Category Archives: Politics

The Druck Report: From the ‘penthouse’ to the ‘outhouse,’ economic development is on the move — at your added expense.

The Druck Report: From the ‘penthouse’ to the ‘outhouse,’ economic development is on the move — at your added expense.

  Behold the soon-to-be headquarters of industrial recruitment in Rome and Floyd County. If the current “concept” holds, this one-time service bay for a car dealership that most recently was used for fire department storage — call it the “out house” — could become the base of recruitment efforts for the community. You’ll pay for… Read more

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Gov. Brian Kemp on Hometown Radio: His busy first weeks in office, balancing family and duties, a shout out to Al Hodge — and where to dine in Athens.

Gov. Brian Kemp on Hometown Radio: His busy first weeks in office, balancing family and duties, a shout out to Al Hodge — and where to dine in Athens.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (pictured with his wife, Marty) joined us for a few minutes on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM Friday morning. Among the topics: A busy first few weeks for the new governor, especially with the severe weather threat earlier this week as well as more than 1 million… Read more

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Rome native and Model High graduate Vic Reynolds named director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Rome native and Model High graduate Vic Reynolds named director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Rome native Vic Reynolds,  currently the district attorney of Cobb County, has been named the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation by Gov. Brian Kemp. A former police officer, chief magistrate judge, prosecutor, and criminal defense attorney, Reynolds was elected District Attorney for Cobb County in 2012. He and his wife of 30 years, Holly (also… Read more

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Politics: Nearly 1,000 cast early votes in Special Election Runoff for House District 5. Polls open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Politics: Nearly 1,000 cast early votes in Special Election Runoff for House District 5. Polls open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting for the Feb. 5 Special Election Runoff ended Friday with 995 voters casting ballots early. Election day is Tuesday with polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The candidates for House District 5 are Matt Barton and Jesse Vaughn, both Republicans. If you are registered to vote in the following precincts you will… Read more

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Latest numbers on ‘The Big Switch’ show draft budget soars to $450,188 (up 26.2%); SPLOST dollars sought to rehab fire building for offices. City’s share would more than double annual chamber  contribution.

Latest numbers on ‘The Big Switch’ show draft budget soars to $450,188 (up 26.2%); SPLOST dollars sought to rehab fire building for offices. City’s share would more than double annual chamber contribution.

The story lines on The Big Switch: The initial budget for the first year of operating the industrial recruitment office has jumped by 26.5 percent to $450,188 in just two months (they left out marketing in the original draft). Those extra pennies you pay in SPLOST taxes set aside for economic development would provide the… Read more

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Buzz: Feb. 11 blood drive offers a few extra incentives for county employees, other donors. Floyd County Republican Women meet Tuesday. Final days to vote early in Gordon County House race.

Buzz: Feb. 11 blood drive offers a few extra incentives for county employees, other donors. Floyd County Republican Women meet Tuesday. Final days to vote early in Gordon County House race.

Upcoming blood drive has something extra for Floyd County employees: Sure, the incentive is there — free refreshments (snacks) for all donors courtesy of The Sweet Bar. But for county employees, there’s another perk — a free police escort to the Law Enforcement Center if they donate blood on Monday, Feb. 11, between 7 a.m.… Read more

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‘The Big Switch’ update: County Commission sets called meeting for noon Thursday to ‘approve the revised unified economic development plan for Rome and Floyd County.’

‘The Big Switch’ update: County Commission sets called meeting for noon Thursday to ‘approve the revised unified economic development plan for Rome and Floyd County.’

  The Floyd County Commission has scheduled a called meeting for noon Thursday to, as the agenda states, “approve the revised unified economic development plan for Rome and Floyd County.” The meeting will be in the Community Room, Suite 206, at the County Administration building at 12 E. Fourth Ave. Prior to the vote, there is… Read more

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Labeled an empty box with pretty wrapping and a bow on top, Rome city commissioners OK ‘concept’ of working with the county to hire the Rome Floyd Development Authority to coordinate industrial recruitment. What’s lacking: An overall plan.

Labeled an empty box with pretty wrapping and a bow on top, Rome city commissioners OK ‘concept’ of working with the county to hire the Rome Floyd Development Authority to coordinate industrial recruitment. What’s lacking: An overall plan.

