Category Archives: Business

Business: Synovus analyst Dan Morgan walks Rome audience through ‘The Most Joyless Bull Market Ever’ but remains ‘relatively positive’ about the economy.

Business: Synovus analyst Dan Morgan walks Rome audience through ‘The Most Joyless Bull Market Ever’ but remains ‘relatively positive’ about the economy.

    Don’t ask Dan Morgan about the impact of “Trade Wars” with China. He’ll assume you’re with the media and are fixated on one of the minimal players causing investors anxiety in what he calls “The Most Joyless Bull Market Ever.” Armed with a data dump that would make CNBC blush with envy and… Read more

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Business: ‘Downtown Brown’ name gets a bit litigious so Rome City Brewing Co.  wants you to name that brew. Oh! Baby space now available on Broad Street.

Business: ‘Downtown Brown’ name gets a bit litigious so Rome City Brewing Co. wants you to name that brew. Oh! Baby space now available on Broad Street.

Trouble brewing over Rome City Brewing’s ‘Downtown Brown’ name — so pick a new handle: One of the top selling beers brewed on Broad by Rome City Brewing Co. is known as “Downtown Brown.” And for good reason. It is an excellent beer, brown in color and it is produced downtown — as in 333… Read more

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Business: Look for Chick-fil-A to build its first distribution center on 50 acres off I-75 north of Cartersville. WXIA/Business Chronicle say purchase price was $3.7 million.

Business: Look for Chick-fil-A to build its first distribution center on 50 acres off I-75 north of Cartersville. WXIA/Business Chronicle say purchase price was $3.7 million.

  The answer is: A distribution center, the first for the emerging no. 3 fast food chain in America. The question is: What does Chick-fil-A want with 50 acres in the  Cartersville Business Park just off I-75 at Cassville-White Road? We asked that question to corporate more than two weeks ago after receiving a tip that… Read more

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Jobs: 500 more jobs here in February vs. same month in 2019. First-time jobless claims mixed in area counties. Overall: State employment numbers set several records.

Jobs: 500 more jobs here in February vs. same month in 2019. First-time jobless claims mixed in area counties. Overall: State employment numbers set several records.

Story lines: Rome/Floyd County’s labor force holds at 41,900 jobs in December, January and last month, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. February’s report represents a 500-job gain from the same month last year. (See above chart). First-time jobless claims: Floyd, Gordon and Chattooga report increases in February vs. same month last year. Most… Read more

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A closer look: ‘The Big Switch’ is now official and so are additional tax dollars pledged to make it happen. What to watch: Next steps for chamber, hiring new directors, impact on fall and 2020 elections.

A closer look: ‘The Big Switch’ is now official and so are additional tax dollars pledged to make it happen. What to watch: Next steps for chamber, hiring new directors, impact on fall and 2020 elections.

  The contract for industrial recruitment in Rome and Floyd County is locked down through Dec. 31, 2030, with just one formal tweak scheduled on or before March 31, 2022 — if needed. The urgency initiated by the Floyd County Commission with a rushed, nearly clandestine unanimous vote on Nov. 12 took four months to… Read more

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Love Library Express won’t push downtown location — but operators are searching for other sites.

Love Library Express won’t push downtown location — but operators are searching for other sites.

  Story lines: Drew Haynes won’t continue the battle to open The Love Library Express on Tribune Street, citing city’s rush of new ordinances to prevent its opening. Another location for the Express is being scouted in North Georgia. The original store on Shorter Avenue remains in full service. Media release: The Love Library Express,… Read more

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Business: Jamie Tallent named president, chief executive officer of River City Bank.

Business: Jamie Tallent named president, chief executive officer of River City Bank.

  Media release: River City Bank announces that Jamie Tallent has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of the bank and its parent company, RCB Financial Corp.  Tallent succeeds Roger Smith who retired Feb. 28. As President and CEO, Tallent will be responsible for strategic direction and operational performance of the company.  “River City… Read more

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Business: Debbie Davis joins Greater Community Bank as loan operations manager. Rome Floyd Development Authority meets this morning.

Business: Debbie Davis joins Greater Community Bank as loan operations manager. Rome Floyd Development Authority meets this morning.

  The Board of Directors of Greater Community Bank is pleased to announce Debbie Davis has joined the bank as Loan Operations Manager. With 30-plus years of loan operations experience, Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the bank. She possesses the leadership skills necessary for effective workflow and loan processing management. Davis served as… Read more

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Buzz: More honors for Floyd County 4-H. Northwest Georgia Region 1 Emergency Medical Services Council cites four area EMS workers. Latest Friends of the Library silent auction.

Buzz: More honors for Floyd County 4-H. Northwest Georgia Region 1 Emergency Medical Services Council cites four area EMS workers. Latest Friends of the Library silent auction.

  Floyd County 4-H competed in the Northwest District Project Achievement contest held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on March 8-10.  Project Achievement is a public speaking, performing arts and food preparation competition where 4-H’ers choose a topic of interest and present a speech, perform or prepare a food item.  They are also required to submit… Read more

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Courtyard by Marriott to rise adjacent to Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville. Rome’s Courtyard the base of 2019 edition of Confluence.

Courtyard by Marriott to rise adjacent to Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville. Rome’s Courtyard the base of 2019 edition of Confluence.

  For more than a year, there’s been talk of a hotel joining the Clarence Brown Conference Center campus off Ga. 20 across from the Cartersville home of Georgia Highlands College. On Sunday, the Daily Tribune News reported the deal is moving forward for a 117-room Courtyard by Marriott with a conference area of its… Read more

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Business: The Canoe House, an outdoor apparel and equipment retailer, coming to Broad Street in April.

Business: The Canoe House, an outdoor apparel and equipment retailer, coming to Broad Street in April.

    A new outdoor gear and apparel store is coming to Broad Street. The Canoe House will be opening mid-April at 608 Broad St., along side Colosseum Escape Rooms. Property owners Garry and Cindy Fricks purchased the building last November and will be running the business with Manager Brandon Williams. The store will feature outdoor apparel… Read more

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Business: Gregory Wilkes retires as chief executive officer of Heritage First Bancshares Inc.; Ryan Earnest promoted.

Business: Gregory Wilkes retires as chief executive officer of Heritage First Bancshares Inc.; Ryan Earnest promoted.

Media release: Capping an iconic 45-year career in banking, with the last 10 years served in key leadership roles at Rome-based Heritage First Bancshares Inc. and Heritage First Bank, it is announced that Greg Wilkes has retired effective Feb. 28. In making this announcement, HFBI Chairman of the Board of Directors Kenneth F. Davis, M.D., stated: “Greg’s influence… Read more

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Business: Some of the first parts of The Spires at Berry College are quickly coming together.

Business: Some of the first parts of The Spires at Berry College are quickly coming together.

  The Spires at Berry College is quickly coming together just off the Bypass a show in the two photos taken from the overpass on Friday morning. In early February,  the city of Rome issued nearly $18 million in permits for the project at 600 Eagle Lake Trail. Overall, the project has secured $120 million in… Read more

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