Author Archives: hometownheadlines

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. High school basketball playoffs scores. Final day for half price registration for Leprechaun-a-thon.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. High school basketball playoffs scores. Final day for half price registration for Leprechaun-a-thon.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. SPORTS HEADLINES Starting tonight: State High School Basketball Tournament first round Match-ups (courtesy of John McClellan) All are Friday games unless otherwise noted. GIRLS First Round Games: Bracket links are in each classification; just click Class 5A for the bracket. Class… Read more

Share Button
Latest Heritage First Headlines. Huge break in suspected Bartow/West Virginia drug smuggling case — and maybe more? Two parks and rec administrators who had been on leave resign; police to review next. Price to build 6 indoor tennis courts nearly half what it cost to build 60-court tennis center.  4 to 6 inches of rain forecast Saturday through next week.

Latest Heritage First Headlines. Huge break in suspected Bartow/West Virginia drug smuggling case — and maybe more? Two parks and rec administrators who had been on leave resign; police to review next. Price to build 6 indoor tennis courts nearly half what it cost to build 60-court tennis center. 4 to 6 inches of rain forecast Saturday through next week.

LATEST HEADLINES Updates from the Floyd County and Bartow County jails. MORNING REPORT Huge break in case against 3 Bartow men charged in suspected drug ring: Chappell pleads guilty, cooperating with task force also investigating case of dismembered woman found here. He won’t face prosecution ‘for distribution of a controlled substance resulting in injury or… Read more

Share Button
Huge break in case against 3 Bartow men charged in suspected drug ring: Chappell pleads guilty, cooperating with task force also investigating case of dismembered woman found here. He won’t face prosecution ‘for distribution of a controlled substance resulting in injury or death’ last August, WV News reports.

Huge break in case against 3 Bartow men charged in suspected drug ring: Chappell pleads guilty, cooperating with task force also investigating case of dismembered woman found here. He won’t face prosecution ‘for distribution of a controlled substance resulting in injury or death’ last August, WV News reports.

  Story lines: Thursday’s guilty plea by one of three Cartersville men charged in what authorities call a conspiracy to run narcotics from Bartow County to West Virginia is a huge breakthrough in the case. William Chappell agreed to cooperate with federal investigators who are handling the drug case; the task force also is investigating… Read more

Share Button
Parks & Rec shake-up: Two senior employees who had been on administrative leave since Cowling’s exit both resigned Thursday. Floyd County Police asked to review the case.

Parks & Rec shake-up: Two senior employees who had been on administrative leave since Cowling’s exit both resigned Thursday. Floyd County Police asked to review the case.

  Update from Floyd County Government: “Two Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Department employees gave their resignations to Floyd County Human Resources effective Thursday.  This concludes the administrative investigation into the department and a request has been made to the Floyd County Police Department to look over the information for any potential criminal wrongdoing. Any future… Read more

Share Button
Estimate to add six indoor courts to tennis center jumps by $1 million to $5 million; current 60-court complex paid for by $11.4 million SPLOST package.

Estimate to add six indoor courts to tennis center jumps by $1 million to $5 million; current 60-court complex paid for by $11.4 million SPLOST package.

An addition to the 31-month-old Rome Tennis Center at Berry College to house six indoor, temperature controlled courts already is being called “one of the largest in the nation.” But with a price tag now set at $5 million — nearly half the $11.4 million voters agreed to tax themselves to fund the original 60-court… Read more

Share Button
Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rain — lots of it — due next week. Estimates start at 4 to 6 inches between Saturday, next Thursday.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rain — lots of it — due next week. Estimates start at 4 to 6 inches between Saturday, next Thursday.

THE LATEST Last fall, forecasters predicted we’d see a wet winter and that’s exactly what happened in December and January.  Rainfall has been light this month but that’s about to change as four to six inches of rain — and perhaps up to eight inches in extreme Northwest Georgia — is on the way. We’ll… Read more

Share Button
We Ride to Provide donates emergency medical gear for K9 officers working with Floyd County Police, Sheriff’s Office, Rome Police.

We Ride to Provide donates emergency medical gear for K9 officers working with Floyd County Police, Sheriff’s Office, Rome Police.

  Media release: The Floyd County Police Department is pleased to accept a donation from We Ride to Provide, a K9 officer support group that provides survival equipment at no cost to law enforcement and K9 officers. Sgt. Shea Hovers with K9 Lex and Sgt. Matt Henry with K9 Blaze received emergency medical kits this week… Read more

Share Button
Buzz: YMCA offers 100 scholarships for free swim/water safety lessons. CASA training set for Saturdays in March; how to help. Finster Fest 2019 gets $10,000 arts grant.

Buzz: YMCA offers 100 scholarships for free swim/water safety lessons. CASA training set for Saturdays in March; how to help. Finster Fest 2019 gets $10,000 arts grant.

