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Rome Police Department swore in the two newest police officers Monday morning. Officer Caleb Warren and Officer David Metroka completed Basic Peace Officer training and graduated Dec. 21. / Contributed

On Dec. 17, members of the Rome High School Sound of the Seven Hills Band were surprised with a special award, the Marching Band Showcase Award, presented by WKSY Sky 21 TV.

The Rome Noon Optimist Club recently made a $3,000 contribution to Restoration Rome to complete the development and initial stocking of a snack shop at the former schoolhouse on Crane Street. The schoolhouse is currently being renovated to serve at-risk and foster care families. The funds we…

Rome News-Tribune wishes to thank all those who contributed to its 11th Annual Ball and Book Drive. In addition to this barrel full of books and balls, enough to fill two more large bags were received. They will be given to the Boys and Girls Club Northwest Georgia soon after the first of th…

Rome Photo Club held their annual photo prize presentation on Dec. 17. Prizes were awarded to the top photographers in four divisions including junior (up to high school), beginner, intermediate and advanced. The junior trophy went to Sarah Lockwood, Kathy Bibbings won the beginners prize, B…

Rome Regional Police Academy graduates Cody George (from left), Jameson Mobbs, Amber Miles and Tia Morgan display their graduation packets alongside Floyd County Police Training Director Captain Greg Dobbins. The students graduated on Dec. 21.

Students from each of Rome's and Floyd County's middle schools were designated by faculty and staff of their schools as Rome Noon Optimist Club "Students of the Semester." Each student and their family members were honored at a club luncheon meeting. Honorees included (seated, from left) Mod…

Having helped with relief efforts before, Nick Filetti loaded his truck with some heavy equipment from his farm, including a root grapple, before driving the six hours to Panama City, Florida. Alone in his truck as he neared Panama City, where Hurricane Michael hit on October 11 as a Categor…

When Rome wood working expert Frank Curti created his latest children’s motorcycle rocker to be used in a Marine Corps League raffle in support of Toys for Tots, it never occurred to him that his goodwill gesture would reunite him with an old friend. Curti had worked alongside Johnny Huckaby…

Chapter members Ruby Morgan (at front, left) and Melissa Bates (right) with Hope House clients. The Theta Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recently donated 18 blankets, 26 throws and dozens of toiletries to The Hope House, Cartersville. The donation was part of the sororit…

Floyd County's human resources department recently received the 2018 Excellence Award from Georgia Local Government Personnel Association President Teaa Allston-Bing. Pictured are (from left, front row) Jim Ford, Hunter Walden, Jacob Stone, BettyAnn Spriggs, Amanda Edwards, Tracy Hardy, Huma…

Cherokee Masonic Lodge 66 presented Cave Spring Elementary School with a check for $1,200 for their innovation lab project. Back row from left are Cherokee Masonic Lodge 66 members Norman Barden, Tom Caldwell, Walter Tharp, Camden Eckels, Greg Dobbins, David Striblin, and Tom Fox. Front row,…

Boy Scout Troop 20, sponsored by the Cave Spring United Methodist Church, presented the Eagle Scout Award to Sean Matthew Ford, son of Scott and Jina Ford of Cave Spring, and Logan Anthony Elicker, son of Tony and Brenda Elicker of Cedartown.

Jamiyus Ahanotu, Lauren Rogers, LaShawn McKay and Sergio Gaspar-Francisco are Rome Middle School students recognized by the Rotary Club of Rome as November's Terrific Students. / Rome City Schools

The annual Everett Springs School reunion was held Nov. 3 at Mount Tabor Methodist Church, 2341 Everett Springs Road. Attendees included (seated, from left) Melanie Everett Caldwell, Carolyn Mills Cothran, Martha Terry Kemp, Joy Mills Womack, Alvin Duvall, Houston Touchstone, Alice Lumpkin, …

Public viewing of the Tomb of the Known Soldier replica was held last Saturday, Nov. 10, in Lindale. Local residents came out to visit the replica and pay tribute to our veterans. The replica was made possible through the cooperation of the Floyd County Government, the Rome Exchange Club, Re…

A veterans' reception was held in the Floyd County administration building community room Thursday, at 4 p.m. to honor employee veterans. The reception was led by Everett Gray III, Floyd County Public Works Warehouse Manager, who is retired from the US Marine Corps. Guests speakers included …

