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Business: What to know about Rome’s permanent open container policy. Kohl’s opens Sunday in Rome; nearby OrangeTheory Fitness already has folks sweating.

Business: What to know about Rome’s permanent open container policy. Kohl’s opens Sunday in Rome; nearby OrangeTheory Fitness already has folks sweating.

  About Rome’s new downtown open container law: The City Commission approved year-round status at Monday’s meeting which means: In the approved downtown footprint, you can carry a drink from restaurant to business each Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The hours remains 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. You must be using a designated cup by the Downtown… Read more

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Business: 14.12 acres across from East Rome Walmart sold; no immediate development plans in hot area of town.

Business: 14.12 acres across from East Rome Walmart sold; no immediate development plans in hot area of town.

    With more than 1,000 new homes proposed just down nearby Chulio Road and another development with 1,241 residences brewing at the Bypass and U.S. 411, activity was bound to heat up on property near the East Rome Walmart. That latest domino has clicked as Martin Grantor Trust has purchased 14.12 acres across from Walmart… Read more

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Updated: Shorter site transforms from autos to eyecare. Sequel to Rome Cinemas sale: 500 storage units, 12 jobs by spring. Home sales jump in September in Bartow, Gordon counties.

Updated: Shorter site transforms from autos to eyecare. Sequel to Rome Cinemas sale: 500 storage units, 12 jobs by spring. Home sales jump in September in Bartow, Gordon counties.

  Motorists in West Rome have watched the former Lube Car Care Center at 2117 Shorter Ave. undergo a transformation in recent months. That upgrade is complete as Specs for Less is now open at that location. Hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and  until 6 p.m. Saturday. Frank Parris says… Read more

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Business: First look at the Crestwood community off Ga. 53 with homes starting at $182,900. It is Rome’s first new subdivision in 20 years.  Also: Bank updates.

Business: First look at the Crestwood community off Ga. 53 with homes starting at $182,900. It is Rome’s first new subdivision in 20 years. Also: Bank updates.

  As site work continues, Smith Douglas Homes is making major progress on Crestwood, called the first new subdivision in Rome city limits in 20 years. Earlier this week, the site map showing the projeced lot lines was released, followed Wednesday by initial pricing (starting at $182,900). Planned are 57 homes –some ranch-style, some two-story… Read more

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Local work force grows to 41,000, highest in 13 months. First-time unemployment claims mostly down vs. August and September 2020.

Local work force grows to 41,000, highest in 13 months. First-time unemployment claims mostly down vs. August and September 2020.

The first look at September’s jobs report is a good one: The work force for Rome/Floyd County (which takes in those commuting here from surrounding counties) rose to 41,000, the highest point in at least he last 13 months. Also, first-time unemployment claims were down from both August of this year and September 2020 in… Read more

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Jeanne Krueger, who led the Rome Floyd Chamber after its breakup with economic development and then through the pandemic, leaving Nov. 12. Powers-Smith to serve as interim; previously ran Opelika, Ala., chamber.

Jeanne Krueger, who led the Rome Floyd Chamber after its breakup with economic development and then through the pandemic, leaving Nov. 12. Powers-Smith to serve as interim; previously ran Opelika, Ala., chamber.

    In context: Three years ago Monday, on Oct. 18, 2018, it was announced that Al Hodge, the Rome Floyd Chamber’s president and chief executive officer during 21 years of growth, would be leaving the following spring. Billed as a retirement, the chamber was to undergo a forced separation with economic development spinning off… Read more

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Jobs: Toyo, LakePoint among employers due at Bartow Job & Career Fair  today.

Jobs: Toyo, LakePoint among employers due at Bartow Job & Career Fair today.