ON VIDEO: You can watch the economic development tug-of-way by clicking here for the webcast video; it starts around the 50-minute mark The expected next turn in economic development in Rome and Floyd County turned ugly Monday night. And yet by the end of a prolonged exchange of pros and cons, a concept to work… Read more

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The Druck Report: Expect to hear outline of where Rome/Floyd economic development might be headed at Monday’s City Commission caucus session, meeting.

The Druck Report: Expect to hear outline of where Rome/Floyd economic development might be headed at Monday’s City Commission caucus session, meeting.

Since November, when a mostly secret vote to create a new authority to take over economic development sailed through the County Commission but was derailed by inquisitive city commissioners, there’s been a huge “what’s next?” dangling throughout the community. We might hear some potential options this Monday courtesy of the City Commission. The board’s caucus… Read more

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Newsmakers: William Richardson named partner at Brinson Askew Berry. Sam Talley joins Talley Insurance. Cadet Aaron Loya of Rome High’s AFJROTC selected for Air Force Flight Academy.

Newsmakers: William Richardson named partner at Brinson Askew Berry. Sam Talley joins Talley Insurance. Cadet Aaron Loya of Rome High’s AFJROTC selected for Air Force Flight Academy.

William R. Richardson has been named a partner with Brinson Askew Berry of Rome. Richardson, who joined the firm as an associate in 2015, focuses his legal practice on corporate and business transactions, commercial real estate, and other financeareas. He also represents public housing authorities in multi-family and urban redevelopment housing transactions involving the use of public/private… Read more

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Amid still-undecided changes in the community’s economic development efforts, new members join Rome-Floyd Development Authority.

Amid still-undecided changes in the community’s economic development efforts, new members join Rome-Floyd Development Authority.

  Sidebar: Business:  Jeanne Krueger named interim director of the Rome Floyd Chamber, effective Jan. 24. Chamber Amid changes to how Rome/Floyd County recruit and retain industry, the group that could wind us with jurisdiction over future recruiting has a new lineup. On Tuesday, new members of the Rome-Floyd Development Authority were sworn in by Superior Court… Read more

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Bill Collins elected Rome’s new mayor in 5-4 vote. Randy Quick new pro tem.

Bill Collins elected Rome’s new mayor in 5-4 vote. Randy Quick new pro tem.

  Bill Collins won a 5-4 vote to serve as Rome’s mayor for the next year. During Monday’s City Commission meeting, the first of the year, the meeting moved quickly to the vote with both Collins and Jamie Doss, the incumbent, nominated for the post. Voting for Collins, who was serving as mayor pro tem… Read more

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Live from Atlanta: The inauguration of Brian Kemp as Georgia’s governor. Plus: Links to the start of the 2019 General Assembly.

Live from Atlanta: The inauguration of Brian Kemp as Georgia’s governor. Plus: Links to the start of the 2019 General Assembly.

    Georgia Public Broadcasting has a full day of coverage planned as Brian Kemp becomes the next governor of Georgia. It begins at 10 this morning with a live stream of the prayer service taking place at The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta at gpb.org/inauguration. At 2 p.m., GPB TV and Radio will live broadcast… Read more

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Politics: AJC gives a ‘nod’ to State Senator Chuck Hufstetler as a top player in Georgia’s 2019 Legislative session

Politics: AJC gives a ‘nod’ to State Senator Chuck Hufstetler as a top player in Georgia’s 2019 Legislative session

State Senator Chuck Hufsteter (R-52) has made the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s list of major players in the upcoming 2019 Legislative session that begins Monday. He is one of four senators featured. Others mentioned include Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga. AJC From the AJC: Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome; An anesthetist, Hufstetler rose quickly after being elected in 2012 and runs… Read more

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Isakson, colleagues again push legislation to end the threat of government shutdowns.

Isakson, colleagues again push legislation to end the threat of government shutdowns.

  Media release: U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and colleagues are reintroducing legislation that would permanently prevent future federal government shutdowns. Congress has repeatedly failed to pass the 12 annual spending bills on time and has frequently resorted to passing sweeping “omnibus” bills to avoid shutting down the government. Since 1980, Congress has only twice… Read more

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