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Ridge Ferry Park getting an updated playground; current equipment to be removed starting Monday.

Ridge Ferry Park getting an updated playground; current equipment to be removed starting Monday.

  Media release: Ridge Ferry Park is getting an update thanks to SPLOST. A new playground is in the works as part of the 2017 SPLOST package. Parks and Recreation crews will begin removing the old playground on Monday, Aug. 3. A design for the new playground has been chosen and once the old one… Continue Reading

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Paula and Tim Blevins, Armuchee High grads and long connected to the business community, return to Rome to lead the Salvation Army.

Paula and Tim Blevins, Armuchee High grads and long connected to the business community, return to Rome to lead the Salvation Army.

  Media release: The Salvation Army of Rome is under new leadership. Lieutenants Tim and Paula Blevins returned to Rome on June 22. The change of leadership is part of routine appointment changes made through The Salvation Army every few years. The Blevins are first generation Salvationists and have committed their lives, skills and service completely… Continue Reading

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Buzz: New spin on Chieftains August barbecue. Ribbon cutting set for indoor tennis courts. Armuchee High student competes in state 4-H conference.

Buzz: New spin on Chieftains August barbecue. Ribbon cutting set for indoor tennis courts. Armuchee High student competes in state 4-H conference.

  Since 1942, State Congress has been the premiere competition and recognition event for high school age Georgia 4-H’ers. This year, it was virtual for health reasons. 4-H’ers across the state competed by submitting a video of their project presentation.  There were 50 project winners that will receive Master 4-H’er status and will be invited to… Continue Reading

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Newby Vineyard gets unanimous OK from Floyd County commissioners.

Newby Vineyard gets unanimous OK from Floyd County commissioners.

>Click the above to watch Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. William Newby went before the County Commission seeking rezoning from Suburban Residential to Agricultural Residential as well as a Special Use Permit for a winery for the property at 602D Billy Pyle Road. The project is known as Newby Vineyard and Winery. Involved are 58 acres. Newby first… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Mount Berry Trail open weekends only until finished. Reminder on food giveaway today at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.

Buzz: Mount Berry Trail open weekends only until finished. Reminder on food giveaway today at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.

A reminder about today’s food giveaway, open to all: Continue Reading

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Rome City Commission increases pay for police, firefighters effective Saturday.

Rome City Commission increases pay for police, firefighters effective Saturday.

Citing competition with other agencies, the Rome City Commission on Monday unanimously approved a pay hike for more than 250 police officers and firefighters. The above graphic breaks down the pay increases and the impact on the city budget. City Manager Sammy Rich pitched the increase, adding concerns about turnover (14 vacancies within Rome Police;… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Whit’s 9th Annual Lemonade and Cookie Stand is Wednesday (wear a mask!)

Buzz: Whit’s 9th Annual Lemonade and Cookie Stand is Wednesday (wear a mask!)

A community favorite returns this week. Whit Molnar’s Ninth Annual Lemonade and Cookie Stand will benefit the Open Door Home on Wednesday, July 29, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  at 210 E. Fourth St. in Rome. They’ve created a video to promote the benefit (please see link at the end). New this year: “We… Continue Reading

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Canceling fall? Pandemic causing organizers of festivals, races, fund-raisers to make some hard decisions. So far, some delays or virtual plans, others close to making the call.

Canceling fall? Pandemic causing organizers of festivals, races, fund-raisers to make some hard decisions. So far, some delays or virtual plans, others close to making the call.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation or postponement of many summer events and it looks like some big fall festivities may also be forced to make alternate plans. One classic late summer/early fall race is delayed; another will go virtual. Organizers of Northwest Georgia’s staple of fall festivals say they’ll… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Rome artist Cheryl Riner Hodge offers a colorful look at downtown Rome. Local gas prices dip a bit as July ends.

Buzz: Rome artist Cheryl Riner Hodge offers a colorful look at downtown Rome. Local gas prices dip a bit as July ends.

