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CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia.

CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia.

  . About this page:  Updates from the Floyd County Jail three times a day. The latest each day from the Bartow County Jail.  Reports from the Polk County Jail (weekdays). Updates from Cartersville Police. Plus: Safety, crime fighting tips. Floyd County Jail:  4 a.m. 8 a.m. 8 p.m.  Name Race Sex Age Cell Block Arrest Date BRUCE,… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Gordon officials ask public to stay away from storm-hit eastern side of the county. Nearly 400 without power there; 65 others near Coosa.

Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Gordon officials ask public to stay away from storm-hit eastern side of the county. Nearly 400 without power there; 65 others near Coosa.

  THE LATEST Gordon County Public Safety Officials are requesting “the public to not be “sightseeing” for the storm damage on the east side of the county. Public Safety and Public Works crews are trying to serve these areas and need all unnecessary traffic to remain off of the roadways.” Several reports into the National… Read more

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Brooks Mathis returns to Rome as director of marketing at Greater Community Bank. Aundi Lesley named Rome’s Downtown Development director. Alicia Durden joins River City Bank as chief operations officer.

Brooks Mathis returns to Rome as director of marketing at Greater Community Bank. Aundi Lesley named Rome’s Downtown Development director. Alicia Durden joins River City Bank as chief operations officer.

Media release: The Board of Directors of Greater Community Bank is pleased to welcome Brooks Mathis as Director of Marketing. Mathis will be responsible for direction and monitoring of the bank’s overall marketing, advertising, and charitable contributions. With more than 15 years of marketing and development experience, he most recently served as a consultant with… Read more

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COVID updates: Gordon County Jail the latest to deal with virus concerns: 1 inmate, 2 jail staffers, others awaiting test results.

COVID updates: Gordon County Jail the latest to deal with virus concerns: 1 inmate, 2 jail staffers, others awaiting test results.

In context: A second jail and sheriff’s office is dealing with coronavirus concerns. The first was Chattooga County last week and now, Gordon County Jail. Media release: Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston says a county jail inmate has tested positive for COVID 19. This inmate had been sent for medical treatment for an unrelated condition.… Read more

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Mega load: Floyd County’s Preston Peck nurtures Carolina Cross seeds to state-champion 108-pound watermelon.

Mega load: Floyd County’s Preston Peck nurtures Carolina Cross seeds to state-champion 108-pound watermelon.

  Media release: The Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest offers the opportunity to exhibit knowledge and ability to cultivate and grow one or more watermelons over a regulated period of time. Growing the heaviest watermelon incorporates the basic aptitude of measurement concepts. Preparation skills, research abilities, and patience in this field of agricultural and environmental… Read more

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State Patrol: Trion motorcyclist dies in collision in Chattooga County on Sunday. Rydal man died in Gordon County accident on Saturday.

State Patrol: Trion motorcyclist dies in collision in Chattooga County on Sunday. Rydal man died in Gordon County accident on Saturday.

  From the Georgia State Patrol: On August 2, 2020, at 2:07 p.m.,  Cpl. Doug Shamblin was dispatched to a traffic crash on U.S. 27 near Lake Wanda Rieta Road.  The crash involved a BMW motorcycle and a Pontiac Montana van. The Pontiac’s driver attempted to turn south onto 27 1 from a parking lot. … Read more

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Heritage First Headlines. 8 die in weekend COVID cases, 5 in Bartow, 3 in Polk. Floyd County Schools have return-to-class updates. Rome High band practice stopped as one case suspected. Rome victim fighting parole for repeat sex offender.

Heritage First Headlines. 8 die in weekend COVID cases, 5 in Bartow, 3 in Polk. Floyd County Schools have return-to-class updates. Rome High band practice stopped as one case suspected. Rome victim fighting parole for repeat sex offender.

  Today’s first headlines: Sunday: 3 die from Polk, one from Bartow. That’s eight local deaths in 48 hours. Regional toll now at 109. Another 82 test positive in five-county area Floyd County Schools updates the ‘return to school” guidelines, color codes. New: Superintendent to post weekly status report; frequently asked questions list. Rome High… Read more

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Monday: 66 coronavirus patients in Floyd, Redmond; 109 hospitalized in Northwest Georgia. 47 more positive tests.

