Greater Community Bank CrimeWatch: Updates on area arrests, police reports from across Northwest Georgia. Floyd 911 sets pace for Heroes Unified blood donations.

Greater Community Bank CrimeWatch: Updates on area arrests, police reports from across Northwest Georgia. Floyd 911 sets pace for Heroes Unified blood donations.

  Blood Assurance media release: The Rome and Floyd County heroes unified and collected 124 units of life-saving blood in Tuesday’s Third Annual Heroes Unified event. These nine first responder units hosted a community-wide blood drive that saw 104 donors in three locations with two bloodmobiles as well as the addition of an outstanding inside… Read more

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Floyd County Police: Alabama man in custody on charges he broke into Cave Spring store, set it ablaze, stole $300 and a case of beer.

Floyd County Police: Alabama man in custody on charges he broke into Cave Spring store, set it ablaze, stole $300 and a case of beer.

  From Floyd County Police: The investigation of an arson-burglary found that the suspect was involved in other crimes prior to the incident at the convenience store he tried to burn down near Cave Spring in May. A Boaz man was arrested overnight and charged with the offense. Dustin Wade Smith, age 21, was arrested… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: More storms in our area this afternoon. In NE Alabama: Flood advisory because of rain; lightning strike.

Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: More storms in our area this afternoon. In NE Alabama: Flood advisory because of rain; lightning strike.

THE LATEST From Cherokee, Ala., EMA: Areal Flood Advisory for SE Cherokee County until 3:45 p.m. (CDT) Up to 2 inches of rain has already fallen. From WEIS, 990 and 100.5 FM: Fire Department units from Spring Garden, Ellisville and McCords are responding to a report of a garage fire caused by a lightning strike… Read more

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Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union again named to Forbes’ ‘Best-in-State’ list.

Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union again named to Forbes’ ‘Best-in-State’ list.

Another milestone for Coosa Valley Credit Union and its more than 100 employees. The Rome-based financial center with offices across Northwest Georgia has again been recognized as a “Best in State” credit union by Forbes magazine. The update was posted on Tuesday; you can read the summary here. Media release: Coosa Valley Credit Union once again… Read more

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Sheriff: Quick work by medical staffer, booking officer save inmate who tried to hang herself.

Sheriff: Quick work by medical staffer, booking officer save inmate who tried to hang herself.

  Media release: Tuesday, at 1 p.m., a female inmate who was being held for booking on multiple felony charges at the Floyd County Jail attempted to hang herself in her cell. The inmate had been placed in the cell for close observation because of her display of hostility, aggression and potentially self-harming behaviors when brought to the jail approximately… Read more

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Good news on two missing persons cases:  Dementia patient Troy Lee Turner, 76, found safe. Also, Caitlyn “Brianna” Boston, 17, has been found and is now back home.

Good news on two missing persons cases: Dementia patient Troy Lee Turner, 76, found safe. Also, Caitlyn “Brianna” Boston, 17, has been found and is now back home.

  The Troy Lee Turner case: From Floyd County Police:  “Officers have been notified by Dawsonville Police Department that Turner has been located at his family’s home and that he is safe.” Turner, age 76, left his home in Silver Creek around 11 a.m. Monday to visit family in Dawsonville but had not arrived as expected.… Read more

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Updated: 84-year-old Aragon man dies in fire early Wednesday; investigation shows it was caused by an accident.

Updated: 84-year-old Aragon man dies in fire early Wednesday; investigation shows it was caused by an accident.

    Insurance Commissioner media release: Around midnight Tuesday night, the Polk County Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 11 E. Third St. in Aragon. When emergency personnel made their way inside the home, they discovered the body of Robert Eugene Brinkley, 84, of Aragon, GA. The fire originated in the living room… Read more

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Latest Heritage First Headlines. As Kmart makes way for East Bend, what about neighboring Etowah Crossing? Willy’s worker in Cartersville tests positive for hepatitis A; what to know. Loaner life jackets now on Bartow waterway. Weather: 90s here to stay for a bit.

Latest Heritage First Headlines. As Kmart makes way for East Bend, what about neighboring Etowah Crossing? Willy’s worker in Cartersville tests positive for hepatitis A; what to know. Loaner life jackets now on Bartow waterway. Weather: 90s here to stay for a bit.

  LATEST HEADLINES One of three suspects in a Rome shooting one week ago now in custody; search continues for two others. Arrest Updates from the Floyd County and Bartow County jails. MORNING REPORT The silent player as the East Bend (former Kmart) deal unfolds: The resurgent Etowah Crossing shopping center.  Etowah Crossing Health: Employee at… Read more

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Health: Employee at Willy’s Mexicana Grill in Cartersville tests positive for hepatitis A; Public Health advises those who dined there May 31-June 17 to contact healthcare provider to see if immunization needed.

Health: Employee at Willy’s Mexicana Grill in Cartersville tests positive for hepatitis A; Public Health advises those who dined there May 31-June 17 to contact healthcare provider to see if immunization needed.

