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Rome’s Vance Luke celebrates 100th birthday and still keeps rigorous volunteer schedule as well as mission work, including his seventh trip to Africa set for January.

Rome’s Vance Luke celebrates 100th birthday and still keeps rigorous volunteer schedule as well as mission work, including his seventh trip to Africa set for January.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Friends and family from around the globe came together Sunday to celebrate one special man, Rome’s own Vance Luke. He will turn 100 years old on Tuesday and his family, friends and fellow church members at First Presbyterian Church of Rome celebrated his life of service that still includes annual mission… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Live from The Apollo, Tim Reynolds (incredible achievement for Model grad). Serve Rome grand opening, ribbon cutting today at 3:30 p.m.

Buzz: Live from The Apollo, Tim Reynolds (incredible achievement for Model grad). Serve Rome grand opening, ribbon cutting today at 3:30 p.m.

  We could fill a website with the success former Model High phenom Tim Reynolds has had since his days in Rome to Berklee College of Music in Boston and beyond. And now comes word of another achievement. Here’s how Tim describes it on his Facebook page: “Always dreamed of doing this since I was… Continue Reading

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Shorter University puts 4.2 acres of property along Shorter Avenue back on market for $1.5 million after Butler Group pulls out of deal.

Shorter University puts 4.2 acres of property along Shorter Avenue back on market for $1.5 million after Butler Group pulls out of deal.

Shorter University has put approximately 4.2 acres of land along Shorter Avenue back on the market for $1.5 million after the deal for the Butler Plaza development collapsed last month. The property is listed with Toles, Temple and Wright Real Estate with Craig McDaniel as listing agent. From the listing: This valuable property is currently… Continue Reading

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Heart of the Community Foundation now accepting applications for 2019 Heart of Community Awards of Honor. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 20.

Heart of the Community Foundation now accepting applications for 2019 Heart of Community Awards of Honor. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 20.

Nominations are being accepted for Heart of the Community Awards of Honor awards, the annual program that honors individuals who have worked tirelessly to improve the community through volunteerism. The Heart of the Community Foundation, Inc. and its Board of Governors are accepting nominations of potential recipients for the 32nd anniversary of the Heart of… Continue Reading

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A $3,500 grant allows YMCA and community partners to bring carpentry, art, gardening, exercise and more to South Rome event.

A $3,500 grant allows YMCA and community partners to bring carpentry, art, gardening, exercise and more to South Rome event.

As the saying goes, it ‘takes a village to raise a child’ and that village came together in a big way this week at Restoration Rome. Through a $3,500 grant from the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the Aramark Company, the Rome YMCA, along with Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation, Floyd County Nutrition, Darlington… Continue Reading

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Buzz: New license plate supports Georgia Pet Foundation. Updates on Rome Little Theatre endowment fund. “Hallelujah Comedy Club” coming Oct. 27. Spooky Museum returns Oct. 13.

Buzz: New license plate supports Georgia Pet Foundation. Updates on Rome Little Theatre endowment fund. “Hallelujah Comedy Club” coming Oct. 27. Spooky Museum returns Oct. 13.

Georgia Pet Foundation’s mission is to end pet overpopulation in Georgia by funding statewide spay/neuter programs in local communities. The organization raises the bulk of their funds through the sale of their recently introduced specialty license plate. Funds raised will be allocated to accepted programs through a grant application process. Averaged out over the span… Continue Reading

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Seven regional artists, including a Rome basket weaver, take top honors at the 43rd Annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn

Seven regional artists, including a Rome basket weaver, take top honors at the 43rd Annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn

Media release: Seven artists were chosen as winners from a field of more than 150 vendors at the 43rd Annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn on Saturday, September 15, in Cartersville.  A total purse of $1,000 was awarded. Serving as judges for the festival were Carrie Anne Parks of Chattanooga and Maggie Smith Kühn of Atlanta.… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Darlington Sixth Graders, students from Armuchee Middle, East Central big winners at Sixth Grade Berry Mathematics Contest. Calhoun Police honored — and win patrol cruiser.

