Category Archives: Business

Business: Chamber boardroom named in honor of two of its all-star members, W. Frank Barron Jr. and J. Paul Ferguson, M.D.

Business: Chamber boardroom named in honor of two of its all-star members, W. Frank Barron Jr. and J. Paul Ferguson, M.D.

    Media release: The Rome Floyd Chamber announces the dedication of the renovated Rome Floyd Chamber Executive Boardroom, 1 Riverside Parkway. The Barron–Ferguson Executive Boardroom was dedicated Monday evening in honor of W. Frank Barron Jr. and J. Paul Ferguson, M.D. “It was an honor and a privilege for the Board of Directors of the Rome… Read more

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Buzz: Second flu death in Georgia so far this season (since Sept. 30). Business: Rhonda Smith joins Greater Community Bank’s Calhoun office.

Buzz: Second flu death in Georgia so far this season (since Sept. 30). Business: Rhonda Smith joins Greater Community Bank’s Calhoun office.

The flu has claimed a second Georgian’s life this season. The Georgia Department of Health’s “Flu Activity in Georgia” report for the week ending Dec. 1 shows a second person older than age 65 has died from the flu. Another 28  people were hospitalized during that week, boosting the seasonal total to 111 (since Sept.… Read more

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Business: Kevin Ayers named Realtor of the Year as the Greater Rome board celebrates a big 2018.

Business: Kevin Ayers named Realtor of the Year as the Greater Rome board celebrates a big 2018.

From the Greater Rome Board of Realtors: “We had a great Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 5, where we installed the 2019 Officers and Directors and recognized the 2018 award recipients. This wonderful event provided an opportunity for members to celebrate the year, show appreciation to our Affiliate Members, and honor the many volunteers who make… Read more

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Chamber board backs tweaked version of The Big Switch, surrendering economic development while embracing mostly a ‘networking’ culture.

Chamber board backs tweaked version of The Big Switch, surrendering economic development while embracing mostly a ‘networking’ culture.

A closed door meeting of the board of directors of the Rome Floyd Chamber on Wednesday ended with a tweaked endorsement of The Big Switch and the apparent abandonment of the very first thing someone reads about first on the chamber website as you click the “about us” feature at romega.com. The first words you… Read more

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LakePoint introduces Prep Baseball Report, huge new partner starting in 2019. Plus: Why Perfect Game is exiting the Emerson ballparks after next season.

LakePoint introduces Prep Baseball Report, huge new partner starting in 2019. Plus: Why Perfect Game is exiting the Emerson ballparks after next season.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON’S UPDATE Media release: Rimrock Capital Management announced today that it is making a sizeable investment in Prep Baseball Report, which operates hundreds of amateur baseball events in 41 states and Canada and runs the country’s largest and most respected independent baseball scouting service. Additionally with Rimrock’s backing, LakePoint and PBR are entering into… Read more

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Business: RaceTrac coming to Cartersville’s sizzling Main Street just off I-75. Charbucks Almost Famous Grill opens today in Shannon.

Business: RaceTrac coming to Cartersville’s sizzling Main Street just off I-75. Charbucks Almost Famous Grill opens today in Shannon.

Look for the region’s next RaceTrac to rise on sizzling Main Street in Cartersville just off the exit for I-75. Bids are at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 for the store near the McDonald’s and the hotels at the exit, just down from Main Street Marketplace retail center (the new Kroger, etc.). LDI reports the store… Read more

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Update on The Big Switch: Chamber board issues statement of support for amended plan with some conditions.

Update on The Big Switch: Chamber board issues statement of support for amended plan with some conditions.

Update from Wednesday morning’s closed, called meeting of the Rome Floyd Chamber board of directors: Members of the Rome Floyd Chamber’s Board of Directors gathered in closed door meeting Wednesday morning at 1 Riverside Parkway. Scheduled to convene at 8 a.m., the doors remained closed through 9:30 a.m. We stopped by at 9:10 a.m. to find… Read more

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City, county commissions meet for 90 minutes to hear few comments about the future of industry recruitment in our community.

City, county commissions meet for 90 minutes to hear few comments about the future of industry recruitment in our community.

  FROM TUESDAY Perhaps it was Rome Mayor Jamie Doss’ comments as time expired Tuesday morning that said the most about a joint city/county commission meeting and the future of economic development. “We need to meet more often,” said Doss, adding that “it’s important that we come together.” He closed with a wish for a… Read more

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‘The Big Switch.’ Chronology of what has happened since the proposed takeover of industrial development.

‘The Big Switch.’ Chronology of what has happened since the proposed takeover of industrial development.

    On Nov. 13, the Floyd County Commission couldn’t act quick enough in rubber stamping a proposal to shift economic development from the Rome Floyd Chamber to a new development authority whose members are to be appointed by both the county and city commissions. Rome commissioners had too many questions with too few answers,… Read more

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Dining: Popeye’s return to West Rome set for site of former bank branch. Planned: $775,000 new building. Burger King just about ready at former Popeye’s location on Shorter.

Dining: Popeye’s return to West Rome set for site of former bank branch. Planned: $775,000 new building. Burger King just about ready at former Popeye’s location on Shorter.

  It looks like Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen indeed is returning to Shorter Avenue, this time on the site that once was home to United Community Bank’s West Rome office. Permits with the city/county building office show a structure demolition request was made for 2436 Shorter Ave. That’s the United Community office closed in March 2017.… Read more

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Business: DiPrima’s Shoes to open new Rome store in January with expanded products including apparel. Hiring now under way for additional staff.

Business: DiPrima’s Shoes to open new Rome store in January with expanded products including apparel. Hiring now under way for additional staff.

  Construction continues on the new DiPrima’s Shoes store on Martha Berry Highway in Rome. President Judy Sloan says the store will be opening after the first of the year. “We tried to open before the holidays but we’ve had so many delays with the weather. So we’ve decided to just wait until after the… Read more

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Business: Glass Doctor on the move to mall area within four to six months. Truett’s Chick-fil-A displays new interior and installs ‘Little Red Door’; opening set for Dec. 13.

Business: Glass Doctor on the move to mall area within four to six months. Truett’s Chick-fil-A displays new interior and installs ‘Little Red Door’; opening set for Dec. 13.

The Glass Doctor is on the move — to Armuchee — but not right away. Tim Born is moving up Martha Berry (now near Cook Out)  to the new location across from the intersection with the Armuchee Connector but the process could take four to six months. For now, Born and associates are surveying what… Read more

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The latest on The Big Switch: Joint meeting of city, county commissions on Tuesday to be follow by called chamber board meeting Wednesday. Plus: A look at panic, power and purpose in Monday’s Druck Report.

The latest on The Big Switch: Joint meeting of city, county commissions on Tuesday to be follow by called chamber board meeting Wednesday. Plus: A look at panic, power and purpose in Monday’s Druck Report.

  Here’s the latest on the bid to move economic development from the Rome Floyd Chamber to yet another development authority filled with appointees from the city and county commissions. Expanded reports follow: A special called Joint Commission meeting of the Floyd County Board of Commissioners and the Rome City Commissioners is set for Tuesday,… Read more

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