Category Archives: Business

Word on the Tweet: Better business news? Updates on ‘The Base.’ Mounting flu concerns. Area politics. Restaurant rumors.

Word on the Tweet: Better business news? Updates on ‘The Base.’ Mounting flu concerns. Area politics. Restaurant rumors.

  Some Kiplinger-style updates on our nine key topics in Northwest Georgia: BUSINESS: This week should end on a plus note. A couple of things in the works are expected to gel before sunset. We’ll have the updates once final this afternoon or evening. We’re do for a little good news after a recent spike… Read more

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Business: The Season Events adds a new touch to Sunday’s bridal expo — a groom’s corner (beer included). Ball’s new aluminum cups to get Super Bowl treatment. Rome chamber’s annual meeting. Shaw honored by Forbes, Atlanta magazines.

Business: The Season Events adds a new touch to Sunday’s bridal expo — a groom’s corner (beer included). Ball’s new aluminum cups to get Super Bowl treatment. Rome chamber’s annual meeting. Shaw honored by Forbes, Atlanta magazines.

  The Northwest Georgia Bridal Expo returns to the Clarence Brown Conference Center this Sunday with exhibitors from just about every step of the process scheduled to attend. Usually an event for the bride, perhaps her mother and sisters, and bridemaids, the 2020 edition has something extra for the guys in tow. The Season Events of… Read more

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State labor commissioner: ‘It’s kind of hard to have any better year than Georgia had.’ Here:  1,100 more jobs vs. December 2018.

State labor commissioner: ‘It’s kind of hard to have any better year than Georgia had.’ Here: 1,100 more jobs vs. December 2018.

In context: Rome/Floyd County ended 2019 with a labor force of 43,000 people, up 1,100 from December of 2018, according to the state Department of Labor. First-time jobless claims likewise spiked in the month across Northwest Georgia. We’re checking with the state to ensure accuracy before posting those. Media release: State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler… Read more

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Business on Broad Street not slowing down: Several transactions amid a few closings with a hint of more to come.

Business on Broad Street not slowing down: Several transactions amid a few closings with a hint of more to come.

So here’s the latest from what has been a very busy month or so on Broad Street. Harvey-Given Co.’s Collin Doss posted the above late Monday with a hint of more to come, perhaps by week’s end. Will 111 Broad St. line up with talk of another new restaurant headed to Rome’s premiere street address?… Read more

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Business: Rome Floyd County Development Authority meets Tuesday morning. Agenda: Synovus’ Scott Preston joins the board. Minutes from the December meeting.

Business: Rome Floyd County Development Authority meets Tuesday morning. Agenda: Synovus’ Scott Preston joins the board. Minutes from the December meeting.

    >Starting this year, Hometown Headlines plans to include the minutes from previous government meetings as well as the upcoming agenda.   The Rome Floyd County Development Authority meets Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. in the board room of the Rome Floyd Chamber, 1 Riverside Parkway. The agenga is below, followed by the minutes. Changes include… Read more

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Business: Craze Boutique to close business on Monday. Mountains Ice Cream temporarily closed for updates, to reopen March 1st.

Business: Craze Boutique to close business on Monday. Mountains Ice Cream temporarily closed for updates, to reopen March 1st.

After two and half years on Broad Street, Craze Boutique will be closing its doors on Monday at 231-A Broad Street. It’s final two days of business are today from 12-5 p.m. and Monday from 12-3 p.m. Owner Casie Autry, who previously had boutique stores in Calhoun and Dawsonville (at North Georgia Premium Outlets), says… Read more

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Business: Shane Walley joins River City Bank as Vice President, Relationship Manager. Feb. 4 job fair set by corrections department.

Business: Shane Walley joins River City Bank as Vice President, Relationship Manager. Feb. 4 job fair set by corrections department.

  Media release: River City Bank announces the addition of Shane Walley as Vice President, Relationship Manager. In his role as a Relationship Manager, Shane’s focus will be on lending in the small business, consumer and residential sectors, including residential construction. He joins River City Bank with eight years of experience which includes branch management and lending. In… Read more

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Business: Greater Community Bank contributes $30,000  to the growth of Rome, Floyd County.

