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Rockmart man killed in wreck on Ga. 101 Thursday night

A 41-year-old Rockmart man is dead following a single vehicle wreck on Ga. 101 Thursday night. Juan Roman Flores was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:30 p.m. Thursday by Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor. The preliminary report shows Flores was traveling at speeds of 100 mph when he went off the road near the Silver Creek post office. The vehicle flipped end over end for 400 feet before coming to a rest, Proctor says.
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Floyd County Clerk of Courts Questioned About Actions Caught on Video

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office has now asked the GBI to investigate an incident involving Floyd County Clerk of Courts Barbara Penson. Video footage of the longtime elected official shows Ms. Penson striking her cell phone with a hammer on a concrete wall near the Floyd County Courthouse. Ms. Penson then brought the damaged cell phone back inside the courthouse, according to reports. Penson has said that the cell phone belonged to her and was not public property, but admitted that hitting the phone with a hammer at the courthouse was “probably not the right place” to do it.
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Chattooga Tax Commissioner discusses move to 4-day work week

We have received a lot of good feedback from citizens after beginning our new office hours! It will take some time for everyone to remember that we are closed on Wednesdays, but so far it is working out smoothly. What brought me to this decision?. While campaigning in 2016, I...

Man charged with aggravated assault

A 58-year-old Rome man was arrested Wednesday following an alleged assault at his Topaz Drive home. According to Floyd County Jail records, Mark Anthony Washington hit one victim on the head twice with a broom and then placed a second victim in fear for her life by taking a fighting stance while holding a knife.

UPDATE on “Hazardous Chemical Spill” in Rainsville

The DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency issued an Evacuation Order that was in effect for approximately 1,000 feet from the intersection of Highways 35 and 75 in Rainsville. That warning was issued at around 10:30 on Thursday morning due to a HazMat spill which caused a “threat to life” safety situation.

Lunchroom brawl erupts at Rome High Thursday; charges pending. Police tracking an increase in student fights three weeks into the new school year.

Additional fights are being reported at Rome High School, including a brawl during lunch Thursday that remains under investigation. Students and parents are sharing cellphone video yet again, this time showing the fight among three young women. Officers continue to sort out the details and will be filing additional charges, says Assistant Chief of Police Debbie Burnett. At least 11 students already have been charged this week following similar brawls...

Two people killed after multi-vehicle accident in Ravenden

A multi-vehicle accident near the Lawrence and Sharp county line has claimed the lives of two people. According to the Arkansas State Police, Kyle Robert Simmons, 30, of Hoxie, and Anna Marie Swearinger, 30, of Rome, Ga., were killed after a 2005 Cadillac driven by Simmons apparently crossed the centerline as it traveled south on Highway 63 in Ravenden and triggered a multi-vehicle accident.

Suspension for Peaches recommended following 'worst fight'; Rome City Commission to decide Monday

The Rome City Commission is slated to decide Monday on a recommended license suspension at Peaches nightclub on Broad Street. The city Alcohol Control Commission is recommending a two-week suspension of the alcohol and entertainment permits in the wake of a brawl at the venue early Saturday, July 30. City commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 601 Broad St. While a hearing is not scheduled, a public...

[VIDEO] Rome/Floyd Fire Department holds 2020-2022 Promotion Ceremony

Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter – Thursday evening the Rome/Floyd Fire Department held a promotion ceremony at the Rome City Auditorium to recognize employees that were promoted during the 2020 to 2022 time period. Fire Department Staff were awarded promotions and shook hands with...

More than a third of the region's new covid cases in Floyd; four more residents lost including two from Floyd, one each from Bartow, Chattooga.

More than a third of the new covid cases reported over the past seven days in the region are from Floyd County. The latest weekly update from the state Department of Public Health shows 245 positive tests were reported between Aug. 11 and Wednesday in Floyd. The range over the past four weeks has been from 202 to 284 Floyd County cases. Overall, regional cases dropped from 727 through Aug....

Extra officers at Rome High Friday and downtown with 3 high school football games at Barron, RHS pep rally canceled.

Additional police patrols have been assigned for Rome High School on Friday as well as in downtown Rome. With three major fights and 16 arrests at RHS already this week, plus three high school football games at Barron Stadium for the Corky Kell Classic on Friday, proactive steps are underway. “We will have extra officers at the school tomorrow and downtown this weekend,” Rome Police Department Assistant Chief Debbie Burnett...

Spring Garden’s running game too much for Sand Rock

SPRING GARDEN – It appears power football is back in Spring Garden. And it appears sophomore rusher Connor Bates is the Panthers’ next featured back. After posting negative yardage on his first two carries of Thursday’s season-opening football game against rival Sand Rock, Bates finished with 210 yards on 18 carries, scored four touchdowns, and ran in a 2-point conversion in leading the Class 1A, No. 2 Panthers to a 40-8 victory.

Some questions and answers following the Eric Holland nomination by the Rome school board

Wednesday will be remembered for the huge amount of reaction, pro and con, following news that Eric Holland is the finalist to return to the Rome City Schools’ system as superintendent. Social media posts, texts, emails, calls and more of each swirled throughout the community starting Tuesday night. Supporters included some of the most veteran names in Rome’s education system, leaders of Rome’s Black community and others. Objecting were some...