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June’s first-time jobless claims in Northwest Georgia drop from May; plummet 85% from pandemic a year earlier. Work force drops by 200 jobs vs. May.

June’s first-time jobless claims in Northwest Georgia drop from May; plummet 85% from pandemic a year earlier. Work force drops by 200 jobs vs. May.

The first look at June’s employment picture shows a continuing drop in first-time unemployment claims across the region. June’s numbers from the state Department of Labor likewise contrast the record highs recorded during the pandemic months of 2020. But also note the Rome/Floyd labor force chart below. The total dropped 200 positions between May and… Read more

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Business: Pedal to the ‘mettle’ as Revive Cycleworks moves to River District. Home sales stall in Bartow, Gordon counties as prices up another 21%.

Business: Pedal to the ‘mettle’ as Revive Cycleworks moves to River District. Home sales stall in Bartow, Gordon counties as prices up another 21%.

One of downtown Rome’s quiet success stories has been Revive Cycleworks, which is due to open Thursday at 300 N. Fifth Ave. in the River District after a success premiere at 440 Broad St. Stewart and Kelli Duncan picked the former cell phone/insurance building at the corner of Avenue A; it has been transformed into… Read more

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Business: 1-million-square-foot ecommerce/manufacturing project proposed near Calhoun; estimated value: $57 million.

Business: 1-million-square-foot ecommerce/manufacturing project proposed near Calhoun; estimated value: $57 million.

An e-commerce/manufacturing site, with just over 1 million square feet under roof, is being proposed for 336 Salem Road in Calhoun off the south bypass and west of U.S. 41. The developer is Hardie Real Estate Group out of Atlanta. Hardie, which has an impressive collage of projects on its website, bills itself as ” a full-service… Read more

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Even as Rome gets international exposure in the blockbuster ‘Black Widow,’ the cameras are rolling again this month on Second Avenue and in downtown Cartersville.

Even as Rome gets international exposure in the blockbuster ‘Black Widow,’ the cameras are rolling again this month on Second Avenue and in downtown Cartersville.

On more than 4,100 movie screens alone in the United States — in addition to international box offices and streaming at $30 a pop on Disney+ , Marvel’s Black Widow is shaping up to be the largest blockbuster since the pandemic hit in March 2020. On big screens or small screens, Scarlett Johannson fans are… Read more

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Business: What’s in the future for Into the Past at 122 Broad St.

Business: What’s in the future for Into the Past at 122 Broad St.

  It was the ’96 Summer Games polo shirt that caught our eye, the same as the one we’ve had in the closest for 25 years. Our keepsake is on sale — or one just like it — at a new vintage retailer in the Cotton Block of Broad Street. Into the Past bills itself… Read more

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Business: More than $7 million in industrial expansions in West Rome issued. Also: Old Navy permit worth almost $600,000 now in hand for East Bend.

Business: More than $7 million in industrial expansions in West Rome issued. Also: Old Navy permit worth almost $600,000 now in hand for East Bend.

Integrated Fiber Solutions, a manufacturer of synthetic bulked continuous filament yarns for the carpet, rug, and automotive industries, is growing at 19 Westside Industrial Blvd. in Rome. A building permit for a 30,000-square-foot addition has been issued. The initial permit value is $3.45 million. In March, the company announced plans to invest $30 million in expanding… Read more

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Business: Michael H. Baker named Chief Banking Officer and Rome Market President for First National Community Bank. Richard Carlton of Greater Community Bank promoted to Senior Vice President.   

Business: Michael H. Baker named Chief Banking Officer and Rome Market President for First National Community Bank. Richard Carlton of Greater Community Bank promoted to Senior Vice President.   

First National Community Bank, which legally merged with Heritage First Bank effective July 1, has named veteran banker Michael H. Baker as Chief Banking Officer and Rome Market President for the newly combined organization. Baker previously served as Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer for Heritage First Bank. Baker’s robust banking career began in 1983. He… Read more

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Business: Toshiyuki Ono named sales, marketing vice president at Sakai’s Adairsville headquarters. State labor department: Unemployment claims at lowest level this year.

