church. A memorial service set for Jan. 16 for Matthew Hines at Rome First United Methodist Church.
  • Obituaries: Mrs. DeJuan Marcelle “Marcie” Thurman Fuqua,  Mr. Benjamin Locke “Ben” Graves Jr., Ms. Katheryne Reynolds Milam Lindsey, Mr. James Vizuet, Mrs. Carol Ann Mathis Watters.
  • Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores, Tuesday-Saturday. No reports from Thursday.
  • 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.
  • SEC Network coverage plans for championship Monday.
  • Falcons vs. Saints, 4:25 p.m. Sunday, Fox 5, 92.9 FM and Le Mejor. Season finale. Roster moves.
  • TRED announces ‘Assail the Trail’ on Feb. 19.
  • Parks and Recreation spring signups continue.

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