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Business: Cave Spring family opening new Rocky Hollow Pumpkin Patch at Angel Farm this week. The 92-acre farm also home to new wedding venue.

Business: Cave Spring family opening new Rocky Hollow Pumpkin Patch at Angel Farm this week. The 92-acre farm also home to new wedding venue.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Inspired to share their love of farming and help local families make memories, the Dyer Family of Cave Spring is opening up their new Rocky Hollow Pumpkin Patch at Angel Farm on Monday with a festive line-up of activities for all ages. Angel Farm is at 336 Rocky Hallow Road, just… Read more

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Jobs: Major drop in the unemployment rates for Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties in August. Plus: Where to find jobs.

Jobs: Major drop in the unemployment rates for Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties in August. Plus: Where to find jobs.

Summary: The five-county region posted very impressive drops in the jobless rate in August vs. the same month in 2017. Every county saw a drop of more than 1 percent, Rome added jobs and drove down its unemployment rate in August while also seeing its monthly unemployment claims sink, says Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. Some… Read more

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Business: Ware Mechanical ownership changing hands as Mike Littlejohn set to retire in October passing company to son, B.J.

Business: Ware Mechanical ownership changing hands as Mike Littlejohn set to retire in October passing company to son, B.J.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net After 45 years in the heating and air business, Ware Mechanical’s Mike Littlejohn is ready to hang up his tool belt and travel the world. He will be retiring in October from the company he founded in 1984 with Bud Ware. Littlejohn is passing the business down to the next generation… Read more

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Business: Felton Walk at Tennessee and Felton in Cartersville (across from the movie complex) proposes 129 residential units as well as retail, restaurant, offices.

Business: Felton Walk at Tennessee and Felton in Cartersville (across from the movie complex) proposes 129 residential units as well as retail, restaurant, offices.

Felton Walk, a mixed-use development of five buildings with residential (apartments/condos), retail, office and restaurants, is under review by the city of Cartersville. City Council members on Thursday evening held a first reading on the project proposed at the intersection of Tennessee Street and Felton Road. A second and final reading is set f ornext… Read more

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Business: With a $1.1 million opening bid already set, who’s lining up for October’s online auction of the SunTrust campus on Second Avenue?

Business: With a $1.1 million opening bid already set, who’s lining up for October’s online auction of the SunTrust campus on Second Avenue?

  Something of a landmark in downtown Rome for nearly 65 years, the current home of SunTrust Bank at 100 E. Second Ave. is scheduled for an online auction Oct. 22-24. Ten-X Commercial Real Estate is behind the sale and asks for a $10,000 participation deposit and opening bids of $1.1 million. Expect a 5… Read more

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500 more jobs here in August vs. the same month last year. First-time jobless claims down from July. Georgia’s jobless rate drops below national average. Plus: Who’s hiring.

500 more jobs here in August vs. the same month last year. First-time jobless claims down from July. Georgia’s jobless rate drops below national average. Plus: Who’s hiring.

The workforce in Rome/Floyd County rose to 41,600 in August, up 200 jobs from July and a 500-job increase from the same month in 2017. That number is expected to increase as retailers begin to add seasonal help for the Christmas holidays. Statewide, the jobless rate dropped to 3.8 percent; a look at county-by-county unemployment… Read more

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About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

Please see our sidebar with survey results. Once again, the heart of Rome — Broad Street and the downtown community — is the epicenter of controversy. This time, it is a concentrated push by members of the medical community to further restrict smoking in the “Central Business District” as well as retail centers, playgrounds and… Read more

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Business: New York Times takes a closer look at surging youth sports complexes across the country, including LakePoint in Emerson

Business: New York Times takes a closer look at surging youth sports complexes across the country, including LakePoint in Emerson

Under the headline, ‘The Youth Sports Megacomplex Comes to Town, Hoping Teams Will Follow,’ The New York Times tracks the appeal of large sports campuses such as LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson and why they’ve become so popular. Overall, they’ve grown to become a $5 billion per year industry. Complete story Some key takeaways from the… Read more

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Business: Next round of openings around Cartersville’s sizzling Main Street just about ready: Chick-fil-A, Discount Tire by October; urgent care early next year.

Business: Next round of openings around Cartersville’s sizzling Main Street just about ready: Chick-fil-A, Discount Tire by October; urgent care early next year.

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Business: Lyons Bridge Farm’s ‘Beef Barn’ grand opening is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Cave Spring. In addition to retail shop, Lyons Bridge markets directly to consumers, restaurants. 

