Category Archives: Politics

Rome’s Gretchen Corbin nominated to be the next president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp.

Rome’s Gretchen Corbin nominated to be the next president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp.

Media release: Gov. Nathan Deal has nominated Gretchen Corbin of Rome to serve as President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp. following the announcement of current President and CEO Debbie D. Alford’s departure. Pending approval of the Georgia Lottery Corp. Board of Directors, this change will take effect on Jan. 1. Deal also nominated… Read more

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Commentary: Jim O’Hara offers a pretty stark commentary on Tuesday’s vote — and its one of many conversations about who really won and lost, and what’s ahead.

Commentary: Jim O’Hara offers a pretty stark commentary on Tuesday’s vote — and its one of many conversations about who really won and lost, and what’s ahead.

From Hometown Headlines: We spotted Jim O’Hara’s Facebook post Saturday morning, featuring a column he submitted to the Rome News following Tuesday’s vote in Rome and Floyd County. O’Hara was among 15 candidates for seven seats on the Rome Board of Education. We contacted Jim about posting the column here as it continues one of… Read more

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SPLOST, ELOST win easily. Commission: Doss, Davis, Quick. School board: Beeman, Byington, Collins, Davis, Fisher, Jackson, Uldrick.

SPLOST, ELOST win easily. Commission: Doss, Davis, Quick. School board: Beeman, Byington, Collins, Davis, Fisher, Jackson, Uldrick.

IT’S A FINAL: City Commission: Jamie Doss, Wendy Davis earn new terms on the Rome City Commission. Randy Quick takes the third seat in Ward 2, replacing Sue Lee. School board: Re-elected are Elaina Beeman, Faith Collins. Elected (after appointment): Will Byington. Newcomers: John Uldrick, Jill Fisher, Melissa Davis, Alvin Jackson. SPLOST: Wins with almost… Read more

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Light vote through 4 p.m.; just 4,244 ballots cast at  most of the 25 precincts. Why today’s vote is among the more critical we’ve had in years. City, county residents to decide fate of $143.8 million in tax extensions. Updates all day.

Light vote through 4 p.m.; just 4,244 ballots cast at most of the 25 precincts. Why today’s vote is among the more critical we’ve had in years. City, county residents to decide fate of $143.8 million in tax extensions. Updates all day.

  With less that three hours to go, it appears we’re headed for a very light turnout.  .Through 4 p.m., with most of the 25 precincts reporting, at least 4,244 voters had been cast today. Add more than 3,000 advance votes and we could be heading toward at least 10,000 total. Safe bet right now:… Read more

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It all comes down to Tuesday’s vote — and a look at recent election trends. Plus: Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Candidate profiles, Q&A; closer look at $143.8 million in tax extensions. Sample ballots.

It all comes down to Tuesday’s vote — and a look at recent election trends. Plus: Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Candidate profiles, Q&A; closer look at $143.8 million in tax extensions. Sample ballots.

Candidate profiles, Q&As  / In-depth looks at the tax proposals / Radio interviews / Sample ballots  With voting starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, what can we expect? Turnout could be trending on the light side, given that 3,103 people voted in advance of election day. That represents people from both the cities of Rome and… Read more

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Updated: Almost $5,800 in contributions to education tax supporters. Plus: Who contributed; where it went. Almost $15,000 donated to ‘pro-SPLOST’ campaign.

Updated: Almost $5,800 in contributions to education tax supporters. Plus: Who contributed; where it went. Almost $15,000 donated to ‘pro-SPLOST’ campaign.

  The last round of financial disclosure forms on Tuesday’s ballot are out, including those for the SPLOST and education tax tensions. Here’s what we found for campaign contributions and expenditures through mid October (or 15 days prior to the election) for the two tax extensions on the ballot. The information comes from the State… Read more

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Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $63.8 million government tax extension with County Manager Jamie McCord, Sammy Rich. Plus: SPLOST debate between Danny Price and Randy Smith.

Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $63.8 million government tax extension with County Manager Jamie McCord, Sammy Rich. Plus: SPLOST debate between Danny Price and Randy Smith.

Below please find almost 30 minutes of questions and answers about the proposed $63.8 million government tax extension. Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord and Rome City Manager Sammy Rich joined the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Oct. 132 to take questions on the proposal. You’ll find that interview in two segments below.… Read more

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Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $80 million education tax extension with Dr. John Jackson, Floyd Schools, and Lou Byars, Rome City Schools.

Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $80 million education tax extension with Dr. John Jackson, Floyd Schools, and Lou Byars, Rome City Schools.

  Below please find almost 30 minutes of questions and answers about the proposed $80 million education tax extension. Dr. John Jackson, superintendent of Floyd County Schools, and Lou Byars, superintendent of Rome City Schools, joined the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Oct. 12 to take questions on the proposal. You’ll… Read more

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Area congressmen split on Puerto Rico, storm, fire aid vote. Loudermilk: ‘$36.5 billion emergency funding bill … is not offset through cuts’ in government spending.’ Graves: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the millions of Americans in Puerto Rico and elsewhere’ hit by recent disasters.

Area congressmen split on Puerto Rico, storm, fire aid vote. Loudermilk: ‘$36.5 billion emergency funding bill … is not offset through cuts’ in government spending.’ Graves: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the millions of Americans in Puerto Rico and elsewhere’ hit by recent disasters.

  Two House members from Northwest Georgia were on opposite sides of the vote last week to extend aid to Puerto Rico, other storm-ravaged parts of the United States and to West Coast fire victims. The measure passed the House by a 353-69 majority– including U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, who represents Floyd, Polk, Gordon… Read more

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Election headquarters: Advance voting starts Monday. Latest political calendar. Sample ballots. Candidate profiles.

Election headquarters: Advance voting starts Monday. Latest political calendar. Sample ballots. Candidate profiles.

Election calendar / Candidate profiles, Q&As  / In-depth stories on the tax proposals / Sample ballots The calendar Getting published: Any announcement that is “open to all candidates” must now be accompanied by copies of the emails or notices sent to all candidates. We will not share any announcements without such information following some issues… Read more

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Ready for ‘bullet voting’? Rome commission, school board races could see some picking only their one or two favorites, opting out of their remaining votes (three seats in the commission race, seven on the school board side).

Ready for ‘bullet voting’? Rome commission, school board races could see some picking only their one or two favorites, opting out of their remaining votes (three seats in the commission race, seven on the school board side).

    Be wary of a legal voting tactic that will decide several seats on the Rome City Commission and Rome School Board when votes are counted the night of Nov. 7. “Bullet voting” is openly being pushed at some meetings in a bid to get “our candidates” elected. The question is, how many “ours”… Read more

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Updated: City Commission rejects public consumption ordinance, 7-1, with the only vote supporting it from ACC Chair Wendy Davis.

Updated: City Commission rejects public consumption ordinance, 7-1, with the only vote supporting it from ACC Chair Wendy Davis.

  Fears of making Broad Street an “unsightly area” were just some of the comments from pastors and others who implored the City Commission to reject a bid for public consumption in specified neighborhoods on Monday evening. Some speakers talked of all-day drinking, public urination and an unhealthy atmosphere for young people or those dining… Read more

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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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