Category Archives: Politics

Buzz: Floyd County Republican Women meet Tuesday. President of Advocates for Children resigning.

Buzz: Floyd County Republican Women meet Tuesday. President of Advocates for Children resigning.

The Floyd County Republican Women will meet Tuesday, March 6, at Red Lobster on Shorter Avenue. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at noon. The guest speaker: Richard Woods, Georgia’s state school superintendent. Karen White has resigned as President and CEO of Advocates for Children, effective March 9, for a new opportunity… Read more

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Politics: Sen. Chuck Hufstetler on the Delta/NRA/tax cut standoff and what’s likely to happen next.

Politics: Sen. Chuck Hufstetler on the Delta/NRA/tax cut standoff and what’s likely to happen next.

State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Wednesday to talk more about the standoff sweeping 2018 politics, the state Legislature, Delta Air Lines and the NRA. Hufstetler believes a deal will be made to appease all sides. A tax cut benefiting Delta and other airlines… Read more

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Politics: Parkland murders now part of the Georgia governor’s race — but only because of the Delta/NRA/tax break feud.

Politics: Parkland murders now part of the Georgia governor’s race — but only because of the Delta/NRA/tax break feud.

  The Parkland Massacre of Feb. 14 is emerging as a major factor in the 2018 elections. The debate was expected to focus on gun control and school safety. But in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, it has become something more troubling. Last week, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle  stood with Gov. Nathan Deal, House Speaker David Ralston… Read more

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Politics: Rome City Commission to consider new composition for Alcohol Control Commission. Floyd Commission meets Tuesday.

Politics: Rome City Commission to consider new composition for Alcohol Control Commission. Floyd Commission meets Tuesday.

The Rome City Commission will meet Monday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. According to the agenda, the Commission will be voting to approve a new ordinance on the composition of the Alcohol Control Commission. Currently, the ACC board is comprised of three city commissioners and three citizen appointees. The new ordinance would… Read more

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Updated: Hufstetler joins Deal, others in outlining income tax reductions.

Updated: Hufstetler joins Deal, others in outlining income tax reductions.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE Media reelase: State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, along with Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston, representatives and senators from across Georgia recently announced two bills aimed at reducing the state’s income tax percentage and saving taxpayer dollars. This is the largest single tax cut in Georgia for individuals… Read more

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Politics: Rome OKs opening door for a tax allocation district for mall area not ‘subjected to growth and development’ — the same strip that has seen the most development here since 2012.

Politics: Rome OKs opening door for a tax allocation district for mall area not ‘subjected to growth and development’ — the same strip that has seen the most development here since 2012.

The Mount Berry area has been the hottest development district in Rome/Floyd County in the past eight years. And yet the resolution approved by Rome city commissioners by a unanimous vote Monday night solidifying foundation work for a third tax allocation district ignores that. One of the key paragraphs in the resolution passed with basically… Read more

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Update: The body of male found near Exit 296 Cass-White Rd still unidentified. Autopsy underway, but appears to be no foul play.

Update: The body of male found near Exit 296 Cass-White Rd still unidentified. Autopsy underway, but appears to be no foul play.

8 p.m. update: Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton says he is still working to contact family members of the deceased man found early Saturday near Exit 296 (Cass-White Rd) at I-75. The man was found with a license and is in his 40s. The cause of death is still undetermined and his body has been… Read more

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(Updated) Politics: Nearly $80,000 contributed overall to two judicial candidates so far this season.

(Updated) Politics: Nearly $80,000 contributed overall to two judicial candidates so far this season.

Campaign finance reports: Some of the first reports are in and one of the races we’re spotlighting in 2018 is superior court judge. The latest reports show more than $78,200 in campaign contributions so far. Almost as impressive: Seeing the donors who are lining up behind each of the candidates. Emily Matson, superior court judge… Read more

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What we’re hearing: Another private school offering brewing in Rome/Floyd? Big re-investment in North Rome. Political season, like football, never ends.

What we’re hearing: Another private school offering brewing in Rome/Floyd? Big re-investment in North Rome. Political season, like football, never ends.

Another education option brewing in Rome/Floyd? Whatever the reason, there’s always a conversation under way about education options in Rome/Floyd County, from preschool through 12th grade. The community is known for its public school systems, its private schools and a hybrid combining home schooling and classroom instruction. Another option is in the discussion stages as… Read more

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Third close call since June for Congressman Barry Loudermilk who was on the train carrying GOP lawmakers to a retreat that collided with a garbage truck.

Third close call since June for Congressman Barry Loudermilk who was on the train carrying GOP lawmakers to a retreat that collided with a garbage truck.

  Barry Loudermilk is a spiritual man — and perhaps more so in light of three close calls since last June. The congressman, who represents Bartow, Cherokee and parts of Fulton and Cobb counties, had yet another incident on Wednesday. He and his wife, Desiree, were on a train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat… Read more

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State of the Union: Key takeaways from the speech; link to the full text and to the Democratic response. How to follow on Twitter, Facebook.

State of the Union: Key takeaways from the speech; link to the full text and to the Democratic response. How to follow on Twitter, Facebook.

  Complete text of what the president had to say: State of the Union Democratic response to the State of the Union: Democrats You can follow comments from across the board on Facebook and Twitter by searching for hashtag #sotu Click here for Facebook #sotu Click here for Twitter #sotu Highlights of the State of… Read more

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Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell running for sheriff in 2020 as Burkhalter completes final term.

Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell running for sheriff in 2020 as Burkhalter completes final term.

Media release: Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Operations Tom Caldwell announces his intent to run for sheriff in 2020 when current Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter’s term expires. “I am pleased to announce my candidacy for sheriff to succeed my longtime friend and one of the best to ever hold the position,” says Caldwell.… Read more

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Hometown Radio: Rep. Eddie Lumsden previews the 2018 General Assembly, announces he’ll seek a new term as well.

Hometown Radio: Rep. Eddie Lumsden previews the 2018 General Assembly, announces he’ll seek a new term as well.

State Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on Tuesday morning on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss the 2018 General Assembly which begins Jan. 8 in Atlanta. Lumsden also confirms he will seek a new two-year term representing District 12, which includes Chattooga and parts of Floyd County in the state… Read more

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Why we’re excited about 2018, part V: Returning businesses, evolving education, more dining options, changes in politics and Rocket Wheeler back in the dugout.

Why we’re excited about 2018, part V: Returning businesses, evolving education, more dining options, changes in politics and Rocket Wheeler back in the dugout.

  This is the fifth and concluding chapter of “Why We’re Excited About in 2018.” Today, a series of updates on some key topics. In comebacks: Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop and The Gravy Boat: We received word of the closings of the Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop and The Gravy Boat within minutes of one another… Read more

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