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Buzz: Gas prices jump 10 cents a gallon in Floyd, 11 cents in Chattooga. Rome Kiwanis Club is selling peaches with proceeds providing scholarships for local students.

Buzz: Gas prices jump 10 cents a gallon in Floyd, 11 cents in Chattooga. Rome Kiwanis Club is selling peaches with proceeds providing scholarships for local students.

  Georgia gas prices  increased at the pump compared to a week ago.  Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $1.73 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 7 cents more than a week ago, 9 cents more than last month, and 89 cents less than this time last year. It now costs motorists $25.95 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $15.15… Continue Reading

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Your week ahead: Downtown Rome Memorial  Day service photos. Next: YMCA reopens Tuesday; advance voting returns (plus Saturday voting this week).

Your week ahead: Downtown Rome Memorial Day service photos. Next: YMCA reopens Tuesday; advance voting returns (plus Saturday voting this week).

    The Rome Area History Center was the site of a Memorial Day Salute to Veterans on Monday at 11:30 a.m. The tribute will be held outside, in the front of the history center at 305 Broad St. The Shanklin Attaway Post 5 performed a 21-gun salute to honor and remember everyone who has died serving in the American armed… Continue Reading

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‘Irresistible,’ starring Steve Carell and partially shot in Rockmart, will now be on demand in late June; with theaters mostly closed, this Friday’s scheduled debut is canceled.

‘Irresistible,’ starring Steve Carell and partially shot in Rockmart, will now be on demand in late June; with theaters mostly closed, this Friday’s scheduled debut is canceled.

Rockmart’s premiere on the big screen has been downsized. Fans waiting to see Jon Stewart’s political comedy “Irresistible,” partly taped in Rockmart and starring Steve Carell who spent ample time on Rome’s Broad Street during the shoot, “is forgoing a theatrical release and will instead debut on digital rental services in June,” according to Variety. It… Continue Reading

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Calhoun’s 1-108th Cavalry Squadron remembers fallen members on Memorial Day, including two from our area.

Calhoun’s 1-108th Cavalry Squadron remembers fallen members on Memorial Day, including two from our area.

  The Calhoun-based 1-108th Cavalry Squadron is remembering fallen friends in a series fo Memorial Day weekend posts. Two of those who gave all were tied to Northwest Georgia. Their profiles are below. For additional remembrances, please visit the squadron’s Facebook page.     Continue Reading

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Buzz: Curbside service coming soon to Sara Hightower Regional Library System. Floyd Commission meeting Tuesday via Zoom, two public hearings on agenda.

Buzz: Curbside service coming soon to Sara Hightower Regional Library System. Floyd Commission meeting Tuesday via Zoom, two public hearings on agenda.

The Floyd County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, May 26, 2020, virtually through the ZOOM app.  The meeting will also be broadcast on Facebook Live.  The agenda is attached. The meeting beginning at 6:00pm.  We will not be hosting a caucus for this meeting.  The direct link will be sent to you through email.  All… Continue Reading

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Rome Area History Center plans Memorial Day Salute to Veterans on Monday at 11:30 a.m.

Rome Area History Center plans Memorial Day Salute to Veterans on Monday at 11:30 a.m.

Media release: The Rome Area History Center is hosting a Memorial Day Salute to Veterans on Monday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m. The tribute will be held outside, in the front of the history center at 305 Broad St. The Shanklin Attaway Post 5 will perform at 21-gun salute to honor and remember everyone who has… Continue Reading

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Honoring America’s fallen: Armuchee Ruritan Club, local partners line Martha Berry with flags in tribute.

Honoring America’s fallen: Armuchee Ruritan Club, local partners line Martha Berry with flags in tribute.

Take a drive along Martha Berry this weekend if you need a reminder of what Memorial Day is about. The Armuchee Ruritan Club has assembled a wonderful display of American flags up and down the highway in honor of those who died in service to America. Below please find a list of those who partnered… Continue Reading

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Keith Mickler’s Rome Grown:  Ticks bad already? (Answer: Yes!) It’s not even summer yet.

Keith Mickler’s Rome Grown: Ticks bad already? (Answer: Yes!) It’s not even summer yet.

  By Keith Mickler County Coordinator and Agriculture Agent It seems that I am getting questions on a daily basis regarding ticks and how to get rid of them. I don’t know about you but I hate ticks, they creep me out. These little critters are nothing but blood-sucking, disease-transmitting scumbags. Oh, did I mention… Continue Reading

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Scouts: Pandemic, safety concerns cancel summer programs at Camp Sidney Dew.

