Parking plan passes by 5-4 vote despite calls for needed tweaks and to take incremental steps to finding an even better solution.

Parking plan passes by 5-4 vote despite calls for needed tweaks and to take incremental steps to finding an even better solution.

  For most of two hours, Rome city commissioners heard business owners, citizens and others talk about the pros and cons of the downtown parking plan thrust before them in less than a week following a 4-2 vote by the Downtown Development Authority. Concerns about severe customer reaction — including taking their business elsewhere —… Read more

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Crimewatch: Reports from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and from Cartersville Police, updated up to five times daily.

Crimewatch: Reports from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and from Cartersville Police, updated up to five times daily.

About this report: We update CrimeWatch around 5:30 each weekday morning as well as at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. We also add the Bartow County Jail report between 5:30 and 6 a.m. weekday mornings and throughout the weekend. The Polk County Jail report usually is posted between 8 and 9 a.m. weekdays. These reports… Read more

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Updated:  West End Grill, former Sonny’s, closes. After 40 years, Gardner says he’s ready for a chance of pace, other opportunities.

Updated: West End Grill, former Sonny’s, closes. After 40 years, Gardner says he’s ready for a chance of pace, other opportunities.

  MONDAY EVENING We received these comments from restaurant owner Curtis Gardner on Monday afternoon: “As you’re aware, we transitioned our concept to West End Grill this past March.  After operating West End Grill for a few months, I decided after being in the business for over 40 years I was eager for a change… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Traveling soon? Keep an eye on a new tropical system in the Gulf. Locally: A 50% rain chance today, high near 82. Scattered thunderstorms possible each day through Saturday.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Traveling soon? Keep an eye on a new tropical system in the Gulf. Locally: A 50% rain chance today, high near 82. Scattered thunderstorms possible each day through Saturday.

With Rome City Schools, Unity Christian, Cartersville and Bartow County all out and Darlington’s senior class already graduated, some families are beach-bound. Please keep an eye on this weather system in the Gulf of Mexico. Chances of it becoming a tropical storm are low at this time but it will bring plenty of rain and… Read more

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Morning power outages all but cleared; handful of customers still out from Rome to Cedartown.

Morning power outages all but cleared; handful of customers still out from Rome to Cedartown.

  From WRGA News: About 1,057 Georgia Power customers in the South Broad Street were affected by one outage and another 469 customers in the Maple Avenue area from East 16th Street to East Ninth.  All were repaired by 10 a.m. A few smaller outages remain, including a handful of customers near Cedartown as of… Read more

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Floyd County crews complete repairs; Autry Road now open again following weekend storm damage.

Floyd County crews complete repairs; Autry Road now open again following weekend storm damage.

UPDATE Good news: County crews have reopened Autry Road at Kirby Road near the Floyd/Bartow County line. PREVIOUS Autry Road near the Floyd/Bartow county line should be open by later today as clean up continues following a surprise storm l ate Friday. Michael Skeen, Floyd County’s director of public works, says large trees, fencing and… Read more

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Latest Heritage First Headlines: With nine deaths since 2014, the growing concern for safety at Little River Canyon. West End Grill property for sale. Rome commission to discuss downtown parking tonight. Precincts open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday for final vote in the 2018 primary.

Latest Heritage First Headlines: With nine deaths since 2014, the growing concern for safety at Little River Canyon. West End Grill property for sale. Rome commission to discuss downtown parking tonight. Precincts open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday for final vote in the 2018 primary.

Your 100% local news source: Locally owned, managed and focused. Hometown Headlines. LATEST HEADLINES Updates from the Floyd County, Bartow County and Polk County Jails. MORNING REPORT With nine deaths since 2014 at Little River Canyon, including three from Northwest Georgia, is there more that can be done to improve safety at the popular attraction? Canyon… Read more

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With nine deaths since 2014 at Little River Canyon, including three from Northwest Georgia, is there more that can be done to improve safety at the popular attraction?

With nine deaths since 2014 at Little River Canyon, including three from Northwest Georgia, is there more that can be done to improve safety at the popular attraction?