Business: Lyons Bridge Farm’s ‘Beef Barn’ grand opening is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Cave Spring. In addition to retail shop, Lyons Bridge markets directly to consumers, restaurants. 

Lyons Bridge Beef, at 1506 Lyons Bridge Road SW in Cave Spring, has set Saturday for the grand opening of The Beef Barn. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., guests are invited to see the company’s retail side, featuring steaks, sauces, seasons/salts and peppers, salad dressings and cooking/grilling accessories. They specialize in “all-natural, antibiotic-free pasture-raised… Read more

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Business: McWhorter Capital Partners booming in Northwest Georgia, Southeast with specialty groups: Outdoor advertising, real estate and construction. Key developments in Euharlee, Calhoun, Taylorsville.

Business: McWhorter Capital Partners booming in Northwest Georgia, Southeast with specialty groups: Outdoor advertising, real estate and construction. Key developments in Euharlee, Calhoun, Taylorsville.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Cartersville businessman Josh McWhorter is certainly not a man who “rests on his laurels.”  In the last five years, McWhorter has taken his McWhorter Capital Partners, a private equity and real estate investment firm, and grown the company from three to more than 40 employees. From billboards to real estate to… Read more

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Business: The Spires at Berry College to break ground around Oct. 19 as deposits top key milestone.

Business: The Spires at Berry College to break ground around Oct. 19 as deposits top key milestone.

Expanded story at Campus Carrier Look for groundbreaking by mid October for The Spires at Berry College. With a key number having been topped — 120 deposits on residences at The Spires at Berry College, look for groundbreaking on our about Oct. 19 of the continuing care retirement center. The project, with a buildout price… Read more

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Business: Georgia Power plans to close ash pond at Plant Bowen part of ongoing efforts across state. Ash pond at Plant Hammond to be closed by end of year.

Business: Georgia Power plans to close ash pond at Plant Bowen part of ongoing efforts across state. Ash pond at Plant Hammond to be closed by end of year.

Media release: Georgia Power announced today updated, site-specific closure plans for ash ponds at Plants Branch and Bowen as part of its efforts to safely and permanently close 29 ash ponds at 11 current and former coal-fired power plants across the state. Based on continued engineering and analysis, the company has increased the total number… Read more

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Jobs: With Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate at 4%, labor commissioner saw ‘no indicators in July that Georgia’s growth is going to slow down anytime soon.’

Jobs: With Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate at 4%, labor commissioner saw ‘no indicators in July that Georgia’s growth is going to slow down anytime soon.’

  Northwest Georgia set a record in July for employed residents, says state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. At the same time, the 15-county area saw its unemployment rate fall and its labor force grow. All indicators remain positive for the year. “Georgia continues to be in a period of sustained growth,” Butler said. “There are no… Read more

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Business: $45 million, 750,000-square-foot industrial warehouse proposed for Adairsville. Total value of Mountain Brook phase II listed at .. $232 million. Taylor Farm Supply breaks ground on new home.

Business: $45 million, 750,000-square-foot industrial warehouse proposed for Adairsville. Total value of Mountain Brook phase II listed at .. $232 million. Taylor Farm Supply breaks ground on new home.

  Stanton Industrial is the name of a 750,000-square-foot industrial warehouse proposed on nearly 49 acres in the city of Adairsville, according to a development of regional impact statement filed with the state. The estimated value of the project is $45 million with annual taxes of $504,000. It is expected to generate 1,250 trips to… Read more

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Business: As Jim Aaron takes over the East Rome McDonald’s, get ready for lots of changes inside the restaurant and on the menu. Much of what he’s done in Armuchee is on the way next spring.

Business: As Jim Aaron takes over the East Rome McDonald’s, get ready for lots of changes inside the restaurant and on the menu. Much of what he’s done in Armuchee is on the way next spring.

  What to expect: A whole new look inside with lighted tables, table service, an enhanced kids area, increased community support — and drive-through-only service for a few months once renovations start next spring. By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been just over a month since native Roman Jim Aaron bought the McDonald’s franchise at 1504… Read more

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Business: Over the Moon Antiques opening Sept. 1 at Central Plaza

Business: Over the Moon Antiques opening Sept. 1 at Central Plaza

A new antique mall is coming to Rome. Over the Moon Antiques will be opening Saturday, Sept. 1 at Central Plaza, inside the former Cycle Therapy shop. Owner Joyce Lewis has assembled 18 antique dealers and artists from Northwest Georgia with more on a waiting list. “We have all kinds of things from accessories to gently used… Read more

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