Updated: What we hear: Low turnout for campaign sign recycling. Ribbon-cutting set for Balta plant, a great reuse of Florida Tile in Shannon. Grim numbers from our Georgia waterways.

Updated: What we hear: Low turnout for campaign sign recycling. Ribbon-cutting set for Balta plant, a great reuse of Florida Tile in Shannon. Grim numbers from our Georgia waterways.

Note: This story has been modified since first posted Friday morning.The portion about Rome High’s practice field has been expanded into a separate story  posted at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Exit polls so far show a low turnout for “retired” campaign signs — as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Hometown photo.

Low turnout so far for campaign signs: Mary Hardin Thornton was a day ahead of the election in posting this reminder to candidates and supporters: “Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful by placing post-election signs in the red cage trailer behind City Hall (601 Broad St.). We will leave the trailer on site for several days and make signs available to candidates or groups wishing to recover their signs after the election.” Let’s hope for a clean sweep by the weekend – and rake some leaves in the process.

A Rome Floyd Chamber ribbon cutting is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 16 for the new Balta plant, former home of Florida Tile, at 6739 New Calhoun Highway, Building 100, in Shannon. Last April, the chamber announced the purchase by an investment partnership —  Phillip Hight of Hight Property Group and Hardman Knox of Knox Properties. The overall deal was listed as a $10 million investment with 75 jobs to follow. The plan: Renovate the existing 320,000 square feet industrial facility to the Balta Group and lease the remaining property to future prospects.  The remaining acreage will be developed into pad sites ranging from 50,000 to 700,000 square feet. What’s key: Seeing exist space repurposed. Nice move.

Sobering facts about the summer of 2017 on Allatoona and Georgia’s other waterways: We usually bring you the holiday reports from our lakes, and they’re never good. But here’s the annual report and its even grimmer. Final 2017 Georgia statistics for the summer include 187 boating under the influence arrests, 53 drownings and 147 boating incidents that resulted in five fatalities. For comparison, in 2016, there were 182 BUI arrests, 44 drownings and 116 boating incidents resulting in 19 fatalities. Here are the numbers from Allatoona for 2017: 41 BUIs, two drownings and two boating fatalities. Source: The Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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