Business: Floyd sees jump in October home sales; drops in Bartow, Gordon. Greater Rome Board of Realtors honors members at luncheon: Della Gore, Jeb Arp, Mary Ann Lindsey and Bill Temple.

Business: Floyd sees jump in October home sales; drops in Bartow, Gordon. Greater Rome Board of Realtors honors members at luncheon: Della Gore, Jeb Arp, Mary Ann Lindsey and Bill Temple.

    Realtors in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties together sold 305 homes in October, down five homes from September and from 319 in August and 348 homes in July. Floyd showed a much better October than a year earlier — 19.2% — while Bartow and Gordon were below 12 months earlier. Each county showed… Read more

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Hardy Realty donates $10,000 each to the Davies Shelter, Open Door Home and Salvation Army. ‘2020 taught us how to pull together, lean on one another and reminded us kindness will prevail,’ says CEO Jimmy Byars.

Hardy Realty donates $10,000 each to the Davies Shelter, Open Door Home and Salvation Army. ‘2020 taught us how to pull together, lean on one another and reminded us kindness will prevail,’ says CEO Jimmy Byars.

Hardy Realty on Wednesday presented a check for $30,000 to local nonprofits, making a $10,000 donation to each of the following in honor of our agents, employees and clients: The Salvation Army, The Davies Homeless Shelter and The Open Door Home. At the event, agents and employees enjoyed coffee and hot chocolate from Java Joy, a new local… Read more

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Buzz: Floyd Police, TRED seek support for Santa Bike Patrol — up to 30 bikes for kids in need. Auction set for Fuddruckers’ memorabilia. Art how today, next two Thursdays.

Buzz: Floyd Police, TRED seek support for Santa Bike Patrol — up to 30 bikes for kids in need. Auction set for Fuddruckers’ memorabilia. Art how today, next two Thursdays.

  The Floyd County Police Department is partnering with TRED to benefit Santa Bike Patrol, a Christmas benefit to give bicycles to children. GMC Value-Mart has already pledged support and will be helping us with a Boston butt fundraiser at their store in December. The police department sees a variety of circumstances and situations that… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: More rain due Friday with temperatures staying in the low 50s; near freezing Sunday morning.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: More rain due Friday with temperatures staying in the low 50s; near freezing Sunday morning.

  OUTLOOK Up to three quarters of an inch of rain expected Friday into early Saturday as the next storm system moves into the area. Temperatures look too warm for any snow. FORECAST Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Thursday Night: A 20 percent… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome High’s Caleb Ellard to play baseball at Mercer. Latest on high school playoffs. Saturday: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt; Tech at NC State. Falcons host Saints on Sunday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome High’s Caleb Ellard to play baseball at Mercer. Latest on high school playoffs. Saturday: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt; Tech at NC State. Falcons host Saints on Sunday.

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.   Rome High School baseball standout Caleb Ellard has signed with Mercer University. “From a young age, I grew up playing baseball,” Caleb said. “One coach… Read more

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Obituaries: Dean Covington Jr., Donald Hugh Jennings, Sherrill Virginia Martin, Ms. Jeanene Leigh McClinic, Mrs. Glenda B. Ollis, Mr. Henry Smith Jr., Marta O. Turner.

Obituaries: Dean Covington Jr., Donald Hugh Jennings, Sherrill Virginia Martin, Ms. Jeanene Leigh McClinic, Mrs. Glenda B. Ollis, Mr. Henry Smith Jr., Marta O. Turner.

  It is with great sadness and much love that we announce the passing of Dean Covington, Jr., age 79, of Rome, GA, on November 29, 2020, at Winthrop Health and Rehabilitation in Rome, Georgia. Dean was born on December 18, 1940, in Rome, GA, son of the late Dean, Sr. and Elsie Covington.  In… Read more

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Heritage First Headlines: All that work near State Mutual Stadium? Staging area for $22 million pipe refit. NW Georgia recount over; runoff next. 137 new COVID cases here, 4,094 in state. Area Realtors honored. Hardy Realty donates $30,000 to 3 nonprofits.

Heritage First Headlines: All that work near State Mutual Stadium? Staging area for $22 million pipe refit. NW Georgia recount over; runoff next. 137 new COVID cases here, 4,094 in state. Area Realtors honored. Hardy Realty donates $30,000 to 3 nonprofits.

  Today’s first headlines: All that activity around State Mutual Stadium is temporary; it is a staging area for West Rome gas pipeline project. Berry’s animal science building quickly coming together. NW Georgia beats deadline to complete third count of votes. Also: Floyd Democrats ‘meet’ Saturday. Advance voting at two spots in runoff. Last day… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Many Georgia hospitals report rise in COVID patients, fear coming surge (just as we’re seeing in Rome).

Georgia Health News: Many Georgia hospitals report rise in COVID patients, fear coming surge (just as we’re seeing in Rome).

      >>112 patients in Floyd, Redmond as of Tuesday, up 16 in a day. 3 more ‘probable’ deaths Tuesday — 2 in Floyd, 1 in Bartow. 111 new cases reported. Local update By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Many Georgia hospitals have seen a steady and troubling rise in COVID patients in recent… Read more

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Drive-through Christmas parade delivers big crowd at State Mutual Stadium. See who won this year.

