Category Archives: Business

Business: Al Hodge announces retirement from Rome Floyd Chamber in April 2019.

Business: Al Hodge announces retirement from Rome Floyd Chamber in April 2019.

  This is anything but “Good stuff that!” Al Hodge, the president and chief executive officer of the Rome Floyd Chamber, announces his retirement, giving the business group six months to find a replacement. That is not an envious mission for the chamber’s executive board because Hodge will be very tough to replace. In addition to… Read more

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It’s a $200 million week in Northwest Georgia as Georgia Highlands’ STEAM building, Cartersville’s Chick-fil-A open; Harbin Clinic breaks ground on second Cartersville campus; and work starts on 295 residences, rooms at The Spires at Berry College.

It’s a $200 million week in Northwest Georgia as Georgia Highlands’ STEAM building, Cartersville’s Chick-fil-A open; Harbin Clinic breaks ground on second Cartersville campus; and work starts on 295 residences, rooms at The Spires at Berry College.

  It’s a huge week in terms of grand openings and ribbon cuttings in Northwest Georgia. Blend all the projects together and you’re talking about an estimated $200 million in combined investment that has wrapped up or else is getting under way. Three of the four projects are based in Cartersville while the fourth –… Read more

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Buzz: Home sales dip slight in September; inventory increases. Lowest gas prices in Northwest Georgia? Floyd, Chattooga counties.

Buzz: Home sales dip slight in September; inventory increases. Lowest gas prices in Northwest Georgia? Floyd, Chattooga counties.

September snapshot from the Greater Rome Board of Realtors: A look at last month’s data compared to the same month a year ago: Home sales: 89, a 3.3 percent drop. Average sales price: $160,139, up 2.9 percent. Active listings: 380 homes, up 2.4 percent. New listings: 119, up 2.6 percent. Gas prices declined over the weekend and that trend… Read more

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Business: Southern Glam Boutique Salon opens in Silver Creek offering hair services, personalized gifts, event planning and more.

Business: Southern Glam Boutique Salon opens in Silver Creek offering hair services, personalized gifts, event planning and more.

  Southern Glam, a new boutique salon, is now open in Silver Creek at 4466 Rockmart Rd. The new shop is a combination of Hair by Heather Salon, owned by Heather Shirley, and Southern Charm Design, Events and Photography, owned by Misty Golden. “We have been friends for a long time and have always talked… Read more

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Morning Report: Sneak peek at Cartersville’s new Chick-fil-A (opens Wednesday). Don Neo’s, Last Stop Gift Shop seek beer permits. Latest on Summerville barbecue spot.  Ana’s out at Scores, plans solo shop. $22,000 is something to smile about.

Morning Report: Sneak peek at Cartersville’s new Chick-fil-A (opens Wednesday). Don Neo’s, Last Stop Gift Shop seek beer permits. Latest on Summerville barbecue spot. Ana’s out at Scores, plans solo shop. $22,000 is something to smile about.

FOOD & DRINK Don Neo’s, Last Chance Gift Shop seek beer permits: Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission meets Monday at 5 p.m. to hear two applications: A beer pouring license for Don Neo’s Tacos & Elotes, 330 Broad St., to Nelson Yanes and to a beer package license for the Last Stop Gift Shop, 402 Civic Center Drive (which will… Read more

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Business: A tribute to Sam Spector at Berry College. State honors for newcomer Constellium based in White.

Business: A tribute to Sam Spector at Berry College. State honors for newcomer Constellium based in White.

The Master of Business Administration classroom at the Berry College Campbell School of Business was recently dedicated  to its founder, the late Sam I. Spector. Spector, who died last spring, was a member of the business faculty for nine years, from 1967-1976. During that time, he attained rank of full professor, served as the chair of… Read more

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Business: Dempsey Auction, J.L. Todd working together to sell the home and property of Doris Todd on Nov. 1.

Business: Dempsey Auction, J.L. Todd working together to sell the home and property of Doris Todd on Nov. 1.

There’s a unique partnership of one-time rivals under way this month to auction the living estate of Mrs. J.L. (Doris) Todd. Dempsey Auction is working with J.L. Todd Auction Co. to conduct the auction at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Lawrence Plantation Ballroom. The headliner is a two-story, 5,500-plus-square-foot home at 226 Maplecrest… Read more

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Business: Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy with plans to close 200 stores with more to come. No changes at Rome or Cartersville locations for now.

Business: Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy with plans to close 200 stores with more to come. No changes at Rome or Cartersville locations for now.

