HH Podcast interviews: Major changes ahead at the Floyd County Jail. The origins of Cave Spring’s Independence Day parade. Due Monday:  We kickoff the 2019 high school football season. New: Subscribe from iTunes or Stitcher.

HH Podcast interviews: Major changes ahead at the Floyd County Jail. The origins of Cave Spring’s Independence Day parade. Due Monday: We kickoff the 2019 high school football season. New: Subscribe from iTunes or Stitcher.

A very busy July is on the way from Hometown Headlines and our podcast partners, Brand Red Studios in Rome. In June, we launched with three interviews and we’re planning on another 12 over the next month. We’ll record several this week at Brand Red’s podcast center in addition to our daily news updates from Studio 1A.

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Guests Jay Shell, center, and Harry Brock join us at Brand Red Studios for the recording of the first Hometown Headlines podcast interview. We’re planning 12 additional interviews in July, starting Monday. Brand Red photo.

Here’s what’s available today:

With 675 inmates — some with drug, mental concerns, the Floyd County Jail is changing. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Chief Deputy Tommy McGuire spent around 30 minutes with us describing the next changes to the county jail, home to almost 700 inmates the day we recorded this. Phase one of the addition of a medical wing is about to get under way; the heavy equipment is now on site. Once finished next July, it will feature 60 critically needed beds for some of those inmates who once were housed at the shuttered Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital. The influx has created new demands — and resulted in extra training for the deputies on duty at the jail three shifts a day. The medical wing was paid in part by the recent extra penny sales tax approved by Floyd County voters. Burkhalter and McGuire also talk about today’s jail inmates, about how training has changed for deputies on duty there and programs under way to try to keep the inmates from returning when their time is served. As Burkhalter says, more than 75 percent of those in custody right now will return to the streets of Floyd County. Changes at the jail

 Underground Rome — Down and a Little Dirty. Exploring what’s below Broad Street with Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab. Rome’s rich history contains numerous references to severe floods and how Broad Street as well as the buildings lining it were changed from their original designs to better cope with the reoccurring nightmare. But with those changes came stories of what’s below some of the buildings we know today. Architect Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab takes us on a 30-minute “tour” of what’s down and a little dirty about Broad Street. Underground  Rome

Parking in downtown Rome — problems & promise. With guests Jay Shell and Harry Brock. The two downtown business owners talk about the parking battles that have consumed restaurant and business owners, the Downtown Development Authority and City Hall as well as the most critical element that some sides practically ignored — the customers — for much of 2019. The fall campaign for six seats on the Rome City Commission starts here and hinges on parking, other downtown “rules” and a dysfunctional city government. Parking & Politics 

Real Americana: The red, white and blue tradition that is Cave Spring’s Fourth of July Parade with founder Christa Jackson. Thirty-four years ago on Independence Day, Christa Jackson and her three oldest sons were at their Cave Spring home, disappointed because the weather had wiped out a day of swimming. They were watching the Atlanta Salute to America on television when Christa had an idea — the Jacksons would have their own parade.  That “army” of five grew over the decades to feature more than 500 people at 9 a.m. each Fourth of July who parade around the downtown square in a true replica of Norman Rockwell’s Americana. Click Independence Day

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