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Business and coronavirus: With sport tourism already reeling and Shaw, Toyo Tire shutting down temporarily, a look at impacts to other businesses, potential relief and what’s next.

Business and coronavirus: With sport tourism already reeling and Shaw, Toyo Tire shutting down temporarily, a look at impacts to other businesses, potential relief and what’s next.

  From manufacturers to retail to restaurant and healthcare, the coronavirus pandemic is crippling the business world as well. Northwest Georgia already is caught in the swirl and it is picking up each day. Below please find an update on some of the bigger moves since it all began, tips on where to find relief… Read more

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Business: Rome News-Tribune shifts to publishing five days a week, Tuesday-Saturday.

Business: Rome News-Tribune shifts to publishing five days a week, Tuesday-Saturday.

An announcement atop Sunday’s print edition of the Rome News-Tribune tells of changes coming next weekend, including dropping the Sunday and Monday editions as the Saturday publication expands to a weekend format. The newspaper’s website will continue on a seven-day cycle. The move comes as the newspaper’s owner, the family behind the Marietta Daily Journal, likewise… Read more

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Business: Landmark Restaurant using down time to remodel inside, spruce up outside. Greater Community Bank adjusts drive-through hours.

Business: Landmark Restaurant using down time to remodel inside, spruce up outside. Greater Community Bank adjusts drive-through hours.

      Rome’s Landmark Restaurant is using the ongoing shutdown as a time to remodel. For now, the restaurant at 2740 Martha Berry Highway is not doing call-in or carry out service. Instead, renovation work is under way, both inside and out. Friends say they’ve replaced the ceiling tile, lights and flooring is next.… Read more

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Business: New limits at Walmart. State labor department says a record number of claims (133,820) issued March 22-28; $14.5 million in jobless benefits. Closer look at C.A.R.E.S. and your small business.

Business: New limits at Walmart. State labor department says a record number of claims (133,820) issued March 22-28; $14.5 million in jobless benefits. Closer look at C.A.R.E.S. and your small business.

    In addition to daily tests of employees’ health, Walmart is taking other steps because of the pandemic. Among them: Limiting access to the store from the grocery side only. Walmart procautions.   In context: From production work to restaurants, a growing number of Georgians including those in our five-county area are losing their… Read more

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Business: Hardy Realty adds technology to present homes in a 3D format for a detailed virtual tour including a digital clone of the house. Here are the first two.

Business: Hardy Realty adds technology to present homes in a 3D format for a detailed virtual tour including a digital clone of the house. Here are the first two.

For nearly two decades, you’ve been able to get a pretty good look at a potential new home online. Digital access changed the way home sales and rentals have been marketed, growing from page after page of Realtor-placed ads appearing in black-and-white in Sunday newspapers to colorful real estate magazines to the most recent drone-and-camera… Read more

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Business: Shaw Industries halting operations in the U.S. starting April 6; some reopening April 13. America’s Auto Auction Atlanta idles 65 in Cartersville. Earlier: Toyo Tire halts production.

Business: Shaw Industries halting operations in the U.S. starting April 6; some reopening April 13. America’s Auto Auction Atlanta idles 65 in Cartersville. Earlier: Toyo Tire halts production.

  Dalton-based Shaw Industries — which closed five Bartow campuses for several days for a thorough cleaning after four employees tested positive for coronavirus — is suspending much of its U.S. production starting April 6. Some campuses will resume operations on April 13. The company is one of the largest employers in Northwest Georgia. Also,… Read more

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Business: Toyo Tire suspends production at White plant through April 18 because of virus impact. Bartow’s five Shaw plants return to normal service. State video: How to apply for unemployment.

Business: Toyo Tire suspends production at White plant through April 18 because of virus impact. Bartow’s five Shaw plants return to normal service. State video: How to apply for unemployment.

In context: Toyo Tire’s decision is the second such call by local manufacturers in Bartow County. Last week, Shaw Industries announced it was pausing work at five Bartow County campuses after four workers tested positive for coronavirus. The latest: “The Bartow county manufacturing facilities are starting up on a rolling schedule and should all be… Read more

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Jobs: State labor department expecting ‘unprecedented demand for economic relief’ as layoffs begin; actions follow reports of robust February in Northwest Georgia.

Jobs: State labor department expecting ‘unprecedented demand for economic relief’ as layoffs begin; actions follow reports of robust February in Northwest Georgia.

  Even as record-setting positive numbers for Northwest Georgia’s labor force are being shared Friday morning, state leaders are preparing for an onslaught of jobless claims from this month. For more, please see the combined media releases below: Thursday, Gov. Brian P. Kemp and the Georgia Department of Labor “addressed the unprecedented demand for economic… Read more

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Business: Hi-Tech Signs offers free yard signs, banners for local businesses. Popular Cartersville restaurant Table 20 profiled in Wall Street Journal on the impact on small businesses. Some extra resources from chambers, state.

