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About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

Please see our sidebar with survey results. Once again, the heart of Rome — Broad Street and the downtown community — is the epicenter of controversy. This time, it is a concentrated push by members of the medical community to further restrict smoking in the “Central Business District” as well as retail centers, playgrounds and… Read more

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Business: New York Times takes a closer look at surging youth sports complexes across the country, including LakePoint in Emerson

Business: New York Times takes a closer look at surging youth sports complexes across the country, including LakePoint in Emerson

Under the headline, ‘The Youth Sports Megacomplex Comes to Town, Hoping Teams Will Follow,’ The New York Times tracks the appeal of large sports campuses such as LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson and why they’ve become so popular. Overall, they’ve grown to become a $5 billion per year industry. Complete story Some key takeaways from the… Read more

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Business: Next round of openings around Cartersville’s sizzling Main Street just about ready: Chick-fil-A, Discount Tire by October; urgent care early next year.

Business: Next round of openings around Cartersville’s sizzling Main Street just about ready: Chick-fil-A, Discount Tire by October; urgent care early next year.

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Business: Lyons Bridge Farm’s ‘Beef Barn’ grand opening is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Cave Spring. In addition to retail shop, Lyons Bridge markets directly to consumers, restaurants. 

Business: Lyons Bridge Farm’s ‘Beef Barn’ grand opening is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Cave Spring. In addition to retail shop, Lyons Bridge markets directly to consumers, restaurants. 

Lyons Bridge Beef, at 1506 Lyons Bridge Road SW in Cave Spring, has set Saturday for the grand opening of The Beef Barn. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., guests are invited to see the company’s retail side, featuring steaks, sauces, seasons/salts and peppers, salad dressings and cooking/grilling accessories. They specialize in “all-natural, antibiotic-free pasture-raised… Read more

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Business: McWhorter Capital Partners booming in Northwest Georgia, Southeast with specialty groups: Outdoor advertising, real estate and construction. Key developments in Euharlee, Calhoun, Taylorsville.

Business: McWhorter Capital Partners booming in Northwest Georgia, Southeast with specialty groups: Outdoor advertising, real estate and construction. Key developments in Euharlee, Calhoun, Taylorsville.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Cartersville businessman Josh McWhorter is certainly not a man who “rests on his laurels.”  In the last five years, McWhorter has taken his McWhorter Capital Partners, a private equity and real estate investment firm, and grown the company from three to more than 40 employees. From billboards to real estate to… Read more

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Business: The Spires at Berry College to break ground around Oct. 19 as deposits top key milestone.

Business: The Spires at Berry College to break ground around Oct. 19 as deposits top key milestone.

Expanded story at Campus Carrier Look for groundbreaking by mid October for The Spires at Berry College. With a key number having been topped — 120 deposits on residences at The Spires at Berry College, look for groundbreaking on our about Oct. 19 of the continuing care retirement center. The project, with a buildout price… Read more

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Business: Georgia Power plans to close ash pond at Plant Bowen part of ongoing efforts across state. Ash pond at Plant Hammond to be closed by end of year.

Business: Georgia Power plans to close ash pond at Plant Bowen part of ongoing efforts across state. Ash pond at Plant Hammond to be closed by end of year.

Media release: Georgia Power announced today updated, site-specific closure plans for ash ponds at Plants Branch and Bowen as part of its efforts to safely and permanently close 29 ash ponds at 11 current and former coal-fired power plants across the state. Based on continued engineering and analysis, the company has increased the total number… Read more

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Jobs: With Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate at 4%, labor commissioner saw ‘no indicators in July that Georgia’s growth is going to slow down anytime soon.’

Jobs: With Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate at 4%, labor commissioner saw ‘no indicators in July that Georgia’s growth is going to slow down anytime soon.’

  Northwest Georgia set a record in July for employed residents, says state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. At the same time, the 15-county area saw its unemployment rate fall and its labor force grow. All indicators remain positive for the year. “Georgia continues to be in a period of sustained growth,” Butler said. “There are no… Read more

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Business: $45 million, 750,000-square-foot industrial warehouse proposed for Adairsville. Total value of Mountain Brook phase II listed at .. $232 million. Taylor Farm Supply breaks ground on new home.

