Category Archives: Politics

Updated Buzz: Cole Swindell adds a second show on Dec. 28. City, county school boards to meet with legislators on Tuesday.

Updated Buzz: Cole Swindell adds a second show on Dec. 28. City, county school boards to meet with legislators on Tuesday.

LATEST HEADLINES Second Cole Swindell show added at Brewhouse: “Because of popular demand, Cole Swindell has added a second show on Friday, Dec. 28. “Tickets on sale now:  bit.ly/CSRomeGA2 RSVP – facebook.com/events/2184260775236437 PREVIOUSLY Cole Swindell returns to Brewhouse Music & Grill on Dec. 27; tickets on sale this morning. Looking for a stocking stuffer for the music fans in your family?… Read more

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Politics: Q&A with four candidates for House District 14 special election on Dec. 18 (includes parts of Floyd, Bartow counties). Early voting starts today.

Politics: Q&A with four candidates for House District 14 special election on Dec. 18 (includes parts of Floyd, Bartow counties). Early voting starts today.

    By Natalie Simms  nsimmshh@att.net Voters in parts of Floyd and Bartow counties will head back to the polls onDec. 18 for the House District 14 special election to fill the seat vacated by Judge Christian Coomer who was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals in October. The four candidates seeking the seat… Read more

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Chamber board backs tweaked version of The Big Switch, surrendering economic development while embracing mostly a ‘networking’ culture.

Chamber board backs tweaked version of The Big Switch, surrendering economic development while embracing mostly a ‘networking’ culture.

A closed door meeting of the board of directors of the Rome Floyd Chamber on Wednesday ended with a tweaked endorsement of The Big Switch and the apparent abandonment of the very first thing someone reads about first on the chamber website as you click the “about us” feature at romega.com. The first words you… Read more

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Update on The Big Switch: Chamber board issues statement of support for amended plan with some conditions.

Update on The Big Switch: Chamber board issues statement of support for amended plan with some conditions.

Update from Wednesday morning’s closed, called meeting of the Rome Floyd Chamber board of directors: Members of the Rome Floyd Chamber’s Board of Directors gathered in closed door meeting Wednesday morning at 1 Riverside Parkway. Scheduled to convene at 8 a.m., the doors remained closed through 9:30 a.m. We stopped by at 9:10 a.m. to find… Read more

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City, county commissions meet for 90 minutes to hear few comments about the future of industry recruitment in our community.

City, county commissions meet for 90 minutes to hear few comments about the future of industry recruitment in our community.

  FROM TUESDAY Perhaps it was Rome Mayor Jamie Doss’ comments as time expired Tuesday morning that said the most about a joint city/county commission meeting and the future of economic development. “We need to meet more often,” said Doss, adding that “it’s important that we come together.” He closed with a wish for a… Read more

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Druck Report: How panic government, abused power ignited a critical need to update Rome/Floyd County’s economic development package, from priorities and planning to personnel.

Druck Report: How panic government, abused power ignited a critical need to update Rome/Floyd County’s economic development package, from priorities and planning to personnel.

    It’s fitting that a joint meeting of the Rome City and Floyd County commissions is being held Tuesday at 8 a.m. at 409 E. 12th St. as it is the home of Floyd County’s Emergency Operations Center. It is where critical personnel track severe weather and work to keep the community safe. In… Read more

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Ahead of the Headlines: Statewide runoff election, economic development meetings (3), Realtors install new officers, Christmas parades (5) and concert.

Ahead of the Headlines: Statewide runoff election, economic development meetings (3), Realtors install new officers, Christmas parades (5) and concert.

Getting ahead of this week’s headlines: Monday-Saturday: Five Christmas parades across Northwest Georgia. Click home page. Tuesday: Statewide runoff election to decide Georgia’s next secretary of state and Public Service Commissioner. Polls open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Election preview Tuesday: Joint meeting, Floyd County Commission and Rome City Commission. 8 a.m., emergency operations center, East 12th… Read more

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The latest on The Big Switch: Joint meeting of city, county commissions on Tuesday to be follow by called chamber board meeting Wednesday. Plus: A look at panic, power and purpose in Monday’s Druck Report.

