Heritage First Headlines: Floyd loses 77th resident to COVID, tops 5,000 cases since March. Rome Commissioner Mark Cochran on his coronavirus battle. Rain on way, followed by freezing temps. Sports updates.

Heritage First Headlines: Floyd loses 77th resident to COVID, tops 5,000 cases since March. Rome Commissioner Mark Cochran on his coronavirus battle. Rain on way, followed by freezing temps. Sports updates.

Today’s first headlines: Floyd loses 77th resident to coronavirus; county tops 5,000 cases since March. Region: 294 deaths, 15,578 cases. Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran details his battle with coronavirus this past week: ‘Thought I was getting better (Thursday) and then got hit hard again today.’ Floyd County Sheriff’s Office mourns loss of retired Reserve… Read more

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Floyd loses 77th resident to coronavirus; county tops 5,000 cases since March. Region: 294 deaths, 15,578 cases.

Floyd loses 77th resident to coronavirus; county tops 5,000 cases since March. Region: 294 deaths, 15,578 cases.

Saturday’s updates: 77th Floyd resident dies; sixth this week. Regional total since March 15 now 294. 92 patients with COVID, up 1 from Wednesday, at Floyd, Redmond Regional. That’s a pandemic record.  No free testing sites open today through Sunday. 74 new positive cases in the past 24 hours in NW Georgia. Record: 202 cases on Aug.… Read more

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Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran details his battle with coronavirus this past week: ‘Thought I was getting better (Thursday) and then got hit hard again today.’

Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran details his battle with coronavirus this past week: ‘Thought I was getting better (Thursday) and then got hit hard again today.’

  One of the strongest voices in local government when pushing for enhanced safety protocols for coronavirus has been Mark Cochran, a Rome city commissioner and partner in Cevian Design Lab. During caucus sessions and commission meetings, and especially on Facebook, Cochran has been quite vocal in supporting mask mandates, social distancing and other steps… Read more

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Floyd County Sheriff’s Office mourns loss of retired Reserve Major Ray Brierly.

Floyd County Sheriff’s Office mourns loss of retired Reserve Major Ray Brierly.

Area law officers are among those mourning the death Friday morning of Ray Brierly, an honored retired major from the Floyd County Sheriff’s reservists’ division, The sheriff’s office posted this note at midday Friday: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired Reserve Major Ray Brierly. Please keep his wife Ann,… Read more

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From Hometown Headlines: We’re no longer posting articles, news releases about nonessential public gatherings, at least through Jan. 31, because of spreading coronavirus threat.

From Hometown Headlines: We’re no longer posting articles, news releases about nonessential public gatherings, at least through Jan. 31, because of spreading coronavirus threat.

Effective today, Hometown Headlines is suspending all posts involving public gatherings with potential crowds of 25 or more at least until Jan. 31. This includes potential news stories, media releases, indoor high school or college sporting events, entertainment and other nonessential assemblies. We likewise will not accept any advertising for such events. Anything that has… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Soggy Sunday afternoon/evening on the way with a high Monday of 47.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Soggy Sunday afternoon/evening on the way with a high Monday of 47.

  OUTLOOK Another storm system will affect the area on Sunday and Monday. At this time, heavy rainfall appears to be the primary threat, which could lead to localized flooding concerns. The heaviest rain will be Sunday afternoon and evening; probably 1.2 inches total. FORECAST Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind around… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome, Darlington, Cartersville, Calhoun and Rockmart advance; today’s games include Model, Pepperell, Chattooga. Georgia, Georgia Tech play tonight; Falcons on Sunday. SEC shifts schedule for games to be played Dec. 5.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome, Darlington, Cartersville, Calhoun and Rockmart advance; today’s games include Model, Pepperell, Chattooga. Georgia, Georgia Tech play tonight; Falcons on Sunday. SEC shifts schedule for games to be played Dec. 5.

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 Round 1 playoff games: Friday night’s scores, today’s schedule: Class 6A: FINAL: Rome tops Habersham Central, 35-14.  Round 2: At River Ridge. Class… Read more

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Obituaries: Mrs. Mildred Inez “Mickie” Selman Formby, Mrs. Marion F. Pollard Lee, Mr. Fred Methvin “F. M.” Massey, Mr. Kenneth Owen.

Obituaries: Mrs. Mildred Inez “Mickie” Selman Formby, Mrs. Marion F. Pollard Lee, Mr. Fred Methvin “F. M.” Massey, Mr. Kenneth Owen.

  Mr. Fred Methvin “F. M.” Massey, age 89, of Silver Creek, GA, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at his residence. Mr. Massey was born in Rome, GA on June 19, 1931, son of the late Fred Sewell Massey and the late Lucy Rosalee Formby Massey.  He was also preceded in death by 2… Read more

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CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia. 15 dead on Georgia roads so far this holiday.

CrimeWatch: Updates on arrests across Northwest Georgia. 15 dead on Georgia roads so far this holiday.

State Patrol to holiday motorists: Be careful out there: The Georgia State Patrol and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division  are out in full force during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.  The 102-hour holiday travel period continues until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29. During the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 615 crashes,… Read more

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George H. Carley, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, dies from coronavirus at age 82.

George H. Carley, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, dies from coronavirus at age 82.

  Media release:  Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice George H. Carley died late Thursday night from COVID-19, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton has announced. The former justice passed away around 11 p.m. at Emory Decatur Hospital. He was 82 years old. Justice Carley was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1993 by then-Gov. Zell Miller.… Read more

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$10 million to $15 million industrial park on radar in Polk County. $2.5 million renovation the latest in Red Top Mountain upgrades.

$10 million to $15 million industrial park on radar in Polk County. $2.5 million renovation the latest in Red Top Mountain upgrades.

  Multimillion-dollar industrial park coming together in Polk? Bids are being sought for a $10 million to $15 million industrial park in Polk County. Dodge Construction shows the project listed as West Girard Industrial Site; there’s also a listing for Cedartown North Business Park, Route 101 Business Park and Rockmart Vulcan Site Industrial Building. They all carry… Read more

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The vote. Runoff updates with sample ballot, advance voting. What to know, including absentee ballot requests. Recount: Latest updates from Northwest Georgia.

The vote. Runoff updates with sample ballot, advance voting. What to know, including absentee ballot requests. Recount: Latest updates from Northwest Georgia.

Sample ballots now out: It is pretty much cut-and-dry — two U.S. Senate races and a post on the state Public Service Commission. The above ballot was available on our MVP voter page on Thursday (click here to check your page). ABOUT THE JAN. 5 RUNOFF: Who can vote? Anyone who is a registered voter… Read more

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‘Stock Our Shelves,’ the Salvation Army’s annual can-a-thon, has a different touch this year. Here’s how you can help on Dec. 4 from the front seat of your car.

‘Stock Our Shelves,’ the Salvation Army’s annual can-a-thon, has a different touch this year. Here’s how you can help on Dec. 4 from the front seat of your car.

There’s a different way to help the Salvation Army’s annual canned food drive “Stock our Shelves” this year. Schools and churches already have been collecting canned and non-perishable food items and we collections are under way. This year, the Salvation Army has added a day of community giving on Friday, Dec. 4, from 7:30 a.m.… Read more

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