Business: $45 million, 750,000-square-foot industrial warehouse proposed for Adairsville. Total value of Mountain Brook phase II listed at .. $232 million. Taylor Farm Supply breaks ground on new home.

  Stanton Industrial is the name of a 750,000-square-foot industrial warehouse proposed on nearly 49 acres in the city of Adairsville, according to a development of regional impact statement filed with the state. The estimated value of the project is $45 million with annual taxes of $504,000. It is expected to generate 1,250 trips to… Read more

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Business: As Jim Aaron takes over the East Rome McDonald’s, get ready for lots of changes inside the restaurant and on the menu. Much of what he’s done in Armuchee is on the way next spring.

Business: As Jim Aaron takes over the East Rome McDonald’s, get ready for lots of changes inside the restaurant and on the menu. Much of what he’s done in Armuchee is on the way next spring.

  What to expect: A whole new look inside with lighted tables, table service, an enhanced kids area, increased community support — and drive-through-only service for a few months once renovations start next spring. By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been just over a month since native Roman Jim Aaron bought the McDonald’s franchise at 1504… Read more

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Business: Over the Moon Antiques opening Sept. 1 at Central Plaza

Business: Over the Moon Antiques opening Sept. 1 at Central Plaza

A new antique mall is coming to Rome. Over the Moon Antiques will be opening Saturday, Sept. 1 at Central Plaza, inside the former Cycle Therapy shop. Owner Joyce Lewis has assembled 18 antique dealers and artists from Northwest Georgia with more on a waiting list. “We have all kinds of things from accessories to gently used… Read more

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Business: Application filed for Mountain Brook phase II in Bartow County; includes 914 ‘building lots,’ including some apparently for senior housing.

Business: Application filed for Mountain Brook phase II in Bartow County; includes 914 ‘building lots,’ including some apparently for senior housing.

  David Pearson Communities, the Marietta company behind the Mountain Brook community off Peeples Valley, has filed a development of regional impact outline with the state to begin work on phase two — again off Peeples Valley Road just west of I-75. Doing business at First Center Inc., the application calls for 914 building lots,… Read more

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Jobs: Unemployment rate ticks up slightly in Floyd,  Gordon counties; down in Bartow, Polk and Chattooga counties. Plus: Who’s hiring.

Jobs: Unemployment rate ticks up slightly in Floyd, Gordon counties; down in Bartow, Polk and Chattooga counties. Plus: Who’s hiring.

A county-by-county look at the jobless rate in July: Floyd: 4.7 percent, the highest in the region, up slightly from June but down from the same month last year. Bartow: 3.8 percent, the lowest in the region, down from June and from July 2017. Gordon: 4.2 percent, up slightly but down from 12 months earlier.… Read more

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Business: Fifth Avenue medical offices up for auction Sept. 19; borders 2.66 acres ready for redevelopment.

Business: Fifth Avenue medical offices up for auction Sept. 19; borders 2.66 acres ready for redevelopment.

Two medical offices on North Fifth Avenue are up for auction Sept. 19, including spots that have been regular stops for area residents for years. With both doctors now retired, these two pieces of Ansley Park will be part of an overall larger auction conducted by Dempsey Auction on Sept. 19. The offices are the… Read more

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Business: Dollar Tree going with new store at revamped Calhoun Crossing, which already is adding Bargain Hunt, Planet Fitness. Development authority meets this morning.

Business: Dollar Tree going with new store at revamped Calhoun Crossing, which already is adding Bargain Hunt, Planet Fitness. Development authority meets this morning.

    Look for Dollar Tree to go with a nearly $400,000 upgrade at Calhoun Crossing at 122 W.C. Bryant Parkway. The former Super Kmart property  — per bids for owner M&P Calhoun, LLC (d/b/a M&P Shopping Centers) — is being converted into new use as it other parts of the shopping center off U.S. 41.… Read more

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Going up: Answers to your questions about new projects in Rome, Cartersville, Acworth. Updates include riverfront bar, coffee shop and three medical expansions.

Going up: Answers to your questions about new projects in Rome, Cartersville, Acworth. Updates include riverfront bar, coffee shop and three medical expansions.

    If there was a dominant theme this past week at Hometown Headlines (other than the return of high school football), it was fielding phone calls, texts and emails all starting with “Hey, what are they building at ….?” As firm believers that three or more such questions qualifies as a trend, we have… Read more

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