Category Archives: Business

Business: Ryan Earnest, president and chief executive officer of Heritage First Bank,  elected to the Board of Trustees of the Graduate School of Banking Louisiana State University.

Business: Ryan Earnest, president and chief executive officer of Heritage First Bank, elected to the Board of Trustees of the Graduate School of Banking Louisiana State University.

Dr. Ken Davis, Chairman of Heritage First Bancshares Inc., announces that Ryan P. Earnest, President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage First Bank, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Graduate School of Banking Louisiana State University. Says Davis:  “On behalf of the Boards of Heritage First Bank, Heritage First Bancshares Inc., and our officers and… Read more

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Rome/Floyd’s changing economic development focus: No longer an if but when. Plus: Would it mirror the structure in Bartow County, which is among the state’s most successful recruiters?

Rome/Floyd’s changing economic development focus: No longer an if but when. Plus: Would it mirror the structure in Bartow County, which is among the state’s most successful recruiters?

  It’s pretty clear economic development and recruitment will have a new formula in Rome/Floyd County going into 2019. With Monday’s announcement that Al Hodge was retiring as president and chief executive officer of the Rome Floyd Chamber, effective April 19, it apparently provided the green light for those anxious to move industry recruitment directly… Read more

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Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union opens second Cartersville office, this one on the west side. Old Havana Cigar moves to downtown Cartersville near Blue Sky. What If comics closing in West Rome after four years.

Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union opens second Cartersville office, this one on the west side. Old Havana Cigar moves to downtown Cartersville near Blue Sky. What If comics closing in West Rome after four years.

As the picture states, the second Cartersville office of Coosa Valley Credit Union is now open. The office is at 15 Walnut Grove Road, off Old Mill and West Avenue. The office includes 7,000 square feet under roof and compliments the credit union’s other Cartersville site at 1149 N. Tennessee St. Old Havana Cigar Co. has… Read more

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Jobs: Labor force here up by 300 jobs vs. September 2017 but down that much from the previous month. State jobless rate drops to 3.7%, lowest since May 2001.

Jobs: Labor force here up by 300 jobs vs. September 2017 but down that much from the previous month. State jobless rate drops to 3.7%, lowest since May 2001.

Local jobs climb by 300 vs. September 2017, drop by 300 vs. previous month: Another mixed bag of employment reports today as the local job market climbed to 41,400 jobs in September, 300 more than the same month last year. But the jobs total also dropped by 300 vs. August’s report of 41,700 positions here, the… Read more

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Business: More changes on Broad Street — Cotton Block building sells; arcade, antique shops opening down in 200 block.

Business: More changes on Broad Street — Cotton Block building sells; arcade, antique shops opening down in 200 block.

111 BROAD ST. Cotton Block sale: The storefront/left combination at 111 Broad St. in the Cotton Block of downtown Rome sold on Tuesday. Maureen Martin purchased the spot for $399,000; Debra McDaniel of Toles, Temple & Wright had the list. Martin resides upstairs while the ground floor is leased to World Finance and that lease… Read more

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At issue: Economic development up for grabs? There’s a potential custody battle simmering as Hodge retires from chamber.

At issue: Economic development up for grabs? There’s a potential custody battle simmering as Hodge retires from chamber.

  So who gets custody of economic development as Al Hodge retires from the Rome Floyd Chamber? As surprised as many were by Monday’s announcement that Hodge, president and chief executive officer of one of the most successful chambers in the state, was stepping down soon at age 63 after 21 years here, some under-the-radar… Read more

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Business: Al Hodge announces retirement from Rome Floyd Chamber in April.

Business: Al Hodge announces retirement from Rome Floyd Chamber in April.

  This is anything but “Good stuff that!” Al Hodge, the president and chief executive officer of the Rome Floyd Chamber, announces his retirement, giving the business group six months to find a replacement. That is not an envious mission for the chamber’s executive board because Hodge will be very tough to replace. In addition to… Read more

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Business: Rezonings would bring a few changes to Dean Avenue/Ga. 101; at least one other is pending. Plus: Business notes.

Business: Rezonings would bring a few changes to Dean Avenue/Ga. 101; at least one other is pending. Plus: Business notes.

  A couple of updates on what’s happening along Dean Avenue/Ga. 101: More updates coming? With the final parking lot updates just about completed for the East Rome Beverage Center, keep an eye out for another major update. Talks are preliminary at this time, we’re told, but the move is expected. Plans to move the… Read more

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It’s a $200 million week in Northwest Georgia as Georgia Highlands’ STEAM building, Cartersville’s Chick-fil-A open; Harbin Clinic breaks ground on second Cartersville campus; and work starts on 295 residences, rooms at The Spires at Berry College.

It’s a $200 million week in Northwest Georgia as Georgia Highlands’ STEAM building, Cartersville’s Chick-fil-A open; Harbin Clinic breaks ground on second Cartersville campus; and work starts on 295 residences, rooms at The Spires at Berry College.

