First National Community Bank headlines. Rome hospitals see jump in COVID patients, now 128. 11 more virus deaths in NW Georgia. Rome Schools all requiring masks, classroom meals. Polk Schools go virtual. Stevenson Rome’s new mayor. Georgia cruises to national championship.

First National Community Bank headlines. Rome hospitals see jump in COVID patients, now 128. 11 more virus deaths in NW Georgia. Rome Schools all requiring masks, classroom meals. Polk Schools go virtual. Stevenson Rome’s new mayor. Georgia cruises to national championship.

Today’s first headlines:
  • Weekend surge in COVID patients admitted to Rome hospitals: 128 total as of Monday, up 32 since Friday’s report. 11 more deaths in NW Georgia; 3 more probable deaths. 2,254 new cases here since last report.
  • All Rome schools requiring masks, in-room meals starting today Citing high faculty/staff COVID issues, Polk School District go virtual. At Berry, 61 students test positive since Saturday. 49 more cases at Floyd Schools Monday.
  • Rome’s new mayor is Sundai Stevenson; Mark Cochran is pro tem. Also, Elaina Beeman joined the commission.
  • Education: Floyd School Board elects Strickland chair, Shell vice chair; tables social media policy.
  • Leprechaun-a-thon 5K and Health Walk returns March 19 with a downtown course, foamy aftermath at Town Green.
  • AdventHealth Gordon, Harbin Clinic team up to offer advance cardiac services.
  • Education: Floyd County Schools Pre-K Online application for the next school year open Feb. 1.
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center: 48 today and then back to the 50s through Saturday under sunny skies.
  • Remembering Dr. Earl Graeff Barton Jr., from Eagle Scout to chief resident to a senior staff member at the VA Medical Center in Atlanta — and a ‘wicked sense of humor.’
  • Obituaries: Robert Jackson Brown, Inez Beaty Durham, Mr. Kaylon Blake Higgins, Mrs. Rachel Ann Breeden Highfield, Lynne Sherri Mills, Mrs. Doris Evelyn Gober Sitten,
  • Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores, Tuesday-Saturday.
  • Crimewatch brought to you by Big Dan’s Car Wash. Updates on arrests.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Report

  • Georgia pounds Alabama, 33-18, to win first national championship since 1980.
  • Update on what’s next for Rome High star Knox Kadum.
  • Model loses appeal for reclassification by GHSA.
  • NFL wild card schedule for this Saturday through Monday.
  • Falcons already building 2022 team; a look at who they play.
  • Community sports updates.

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