Updated: Teen rescued from the river near Bridgepoint Plaza thanks to quick action by police, firefighters; taken to local hospital for examination.

Updated: Teen rescued from the river near Bridgepoint Plaza thanks to quick action by police, firefighters; taken to local hospital for examination.

A short video of the river rescue and aftermath Tuesday evening courtesy of Larry Alford Quick work by Rome Police, firefighters and others aided in the rescue of one of two teens who jumped into the river near the pedestrian bridge connecting Bridgepoint Plaza and Heritage Park Tuesday evening several times but then got caught… Read more

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Mother now charged second-degree murder, cruelty following the beating death of her 2-year-old earlier this month.

Mother now charged second-degree murder, cruelty following the beating death of her 2-year-old earlier this month.

The mother of a 2-year-old who died after a severe beating on April 13 now faces charges in the toddler’s death, according to Floyd County Police. The agency has charged 28-year-old Sydney Dean with cruelty to children in the second degree and murder in the second degree. From the media release on Tuesday evening: “The charges were… Read more

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Crimewatch: Updated five times daily; reports from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and from Cartersville Police.

Crimewatch: Updated five times daily; reports from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and from Cartersville Police.

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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State patrol: Rome woman dies in three-vehicle accident on U.S. 411 on Tuesday morning.

State patrol: Rome woman dies in three-vehicle accident on U.S. 411 on Tuesday morning.

  FROM THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL: This crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. on April 24 on U.S. 411 near Hardin Bridge Road. Vehicle no. 1, a 2015 Ram pickup truck, was traveling westbound on U.S. 411. Vehicle No. 2, a 2017 Ford F350, and vehicle No. 3, a 2011 Kia Soul, were traveling eastbound on… Read more

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Business: Michael Baker named Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Heritage First Bank.

Business: Michael Baker named Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Heritage First Bank.

Media release: Ryan Earnest, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rome’s Heritage First Bank, announce that veteran banker Michael Baker has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Michael’s expertise and experience to fill the role of Chief Credit Officer, and to serve on our… Read more

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Latest Heritage First Headlines: Sticker for Neo Nazi group found at downtown home of Jewish congregation; second since October.  Vote registration deadline is this evening; busy week for judicial candidates. Heavy rain moves out but more could follow. Education, health updates.

Latest Heritage First Headlines: Sticker for Neo Nazi group found at downtown home of Jewish congregation; second since October. Vote registration deadline is this evening; busy week for judicial candidates. Heavy rain moves out but more could follow. Education, health updates.

  Your 100% local news source: Locally owned, managed and focused. Hometown Headlines. LATEST HEADLINES Serious accident on U.S. 411 near Bartow/Floyd line shuts down eastbound lanes. Updates from the Floyd, Bartow and Polk county jails. MORNING REPORT Sticker for Neo Nazi group found on campus of Rodeph Sholom Congregation in downtown Rome; second such… Read more

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Sticker for Neo Nazi group found on campus of Rodeph Sholom Congregation in downtown Rome; second such incident since October.

Sticker for Neo Nazi group found on campus of Rodeph Sholom Congregation in downtown Rome; second such incident since October.

Rodeph Sholom Congregation has been part of Northwest Georgia’s faith community since 1875 — 143 years overall and in its current location at 406 E. First St. for eight decades. It is a small congregation, around 30 families. “We come together to celebrate Jewish life throughout the year. We are comprised of single adults, young families,… Read more

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Updated: Today’s the deadline to register to vote. Two chances to hear Floyd judicial candidates Thursday. Advance voting updates. Floyd County sample ballots.

Updated: Today’s the deadline to register to vote. Two chances to hear Floyd judicial candidates Thursday. Advance voting updates. Floyd County sample ballots.

MEET THE JUDICIAL CANDIDATES Thursday: Floyd County Republican Party meet at Moe’s Original Barbecue for a meeting at 5:30 p.m. to be followed at 6 p.m. by updates from the superior court judge candidates, Emily Matson and Kay Ann Wetherington. Details Thursday morning on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition: We’ll have both judicial candidates — Emily Matson and… Read more

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Ribbon cutting this Thursday for Burrell Square, part of a ‘$14 million investment in South Rome.’

Ribbon cutting this Thursday for Burrell Square, part of a ‘$14 million investment in South Rome.’

South Rome Redevelopment Corp., in partnership with the City of Rome and Laurel Street Residential, announce the official ribbon cutting for phase two of their tax credit apartment project in South Rome. The ceremony will be held at Burrell Square, 425 Cherokee St., at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 26. To help commemorate this achievement, a few… Read more

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Mail, email address for those asking to comment on convicted murderer Judith Ann Neelley’s bid for parole in Alabama.

Mail, email address for those asking to comment on convicted murderer Judith Ann Neelley’s bid for parole in Alabama.

  Updated: We’ve received several requests for contact information regarding the possible parole of murderer Judith Ann Neelley.  Send or email your comments to: Rhonda Carter, Board of Pardons and Paroles, P.O. Box 302405. Montgomery, AL 36130-2405 or email to Rhonda.Carter@paroles.alabama.gov. Per a story last week. Al.com reports that Neelley is up for a parole hearing… Read more

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Buzz: March real estate sales end on a plus note. County Commission meets this evening.

Buzz: March real estate sales end on a plus note. County Commission meets this evening.

  While mostly flat when compared to home sales a year earlier, the Greater Rome Board of Realtors still saw some pluses. In all, 98 homes sold, a 1 percent gain from March 2017. The plus side: Average sale prices jumped 7.5 percent to $166,714 while the median sale price was up 11 percent to… Read more

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Education: New superintendent for Bartow County Schools. Berry College Elementary and Middle School Choir Festival draws a crowd, especially from local schools.

Education: New superintendent for Bartow County Schools. Berry College Elementary and Middle School Choir Festival draws a crowd, especially from local schools.

  Media release: The Bartow County Board of Education votes to name Dr. Phillip Page as the district’s next top leader. Upon the conclusion of the fourteen-day public comment period, as required by law, the Board intends to employ Dr. Page as Superintendent. “I am humbled and honored by the Board’s confidence in me as… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Warmer but rain is part of the forecast for the next few days.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Warmer but rain is part of the forecast for the next few days.

  OUTLOOK Several disturbances look to push across the area later in the week – the first on Thursday and the second possible for late Friday into Saturday. For now have included a slight chance of thunderstorms with the Thursday system. There is still uncertainty on timing and strength of these systems so please monitor… Read more

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Health: Surgery Center of Rome celebrates 30 years, more than 125,000 procedures.

Health: Surgery Center of Rome celebrates 30 years, more than 125,000 procedures.

     Media release by Rebecca Land Segrest: Opening in 1988, the Surgery Center of Rome is celebrating a 30 year anniversary this week. The Surgery Center was one of approximately 1,000 ambulatory surgery centers in the United States at that time. It was the first in Northwest Georgia and was opened by a private physicians… Read more

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