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Floyd County: Jones Mill Road to be closed Oct. 28-31 because of the air show; changes at remote site as well.

Floyd County: Jones Mill Road to be closed Oct. 28-31 because of the air show; changes at remote site as well.

  From Floyd County Government: Because of roadway traffic from the Wings Over North Georgia Airshow, Jones Mill Road will be closed to through traffic on the upcoming dates and times for safety reasons: Thursday, October 28, 2021 – CLOSED 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 29, 2021 – CLOSED 11:00 a.m. – 5:00… Read more

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Education: 2021 graduation rates from area schools mostly top state average. Calhoun High highest at 100%; Chattooga finishes below state average.

Education: 2021 graduation rates from area schools mostly top state average. Calhoun High highest at 100%; Chattooga finishes below state average.

Media release: Georgia’s high-school graduation rate did not change significantly from 2020 to 2021 – the 2021 rate is 83.7 percent, compared to 83.8 percent in 2020. Georgia’s graduation rate has increased by 14 percentage points since 2012. A total of 102 Georgia school districts and 223 schools recorded graduation rates at or above 90 percent. Thirty-seven… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Sunny skies, highs of 73 to 79 before storms, some rain possible Monday.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Sunny skies, highs of 73 to 79 before storms, some rain possible Monday.

  OUTLOOK Sunny, warmer weekend with rain, maybe a few storms over midday Monday. FORECAST Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49. Calm wind. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Sunday… Read more

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Obituaries: Mr. William Franklin “Skipper” Baker, Mr. Larry Darrnell Cox, Mrs. Helen Jeanette Patterson Lashely.

Obituaries: Mr. William Franklin “Skipper” Baker, Mr. Larry Darrnell Cox, Mrs. Helen Jeanette Patterson Lashely.

Mr. William Franklin “Skipper” Baker, age 73, of Lindale, GA, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021, at his residence. Mr. Baker was born in Rome, GA on October 27, 1947, son of the late Paul Edward Baker, Sr., and the late Myrtle Frances Fricks Baker.  He was also preceded in death by a nephew, Paul… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant scores: No updates from Friday; latest from Thursday.

Dining: Public Health restaurant scores: No updates from Friday; latest from Thursday.

FLOYD McDonald’s, Shorter Avenue, 96. Seven Hills Nutrition, Shorter, 93. BARTOW Econolodge, breakfast, 100. Fire It Up, dining, base and mobile, all 87. El Dorado, 93. Taco Bell, West Avenue. 100. GORDON Hardee’s, Calhoun, 84. POLK No reports. CHATTOOGA No reports. Read more

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Heritage First Headlines. Week ends with 6 COVID deaths, 7 ‘probable’ deaths. Shorter site switches from lube jobs to eyecare. ‘Sequel’ to Rome Cinemas’ sale. Guest column on Gabby Petito case and what needs to be done. Saturday voting for most today; Sunday in Floyd as well.

Heritage First Headlines. Week ends with 6 COVID deaths, 7 ‘probable’ deaths. Shorter site switches from lube jobs to eyecare. ‘Sequel’ to Rome Cinemas’ sale. Guest column on Gabby Petito case and what needs to be done. Saturday voting for most today; Sunday in Floyd as well.

Today’s first headlines: 6 COVID deaths in NW Georgia on Friday; 7 more probable deaths. 41 virus patients in Floyd, Redmond, lowest since early August. No COVID tests Saturday at fairgrounds. Public Health to start Moderna, J&J boosters. Business: Shorter site transforms from autos to eyecare. Sequel to Rome Cinemas sale: 500 storage units, 12… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Tonight’s Atlanta Braves-Dodgers game shifts to 8 p.m. Berry tops Hendrix. Earlier: Friday night’s high school scores. Next Friday’s Cartersville-Calhoun game on GPB.  Braves host Dodgers in game six at 5 this evening (TBS). Berry game advance vs. Hendrix today; Shorter also on the road. Falcons at Dolphins on Sunday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Tonight’s Atlanta Braves-Dodgers game shifts to 8 p.m. Berry tops Hendrix. Earlier: Friday night’s high school scores. Next Friday’s Cartersville-Calhoun game on GPB. Braves host Dodgers in game six at 5 this evening (TBS). Berry game advance vs. Hendrix today; Shorter also on the road. Falcons at Dolphins on Sunday.

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Self-serve, drive-through, curbside, Door Dash. Mount Berry Mall, 7 a.m. curbside breakfast; 9 a.m. inside; open until 8:30 p.m. Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday. BASEBALL 8 p.m. start for Braves-Dodgers game tonight. The time has shifted from 5 this evening. TBS has the broadast. FOOTBALL Berry Vikings… Read more

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Dining: A taste of Puerto Rico now open in Calhoun at Boriken Restaurant. Permits approved for alcohol at new Fairfield Inn (restaurant planned), wine at Eggs Up Grill — and ‘drag show’ returns to Tortaco on Broad.

Dining: A taste of Puerto Rico now open in Calhoun at Boriken Restaurant. Permits approved for alcohol at new Fairfield Inn (restaurant planned), wine at Eggs Up Grill — and ‘drag show’ returns to Tortaco on Broad.

