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Updated: At least 57 questions — with few answers — stops City Commission vote on economic development shift. McNiece: ‘Change without a plan is a disaster.’

Updated: At least 57 questions — with few answers — stops City Commission vote on economic development shift. McNiece: ‘Change without a plan is a disaster.’

  “That’s to be decided.” “To be determined.” “We’ll have to make an educated guess.” “We don’t have all the details at this time.” “The devil’s in the details.” Those were some of the words Rome City Manager Sammy Rich used Monday evening in response to some of the 57 questions submitted by city commissioners… Read more

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The proposal to shift economic development from the chamber to government control is the focus of this week’s Community Watch from Georgia Highlands; Hometown Headlines guests.

The proposal to shift economic development from the chamber to government control is the focus of this week’s Community Watch from Georgia Highlands; Hometown Headlines guests.

Plans to move economic development responsibilities from the Rome Floyd Chamber to an authority appointed by the Rome City and Floyd County commissions is the topic of this week’s Community Watch from Georgia Highlands College. Dr. Jon Hershey, dean of Humanities at GHC, and Greg Shropshire, Rome City Schools, anchor the public affairs program, now celebrating… Read more

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Business: LakePoint’s reorganization taking longer than hoped. New owners optimist, cite record attendance in 2018 (1.25 million and counting), new north campus highway due in April.

Business: LakePoint’s reorganization taking longer than hoped. New owners optimist, cite record attendance in 2018 (1.25 million and counting), new north campus highway due in April.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been nearly six months since LakePoint Sports South and its affiliates filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company had hoped its reorganization/recapitalization plan would be finalized within 120-150 days after their June 11 filing; however, the case continues to progress through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia… Read more

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Josh McWhorter of McWhorter Capital Partners LLC in Cartersville among the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 for 2018.

Josh McWhorter of McWhorter Capital Partners LLC in Cartersville among the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 for 2018.

Add another headline to Josh McWorter’s already impressive year — he’s the only Northwest Georgian named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 for 2018. McWhorter, who leads McWhorter Capital Partners LLC in Cartersville, made it by two years (he’s 38). In September, Hometown Headlines’ profiled McWhorter’s booming business and its immediate impact on… Read more

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Big month of openings begins: Gifts of Grace opens on Broad Street today. Truett’s Chick-fil-A, Redmond’s West Rome urgent care, new Cartersville clinic, several other restaurants on the way.

Big month of openings begins: Gifts of Grace opens on Broad Street today. Truett’s Chick-fil-A, Redmond’s West Rome urgent care, new Cartersville clinic, several other restaurants on the way.

      Gifts of Grace at 224 Broad St. in downtown Rome has a grand opening today, next to Level Up arcade. It is one of several openings set for now through the end of the (one might stretch into January). Gifts of Grace is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and promises… Read more

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Business: What’s perking at Lumina Coffee Co.? A lot of hiring, social media and a late January opening date.

Business: What’s perking at Lumina Coffee Co.? A lot of hiring, social media and a late January opening date.

    It is the no. 2 question we get each week: “What’s that they’re building by the stadium?” The answer is Lumina Coffee Co., an independent coffee shop by the father-and-son team of Mike and Matt Schieffer at 640 E. Braves Blvd. just off the Bypass and adjacent to the new RiverPoint apartments as well… Read more

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Retail therapy indeed: From a grand opening to celebrating seven decades, from free $25 gift cards to $1 off dark craft beers (get it: Black Friday?), from mimosas to all-day chicken.

Retail therapy indeed: From a grand opening to celebrating seven decades, from free $25 gift cards to $1 off dark craft beers (get it: Black Friday?), from mimosas to all-day chicken.

In addition to observing “Small Business Saturday,” here’s a look at what’s happening with area businesses: Sew Knot Serious opens at new location in Cartersville: Look for the popular shop now at 139 W. Main St. in downtown Cartersville. The grand opening is Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. We get a kick out… Read more

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A closer look: ‘Custody battle’ begins over which development authority would pilot economic development. Chamber retreat postponed? Open Records Request nets new concerns, scant detail.

A closer look: ‘Custody battle’ begins over which development authority would pilot economic development. Chamber retreat postponed? Open Records Request nets new concerns, scant detail.

    Custody battle begins for control of the proposed economic development switch: Among the many surprises from the economic development proposal was the idea of creating another development authority to guide it, on top of the twin authorities already in place (we’re not counting the other one with ties to Gordon County). A story… Read more

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Jobs: Unemployment rates rose in October across Northwest Georgia compared to the previous month. First-time jobless claims also jump, especially in Floyd County.

