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Politics: With primary runoff over, Democrats focus on fall. Floyd to elect two delegates to state convention on Aug. 2.

Politics: With primary runoff over, Democrats focus on fall. Floyd to elect two delegates to state convention on Aug. 2.

The Democratic Party of Georgia will hold its 2018 State Convention to kick-off the General Election campaign on Saturday, Aug. 25.  The convention will feature all of the Democratic nominees for statewide office. Local Democrats will have an opportunity to serve as delegates to the state convention.  During their monthly meeting on Thursday, August 2, Floyd County… Read more

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THIS PAGE MOVING TO ARCHIVESPolitics: Turnout through 2 p.m. at sample precincts looks low. Polls open until 7 tonight. Continuing coverage all day — and night.

THIS PAGE MOVING TO ARCHIVESPolitics: Turnout through 2 p.m. at sample precincts looks low. Polls open until 7 tonight. Continuing coverage all day — and night.

ABOUT ELECTION DAY: This has been a runoff we soon won’t forget, especially for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. The GOP race for lieutenant governor also got hot toward the end. SO FAR TODAY: -here’s the 2 p.m. count for select precincts today: 133 people at North Rome, 94 at Town Rome, 28 at South Rome,… Read more

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Politics: 1,270 advance votes through Thursday; today is final day to vote early. Also: Perdue meets with supreme court nominee.

Politics: 1,270 advance votes through Thursday; today is final day to vote early. Also: Perdue meets with supreme court nominee.

  Endorsements continue in GOP governor’s race as Trump backs Kemp, Deal supporting Cagle: The final days of the Casey Cagle-Brian Kemp battle for the Republican nomination to be Georgia’s next governor continues to be a blow-by-blow boxing match. One Monday, the state’s most highly regarded Republican, Nathan Deal, endorsed Cagle–a bit of a surprise… Read more

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Isakson on Trump-Putin press conference: ‘I support the assessment of the intel community and the bipartisan Senate intel Committee findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.’

Isakson on Trump-Putin press conference: ‘I support the assessment of the intel community and the bipartisan Senate intel Committee findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.’

  Georgia’s senior U.S.senator is standing with the intelligence community following President Trump’s statements about no Russian meddling in the 2016 president election. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., posted the above Tweet Monday evening following Trump’s comments that enraged both parties. He was standing with Vladimir Putin when he said the doubts there was any Russian interference.… Read more

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Tom Caldwell, on Hometown Radio Friday, denied campaigning on duty allegations that led to his dismissal. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, in a Facebook post, calls it the ‘hardest decision’ he’s had to make in office.

Tom Caldwell, on Hometown Radio Friday, denied campaigning on duty allegations that led to his dismissal. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, in a Facebook post, calls it the ‘hardest decision’ he’s had to make in office.

Friday morning, Floyd County sheriff’s candidate Tom Caldwell joined us on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to talk about his exit a week earlier and what’s next. Caldwell is continuing his campaign for sheriff, running as a Republican. In the interview, which is available above, Caldwell says he did not campaign… Read more

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Politics: If campaign contributions were votes, it would be a Republican landslide in local House, Senate races.

Politics: If campaign contributions were votes, it would be a Republican landslide in local House, Senate races.

Campaign finance reports are in and for the six candidates on the fall ballot for two seats in the state Senate and one in the state House, a lot of the contributions are from political action committees. In fact, few individual donations of more than $100 are shown in the reports filed with the state… Read more

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Georgia’s U.S. senators on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Georgia’s U.S. senators on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  On radio: Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab, an avid watcher of the Supreme Court of the United States, joins us at 8:10 this morning on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM/online at wrga.streamon.fm with his reaction to Trump’s pick for the next justice.  U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., on Brett Kavanaugh nomination… Read more

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Updated: Floyd Sheriff: Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell dismissed for “conduct unbecoming an officer” after reportedly campaigning while on duty. Caldwell to continue his campaign for Sheriff in 2020.

Updated: Floyd Sheriff: Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell dismissed for “conduct unbecoming an officer” after reportedly campaigning while on duty. Caldwell to continue his campaign for Sheriff in 2020.

