Buzz: Free produce boxes today beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Rome Transit. Rome novelist Lee Fields gets a serious look at his Robert E. Lee screenplay ‘Surrender.’

Buzz: Free produce boxes today beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Rome Transit. Rome novelist Lee Fields gets a serious look at his Robert E. Lee screenplay ‘Surrender.’

Congratulations to Rome novelist and screenplay writer Lee Fields for placing in the top 20% of the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowships competition. Fields submitted the screenplay “Surrender,” about the Reconstruction trial at the end of the Civil War and highlights Robert E. Lee. “In the end, when he was on trial, he had the opportunity and power of… Read more

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Obituaries: Mrs. Martina Castro Atkins, Lilie Rivera.

Obituaries: Mrs. Martina Castro Atkins, Lilie Rivera.

  Mrs. Martina Castro Atkins, age 81 of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at a local hospital. Mrs. Atkins was born in Mountain View, Hawaii, on October 20, 1938, daughter of the late Pedro Castro and the late Irene Castro. She was a graduate of the Hilo High School and prior to… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant scores for Wednesday.

Dining: Public Health restaurant scores for Wednesday.

FLOYD Classic Bowling, 96. The Season Events, 100. Sweet Pickles, 91. BARTOW No reports. GORDON Popeye’s, Calhoun, 78. POLK No reports. CHATTOOGA No reports. Read more

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COVID notes: YMCA cancels 2020 BooFest. No Chiaha festival this October. Northwest Georgia Regional Fair in Calhoun cancels September event.

COVID notes: YMCA cancels 2020 BooFest. No Chiaha festival this October. Northwest Georgia Regional Fair in Calhoun cancels September event.

THE LATEST YMCA cancels BooFest: “Our community continues to face challenges related to COVID, and with our commitment to Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility, we believe it is in our community’s best interest to cancel BooFest at the Y this year. We are grateful to our BooFest sponsors who help create the “Magic of… Read more

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Heritage First Headlines. COVID on campus: Rome Schools report; regional updates. 3 more deaths in NW Georgia: 1 in Floyd, 2 in Polk. 111 in Rome, Cartersville, Calhoun hospitals. Runoff voting updates. Crazy day in sports.

Heritage First Headlines. COVID on campus: Rome Schools report; regional updates. 3 more deaths in NW Georgia: 1 in Floyd, 2 in Polk. 111 in Rome, Cartersville, Calhoun hospitals. Runoff voting updates. Crazy day in sports.

  Today’s first headlines: COVID on campus: Rome Schools reports 6 employees testing positive, 4 awaiting results and 2 students tested — 1 positive, 1 ‘detected.’ Plus round-up of other area schools. 3 more deaths: 1 in Floyd, 2 in Polk. Record 187 new cases in NW Georgia. 111 patients in Rome, Cartersville, Calhoun hospitals.… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Some power outages; trees down in Chattooga; lightning hits house, tree.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Some power outages; trees down in Chattooga; lightning hits house, tree.

  THE LATEST Two lightning strikes in Chattooga: A tree near Lyerly, a house near Summerville. Also reports of several trees down. Handful of power outages in Floyd, Bartow, Chattooga counties. OUTLOOK Another heat wave on the way with temperatures from the mid to upper 90s Saturday through at least Tuesday. FORECAST Thursday: A 30 percent… Read more

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Updated Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. High school scrimmages canceled; changes to cheerleading, one-cact plays. Shorter posts 7-game football schedule starting Oct. 3. NCAA cancels DII, DIII fall championships. Braves wrap up series with Toronto tonight; at Phillies next.  Falcons clear 3 off COVID list.

Updated Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. High school scrimmages canceled; changes to cheerleading, one-cact plays. Shorter posts 7-game football schedule starting Oct. 3. NCAA cancels DII, DIII fall championships. Braves wrap up series with Toronto tonight; at Phillies next. Falcons clear 3 off COVID list.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through 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. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS   GHSA sacks preseason football scrimmages; adjusts cheerleading and one-act plays. From Dr. Robin Hines, executive director of the Georgia High School… Read more

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Almost 15,000 Public Health coronavirus tests in Floyd, Bartow counties combined last month; around 45,000 for the health district since mid March. How to get tested.