Jobs: Unemployment rates rose in October across Northwest Georgia compared to the previous month. First-time jobless claims also jump, especially in Floyd County.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: A look at October’s jobless rates across Northwest Georgia show four of five counties saw the unemployment rate increase in October compared to September. However, all were down from the previous October with the exception of Chattooga County, which posted a slight increase over September and vs. 12 months earlier. The numbers show:… Read more

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Toyo Tire growing again, investing $138 million in Bartow County and, in turn, creating 150-plus jobs. Total Toyo employment here once completed: 2,100 people.

Toyo Tire growing again, investing $138 million in Bartow County and, in turn, creating 150-plus jobs. Total Toyo employment here once completed: 2,100 people.

Media release: Gov. Nathan Deal today Tuesday that Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer and seller of radial tires for passenger vehicles and light trucks, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $138 million in Cartersville. New jobs will include positions in production, support and administration. “As the No. 1 state… Read more

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Ahead of the Headlines: Some ‘homework’ before this next step in the economic development proposal. Meet the grand marshal of the Rome Christmas Parade (on Tuesday). It’s bell-ringing time. Five local teams still in high school playoff hunt.

Ahead of the Headlines: Some ‘homework’ before this next step in the economic development proposal. Meet the grand marshal of the Rome Christmas Parade (on Tuesday). It’s bell-ringing time. Five local teams still in high school playoff hunt.

Some homework before we start today: Please read Sunday’s Rome News story by Doug Walker on lingering questions about the proposal to move industrial recruitment from the Rome Floyd Chamber to a city/county-appointed panel. The story captures some of the intense questions — that went unanswered — about the entire plan. Here’s the link to… Read more

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AJC: Plans for $35 million aviation academy at Paulding County’s airport is hitting some turbulence.

AJC: Plans for $35 million aviation academy at Paulding County’s airport is hitting some turbulence.

  From the AJC: A developer seeking to commercialize Paulding County’s airport has filed a lawsuit against the Paulding airport authority, alleging the authority breached its contract and had concealed plans for an aviation academy announced by Gov. Nathan Deal in October. It’s the latest in a series of lawsuits filed over the Paulding airport and efforts… Read more

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Business: Broad Street building sold as tenants, Colosseum Escape Rooms, expanding by end of year. Rome-Floyd County Development Authority schedule Tuesday meeting to discuss future of entity.

Business: Broad Street building sold as tenants, Colosseum Escape Rooms, expanding by end of year. Rome-Floyd County Development Authority schedule Tuesday meeting to discuss future of entity.

The building at 608 Broad Street, home of Colosseum Escape Rooms, has been sold. According to listing agent Debra McDaniel with Toles, Temple and Wright, new owners Cindy and Garry Fricks closed on the property Friday afternoon. Colosseum Escape Rooms will continue to lease space in the building and are currently in the process of… Read more

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Closer look: In under 12 hours, Rome and Floyd leaders rushed to change economic development procedures. The county did so without advance notice; angry exchange at the City Commission caucus stalled a vote there.

Closer look: In under 12 hours, Rome and Floyd leaders rushed to change economic development procedures. The county did so without advance notice; angry exchange at the City Commission caucus stalled a vote there.

In less than 12 hours Tuesday, much of what is done in Rome and Floyd County to recruit new industry and new jobs began to change. Three separate meetings involving the Floyd County Commission, the Rome City Commission and the Joint Services Committee (consisting of key representatives from both governments) almost completed the formal blessing of… Read more

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Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union cuts the ribbon for new West Cartersville office. Cierra Jennings joins Floyd Urgent Care in Centre as a nurse practitioner.

Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union cuts the ribbon for new West Cartersville office. Cierra Jennings joins Floyd Urgent Care in Centre as a nurse practitioner.

Coosa Valley Credit Union celebrated the completion of its newest branch office with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. Located at 15 Walnut Grove Road in Cartersville, the interior layout was designed to allow for ease of transactions in an open and inviting space. The new full service branch and ATM is equipped with all… Read more

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Business: October home sales hit 110, up 25% vs. same month last year, according to the Greater Rome Board of Realtors. Bartow, Gordon counties also report sales increases.

Business: October home sales hit 110, up 25% vs. same month last year, according to the Greater Rome Board of Realtors. Bartow, Gordon counties also report sales increases.

  October saw a 25 percent jump in home sales by members of the Greater Rome Board of Realtors vs. the same month last year. The latest market snapshot shows 110 homes closed in October, one of the busiest months of 2018.  Some other indicators of note: Average sales price: $161,188, up 7.6 percent from… Read more

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