Business: Greater Community Bank contributes $30,000 to the growth of Rome, Floyd County.

  Media release: Greater Community Bank is pleased to provide a $30,000 contribution to the Greater Community Fund, a donor advised fund established with the Community Foundation for Greater Rome. This very exciting philanthropic effort exists for the sole purpose of supporting the local economy and community. The Fund has an approximate balance of $70,000,… Read more

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Business: Georgia saw a record number of businesses — 165,000-plus — in 2019.

Business: Georgia saw a record number of businesses — 165,000-plus — in 2019.

  From a media release: Georgia surged to a record for business formation in 2019 with more than 165,000 businesses formed, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. This marks the first time new business formation surpassed 150,000 in a calendar year, a significant milestone for Georgia. “Georgia’s record-breaking new business formation highlights how the… Read more

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Business: Pier 1 closing store in Rome, perhaps as soon as April. Second closing in that area since June.

Business: Pier 1 closing store in Rome, perhaps as soon as April. Second closing in that area since June.

  Sixteen years ago, the stores rising from the remnants of the old mall had the attention of Rome area residents. Among them was Pier 1 Imports, joining anchors Barnes & Noble, Kroger and others. On Tuesday, Pier 1 posted the closing signs in its windows at the 1438 Turner McCall Blvd. address. An employee… Read more

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Ball Corp. breaks ground on multimillion-dollar aluminum cup plant in Shannon adjacent to its current campus.

Ball Corp. breaks ground on multimillion-dollar aluminum cup plant in Shannon adjacent to its current campus.

Groundbreaking was held Tuesday for Ball Corp.’s new Ball Aluminum Cup plant in Shannon. Corporate executives were on hand as the expansion formally got under way to produce what the company calls “our latest innovation — a lightweight and indefinitely recyclable cup.” What to expect: The aluminum cup plant is rising next to Ball’s aluminum beverage… Read more

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Business: Anheuser-Busch announces $85 million expansion, 12 new jobs in Cartersville.

Business: Anheuser-Busch announces $85 million expansion, 12 new jobs in Cartersville.

Media release: The Georgia Department of Economic Development announces that longtime Bartow County community partner Anheuser-Busch will expand operations at its facility in Cartersville,  generating an $85 million investment and 12 new jobs. “Anheuser-Busch is a source of pride in Georgia’s advanced manufacturing lineup, and this Cartersville plant expansion will allow continued competitiveness within the beer… Read more

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Business: Chris Hunt named chief financial officer at Greater Community Bank.

Business: Chris Hunt named chief financial officer at Greater Community Bank.

  Media release: The Board of Directors of Greater Community Bank welcomes Chris Hunt in the role ofChief Financial Officer. Hunt will be responsible for direction and monitoring of the Bank’s financial plans and policies. He has 35 years of banking experience and most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Community National Bank in Rossville.… Read more

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Business: Cabela’s in Fort Olgethorpe closes, combines with nearby Bass Pro. No other changes planned by the retailer.

Business: Cabela’s in Fort Olgethorpe closes, combines with nearby Bass Pro. No other changes planned by the retailer.

In context: Once rivals and now partners, there was a time a few years ago when Bass Pro and Cabela’s were building stories within a few miles of each other. Bass Pro originally was announced as an anchor of LakePoint Sports in Emerson but Cabela’s quickly built a 100,000-square-foot store a few exits down I-75… Read more

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Business: A first for Georgia — Midian Roofing creates ‘Journeyman Apprenticeship Program’ for state-certified roofing specialists.

Business: A first for Georgia — Midian Roofing creates ‘Journeyman Apprenticeship Program’ for state-certified roofing specialists.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Facing a shortage of skilled craftsman in the roofing industry, local roofer TK Hamilton decided to do something about it. As president of Midian Roofing, Hamilton has over 25 years experience and knows that while there are a lot of people who can do roofing work, there are only a few… Read more

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