Rome artist Cheryl Riner Hodge has created quite a following, from creative takes on local landmarks to collectible Christmas bulbs. Now available at the tourism office’s gift shops — her take on downtown Rome. The collage includes the historic court houses, the DeSoto, the City Auditorium and more.   Georgia gas prices  declined slightly at… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Phase one of Mount Berry Trail now complete. City Commission meeting Monday, public hearing on rezoning on proposed senior development. County Commission meets Tuesday.

Buzz: Phase one of Mount Berry Trail now complete. City Commission meeting Monday, public hearing on rezoning on proposed senior development. County Commission meets Tuesday.

From City of Rome: The City of Rome Public Works placed the last 2,000 feet of pavement on Phase 1 of the Mount Berry Trail on Friday. This beautiful trail begins behind the U.S. Post Office off U.S. 27 and follows the banks of the Oostanaula River up to Big Dry Creek. Spriggs Construction was… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Peachy turnout for Kiwanis annual sale, pickup. Holy Manna Ministries offers food giveaway today to celebrate grand opening. Rotary clubs plan food giveaway on Wednesday; open to all.

Buzz: Peachy turnout for Kiwanis annual sale, pickup. Holy Manna Ministries offers food giveaway today to celebrate grand opening. Rotary clubs plan food giveaway on Wednesday; open to all.

Peach pickup time: The Kiwanis Club’s peach pickup was Friday at State Mutual Stadium. The Kiwanis offered easy, conactless pickup if needed. Club member John Pillsbury says the peach sale has helped raise more than $60,000 to help area students, schools and other cases supported by the club. This past spring, the club gave out $9,000… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Floyd Against Drugs names Dale L. Styers executive director. Rome Commission tax hearing today. Floyd School Board to talk school reopening Monday.

Buzz: Floyd Against Drugs names Dale L. Styers executive director. Rome Commission tax hearing today. Floyd School Board to talk school reopening Monday.

. Floyd Against Drugs announces the hiring of Dale L. Styers as its new Executive Director. Dale has previously served FAD as a volunteer, board president and program director. Dale has a Marketing Degree from Georgia State University. She retired to this area seven years ago and quickly found a passion giving her talents to… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Plastic bags for tote exchange this Saturday. Jim Bishop Tee Off Against Child Abuse set for Sept. 2.

Buzz: Plastic bags for tote exchange this Saturday. Jim Bishop Tee Off Against Child Abuse set for Sept. 2.

Plastic bag exchange this Saturday at Ridge Ferry Farmers Market: Bring a bundle of 25-plus plastic bags to exchange for a free, reusable “Litter Ain’t Lit” tote bag. Hours: 7-11 a.m. Sponsored by Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful. The 9th Annual Jim Bishop Memorial “Tee Off Against Child Abuse” Golf Tournament is set for Wednesday, Sept. 2… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Georgia bar exam canceled for Sept. 9-10. City, county meetings for today through Thursday.

Buzz: Georgia bar exam canceled for Sept. 9-10. City, county meetings for today through Thursday.

  Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announces the Supreme Court of Georgia has canceled the in-person Georgia bar examination that was scheduled for Sept. 9-10 at the Georgia International Convention Center. Due to public health concerns during the pandemic, an online exam will be administered Oct. 5-6 in its place. At that time, applicants will… Continue Reading

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What to know this week: From sports (high schools, Braves) to health (masks, COVID updates) to voting, what’s ahead in Northwest Georgia.

What to know this week: From sports (high schools, Braves) to health (masks, COVID updates) to voting, what’s ahead in Northwest Georgia.

  What we’re watching this week: SPORTS: Baseball: Atlanta Braves play exhibition games Tuesday, Wednesday; open season Friday at the Mets. MASKS A MUST: Many retailers already are requiring masks or will do so this week. Updated list from USA Today. Now mandatory for all patients, guests at Harbin Clinic locations. COVID-19: Daily updates on… Continue Reading

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