Saturday, January 8, 2022

Area schools report almost 400 student, staff cases in first week. 96 virus patients in Rome hospitals. Business updates. Warmer, wetter weekend.

Today's first headlines:
  • COVID on campus: Almost 400 student, staff COVID cases after the first week of classes (some reports pending). 5 of 8 Rome Schools in phase 2 protocols. Berry cases climb; most students back this weekend.
  • 96 virus patients in Rome hospitals Friday, up 6. State records 21,233 new cases since Thursday; no county-by-county reports again Friday. Voccio: Omicron is the dominant variant here; hospitals seeing surge in patients.
  • Business: Final First National Community Bank signs up on former Heritage First offices. The Development Authority of Floyd County meets Wednesday.
  • Education: Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation awards scholarships to 34 students for the 2022 spring semester.
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Sunny and low 50s today and then another rain/colder air cycle begins Sunday.
  • Obituaries: Earl Graeff Barton Jr., Ava Mae Freeman, Curtis E. Hoover, Barbara June McElyea, Sherry Alene Matthews Willerson.
  • Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores, Tuesday-Saturday.
  • Crimewatch brought to you by Big Dan's Car Wash. Updates on arrests.

Truett's Chick-fil-A Sports Report

  • Georgia vs. Alabama, national championship, 8 p.m. Monday, ESPN.
  • Falcons vs. Saints, 4:25 p.m. Sunday, Fox 5, 92.9 FM and Le Mejor. Season finale.
  • Berry women's basketball game canceled as Hendrix team enters protocol.
  • Community sports includes tennis tournament at month's end.


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