Business: Bank buys back assets of closed Calhoun radio station. Williams joins River City Bank. Shaw Create Centre in Cartersville. Rome’s Downtown Development board meets Thursday.

Business: Bank buys back assets of closed Calhoun radio station. Williams joins River City Bank. Shaw Create Centre in Cartersville. Rome’s Downtown Development board meets Thursday.

Bank buys back assets of WEBS in Calhoun: Off air now for more than two weeks, here’s the latest on the former WEBS 1030 AM and Kickin 93.5 FM. The station’s assets — building, equipment, other holdings — were to be sold at auction on the Gordon County Courthouse steps on Sept. 3. However, there was no overall bidder for the holdings, says Chris Pierce, president and chief executive officer of North Georgia National Bank in Calhoun. Therefore, “The bank ended up buying back the assets.”  The bank foreclosed on Ken Payne’s holdings because of debts overdue; Payne still  holds the licenses for the radio signal. Pierce says the bank has been contacted about purchases some equipment but prefers to sell the package as one. We’re surprised to see an AM station with a solid FM translator in a growing market sit idle. However, we doubt other area radio groups have the financial stability to purchase the WEBS assets and pay for a purchase of or lease of the signals. Calhoun/Gordon County deserves better.

Andrew Williams

(Revised) River City Bank announces the addition of Andrew Williams as Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager. Andrew’s responsibilities will include identifying and expanding business relationships, and delivering financial products and services to both existing and prospective clients.  Additionally, Andrew will be involved in leading strategic directions and key initiatives that will support and enhance River City Bank’s goal to provide an ideal banking experience for its customers.

Andrew gained meaningful experience while working for a larger institution in the areas of credit, portfolio management, and commercial lending services in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Tennessee and Greenville, South Carolina.  Most recently Williams served as VP/Director of Corporate Product Development for United Community Bank where he collaborated in client acquisition strategies, deposit growth and other products and services enhancements.

“Our priority was adding experience to complement the talented bankers at River City Bank, and with the addition of Andrew, we believe we’ve moved strongly in that direction,” said Jamie Tallent, President and CEO.

Williams earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia and also completed a mini-MBA Program at Clemson University. While attending the University of Georgia, Andrew was a scholarship athlete playing football for the Bulldogs and excelling to receive designations of team captain, most valuable player and the 2008 David Jacobs Award, which is given each year to the player who portrays courage, spirit, character and determination.

Williams and his wife Laura have three children and now reside in Rome.


The Shaw Create Centre in Cartersville has been awarded top honors in the Workplace category in Fast Company’s 2019 Innovation by Design Awards, the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business, and innovation. With more than 4,300 entries from the industry’s top design brands, entries were judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, depth of user insight, cultural impact, and business impact.

The Shaw Create Centre, designed by a talented team from Gensler Atlanta, is a cutting-edge, three-story facility that is a living representation of the brands’ mission, people and values. Based on the idea that space shapes the personality of a business, the Shaw Create Centre opens opportunities to develop a culture that is authentic and aspirational – and, more than ever, to design and create things that matter.

Effective workplace design links to higher business performance. The new Create Centre, located in Cartersville, Georgia, enables Patcraft and Shaw Contract to serve the global design community better than ever before. It’s a place for collaborative breakthroughs, for the best talent, and for promoting a healthy culture – a place where people truly want to be.

Rome Downtown Development Authority meets Thursday: The monthly meeting of the DDA Board will be held Thursday, Sept. 12,  in the Carnegie Training Room of the Carnegie Building, 607 Broad St., at 8:30 a.m.


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