Here’s a look at what’s on Hometown Headlines’ radar this week:
- Downtown parking — and downtown living. Two items before the Rome City Commission at Monday’s 6:30 p.m. meeting have our attention. The first is Ira Levy’s presentation to the commission about eight points he and other downtown property/business owners want changed or clarified about pending parking changes. Background. Also of interest: Richard Franklin’s bid for a zoning change to basically bring more residential to eight properties he owns off First Street and Fifth Avenue. Background
- Republican gubernatorial primary runoff. A “secret” recording of Casey Cagle laying out his support of a “bad” measure to boost income tax credit for private schools because of his fears supporters would boost contributions to primary rival Hunter Hill, is dominating talk about Cagle’s runoff bid with Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Cagle dominated Floyd County’s May 22 vote with 46.7 percent vs. 22.3 percent for Kemp. Will the school tape sway voters in the July 24 primary, here or elsewhere? Damage control is well under way.
- The Rome Braves’ playoff bid: With nine games to go in the season’s first half, Rome and Augusta are in a tight race to win the South Atlantic League’s southern division title through June 17. Whichever team finished in first place gets the gold buzzer to the SAL playoffs in September. Rome last won the league championship in 2016. It could come down to a final three-game home stand vs. Lexington next Friday-Sunday at State Mutual Stadium. The second half — and a whole new race — begins after the All-Star game on June 19.
- The latest on Duke’s place: Duke’s Wings & Seafood is moving from the international food court in the Cotton Block to the recent home of Sellers Gourmet Eatery at 325 Broad St. Derrick Williams says the opening date now comes down to final inspections, once scheduled for Monday. Afterward, he hopes to announce when the doors will open at the new location. Duke’s is a hit in Calhoun and Adairsville; we’re anxious to see what comes out of the new location just down from another newcomer, Middle Eastern Grill, due June 18.