Friday school: Bartow, Polk, Gordon schools closed; Rome, Floyd, Saint Mary’s, most others open.

Friday school: Bartow, Polk, Gordon schools closed; Rome, Floyd, Saint Mary’s, most others open.

FRIDAY SCHOOLS Open: Rome City Schools will resume classes Friday. Open: Friday will be a regular school day for Floyd County Schools’ faculty, staff, and students. “Our transportation department has been working with emergency management to make them aware of the icy patches they’ve seen throughout the county, and we believe our buses can navigate… Read more

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Business: Chamber honors top small business, Greene’s Jewelers, and ambassador of the year, Stephanie Nichols of Rome Cleaners, at annual meeting.

Business: Chamber honors top small business, Greene’s Jewelers, and ambassador of the year, Stephanie Nichols of Rome Cleaners, at annual meeting.

  Even nearly 48 hours of subfreezing weather couldn’t stop the 107th Annual Meeting of the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce Thursday night at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s aviation training center at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport. A good-sized crowd did the networking thing amid the spotless aviation complex, complete with a generous amount of… 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 this report 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… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center:  Afternoon delight — temperature finally above freezing after 41 hours. Bad news: Water pipe leaks surging. Also: 46 sought shelter from frigid weather overnight Thursday.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Afternoon delight — temperature finally above freezing after 41 hours. Bad news: Water pipe leaks surging. Also: 46 sought shelter from frigid weather overnight Thursday.

  At 1 p.m. 34 degrees — the first time we’ve been above freezing since 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. That’s 41 consecutive hours of temperatures of 32 degrees or cooler. It got down to 13 degrees on Wednesday with a wind chill of minus 2. Not so good news for some: With temperatures finally… Read more

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Roads: A few icy spots still around Rome/Floyd County (Ward Mountain, Devonshire in East Rome). Some concern about another refreeze tonight.

Roads: A few icy spots still around Rome/Floyd County (Ward Mountain, Devonshire in East Rome). Some concern about another refreeze tonight.

BELOW: PHOTOS FROM WEDNESDAY’S MESS Thursday afternoon update: We’ve received a few emails about potential trouble spots (Ward Mountain) and spun our own tires on Devonshire over Chulio Road just before noon. Cartersville Police report some road issues there as well. The National Weather Service cautions that we’ll have subfreezing lows again tonight and we… Read more

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Today’s closings & delays: Final update.

Today’s closings & delays: Final update.

SCHOOLS / MEDICAL / GOVERNMENT / KEY BUSINESSES     MEDICAL The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District office in Rome and all our county health departments (Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker) will remain closed Thursday and reopen for regular business hours on Friday, Jan. 19.   Read more

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Latest Heritage First Headlines: Weather: Latest on local roads, closings and delays, and the forecast. Business: Surprise sale under way at West Rome IGA; proposed Lidl grocer removed from nearby strip center.  Gordon deputies help capture murder suspect. Jobs update.

Latest Heritage First Headlines: Weather: Latest on local roads, closings and delays, and the forecast. Business: Surprise sale under way at West Rome IGA; proposed Lidl grocer removed from nearby strip center. Gordon deputies help capture murder suspect. Jobs update.

First, fast, fair, factual and always free: Hometown Headlines. WARE MECHANICAL WEATHER CENTER: Roads: Slick spot in the 1500 block of Wayside Road (northeast Floyd); no other issues so far. Callier Springs reopens. Closed: Most local school systems closed, several area colleges. Medical: Health department closed; updates on Floyd locations. With lows in the teens this morning,… Read more

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Business: West Rome IGA offers 20% price reduction amid speculation on what’s next. Plus: Proposed nearby Lidl location now off the project map.

Business: West Rome IGA offers 20% price reduction amid speculation on what’s next. Plus: Proposed nearby Lidl location now off the project map.

  The texts and emails started Monday night, asking about rumors circulating on Facebook and linked to conversations with unidentified employees of the West Rome IGA off Shorter Avenue and Division Street. Our two calls to the store missed the local owner and the manager on duty says any changes on the way would be… Read more

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Business: Local job totals rise vs. December 2016 reports by 200 — but down from November. Statewide, 2017 was a banner year for employment.

Business: Local job totals rise vs. December 2016 reports by 200 — but down from November. Statewide, 2017 was a banner year for employment.

  The Rome/Floyd labor market picked up 200 jobs in December vs. the same month in 2017, according to Georgia’s Department of Labor. Some 41,500 people worked here last month vs. 41.300 a year earlier. The area lost 200 jobs vs. November’s total of 41,700. The December county-by-county first-time jobless claims report were not available… Read more

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Buzz: Saturday wine tasting to benefit March for Babies. Call to Honor exhibit open today, Friday. Junior Service League seeks partner organizations needing volunteers, funding. Optimists reset Hayslett’s ‘Two Georgias’ speech for Monday.

Buzz: Saturday wine tasting to benefit March for Babies. Call to Honor exhibit open today, Friday. Junior Service League seeks partner organizations needing volunteers, funding. Optimists reset Hayslett’s ‘Two Georgias’ speech for Monday.

  Olive Tree & Vine in Cartersville will host a special wine tasting to benefit the Northwest Georgia Mountains March for Babies on Saturday from 2 until 5 p.m. at the downtown Cartersville business. For a suggested donation of only $10, guests will enjoy a wine tasting, along with appetizers provided by Maine Street Coastal Cuisine. … Read more

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Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Berry’s Megan Radosta elected as first president of league advisory committee. Weather plays havoc with college, high school basketball schedules. Tech vs. UGA set for Nov. 24; ‘Jackets’ full schedule.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Berry’s Megan Radosta elected as first president of league advisory committee. Weather plays havoc with college, high school basketball schedules. Tech vs. UGA set for Nov. 24; ‘Jackets’ full schedule.

HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS SPORTS BUZZ: First, the weather … Sports updates from Shorter: “Because of the winter weather that has hit the region this week, today’s basketball games versus Mississippi College at the Winthrop-King Centre have been moved to Monday, Jan. 22, at 4 and 6 p.m.… Read more

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Obituaries: Mr. Jerry Neil Bates, Barbara Jane “BJ” Dempsey, Rose Molnar, Mr. Hershel Lewis Rose.

Obituaries: Mr. Jerry Neil Bates, Barbara Jane “BJ” Dempsey, Rose Molnar, Mr. Hershel Lewis Rose.

Mr. Jerry Neil Bates, age 62, of Rome, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018, at a local hospital. Mr. Bates was born in Joliet, IL on April 16, 1955, son of the late Willie Bates and the late Marlene Ruby Werth Bates Sparks. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Laurenea Berglund and… Read more

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