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Solar eclipse will let some businesses shine including Krispy Kreme in Rome, a Waffle House in South Carolina and a Northeast Georgia winery.

Solar eclipse will let some businesses shine including Krispy Kreme in Rome, a Waffle House in South Carolina and a Northeast Georgia winery.

Krispy Kreme has its own eclipse planned the weekend of the big event: The Rome store at 1602 Turner McCall Blvd. will be among those doing the chocolate dip of the original starting Saturday, Aug. 19, again on Sunday, Aug. 20 and then on Monday, Aug. 21. Look for the “hot and ready” sign to… Read more

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Buzz: Antigua Mexican Restaurant now in place near Walmart. Antioch Baptist Church to celebrate 150 years. Pam Tebow to address Haven Health Clinic’s ‘Friends for Life’ Banquet Sept. 19. Corey Smith returns.

Buzz: Antigua Mexican Restaurant now in place near Walmart. Antioch Baptist Church to celebrate 150 years. Pam Tebow to address Haven Health Clinic’s ‘Friends for Life’ Banquet Sept. 19. Corey Smith returns.

Antigua Mexican Restaurant is closer to opening at the former El Tapatio at 863 Cartersville Highway next to the East Rome Wal-Mart. Owner Sabrina Wilson appeared before Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission last month, seeking approval on a new beer, wine and liquor pouring license. From the ACC minutes: “Ms. Wilson stated she is thoroughly familiar with Rome’s and the… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Premiums to edge up for state workers, teachers; options unchanged.

Georgia Health News: Premiums to edge up for state workers, teachers; options unchanged.

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News State employees and teachers will face an average premium increase of about 3.7 percent for coverage next year in the State Health Benefit Plan. The SHBP deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, and health plan options will remain the same as this year, the Georgia Department of Community Health said Thursday at an agency… Read more

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Health: Sen. Chuck Hufstetler on renewed bid to raise state cigarette taxes. Dr. Sathiyakumar joins Harbin Clinic Spine & Pain Management.

Health: Sen. Chuck Hufstetler on renewed bid to raise state cigarette taxes. Dr. Sathiyakumar joins Harbin Clinic Spine & Pain Management.

  A story in Monday’s AJC about the American Cancer Society’s push for Georgia to raise its cigarette tax (among the lowest in the nation) included comments by state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, who advocated a similar push in 2015. Hufstetler joined us on Tuesday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to talk… Read more

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Buzz: Junior Service League helping Salvation Army guests make the next step. Special tax committee meets Thursday. Mall’s Rome Reads program returns. Master Gardeners get ready for the holidays.

Buzz: Junior Service League helping Salvation Army guests make the next step. Special tax committee meets Thursday. Mall’s Rome Reads program returns. Master Gardeners get ready for the holidays.

  The Junior Service League of Rome’s first Member Drive “Good Samaritan” project of the league year was for the Salvation Army Baskets of Hope program. JSL board members assembled these baskets at our first meeting of the year. Baskets of Hope is a new program initiative which provides shelter guests with needed supplies as… Read more

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Skirt length debate: Comparing Rome High’s knee-length requirement to local private, public schools.

Skirt length debate: Comparing Rome High’s knee-length requirement to local private, public schools.

  Rome High’s new dress code, complete with mandated knee-length skirts and shorts, is the toughest in our area. Prior to the start of this school year, Rome permitted skirts that were no more than four inches above the knew. This year, it is knee length, period. (Previous story) The specific guidelines posted on Rome… Read more

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Georgia Health News: 82 state hospitals face readmission fines; how our local hospitals performed.

Georgia Health News: 82 state hospitals face readmission fines; how our local hospitals performed.

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News Four out of five Georgia hospitals are set to receive Medicare penalties for having too many patients returning within a month of their discharge. The readmission penalties, levied under the Affordable Care Act, are meant to encourage hospitals to pay closer attention to what happens to patients after discharge.… Read more

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You need a scorecard to track what’s proposed for downtown Rome. First, the food court–and then four to six restaurants (and lofts)?

