POLITICS: From Rome City Hall to Atlanta to Washington, D.C., this has been a week of some pretty big political news. Johnny Isakson’s decision to retire from the U.S. Senate effective Dec. 31 caught many off guard. Charles Love’s decision to withdraw from the Ward 1 City Commission race likewise was a surprise although his candidacy was targeted from the day he qualified. For what real reasons, we can only speculate.
- What’s next: Be ready for one more surprise later this morning. This one also has been in the works for a few weeks — which will sound surprising once it is formalized.
MEDICAL: Ribbon cutting for Cartersville Medical Center’s expanded emergency room: The above photo, courtesy of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce, highlights Thursday’s celebration as CMC opens its expanded ER as well as the new helipad. According to the chamber: “Cartersville Medical Center’s Emergency Room is now a designated 43-bed, Level 3 Trauma Center with 32 general treatment rooms, four large trauma rooms and seven behavioral health rooms.” The expansion took about a year. Also this week: Harbin Clinic broke ground on its new pediatrics building off Woodrow Wilson and John Maddox; due in 2020 — a 41,000-square-foot medical office.
- What’s next: Still awaiting formal word on Hamilton Medical Center’s proposed office complex in Calhoun.
MEDIA: Listen to Georgia football on radio again: Thanks to recent changes to 95.5 WSB, you’ll be able to hear Georgia football broadcasts, including pregame, in more of Floyd County and Northwest Georgia. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 7:30 p.m.
- What’s next: Watching and waiting in Calhoun. Much of the property and equipment used by Kickin 103.5 FM (WEBS 1030 AM) goes up for auction on Sept. 3 at the Gordon County Courthouse. The signal is still owned by Ken Payne. As part of debt recovery from Payne, North Georgia National Bank in Calhoun would collect whatever is raised from the property and equipment sale. Legal ad
DINING: ‘Fast food week’ ends with two openings, a closing and a remodel: It was one of the more peculiar weeks we’ve had for dining updates in Northwest Georgia. Popeye’s opened in West Rome on Monday and Chicken Salad Chick opened Tuesday. Hardee’s in West Rome closed Monday and McDonald’s on Turner McCall is open but is undergoing another extensive renovation.
- What’s next: This one will fall into a different category — consider it a streaming lining of restaurant operations in a highly visible spot. We expect official word soon.