Update: Tom Caldwell issued the statement below Friday afternoon announcing his intentions to continue his campaign for Floyd Sheriff in 2020. From Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter: Today Floyd County Sheriff Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell was relieved of Command by me for Conduct unbecoming of an officer. Chief Deputy Caldwell had been ordered directly by me… Read more

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Politics: Nearly 200 advance voters in Floyd. Bartow and Gordon see higher than expected turnout for first week of voting.

Politics: Nearly 200 advance voters in Floyd. Bartow and Gordon see higher than expected turnout for first week of voting.

  As of noon Friday, total of 22 advance voters: That makes 197 total early voters since the start of voting on Monday. Friday’s final numbers were not available by the end of the day. Voting resumes Monday through July 20, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at both Floyd County Administration building… Read more

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Rome City Commission to consider a referendum to move Sunday pouring hours up to 11 a.m.; First public hearing on 2018 millage rate is Monday.

Rome City Commission to consider a referendum to move Sunday pouring hours up to 11 a.m.; First public hearing on 2018 millage rate is Monday.

  The Rome City Commission will discuss a resolution to put a public referendum on the November ballot to change Sunday pouring hours.Georgia’s new “Brunch Bill” (S.B. 17) would allow cities to change Sunday alcohol pouring times from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. if approved by a referendum. The referendum proposal goes on first reading… Read more

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Comprehensive Plan 2040: From focused development in Lindale, Shannon to seeking alternative transportation and increasing tourism, plan draft now available for public review.

Comprehensive Plan 2040: From focused development in Lindale, Shannon to seeking alternative transportation and increasing tourism, plan draft now available for public review.

From focused development in Lindale and Shannon, including a targeted plan for the old Lindale Mill, to finding alternative modes of transportation in Rome and increasing tourism in Cave Spring, the proposed 2040 Rome-Floyd-Cave Spring Comprehensive Plan is now available online for public comment. In addition, the Rome-Floyd Planning Department will host three public hearings… Read more

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Politics: Ronnie Kilgo announces candidacy for Floyd County Sheriff in 2020

Politics: Ronnie Kilgo announces candidacy for Floyd County Sheriff in 2020

Ronnie Kilgo, a local businessman and Captain of Floyd County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit, will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Sheriff of Floyd County in 2020. Kilgo is the president of Rome LP Gas Company. Statement from Ronnie Kilgo: After much encouragement from friends, family, and many of the movers and shakers of Rome and… Read more

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Lessons learned from May primary as advance voting begins today for four statewide runoff races. What you need to know, where to vote in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk.

Lessons learned from May primary as advance voting begins today for four statewide runoff races. What you need to know, where to vote in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Advance voting begins today for the General Primary Runoff on July 24 which includes four statewide races: Republican primary for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State and Democratic primary for State School Superintendent. Meanwhile, the state investigation continues into May 22 voting in Rome and Floyd County. The Secretary of… Read more

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What to know about this week: Toys R Us closes, demolition of Dwarf House, deadline to vote in primary runoff — and put down that phone.

What to know about this week: Toys R Us closes, demolition of Dwarf House, deadline to vote in primary runoff — and put down that phone.

MONDAY Deadline to register to vote in the primary runoff: New or lapsed voters can sign up through 5 this evening to vote in the July 24 primary runoff. Even better, once you register, you’ll be able to vote in advance starting next Monday, July 2. Election day is Tuesday, July 24, with precincts open… Read more

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Politics: State investigation into Floyd’s May 22 primary vote continues. What to know about the July 24 runoff (three GOP seats, one Democratic).

Politics: State investigation into Floyd’s May 22 primary vote continues. What to know about the July 24 runoff (three GOP seats, one Democratic).

POLITICS State investigation continues into May 22 voting: The Secretary of State’s Office reports that the investigation is “ongoing and continuing” into concerns about some wrong ballots were handled in the advance voting and day-of voting in the primary. At issue: Some city of Rome  ballots had Floyd County School Board races on them. The… Read more

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