Business: Hi-Tech Signs offers free yard signs, banners for local businesses. Popular Cartersville restaurant Table 20 profiled in Wall Street Journal on the impact on small businesses. Some extra resources from chambers, state.

  Very generous offer from Hi-Tech Signs: Wall Street Journal profiles owners of Table 20 and the impact of the coronavirus on small business. The story is behind a pay wall for now but perhaps friends with a subsription can share. It starts as follows: “Allie and Chris Lyons, the owners of a popular farm-to-table… Read more

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Business: New Facebook group for local restaurants during coronavirus shift to curbside or delivery. Updates on how businesses are adapting. Pirelli to reduce production starting today, close plant for cleaning.

Business: New Facebook group for local restaurants during coronavirus shift to curbside or delivery. Updates on how businesses are adapting. Pirelli to reduce production starting today, close plant for cleaning.

  Romans are teaming up to help support local businesses as the coronavirus battle continues. A new Facebook group, ‘Rome Curbside and Delivery,’ was created Saturday and now had more than 3,100 members at last count. The group is organized to help local restaurants continue to serve customers via takeout or delivery despite the new challenges… Read more

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Business: Exxon/Circle K closes on Martha Berry near Summerville Park.

Business: Exxon/Circle K closes on Martha Berry near Summerville Park.

Lots of questions this morning as the former Circle K/Exxon station at 1501 Martha Berry Blvd. has closed across from the main office of Greater Community Bank. The convenience store/gas station/car wash was popular, especially with neighbors in Summerville Park. Open 24 hours a day, it especially was busy during the morning rush. Several weeks… Read more

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Business: Pirelli to suspend operations for week to clean. A look at how more businesses are adapting to changes as the fight against coronavirus continues. Shaw closes Cartersville plant for cleaning.

Business: Pirelli to suspend operations for week to clean. A look at how more businesses are adapting to changes as the fight against coronavirus continues. Shaw closes Cartersville plant for cleaning.

Saturday update: (Media release) Pirelli Tire North America Inc. is preparing to suspend operations in Rome as part of an effort to protect the health and safety of its workers amid the spread of the coronavirus. Pirelli said it plans to scale back production, starting March 22, and will then suspend manufacturing for one week, starting… Read more

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Coronavirus and lost jobs: Some resources to check if you’re laid off in response to the shutdown to stem the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus and lost jobs: Some resources to check if you’re laid off in response to the shutdown to stem the spread of the virus.

With restaurants and bars moving to drive-up or delivery, some jobs are being lost. The Georgia Department of Labor has stepped up with updates about filing claims and other news both those laid off and employees need to know.  We also remain big fans of Career Depot when looking in Northwest Georgia. What to do… Read more

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Business:  Shaw closes Cartersville site for cleaning after employee tests positive for coronavirus. #ForBartow page combines business, community updates. Banks, credit union urge mobile, drive-through.

Business: Shaw closes Cartersville site for cleaning after employee tests positive for coronavirus. #ForBartow page combines business, community updates. Banks, credit union urge mobile, drive-through.

    Shaw closes Cartersville plant for cleaning after empoyee tests positive.   Media release: Shaw received confirmation Friday of an associate who tested positive for COVID-19, at the company’s Plant 12, Cartersville, Ga., location. The associate is under the care of a medical provider.   As part of our response protocol, we temporarily closed… Read more

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Jobs: Region’s unemployment rate up slightly in January vs. December but down from a year earlier. Also: Bartow County snapshot.

Jobs: Region’s unemployment rate up slightly in January vs. December but down from a year earlier. Also: Bartow County snapshot.

Media release: Northwest Georgia kept all annual numbers positive in January. The annual numbers for labor force, employed residents, and initial claims all remained positive, preliminary numbers show. In the region, the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points in January, reaching 3.7 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4.4 percent. The labor force in… Read more

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Business: Two new stores, Dollar Days in North Rome and Bargain Bins in West Rome, are offering liquidated merchandise for quick sale, starting at $5.

Business: Two new stores, Dollar Days in North Rome and Bargain Bins in West Rome, are offering liquidated merchandise for quick sale, starting at $5.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Local bargain hunters have two new shopping options in Rome that offer online liquidations, sometimes worth hundreds of dollars, for rock bottom prices of $5 or less. Since opening their doors in last month, both Dollar Days, at 1417 N. Broad St., and Bargain Bins, at 1600 Shorter Ave., have… Read more

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