You need a scorecard to track what’s proposed for downtown Rome. First, the food court–and then four to six restaurants (and lofts)?

  Let’s start with the given: Above please find a few more visuals to go with what’s coming to Miniyar’s Lofts on Broad and International Food Court opening soon at 114 Broad St. in the Cotton Block, courtesy of Davis Contracting and Development Inc., which has been working almost nonstop on the site in recent months.… Read more

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Duke’s Wings & Seafood among the restaurants joining Miniyar food court in Cotton Block as busy summer continues on Broad Street. Plus: Still buzzing about the Road Trip guys.

Duke’s Wings & Seafood among the restaurants joining Miniyar food court in Cotton Block as busy summer continues on Broad Street. Plus: Still buzzing about the Road Trip guys.

    The Cotton Block is about to get very busy. Several more restaurants are committed to Miniyar’s International Food Court at 114 Broad St. including a regional favorite, Duke’s  Wings & Seafood. Already a hit in Calhoun and Adairsville, Derrick Williams is bringing the restaurant to Rome later this month. Already announced is a satellite edition… Read more

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First bites at LocoMex: You have to visit to see the improved interior — and you’ll find some different spins on a few favorites, too.

First bites at LocoMex: You have to visit to see the improved interior — and you’ll find some different spins on a few favorites, too.

As with other “sidewalk superintendents” around town, we watched from the street as upgrades were made to 201 Broad St. across the exterior and somewhat through the building’s abundant array of windows. As LocoMex prepared for its Rome opening this week, we tracked the installation of all the required pieces for cafe or sidewalk dining,… Read more

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Latest audit of Shorter shows $3 million drop in tuition (nearly 10%), a $5.2 million cut in academic operations expenses and $1.9 million less in overall salaries.

Latest audit of Shorter shows $3 million drop in tuition (nearly 10%), a $5.2 million cut in academic operations expenses and $1.9 million less in overall salaries.

The Georgia Baptist Convention has posted the 2016 and 2015 financial audit of Shorter University and the year-over-year changes underscore the financial issues you’ve heard about on and off campus. (Click for the full report; breakouts below). One of the key areas to track is revenues and support. Tuition and fees dropped from $33.5 million… Read more

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Hometown Headlines survey: Sales tax holiday poll results.

Hometown Headlines survey: Sales tax holiday poll results.

Tuesday’s Hometown Headlines survey asked about back-to-school shopping and the lack of a sales tax holiday in our state this year. A whopping 23 votes recorded with 40 percent saying it wasn’t an issue and another 39 percent saying they still shopped locally. Read more

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Buzz: Ledbetters begin work on retail center in Panama City. Tomato Festival returns to downtown Cartersville Saturday. Extra hours to shop at outlets this weekend. And gas prices climbing again.

Buzz: Ledbetters begin work on retail center in Panama City. Tomato Festival returns to downtown Cartersville Saturday. Extra hours to shop at outlets this weekend. And gas prices climbing again.

Ledbetters begin work on Bay City Point in Panama City Beach: Previous reports have put a Cracker Barrel and a Chick-fil-A in the retail mix Ledbetter Properties is creating.  News Herald. The Ledbetters describe Bay City Point is a 200,000-square-foot development strategically located in the heart of Panama City, FL at the heavily trafficked intersection of… Read more

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Buzz: Updates on Tillman Clocktower 5K & Health Walk. Auditions for RLT’s “Of Mice and Men”. Floyd Commission meets Tuesday with public hearing on tax rates.

Buzz: Updates on Tillman Clocktower 5K & Health Walk. Auditions for RLT’s “Of Mice and Men”. Floyd Commission meets Tuesday with public hearing on tax rates.

The Tillman Clocktower 5K & 2 Mile Health Walk returns Aug. 19. Around 500 walkers and runners participate each year with proceeds benefit The Exchange Club Family Resource Center. The race begins a 8 a.m. Registration for the chip-timed 5K is open with pre-registration discounts available as follows: Postmarked or registered on runsignup.com by July… Read more

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