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Buzz: Four Rome Middle students saluted. Darlington hosts convocation (video and photos). Rome Christmas Parade is Dec. 3; theme: “Let it be Christmas Everywhere.”

Buzz: Four Rome Middle students saluted. Darlington hosts convocation (video and photos). Rome Christmas Parade is Dec. 3; theme: “Let it be Christmas Everywhere.”

    On Thursday, Aug, 22, four Rome Middle School students were honored by Rome Rotary as Terrific Students for the Month of August. Christina Tomlin, ShaymaaJabara, Haley Major and Chloe North were nominated by their teachers.They each excel in their studies and are model students through their positive attitude and enthusiasm, determination and effort… Continue Reading

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Rome Floyd Parks & Recreation teaming up with area colleges, high schools to present softball and baseball clinics. Also: Water aerobics with the Y.

Rome Floyd Parks & Recreation teaming up with area colleges, high schools to present softball and baseball clinics. Also: Water aerobics with the Y.

Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is teaming up with two local college softball programs to bring free skills sessions to players age 6 to 12. On Monday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m., Georgia Highlands College’s softball coaches and players will hold a softball skills clinic at Alto Park Upper Fields, focusing on hitting, pitching, throwing, base… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Rome International Film Festival returns Nov. 6-10 with extra focus on students. Traffic notes: Old Rockmart Road to close today for railroad work.  Eden Valley Road next Monday-Wednesday.

Buzz: Rome International Film Festival returns Nov. 6-10 with extra focus on students. Traffic notes: Old Rockmart Road to close today for railroad work. Eden Valley Road next Monday-Wednesday.

The Rome Area Council for the Arts has named the Rome International Film Festival the recipient of a $2,500 grant to enhance its new RIFF Student Scholars program which is geared toward high school and college students regionwide. The grant makes it possible to offer film festival passes to 100 students at a reduced rate.… Continue Reading

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CRBI has found four species of freshwater mussels on the Etowah River near Grizzard Park, the first in decades. Plus: Another recent find.

CRBI has found four species of freshwater mussels on the Etowah River near Grizzard Park, the first in decades. Plus: Another recent find.

 Adds Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, executive director of CRBI: “This is the first recording of mussels on this stretch of the … Etowah in decades. Exciting news on the Etowah just outside of Rome.” Demonbreun-Chapman recently was a guest on The Druck Report podcast series. In the final minutes of the interview, he talks about another… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Georgia Highlands’ local economic impact tops $177 million. Haunted on Broad tours will be lurking for you. Miracle Field season begins Saturday; ‘Challenger Brigade’ returns as well. Ribbon cutting for ER, helipad at Cartersville Medical Center.

Buzz: Georgia Highlands’ local economic impact tops $177 million. Haunted on Broad tours will be lurking for you. Miracle Field season begins Saturday; ‘Challenger Brigade’ returns as well. Ribbon cutting for ER, helipad at Cartersville Medical Center.

Georgia Highlands’ economic impact: Almost $180 million. The University System of Georgia recently released the USG’s total economic impact on the state of Georgia. Of the more than $17 billion reported by the USG as a whole, Georgia Highlands College’s contribution was nearly $180 million. GHC’s economic impact was exactly: $177,046,638. This represents an increase of… Continue Reading

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Remembering Mr. Vance Luke Sr., 100, who never stopped working to help others — including the day of his passing.

Remembering Mr. Vance Luke Sr., 100, who never stopped working to help others — including the day of his passing.

In memoriam: A Northwest Georgia legend has died. Vance Luke, a tireless, humble worker for good causes locally, in Mexico and Africa, has died roughly a month shy of his 101st birthday. As was perhaps fitting, he worked at God’s Farm on Temple on Saturday, the day he passed. He also had been hard at work… Continue Reading

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Media: Lot of changes for following high school football this fall as one radio station fades while webcasts are on the rise. Podcasts, too.

Media: Lot of changes for following high school football this fall as one radio station fades while webcasts are on the rise. Podcasts, too.

Calhoun High’s Yellow Jackets open the 2019 football season with a ton of changes. There’s a new head coach. Opening night will be at Barron Stadium on Thursday vs. Ridgeland as part of the Corky Kell Classic. Amid all that, the Yellow Jackets earned a no. 3 preseason ranking in the state’s AAA classification. And… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Lactation Consultant program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College earns rare accreditation.  Chiaha Guild of Arts and Crafts announces Arts Education Mini-Grant Program. Gordon-Floyd development authority meets Wednesday.

Buzz: Lactation Consultant program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College earns rare accreditation. Chiaha Guild of Arts and Crafts announces Arts Education Mini-Grant Program. Gordon-Floyd development authority meets Wednesday.

    The Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs granted initial accreditation to the Lactation Consultant program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The board acted upon the accreditation recommendation of the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee. Through the accreditation process, which includes a thorough review of the… Continue Reading

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Traffic: Garden Lakes Boulevard near the school closed for part of today. Replacement bridge in Chattooga will take four years. Gas prices dip again.

Traffic: Garden Lakes Boulevard near the school closed for part of today. Replacement bridge in Chattooga will take four years. Gas prices dip again.

