Category Archives: Business

‘The Big Switch’ update: County Commission sets called meeting for noon Thursday to ‘approve the revised unified economic development plan for Rome and Floyd County.’

‘The Big Switch’ update: County Commission sets called meeting for noon Thursday to ‘approve the revised unified economic development plan for Rome and Floyd County.’

  The Floyd County Commission has scheduled a called meeting for noon Thursday to, as the agenda states, “approve the revised unified economic development plan for Rome and Floyd County.” The meeting will be in the Community Room, Suite 206, at the County Administration building at 12 E. Fourth Ave. Prior to the vote, there is… Read more

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Business: Bill Peterson’s Otter’s Chicken opens today in Carrollton; next up, Acworth. Downtown Loft Tours returns April 6.

Business: Bill Peterson’s Otter’s Chicken opens today in Carrollton; next up, Acworth. Downtown Loft Tours returns April 6.

Congratulations to Bill Peterson and staff as their Otter’s Chicken Franchise grows again — and again. Peterson, who led the Shorter Hawks Athletics Department to numerous championships and helped coach football under Phil Jones, opened the chicken-themed franchise with his son Will with one restaurant. Today, the Carrollton location opens and another restaurant will follow… Read more

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Business: After four decades in the Rome/Floyd financial community, Roger Smith retiring as president and CEO of River City Bank on Feb. 28.

Business: After four decades in the Rome/Floyd financial community, Roger Smith retiring as president and CEO of River City Bank on Feb. 28.

Media release: River City Bank announces that Roger F. Smith will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer effective Feb. 28. Smith joined River City Bank as President during its formation in March of 2006, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in May of 2007. In October of 2009, he was appointed President and Chief… Read more

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Cartersville Urgent Care ribbon cutting, open house set for Feb. 7. State tourism team due in Rockmart Tuesday to outline plans to promote Polk County.

Cartersville Urgent Care ribbon cutting, open house set for Feb. 7. State tourism team due in Rockmart Tuesday to outline plans to promote Polk County.

  A Feb. 7 ribbon cutting and open house is set for Cartersville Urgent Care at 10 Main St. The double event begins at 11:30 a.m.and includes tours, refreshments and giveaways. It is part of the Cartersville Medical Center community and is in conjunction with two urgent care centers from Redmond Regional Medical Center. The… Read more

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Business: Chamber awards Small Business of the Year to Midian Roofing;  Quinton Schwengel named Ambassador of the Year.

Business: Chamber awards Small Business of the Year to Midian Roofing; Quinton Schwengel named Ambassador of the Year.

    The Rome Floyd Chamber’s 108th Annual Meeting included several award presentations Thursday evening. Midian Roofing was named the chamber’s Small Business of the Year while  Quinton Schwengel was honored as the chamber’s Ambassador of the Year. The meeting was held at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s  Aviation Training Center at Richard B. Russell Airport/Towers Field. It opens with a reception.… Read more

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David Guldenschuh column: ‘Without Al Hodge, this community would be nowhere close to where it is today.’ (#Goodstuffthat)

David Guldenschuh column: ‘Without Al Hodge, this community would be nowhere close to where it is today.’ (#Goodstuffthat)

  Celebrating Al Hodge: The Rome Floyd Chamber’s 108th Annual Meeting begins tonight at 5:30 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s  Aviation Training Center at Richard B. Russell Airport/Towers Field. It opens with a reception with the passing of the chair’s gavel and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. During the meeting, Al Hodge will step away as president and… Read more

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Business: Cheeseburger Bobby’s to reopen in Calhoun. First-time jobless claims dip in December — but higher than 12 months earlier.

Business: Cheeseburger Bobby’s to reopen in Calhoun. First-time jobless claims dip in December — but higher than 12 months earlier.

Cheeseburger Bobby’s on Ga. 53 in Calhoun will be back. This update on Wednesday for the company’s corporate office: “Our plan is to reopen the Calhoun location as a corporate store. We will make an announcement with an opening date in the near future.” That’s an update on our story earlier in the week that… Read more

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Business: Finish Line closing at the mall? Cave Spring retailer specializing in motorcycle accessories and clothing also on the way out, attempting to sell location as well. Cartersville’s new Burger King sets grand opening Jan. 31.

Business: Finish Line closing at the mall? Cave Spring retailer specializing in motorcycle accessories and clothing also on the way out, attempting to sell location as well. Cartersville’s new Burger King sets grand opening Jan. 31.

  Finish Line to close by Saturday night? We’re getting mixed reports on the Mount Berry Mall retailer, open daily from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. We checked with the staff on duty and, after a few transfers, they asked that we call back Thursday to talk to the store manager.… Read more

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Newsmakers: #GoodStuffThat — chamber collage salutes Al Hodge’s 21 years of leadership, success. Christy Shadday, FTM Travel of Rome featured in UGA Alumni Association’s 10th Annual Bulldog 100 list.

