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Business: Cedarstream breaks ground on new $4.5 million facility in Polk County

Business: Cedarstream breaks ground on new $4.5 million facility in Polk County

A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning for Cedarstream’s new $4.5 million company headquarters and printing facility in Cedartown. From the City of Cedartown: The company’s headquarters, currently located at 225 North Main Street in Cedartown, will move across town to a new facility in Cedartown’s North Business Park. The new location will feature a… Read more

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Business: Some big permits on file including $2.5 million for Aldi growth, $575,000 for 425 Broad St.

Business: Some big permits on file including $2.5 million for Aldi growth, $575,000 for 425 Broad St.

    April is a busy month for the building department, especially for two of the larger projects: The $2.5 million expansion and renovation of Aldi at 836 Turner McCall Blvd. When finished, the store — opened in August 2014 — will have approximately 18,817 square feet with five aisles and 11,404 square feet of sales… Read more

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300 more jobs in March vs. a year ago. Plus: First-time jobless claims down across the region.

300 more jobs in March vs. a year ago. Plus: First-time jobless claims down across the region.

March employment job report at a glance: Rome/Floyd County gained 300 jobs in March vs. the same month last year, or from 41,000 to 41,300. Compared to February, we saw a 100-job gain. First time jobless claims were: Bartow: Down in March vs.  February but higher than a year earlier. Floyd, Gordon and Polk counties:… Read more

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Updated: Little Caesar’s in East Rome on the move — but to where and when? Great Clips headed to plaza adjoining Goodwill.

Updated: Little Caesar’s in East Rome on the move — but to where and when? Great Clips headed to plaza adjoining Goodwill.

  The shift is on at Etowah Crossing off Hicks Drive and Turner McCall Boulevard in East Rome. What we don’t know yet is why. The Little Caesar’s in East Rome is on the move from 194 Hicks Drive but a manager said Monday night she’s not sure where or when. Employees were telling customers… Read more

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Business: Citizens First Bank begins final transition to Synovus name.

Business: Citizens First Bank begins final transition to Synovus name.

  Media release: Citizens First Bank today begins transitioning to the Synovus name. Signage and other legacy branding at all Citizens First Bank branches will be updated with Synovus branding by the end of April. Citizens First Bank is one of 26 non-Synovus branded bank divisions to complete the footprint-wide brand transition, which will conclude… Read more

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Business: Loloi Rugs bringing 198 jobs to 59-acre campus in Bartow County.

Business: Loloi Rugs bringing 198 jobs to 59-acre campus in Bartow County.

  The story: Loloi Inc. (also known as Loloi Rugs) is making a “substantial” investment in Bartow County. It will build a 647,000-square-foot campus at 515 Old Cass-White Road with a goal of hiring up to 198 people. This area was up for a development review in 2016. Media release: The Georgia Department of Economic… Read more

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What we’re hearing: Nonprofit hoping for OK on relocation. Mud bugs are back on the menu. Strawberry farm open — maybe. A lot of Jefferson’s wings add up to $40,000 in storm relief.

What we’re hearing: Nonprofit hoping for OK on relocation. Mud bugs are back on the menu. Strawberry farm open — maybe. A lot of Jefferson’s wings add up to $40,000 in storm relief.

With some final reviews under way, look for word soon of a surprise move by a nonprofit. Leasing is not 100 percent (or wasn’t at last report) but it pretty much looks like a done deal with the new site offering perhaps better exposure and foot traffic. We expected the final word later this week.… Read more

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Business: Red Daisy Decor bound for Calhoun outlets. Cartersville getting a Washroom, too. This week’s business meetings.

Business: Red Daisy Decor bound for Calhoun outlets. Cartersville getting a Washroom, too. This week’s business meetings.

  Red Daisy Decor coming to Calhoun Outlet Marketplace. “Offering a variety of decorations and homemade items, the specialty store is expected to open in early May.”  Says Linda Hale, general manager of the outlets:  “This local, family brand is a great addition to our center. Red Daisy Decor is the perfect destination to find gifts and… Read more

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Business: Work begins on growing Aldi on Turner McCall; store remains open for now.

Business: Work begins on growing Aldi on Turner McCall; store remains open for now.

The initial work on extending the Aldi at 836 Turner McCall Blvd. is under way. Fencing is up and foundation work is under way on the Steak ‘n Shake side of the discount grocer. The business remains open for now but expect a brief closing in coming weeks. In an earlier interview, ALDI Jefferson (Ga.)… Read more

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Business: Major changes in ownership, management at LakePoint detailed by Cartersville newspaper.

Business: Major changes in ownership, management at LakePoint detailed by Cartersville newspaper.

  It was the capping event of 2012 not only for Bartow County but much of Northwest Georgia. Bobby Cox, Fredi Gonzalez and Ned Yost — three men with strong ties to the Atlanta Braves organization — helped front the December announcement of the coming of LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center in mostly rural Emerson.… Read more

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Business: Riverside Auto Group adds Buick GMC in Cartersville. Ledbetters continue to ‘brand’ Cartersville’s Main Street.

Business: Riverside Auto Group adds Buick GMC in Cartersville. Ledbetters continue to ‘brand’ Cartersville’s Main Street.

  Riverside Auto Group announces its expansion into Cartersville with the purchase of the Buick GMC franchise, now known as Riverside Buick GMC, at 125 S. Dixie Ave. This was the former Terry Reid Buick GMC. Riverside also has “multiple employment opportunities … throughout the dealership so apply online here. Riverside is known for its dealerships… Read more

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Business: Changing of the guard at United Community Banks’ headquarters. Job fair set for Lake Winnie on April 17.

Business: Changing of the guard at United Community Banks’ headquarters. Job fair set for Lake Winnie on April 17.

  United Community Banks Inc. announces that after almost 35 years of service, its Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Tallent, will retire from his current position effective June 30.  Mr. Tallent will move into a new role as Executive Chairman of United’s Board of Directors.  Lynn Harton, President and CEO of United’s banking subsidiary, will become… Read more

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Braves Boulevard off Rome Bypass a growing area for development with RiverPoint Apartments, Lumina Coffee Co. and more on the way.

Braves Boulevard off Rome Bypass a growing area for development with RiverPoint Apartments, Lumina Coffee Co. and more on the way.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Braves Boulevard off the Bypass in Rome is quickly becoming one of the hottest areas for development. Aside from State Mutual Stadium and Bella Roma Grill, within the last 12 months, we’ve seen a new Line-X retailer open, the RiverPoint Apartments rising and soon Lumina Coffee Co. will break ground. RiverPoint Apartments… Read more

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Gas prices: Georgia gas prices now highest since October 2017. Rome still one of lowest around state at $2.51.

Gas prices: Georgia gas prices now highest since October 2017. Rome still one of lowest around state at $2.51.

Media release: Spring has sprung, and with that comes higher gas prices. Georgia gas prices increased 8 cents during the past week, and are now the highest since October. On average, prices at the pump climbed 19 cents in the last three weeks. “Strong demand, tightening supplies, and record-high gasoline exports gave gas prices a boost this week,” said… Read more

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