Category Archives: Polk

CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia. Cartersville Police arrest shooting suspect. Federal law enforcement grants for Rome, Bartow County.

CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia. Cartersville Police arrest shooting suspect. Federal law enforcement grants for Rome, Bartow County.

. Law enforcement grants for Rome, Bartow county: U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler announce 15 counties and 18 cities in Georgia have received a total of $1.76 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants to  prevent and control crime based on local needs and conditions. Among them are the city of Rome, $14,330, and Bartow County,… Read more

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COVID on campus: 517 students, staff in quarantine at Floyd, Rome schools. Three new positive tests reported. At Berry: 36 students, 1 employee positive since Sunday.

COVID on campus: 517 students, staff in quarantine at Floyd, Rome schools. Three new positive tests reported. At Berry: 36 students, 1 employee positive since Sunday.

Floyd County Schools report: Click here for the latest Sept. 24: 331 overall quarantines; down 82; two new positives. Model High has 107 quarantined followed by 39 at Pepperell High, 26 at Armuchee Elementary and 23 at Coosa Middle. Sept. 23: 413 overall quarantines; up 7; no new positives. Model High has 96 in quarantine… Read more

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No new deaths reported in Northwest Georgia on Thursday, regional toll stands at 198 since March. Also: 95 new positive tests here since Wednesday; another 1,368 statewide.

No new deaths reported in Northwest Georgia on Thursday, regional toll stands at 198 since March. Also: 95 new positive tests here since Wednesday; another 1,368 statewide.

Thursday:  No new deaths reported in Northwest Georgia today after 10 reported on Wednesday. Five-county total since March 15 — 198. Public Health had said some changes to record-tracking was under way. 71 COVID patients in Rome, Cartersville and Calhoun hospitals. 53 in Floyd, Redmond, up 1 since Wednesday. 95 new positive cases in Northwest Georgia… Read more

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Johnson Elementary School in Floyd County named a ‘National Blue Ribbon School’ by U.S. Department of Education.

Johnson Elementary School in Floyd County named a ‘National Blue Ribbon School’ by U.S. Department of Education.

Media release: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized Johnson Elementary School (JES) as one of 367 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020 and one of only five public elementary schools in the state of Georgia. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.… Read more

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Celebration of life for the Rev. Melissa Kean held this morning. How to watch a replay of service.

Celebration of life for the Rev. Melissa Kean held this morning. How to watch a replay of service.

From St. Michael’s: Live stream broadcast will begin at 9:40 AM Mountain Time (11:40 Eastern Time). To access the online bulletin and follow along, go to www.stmikeschurch.com and you will find the service information on the homepage. Watch live online with Vimeo or Facebook.   Obituary: The Reverend Melissa L. Kean, age 30, of Rome, GA,… Read more

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Heritage First Headlines. Northwest Georgia’s COVID death toll just below 200 with latest spike. 105 new cases Wednesday. Campus quarantines down slightly. Latest jobless rate. Updates on advance in-person voting. Rainy day expected thanks to Beta.

Heritage First Headlines. Northwest Georgia’s COVID death toll just below 200 with latest spike. 105 new cases Wednesday. Campus quarantines down slightly. Latest jobless rate. Updates on advance in-person voting. Rainy day expected thanks to Beta.

  Today’s first headlines: Our worst day: 10 deaths reported in NW Georgia Wednesday, 3 in Floyd, 2 in Bartow, 5 in Chattooga. Regional toll: 198. 105 positive tests here since Tuesday, 59 alone in Floyd. COVID on campus: 594 students, staff in quarantine at Floyd, Rome schools. No new positive tests reported. At Berry:… Read more

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Unemployment rate continues to fall. Nearly 7,000 area residents without jobs last month, down from 10,460 in July.

Unemployment rate continues to fall. Nearly 7,000 area residents without jobs last month, down from 10,460 in July.

In Northwest Georgia, the unemployment rate decreased in August pretty much across the board. Most counties saw a monthly increase in jobs and a monthly decrease in initial claims in August. Nearly 7,000 Northwest Georgia residents were out of work last month, down more than 3,000 from August when 10,460 were unemployed. A year earlier,… Read more

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Voting: Update on advance voting in person in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk counties including places and times. How to get an absentee ballot — and check the status, too.

Voting: Update on advance voting in person in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk counties including places and times. How to get an absentee ballot — and check the status, too.

Trump to nominate justice on Saturday: The White House announces the Supreme Court nominee will be identified at 5 p.m. ADVANCE VOTING UPDATES, by county: Advance voting in Floyd County: Oct. 12-30: In person at either the Floyd County Administration Building Community Room at 12 E. Fourth Ave. or Garden Lakes Baptist Church at 2200… Read more

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Podcast: Boots on the ground — Rome GA Cares helps Louisiana hurricane victims. An interview with a grateful Beauregard Parish Sheriff Mark Herford.

