Category Archives: Business

Going up! Kohls, now committed to East Bend, isn’t wasting any time. Asked about opening date, corporate says, ‘There’s nothing to share just yet.’

Going up! Kohls, now committed to East Bend, isn’t wasting any time. Asked about opening date, corporate says, ‘There’s nothing to share just yet.’

  The official word from Kohl’s at East Bend is Rome is as follows: “There’s nothing to share just yet but I will keep you posted.” Our visual tour on Friday, shows otherwise. A week earlier, basic grading was continuing on the hole between Five Below and what eventually will be Old Navy.  Some parking spots… Read more

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Jobs: State changing requirements for unemployment benefits; applicants must show at least three job search contacts each week.

Jobs: State changing requirements for unemployment benefits; applicants must show at least three job search contacts each week.

The following is from a release from the Georgia Department of Labor: What to know: Prior to the pandemic, to be eligible to receive unemployment benefits, claimants were required to register for Employment Services at employgeorgia.com, to actively search for work, and to submit weekly work search reports. These requirementswere temporarily waived during the state’s shelter in place limitations but will be reinstated in the… Read more

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Rome’s Special Committee on Housing hears more concerns than potential solutions. Among them: Infrastructure, even tie-in fees.

Rome’s Special Committee on Housing hears more concerns than potential solutions. Among them: Infrastructure, even tie-in fees.

    The committee charged with considering solutions to Rome’s housing shortage is still trying to figure out some parameters. The issue is needs, from basics to whatever “workforce” level is. Examples: Devon Smyth from the Davies Shelters told of how she’s struggled to find affordable housing for people ready to get back into their… Read more

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Rome’s Special Committee on Housing meets this afternoon to discuss ‘workforce housing’ affordability — and dwindling availability. Plus: Updates on housing market trends.

Rome’s Special Committee on Housing meets this afternoon to discuss ‘workforce housing’ affordability — and dwindling availability. Plus: Updates on housing market trends.

  The third meeting of Rome’s Special Committee on Housing is set for 4:30 this afternoon in the Sam King Room at City Hall with another big agenda. In addition to finding short- and long-term solutions to a growing housing availability and affordability concerns, the panel is still attempting to set some basic guidelines, including… Read more

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Business: Eleven Gifts, celebrating 10 years, has gone from storefront to online and now to the mall.

Business: Eleven Gifts, celebrating 10 years, has gone from storefront to online and now to the mall.

Exactly a decade ago, Sarah Taylor and family took a chance. They set up Eleven Gifts on East Seventh Street, just off Turner McCall and across from St. Mary’s Catholic School. They offered “a fun and unique small business to get gifts and every day items for the whole family, ages 0 to 100.” Perhaps… Read more

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East Bend this week: Tropical Smoothie Cafe opens a week from today. All that wood you see going up belongs to Fazoli’s now due in August. And the metal? It will frame Kohl’s once groundwork is complete.

East Bend this week: Tropical Smoothie Cafe opens a week from today. All that wood you see going up belongs to Fazoli’s now due in August. And the metal? It will frame Kohl’s once groundwork is complete.

  It wouldn’t be the start of a new month without an update on East Bend in Rome so … Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Look for an opening by next Saturday, May 8 at 8 a.m. Health inspectors were on site Friday (100 score; see our updates). Training begins on onday was well.  The hours are… Read more

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Labor Department: Amid scramble for workers, state announces another $183 million in benefits paid last week. Plus: Guide to our recent employment stories.

Labor Department: Amid scramble for workers, state announces another $183 million in benefits paid last week. Plus: Guide to our recent employment stories.

Earlier this week, Hometown Headlines’ Natalie Simms prepared a two-part report on how local employers are scrambling to find workers. Local existing industries alone had more than 400 vacancies. Employers said one key factor is some of those listen as unemployed are drawing a weekly check that is paying them more than the equivalent of… Read more

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Business: Trinity Motorcar signs go up at former credit union office on Dean Avenue.

