Category Archives: Business

Business: Record reports for Greater Community Bank in the first three months of this year.

Business: Record reports for Greater Community Bank in the first three months of this year.

Media release: Greater Community Bank is beginning 2019 with strong financial results for the quarter ended March 31. Coming off of its second consecutive record-breaking year in 2018, Greater Community Bank reports net earnings of $659,000, making first quarter 2019 the most profitable quarter in the bank’s history. Highlights from the first quarter include a 15% increase in… Read more

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April unemployment rate drops to 2.8% in Gordon County, 3% in Bartow and 3.2% in Floyd and Polk counties. Chattooa at 3.4%

April unemployment rate drops to 2.8% in Gordon County, 3% in Bartow and 3.2% in Floyd and Polk counties. Chattooa at 3.4%

  County-by-county look at the jobless rate in April: Floyd: 3.2 percent. Trending: Down. Bartow: 3 percent. Trending: Down. Gordon: 2.8 percent. Trending: Down. Polk: 3.2 percent. Trending: Down. Chattooga: 3.4 percent.  Trending: Down. Media release: Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome added jobs again in April. According to preliminary data, Rome also managed… Read more

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Business: Dressbarn the latest national chain to announce local closing. Payless is almost gone while a fourth area Fred’s location is closing (others remain open). Regions closing West Rome branch in August.

Business: Dressbarn the latest national chain to announce local closing. Payless is almost gone while a fourth area Fred’s location is closing (others remain open). Regions closing West Rome branch in August.

  Dressbarn to close at Calhoun Outlet Marketplace; latest chain to cease operations: As the final days arrive for Payless Shoe Source, including the Rome store near IHOP, another reltail has announced plans to close. This time, it is Dressbarn, with the nearest store at Calhoun Outlet Marketplace off I-75 and Ga.53. Also already leaving… Read more

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Business: $22 million investment by Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light and International Paper to run greatly expanded service to IP through West Rome.

Business: $22 million investment by Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light and International Paper to run greatly expanded service to IP through West Rome.

  A partnership of Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light and International Paper is combining to run a much larger gas service line from Coosawatee to the IP plant in West Rome, a project valued at more than $22 million, says Bryan Batson of Atlanta Gas Light. While four times larger than the existing line, the… Read more

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Business: Greater Community Bancshares announces stock repurchase of up to $650,000.

Business: Greater Community Bancshares announces stock repurchase of up to $650,000.

  Media release: Greater Community Bancshares Inc., the holding company for Greater Community Bank, announces that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program that will enable the company to repurchase up to $650,000 of its common stock. “The Board’s decision to repurchase stock was based on the strength of the company’s balance sheet and capital… Read more

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Fifth Avenue River District adds community bakery, commercial kitchen, third new business amid growth plans that could top $30 million.

Fifth Avenue River District adds community bakery, commercial kitchen, third new business amid growth plans that could top $30 million.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net  Sunflour Community Bakery opens this week in Rome’s growing River District of Fifth Avenue, West Third Street and Avenue A. With renovation work under way at a few other nearby buildings, along with the planned $2 million special sales tax project for improving streetscapes, it’s just the start of more things to come… Read more

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Business: Building adjacent to Mount Berry Mall is up for auction on June 6. Broad Street building goes ‘under contract’.

Business: Building adjacent to Mount Berry Mall is up for auction on June 6. Broad Street building goes ‘under contract’.

    The vacant outparcel in front of Mount Berry Mall at 2730 Martha Berry Highway, the former home of Buchanan’s Sports Bar, will be on the auction block in June. Dempsey Auction Company will be auctioning the 8,600 square foot, free-standing building that has been vacant since the March 2016 closing of the sports bar… Read more

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Buzz: Memorial Day Event planned a Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, May 26-27. West Rome Walmart’s grand re-opening for new online grocery pickup. Service coming to East Rome store soon.