Drive-through Christmas parade delivers big crowd at State Mutual Stadium. See who won this year.

Missed the parade? Just click the above for a great view. Media release: Rome needed a Christmas parade this year.  The police estimated between 6,000 and 7,000 cars came through the parade held in drive-through fashion at State Mutual Stadium Tuesday evening. Every car had at least four people (with small children in their PJs) and some… Read more

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Rant: Gabriel Sterling’s nuclear rant over election threats was pinpoint perfect; now how about one on the pandemic?

Rant: Gabriel Sterling’s nuclear rant over election threats was pinpoint perfect; now how about one on the pandemic?

    Rant of the Day, Dec. 2: We won’t even try to top the Rant of the Year by Gabriel Sterling of the Secretary of State’s Office who’s had it with threats to many involved in the 2020 elections process. Trump. Perdue. Loeffler. Any other spineless elected official too afraid to take a stand —… Read more

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Buzz: Flu season continues mild start; Bartow County Public Health offers drive-up shots. Plus: Business notes.

Buzz: Flu season continues mild start; Bartow County Public Health offers drive-up shots. Plus: Business notes.

The flu season continues to be mild with just three hospitalizations and no outbreaks reported through Nov. 21 (see above chart). A year ago, there had been 88 people hospitalized and 10 outbreaks, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Healthcare leaders continue to urge area residents to get flu shots his year. Remember,… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: We’re in the mid-50s through the weekend with more rain due Friday into Saturday.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: We’re in the mid-50s through the weekend with more rain due Friday into Saturday.

  OUTLOOK More rain due Friday, probably just under an inch. Right now, it looks too warm for any additional snow. FORECAST Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 52. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the morning. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Calm wind. Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Latest high school, college football updates. Darlington’s fall sports awards. Baseball America names Brian Snitker manager of the year. SEC to announce Dec. 12, 19 games this Friday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Latest high school, college football updates. Darlington’s fall sports awards. Baseball America names Brian Snitker manager of the year. SEC to announce Dec. 12, 19 games this Friday.

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. HIGH SCHOOLS John McClellan’s high school football playoffs: Four Northwest Georgia teams expected to continue championship run this weekend.  McClellan Round 2 playoff games: This… Read more

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Obituaries: Miss Alicia Ann Black, Ms. Lillie Blakemore, Mrs. Patricia Ann Crowe Ray, Ms. Tracy J. Johnson, Baby Washington.

Obituaries: Miss Alicia Ann Black, Ms. Lillie Blakemore, Mrs. Patricia Ann Crowe Ray, Ms. Tracy J. Johnson, Baby Washington.

  Miss Alicia Ann Black, age 40, of Rome, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020, at her residence following a battle with breast cancer. Alicia was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 24, 1980, daughter of James William Black and Carol Pellegrin Black.  She was a graduate of Armuchee High School and received… Read more

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Structure fire slows commute on Ga. 140 at Floyd/Bartow border this morning.

Structure fire slows commute on Ga. 140 at Floyd/Bartow border this morning.

  9 a.m. update: Traffic remains slowed in both directions at the county line on Ga. 140.   From Floyd County 911: “Use Caution. Structure fire in the area of 5111 Adairsville Road (Ga. 140) close to Buttrum Road and the Bartow County line. Roadway is down to one lane. Avoid area if possible.” Read more

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Heritage First Headlines: 112 under care for COVID at Floyd, Redmond; state also sees surge. 25 new cases in Floyd, Rome schools; Bartow hit, too. Hearing on Cave Spring school moved; some want options. Fiery elections chief on attacks: ‘It. Has. To. Stop!’

Heritage First Headlines: 112 under care for COVID at Floyd, Redmond; state also sees surge. 25 new cases in Floyd, Rome schools; Bartow hit, too. Hearing on Cave Spring school moved; some want options. Fiery elections chief on attacks: ‘It. Has. To. Stop!’

  Today’s first headlines: 112 patients in Floyd, Redmond as of Tuesday, up 16 in a day. 3 more ‘probable’ deaths Tuesday — 2 in Floyd, 1 in Bartow. 111 new cases reported. Georgia Health News: Many Georgia hospitals report rise in COVID patients, fear coming surge (just as we’re seeing in Rome). COVID on… Read more

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Heritage First Headlines: Brutally cold day follows evening snow. Record 96 COVID patients in Rome hospitals. Vaccine updates. Rome’s Christmas Parade set for 6-8 p.m.

Heritage First Headlines: Brutally cold day follows evening snow. Record 96 COVID patients in Rome hospitals. Vaccine updates. Rome’s Christmas Parade set for 6-8 p.m.

  Today’s first headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center:  Wind chills in the 20s so far, won’t rise above mid-30s. Actual high: 44 degrees. Chattooga schools go virtual; no free COVID tests until noon today. Record 96 COVID patients: 56 at Floyd, 40 at Redmond. 72 new positive cases here Monday. Kemp extends health emergency until… Read more

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