Category Archives: Business

Business: Greater Community Bank marks record earnings, highest dividends in its 23rd year.

Business: Greater Community Bank marks record earnings, highest dividends in its 23rd year.

Media release: For the second year in a row, Greater Community Bank generates record earnings, with 2018 year-end earnings of $2.3 million. Surpassing a record-breaking 2017 by 38%, 2018 proved to be the best year ever in the bank’s 23 years of operation. In addition, Greater Community Bancshares Inc., the holding company for Greater Community… Read more

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Business: 2018 was a huge year for Bartow economic growth: New investments of $282.7 million, more than 600 new jobs on the way.

Business: 2018 was a huge year for Bartow economic growth: New investments of $282.7 million, more than 600 new jobs on the way.

Media release: The Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development shared its 2018 annual report of economic progress to its Board, the Bartow-Cartersville Joint Development Authority and other community stakeholders on Tuesday. Several growth opportunities were celebrated including: Expansions at Faltec, Vista Metals and Toyo Tire North America. New facilities including Loloi, Georgia Museums’ Savoy Automobile… Read more

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Buzz: ‘There is Gold & Murder in Them There 7 Hills’ to benefit Floyd Against Drugs. Updates from Berry’s spring math competition. Fifth Annual Viking Connections get together is March 20. Tickets remain for Pixar cofounder’s talk Thursday. Paddle Georgia scholarships available.

Buzz: ‘There is Gold & Murder in Them There 7 Hills’ to benefit Floyd Against Drugs. Updates from Berry’s spring math competition. Fifth Annual Viking Connections get together is March 20. Tickets remain for Pixar cofounder’s talk Thursday. Paddle Georgia scholarships available.

  On Thursday, March 21, Harbin Clinic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will present “There is GOLD & MURDER In Them There 7 Hills” to benefit Floyd Against Drugs. This is a murder mystery dinner and silent auction. Local business and government leaders act as the cast members. Throughout the night, they give clues about how… Read more

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Business: Rome Florist closes after 67 years. Latest move in an industry that has seen consolidations as well as competition from grocers, online suppliers. New look coming for Swift & Finch. Home sales fell in January.

Business: Rome Florist closes after 67 years. Latest move in an industry that has seen consolidations as well as competition from grocers, online suppliers. New look coming for Swift & Finch. Home sales fell in January.

We’re late on this one as we just noticed the real estate sign on West 12th Street near Fifth Avenue on Sunday. Rome Florist, after 67 years, has closed. It is the latest change in an industry that continues to be redefined by mergers, competition and even digital delivery. Here’s the very gracious post from… Read more

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Business: Payless ShoeSource stores in Rome and Calhoun to close as part of nationwide shutdown. Liquidation sales to begin Sunday.

Business: Payless ShoeSource stores in Rome and Calhoun to close as part of nationwide shutdown. Liquidation sales to begin Sunday.

  The Payless ShoeSource at 1314 Turner McCall Blvd. in Rome and the store at 475 Highway 53 East in Calhoun will be closing soon as the company is shuttering all 2,100 of its stores across the United States as it files for its second bankruptcy in two years. An employee at the Rome store… Read more

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Business: Lumina Coffee Co. opens adjacent to State Mutual Stadium. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

Business: Lumina Coffee Co. opens adjacent to State Mutual Stadium. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

  Just like that, Lumina Coffee Co. opened Friday morning at the intersection of the Bypass and Braves Boulevard across from Fuddruckers. Customers were inside as early as 10 a.m. and, so far, the reviews are good. “SURPRISE! We are officially open! Come on in the shop or swing by our drive-thru from Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.… Read more

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Business: Rome-based Scott Logistics sold to FLS Transportation Services Limited.

Business: Rome-based Scott Logistics sold to FLS Transportation Services Limited.

Media release: Leading cross-border third-party logistics provider FLS Transportation Services Limited has acquired Rome-based Scott Logistics Corp. This acquisition is set to expand the company’s scale and density in a highly fragmented TL brokerage space further asserting its position as a top 15 third-party logistics provider in North America. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.… Read more

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Business: RaceTrac confirms West Rome location, 20 to 25 additional jobs, by early 2020. It joins the new store rising on Main Street in Cartersville near I-75.

Business: RaceTrac confirms West Rome location, 20 to 25 additional jobs, by early 2020. It joins the new store rising on Main Street in Cartersville near I-75.

    Rumored for almost two years, West Rome will soon see a RaceTrac at the corner of Shorter Avenue and Coker Drive across the road from Jack’s restaurant. Megan Shannon, a representative from the Atlanta-based retailer, says the upsized convenience store “will be similar to the Armuchee location, which is our new 5,500-square-foot model.… Read more

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Business: Bartow booming again as Shaw doubles down on Adairsville plant. Planned: $80 million investment, hundreds of new jobs. Bargain Hunt grand opening in Calhoun Friday.

Business: Bartow booming again as Shaw doubles down on Adairsville plant. Planned: $80 million investment, hundreds of new jobs. Bargain Hunt grand opening in Calhoun Friday.

  Shaw Industries growing again on Adairsville’s west side off Ga. 140: The original announcement came with all the bells and whistles in the quaint, downtown Adairsville. Dalton-based Shaw Industries in August 2013 announced plans to build an $85 million carpet tile manufacturing facility just about a mile to the west, off Ga. 140 near the… Read more

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Business:  Clem Trammell joins Heritage First Bank; will specialize in commercial lending.

Business: Clem Trammell joins Heritage First Bank; will specialize in commercial lending.

Trending: A very business month in the local financial community continues with veteran banker Clem Trammell joining Heritage First Bank, based at 501 Broad St. It is the latest in a series of personnel announcements. On a regional scale, all eyes are on what’s next following the SunTrust/BB&T merger announcement last week. Media release: Ryan… Read more

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Business: When I Was a Child antiques store closing in North Rome. Cedartown’s Southern Dream Supply expanding with new Rome location on Dean Avenue.

Business: When I Was a Child antiques store closing in North Rome. Cedartown’s Southern Dream Supply expanding with new Rome location on Dean Avenue.

When I Was a Child Antiques and Collectibles closing: The antique store at 1428 N. Broad St. is closing soon and is offering 50 to 70 percent off inventory. The reason: Apparently the owners are moving out of the area. In fall 2017, Illusions closed at 204 Broad St, to merge with Scotty Buffington’s original shop, When I Was… Read more

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Business: February shaping up to be busy month for bank moves (local and nationally). Digital marketing class set next month in Rome.

Business: February shaping up to be busy month for bank moves (local and nationally). Digital marketing class set next month in Rome.

  BANKING UPDATES: February is shaping up to be a busy month for local financial centers. Earlier, it was announced Roger Smith was retiring from River City Bank after more than four decades of local banking. A search continues for his replacement. Below is the announcement of a promotion also at River City and we… Read more

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