Buzz: Memorial Day Event planned a Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, May 26-27. West Rome Walmart’s grand re-opening for new online grocery pickup. Service coming to East Rome store soon.

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New Murphy USA station near East Rome Walmart flying together. New Waitr delivery service debuts in Rome, seeks drivers. Food City breaks ground on a nearly 41,000-square-foot Calhoun location Thursday.

New Murphy USA station near East Rome Walmart flying together. New Waitr delivery service debuts in Rome, seeks drivers. Food City breaks ground on a nearly 41,000-square-foot Calhoun location Thursday.

  The new Murphy USA fuel center is rising quickly atop the former location at the East Rome Walmart off U.S. 411 and Callier Springs Road. The popular fill-up spot — which featured a small store with walk-up service and restrooms, closed April 24. The new location is scheduled to open this summer.  It is… Read more

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Jobs: 900-job increase from April 2018 to last month in our area but first-time jobless claims also spike in Floyd County, fall in Bartow County.

Jobs: 900-job increase from April 2018 to last month in our area but first-time jobless claims also spike in Floyd County, fall in Bartow County.

EMPLOYMENT HEADLINES Rome/Floyd County sees a 900-job spike in 12 months with 200 jobs added since March. State jobless rate drops to 3.8 percent vs. 4.2 percent in April 2018. Initial jobless claims by county: Floyd, 433 claims, up from March and from April a year ago; Bartow, 180 claims, down from previous months; Chattooga,… Read more

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Business: ‘East Bend Effect’ begins as closing Payless location plays up proximity to retail center. Also: City Commission OKs TAD; now goes to county for review.

Business: ‘East Bend Effect’ begins as closing Payless location plays up proximity to retail center. Also: City Commission OKs TAD; now goes to county for review.

  Here’s an interesting look at the proposed East Bend retail center courtesy of the company marketing the Payless Shoe Source location for lease as that business winds down. New to us, at least, is how the East Bend footprint lays out. Note the big anchor — some now believe that is Kohls — lays… Read more

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Buzz: Information stations added to downtown Rome. Grandson of Chick-fil-A founder to address Cartersville-Bartow chamber.

Buzz: Information stations added to downtown Rome. Grandson of Chick-fil-A founder to address Cartersville-Bartow chamber.

  Signs of the times: New informational signs are up at points across downtown Rome with “points of interest” on one side and annual events on the other. Included: A list of parking options, parks and trails, churches, accommodations and landmarks. For more: Facebook Mark Cathy, grandson of Chick-fil-A dounder Truett Cathy, to address Cartersville-Bartow… Read more

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Business: Scrape-and-build for Murphy USA station at Walmart, just part of the $1.5 million update in East Rome. Thatcher’s Barbecue hiring in Summerville. Bids sought for Cook Out restaurant in Calhoun.

Business: Scrape-and-build for Murphy USA station at Walmart, just part of the $1.5 million update in East Rome. Thatcher’s Barbecue hiring in Summerville. Bids sought for Cook Out restaurant in Calhoun.

  Above: What the station looked like as of Monday afternoon as a new version will soon rise in its place. Hometown video (10 seconds).   The big makeover at the Murphy USA station at the East Rome Walmart continues. The popular gas station with a small store selling drinks, candy and lottery tickets closed… Read more

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Business: Chicken Salad Chick’s founder in town for speech; Forbes profiles company’s growth. Kaufmann Tire now Mavis Discount Tire. Speedway close to finish line in Cartersville.

Business: Chicken Salad Chick’s founder in town for speech; Forbes profiles company’s growth. Kaufmann Tire now Mavis Discount Tire. Speedway close to finish line in Cartersville.

  A couple of notes about one of the most talked-about new players in Northwest Georgia, the addition of Stacy’s Chicken Salad Chick. First, the founder herself, Stacy M. Brown, was in Rome last week and spoke before the Floyd County College and Career Academy’s annual awards dinner. Second, the above photo from Friday shows the… Read more

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