Updated: Hufstetler joins Deal, others in outlining income tax reductions.

Updated: Hufstetler joins Deal, others in outlining income tax reductions.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE Media reelase: State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, along with Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston, representatives and senators from across Georgia recently announced two bills aimed at reducing the state’s income tax percentage and saving taxpayer dollars. This is the largest single tax cut in Georgia for individuals… Read more

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The Rev. Billy Graham dies at age 99.

The Rev. Billy Graham dies at age 99.

  One of the most prominent religious figures of the 20th Century and into this era has died. The Rev. Billy Graham has died at age 99. He passed this morning after battling multiple illnesses, including cancer. You can find more online, starting with the Associated Press. Read more

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Latest Heritage First Headlines: Aftermath: From talks about school safety enhancements to another threat on a local campus. As heart month continues, how cutting edge cardiac care grew in Northwest Georgia. Warmer days ahead — maybe storms, too.

Latest Heritage First Headlines: Aftermath: From talks about school safety enhancements to another threat on a local campus. As heart month continues, how cutting edge cardiac care grew in Northwest Georgia. Warmer days ahead — maybe storms, too.

  First, fast, fair, factual and always free: Hometown Headlines. LATEST HEADLINES Updates from the Floyd County, Bartow County and Polk County jails. MORNING EDITION A day that started with one school system discussing safety enhancements ends with another dealing with ‘threatening’ message found on campus. All of Tuesday’s local updates. Aftermath Business: Mathis True Value… Read more

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A day that started with one school system discussing safety enhancements ends with another dealing with ‘threatening’ message found on campus. All of Tuesday’s local updates.

A day that started with one school system discussing safety enhancements ends with another dealing with ‘threatening’ message found on campus. All of Tuesday’s local updates.

  As the first week following the shootings that left 17 dead at Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., closed, our community continued to cope with its aftermath and what’s next. Even as one school system looked for options to expand student safety, another in our area was investigating a “threatening” message found in a campus… Read more

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Health: As heart health month continues, a closer look at how advanced cardiac care grew in Northwest Georgia — and how many lives it is saving.

Health: As heart health month continues, a closer look at how advanced cardiac care grew in Northwest Georgia — and how many lives it is saving.

As part of heart month, Harbin Clinic has traced the evolution of advanced cardiac care in Northwest Georgia from the decision to create such services with Redmond Regional Medical Center in 1981 to the first open-heart procedure in 1986. The program has exploded since, with advanced equipment, state-of-the-art heart procedures, the arrival of new doctors… Read more

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Education: Unity Christian School names its STAR student, teacher.

Education: Unity Christian School names its STAR student, teacher.

  Unity Christian School announces that senior Hannah Jo Jackson is this year’s STAR Student. The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program honors Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been the most instrumental in their academic development. Jackson selected high school history and Bible teacher, Mr. Bradford Poston, as her STAR teacher.… Read more

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Buzz: County Commission to meet with health providers over opioid crisis today at noon. ‘From Death to Life’ coming to Rome First United Methodist Church March 28. Bartow History Museum plans Celtic Family Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 17.

Buzz: County Commission to meet with health providers over opioid crisis today at noon. ‘From Death to Life’ coming to Rome First United Methodist Church March 28. Bartow History Museum plans Celtic Family Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 17.

Today, the Floyd County Commission will host the first of two opioid discussions with local healthcare providers.  The first is scheduled for today at noon in the Commissioners Caucus Room, Suite 204.  The second is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 26, at noon in the Community Room located on the second floor of the County Administration… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Upper 70s through the weekend; storms possible today, Thursday, the weekend.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Upper 70s through the weekend; storms possible today, Thursday, the weekend.

  OUTLOOK Today: Isolated thunderstorms are possible across North Georgia through early Thursday morning. No severe thunderstorms are expected, with the primary hazard being occasional lightning. Thursday through Tuesday: Isolated thunderstorms are possible across the far north Thursday. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible late Saturday through Sunday across both north and parts of central… Read more

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Latest Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Model girls advance to elite eight with huge win tonight. Weekly soccer column returns plus high school soccer rankings — Coosa no. 2, Pepperell no. 5, Rome no. 7, Cartersville no. 9.

Latest Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Model girls advance to elite eight with huge win tonight. Weekly soccer column returns plus high school soccer rankings — Coosa no. 2, Pepperell no. 5, Rome no. 7, Cartersville no. 9.

HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS Congratulations to the Model Lady Blue Devils as they move on to the 2A Elite 8 by defeating Callaway 71-25. Next game: Tuesday, Feb. 27, vs. Dodge County. SPORTS BUZZ The YMCA’s Arsenal Rome B13 team won the Gold Division championship of the Atlanta… Read more

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Obituaries: Maureen Sharkey Hall, Joseph Tom “Tommy” Langley.

Obituaries: Maureen Sharkey Hall, Joseph Tom “Tommy” Langley.

Joseph Tom “Tommy” Langley, age 58 of Summerville, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his residence. Tommy was born December 21, 1959, Detroit, Michigan a son of the late James Langley and Barbara Ferguson Langley. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jeff Langley. Survivors include, his wife, Grace Odell Langley, his children,… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores.

Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores.

  FLOYD NORTH HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Food Service Inspections) ATTEIRAM DR ROME, GA 30161 View inspections: February 20, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A BARTOW Los Arcos  1010 N TENNESSEE ST STE 100 CARTERSVILLE, GA 30120 View inspections: February 20, 2018 Score: 87, Grade: B Mariana’s 54 FERGUSON DR EUHARLEE, GA 30145 View inspections: February 20,… Read more

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(Updated) Sheriff: Threatening message at Chattooga High could have been an attempt to get classes to dismiss early on Tuesday.

(Updated) Sheriff: Threatening message at Chattooga High could have been an attempt to get classes to dismiss early on Tuesday.

LATEST UPDATES: 8:40 p.m., from Chattooga County Sheriff Mark A. Schrader: “Our investigators are continuing to work with school officials regarding the threatening message that was found written on the bathroom wall. As was stated earlier, we take these threats very seriously. “I appreciate the parents who have called with their very valid concerns. I… Read more

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Education: 17,000 views for Floyd County Board of Education meeting on school safety Tuesday morning. Plus: Monday’s radio interview.

Education: 17,000 views for Floyd County Board of Education meeting on school safety Tuesday morning. Plus: Monday’s radio interview.

To watch the full Facebook Live broadcast, please click here. With views topping 17,000 so far, Tuesday morning’s broadcast of the Floyd County Board of Education’s meeting had lots of eyes and ears as board members talked about school safety among other issues. (Watch it here) Comments on the Facebook Live post were approaching 360 as… Read more

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11:15 a.m. update: Package designed to look like a bomb found outside Restoration Rome Tuesday morning; all clear given. Statement from Foster Care Services Center.

11:15 a.m. update: Package designed to look like a bomb found outside Restoration Rome Tuesday morning; all clear given. Statement from Foster Care Services Center.

  Media release from Restoration Rome: “At approximately 7:44 a.m. Tuesday, the facilities manager for the Restoration Rome Center for Foster Care Services called 911 after discovering a suspicious package during a routine morning walk-around of the building. Initially, the package was deemed to be an early morning donation drop-off, but based on a closer… Read more

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