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Every year more than 200,000 people visit Little River Canyon/Little River Falls Preserve near Fort Payne, Ala., to hike, swim, kayak and enjoy the beauty of the national park. But while it’s beautiful, it is also unforgiving.  With nine deaths since 2014, including the May 12 drowning of a Rome teenager,… Read more

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Precincts open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for final vote in 2018 primary. What you need to know about voting, sample ballots and other updates.

Precincts open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for final vote in 2018 primary. What you need to know about voting, sample ballots and other updates.

Updates on Voting / Interviews with the judicial candidates / Sample ballots Time to vote: Precincts open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Don’t know where to vote? Go to the Secretary of State’s office and click the My Voter Page or call the elections office in your county. Weather forecast: A chance of showers… Read more

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Class of 2018: Busy week ahead for Floyd, Gordon and Polk County graduations. Baccalaureate services tonight for Model, Wednesday for Pepperell.

Class of 2018: Busy week ahead for Floyd, Gordon and Polk County graduations. Baccalaureate services tonight for Model, Wednesday for Pepperell.

THE LATEST Busy week ahead for Floyd, Polk and Gordon county schools. Baccalaureate services tonight for Model and Wednesday for Pepperell. Graduation ceremonies set for Friday and Saturday. FLOYD COUNTY Armuchee High School – Graduation May 25 at 7 p.m. Coosa High School – Graduation – May 26 at 2:30 p.m. Model High School – Baccalaureate – Monday at… Read more

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Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Cartersville vs. Jefferson in GHSA Baseball Championship at State Mutual Stadium today. Rome Braves hammered by Asheville. Berry Softball ends record-breaking season. Arsenal soccer update.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Cartersville vs. Jefferson in GHSA Baseball Championship at State Mutual Stadium today. Rome Braves hammered by Asheville. Berry Softball ends record-breaking season. Arsenal soccer update.

HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS BERRY SOFTBALL The Berry College softball team saw their record-breaking season come to an end in Virginia Beach on Sunday, as Berry fell to the No. 1-ranked Virginia Wesleyan Marlins 7-6 in the NCAA Division III Super Regionals. The game picked up in the bottom… Read more

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Obituaries: Mrs. Frances Kerns Barton, Mr. James Daniel “Danny” Grogan, Frances A. McKinney and Mr. Franklin H. Wilson

Obituaries: Mrs. Frances Kerns Barton, Mr. James Daniel “Danny” Grogan, Frances A. McKinney and Mr. Franklin H. Wilson

Mr. James Daniel “Danny” Grogan, age 83, of Rome, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018, in a local nursing facility. Mr. Grogan was born in Floyd County on August 4, 1934, son of the late James Floyd Grogan and the late Annie Pearl Tillery Grogan.  He was a retired employee of Camp Oil Company… Read more

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Updated Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Berry Softball falls in NCAA Super Regionals. Rome Braves win 4th game in row. Berry runner qualifies for NCAA championship.

Updated Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Berry Softball falls in NCAA Super Regionals. Rome Braves win 4th game in row. Berry runner qualifies for NCAA championship.

HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS BERRY SOFTBALL The Berry College softball team saw their record-breaking season come to an end in Virginia Beach this morning, as Berry fell to the No. 1-ranked Virginia Wesleyan Marlins 7-6 in the NCAA Division III Super Regionals. Media release: The game picked up in… Read more

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Berry College dedicates new $1 million events pavilion at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum

Berry College dedicates new $1 million events pavilion at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum

The Berry College community celebrated the dedication of the new event pavilion on the grounds of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum on Saturday. The pavilion has truly been a labor of love for alumni Al and Becky Christopher, two members of the Berry College class of 1961. The couple has committed time, treasure and talent… Read more

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Remembering the Fallen: Memorial Day Remembrance event returns to Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on May 28. Members of Rome Exchange Club lay wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier.

Remembering the Fallen: Memorial Day Remembrance event returns to Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on May 28. Members of Rome Exchange Club lay wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier.

Following their trip to Washington D.C. to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, members of the Americanism Committee of the Rome Exchange Club are gearing up for Memorial Day. The group will host the annual Memorial Day remembrance event at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on Monday, May… Read more

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