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Business: Spirit Halloween again to haunt the former Toys R Us location near the mall. Fencing up around old Kmart as demolition prep continues.

Business: Spirit Halloween again to haunt the former Toys R Us location near the mall. Fencing up around old Kmart as demolition prep continues.

Spirit Halloween’s pop up store is possessing the former Toys R’ Us store near Mount Berry Mall again this season. Signage has gone up, announcing the pending opening of the Halloween specialty store as well as hiring now under way. The store is 2780 Martha Berry Highway. Seasonal positions, including store manager and assistant manager,… Read more

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Big boom in local jobs last month, up to 42,600. Statewide, a record 4.61 millions. Says Labor Commissioner Mark Butler: ‘There’s plenty to be encouraged about in the June report.’

Big boom in local jobs last month, up to 42,600. Statewide, a record 4.61 millions. Says Labor Commissioner Mark Butler: ‘There’s plenty to be encouraged about in the June report.’

The workforce in Rome/Floyd County grew to 42,600 jobs in June, up 1,200 positions from the same month a year earlier and an increase of 400 jobs over May 2019. First-time jobless claims for the month of June, one of the key employment indicators, showed the following trends for each county in Northwest Georgia: Floyd:… Read more

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Business: Sage Cottage in Adairsville under new ownership, grand ‘reopening’ is Aug. 10. Create DIY Workshop has grand opening Friday.

Business: Sage Cottage in Adairsville under new ownership, grand ‘reopening’ is Aug. 10. Create DIY Workshop has grand opening Friday.

An open house and grand reopening of Sage Cottage in Adairsville is set for Saturday, Aug. 10, from 2 until 9 p.m. Noreen Wiseman has purchased the events center/bed and breakfast near Barnsley Gardens from Jim and Sharon Southerland.  The landmark had been up for sale since October 2017. The cottage sits on 12.5 acres… Read more

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Surge in senior living options with new developments, expansions and renovations under way at multiple locations in Floyd, Bartow counties.

Surge in senior living options with new developments, expansions and renovations under way at multiple locations in Floyd, Bartow counties.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net As more ‘Baby Boomers’ reach retirement age and beyond, there is a growing need for senior living/assisted living centers, retirement communities and even memory care services. There are a number of new developments as well as expansion and/or renovation projects at existing facilities, hoping to meet the increasing demand in Floyd… Read more

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Business: Downtown Cartersville is “Going Nuts” with new business specializing in popcorn, roasted nuts. Also: Bridal boutique now open. LakePoint adding live streaming, video content.

Business: Downtown Cartersville is “Going Nuts” with new business specializing in popcorn, roasted nuts. Also: Bridal boutique now open. LakePoint adding live streaming, video content.

  Downtown Cartersville is ‘Going Nuts’…with new business that is. A new gourmet popcorn and roasted nuts store called ‘Going Nuts’ is now open at 21 N. Wall St., inside the old Southern Made Mercantile shop. Owners Bob and Louise Cox opened their shop this week which features cinnamon-roasted pecans, cashews and almonds, along with ten different… Read more

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Business: Home sales up in June in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon counties; slight increase in average sales prices. Development Authority meets Tuesday morning.

Business: Home sales up in June in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon counties; slight increase in average sales prices. Development Authority meets Tuesday morning.

  June was a strong month for the Greater Rome Board of Realtors. In all, 108 home sales were closed, a 6.9 percent increase from the same month in 2018. Some other stats from the month: Average price of those homes sold: $177,472, up 0.7 percent from June 2019. 334 active listings for the month, down… Read more

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Business: Permits in hand, roughly four months of demolition work begins at former Kmart site (soon to be East Bend). Cartersville’s Graham & Turner granted OK to begin. With short video.

Business: Permits in hand, roughly four months of demolition work begins at former Kmart site (soon to be East Bend). Cartersville’s Graham & Turner granted OK to begin. With short video.

Graham & Turner Grading Inc. of Cartersville has been granted demolition permits as work begins on the former Kmart campus — including the Express station — off Turner McCall and Hicks Drive as Ledbetter Properties prepares for East Bend. With 20 to 28 stores due by October 2020, Ledbetter Properties is facing a tight deadline.… Read more

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Business: Kangaroo Jake’s closes in Armuchee after 11-year run.

Business: Kangaroo Jake’s closes in Armuchee after 11-year run.

    For 11 years, Kangaroo Jake’s entertained kids and parents with inflatables, food and other indoor activities at Armuchee Village. Whether after school, a birthday or graduation celebration or just a day out with mom and dad, Gene Meyer and staff provided a safe, indoor refuge during hot summer months and the blustery winter… Read more

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Business: Heavy equipment on site at old Kmart; no demolition just yet. Jonathan Jones joins River City Bank as vice president/senior credit administrator. SuperCuts coming to Publix center in Rome.

Business: Heavy equipment on site at old Kmart; no demolition just yet. Jonathan Jones joins River City Bank as vice president/senior credit administrator. SuperCuts coming to Publix center in Rome.

