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Cartersville Police issue statement on Wednesday’s murder-suicide: Antonio Mari dies in shooting at his office; man suspected of killing him takes his own life.

Cartersville Police issue statement on Wednesday’s murder-suicide: Antonio Mari dies in shooting at his office; man suspected of killing him takes his own life.

THE LATEST Thursday morning update from Cartersville Police: “At approximately 1:37 p.m. on June 20, 2018, Cartersville Police Officers were dispatched to the law office of Antonio Mari, 605 N. Tennessee St., in reference to a shooting reported to the Bartow 911 dispatch center. Upon arrival, officers cleared the building and located Mr. Mari with… Read more

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Latest Heritage First Headlines: Cartersville attorney dies following shooting at his office. Jobless rate down across Northwest Georgia. Rome City Schools’ safety updates. What to know about using the Etowah River. Rain, a bit cooler today, Friday.

Latest Heritage First Headlines: Cartersville attorney dies following shooting at his office. Jobless rate down across Northwest Georgia. Rome City Schools’ safety updates. What to know about using the Etowah River. Rain, a bit cooler today, Friday.

Your 100% local news source: Locally owned, managed and focused. Hometown Headlines. LATEST HEADLINES Cartersville Police release statement in Wednesday’s murder-suicide. Updates from the Floyd County, Bartow County, Polk County jails. MORNING REPORT Cartersville attorney dead following shooting at his office Wednesday afternoon. Developing Business: Jobless rate drops again across Northwest Georgia; all five counties below… Read more

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Updated Ware Mechanical Weather Center: First day of summer — the longest ‘day’ of the year — will be a wet one.

Updated Ware Mechanical Weather Center: First day of summer — the longest ‘day’ of the year — will be a wet one.

OUTLOOK Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected today, particularly over north Georgia. A few storms could be strong to severe. Enhanced moisture over the area will increase the threat of heavy rain. Main threats in strong storms will be strong wind gusts, frequent lightning and isolated flooding from heavy rainfall. FORECAST Thursday: Showers and… Read more

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Business: Jobless rate drops again across Northwest Georgia; all five counties below 4%.

Business: Jobless rate drops again across Northwest Georgia; all five counties below 4%.

  The local unemployment rates for May: Floyd: 3.6 percent, down from the previous month and from the same month last year. Bartow: 3.4 percent, down from April and down from May 2017. Gordon: 3.4 percent, down from the month before and from the same month in 2017. Polk: 3.7 percent, down from April of… Read more

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Weekend/Outdoors: Latest safety updates, including on Bartow’s stretch of the Etowah River.

Weekend/Outdoors: Latest safety updates, including on Bartow’s stretch of the Etowah River.

Dwayne Jamison, deputy chief of the Bartow County Fire Department, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Wednesday, June 20, to talk water safety on the “extremely dangerous” Etowah River.” The agency has worked seven to eight rescues involving multiple kayakers or others in recent weeks,  he says. Among the… Read more

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Education: Safety update for Rome City Schools. Georgia Northwestern team ready for nationals.

Education: Safety update for Rome City Schools. Georgia Northwestern team ready for nationals.

  On Tuesday June 19, Rome City Schools’ Superintendent Louis Byars,  School Board Members, Central Office staff, school faculty and members of the community met in the Central Office board room to discuss ways to keep schools safe and secure. The meeting attendees were broken into groups that addressed four key elements of the policies. Facilities,… Read more

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Commentary: As suicides increase by 30% in the U.S. and 16% in Georgia, education is critical to prevention. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the country; second highest among teens.

Commentary: As suicides increase by 30% in the U.S. and 16% in Georgia, education is critical to prevention. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the country; second highest among teens.

  By Melanie Dallas, licensed professional counselor and CEO of Highland Rivers Health. The recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain were a shocking reminder that no one is immune from circumstances that might cause them to consider suicide. Sadly, their deaths are part of a dramatic increase in suicide in the U.S.,… Read more

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Health: Cartersville Medical Center earns designation as a Level III Trauma Center.

