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Business: Southeastern Mills no more: Starting today, it is Summit Hill Foods. Switch caps a huge year for Rome-based company.

Business: Southeastern Mills no more: Starting today, it is Summit Hill Foods. Switch caps a huge year for Rome-based company.

  In context: A year of changes continues at Southeastern Mills. As announced, the Rome-based company has changed to Summit Hill  Foods, effective immediately. It follows news last week about plans to expand its Center for Superior Logistics by 90,000 square feet. E.A. Benefield is the general contractor and will use local and regional subcontracts… Read more

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Business: Java Joy sets Oct. 26 launch of mobile unit in Rome staffed by adults with disabilities serving “coffee, ‘air’ hugs and joy”.

Business: Java Joy sets Oct. 26 launch of mobile unit in Rome staffed by adults with disabilities serving “coffee, ‘air’ hugs and joy”.

After months of fundraising along with the COVID pandemic, Java Joy Rome will be launching their mobile coffee unit the week of Oct. 26-30. Local businessman Gaines Dempsey and his wife, Amy, began spearheading the effort to bring Java Joy to Rome last February. Staffed by adults with special disabilities called “joyristas”, the new company looks… Read more

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Business: Room Service closing in Rome on Oct. 10 as focus shifts to Lynne Griffin Designs.

Business: Room Service closing in Rome on Oct. 10 as focus shifts to Lynne Griffin Designs.

  For more than three decades, Room Service in Central Plaza has been the go-to place for everything from custom drapes and shutters to baby gifts, kids toys (one of the first to carry Thomas the Tank Engine), invitations and other needs. Paul and Lynne Griffin, with their family, continued to expand the company even… Read more

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Business: Bartow boom continues as Agile Cold Storage plans 150,000-square-foot campus at 400 Hamilton Crossing Road; 70 new jobs.

Business: Bartow boom continues as Agile Cold Storage plans 150,000-square-foot campus at 400 Hamilton Crossing Road; 70 new jobs.

Media release: Gov. Brian Kemp announces Agile Cold Storage will invest over $60 million in the construction of two new facilities in North Georgia to support the state’s poultry industry. The company’s new semi-automated freezer buildings will be located in Bartow and Hall counties and create approximately 170 jobs between the Cartersville and Gainesville facilities. “It’s… Read more

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Business: Highland 75, one of the hottest development sites in Northwest Georgia, just got a significant upgrade.

Business: Highland 75, one of the hottest development sites in Northwest Georgia, just got a significant upgrade.

Highland 75 has been one of the biggest success stories for industrial development in Northwest Georgia in recent years, attracting a significant client base. The FiberCom upgrade just makes it even more attractive to prospective clients. About Highland 75: “Ideally located just 45 minutes northwest of Atlanta is Highland 75, a 782.88 acre master planned,… Read more

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Business: Whether you’re headed for a rustic weekend in the woods or expecting rough times ahead, Roman Readiness has the ultimate ‘be prepared’ supplies in stock.

Business: Whether you’re headed for a rustic weekend in the woods or expecting rough times ahead, Roman Readiness has the ultimate ‘be prepared’ supplies in stock.

So here’s a take-out meal idea that might not be on your pandemic  to-try list — just yet. How about a sampling from the MRE menu? That’s meals ready to eat (a military reference) and you’ll find a virtual cafeteria at Roman Readiness, which bills itself as “Northwest Georgia’s premiere preparedness store. Your source for… Read more

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Business: Southeastern Mills growing again, adding 90,000 square feet to the Center for Superior Logistics; due next July.

Business: Southeastern Mills growing again, adding 90,000 square feet to the Center for Superior Logistics; due next July.

That’s another big win for Greater Rome’s existing industries — and for Rome-based Southeastern Mills as well. On Wednesday, Southeastern Mills announced construction was under way to expand its Center for Superior Logistics by 90,000 square feet. E.A. Benefield is the general contractor and will use local and regional subcontracts when possible. The land has… Read more

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Business: As brewery system heads out, more things brewing at 333 Broad St. — including the return of a popular downtown chef.