Almost 15,000 Public Health coronavirus tests in Floyd, Bartow counties combined last month; around 45,000 for the health district since mid March. How to get tested.

    Nearly 15,000 coronavirus tests were given at the West Rome Baptist Church and Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville in July, according to the Northwest District of the Georgia Department of Public Health. That breaks down to: Bartow 7,326 (was 4,078 through July 16). Floyd 7,610 (was 4,596 through July 16). Throughout the… Read more

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COVID updates: 3 Floyd jail employees now test positive for COVID-19. Gordon County Jail reports 1 inmate, 2 jail staffers tested positive, others were awaiting test results. Chattooga County Jail also has dealt with staff cases.

COVID updates: 3 Floyd jail employees now test positive for COVID-19. Gordon County Jail reports 1 inmate, 2 jail staffers tested positive, others were awaiting test results. Chattooga County Jail also has dealt with staff cases.

Three of five Northwest Georgia county jails are dealing with coronavirus issues. The first was Chattooga County last week and then at the Floyd County Jail and finally on Monday, the Gordon County Jail. On Tuesday, it was confirmed three cases have been discovered at the Floyd jail — all employees. From July 29: “As of… Read more

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Business: Shaw moving some operations to another Cartersville location; 200 jobs involved. Bartow Chamber’s Williams picked to study economic recovery, resilience strategies. Rome offers small business help.

Business: Shaw moving some operations to another Cartersville location; 200 jobs involved. Bartow Chamber’s Williams picked to study economic recovery, resilience strategies. Rome offers small business help.

Shaw Industries Group Inc. has announced plans to shift a portion of the commercial broadloom manufacturing operations that currently take place at Plant 12 in Cartersville to other nearby Shaw commercial manufacturing facilities. Equipment will be moved to other Shaw facilities — including expanding and enhancing operations at Plant 13 (also in Cartersville). The transition will take… Read more

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Education: 85 Darlington students earn designation of AP Scholar by The College Board.

Education: 85 Darlington students earn designation of AP Scholar by The College Board.

  Media release: During the 2019-20 school year, 85 Darlington students earned the designation of AP Scholar by The College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams. “Darlington is extremely pleased and proud to have such a great number of AP Scholars in an unprecedented school year… Read more

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Meetings: Planning commission meets Thursday; County Commission millage rate hearings Aug. 11; and Aug. 18 set for development authority.

Meetings: Planning commission meets Thursday; County Commission millage rate hearings Aug. 11; and Aug. 18 set for development authority.

The Rome Floyd Planning Commission meets Thursday at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. Several rezonings in the city and county are up for review. The Floyd County Board of Commissioners will hold two more public hearings to discuss the proposed 2020 millage rate.  The first was held Tuesday evening. The second hearing will be held at… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: A couple of storms popping up across Northwest Georgia this afternoon. Sizzling weekend ahead — mid to upper 90s.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: A couple of storms popping up across Northwest Georgia this afternoon. Sizzling weekend ahead — mid to upper 90s.

  OUTLOOK Scattered thunderstorms are possible each day through Monday, mainly in the afternoon and evening hours. A few storms each day could become strong to briefly severe, capable of producing damaging wind gusts, frequent lightning, and locally heavy rainfall. FORECAST Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with… Read more

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Obituaries: Ms. Evelyn Louise Taylor Crowder, Robert Graham Davis, Mr. Jerry Wayne Massey Sr.

Obituaries: Ms. Evelyn Louise Taylor Crowder, Robert Graham Davis, Mr. Jerry Wayne Massey Sr.

  Mr. Jerry Wayne Massey Sr., age 80, of Rome, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at a local hospital. Jerry was born in Trion, Georgia on December 5, 1939, son of the late Marvin Austin Massey and the late Ruby Stiles Massey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by… Read more

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