Nearby Restaurants Offering Free Meal to Veterans on Nov. 11

Chili’s is offering veterans and active military members a free meal from a selection of menu items including Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken and Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas.
Applebee’s also has active and retired military members covered with a free dine-in meal.
Cracker Barrel is serving up a Southern homestyle holiday, thanking veterans with a complimentary Pumpkin Pie Latte or Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake. The Old Country Store will also be donating 10% of sales on select rocking chairs to the nonprofit Operation Homefront.
Denny’s is giving the diner vibe to active, non-active and retired military personnel from 5 a.m. to noon with a Build Your Own Grand Slam deal.
At Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Night, anybody who has served in the military can get a free “thank you” dinner.
O’Charley’s is also offering a free entrée from a limited menu for all veterans and active duty personnel. The menu includes Chopped Steak, Low Country Shrimp and Peach Chutney Chicken.
IHOP is making sure veterans and active military can enjoy a free red, white and blueberry pancake combo.
Dunkin’ is giving a sweet salute to its customers from the armed forces with a free donut of their choice.




Red Cross Recognizes Veterans

As we celebrate Veterans Day, the American Red Cross of Georgia recognizes those who have served our country — our veterans – and offers support to them at every step – from the time a service member takes the oath, through active duty, to their transition to becoming a veteran.

“The Red Cross has supported those in uniform since the founding of our organization more than 135 years ago,” Ebony Bradley, director of Red Cross Services to Armed Forces and Veterans in Georgia, said in a news release. “Today, we serve our nation’s military, veterans and their families through our ‘Red Cross Hero Care Network,’ enabling us to provide critical services to this community across the country and around the world.”

Military members, veterans and their families can access these Red Cross services by downloading the free Red Cross Hero Care App on any Apple or Android device. The Hero Care Network offers confidential services to all veterans and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources worldwide.

Red Cross offices maintain relationships with key partners in their region and can connect veterans and their families with them to get the help they need. These vital services include responding to emergency needs for food, clothing and shelter; referrals to counseling services, and information on veterans’ cemeteries and burial benefits.

The Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network is also available for veterans and their caregivers to offer support for the country’s approximately 5.5 million caregivers of military and veteran wounded, ill or injured.

To learn more about how you can give back in your community this Veterans Day, visit


Update on Fatal Crash in Trion

Hometown Headlines in Rome reported on Sunday afternoon that the Georgia State Patrol released some information on a fatal crash that happened in Trion on Saturday afternoon:

From the Georgia State Patrol: On Saturday, at approximately 2 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol investigated a fatal crash that occurred on U.S. 27 at West Oak Street in Chattooga County.  A 2000 Chrysler Sebring was traveling north and was attempting to turn left onto West Oak Street from the center turn lane.

The Sebring failed to yield to the 2010 Ford F 150 that was traveling south in the right lane of U.S. 27.   A 9-year-old female in the Sebring sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

The investigation is continuing.

City of Rome Receives Grant

During their 3rd Annual Fall Conference, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced that the City of Rome had received a $600,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).  This grant will support Rome’s River District Revitalization project, which will upgrade water and sewer infrastructure within the River District to stimulate private investment and redevelopment within the Federal Qualified Opportunity Zone. These funds will be administered through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA).

The City of Rome takes pride in a heritage of prosperity, and a future focused on providing the community with outstanding services for citizens and for those visiting Rome, Georgia. The city values strong employment, leading education, public safety, supportive culture, and community recreation. Rome welcomes residents and visitors year-round to enjoy activities in the heart of the community, including the Forum River Center and downtown.


Kotch Foods Coming to Etowah County, AL

Koch Foods is planning construction of a $55 million grain storage and distribution facility in Etowah County, AL. The 130-acre feed mill, which will be built in Attalla, will employ around 30 people and should be completed by the fall of 2021. Company officials and Governor Kay Ivey were in town this week for the official groundbreaking ceremony.  Mark Kaminsky, the Chief Operating Officer at Koch Foods, said the facility would be able to store a million bushels of corn.  It will be served directly by rail.

Koch Foods has four integrated poultry plants in Alabama – Collinsville, Gadsden, Ashland and Montgomery, employing about 3,800 people. The complexes process approximately 6.8 million chickens a week, or 364 million birds a year.  The Gadsden plant, which has around 950 employees, recently underwent an $80 million expansion.  The new feed mill will support more than 200 poultry farmers across 10 counties mostly in Marshall, DeKalb, Cherokee and Etowah counties.

The company will start assembling a management team in the first quarter of 2020 and will begin interviewing prospective production workers in early 2021.

The facility will be located approximately two miles from a 1,000-plus-acre megasite which will be developed off of I-59.

Johns Mountain Overlook Road is CLOSED

Johns Mountain Overlook Road is closed indefinitely from vandalism, the U.S. Forest Service announced on Saturday.

The U.S. Forest Service is asking people to find alternative destinations to view the Fall foliage until repairs can be made.

“When senseless damage like this vandalism and destruction of public facilities occurs, it takes away from our capacity to make progress addressing other critical maintenance needs,” U.S. Forest Service wrote in the Facebook post.

Officials say maintaining boat ramps, campgrounds, trails, and the roads to access them is challenging. They are asking you to help keep public lands clean and healthy.


CHS and THS Football Teams Suffer Losses

It was a disappointing night for both local high schools as they wrapped up their regular-season play.  Trion dropped to Mt. Paran 27-7 and the Chattooga Indians were defeated by Pepperell 29-12.

Pepperell got revenge for last year’s defeat by the Chattooga Indians on Friday night and secured their spot as the No. 2 seed in Region 7-AA.  The Dragons put 26 points on the board by half-time last night, but the Indians rallied in the second half thanks to a wildcat offense led by Lashaun Lester, who took the majority of the snaps.  The tactic worked to a point with the Indians avoiding the shutout with a touchdown each in the third and fourth quarters. A fourth-quarter field goal by Ryan Hurst were the only points scored by the Dragons in the second half, but they were able to hold off Chattooga for the win.  Pepperell will take on Heard County next Friday night in Region Play.  The Indians will be on the road to take on the top 5AA team in the state, Callaway.

The Bulldogs went down on the road last night 27-7 to Mt. Paran’s Christian Eagles.  Trion didn’t get a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter.  The Bulldogs got behind with some penalties and Mt. Paran brought some tough defense.  Trion falls to 5-5 overall on the season and will have to wait for the new Power Rankings come out to see if they will make the playoffs.  They went into last night’s game ranked 21st and have to be in the top 24 to make post-season play.