Business: Trinity Motorcar signs go up at former credit union office on Dean Avenue.

  Trinity Motorcar Co., at 1300 Dean Ave., has signs up just across the street at 1311 Dean Ave., most recently home to Coosa Valley Credit Union. It is the latest in a series of changes off the East 12th Street intersection. The credit union picked up that site following the merger with Northwest Georgia… Read more

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2020 was another boom year for Bartow’s economic development: 503 new jobs, $367.7 million in new capital investment.

2020 was another boom year for Bartow’s economic development: 503 new jobs, $367.7 million in new capital investment.

Media release: The Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development shared the 2020 Annual Report to their Board, the Bartow-Cartersville Joint Development Authority, and other community stakeholders. Existing industries were celebrated including Anheuser-Busch, Bo’s Pallets, Vista Metals,Airman USA as well as Cartersville Medical Center for retention and expansion plans; Support for Nippon Light Metals’ project continued… Read more

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Business: Shaw posts annual sustainability report, highlighting more cradle-to-grave initiatives and achieving greenhouse gas emissions goal 9 years early.

Business: Shaw posts annual sustainability report, highlighting more cradle-to-grave initiatives and achieving greenhouse gas emissions goal 9 years early.

Media release: Shaw Industries Group (Shaw) has released its 12th annual sustainability report. It covers Shaw’s commitment to fuel the circular economy with safe, sustainable, cradle-to-cradle inspired products and to create positive social change. “Our history of focusing on people and the planet was instrumental in our ability to navigate the challenges of 2020 — including… Read more

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Business: Immediate benefits, flexible hours, retention bonuses after 30 days — these are some of the tools employers are trying to fill 400-plus local jobs. longevity bonuses

Business: Immediate benefits, flexible hours, retention bonuses after 30 days — these are some of the tools employers are trying to fill 400-plus local jobs. longevity bonuses

This is the second in a two-part series looking at local job market with hundreds of job openings across all sectors, yet initial unemployment claims continue to rise. It’s a growing concern as local companies say they are not able to grow without staff. Click here to read Monday’s feature.  On our Facebook Group: An… Read more

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Hundreds of jobs available here but ‘we just can’t find people to fill them.’ Employers point to pandemic benefits where ‘folks can make over $16 an hour not working.’

Hundreds of jobs available here but ‘we just can’t find people to fill them.’ Employers point to pandemic benefits where ‘folks can make over $16 an hour not working.’

  This is the first of a two-part report looking at local job market with hundreds of openings across all sectors, yet initial unemployment claims continue to rise. It’s a growing concern as companies say they are not able to grow without staff. Both employers and potential employees are welcome to post on our Jobs… Read more

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Business: Construction on new Pizza Farm Restaurant expected to begin in May at a new location on Marquette Road after fire destroyed the landmark earlier this year.

Business: Construction on new Pizza Farm Restaurant expected to begin in May at a new location on Marquette Road after fire destroyed the landmark earlier this year.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been nearly four months since a fire swept through the Pizza Farm Restaurant in Rockmart destroying the 49-year-old landmark on Knox Mountain Road just up from Carlton Farms and Rockmart High School. Owner Tommy Sanders is finally ready to start rebuilding his business but it won’t be at the same location…the… Read more

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Business: Lazy Creek Farms in Armuchee offering strawberries (and ice cream) for the first time; some know them for their fall harvest: Pumpkins. You’ll be back for both.

Business: Lazy Creek Farms in Armuchee offering strawberries (and ice cream) for the first time; some know them for their fall harvest: Pumpkins. You’ll be back for both.

So we’ll put a bookend on what became our unofficial “agribusiness week” at Hometown Headlines — from updates at LCCL strawberry patch to Big Door Vineyards in White to Newby Farm & Vineyard’s opening in downtown Rome and then back up to Armuchee again to get a look at a surprise — Lazy Creek Farms.… Read more

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