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The Floyd-Rome Retired Educators Association was honored to have six new members at its recent meeting. New members include (from left) Rebecca Crymes, Debra Hall, Lynn Peek, Ruth Cipollo, Gwen Lewis and Cathy Busby. The association has 310 members. Anyone who is interested in education may …

Floyd County 4-H competed in the Northwest District Project Achievement contest held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, March 8-10. Project Achievement is a public speaking, performing arts and food preparation competition where 4-H’ers choose a topic of interest and present a speech, perfo…

Students from Model High and Armuchee Middle School earned top honors in the annual Rome Noon Optimist Club oratorical contest held Saturday in the chapel at Garden Lakes Baptist Church. Eight students delivered brief, original speeches on the topic, “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism an…

Rome News Tribune Features Editor and columnist Severo Avila is pictured in the Floyd County CASA Hero Cape and is CASA’s “Hero of the Month” for March 2019. Court Appointed Special Advocates provides trained and supervised volunteers to speak for the best interest of abused and neglected ch…

Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Donald Abernathy, Adairsville, lights a cutting torch aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) in the Black Sea, Eastern Europe, on Feb. 20. The  Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its eighth patro…

Askew speaks at retired educators meeting: C. King Askew, local attorney and founding partner of Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis LLC, spoke to the Floyd-Rome Retired Educators Association during their February meeting at the Thornton Recreation Center in Armuchee. Aske…

Salvation Army receives donation from Publix shoppers: Leadership at the Publix grocery store in Rome presented a check for more than $7,800 to the Salvation Army on Thursday, representing proceeds of customer donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas period of 2018. Bridget Greenley (…

On Feb. 28 four outstanding Rome Middle School students had lunch at Coosa Country Club where they were honored by Rome Rotary as Terrific Students for the Month of February. Adriana Sequra-Ruiz, Angelie Utzcategul, Connor Dickert and Ginny Carswell were nominated for this award by their tea…

The Exchange Club of Rome presented the Family Resource Center with a donation of $20,000 on Feb. 22 to support their work in parent education and the prevention of child abuse in Northwest Georgia.

Floyd County 4-H is providing opportunities for students to participate in LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens’ knowledge about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology and consumer rights and responsibilities.

Georgia students from Pepperell High School, in Lindale, were recently recognized for their work in the area of teen traffic safety within their community. The Georgia Trauma Foundation invited Eva Ellenburg, a Teen Advisory Board member with the nationally recognized peer-to-peer Teens in t…

Deputy Sheriff John Upton presented a program on how to avoid scams and fraud at the February meeting of National Active and Retired Federal Employees. NARFE meets the second Thursday of each month at the Landmark Restaurant, 2740 Martha Berry Highway. Membership is open to all active and re…

When Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Justin Graves decided to re-enlist in the U.S. Navy, he knew which officer he wanted to administer the re-enlistment oath; his first cousin, U.S. Navy Capt. Kenneth Graves. The ceremony was conducted at the Norfolk Naval Base where Justin is a supervisor…

Seaman Apprentice Jace Samuel Burnham, 18, of Rome, graduated from U.S. Navy boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, on Jan. 25. SA Burnham successfully completed nine weeks of intensive training in seamanship at RTC at Great Lakes as one of…

Floyd Medical Center Chaplain and Director of Pastoral and Spiritual Services Jack Foley has earned an advanced subspecialty certification as a Clinical Fellow in Hospice and Palliative Care.

The Floyd County Cooperative Extension office hosted the Northwest Cloverleaf District’s Project Achievement for 4-H students on Saturday at Georgia Highlands College’s Floyd campus. Cloverleaf District Project Achievement provides an opportunity for 4-Hers in 4th-6th grades to showcase thei…

Sara Grace Abernathy, a sixth-grade student at Model Middle School, has won the 2019 Floyd County Schools Gifted Oratorical Contest. The oratorical event was started in 2009 to allow gifted students to display their academic skill and connect with other students. This year marked the tenth t…

The overall winners of the Floyd County Schools Gifted Oratorical Contest included (from left) Model Middle School 6th-grader Natalie Long in third, Model Middle School 6th-grader Sara Grace Abernathy in first and Pepperell Middle School 7th-grader Gracie Hutcheson in second.

The Theta Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority installed officers for 2019 at a recent meeting. At its December meeting, members of the Theta Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority brought about 150 canned foods to donate to the Grad Polk Student Success Center’s …

The Georgia Municipal Association recently announced that Cave Spring would receive $5,991.75 in safety grants for the purchase of firefighting gear, evacuation cribs, two-way radios, playground mulch and climbing prevention hardware for water tanks.

Cadet Aaron Loya (center) pictured with Rome High AFJROTC Instructors, Col. Seaborn Whatley and Master Sgt. Keith Thrash. Loya received the 2018/2019 CSAF Flight Academy Scholarship, which allows him to attend the Academy while completing the eight-week program that results in a private pilo…

Troy Bolt (left) received the Marine of the Year award at the annual officer installation program of the Puryear Detachment, Marine Corps League. In presenting the award League commandant Tom Beavers listed numerous League community activities for which Bolt volunteered in addition to servin…

The New Romans Club had their first luncheon of 2019 on Jan. 2 at the Coosa Country Club. The group heard a presentation on the book “Here’s My Heart” by local author Leigh W. Callan. The book is a legacy of love and war as told through the romantic correspondences between her mother and fat…

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…