Newsmakers: #GoodStuffThat — chamber collage salutes Al Hodge’s 21 years of leadership, success. Christy Shadday, FTM Travel of Rome featured in UGA Alumni Association’s 10th Annual Bulldog 100 list.

Is there a higher honor than your own hash tag? Ask Al Hodge, the Rome Floyd Chamber’s departing president and chief executive officer, who’ll be honored at Thursday’s annual meeting at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Aviation Training Center at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Towers Field. The above photo collage, one for each of his years with… Read more

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Gymboree Outlet in Calhoun to close as part of corporate collapse. Whatever happened to Shorter’s Corey Humphries.

Gymboree Outlet in Calhoun to close as part of corporate collapse. Whatever happened to Shorter’s Corey Humphries.

  Gymboree Outlet in Calhoun among stores closing nationwide: One of the favorites at Calhoun Outlet Marketplace is closing — Gymboree Outlet at 455 Belwood Road. It is part of the chain’s recent announcement that all Gymboree, outlet and Crazy 8 stores will close within a few months, citing a “changing retail environment.” The company… Read more

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Jobs: Rome/Floyd closes the year with 300-job game vs. December 2017 — but down 100 jobs from November.  Plus: Who’s hiring.

Jobs: Rome/Floyd closes the year with 300-job game vs. December 2017 — but down 100 jobs from November. Plus: Who’s hiring.

o The work force in Rome and Floyd County closed 2018 with 41,800 jobs, up 300 jobs from the previous December but down 100 jobs from November of last year. December was the second best month for jobs, following November. We started 2018 with 41,000 employees. Statewide, it was a banner with increases in jobs, work… Read more

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Business:  Jeanne Krueger named interim director of the Rome Floyd Chamber, effective Jan. 24.

Business: Jeanne Krueger named interim director of the Rome Floyd Chamber, effective Jan. 24.

Sidebar: Amid still-undecided changes in the community’s economic development efforts, new members join Rome-Floyd Development Authority. Development From Hometown: As community speculation focuses on retirements and the next full-time leader of the Rome Floyd Chamber, an interim leader has been named. Jeanne Krueger takes over Jan. 24 even though 21-year president and chief executive officer Al… Read more

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Amid still-undecided changes in the community’s economic development efforts, new members join Rome-Floyd Development Authority.

Amid still-undecided changes in the community’s economic development efforts, new members join Rome-Floyd Development Authority.

  Sidebar: Business:  Jeanne Krueger named interim director of the Rome Floyd Chamber, effective Jan. 24. Chamber Amid changes to how Rome/Floyd County recruit and retain industry, the group that could wind us with jurisdiction over future recruiting has a new lineup. On Tuesday, new members of the Rome-Floyd Development Authority were sworn in by Superior Court… Read more

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Business: A downer December for local Realtors as home sales fall nearly 18% to 32.4% in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties.

Business: A downer December for local Realtors as home sales fall nearly 18% to 32.4% in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties.

  Home sales stall in December for Greater Rome Realtors: There was a 20.5 percent year-over-year drop in home sales last month in Rome/Floyd County as 70 single-family homes changed hands. Also down: The average sales price was $126,851, a decline of 24.7 percent from the same month in 2017. Realtors also saw a 3.1… Read more

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Business is booming on Braves Boulevard with Lumina Coffee opening soon, RiverPoint Apartments fully leased, growth at Bella Roma Grill and Line-X, plus more to come near State Mutual Stadium.

Business is booming on Braves Boulevard with Lumina Coffee opening soon, RiverPoint Apartments fully leased, growth at Bella Roma Grill and Line-X, plus more to come near State Mutual Stadium.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Things are very busy along Braves Boulevard around State Mutual Stadium these days. With construction on Lumina Coffee nearing completion, some 124 new tenants at the RiverPoint Apartments, plus strong business at Bella Roma Grill and Line-X, there’s lots of development taking shape just as the Rome Braves gear up… Read more

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Business: Harper Home Design opening ‘Inspiration Gallery’ on Broad Street on March 1 to help with ‘new home creation, old home renovation or modern inspiration’.

Business: Harper Home Design opening ‘Inspiration Gallery’ on Broad Street on March 1 to help with ‘new home creation, old home renovation or modern inspiration’.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Husband and wife team Matt and Jessica Harper are bringing their Harper Home Design ‘Inspiration Gallery’ to Broad Street in March. The new shop focusing “new home creation, old home renovation and modern inspiration” for customers is coming to 424 Broad Street, former home of Tillman Insurance. “We’ve been building new… Read more

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