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Buzz: East Central named 2020 National ESEA Distinguished School. Rome City Auditorium installs new digital theater system, free movie on June 7. Auxiliary Bishop Joel M. Konzen, S.M. will oversee the Atlanta Archdiocese.

Buzz: East Central named 2020 National ESEA Distinguished School. Rome City Auditorium installs new digital theater system, free movie on June 7. Auxiliary Bishop Joel M. Konzen, S.M. will oversee the Atlanta Archdiocese.

East Central Elementary School has been chosen as a 2020 National ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Distinguished School.  According to the ESEA website, a National ESEA Distinguished School demonstrates a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong… Continue Reading

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Buzz: ‘Clover cookies,’ a creation by Floyd County 4-H’ers, earns second place in state contest. Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission meets Tuesday.

Buzz: ‘Clover cookies,’ a creation by Floyd County 4-H’ers, earns second place in state contest. Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission meets Tuesday.

  Much like the hit television show Shark Tank, Floyd County 4-H’ers participated in the State Food Product Development Contest this past weekend.  This contest is a partnership between the University of Georgia  Food Science Department  and Georgia 4-H.  Participants were challenged to develop a food product and complete both a written and verbal proposal.  The Floyd… Continue Reading

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Fact check: What about the revenue raised from downtown Rome parking fines. What we found: Those tickets generate an average of $34,291 a year. April sees the most money; September the least.

Fact check: What about the revenue raised from downtown Rome parking fines. What we found: Those tickets generate an average of $34,291 a year. April sees the most money; September the least.

The city of Rome’s License Plate Reader was on the road, circling the 500 block on Wednesday afternoon. Hometown video (two seconds). The recent controversy over downtown Rome parking sparked several questions about exactly how much revenue the city’s Parking Services office draws from ticketed violations. Hometown Headlines filed an Open Records Request with the… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Farewell reception for Bruce, Jaki Day at Habitat’s ReStore this evening. Living Proof Recovery offers ‘Peddlers Pop-N-Shop’ on June 15. Blood Assurance needs O-negative, other donations ASAP.

Buzz: Farewell reception for Bruce, Jaki Day at Habitat’s ReStore this evening. Living Proof Recovery offers ‘Peddlers Pop-N-Shop’ on June 15. Blood Assurance needs O-negative, other donations ASAP.

  This evening: Farewell reception for Bruce and Jaki Day at Habitat’s ReStore location. On this Thursday, May 23, Habitat will host a retirement/farewell reception for Bruce and Jaki Day. The drop-in reception will be held at 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Habitat ReStore, 95 Three Rivers Drive. Bruce has served as the executive director of… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Visitors bureau offers new events calendar. PAWS starts pet food pantry. ‘Harry Potter Suite’ offered by Rome Symphony June 15. DOT suspends holiday road construction.

Buzz: Visitors bureau offers new events calendar. PAWS starts pet food pantry. ‘Harry Potter Suite’ offered by Rome Symphony June 15. DOT suspends holiday road construction.

New events calendar debuts: The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism has created a public event calendar to help visitors easily access a calendar of events for Rome and Floyd County. Event organizers are encouraged to submit their events to the new online calendar at RomeGeorgia.org/Events. Submitting to the calendar is free and easy. Events can… Continue Reading

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Berry’s Ford Auditorium getting a $6.3 million renovation; should be done by year’s end.

Berry’s Ford Auditorium getting a $6.3 million renovation; should be done by year’s end.

The historic Ford Auditorium at Berry College is undergoing a $6.3 million renovation to create a first-class performance and recital hall for the music program. On Saturday, generous Berry donors swung the ceremonial sledgehammers to commence the renovation and restoration of Ford Auditorium. Construction is scheduled to finish by the end of the year. The English Gothic… Continue Reading

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City Commission votes 5-2 to allow three-hour free parking on Broad Street; enforcement hours, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. begins now; second reading June 10.

City Commission votes 5-2 to allow three-hour free parking on Broad Street; enforcement hours, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. begins now; second reading June 10.

