Category Archives: Business

Closer look at October’s jobs report shows a few dips in key indicators but pluses overall. Bartow County sees upticks overall.

Closer look at October’s jobs report shows a few dips in key indicators but pluses overall. Bartow County sees upticks overall.

Media release:  Northwest Georgia’s labor force grew in October. At the same time, unemployment claims were up and the number of employed were down for the month in the 15-county region.  Most indicators were positive for the year. “Georgia’s job market has been strong all year, across all 12 regions,” said state Labor Commissioner Mark… Read more

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Updated: County Commission defends maintains stance on proposed economic development model. Meeting yields concerns about chamber, questions about city ‘filibuster.’ Plus: Audio of interview with City Commissioner Wendy Davis.

Updated: County Commission defends maintains stance on proposed economic development model. Meeting yields concerns about chamber, questions about city ‘filibuster.’ Plus: Audio of interview with City Commissioner Wendy Davis.

  New Wednesday morning: Above please find the first part of our Hometown Headlines’ radio interview with City Commissioner Wendy Davis on WRGA.       Barely 23 hours after Rome City commissioners concluded more answers were needed before they could endorse moving economic development from the chamber to a government-appointed panel, Floyd’s county commissioners… Read more

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Updated: At least 57 questions — with few answers — stops City Commission vote on economic development shift. McNiece: ‘Change without a plan is a disaster.’

Updated: At least 57 questions — with few answers — stops City Commission vote on economic development shift. McNiece: ‘Change without a plan is a disaster.’

  “That’s to be decided.” “To be determined.” “We’ll have to make an educated guess.” “We don’t have all the details at this time.” “The devil’s in the details.” Those were some of the words Rome City Manager Sammy Rich used Monday evening in response to some of the 57 questions submitted by city commissioners… Read more

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The proposal to shift economic development from the chamber to government control is the focus of this week’s Community Watch from Georgia Highlands; Hometown Headlines guests.

The proposal to shift economic development from the chamber to government control is the focus of this week’s Community Watch from Georgia Highlands; Hometown Headlines guests.

Plans to move economic development responsibilities from the Rome Floyd Chamber to an authority appointed by the Rome City and Floyd County commissions is the topic of this week’s Community Watch from Georgia Highlands College. Dr. Jon Hershey, dean of Humanities at GHC, and Greg Shropshire, Rome City Schools, anchor the public affairs program, now celebrating… Read more

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Business: LakePoint’s reorganization taking longer than hoped. New owners optimist, cite record attendance in 2018 (1.25 million and counting), new north campus highway due in April.

Business: LakePoint’s reorganization taking longer than hoped. New owners optimist, cite record attendance in 2018 (1.25 million and counting), new north campus highway due in April.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been nearly six months since LakePoint Sports South and its affiliates filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company had hoped its reorganization/recapitalization plan would be finalized within 120-150 days after their June 11 filing; however, the case continues to progress through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia… Read more

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Josh McWhorter of McWhorter Capital Partners LLC in Cartersville among the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 for 2018.

Josh McWhorter of McWhorter Capital Partners LLC in Cartersville among the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 for 2018.

Add another headline to Josh McWorter’s already impressive year — he’s the only Northwest Georgian named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 for 2018. McWhorter, who leads McWhorter Capital Partners LLC in Cartersville, made it by two years (he’s 38). In September, Hometown Headlines’ profiled McWhorter’s booming business and its immediate impact on… Read more

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Big month of openings begins: Gifts of Grace opens on Broad Street today. Truett’s Chick-fil-A, Redmond’s West Rome urgent care, new Cartersville clinic, several other restaurants on the way.

Big month of openings begins: Gifts of Grace opens on Broad Street today. Truett’s Chick-fil-A, Redmond’s West Rome urgent care, new Cartersville clinic, several other restaurants on the way.

      Gifts of Grace at 224 Broad St. in downtown Rome has a grand opening today, next to Level Up arcade. It is one of several openings set for now through the end of the (one might stretch into January). Gifts of Grace is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and promises… Read more

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Business: What’s perking at Lumina Coffee Co.? A lot of hiring, social media and a late January opening date.

Business: What’s perking at Lumina Coffee Co.? A lot of hiring, social media and a late January opening date.

    It is the no. 2 question we get each week: “What’s that they’re building by the stadium?” The answer is Lumina Coffee Co., an independent coffee shop by the father-and-son team of Mike and Matt Schieffer at 640 E. Braves Blvd. just off the Bypass and adjacent to the new RiverPoint apartments as well… Read more

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Retail therapy indeed: From a grand opening to celebrating seven decades, from free $25 gift cards to $1 off dark craft beers (get it: Black Friday?), from mimosas to all-day chicken.

Retail therapy indeed: From a grand opening to celebrating seven decades, from free $25 gift cards to $1 off dark craft beers (get it: Black Friday?), from mimosas to all-day chicken.

In addition to observing “Small Business Saturday,” here’s a look at what’s happening with area businesses: Sew Knot Serious opens at new location in Cartersville: Look for the popular shop now at 139 W. Main St. in downtown Cartersville. The grand opening is Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. We get a kick out… Read more

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A closer look: ‘Custody battle’ begins over which development authority would pilot economic development. Chamber retreat postponed? Open Records Request nets new concerns, scant detail.

A closer look: ‘Custody battle’ begins over which development authority would pilot economic development. Chamber retreat postponed? Open Records Request nets new concerns, scant detail.

    Custody battle begins for control of the proposed economic development switch: Among the many surprises from the economic development proposal was the idea of creating another development authority to guide it, on top of the twin authorities already in place (we’re not counting the other one with ties to Gordon County). A story… Read more

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Jobs: Unemployment rates rose in October across Northwest Georgia compared to the previous month. First-time jobless claims also jump, especially in Floyd County.

Jobs: Unemployment rates rose in October across Northwest Georgia compared to the previous month. First-time jobless claims also jump, especially in Floyd County.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: A look at October’s jobless rates across Northwest Georgia show four of five counties saw the unemployment rate increase in October compared to September. However, all were down from the previous October with the exception of Chattooga County, which posted a slight increase over September and vs. 12 months earlier. The numbers show:… Read more

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Toyo Tire growing again, investing $138 million in Bartow County and, in turn, creating 150-plus jobs. Total Toyo employment here once completed: 2,100 people.

Toyo Tire growing again, investing $138 million in Bartow County and, in turn, creating 150-plus jobs. Total Toyo employment here once completed: 2,100 people.

Media release: Gov. Nathan Deal today Tuesday that Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer and seller of radial tires for passenger vehicles and light trucks, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $138 million in Cartersville. New jobs will include positions in production, support and administration. “As the No. 1 state… Read more

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