Road closure today for railroad work: From the city of Rome. We “just now received word from Norfolk Southern that they will close Garden Lakes Boulevard at the railroad intersection (located close to Garden Lakes Elementary) on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Norfolk Southern is performing maintenance on the railroad. This… Continue Reading

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The Week: Schools in for Darlington, GNTC, GHC and Shorter. How to help Turn Your Back to Hate. High school football returns Thursday, Friday.

The Week: Schools in for Darlington, GNTC, GHC and Shorter. How to help Turn Your Back to Hate. High school football returns Thursday, Friday.

  Monday: Darlington students return to classes today. The Tigers are the last to start the 2019-20 school year among our public and private school systems. Georgia Northwestern Technical  College and Shorter University also start fall classes today while Berry College reports a week from today. At Georgia Highlands, classes started for some on Saturday… Continue Reading

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Rome author Todd LaBerge’s book, “Go Now,” available on Amazon. It offers poetry, advice and self-reflection.

Rome author Todd LaBerge’s book, “Go Now,” available on Amazon. It offers poetry, advice and self-reflection.

“Go Now,” written by Rome author Todd LaBerge, is poetry, advice and self reflection all in one book. In “Go Now,” LaBerge aims to encourage his readers with words of wisdom and hope. He started writing under the pen name “T.B. LaBerge” in 2011, and since then, his quotes have impacted and been shared with… Continue Reading

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PAWS celebrates 60 adoptions on Saturday as part of the Bow Wow Luau; that was half the adoptable pets on hand. #cleartheshelter

PAWS celebrates 60 adoptions on Saturday as part of the Bow Wow Luau; that was half the adoptable pets on hand. #cleartheshelter

Great news from Saturday’s Bow Wow Luau. If you missed your chance, the shelter at 99 North Ave. is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 until 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. For more: Facebook Continue Reading

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Cedartown native and GNTC alum Ryan Fincher to begin the WorldSkills Welding Competition in Russia this week

Cedartown native and GNTC alum Ryan Fincher to begin the WorldSkills Welding Competition in Russia this week

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus and SkillsUSA World Team Welder Ryan Fincher of Cedartown will begin the four-day WorldSkills Welding Competition, an elite international competition against the best welders from around the world, on Thursday, Aug. 22, in Kazan, Russia. The 45th WorldSkills Competition is the world championship of skills and is considered the most… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Pollinator ‘Pop-in’ next weekend. TEA Party meets Tuesday. More good news for Bill Peterson’s Otter’s Chicken chain.

Buzz: Pollinator ‘Pop-in’ next weekend. TEA Party meets Tuesday. More good news for Bill Peterson’s Otter’s Chicken chain.

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will host a Pollinator “Pop-In” event on Saturday, Aug. 24,  from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the museum campus. Chieftains will be participating in the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, which is a citizen science initiative where Georgians across the state count and record pollinators. Visitors will be able to take part in… Continue Reading

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Rome City Commission to ‘tap the brakes’ on urban camping/panhandling ordinances to allow for additional review. Community meeting remains set for noon Monday.

Rome City Commission to ‘tap the brakes’ on urban camping/panhandling ordinances to allow for additional review. Community meeting remains set for noon Monday.

In context: Four days after giving first reading to ordinances regarding “urban camping” and “panhandling,” the Rome City Commission is delaying further action until meeting with  “local agencies and organizations that work daily with the homeless population in Rome so that unintended consequences are avoided,” according to a media release. The full release is below. Devon… Continue Reading

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Polk, Paulding family comes in second as $100,000 prize on ABC’s ‘Family Food Fight’ goes to the Maniyas. Watch the short video.

Polk, Paulding family comes in second as $100,000 prize on ABC’s ‘Family Food Fight’ goes to the Maniyas. Watch the short video.

  Oh so close for Polk County resident Eddie Benefield, along with his sister, Tammy Nichols and her husband, Chris.  But the Maniya family takes the $100,000 prize home following Thursday’s finale of Family Food Fight on ABC.     Reminder: The season finale airs tonight at 9 on ABC. From a media release: A Northwest… Continue Reading

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United Way of Rome & Floyd County adopts new model to ‘proactively address the root causes of complex community challenges no one agency can take on alone.’

United Way of Rome & Floyd County adopts new model to ‘proactively address the root causes of complex community challenges no one agency can take on alone.’

Media release: Instead of merely allocating funds to programs run by other nonprofit organizations, the United Way of Rome & Floyd County has been hard at work making substantial changes to the way it serves our community. Prioritizing transparency and community-wide collaboration, the organization is focused on doing more to proactively address the root causes of… Continue Reading

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We the Church buys 19.5 acres off Ga. 101 near Saddle Mountain. The Lighthouse, a nondenominational church, launches Aug. 25.

We the Church buys 19.5 acres off Ga. 101 near Saddle Mountain. The Lighthouse, a nondenominational church, launches Aug. 25.

We The Church purchases 19.5 acres off Ga. 101 and Saddle Trail. As configured, the site goes from Ga. 101 back to Chateau Drive and abuts Saddlebrook Downs subdivision to the north.  Tom Sipp of Hardy Realty had the listing. Records show the asking price was $295,000 and it sold for $246,000. Founded in January 2016,… Continue Reading

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