Buzz: Take a Hike Through History. CRBI’s Greenie Awards due Thursday. Comp plan workshop tonight in Shannon. Take a ride with the commissioners. Relay for Life this Friday.

Buzz: Take a Hike Through History. CRBI’s Greenie Awards due Thursday. Comp plan workshop tonight in Shannon. Take a ride with the commissioners. Relay for Life this Friday.


CRBI’s Greenie Awards set for Thursday. Details below.


Hike Through History presented by Harbin Clinic will be on May 11 at Myrtle Hill Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An event to highlight Historic Preservation Month, Hike Through History is planned in conjunction with the Office of Downtown Development and the Rome-Floyd Planning Department. The event will feature live music by the Barbaric Yawps and local food truck favorites such as Speakcheesy, El Venado and Runnin’ Wild. Guided hikes led by local athletic trainer Brian Price will start at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., but event-goers can walk the path at any time throughout Hike Through History. A Harbin Clinic tent will be set up in the grassy area at the base of Myrtle Hill across from Branham Avenue. Tables will be available sitting, but people can also bring blankets for picnicking. Outdoor games will be in play, including life-size checkers and cornhole. For more information, check out Hike Through History’s Facebook event.

‘Greenie Awards’ to be presented Thursday:  A Calhoun-based textile business, a Piedmont, Alabama land protection organization, Boys and Girls Clubs in Dalton and Rome, the Chatsworth Water Works Commission and Forsyth County will be recognized Thursday with the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s  Greenie Awards for their outstanding efforts to protect natural resources in the upper Coosa River basin.

The Greenie Awards will be presented at the Dark Side of the Moon event space in downtown Rome as part of CRBI’s Earth Week activities. The organization also will sponsor a paddle trip on the Etowah River on Saturday to celebrate Earth Day.

Tickets to the Greenie Awards ceremony are now available online at Tickets are $35 each, or $30 each for two or more. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks along with an awards ceremony highlighting the work of the honorees and live rhythm and blues music from The Rome Blues All Stars.  The event begins at 6 p.m.

Each year CRBI recognizes outstanding achievement in water conservation, outdoor recreation, sustainability, land protection and innovation through its Greenie Awards. Winners must do business in or reside in the upper Coosa River basin and their efforts must have a direct impact on the Coosa and/or the rivers and streams feeding it.

  • This year’s Water Conservation Greenie will go to Boys and Girls Clubs in Dalton and Rome.
  • Forsyth County Parks and Recreation will be recognized with the Outdoor Recreation Greenie.
  • CRBI’s Sustainability Greenie will go to the Chatsworth Water Works Commission.
  • The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust will be awarded the Land Protection Greenie.  The Trust also played a key role in helping preserve the City of Rome’s Burwell Creek property, once slated for development into a regional shopping center.
  • Paragon Wool Products in Calhoun will receive the Innovation Greenie. Makers of wool home insulation and other wool products, this upstart company sells high-end wool home insulation that is more efficient than traditional fiberglass and blow-in products while also being longer lasting, biodegradable, renewable and non-toxic.

Floyd County Commission sets called meeting for 4 this afternoon at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport. 

The Rome-Floyd Planning Department is hosting the final workshop in a series of public workshops to gain community input on the 2040 Rome-Floyd Cave Spring Comprehensive Plan. The final workshop will be held this evening at the Shannon Scout Hut.  The comprehensive plan serves as an overall guidebook for community growth and development including housing, transportation, land-use, economic development, and other areas as warranted or desired by the community. The public workshop will introduce citizens to the plan, the process and expected outcomes. Additionally, community members will meet planning department staff and the consultants working on the plan. Following the final public outreach workshop, the planning department will present a draft plan to the public. The schedule:

  • Public Outreach Workshop 2: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Shannon Scout Hut, 40 Minshew Road
  • Public Draft Plan Presentation: Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., Anthony Recreation Center,2901 Garden Lakes NW Blvd.
  • Public Final Plan Presentation: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m., Fire Administration Complex, 409 E. 12th Street

The State of Georgia requires communities with permit-issuing authorities to update their comprehensive land-use plan every ten years. The governing authorities may implement policies that stem from the comprehensive plan to help execute the vision identified in the plan. The consulting partner for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan update is TSW. For questions related to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan update, contact the planning office at 706-236-5025.

On Friday, more than 500 participants will join together at the annual Relay For Life of Rome & Floyd County at Ridge Ferry Park to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle. The event starts at 4 p.m. with Kamikaze Dali on stage, survivor dinners at 4:30 and 6:45, and the Survivor Walk at 6 p.m.  Relay For Life is supported by Redmond Regional Medical Center, Parker Systems, NorX Inc, Farrell’s Frame & Design, The Herb Shop, Martin Marietta, TEC, The Pool Store, Heritage Nissan, Heritage Auto Group, Meggitt, Scott Logistics, Courtesy Ford, Nina’s Share-A-Bear, and Garden Lakes Realty, Rome Floyd Parks & Recreation and TaxSlayer. For more: On Facebook and Instagram,  username @ACSRelayForLifeFloydCountyGA.

The City of Rome and the Transit Department announce ‘Ride with Your City Commissioners Day’ on Tuesday, April 24, as part of “Customer Appreciation Day” festivities in celebration of Georgia Cities Week. The City of Rome Transit Committee invites the community to enjoy a full day of free public transportation for all bus routes in Rome.  In addition to free transit fares, the public is invited to join Rome City Commissioners for a ride on a special service route along the main line. The commissioners will depart from the Midtown Transit Station at 10:30 a.m. The route will be shortened so city commissioners can return to greet the public at a free hot dog lunch hosted as part of Customer Appreciation Day festivities.  The free hot dog lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Midtown Transit Station. To view route maps and transit guides, visit the Transit web page on; the page is listed under the “For Residents” tab. For questions on “Ride with Your City Commissioners Day” or any Customer Appreciation Day festivities, contact Kathy Shealy at 706-236-5030,

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