Category Archives: Business

Business: Gregory Wilkes retires as chief executive officer of Heritage First Bancshares Inc.; Ryan Earnest promoted.

Business: Gregory Wilkes retires as chief executive officer of Heritage First Bancshares Inc.; Ryan Earnest promoted.

Media release: Capping an iconic 45-year career in banking, with the last 10 years served in key leadership roles at Rome-based Heritage First Bancshares Inc. and Heritage First Bank, it is announced that Greg Wilkes has retired effective Feb. 28. In making this announcement, HFBI Chairman of the Board of Directors Kenneth F. Davis, M.D., stated: “Greg’s influence… Read more

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Business: Some of the first parts of The Spires at Berry College are quickly coming together.

Business: Some of the first parts of The Spires at Berry College are quickly coming together.

  The Spires at Berry College is quickly coming together just off the Bypass a show in the two photos taken from the overpass on Friday morning. In early February,  the city of Rome issued nearly $18 million in permits for the project at 600 Eagle Lake Trail. Overall, the project has secured $120 million in… Read more

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Business: February was kind of all wet for area Realtors as well –overall home sales, listings down but some bright spots in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon counties.

Business: February was kind of all wet for area Realtors as well –overall home sales, listings down but some bright spots in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon counties.

  February was an up-and-down month for Greater Rome Realtors. A look at some of the key indicators from the Greater Rome Board of Realtors which shows: Up: Home sales with 75 units closed, up 1.4 percent from February 2018. Down: Average price of a home sold, or 12.8 percent. Up: Active listings to 333,… Read more

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Business: LakePoint Station in Emerson announces plans to add 12-lane bowling center by this fall.

Business: LakePoint Station in Emerson announces plans to add 12-lane bowling center by this fall.

LakePoint Station, adjacent to the LakePoint Sporting complex in Emerson, is adding a 12-lane bowling center, which will include two lanes of mini-bowling, to its existing family entertainment center.  Look for a fall opening. “As a longtime resident of this area, I have repeatedly heard the neighborhood requests for bowling,” says Seth Curlee, general manager… Read more

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Business: Georgia-Pacific spending $30 million into Rome Lumber, include equipment, boosting bays from 26 to 65. ‘A capital investment such as this means Georgia-Pacific believes in this site.’

Business: Georgia-Pacific spending $30 million into Rome Lumber, include equipment, boosting bays from 26 to 65. ‘A capital investment such as this means Georgia-Pacific believes in this site.’

Media release: To invest, whether personal or business related, is to recognize the importance of the future. Georgia-Pacific proves its commitment to the future of the Rome Lumber mill with a $30 million investment. The dimensional lumber facility, which currently employs 163 people, will use the investment to purchase and install new equipment in the… Read more

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Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union announces new main office off the Bypass and Redmond due by early 2020. It will be in the busiest development area of Rome/Floyd County.

Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union announces new main office off the Bypass and Redmond due by early 2020. It will be in the busiest development area of Rome/Floyd County.

  One of the key areas to watch for new development just got a new player. Coosa Valley Credit Union will soon break ground for the construction of a new main office at 1307 Redmond Road at the former Northwest Georgia Credit Union site just down the highway from the current main office. In a post Monday, the credit union… Read more

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Business: Updates on Cartersville Medical Center’s expanding ER, new urgent care center. Melissa Hickman named controller for Greater Community Bank. Rome’s Downtown Development Authority meets Thursday at museum.

Business: Updates on Cartersville Medical Center’s expanding ER, new urgent care center. Melissa Hickman named controller for Greater Community Bank. Rome’s Downtown Development Authority meets Thursday at museum.

The Board of Directors of Greater Community Bank are pleased to announce the promotion of Melissa Hickman to Controller. Hickman joined the Bank in 2014, and has most recently served in the role of staff accountant. “Melissa has demonstrated proficiency in her work and a commitment to the success of our Bank,” said David J. Lance,… Read more

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Business: As groundwork continues on new RaceTracs and Speedway, the battle for your business (gas and food) is increasing.

Business: As groundwork continues on new RaceTracs and Speedway, the battle for your business (gas and food) is increasing.

  Last week in Rome, Facebook was filled with fond memories of the Evans Store Parts and Deli as the Evans’ family sold ownership after decades of relationships in Coosa. Little has changed with the virtual oasis in the community: the deli, parts store and general store all remain with many of the same faces.… Read more

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Nearly $4 million in major projects reviewed, under way, completed in Rome/Floyd County in February. Included: Restaurants, healthcare, other businesses.

Nearly $4 million in major projects reviewed, under way, completed in Rome/Floyd County in February. Included: Restaurants, healthcare, other businesses.

    This has been a busy year for the staff of the building department in Rome and Floyd County. A review of all permits between Feb. 5 and March 7 shows some major projects under way or completed in addition to single-family home construction, renovations, roofing updates and the like. Some of the major… Read more

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Business: Shasta Daisies Boutique closing storefront on Shorter Avenue to focus on booming online boutique with warehouse expansion. Revamped website, online shop coming April 1.

Business: Shasta Daisies Boutique closing storefront on Shorter Avenue to focus on booming online boutique with warehouse expansion. Revamped website, online shop coming April 1.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Five years ago, local entrepreneur Shasta Farrer took a leap of faith and opened Shasta Daisies Boutique at 610 Shorter Avenue and now she is preparing to expand her business on a new level. Due to increasing demand for online sales and limited store space, Farrer is closing her storefront and moving… Read more

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Rome tourism office: 2017 saw another big year in visitor spending (latest available data).

Rome tourism office: 2017 saw another big year in visitor spending (latest available data).

Media release: The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism released the 2018 Annual Report and the statistics are strong for Floyd County. The report shows an increase of more than 5.9% year over year increase in tourism spending throughout the county. The tourism office reports a study from the U.S. Travel Association shows tourists spent $158,850,000… Read more

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Evans Store Parts & Deli in Coosa sold; community treasure to remain open.

Evans Store Parts & Deli in Coosa sold; community treasure to remain open.

  You’d be hard to find another business like Evans Store Parts & Deli in Northwest Georgia. It is an oasis in the Coosa community, from gas and basics to auto parts, fishing gear and a deli good enough to lure customers from downtown Rome. News of its impending sale has been the stuff of… Read more

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