The YMCA of Rome and Floyd County is launching Safety Around Water, a program to engage and educate parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more of America’s youth access to water safety lessons. The program will focus on reaching African American and Hispanic communities in Rome and Floyd County where risk of drowning among children… Read more

Share Button
Obituaries: Mrs. Reba Inez Brock Allen, Jason Walter Graves, Loretta Sue King, Timothy Cary Walters.

Obituaries: Mrs. Reba Inez Brock Allen, Jason Walter Graves, Loretta Sue King, Timothy Cary Walters.

  Jason Walter Graves, age 41 of Rome passed away February 12, 2019 in a local hospital. Jason was born November 11, 1977, in Floyd County, a son of Donna Brandon Maldonado, and the late Walter JR Graves. He was a member of Dykes Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by uncle, Gordon… Read more

Share Button
Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores for Thursday.

Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores for Thursday.

FLOYD Bean’ry at Berry College, 100. Java City at Berry College, 100. Rome High School, 100. BARTOW LongHorn Steakhouse, 91. GORDON No reports. POLK No reports. CHATTOOGA No reports. Read more

Share Button
Kemps, Dempsey, Hufstetler unveil state Crisis and Access Line app, a 24/7 hotline offering free, confidential access to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kemps, Dempsey, Hufstetler unveil state Crisis and Access Line app, a 24/7 hotline offering free, confidential access to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Thursday morning, Gov. Brian Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp and state officials announced a new mobile application to support the Georgia Crisis and Access Line, a 24/7 hotline offering free and confidential access to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Traveling across the state, Marty and I have heard firsthand from parents,… Read more

Share Button
Business: RaceTrac confirms West Rome location, 20 to 25 additional jobs, by early 2020. It joins the new store rising on Main Street in Cartersville near I-75.

Business: RaceTrac confirms West Rome location, 20 to 25 additional jobs, by early 2020. It joins the new store rising on Main Street in Cartersville near I-75.

    Rumored for almost two years, West Rome will soon see a RaceTrac at the corner of Shorter Avenue and Coker Drive across the road from Jack’s restaurant. Megan Shannon, a representative from the Atlanta-based retailer, says the upsized convenience store “will be similar to the Armuchee location, which is our new 5,500-square-foot model.… Read more

Share Button
Kemp pushing Patients First Act designed to “a step toward lowering insurance premiums, enhancing access to quality care and improving health outcomes in every part of our state.”

Kemp pushing Patients First Act designed to “a step toward lowering insurance premiums, enhancing access to quality care and improving health outcomes in every part of our state.”

On radio: Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan will join us at 7:40 a.m. Friday on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM. Our first question will be about the healthcare package. Media release: On Wednesday, the Patients First Act (SB 106) was introduced in the Georgia State Senate by Gov. Brian Kemp’s Floor Leader,… Read more

Share Button
Health: Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Zachary Solomon joins Harbin Clinic. Floyd EMS adds station in Cedar Bluff.

Health: Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Zachary Solomon joins Harbin Clinic. Floyd EMS adds station in Cedar Bluff.

Harbin Clinic welcomes Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Zachary Solomon.  Media release:As he scrubbed in on his first heart surgery, Dr. Zachary Solomon admits his own heart was racing. “It was during the third year of my residency and my mentor was replacing an aortic valve,”  Solomon recalls. “That’s the valve that separates the heart from the blood vessel… Read more

Share Button
Buzz: Update on open house Tuesday for 411 Connector project.  ‘Untamed: Our Words in Our Voices’ women’s empowerment production set for Feb. 22-23. Pruning tips available Saturday.

Buzz: Update on open house Tuesday for 411 Connector project. ‘Untamed: Our Words in Our Voices’ women’s empowerment production set for Feb. 22-23. Pruning tips available Saturday.

  Join Rome City Arborist Terry Paige and Floyd County Extension Agent Keith Mickler for a pruning demonstration on Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. at Chieftains Museum. Courtney W. Davidson, who recently moved to Rome from Lexington, presents Kentucky in August, “Untamed: Our Words in Our Voices,” an evening of empowering women in theater. Tapping… Read more

Share Button
Education: Rome High senior Anthony Linatoc earns four-year Army ROTC scholarship to North Georgia. Georgia Northwestern offers free GED practice test Feb. 28.

Education: Rome High senior Anthony Linatoc earns four-year Army ROTC scholarship to North Georgia. Georgia Northwestern offers free GED practice test Feb. 28.

  Rome High School senior and  Air Force Junior ROTC student Anthony Linatoc, center, proudly displays his award of a four-year scholarship to the Army ROTC program at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. Retired Air Force Col. Seaborn Whately (left) and retired Air Force Master Sgt.  Keith Thrash (right) are the lead instructors… Read more

Share Button