Business: Toshiyuki Ono named sales, marketing vice president at Sakai’s Adairsville headquarters. State labor department: Unemployment claims at lowest level this year.

Sakai America has appointed Toshiyuki Ono to the newly created position of Vice President Sales and Marketing, relocating from the Sakai Heavy Industries corporate office in Tokyo, Japan, to Adairsville. Ono spent his first five years in sales, developing the domestic market in Japan. He spent the last 20 years growing international markets in Southeast… Read more

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Entertainment:  Savoy Automobile Museum, Rome Braves’ Terrace venue, Game of Throwns on the way. Plus: Fall’s big events including the returns of the Coosa Valley Fair.

Entertainment: Savoy Automobile Museum, Rome Braves’ Terrace venue, Game of Throwns on the way. Plus: Fall’s big events including the returns of the Coosa Valley Fair.

Part of a series of stories looking at what’s ahead in the second half 2021 in Northwest Georgia. Click for part one / part two / part three. Savoy Automobile Museum due this fall. Designed to allow guests to “explore the history and diversity of automobiles through changing exhibits, educational programs and engaging experiences,” this latest member of Georgia… Read more

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Business: Rome’s Restaurant news for July.  From Chicken to Mexican, new options popping up around the mall.

Business: Rome’s Restaurant news for July. From Chicken to Mexican, new options popping up around the mall.

Chick fil-a Mt. Berry Square Mall will serve you tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. If you crave a chicken biscuit in the morning, good news. Truett’s Chick-fil-a at the Mall will begin serving breakfast July 5 at 7 a.m. – curbside pickup only through 9 a.m. At 9 a.m. you can also pick up your… Read more

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Business: Heritage First completes merger with First National Community, forming region’s largest community bank with holdings from Paulding Co. to Chattanooga.

Business: Heritage First completes merger with First National Community, forming region’s largest community bank with holdings from Paulding Co. to Chattanooga.

First National Community Bank announced Friday that the merger of Heritage First Bancshares Inc., parent company of Heritage First Bank, and First Chatsworth Bankshares Inc., parent company of First National Community Bank has been finalized, effective July 1, 2021. With this transaction, First National Community Bank’s footprint will make it Northwest Georgia’s largest community bank. The combined… Read more

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Business: October opening set for Raceway quickly coming together off Shorter Avenue at Coker Street.

Business: October opening set for Raceway quickly coming together off Shorter Avenue at Coker Street.

  Three months ago, some serious foundation work was under way on the two acres at 2459 Shorter Avenue and Coker Drive for a planned Raceway store and pumps. As the above photos, taken July 2, indicate, there’s been little down time since. The store is well under way and the gas islands are rising… Read more

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State labor department returns to detailed unemployment compensation requests. Applicants must show three places where they applied, who they spoke with and the outcome of each attempt.

State labor department returns to detailed unemployment compensation requests. Applicants must show three places where they applied, who they spoke with and the outcome of each attempt.

Media release: Last week, the Georgia Department of Labor ended the state’s participation in the federal unemployment insurance (UI) programs enacted through the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. The last payable week for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) was week ending June 26,… Read more

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Business: Greater Community Bank’s David Lance part of Georgia Trend’s ‘Economic First Responders’ report. During pandemic, ‘We learned to try and make the channels we have available more efficient.’

Business: Greater Community Bank’s David Lance part of Georgia Trend’s ‘Economic First Responders’ report. During pandemic, ‘We learned to try and make the channels we have available more efficient.’

July’s Georgia Trend features Greater Community Bank’s David Lance, one of the ‘Economic First Responders.’ The article offers different takes on what businesses did to  help clients during the pandemic. Lance talked about some of the steps taken by the bank, which has offices in Rome, Calhoun and Cartersville. Says Lance, Greater Community’s president and… Read more

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Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union earns Gold Award for Non-Commercial Video Marketing for ‘Our Mission.’

Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union earns Gold Award for Non-Commercial Video Marketing for ‘Our Mission.’

Coosa Valley Credit Union was recently honored with a MAC Award in the non-commercial video category from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry nationwide. CVCU received a Gold Award for Non-Commercial Video Marketing. “It’s an honor to be recognized among our peers… Read more

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