Monday: 66 coronavirus patients in Floyd, Redmond; 109 hospitalized in Northwest Georgia. 47 more positive tests.

Monday afternoon: Floyd, Redmond each have 33 coronavirus patients on Monday afternoon (66 total) with two others awaiting test results.  Georgia will top 200,000 cases by Wednesday; another 2,271 positive tests back as of Monday. Latest updates.  State deaths: 3,842, an increase of 2 victims over the past 24 hours. The state’s first death was March… Read more

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Haunted by a 2002 assault in Rome, victim leads efforts to stop tentative parole for convicted rapist, child molester.

Haunted by a 2002 assault in Rome, victim leads efforts to stop tentative parole for convicted rapist, child molester.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net While out on an early morning run in the summer of 2002, Denise Biersmith never expected to be confronted by a convicted sexual predator on the lake trail behind Georgia Highlands College. Her encounter with Billy Edgar Murrell continues to haunt her and now that he has been granted a tentative… Read more

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Floyd County Schools updates the ‘return to school’ guidelines, color codes. New: Superintendent to post weekly status report; frequently asked questions list.

Floyd County Schools updates the ‘return to school’ guidelines, color codes. New: Superintendent to post weekly status report; frequently asked questions list.

    The Floyd County Board of Education has released an updated “return to school” plan with in-person classes still set for Aug. 13. Enrollment into the “virtual academy” continues through Wednesday, Aug. 5. The color code — green, yellow, orange and red — has been reset and is based on the percentage of “individual… Read more

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Rome High band practice canceled until COVID-19 test results return on ‘students.’

Rome High band practice canceled until COVID-19 test results return on ‘students.’

  All weekend, parents have been asking about reports of one or more band members at Rome High either having coronavirus or exhibiting symptoms. On Saturday, Hometown emailed inquiries to Superintendent Lou Byars as well as the communication’s director. There has not been a response. Sunday morning, a parent shared the above note from Chad… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Latest high school football updates; statewide daily football report resumes today. Braves beat Mets Sunday,  go for sweep tonight. Falcons’ latest roster moves, COVID updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Latest high school football updates; statewide daily football report resumes today. Braves beat Mets Sunday, go for sweep tonight. Falcons’ latest roster moves, COVID updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through and Door Dash. Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday. HIGH SCHOOL Georgia High School Football Daily, a free service, returns today: “The first issue of Georgia High School Football Daily is coming Monday a.m.… Read more

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Obituaries: Mr. Forrest Tifton Cooper, Mr. Gerald Lee Nickles.

Obituaries: Mr. Forrest Tifton Cooper, Mr. Gerald Lee Nickles.

Mr. Gerald Lee Nickles, age 58, of Centre, AL, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020, at his residence. Mr. Nickles was born in Floyd County, Georgia on December 22, 1961, son of the late Casper Wister Nickles, Jr. and the late Jeanette Arp Nickles.  He was a graduate of Model High School and was… Read more

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Area hospitals report  they’re not at capacity as surge in coronavirus patients continues. What to know.

Area hospitals report they’re not at capacity as surge in coronavirus patients continues. What to know.

  The current surge of coronavirus cases is stressing Georgia’s hospitals as shown in the above chart. So far, hospitals in Rome, Cartersville and Calhoun are doing OK even as their patient count increases. Representatives from the healthcare centers cautioned that the COVID-19 patient census varies by the hour, much less each day, but report… Read more

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Rome Police: Bicyclist hit by car near Stonebridge Golf Course and airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center; in stable condition.

Rome Police: Bicyclist hit by car near Stonebridge Golf Course and airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center; in stable condition.

  Rome Police confirm a female bicyclist was struck by a vehicle on Old Summerville Road near Stonebridge Golf Course on Saturday morning. According to Officer Brummit, the bicyclist, identified as Susan Mullis, 74, was traveling northbound on Old Summerville Road. Her husband’s Facebook post said she was in stable condition Saturday night in the… Read more

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