Scouts: Pandemic, safety concerns cancel summer programs at Camp Sidney Dew.

  In context: It is something every scout looks forward to each year — summer camp. But because of the pandemic, those plans will have to wait another year. Here’s the update from the Northwest Georgia Council of the Scouts: Dear Scouting family, First and foremost, we hope that this post finds you and your… Continue Reading

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Rome City Commission meeting ends with talk about minority businesses, the pandemic relief efforts and incorporating ‘black and brown’ owners into mainstream operations.

Rome City Commission meeting ends with talk about minority businesses, the pandemic relief efforts and incorporating ‘black and brown’ owners into mainstream operations.

PPP funds and minority communites: Mayor Bill Collins, at the close of Monday’s meeting, expressed his concerns — and response — to whether some of the money in the recovey act made it to minority business owners in Rome. He told of a recent meeting with many of the local bank presidents as well as… Continue Reading

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Buzz: As gas prices rise, Floyd’s average still under $1.60 a gallon. Hydrant flow testing in the downtown Rome begins Wednesday. Road closure. DOT suspends highway work over holiday.

Buzz: As gas prices rise, Floyd’s average still under $1.60 a gallon. Hydrant flow testing in the downtown Rome begins Wednesday. Road closure. DOT suspends highway work over holiday.

Georgia gas prices  increased slightly at the pump compared to a week ago.  Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $1.66 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 2 cents more than a week ago, 2 cents less than last month, and 99 cents less than this time last year. It now costs motorists $24.90 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $16.20… Continue Reading

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Your week ahead: Sheriff’s forum on mental health. Parts of widened Ga. 140 open. High school drive-through, virtual graduations.

Your week ahead: Sheriff’s forum on mental health. Parts of widened Ga. 140 open. High school drive-through, virtual graduations.

  Above: A 15-minute video from Pepperell High Principal Jamey Alcorn on Friday night’s drive-through graduation service. Today-Friday. Advance voting starts throughout Northwest Georgia and continues until June 5 with two caveats: Saturday voting on May 30 and no voting on May 25 because of the Memorial Day holiday. In Floyd County: At the Rome Civic… Continue Reading

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Rome City Commission to consider temporary downtown public consumption plan to help restaurants; proposal comes from the Alcohol Control Commission.

Rome City Commission to consider temporary downtown public consumption plan to help restaurants; proposal comes from the Alcohol Control Commission.

  With restaurants and downtown merchants in different times because of the pandemic, Rome City commissioners are being asked again to consider a temporary public consumption option for downtown Rome. Even as some restaurants resume dine-in service, there’s still a big demand for curbside and other pickup service. The concept is to allow a patron… Continue Reading

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Hospital Flyover on May 14, 2020: A 10-image gallery courtesy of Mills Fitzner.

Hospital Flyover on May 14, 2020: A 10-image gallery courtesy of Mills Fitzner.

The Air Force Reserve’s 94th Airlift Wing flew C-130H3 Hercules aircraft over North Georgia hospitals Thursday afternoon as a salute to health care workers, first responders and essential workers for their efforts during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These awesome images were captured by Rome photographer Mills Fitzner.   Continue Reading

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90-second video of the C130 flyover of Rome by David Boylan. New: Downtown view from Michael Baker.

90-second video of the C130 flyover of Rome by David Boylan. New: Downtown view from Michael Baker.

Or this 21-second video from Michael Baker taken from downtown Rome.   Continue Reading

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Major stretches of four-laned Ga. 140 open on Wednesday, starting just east of Shannon (Ga. 140/53).

Major stretches of four-laned Ga. 140 open on Wednesday, starting just east of Shannon (Ga. 140/53).

  From Georgia DOT: Weather permitting, traffic on Ga. 140 will shift to new lanes from Prosperity Way to the Floyd/Bartow county line. Traffic will shift back to the old lanes from there to Big Ditch Road. Traffic will shift once more to the new lanes before moving back to the old lanes just west… Continue Reading

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Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation: All parks, amenities at those parks reopen; farmers market starts June 6; swim, Parker Center closed for now.

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation: All parks, amenities at those parks reopen; farmers market starts June 6; swim, Parker Center closed for now.

In context: During the May 6 meeting of the Joint Services Committee, Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Executive Director Todd Wofford told city and county commissioners his staff was set on reopening area parks — including most amenities — on May 14. They’ve made that deadline as most return on Thursday. There are a few notes… Continue Reading

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