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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to announce some major changes to the tax code at a noon news conference today — and Sen. Chuck Hufstetler of Rome will be standing with him in the North Wing of the State Capitol.

  • By Kathrine Kirby, Rome News-Tribune correspondent
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Walking by the Charles Parker Center for Active Adults on a Wednesday morning, you might be pleasantly surprised to hear what sounds like a mountain concert wafting from the sides of the building. Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. the Georgia Mountain Music Club meets at the center on Kingston High…

  • Contributed by Georgia Highlands College
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Xinia Smith-Camacho was born in Costa Rica. Her first language is Spanish. In 2009, her family moved to America. The only way she could communicate was through her art.

  • By Spencer Lahr, Staff Writer
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Local superintendents say they do support legislation to provide flexibility in the use of ELOST funds, but they do not foresee their school systems using collections from the 1-cent sales tax on anything other than constructing new facilities and upgrading those they already have anytime soon.

  • By Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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Rome and Floyd County are running out of places to hang their Tree City USA flags. Georgia Forestry Commission Chief Ranger for Floyd and Chattooga counties Mike Brunson presented Rome with a flag for the 28th time Friday during Arbor Day ceremonies that brought more than 110 people to the t…

  • By Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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The biggest danger related to cyber security today is complacency, according to information technology security specialist Robert Finley. The technology consultant told members of the Rome Rotary Club Thursday that cyber security must be constantly updated as different threats emerge daily.

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Three-year-old students from Berry College Child Development Center enjoyed a visit to Doug’s Deli Downtown on Feb. 9. Doug Bowling and his employee, Luke Otstot, spent time showing the children the entire facility which included the large mixer, a walk-in refrigerator and the large rotating…

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Rome’s Big Float, the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s annual 6-mile river celebration on the Etowah, is expected to get much bigger as the river protection organization attempts to set a world record for the longest line of innertubes and inflatables.

  • By Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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Scriptures from Ecclesiastes and the Gospel of Luke, which deal with the importance of working together and forgiveness, were at the heart of the Rev. Eric S.C. Manning's speech at the Third Annual Hearts United Gathering in Rome Thursday night. More than 600 turned out to hear him speak.

On Wednesday a visit from Miss Georgia, Marianny Egurrola, made a huge difference to a little girl who is still continuing to dream against all odds. Rachael Vallejo, a fourth grader at West End Elementary School, has been diagnosed with cancer in the form of a tumor on her brain. Miss Georg…

  • By Spencer Lahr, Staff Writer
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A Floyd County man who was sentenced to life without parole plus 25 years in May 2017 for opening fire at a Hardy Avenue party — killing one man and wounding another — appeared in court Thursday to seek a new trial.

  • By Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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A major southeastern developer, Smith Douglas Homes, will build out the vacant lots in the Magnolia Walk subdivision off Smith Road, in the shadow of Mount Alto. Jim Van Kirk, director of marketing for Smith Douglas, said the company hopes to close on the acquisition of 37 lots during the mo…

Jennie Horton and Mark Otstot were married by Reverend Scott Fuller at the Fuller home at 12:01 a.m. making them one of the first couples married on Valentines Day in 2018. In attendance were several friends and family. (Photo contributed by Jeff McEver)