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When officers responded to a 911 call to the Cottis in on Martha Berry Boulevard late Tuesday night, they found Richard Jermaine Boatner lying in the parking lot after having been shot in the chest.

Ivy League school Brown University is the eighth oldest university in the United States with an acceptance rate of only nine percent, which makes the acceptance of a Model High School senior to its 2019 freshman class very notable.

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Flip on the radio and stations everywhere are blaring out the lyrics “It’s the most wonderful time of the year – There’ll be much mistletoe-ing – And hearts will be glowing – When love ones are near. …” Because now more than ever it’s the most wonderful time of the year – right?

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Jarrod "J.J." Johnson moved to Rome from Houston, Texas, almost seven years ago, about the time Floyd County was beginning to see some light at the end of the recession's tunnel. He had an idea for a business that took four years to bring to reality. Now he's ready to start giving back to hi…

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A citizens committee circulating a petition for a liquor referendum in Cave Spring is more than halfway to its goal.

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A 20-year-old local author will be signing her first self-published book “Full,” a project that has been a year in the making, at Dogwood Books and Antiques today from 1 — 3 p.m.

East Central Elementary’s faculty and their EC Leadership Team surpassed their goal to collect 2,000 non-perishable foods items for their yearly canned food drive by 686 items.

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Keeping a secret about anything going on in Rome from Mary Hardin Thornton is not an easy task, but the Downtown Development Authority pulled it off Friday. Thornton was in tears as she walked to the stage of the DeSoto Theatre to accept the DDA William Fricks Award for a lifetime of service…

The annual procession down Broad Street celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe was canceled this year due to ice.

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Technology has helped shrink the physical distance between companies around the globe. The distance from east to west is no longer a three-day business trip, but 20 minutes in the wake of a mouse click. Romega Digital, a small, but growing business based in a historic old home on Clocktower …

Officer Katy Walters was selected as the 2018 Officer of the Year by the Floyd County Police Department for her role in saving the life of a child who was shot during an incident in July. Other recognitions were made for quarterly awards as well as three officer retirements.

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Eric McJunkin’s a little nervous about his new business venture, but he’s also very excited. He’s getting to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams.

In the past week there have been at least four reported scams and fraud claims made through the Rome Police Department which have cost locals thousands of dollars.

Georgia Power coal ash ponds have come under new scrutiny as a result of a report released by the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. The report claims that the groundwater at Plant Hammond west of Rome is unsafe, particularly in the areas of Ash Ponds 1 and 2, due to high leve…

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A few early birds may have noticed objects in their house rattling around just after 4 a.m. Wednesday morning while others may have slept through the weak earthquake that shook up Eastern Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Metro-Atlanta.

Local police are privileged to again be able to sponsor children for Christmas as part of the annual Shop with a Cop campaign. This year the Fraternal Order of Police will host 49 kids at the event which is celebrating more than 15 years in service to the community.

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Less than six months after the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House on Shorter Avenue closed, the new Truett's Chick-fil-A will formally open Thursday. The restaurant and its employees have used a couple of mornings of soft openings to rehearse for the grand opening.

Floyd County Commissioners unanimously chose Scotty Hancock Tuesday to chair the board in 2019. Commissioner Wright Bagby was the unanimous selection as vice chair.

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The Rome City Commission took no action on a controversial ordinance that would have banned smoking downtown, opting instead for further review.

The Floyd County Commission added another $35,000 Tuesday to this year's budget for the Elections and Registration Department.

A group of local non-profit organizations got a financial boost from the Community Foundation for Greater Rome Monday night in a gathering held at the McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe law office at Bridgepoint Plaza.

Floyd County Commissioners will hold a public hearing this morning on the proposed 2019 operating and capital projects budgets.

Floyd Medical Center hosted a party on Sunday for families of babies treated in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

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A public hearing on Rome's proposed 2019 budgets is set for tonight at the City Commission meeting. No property tax increase is planned.

Heavy rains overnight led to flooding Sunday in Cave Spring's Rolater Park and the city of Rome closed its levee gate at Heritage Park as water lapped at the edge of the road.

Early voting starts today in the Dec. 18 special election to fill the State House District 14 seat vacated by Christian Coomer.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College hosted 28 Northwest Georgia region high schools for the SkillsUSA Region 1 qualifying competition on Nov. 30. Hundreds of competitors represented their schools hoping to qualify for SkillsUSA Georgia being held in Atlanta in March 2019.

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The Community Foundation for Greater Rome has awarded its third cycle of grants from the Community Impact Fund to the Free Clinic of Rome, Elevation House, Living Proof Recovery, Coosa River Basin Initiative, and Communities in Schools. Other funds at the Community Foundation have awarded ad…

Creative Technologies is the fastest growing major in the Campbell School of Business at Berry College, a trend that fits well with the Rome Floyd Chamber’s emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Today’s forecast is predicting a 100 percent chance of rain, which has made Cave Spring reschedule its annual Christmas parade, but the rain won’t be holding up the numerous indoor events happening around Rome this weekend.

It was this time last year — on Dec. 8 — when Rome was hit by a significant snowfall of close to six inches, but the National Weather Service isn’t anticipating that kind of snow, if any, this weekend.