Real estate and the $17 million month. Some of us get excited when hearing about a new company investing $10 million or $20 million as it enters our community. But what about an industry that produces eight digits a month on a regular basis? That would be the Greater Rome Board of Realtors. Cases in point: Rome area Realtors sold $17 million worth of homes in March and $13.5 million in April, says Soraya Collins, president of the board. She joined us this week on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss the red-hot home sales market. About March: 119 homes sold in Rome, up 21.4 percent from the same month a year ago. Another example? There are 117 home sales heading toward closing this month (most closings take up to 30 days, she says, meaning some of these could drift into June). The hottest part of the local market right now? A home in West Rome, says Collins, an agent for Hardy Realty. Best amenity? “Open space,” she says.
Bucket of … Sugar: We got a little excited the other day as we saw a large vehicle — assumed to be a work truck — in front of the Bucket of Shrimp at 1517 Dean Ave. For months, the location has looked like its ready to open. But the only addition as been some blue lights lining the windows, akin to a few of the smaller convenience stores dotting the market. So back to that truck in the parking lot. It was a working truck, all right, the mobile home of James Hall and his Sugar Rush & Grill Food Truck. But even that could be a sign of hope for those writing us on a regular basis, asking about Gainesville-based Bucket of Shrimp. On the owners’ Facebook page, we found Hall featured as he was dining at a Sam’s Club in Duluth, “enjoying our shrimp and crab bucket for his lunch today.” Sure, that was February 2017 but . . .
Where tax commissioners are loved, especially Floyd County’s: The spring meeting of the Georgia Association of Tax Officials has wrapped in Athens but not before some hardware was handed out. For the second time, Floyd County Tax Commissioner Kevin Payne was named Tax Commissioner of the Year (first time was in 2014). We congratulate Kevin on the honor and all the love afforded him by his colleagues (and constituents here, right?) But we also wonder about why the staff wore clown outfits to the association dinner….?
When a school becomes a resource: Nice touch today by the Pepperell High staff in welcoming the Georgia Department of Labor on campus for a job fair. Employers also were among those invited to participate — as well as the community. What’s up: PHS juniors and seniors are to be interviewed in the morning hours. And then, from 1-4 p.m., it is open to the community. Talk about know the Pepperell Pulse.