      Public Health restaurant scores: Health inspections are totally unrelated to the tested employee. We did check the recent restaurant inspection scores for Willy’s and they’re all in the 90s: March 25, 98 (A); Oct. 2, 2018, 96 (A); and Feb. 22 2018, 91 (A). Media release: A case of hepatitis A has… Read more

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The silent player as the East Bend (former Kmart) deal unfolds: The resurgent Etowah Crossing shopping center.

The silent player as the East Bend (former Kmart) deal unfolds: The resurgent Etowah Crossing shopping center.

  There are a lot more eyes on the former Kmart in East Rome these days. As Ledbetter Properties works to secure the purchase of nearly 20 acres off Turner McCall and Hicks Drive with visions of the new East Bend “power” center on the way, anxious motorists are looking for the first signs of… Read more

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Great idea for other communities to copy: Loaner life jackets at key river spots in Bartow County.

Great idea for other communities to copy: Loaner life jackets at key river spots in Bartow County.

An idea that we hope spreads in Northwest Georgia: You can talk about summer safety — and water safety — or you can do something about it. And that’s exactly what Yamaha, Keep Bartow Beautiful and Bartow County Parks and Recreation did. Their summer safety initiative includes the above new additions at the local Etowah… Read more

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HHPodcast News:  Employee at Willy’s in Cartersville tests positive for Hepatitis A; what to know. As East Bend looms in East Rome, keep an eye on Etowah Crossing. Plus: Midweek rants.

HHPodcast News: Employee at Willy’s in Cartersville tests positive for Hepatitis A; what to know. As East Bend looms in East Rome, keep an eye on Etowah Crossing. Plus: Midweek rants.

To listen: Click the area above, to the left, for all the radio you need in around eight minutes. From Studio 1A, brought to you in part by Giggity’s Sports Bar & Grill. The silent player as the East Bend (former Kmart) deal unfolds is the resurgent Etowah Crossing shopping center. Opened in the 1980s,… Read more

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One of three suspects in a Rome shooting one week ago now in custody; search continues for two others.

One of three suspects in a Rome shooting one week ago now in custody; search continues for two others.

  One of three men wanted in the June 19 shooting of a Rome man remains in the Floyd County Jail today on aggravated assault charges. Tylan Dwight McCluskey, 19, of 100 E. 19th St., Apartment B, surrendered at the county jail on Sunday, jail records show. He is one of three Rome men police… Read more

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Independence Day: Four celebrations on Saturday. July 3: Coke, Parks & Rec fire up the holiday on July 3 at Ridge Ferry. Cave Spring, Cartersville, Lindale, Adairsville, Summerville, Rome Braves. Also: Podcast on the history of the Cave Spring parade.

Independence Day: Four celebrations on Saturday. July 3: Coke, Parks & Rec fire up the holiday on July 3 at Ridge Ferry. Cave Spring, Cartersville, Lindale, Adairsville, Summerville, Rome Braves. Also: Podcast on the history of the Cave Spring parade.

HHPodcast Interview. Real Americana: The red, white and blue tradition that is Cave Spring’s Fourth of July Parade with founder Christa Jackson. Click the arrow in the box to your left or click here.   SATURDAY Restoration Lindale Inc. will host its Fifth Annual Independence Day Celebration Parade/Festival on Saturday June 29. The parade line-up… Read more

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Buzz: Are you among 1.3 million Georgians traveling over Independence Day weekend? DOT to ease construction during holiday. Road work under way in Bartow County.

Buzz: Are you among 1.3 million Georgians traveling over Independence Day weekend? DOT to ease construction during holiday. Road work under way in Bartow County.

So who’s headed out of town for the Independence Day holiday week/weekend? At least 1.48 million Georgians, based on a media release from  AAA. Some factoids to consider: By automobile: 1,285,643 Georgians, a 5.3% increase more than last year. Planes: 104,845 Georgians will travel by air, a 5.3% increase over last year. Trains, buses and cruise… Read more

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Education: Darlington senior in D.C. for conference on ‘how rapidly the journalism world is changing and for the better.’ Rome City Schools’ instructional specialists on the move.

Education: Darlington senior in D.C. for conference on ‘how rapidly the journalism world is changing and for the better.’ Rome City Schools’ instructional specialists on the move.

  Rising Darlington senior Alexander Greene recently represented the state of Georgia at the 2019 Al Neuharth Free Spirit & Journalism Conference. He blogged about the experience at the Freedom Forum Institute and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Some excerpts appear below; you can read his article by clicking Journalism. “… We had a wide variety of platforms used… Read more

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Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Latest local soccer news. Katie Price names Rome High’s volleyball coach. Rome Braves edged 5-4, rematch today at 1 p.m.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Latest local soccer news. Katie Price names Rome High’s volleyball coach. Rome Braves edged 5-4, rematch today at 1 p.m.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. The YMCA Arsenal Rome Boys U14, 2005 team’s run at the USYS Southern Regionals in Baton Rouge ended this past weekend. They were up against State Champions and selected Finalists from LA, MS, TX, AL, OK, FL, SC, NC, and TN.… Read more

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Rome Braves’ gallery: Charleston slips by Rome, 5 to 4. Photos by Mills Fitzner.

Rome Braves’ gallery: Charleston slips by Rome, 5 to 4. Photos by Mills Fitzner.

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