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Traffic flow was redirected along Fifth Avenue on Monday morning as workers from Miller Welding & Contractors replaced the hands on the courthouse clock tower. "This is part of a project correcting the clocks so they'll all display the same time," said Floyd County Facilities Manager Rya…

Candidates for the state House District 14 special election begin qualifying today in Atlanta. The election is scheduled for Dec. 18.

The Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild hosted Tellabration 2018 on Saturday. It was an evening of food and stories at Trinity United Methodist Church, 606 Turner McCall Blvd. The event included a potluck meal followed by tales told by Bill Davies, Clemontene Slack, Raymond Atkins, Nanci H…

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The Christmas trees have arrived at Lavender Mountain Hardware & Garden. Just like they have for the past 19 years, the Fraser Fir trees were delivered from a small family-owned farm in North Carolina. Over 180 trees, ranging from six to 16 feet in height, transform the garden center int…

The annual Christmas Candy Cane Hunt in downtown Rome is a lot like a thoroughbred horse race. More than 13,000 candy canes spread across the Town Green Saturday were snatched up by children in less than two minutes Saturday, highlighting the Downtown Open House activities.

You know you've got a winner of a fundraiser when you need law enforcement personnel out for traffic control. So it was Saturday at the Rome Optimist Club's 58th annual pancake breakfast at the Rome Civic Center. It's not unusual to need help early on, but the parking lot was full through th…

A dozen and a half teenagers from the Rome area spent their Saturday morning in a class room, but not in their usual school.  The class work was part of a specialized Teen Vehicle Operations Course and the class work was followed by some hands on the steering wheel out at Richard B. Russell …

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

Spriggs Construction of Rome is the apparent low bidder for the next section of trails along Rome's riverways, Phase One of the Mount Berry Trail.  The local firm was the lowest of six bidders for the trail on the west side of the Oostanaula River from Little Dry Creek around to where Big Dr…

Forecasters at the Southeast River Forecast Center nailed their projection for a crest of the Oostanaula River in Rome Thursday. Early Thursday morning the forecasters projected a crest of 24.7 feet, just barely under flood stage in Rome, and the river crested at 24.71 at 11 p.m. Thursday night.

Three men were taken into custody Friday morning by Gordon County Sheriff's Office deputies following an incident at an RV camp on Red Bud Road that involved suspects pointing firearms at deputies and one deputy, who was "in fear for his life," firing two shots at one of the men. No one was …

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Students do not come to school prepared for messing up their clothes while some come to school completely lacking; the Coosa Valley Fraternal Order of Police has stepped up to make sure school staff are prepared for these events even if students are not.

The Forum River Center seems to be the place for groups to meet this winter as everyone wants to see the Forum on Ice rink. Downtown business leaders held their monthly Coffee Break at the arena Friday not only got to see the rink but learn about events that are being planned for the holiday…

Next school year holds a major shakeup in store for the Pepperell school district with the closing of McHenry Primary and the demolition of Pepperell Middle School leaves school officials with several problems to solve.

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Rome community leaders have been encouraged to share of their unique time and talents with children that have been placed at either of the local Open Door Homes.

Residents of Pickens County are far and away the leaders when it comes to per capital personal income across the 15-county Northwest Georgia region. Pickens County is also the lone county in Northwest Georgia where per capital personal income exceeded the state figure. New data for 2017, pro…

The Cave Spring City Council is gearing up for a referendum to allow liquor sales within the city limits.

The Rome City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to replace their costly 10-year-old phone system with a new district wide system which should create a return on investment in less than two years.

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Plans for a 35-room addition to the Hawthorn Suites hotel downtown were approved by the Rome Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday with hopes that developer Ira Levy will have room in his budget to make some enhancements to the exterior facade.

The Georgia Open International Tennis Federation Wheelchair tournament has been honored with an Award of Excellence for Wheelchair Tennis  across the nine-state Southern section of the United States Tennis Association.

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Floyd County Public Works will host an electronics drive at their new location on 412 Lavender Drive Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. as part of America Recycles Day.

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Local schools are not only using technology to challenge students but also using it as a launching pad for those interested in careers involving technology and math.

The two-hour parking limit in downtown Rome will soon be enforced from 8 am to 8 p.m., the extension from 6 p.m. approved by city commissioners Tuesday night, but not without a heated exchange with one downtown property owner. Diane Lewis said she believes the changes to the parking manageme…

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Rome Board of Education met Tuesday night for their monthly caucus and meeting where they discussed a new addition to the sexual health class, celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month and voted on adopting a new phone system.

While no local businesses or landowners were named among the 13 worst water pollution offenders, as compiled by the Georgia Water Coalition, the annual report highlighted several ongoing concerns for those who advocate on behalf of clean water in the state.

Today is the deadline for the state to certify election results — unless a judge bumps it back to Wednesday — but there are no ballot disputes pending locally.

According to the National Weather Service, Floyd County is under a flash flood warning until 10:30 p.m. Monday due to the 2.6 inches of rain in the past 12-hours which has caused flooding, downed trees and several wrecks.