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 If anyone passing Admiral John H. Towers Plaza on Saturday afternoon had their red flags raised over seeing a man trapped in a tank of water, there’s no cause for concern, he’s a professional illusionist and escape artist.

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“I tell people I make my chili how I like my women — hot but sweet,” said Steve Durbin, a longtime chili maker who was behind bars Saturday during the 22nd Annual Trout Unlimited Chili Cook Off at Ridge Ferry Park.

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Downtown Rome’s fall festivities kicked off Saturday morning with overcast skies along with a cool breeze as runners lined up for the second largest 5K race and two-mile health walk in Rome, the Harbin Hero Hustle.

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Volunteers from Georgia Power Plant Hammond and the Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful organization will fan out across the Simms Mountain Trail on Friday for the annual Rivers Alive clean up. It marks the second straight fall the Simms Mountain Trail near the intersection of Huffaker and Big Texas V…

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 “I want my mommy” and “I’m a scaredy cat” were some common statements from Pepperell Primary students on Friday, as they entered the Dark Dark Library led by media specialist Tony Pope.

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A route through Cartersville for a high-speed passenger rail connection between Atlanta and Chattanooga is expected to be locked in before the end of the month.

  • By Diane Wagner, Staff Writer
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Jonathan Mathew McGill wasn’t just responsible for a string of residential burglaries in Floyd County between November 2016 and January 2017 — he repeatedly targeted the homes of family and friends.

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The large amount of private investment in downtown Rome in recent years, the diverse commercial and residential growth of the Broad Street corridor and the overall ambience of downtown Rome were among the major pros of the downtown corridor identified by community leaders Thursday. Parking, …

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 The Floyd County Board of Education will look to approve two days in February, as well as two days in the same month of 2019, for possible inclement weather makeup days during its regular meeting this evening.

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The effort to make Rome more of a walkable community is stretching out well beyond the booming Broad Street district. “We’re getting more demand for sidewalks than we’ve ever had before,” Rome Public Services Manager Kirk Milam told members of the city Public Works, Transit and Traffic Commi…

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Public safety agencies in Floyd County continue to run below authorized strength in spite of improved pay and benefits. Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd County Police and Rome-Floyd County Fire Department all reported staff shortfalls during a meeting of the county public safety committe…

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Rome City Schools Chief Operations Officer Tim Williams said the system is whittling down its $301,356 deficit in Education Local Option Sales Tax 4 collections during an update at the Rome Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

  • By Diane Wagner, Staff Writer
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The six candidates vying for three seats on the Rome City Commission have spent thousands of dollars on the contest — although one has raised significantly more than the others.

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Today is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election, which includes two countywide ballot issues in addition to nonpartisan municipal posts.

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Editor's note: This is Part Two of a two-part series on projects at West End Elementary School that are focused on environmental sustainability and what impact these projects are having on the way students learn. Part One ran in Saturday’s Rome News-Tribune.