Buzz: Darlington Sixth Graders, students from Armuchee Middle, East Central big winners at Sixth Grade Berry Mathematics Contest. Calhoun Police honored — and win patrol cruiser.

  The Fall 2018 Sixth Grade Berry College Mathematics Contest was held at Berry College on Thursday, Sept. 20. Thirteen sixth-grade teams competed. The top three teams were: First, Jasper Middle School (Pickens County); second, Heritage Middle School (Catoosa County); and third, Darlington School. Top individual student winners were: first, Jeremy Westbrook from Jasper Middle School; second, Elan… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Realtors sold 105 homes last month but down 3.7% from 2017. CBRI’s harvest moon paddle is Monday night. Suicide Prevention Coalition vigil is Sept. 27.

Buzz: Realtors sold 105 homes last month but down 3.7% from 2017. CBRI’s harvest moon paddle is Monday night. Suicide Prevention Coalition vigil is Sept. 27.

  The Greater Rome Board of Realtors had a triple-digit sales month — 105 homes — in August but that still was 3.7 percent below the same month last year. Other key numbers from last month’s data vs. August 2017 shows: Average sales price: $149,865 — down 8.6 percent. Median sales price: $156,230 – up… Continue Reading

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About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

Please see our sidebar with survey results. Once again, the heart of Rome — Broad Street and the downtown community — is the epicenter of controversy. This time, it is a concentrated push by members of the medical community to further restrict smoking in the “Central Business District” as well as retail centers, playgrounds and… Continue Reading

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Sidebar:  Examining the 1,290 responses, comments generated by the online smoking survey. Almost 82% were nonsmokers; almost 50% support more smoking restrictions.

Sidebar: Examining the 1,290 responses, comments generated by the online smoking survey. Almost 82% were nonsmokers; almost 50% support more smoking restrictions.

  Overview: A city of Rome online survey about smoking in downtown Rome received nearly 1,300 responses and the results — as well as pages and pages of comments from those completing the survey — are now online. You’ll find a media release about the unscientific survey below as well as a link to 100… Continue Reading

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Turner McCall updates: Free and clear to navigate.

Turner McCall updates: Free and clear to navigate.

    There were no traffic buildups or detours on Turner McCall Wednesday morning. At 6:45 a.m., it was a straight shot from the Ledbetter Interchange at the 411/U.S. 27 merge into downtown Rome. That comes a day after a massive jam on the highway during the work/school rush hour. We’ll have updates on rush… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Firefighters conducting hydrant flows in Horseleg area today-Friday. Free day at Oak Hill Saturday. Three Rivers Singers start new season Oct. 14.

Buzz: Firefighters conducting hydrant flows in Horseleg area today-Friday. Free day at Oak Hill Saturday. Three Rivers Singers start new season Oct. 14.

    Rome/Floyd County Fire Department will be flowing fire hydrants starting today through Friday in the Horseleg Creek Road area between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is mandatory testing. Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum is participating in the Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day Saturday allowing visitors free entrance. The museum will be open… Continue Reading

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Georgia DOT: 10.8-mile stretch of U.S. 41 in Bartow County to be repaved for $3.2 million.

Georgia DOT: 10.8-mile stretch of U.S. 41 in Bartow County to be repaved for $3.2 million.

From Georgia DOT: Work could begin soon on resurfacing U.S. 41 in Bartow County. Georgia DOT recently awarded a contract to C.W. Matthews Contracting Co.. of Marietta valued at $3,227,367 for a construction project to resurface a portion of the highway in Bartow County. The project includes 10.820 miles of milling, inlay and plant mix… Continue Reading

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Health: Life expectancy comparison shows Northwest Georgia lower than state, national averages. Best local score: 76.9 in the 30165; lowest score, 71.7 years in Cedartown.

Health: Life expectancy comparison shows Northwest Georgia lower than state, national averages. Best local score: 76.9 in the 30165; lowest score, 71.7 years in Cedartown.

By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Life expectancy at an English Avenue neighborhood address, in a low-income section of Atlanta, is 63.6 years. But less than 10 miles away, an address in the affluent Margaret Mitchell area of Atlanta, named after the famous writer, has a life expectancy of 87.2 years. Such startling variations commonly… Continue Reading

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