The latest on The Big Switch: Joint meeting of city, county commissions on Tuesday to be follow by called chamber board meeting Wednesday. Plus: A look at panic, power and purpose in Monday’s Druck Report.

  Here’s the latest on the bid to move economic development from the Rome Floyd Chamber to yet another development authority filled with appointees from the city and county commissions. Expanded reports follow: A special called Joint Commission meeting of the Floyd County Board of Commissioners and the Rome City Commissioners is set for Tuesday,… Read more

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Updated: New questions about The Big Switch economic development rush. Among them: Did the chamber executive committee overstep its authority? Other chamber board members think so. NEW: Draft budget for the new development authority.

Updated: New questions about The Big Switch economic development rush. Among them: Did the chamber executive committee overstep its authority? Other chamber board members think so. NEW: Draft budget for the new development authority.

THE LATEST Economic development: A special called meeting of the Rome Floyd Chamber’s board of directors is now set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. PREVIOUS There are additional questions today about the bid to move economic development duties from the Rome Floyd Chamber to a government-controlled authority. Among them: Did the chamber’s executive board… Read more

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Updated: County Commission defends maintains stance on proposed economic development model. Meeting yields concerns about chamber, questions about city ‘filibuster.’ Plus: Audio of interview with City Commissioner Wendy Davis.

Updated: County Commission defends maintains stance on proposed economic development model. Meeting yields concerns about chamber, questions about city ‘filibuster.’ Plus: Audio of interview with City Commissioner Wendy Davis.

  New Wednesday morning: Above please find the first part of our Hometown Headlines’ radio interview with City Commissioner Wendy Davis on WRGA.       Barely 23 hours after Rome City commissioners concluded more answers were needed before they could endorse moving economic development from the chamber to a government-appointed panel, Floyd’s county commissioners… Read more

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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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Hometown Radio: Brian Kemp, Georgia’s next governor, on what’s ahead during the transition and then his inauguration on Jan. 14.

Hometown Radio: Brian Kemp, Georgia’s next governor, on what’s ahead during the transition and then his inauguration on Jan. 14.

      Two weeks ago, a historic voter turnout statewide ended with Republican Brian Kemp was a tight lead over Democrat Stacey Abrams. It took another 10 days to certify Kemp as Georgia’s next governor. Kemp joined us on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM Tuesday morning to talk about the… Read more

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Politics: We’re not done yet as runoff for two statewide seats is Dec. 4. A special election in parts of Bartow and Floyd to fill a state House — and it could see a runoff. Finally, some Gordon and Murray votes will need to pick a successor to the late Rep. John Meadows.

Politics: We’re not done yet as runoff for two statewide seats is Dec. 4. A special election in parts of Bartow and Floyd to fill a state House — and it could see a runoff. Finally, some Gordon and Murray votes will need to pick a successor to the late Rep. John Meadows.

  On radio: Steve Miller, chair of Floyd County’s elections board, and Floyd’s new elections chief, Robert Brady, join us at 8:40 this morning on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss what’s next for voters including the Dec. 4 runoff and, for some, the Dec. 18 election to select a new… Read more

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Politics: Secretary of State certifies results from Nov. 6 election. Next up: Runoff on Dec. 4 for Secretary of State, Public Service Commission.

Politics: Secretary of State certifies results from Nov. 6 election. Next up: Runoff on Dec. 4 for Secretary of State, Public Service Commission.

From Secretary of State: Today Georgia Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden certified the election results of the November 6, 2018 General Election. In accordance with judicial orders and state law, counties have submitted their certified election results. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-499, after receipt of certified election results from all county election superintendents, the Secretary… Read more

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