-Expanded interviews with Northwest Georgia newsmakers based on today's -- and tomorrow's headlines.
Hometown weather podcast: Rough evening ahead.
A quick summary of the impact of the first round of storms at midday Thursday, including hard-hit Cedartown, and a look at what forecasts expect tonight and overnight.
The return of the Hometown Podcast -- and then some.
The last time we did a podcast, former Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and the Rome Ga. Cares crew had boots on the ground in Louisiana helping hurricane victims there. We actually did a "pregame" and "on the ground" series of podcasts which became the most listened to in our first season. And it was a great first season with more than 47,500 "listens."
Now we're preparing for season two -- and it will be different. Our goal is to add video for those who prefer to see some faces and maybe some images. We'll do that by using Zoom technology, which allows us to interview area newsmakers using the safest COVID protocols. We'll record these Zoom interviews and make them available on our new YouTube channel.
You'll also be able to listen to the broadcasts in more traditional podcast formats such as on Anchor, Apple and all the others. The broadcasts will be available via one quick click from our websites as well as all our social media.
Our second season is part of our celebrating 17 years of Hometown Headlines. Our website went live on Jan. 28, 2004, and we weren't sure we'd be around to celebrate 17 weeks much less 17 years. We thank you and our advertisers for making that possible.
We'll get back to work learning more about the Zoom options and making it all work on YouTube and the podcast platforms.
Podcast: Boots on the ground-- Rome Ga Cares, NW Georgia help hurricane victims. An interview with Beauregard Parish Sheriff Mark Herford.
A caravan of hurricane relief supplies, donated by Floyd County residents for victims of Hurricane Laura, left our area on Monday, Sept. 21, for the hard-hit community of Beauregard Parish.
On Wednesday, we talked with Beauregard Sheriff Mark Herford about the storm itself (gusts of 140-145 mph), extensive damage (28,000 structures, minor to major) and the loss of basic power and water services in the storm's wake.
Herford says the community is recovering and was so appreciative of the trucks filled with relief supplies collected from Rome and Floyd County to help his community.
The Rome Ga Cares team remains on the ground, distributing cleaning gear, fans, water and treats for the kids -- even as the remnants of another storm, Beta -- trigger new flood concerns there. The Rome team is doing fine, Sheriff Tim Burkhalter says -- adding that they're getting to taste a whole lot of boudin (a sausage-like specialty) and other local cooking during their breaks.
Sheriff Tim Burkhalter on the latest mission of Rome Ga Cares: Helping a Louisiana parish recover after the ravaging winds of Hurricane Laura.
Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter joins us to talk about the seventh mission of Rome Ga Cares, this time to Beauregard Parish, La., to help the community recover after being devastated by Hurricane Laura.
After speaking with Beauregard Sheriff Mark Herford, Burkhalter says the community is in major need of Box fans, tarps, infant care (diapers, food, formula), small toys or stuffed animals for children, and cleaning supplies to fill the buckets we will be taking them.
You can drop off those donations at two locations now through Sept. 18, at North Rome Church of God off Broad Street, or Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church. Volunteers will unload it from your vehicle from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The final day to donate is Sept. 18 and crews will leave Sept. 21 to distribute relief items.
You're also welcome to donate $75 for a cleaning kit or whatever amount you'd like. To do so, click the sheriff's website/Rome Ga Cares.
Burkhalter and Rome Ga Cares already have assisted six other communities hit by hurricanes in recent years, from Texas to Florida to North Carolina. He commend the community's giving spirit and said Rome/Floyd County has developed a strong reputation of helping others in need.
Weekly Rant: Who will make the best decision for your child's health, safety as school begins? Only you.
Record hospital admissions. Enduring the second deadliest month of the pandemic (with two days to go). Soaring positive test results.
And some still want to use our students as political collateral?
That choice is yours. Our "leaders" have had six months -- half a year -- to respond to the pandemic. They failed.
Do what's best for your child.
Today's Rant: Private sector goes adult, bypasses political grandstanding over face coverings: No mask, no entry. Now how will local businesses, offices respond?
For five blistering days, most of what we heard about was face coverings -- also known as masks. Yes votes, no votes, "education," "marketing plans," litigation, masks having some imaginary connection to the state's economy and for reasons that should be criminal -- politics as well.
All over as simple a thing as trying to save lives -- our own, our friends, our family, our community.
By Friday, most of us were numb and confused. The adults needed to take control. They did so in such a way that any executive order signed by a one-term governor trying to bully local governments would have the impact of a dying fly.
The private sector stood up and won't be seated any time soon. Starting with Starbacks and later including Walmart, Sam's Club, Kroger, Publix, Target, Kohl's, Lowe's and Home Depot, some of the biggest names in retail make it easy for all to understand: Wear a mask or stay out of our stores.
By midday Friday, Harbin Clinic did the same, requiring all patients and visitors to all offices to wear masks during the entirety of their stay. We expect others to follow. And soon.
Does the private sector have the clout? You bet.
Now's the time for the locals, the moms-and-pops to step up as well.