Local resident Barbara McCollum completed all 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on Nov. 4. Completion of the trails qualifies Barbara for membership in the GSMNP 900-Miler Club. Between 1,100 and 1,200 total miles are required to hike the 900 because many of the t…

Lindale Masonic Lodge No. 455 recently presented Pepperell Primary School with a check for $1,260 for the school's innovation lab/makerspace project. Pictured from left are interim Pepperell Primary Principal Barbara Smith, Lindale Masonic Lodge No. 455 Past Masters Ron Pajor and Richard Joh…

Floyd County Commissioner Allison Waters was recently recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, or Georgia’s County Association, with a certificate for her completion of their continuing education requirements within the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy. Watters and others…

The holidays are approaching and area artists, florists, garden clubs, businesses, interior designers and others have created original holiday wreaths that can be purchased to benefit Cancer Navigators.

Elise Tallent is currently a senior at the University of Georgia where she maintains a coveted position in the Redcoat Marching band of UGA. She attended Rome City Schools from West End Elementary through Rome High. 

Rome News-Tribune graphic designer Lee Field has earned a spot in the quarter finals of Shore Scripts’ annual scriptwriting contest. Shore Scripts is an association created by filmmakers in the United States and the United Kingdom to help novice screenwriters get past the wall of anonymity i…

Renaissance Marquis, 3126 Cedartown Highway, presented a check for $11,830 to the Alzheimer's Association on Oct. 25. The funds were raised from the sixth annual Charlie Hyde Memorial Golf Tournament held Sept. 28 at Stonebridge Golf Course, 585 Stonebridge Drive. About 150 people on differe…

The team "HomeBoys" took both 1st place and 3rd place in the "Judges' Choice" category for the fourth year in a row at the Trout Unlimited Chili Cook Off this past Saturday. Team members (from left) Rick Daffron, Tom Ewing, John Davis, Parker Ewing, Joe Wade and Richard Penson are local busi…

Tiyari Redwine, Talia Bowers and Mable Boone share snacks and smiles while finishing up an art project in the cafeteria. This celebration was part of North Heights Elementary's Grandparents event. Literacy coach Joslynn Hart said, “We had two schools combine, Main and North Heights. We thoug…

Georgia Northwestern Technical College alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown is one of six finalists selected for the American Welding Society US Invitational Weld Trials, part of a four stage process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the nation at the 2019 WorldSkills Completion.

Ashley Greenway was named as a 2018 finalist for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is a first-grade teacher at Elm Street Elementary and she traveled to the Georgia Department of Education where she was recognized by State School Superintendent Ric…

Floyd County 4-H Agent Abbie Salmon was awarded the Joint Council of Extension Professionals Creative Excellence Award at the 2018 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents held in Columbus, Ohio. The award was presented to Salmon and others in recognition of their contributions to Extens…

As more victims cope with losses resulting from Hurricane Michael, one North Georgia Red Cross volunteer is heading down to provide help for their immediate needs. Rome native Betty Ford is reporting to Macon, where she will learn where she will be deployed to help provide shelter for those …

Pepperell Middle School student Waylon Miller, son of David Miller and stepson of Kimber Miller, recently won the I-64 National Open Tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Miller was undefeated in the dual and individual categories at the tournament. He trains at The Factory Wrestling Club …

Dr. John Linatoc of Rome is pictured with a 98-year-old Haitian woman on a medical and dental mission trip to Hinche, Haiti, on Sept. 28. A group of 16 Americans supported by Remote Area Medical, Rockford, Tennessee, and God's Planet for Haiti, Maryville, Tennessee, served over 1,250 during …

American Legion Post 136 presented Kim Baker a check for $1,500. The money will be used to support Kim Baker’s STEM and robotics classes at Pepperell Middle School. Terry Simmons (from left) American Legion chaplain, Ron Pajor, James Cox, Mike O’Shea, Kim Baker, Ben Terry and Eric Waters of …

Four Rome Middle School students were honored by Rome Rotary as Terrific Students for the month of September. Pictured are Rotary representative Mary Hardin Thornton, RCS counselor Ayanna Clarke-Daniel, Heidi Aguilar Mandujuano, Giselle Perez, Albin Manuel-Mendez, Asma Odeh and Rome Middle S…