Podcast: Boots on the ground — Rome GA Cares helps Louisiana hurricane victims. An interview with a grateful Beauregard Parish Sheriff Mark Herford.

  Recorded live from Louisiana to Rome via podcast: A caravan of hurricane relief supplies, donated by Floyd County residents for victims of Hurricane Laura, left our area on Monday, Sept. 21, for the hard-hit community of Beauregard Parish. On Wednesday, we talked with Beauregard Sheriff Mark Herford about the storm itself (gusts of 140-145 mph), extensive… Read more

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Buzz: Kenneth Jones, M.D., named Floyd’s executive vice president/chief medical officer. Downtown Rome coffee break outside Heritage First on Friday.

Buzz: Kenneth Jones, M.D., named Floyd’s executive vice president/chief medical officer. Downtown Rome coffee break outside Heritage First on Friday.

Floyd President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel has named Kenneth Jones, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. The announcement comes nearly six months after the veteran physician was named interim CMO. Jones worked for several years as an emergency physician at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center prior to the… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rainy Thursday expected thanks to the remnants of storm Beta. High today: 72 degrees. Radar’s posted.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rainy Thursday expected thanks to the remnants of storm Beta. High today: 72 degrees. Radar’s posted.

OUTLOOK Remnants of Storm Beta could dump more than an inch of rain here today into Friday. Showers and scattered thunderstorms will increase across north and central Georgia today and tonight. Isolated storms could become strong to severe mainly west central Georgia this afternoon and evening. The main threats would be damaging winds…heavy rain…and possibly… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: SEC’s TV schedule for this weekend. Braves-Marlins update; Boston next. Falcons at Bears on Sunday. High school football updates. Community sports notes.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: SEC’s TV schedule for this weekend. Braves-Marlins update; Boston next. Falcons at Bears on Sunday. High school football updates. Community sports notes.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash. Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.   The JV Blue Devils defeat the Chattooga Indians 14-0. GO BLUE!! #faMily pic.twitter.com/5OT2SbdxzP — Model High School (@ModelHighDevils) September 23, 2020    … Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant scores from Wednesday. 100 for Panda Express in Rome on initial inspection.

Dining: Public Health restaurant scores from Wednesday. 100 for Panda Express in Rome on initial inspection.

FLOYD Baymont Inn, breakfast, 95. Comfort Suites, Chateau Drive, breakfast, 99. Panda Express, East Bend, 100 (initial inspection; opening due in October). BARTOW No reports. GORDON Super 8, breakfast, Calhoun, 100. Baymont Inn, breakfast, Calhoun, 100. POLK No reports. CHATTOOGA No reports. Read more

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Updated: By a 3-2 vote, Floyd County Commission rejects TAD for Berry’s proposed Fairfield Inn hotel. From Berry: ‘We are in additional conversations with the city about how to move the project forward.’

Updated: By a 3-2 vote, Floyd County Commission rejects TAD for Berry’s proposed Fairfield Inn hotel. From Berry: ‘We are in additional conversations with the city about how to move the project forward.’

WEDNESDAY Following the County Commission’s rejection of the TAD application, we asked Berry for what’s next in the project. Berry’s latest statement follows: “We are in additional conversations with the city about how to move the project forward.” TUESDAY Not so much a stunner but definitely a slap back from the Floyd County Commission on… Read more

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Druck Report: We can’t blame the pandemic alone for battering our clergy. Too many of us are the ones throwing those stones.

Druck Report: We can’t blame the pandemic alone for battering our clergy. Too many of us are the ones throwing those stones.

  It was a Facebook Messenger exchange that opened our eyes last week. The conversation with a former local member of the clergy was about the loss of Mother Melissa Kean, all of 30 years old but already a much-loved member of the community. We talked of the pressures on clergy today, multiplied tremendously by… Read more

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Health: Walk-In Urgent Care coming to Turner McCall/Riverbend; seventh such office in our area in two years although this is a new player.

Health: Walk-In Urgent Care coming to Turner McCall/Riverbend; seventh such office in our area in two years although this is a new player.

  Pictures of the under-construction urgent care center at Turner McCall and Riverbend in Rome were quickly spread Tuesday as the signage finally went on display. Walk-In Urgent Care,  part of Urgent Team, is finally coming together across from East Bend and Home Depot after several months of delay during the start of the pandemic.… Read more

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Updated: Cartersville woman charged with 42 counts of theft by taking, one count of exploitation following investigation of Good Shepherd Foundation of Bartow County Inc.

Updated: Cartersville woman charged with 42 counts of theft by taking, one count of exploitation following investigation of Good Shepherd Foundation of Bartow County Inc.

    Media release:  According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, Misty Dawn Baynard, 42, of Cartersville, has been arrested and charged with 42 counts of Theft by Taking (Fiduciary) and 1 count of Exploitation  of an Elder or Disabled Person following an investigation into financial documentations discovered during a forensic audit conducted by the Good Shepherd… Read more

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