  It’s a huge week in terms of grand openings and ribbon cuttings in Northwest Georgia. Blend all the projects together and you’re talking about an estimated $200 million in combined investment that has wrapped up or else is getting under way. Three of the four projects are based in Cartersville while the fourth –… Read more

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Buzz: Home sales dip slight in September; inventory increases. Lowest gas prices in Northwest Georgia? Floyd, Chattooga counties.

Buzz: Home sales dip slight in September; inventory increases. Lowest gas prices in Northwest Georgia? Floyd, Chattooga counties.

September snapshot from the Greater Rome Board of Realtors: A look at last month’s data compared to the same month a year ago: Home sales: 89, a 3.3 percent drop. Average sales price: $160,139, up 2.9 percent. Active listings: 380 homes, up 2.4 percent. New listings: 119, up 2.6 percent. Gas prices declined over the weekend and that trend… Read more

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Business: Southern Glam Boutique Salon opens in Silver Creek offering hair services, personalized gifts, event planning and more.

Business: Southern Glam Boutique Salon opens in Silver Creek offering hair services, personalized gifts, event planning and more.

  Southern Glam, a new boutique salon, is now open in Silver Creek at 4466 Rockmart Rd. The new shop is a combination of Hair by Heather Salon, owned by Heather Shirley, and Southern Charm Design, Events and Photography, owned by Misty Golden. “We have been friends for a long time and have always talked… Read more

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Morning Report: Sneak peek at Cartersville’s new Chick-fil-A (opens Wednesday). Don Neo’s, Last Stop Gift Shop seek beer permits. Latest on Summerville barbecue spot.  Ana’s out at Scores, plans solo shop. $22,000 is something to smile about.

Morning Report: Sneak peek at Cartersville’s new Chick-fil-A (opens Wednesday). Don Neo’s, Last Stop Gift Shop seek beer permits. Latest on Summerville barbecue spot. Ana’s out at Scores, plans solo shop. $22,000 is something to smile about.

FOOD & DRINK Don Neo’s, Last Chance Gift Shop seek beer permits: Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission meets Monday at 5 p.m. to hear two applications: A beer pouring license for Don Neo’s Tacos & Elotes, 330 Broad St., to Nelson Yanes and to a beer package license for the Last Stop Gift Shop, 402 Civic Center Drive (which will… Read more

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Business: A tribute to Sam Spector at Berry College. State honors for newcomer Constellium based in White.

Business: A tribute to Sam Spector at Berry College. State honors for newcomer Constellium based in White.

The Master of Business Administration classroom at the Berry College Campbell School of Business was recently dedicated  to its founder, the late Sam I. Spector. Spector, who died last spring, was a member of the business faculty for nine years, from 1967-1976. During that time, he attained rank of full professor, served as the chair of… Read more

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Business: Dempsey Auction, J.L. Todd working together to sell the home and property of Doris Todd on Nov. 1.

Business: Dempsey Auction, J.L. Todd working together to sell the home and property of Doris Todd on Nov. 1.

There’s a unique partnership of one-time rivals under way this month to auction the living estate of Mrs. J.L. (Doris) Todd. Dempsey Auction is working with J.L. Todd Auction Co. to conduct the auction at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Lawrence Plantation Ballroom. The headliner is a two-story, 5,500-plus-square-foot home at 226 Maplecrest… Read more

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Business: Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy with plans to close 200 stores with more to come. No changes at Rome or Cartersville locations for now.

Business: Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy with plans to close 200 stores with more to come. No changes at Rome or Cartersville locations for now.

    Mattress Firm, Inc., the nation’s leading specialty mattress retailer with some 3,000 stores across the country including locations in Rome and Cartersville, has filed voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a media release from the company. Plans are to close up to 700 stores by Christmas with 200 closing within the next few… Read more

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Business: Former Georgia Power campus listed at $2.8 million at crossroads of downtown Rome. It features 43,000 square feet, offices and conference rooms, parking for 119 vehicles.

Business: Former Georgia Power campus listed at $2.8 million at crossroads of downtown Rome. It features 43,000 square feet, offices and conference rooms, parking for 119 vehicles.

  A ringside seat along one of Northwest Georgia’s most traveled intersections is on the market. The former Georgia Power headquarters at 800 Broad St. at Turner McCall in the heart of downtown Rome is now on the market for $2.8 million. It is listed through a partnership of Hardy Realty and Jones Lang LsSalle… Read more

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Business: Rome’s Big Time Products sold to Hillman Group.

Business: Rome’s Big Time Products sold to Hillman Group.

    Media release:The Hillman Group Inc.  a leading North American provider of complete hardware solutions delivered with the industry’s best customer service and sales support, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Big Time Products of Rome, a leading provider of personal protection and work gear products. Greg Gluchowski, President… Read more

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