Health: Cartersville Medical Center earns designation as a Level III Trauma Center.

  Media release: Cartersville Medical Center has been designated a Level III Trauma Center by the State of Georgia Department of Public Health Office of EMS and Trauma. The designation completes a nearly two-year process of preparation by the hospital and an extensive on-site survey by the state. One of the most important benefits to… Read more

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Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome opens ‘season two’ in Augusta tonight; home starting Sunday. Five roster changes announced Wednesday.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome opens ‘season two’ in Augusta tonight; home starting Sunday. Five roster changes announced Wednesday.

HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS Rome Braves start ‘second’ season tonight in Augusta:  7:05 p.m. first pitch. Rome at Augusta 7:05 p.m. Friday, 6:05 p.m. Saturday and then open a three-game home stand Sunday with Greenville  at 2:05 p.m. (7 p.m. Monday, 1 p.m. Tuesday) Roster moves:  The Rome Braves announce the… Read more

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Obituaries: Mr. Joseph Edward “Ed” Driver.

Obituaries: Mr. Joseph Edward “Ed” Driver.

  Mr. Joseph Edward “Ed” Driver, age 81, of Armuchee, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in a local hospital. Mr. Driver was born in Draketown, GA on November 15, 1936, son of the late Earl William Driver and the late Katie Jane Rush Driver.  He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Connie… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores for Wednesday

Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores for Wednesday

FLOYD Jerusalem Grill, Turner McCall, 73. BARTOW No reports. GORDON Placerito’s Mexican Restaurant, Calhoun, 95. POLK No reports. CHATTOOGA The Crushed Tomato, 86. Read more

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Crimewatch: Reports from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and from Cartersville Police, updated up to five times daily.

Crimewatch: Reports from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and from Cartersville Police, updated up to five times daily.

About this report: We update CrimeWatch around 5:30 each weekday morning as well as at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. We also add the Bartow County Jail report between 5:30 and 6 a.m. weekday mornings and throughout the weekend. The Polk County Jail report usually is posted between 8 and 9 a.m. weekdays. These reports… Read more

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Business: ALDI’s grand reopening, ribbon cutting set for Thursday, June 28. What to expect that morning.

Business: ALDI’s grand reopening, ribbon cutting set for Thursday, June 28. What to expect that morning.

  Rome’s remodeled ALDI grocery at 836 Turner McCall Blvd. reopens Thursday, June 28, with an 8:25 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as a “golden ticket” giveaway for the first 100 shoppers to win select prizes as well as a chance at the “produce for a year” sweepstakes. Opened in August 2014 on the site where… Read more

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Rome Police: Murder warrants issued for the arrest of Nakotah Smith in the death of his girlfriend, Crystal Vega.  Investigations continuing.

Rome Police: Murder warrants issued for the arrest of Nakotah Smith in the death of his girlfriend, Crystal Vega. Investigations continuing.

Rome Police are investigating two murders and a violent armed robbery, all occurring within four days (June 13-16). Below please find information on the suspects in each case, all of whom remained free as of Thursday morning. How to help: If you spot any of the suspects, call 911 immediate. You can use the anonymous… Read more

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Updated: Savoy Automobile Museum plans 2020 opening in Cartersville. Floyd Board of Education sets called meeting Thursday.

Updated: Savoy Automobile Museum plans 2020 opening in Cartersville. Floyd Board of Education sets called meeting Thursday.

  The Savoy Automobile Museum is coming to Cartersville in 2020. Look for a 60,000-square-foot “world-class automobile museum nestled on 34 acres off I-75, Exit 290” (about 1.5 miles west of the he Ga. 20 intersection with I-75), according to the museum’s Facebook page. Tom Shinall, Savoy’s director of development, joined us on Hometown Headlines… Read more

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