    Mattress Firm, Inc., the nation’s leading specialty mattress retailer with some 3,000 stores across the country including locations in Rome and Cartersville, has filed voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a media release from the company. Plans are to close up to 700 stores by Christmas with 200 closing within the next few… Read more

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Business: Former Georgia Power campus listed at $2.8 million at crossroads of downtown Rome. It features 43,000 square feet, offices and conference rooms, parking for 119 vehicles.

Business: Former Georgia Power campus listed at $2.8 million at crossroads of downtown Rome. It features 43,000 square feet, offices and conference rooms, parking for 119 vehicles.

  A ringside seat along one of Northwest Georgia’s most traveled intersections is on the market. The former Georgia Power headquarters at 800 Broad St. at Turner McCall in the heart of downtown Rome is now on the market for $2.8 million. It is listed through a partnership of Hardy Realty and Jones Lang LsSalle… Read more

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Business: Rome’s Big Time Products sold to Hillman Group.

Business: Rome’s Big Time Products sold to Hillman Group.

    Media release:The Hillman Group Inc.  a leading North American provider of complete hardware solutions delivered with the industry’s best customer service and sales support, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Big Time Products of Rome, a leading provider of personal protection and work gear products. Greg Gluchowski, President… Read more

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Business: Cave Spring family opening new Rocky Hollow Pumpkin Patch at Angel Farm this week. The 92-acre farm also home to new wedding venue.

Business: Cave Spring family opening new Rocky Hollow Pumpkin Patch at Angel Farm this week. The 92-acre farm also home to new wedding venue.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Inspired to share their love of farming and help local families make memories, the Dyer Family of Cave Spring is opening up their new Rocky Hollow Pumpkin Patch at Angel Farm on Monday with a festive line-up of activities for all ages. Angel Farm is at 336 Rocky Hallow Road, just… Read more

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Jobs: Major drop in the unemployment rates for Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties in August. Plus: Where to find jobs.

Jobs: Major drop in the unemployment rates for Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties in August. Plus: Where to find jobs.

Summary: The five-county region posted very impressive drops in the jobless rate in August vs. the same month in 2017. Every county saw a drop of more than 1 percent, Rome added jobs and drove down its unemployment rate in August while also seeing its monthly unemployment claims sink, says Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. Some… Read more

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Business: Ware Mechanical ownership changing hands as Mike Littlejohn set to retire in October passing company to son, B.J.

Business: Ware Mechanical ownership changing hands as Mike Littlejohn set to retire in October passing company to son, B.J.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net After 45 years in the heating and air business, Ware Mechanical’s Mike Littlejohn is ready to hang up his tool belt and travel the world. He will be retiring in October from the company he founded in 1984 with Bud Ware. Littlejohn is passing the business down to the next generation… Read more

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Business: Felton Walk at Tennessee and Felton in Cartersville (across from the movie complex) proposes 129 residential units as well as retail, restaurant, offices.

Business: Felton Walk at Tennessee and Felton in Cartersville (across from the movie complex) proposes 129 residential units as well as retail, restaurant, offices.

Felton Walk, a mixed-use development of five buildings with residential (apartments/condos), retail, office and restaurants, is under review by the city of Cartersville. City Council members on Thursday evening held a first reading on the project proposed at the intersection of Tennessee Street and Felton Road. A second and final reading is set f ornext… Read more

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Business: With a $1.1 million opening bid already set, who’s lining up for October’s online auction of the SunTrust campus on Second Avenue?

Business: With a $1.1 million opening bid already set, who’s lining up for October’s online auction of the SunTrust campus on Second Avenue?

  Something of a landmark in downtown Rome for nearly 65 years, the current home of SunTrust Bank at 100 E. Second Ave. is scheduled for an online auction Oct. 22-24. Ten-X Commercial Real Estate is behind the sale and asks for a $10,000 participation deposit and opening bids of $1.1 million. Expect a 5… Read more

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500 more jobs here in August vs. the same month last year. First-time jobless claims down from July. Georgia’s jobless rate drops below national average. Plus: Who’s hiring.

500 more jobs here in August vs. the same month last year. First-time jobless claims down from July. Georgia’s jobless rate drops below national average. Plus: Who’s hiring.

The workforce in Rome/Floyd County rose to 41,600 in August, up 200 jobs from July and a 500-job increase from the same month in 2017. That number is expected to increase as retailers begin to add seasonal help for the Christmas holidays. Statewide, the jobless rate dropped to 3.8 percent; a look at county-by-county unemployment… Read more

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