Category Archives: Politics

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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Campaign Watch: Meetings tonight for SPLOST, education tax proposals. The word ‘re-elect’ means redo for one candidate’s signs.

Campaign Watch: Meetings tonight for SPLOST, education tax proposals. The word ‘re-elect’ means redo for one candidate’s signs.

  The Armuchee-Glenwood Education Foundation meets tonight at 6. to hear more about the 2017 education special tax package. The meeting is set for the Armuchee High’s auditorium and Dr. John Jackson, superintendent of Floyd County Schools, is scheduled to answer questions about the county education package. Armuchee High, as proposed, would receive funding for… Read more

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Isakson, Perdue take different sides on DACA debate.

Isakson, Perdue take different sides on DACA debate.

  Very different takes from Georgia’s U.S. senators regarding the Trump Administration’s decision on ‘childhood arrivals.’ You can read Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ entire remarks here. U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) comments on President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “President Obama acted outside of his constitutional authority when… Read more

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Your Two Cents: Push begins from all sides on $125 million government, education sales tax extensions on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Your Two Cents: Push begins from all sides on $125 million government, education sales tax extensions on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Update from WRGA:  The governments of Cave Spring, Floyd County and Rome have blessed the $63.8 million SPLOST package to go before voters in two months. From Tuesday morning: Traditionally, campaign season used to begin Labor Day weekend. So much for tradition, especially as two special tax extensions — one for government, one for the… Read more

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Campaign watch: Can a nonpartisan City Commission race keep it that way? Guldenschuh’s big stage in September. Campaign calendar.

Campaign watch: Can a nonpartisan City Commission race keep it that way? Guldenschuh’s big stage in September. Campaign calendar.

Campaign Watch is an occasional report from Hometown Headlines leading up to the Nov. 7 election. Party lines? The candidates for the Rome City Commission do not declare party allegiance. That’s not to say you know who’s what way before the first vote is cast. And in a county where 70 percent of the vote… Read more

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Wetherington the second candidate to declare bid for opening on superior court bench; look for more in coming weeks.

Wetherington the second candidate to declare bid for opening on superior court bench; look for more in coming weeks.

  From Hometown: The race to replace retiring Chief Superior Court Judge Tami Colston is months away but challengers are lining up. Assistant District Attorney Kay Ann Wetherington has announced plans to seek the seat in the May primary. In July, Rome attorney Emily Matson announced her candidacy. More are expected as 11 people submitted applications… Read more

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Busy ballot for Rome: With qualifying over, 15 seeking seven School Board seats, six in race for three City Commission posts.

Busy ballot for Rome: With qualifying over, 15 seeking seven School Board seats, six in race for three City Commission posts.

    Rome’s registered voters have a busy fall ahead, learning the names and backgrounds of a whopping 15 city School Board candidates as well as six City Commission hopefuls. City Clerk Joe Smith says qualifying ended at 4:30 p.m. Friday and all candidates are certified. He’ll check to ensure residency but other than that,… Read more

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Will Byington, appointed to the Rome School Board almost a year ago, seeks full term in November.

Will Byington, appointed to the Rome School Board almost a year ago, seeks full term in November.

    Media release: Driven by a desire to equip students to live meaningful and impactful lives, Will Byington announces his candidacy for Rome City School Board. “I believe the future vitality of our community will be largely determined by how successful we are in preparing our students to be skilled, competent and responsible adults,… Read more

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