Business: As brewery system heads out, more things brewing at 333 Broad St. — including the return of a popular downtown chef.

    Consider it the ultimate curbside service in this pandemic year of 2020. On Wednesday, downtown patrons watched as the 10-barrel brewing system that crafted thousands of gallons and cans of Rome City Brewing Co.’s eclectic mix of brews was loaded onto transport trailers for a new home in metro Atlanta. While the brewery… Read more

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Education: No more interim for Dr. Glenn White, now superintendent of Floyd County Schools.

Education: No more interim for Dr. Glenn White, now superintendent of Floyd County Schools.

Dr. Glenn White was named superintendent of Floyd County Schools during a called meeting Wednesday of the Board of Education. The vote was unanimous, 5-0, and negates the need for an expanded search. White, the semi-retired director of student services, was named interim superintendent on Aug. 19 after Dr. Jeff Wilson resigned. White is the… Read more

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Education: Darlington’s Purple Tie Raffle includes a $10,000 prize. GHC’s digital way to mark five decades. Berry student from Summerville earns Coast Guard Foundation scholarship.

Education: Darlington’s Purple Tie Raffle includes a $10,000 prize. GHC’s digital way to mark five decades. Berry student from Summerville earns Coast Guard Foundation scholarship.

Darlington’s  Purple Tie Reverse Raffle is under way, where a $100 ticket will buy you a 1 in 300 chance to win $10,000. Anyone can buy a ticket and you don’t have to be present to win.Proceeds support Darlington School’s parent booster clubs (Pre-K to 8 and Upper School Tiger PRIDES, Athletic Booster Club, and Fine… Read more

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Goodwill announces temporary closing of donation center in Cedartown beginning Thursday; store remains open. No changes for Rome store donations or operations.

Goodwill announces temporary closing of donation center in Cedartown beginning Thursday; store remains open. No changes for Rome store donations or operations.

  Beginning Thursday, Goodwill of North Georgia “will temporarily close” donation centers across the region, including Cedartown — but not the store itself. According to the media release: “We ask that no donations be left at these locations while they are closed. These closures are not permanent and all locations will reopen. All stores will remain open and… Read more

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Business: AR Workshop closing as changes continue along Broad Street. Redevelopment Committee meets at 2 p.m. to talk annexations. GNTC, Floyd Career Academy hosting state business summit.

Business: AR Workshop closing as changes continue along Broad Street. Redevelopment Committee meets at 2 p.m. to talk annexations. GNTC, Floyd Career Academy hosting state business summit.

    One of downtown Rome’s most enterprising businesses will close soon, AR Workshop at 411 Broad St. Already a creative habitat, the owners had to get even more creative to combat challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. But …  “the impact of a difficult year is just too much for us to recover from.” The full… Read more

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Business: Home sales drop in August in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon counties vs. July and a year earlier. 319 closings last month vs. 348 in July.

Business: Home sales drop in August in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon counties vs. July and a year earlier. 319 closings last month vs. 348 in July.

  Realtors in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties together sold 319 homes in August, down from 348 homes in July with Floyd and Gordon both reporting dips vs. August 2019 as well. The Greater Rome Board of Realtors reports 107 homes sold last month, down 18.3 percent; while Bartow’s 154 units sold was up 2.7… Read more

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Business: Opening dates just weeks away for Panda Express, Chipotle and Urgent Team’s Walk-In Urgent Care.

Business: Opening dates just weeks away for Panda Express, Chipotle and Urgent Team’s Walk-In Urgent Care.

We are just weeks away from the opening of the first restaurants in the new East Bend shopping coming to the corner of Turner McCall Boulevard and Hicks Drive. Panda Express released this update on Saturday: “The Rome location is set to open in early October, though that timing is subject to change. The restaurant… Read more

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