  Rome City commissioners voted 5-2 on Monday night to add a third free hour of parking on downtown streets and to rollback enforcement hours to 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A second reading is scheduled for June 10 barring a called meeting, City Manager Sammy Rich said. He added that he’ll… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Summerville Park to host 12th Annual Yard Sale on Saturday. Gas prices drop another 4 cents — but for how long?

Buzz: Summerville Park to host 12th Annual Yard Sale on Saturday. Gas prices drop another 4 cents — but for how long?

  The neighborhood of Summerville Park will hold its 12th annual yard sale this Saturday, May 25, from 8 a.m. until noon.  Since 2008, Rome’s original “Heritage Neighborhood” has been hosting the community’s largest residential yard sale during the weekend of Memorial Day.  The event is organized by the Summerville Park Neighborhood Association. In addition to… Continue Reading

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Fifth Avenue River District adds community bakery, commercial kitchen, third new business amid growth plans that could top $30 million.

Fifth Avenue River District adds community bakery, commercial kitchen, third new business amid growth plans that could top $30 million.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net  Sunflour Community Bakery opens this week in Rome’s growing River District of Fifth Avenue, West Third Street and Avenue A. With renovation work under way at a few other nearby buildings, along with the planned $2 million special sales tax project for improving streetscapes, it’s just the start of more things to come… Continue Reading

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(Updated) #savedowntownrome: Parking enforcement through 8 p.m. in effect; standoff goes before city at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Watch where you park if you attend both; you could go beyond two-hour limit. Poll draws 1,600 responses (so far).

(Updated) #savedowntownrome: Parking enforcement through 8 p.m. in effect; standoff goes before city at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Watch where you park if you attend both; you could go beyond two-hour limit. Poll draws 1,600 responses (so far).

New at 1 p.m. Monday The city of Rome has posted updates on free downtown parking options as well as the extended free shuttle service on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. No changes in the new 8 a.m.-8 p.m. parking enforcement times that went into effect Monday. Three more people have asked to… Continue Reading

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#savedowntownrome: At least one person to address City Commission on Monday about downtown parking. Hometown poll draws 1,400 responses in 10 hours (vote now).  Commission caucus at 5 p.m. Monday to address parking.

#savedowntownrome: At least one person to address City Commission on Monday about downtown parking. Hometown poll draws 1,400 responses in 10 hours (vote now). Commission caucus at 5 p.m. Monday to address parking.

SUNDAY UPDATES Citizens ask to address City Commission on Monday: At least one person has requested five minutes to speak before the Rome City Commission at Monday evening’s meeting. Downtown businessman Jay Shell — who opened 333 on Broad a decade ago, moved to Brewhouse Music & Grill and now with partner Dr. Trent Pault has… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Memorial Day Event planned a Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, May 26-27. West Rome Walmart’s grand re-opening for new online grocery pickup. Service coming to East Rome store soon.

Buzz: Memorial Day Event planned a Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, May 26-27. West Rome Walmart’s grand re-opening for new online grocery pickup. Service coming to East Rome store soon.

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Heard on the Tweet: ‘Business-related’ chamber announcement Monday. ‘Political Rewind’ to tape in Cartersville. Elevated I-75 lanes called ‘unprecedented success.’ Rome home sales dip but average prices rises in April.

Heard on the Tweet: ‘Business-related’ chamber announcement Monday. ‘Political Rewind’ to tape in Cartersville. Elevated I-75 lanes called ‘unprecedented success.’ Rome home sales dip but average prices rises in April.

The Rome Floyd Chamber has a 9:45 a.m. Monday media briefing set that is “business-related.” But whether that is industry arrival or expansion or personnel isn’t known as of this morning. But we’re still checking. It is anything but business-as-usual since “The Big Switch” snapped economic development from the chamber into a city/county department. Personnel… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Oak Hill and Martha Berry Museum hosting free community day on May 25. Reminder about changes at the Floyd County Tag Office next week for system upgrades.

Buzz: Oak Hill and Martha Berry Museum hosting free community day on May 25. Reminder about changes at the Floyd County Tag Office next week for system upgrades.

Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum will host a free community day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25. The event is being held to commemorate the last day of Oak Hill’s temporary exhibition, “From Tree to Treasure: Woodturnings by Al Christopher.” Visitors can enjoy the exhibition all day in The Martha… Continue Reading

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