What we hear: Another key move to Central Plaza. 35 years and counting for Neil Sanders. Community contribution a nice way to kick start the new year. Remember the one about the dog eating your homework?

What we hear: Another key move to Central Plaza. 35 years and counting for Neil Sanders. Community contribution a nice way to kick start the new year. Remember the one about the dog eating your homework?

Neil Sanders was honored Monday for his 35 years — and counting — of service to Daniel’s Funeral Home on Second Avenue in Rome. With Neil (center but you already knew that) are Johnathan Evans, left, and Cory Brown. The post, from Facebook, included this question put to Neil by a friend: “Neil, you aren’t retiring, are you?” His quick response: “No, I’m still there!!” And if you haven’t seen him at Daniel’s, you’ve probably spotted Neil playing piano at many venues across Greater Rome.

Part one:  Central Plaza success story continues. There’s no ink on a lease yet (as of 5:30 a.m.) but look for Stephens Music Co. to jump to Central Plaza off Second Avenue in coming months after a good run at Etowah Crossing near Goodwill and Dollar Tree. That’s in addition to the Broad Street Guitar spinoff that’s just about open as well. SMC will be the latest tenant Hardy Realty brings to Central Plaza after a major remodeling that also saw last year’s market arrival of Woodstock Furniture and Mattress Outlet. 

Part two: So what about Etowah Crossing? News of SMC’s crosstown jump will jump start this week’s rumors about the old Kmart site. The latest has a “Super Target” — i.e., grocery included — on the way. You can pretty much delete that one as Kmart tried food there for years and it was the first part of the store to close.  The Kmart redevelopment is about to become the 2018 edition of “Where’s Publix Going” and that includes the small strip center where the pizza shop and hair shop are. We suggest this “development” for now: Clean the site up and keep it in order until something does happen. Turner McCall is a major entrance to the community. Nothing says “welcome” like waist-high weeds.

A nice way to kick start the new year: Later this morning, look for news on a five-digit donation from a local business to help those in need in our community.

The weather ate our report cards! Well, almost. This update from Floyd County Schools to parents: “Attention parents. Because of the inclement weather, report cards will not go into the mail until tomorrow (which is today) and should make their way to you by the end of the week. We appreciate your patience with us during this delay.”

 

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