The third Grow in Bartow Job & Career Fair is today, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St. Participating businesses: Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing LakePoint Sports Sakai America Styles Auto Care SERVPRO of Bartow County Wickshire Canton Agile Cold Storage Beauflor USA, LLC Highland Rivers… Read more

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Business: Elder’s Ace Hardware going into former IGA in West Rome. Cartersville mystery a step closer. Here’s a combo: Burger King/Pizza Hut in Rockmart. From gallery to gallery.

Business: Elder’s Ace Hardware going into former IGA in West Rome. Cartersville mystery a step closer. Here’s a combo: Burger King/Pizza Hut in Rockmart. From gallery to gallery.

Wrapping up some business from the week that was . . . Elder’s Ace Hardware going into former IGA in West Rome. We were waiting for the official word from Chattanooga but there’s enough chatter “on the street” to make it formal. Elder’s Ace Hardware will leave the store on Turner McCall Boulevard (between Taco… Read more

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Business: Kingfisher Art Co. coming to West Lofts in downtown Rome. New Rabbit’s Nest opens Monday. Development authority meets Tuesday.

Business: Kingfisher Art Co. coming to West Lofts in downtown Rome. New Rabbit’s Nest opens Monday. Development authority meets Tuesday.

A new art gallery, Kingfisher Art Co. created by Rome resident Cameron Federal Cook, opens Nov. 6, with an Opening Reception 5 until 7 p.m. in the West Lofts building at 9 E. Second Ave. The first rotating exhibit will feature paintings by Ignacio Michaud, alongside art from the gallery’s permanent collection of local and… Read more

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Business: Eagle Christian Tours breaking ground today on latest expansion for the fast-growing, Rome-based sports and corporate transport service.

Business: Eagle Christian Tours breaking ground today on latest expansion for the fast-growing, Rome-based sports and corporate transport service.

>From March: A two-part look at the evolution of Eagle Christian Tours in Rome. Part one / part two Media release: Eagle Christian Tours is hosting a ground breaking ceremony/dedication at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14. The ground breaking will celebrate the kick off of Phase III of ECT’s continued expansion of their Customer… Read more

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Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union’s newest branch is on wheels.

Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union’s newest branch is on wheels.

There are drive throughs at area financial centers as well as independent ATM stations. Now there’s a drive-to — that is, a mobile branch financial office. Coosa Valley Credit Union unveiled the mobile unit on social media that includes an interior entance, a service window and a walk-up ATM machine. One of the first mobile missions:… Read more

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Business: Former IGA at Shorter and Division under lease; expanded details due today on new retail tenant.

Business: Former IGA at Shorter and Division under lease; expanded details due today on new retail tenant.

  The former IGA at 610 Shorter Ave. in West Rome is under lease. Look for an existing Rome area business to move there, and expand, probably after the first of the year. The company is preparing a formal statement and we hope to share it later today. (It is not a new grocer but… Read more

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Business: $500,000 permit issued for Armuchee Dollar General; Dairy Queen also on the way. Rome’s Downtown Development Authority meets Thursday. Bartow Job & Career Fair set for Oct. 20.

Business: $500,000 permit issued for Armuchee Dollar General; Dairy Queen also on the way. Rome’s Downtown Development Authority meets Thursday. Bartow Job & Career Fair set for Oct. 20.

Permits issue for Dollar General on Martha Berry in Armuchee: Building permits worth $500,000 have been issued for a Dollar General at 6173 Martha Berry Highway, near the intersections of Haywood Valley Road and New Rosedale Road. The project has been mentioned in several recent reports; this is the next step it in getting it… Read more

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Business: Old Navy quietly opens at East Bend in Rome. Kohl’s due Oct. 31; Ulta Beauty mid November.

Business: Old Navy quietly opens at East Bend in Rome. Kohl’s due Oct. 31; Ulta Beauty mid November.

 Old Navy has opened at East Bend adjacent to Kohl’s off Turner McCall. With none of the hoopla associated with most new retail openings, it appears the store has been open for more than a week but most of the notice has been through person-to-person social media. Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of cars drove… Read more

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