  Watching and waiting: We went through 145 pages of building activity in Rome/Floyd County on Tuesday, in part looking for any demolition information about the former home of Kmart, the Express station and the small strip center that most recently was home to Little Caesars. Nothing popped up but as seen in the photo… Read more

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Summerville Park neighbors ask City Commission for help — and soon — to stop Sleep Inn at Martha Berry and Charlton. ‘There’s already stuff happening.’

Summerville Park neighbors ask City Commission for help — and soon — to stop Sleep Inn at Martha Berry and Charlton. ‘There’s already stuff happening.’

  Summerville Park neighbors Carol Greissinger and Eric McDowell appeared before the Rome City Commission Monday evening, seeking some sort of assistance in stopping the planned Sleep Inn from building on Martha Berry and Charlton Street. The hotel, with 52 rooms and three stories planned, has the needed zoning. The neighborhood successful challenged a bid… Read more

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Business: No sales tax holiday in Georgia — but bordering states are all in. Development Authority meets Wednesday morning, Downtown Development on Thursday. Georgia tax collections up 7.4% in June; gas prices rise 6 cents a gallon.

Business: No sales tax holiday in Georgia — but bordering states are all in. Development Authority meets Wednesday morning, Downtown Development on Thursday. Georgia tax collections up 7.4% in June; gas prices rise 6 cents a gallon.

No sales tax holiday again this year in Georgia. We guess someone thought the late July tax holiday was a bad idea as it is not with us again this year. Funny how Alabama will do it again on July 19-21 (what’s included, courtesy of WEIS) as will Tennessee on July 26-28 and South Carolina… Read more

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Business: Minnesota contractors, specializing in Victorian home restorations, purchase Claremont House, but no immediate plans to reopen the Bed and Breakfast.

Business: Minnesota contractors, specializing in Victorian home restorations, purchase Claremont House, but no immediate plans to reopen the Bed and Breakfast.

  Well that didn’t take long…in just over a week, the ‘Under Contract’ sign changed to ‘SOLD’ in front of the Claremont House Bed and Breakfast at 906 E. Second Ave. New owners Shane Fatland and Bryan Schreier of Stillwater, Minn., quickly closed on the property on Wednesday. It was listed for $499,999 with agent Mimi Richards… Read more

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Georgia’s “agritourism” is booming and one of the best examples is just up the road near Calhoun: Copper Creek Farm.

Georgia’s “agritourism” is booming and one of the best examples is just up the road near Calhoun: Copper Creek Farm.

It’s high noon on a warm July Friday. The first race of the day is about to start and there are four contenders, including perhaps the largest athlete in the mix and, surprisingly, the reigning champ. Miss Piggy, Piglet, Boss Hawg and Petunia. With the crowd counting down, the race begins — and ends within… Read more

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Ahead of the headlines: Expect a quick ‘yes’ vote on West Third restaurant proposal. Updates on East Bend (Kmart) TAD agreement. Bank branch (no changes there) offered for $2.16 million. Quick work at two Cartersville projects.

Ahead of the headlines: Expect a quick ‘yes’ vote on West Third restaurant proposal. Updates on East Bend (Kmart) TAD agreement. Bank branch (no changes there) offered for $2.16 million. Quick work at two Cartersville projects.

  Calling it request that could be “a needed shot in the arm to help jumpstart other additional redevelopment within the River District,” Rome City commissioners are being urged to approve Kevin Dillmon’s bid to rezone 401 W. Third St. from community commercial to urban mixed use during Monday’s meeting (6:30 p.m. start, City Hall,… Read more

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Jobs: County by county, employment reports for the first five months of 2019 are positive. Plus: Local employers have plenty of additional spots to fill.

Jobs: County by county, employment reports for the first five months of 2019 are positive. Plus: Local employers have plenty of additional spots to fill.

In context: With 2019 at the midpoint, preliminary employment reports show Northwest Georgia is moving in the right direction. If anything, employers are scrambling to find works as a check of the Northwest Georgia Career Depot shows. At midweek, more than 20 jobs were available with Rome/Floyd County government, another 10 at Georgia Highlands plus… Read more

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Business: River City Bank’s Jennifer Selman completes LSU’s Graduate School of Banking; Sarah Greer named assistant vice president. Chamber ‘working toward’ finalizing leadership spot.

Business: River City Bank’s Jennifer Selman completes LSU’s Graduate School of Banking; Sarah Greer named assistant vice president. Chamber ‘working toward’ finalizing leadership spot.

River City Bank announces Jennifer M. Selman, Assistant Vice President and Retail Banking Manager, has completed the Graduate School of Banking program at Louisiana State University. “The Graduate School of Banking at LSU is considered one of the most prestigious banking schools in the country, and we are thrilled Jennifer was able to represent River… Read more

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Business: Missy Kendrick named president of Economic Development for Rome and Floyd County. Included: Audio interview with the new president.

Business: Missy Kendrick named president of Economic Development for Rome and Floyd County. Included: Audio interview with the new president.

  The search for an industrial development director ended just down the highway. Tuesday morning, the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority voted unanimously to hire Melissa “Missy” Kendrick as the new president of Economic Development for Rome and Floyd County. Most recently, she’s served as president of the Development Authority of Polk County. The vote ends almost… Read more

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