    Here’s a genre we don’t see a lot in Northwest Georgia: Puerto Rica cuisine. We have friends, natives of Puerto Rico, who frequent several such restaurants in Atlanta and maybe one or two a bit closer to Rome but none this close. It appears Borkien Restaurant off South Wall Street in Calhoun has… Read more

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Rome Police: ‘There is no evidence of an attempted abduction’ outside a Rome medical office — or other locations — this week.

Rome Police: ‘There is no evidence of an attempted abduction’ outside a Rome medical office — or other locations — this week.

For the past 36 hours, area Facebook posts have shared “reports” spawned by a situation outside a medical office The initial report has been embelished to include other locations, similar events, the overall appearance of the victim, etc. All are false, based on Rome Police reports and statements. At 1:10 Thursday afternoon, following two days… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Watch morning fog. Sunny skies, rising temperatures through Sunday and then a new chance of rain. Recap of Thursday night’s storm.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Watch morning fog. Sunny skies, rising temperatures through Sunday and then a new chance of rain. Recap of Thursday night’s storm.

THE LATEST .PATCHY DENSE FOG THIS MORNING ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH GEORGIA… Some patchy dense fog will restrict visibilities to less than one-quarter of a mile across portions of far north Georgia. The fog should lift after 9 AM. If driving this morning, slow down, use low-beam headlights and leave extra distance between you and… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports:  Atlanta Braves hit hard, fall 11-2. Armuchee pounded by Trion, 48-7. Tonight: Get updates scores from our SportsStream list.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Atlanta Braves hit hard, fall 11-2. Armuchee pounded by Trion, 48-7. Tonight: Get updates scores from our SportsStream list.

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Self-serve, drive-through, curbside, Door Dash. Mount Berry Mall, 7 a.m. curbside breakfast; 9 a.m. inside; open until 8:30 p.m. Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday. HIGH SCHOOL John McClellan’s high school picks: Your first look at the playoffs plus this week’s games. McClellan This week’s games: Track tonight’s… Read more

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Obituaries: Mrs. Dana Roy Gerald, Mr. James Willis “Jim” Lynch, Mr. Merroll J. Smith, Mr. M. Drew Vann, Ms. Jackie Foster Yates.

Obituaries: Mrs. Dana Roy Gerald, Mr. James Willis “Jim” Lynch, Mr. Merroll J. Smith, Mr. M. Drew Vann, Ms. Jackie Foster Yates.

  Mr. M. Drew Vann, age 93, of Rome, passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at his residence. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 1:30pm at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.  The Rev. Max Tucker will officiate.  The American Legion Post #5 Honor guard will present military honors. The family will… Read more

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Heritage First Headlines. Dining updates on Puerto Rican restaurant in Calhoun, new alcohol permits, ‘drag show’ downtown. Rome Police: No attempted abduction occurred. Education updates.

Heritage First Headlines. Dining updates on Puerto Rican restaurant in Calhoun, new alcohol permits, ‘drag show’ downtown. Rome Police: No attempted abduction occurred. Education updates.

Today’s first headlines: Dining: A taste of Puerto Rico now open in Calhoun at Boriken Restaurant. Permits approved for alcohol at new Fairfield Inn (restaurant planned), wine at Eggs Up Grill — and ‘drag show’ returns to Tortaco on Broad. Rome Police: ‘There is no evidence of an attempted abduction’ outside a Rome medical office… Read more

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Business: First look at the Crestwood community off Ga. 53 with homes starting at $182,900. It is Rome’s first new subdivision in 20 years.  Also: Bank updates.

Business: First look at the Crestwood community off Ga. 53 with homes starting at $182,900. It is Rome’s first new subdivision in 20 years. Also: Bank updates.

  As site work continues, Smith Douglas Homes is making major progress on Crestwood, called the first new subdivision in Rome city limits in 20 years. Earlier this week, the site map showing the projeced lot lines was released, followed Wednesday by initial pricing (starting at $182,900). Planned are 57 homes –some ranch-style, some two-story… Read more

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Local work force grows to 41,000, highest in 13 months. First-time unemployment claims mostly down vs. August and September 2020.

Local work force grows to 41,000, highest in 13 months. First-time unemployment claims mostly down vs. August and September 2020.

The first look at September’s jobs report is a good one: The work force for Rome/Floyd County (which takes in those commuting here from surrounding counties) rose to 41,000, the highest point in at least he last 13 months. Also, first-time unemployment claims were down from both August of this year and September 2020 in… Read more

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Education: Rome’s 2021 Teacher of the Year goes to Ashley Anglin. The Support Employee of the Year is Teresa Price.

Education: Rome’s 2021 Teacher of the Year goes to Ashley Anglin. The Support Employee of the Year is Teresa Price.

Media release:  On Oct. 19, after the monthly school board meeting, system leadership set aside some time to announce this year’s Teacher and Support Employee of the Year during a banquet organized in their honor. Rome City Schools Superintendent Louis Byars welcomed those in attendance, including the candidates for Teacher and Support Employee of the… Read more

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