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100 additional advance voters Tuesday; sites open today 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Also: Candidate profiles, Q & As, sample ballots.

100 additional advance voters Tuesday; sites open today 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Also: Candidate profiles, Q & As, sample ballots.

Candidate profiles, Q&As  / In-depth looks at the tax proposals / Radio interviews / Sample ballots  The calendar Today: Advance voting continues through Nov. 3.There will also be a special weekend early voting on Oct. 28-29. Early voting locations: Floyd Administration Building, Now-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday,… Read more

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Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $63.8 million government tax extension with County Manager Jamie McCord, Sammy Rich. Plus: SPLOST debate between Danny Price and Randy Smith.

Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $63.8 million government tax extension with County Manager Jamie McCord, Sammy Rich. Plus: SPLOST debate between Danny Price and Randy Smith.

Below please find almost 30 minutes of questions and answers about the proposed $63.8 million government tax extension. Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord and Rome City Manager Sammy Rich joined the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Oct. 132 to take questions on the proposal. You’ll find that interview in two segments below.… Read more

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Area congressmen split on Puerto Rico, storm, fire aid vote. Loudermilk: ‘$36.5 billion emergency funding bill … is not offset through cuts’ in government spending.’ Graves: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the millions of Americans in Puerto Rico and elsewhere’ hit by recent disasters.

Area congressmen split on Puerto Rico, storm, fire aid vote. Loudermilk: ‘$36.5 billion emergency funding bill … is not offset through cuts’ in government spending.’ Graves: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the millions of Americans in Puerto Rico and elsewhere’ hit by recent disasters.

  Two House members from Northwest Georgia were on opposite sides of the vote last week to extend aid to Puerto Rico, other storm-ravaged parts of the United States and to West Coast fire victims. The measure passed the House by a 353-69 majority– including U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, who represents Floyd, Polk, Gordon… Read more

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Election headquarters: Advance voting starts Monday. Latest political calendar. Sample ballots. Candidate profiles.

Election headquarters: Advance voting starts Monday. Latest political calendar. Sample ballots. Candidate profiles.

Election calendar / Candidate profiles, Q&As  / In-depth stories on the tax proposals / Sample ballots The calendar Getting published: Any announcement that is “open to all candidates” must now be accompanied by copies of the emails or notices sent to all candidates. We will not share any announcements without such information following some issues… Read more

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Ready for ‘bullet voting’? Rome commission, school board races could see some picking only their one or two favorites, opting out of their remaining votes (three seats in the commission race, seven on the school board side).

Ready for ‘bullet voting’? Rome commission, school board races could see some picking only their one or two favorites, opting out of their remaining votes (three seats in the commission race, seven on the school board side).

    Be wary of a legal voting tactic that will decide several seats on the Rome City Commission and Rome School Board when votes are counted the night of Nov. 7. “Bullet voting” is openly being pushed at some meetings in a bid to get “our candidates” elected. The question is, how many “ours”… Read more

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Updated: City Commission rejects public consumption ordinance, 7-1, with the only vote supporting it from ACC Chair Wendy Davis.

Updated: City Commission rejects public consumption ordinance, 7-1, with the only vote supporting it from ACC Chair Wendy Davis.

  Fears of making Broad Street an “unsightly area” were just some of the comments from pastors and others who implored the City Commission to reject a bid for public consumption in specified neighborhoods on Monday evening. Some speakers talked of all-day drinking, public urination and an unhealthy atmosphere for young people or those dining… Read more

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Updated campaign finance reports: Davis’ war chest at $24,876 for commission run; Uldrick leads School Board hopefuls with $10,400. Also: 11 of 21 total candidates say they won’t raise, spend more than $2,500.

Updated campaign finance reports: Davis’ war chest at $24,876 for commission run; Uldrick leads School Board hopefuls with $10,400. Also: 11 of 21 total candidates say they won’t raise, spend more than $2,500.

The Sept. 30 round of financial disclosure forms for the six Rome City Commission and 15 School Board races are now on file at the city clerk’s office. The deadline was Sept. 30 but candidates have until Oct. 6 to provide the updates. Hometown Headlines made a check of the candidate reports last Wednesday morning and again… Read more

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Election 2017: Quick glance at voting in Floyd and Bartow counties. Tuesday is the last day to register to vote.

Election 2017: Quick glance at voting in Floyd and Bartow counties. Tuesday is the last day to register to vote.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net With less than a month to go until the Nov. 7 election, local elections officials are gearing up for a busy October with voter registration deadlines and early voting ahead of Election Day. The deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday, Oct. 10. You can register to vote… Read more

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Your election headquarters: One-click access to an extensive look at the special tax proposal; links to candidate profiles for Rome commission (6), school board (15); election calendar.

Your election headquarters: One-click access to an extensive look at the special tax proposal; links to candidate profiles for Rome commission (6), school board (15); election calendar.

  The Nov. 7 ballot: Candidate and tax proposals The 2017 special tax vote extension: The pros and cons on the special tax that would fund projects throughout the county as well as in the cities of Rome and Cave Spring. Now posted at Special Tax The 2017 education tax extension: A closer look at… Read more

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The special sales tax extension: Package of 26 projects worth $63.8 million to be decided by Rome, Cave Spring and Floyd voters on Nov. 7.

The special sales tax extension: Package of 26 projects worth $63.8 million to be decided by Rome, Cave Spring and Floyd voters on Nov. 7.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Rome, Cave Spring and Floyd County voters will decide the fate of 26 projects proposed for funding through an extension of the Special Local Option Sales Tax on Nov. 7. People are lining up on both sides of the proposal. Those supporting the extension starting April 1, 2019, feel the burden… Read more

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Accident report released in early Tuesday collision that injured Rep. Barry Loudermilk and his wife, Desiree.

Accident report released in early Tuesday collision that injured Rep. Barry Loudermilk and his wife, Desiree.

We have received a copy of the report on the accident involving U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk and his wife Desiree from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Both Loudermilks returned to Cartersville on Tuesday hours after the accident near Knoxville. According to the report: The crash occurred at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday near mile marker 373.3 on… Read more

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Rome City Commission candidate profiles and their answers to our questions on special taxes, tax allocation districts, economic development and their achievements or goals.

Rome City Commission candidate profiles and their answers to our questions on special taxes, tax allocation districts, economic development and their achievements or goals.

There are three Rome City Commission seats on the Nov. 7 ballot from Ward Two; they are the seats held by Wendy Davis, Jamie Doss and Sue Lee. All three are running for re-election and face challengers Bill Kerestes, Randy Quick and Monica Sheppard. Hometown Headlines offers interviews with the six candidates on the ballot. The interviews and profiles were complied… Read more

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Rome Board of Education: 15 candidate profiles, Q&As on education tax, school system’s direction, technology.

Rome Board of Education: 15 candidate profiles, Q&As on education tax, school system’s direction, technology.

Among the items on the ballot on Nov. 7 will be all seven seats for the Rome City Board of Education. Hometown Headlines offers interviews with the record 15 candidates on the ballot. The interviews and profiles were complied and written by Natalie Simms. The candidates’ profiles and interviews appear in the order which with we received them.… Read more

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