Category Archives: Buzz

Buzz: We’re sheltering-in-place amid the lowest gas prices in four years. Local range: $1.53 in Bartow to $1.77 in Polk.

Buzz: We’re sheltering-in-place amid the lowest gas prices in four years. Local range: $1.53 in Bartow to $1.77 in Polk.

  From AAA, Gas Buddy: We’re sheltering-in-place at a time when gas prices are at their cheapest in more than four years.  Georgia gas prices  continue to decline at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $1.77 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 8 cents less than a week ago, 46 cents less than… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Maplewood community comes together to celebrate 97th birthday of special neighbor while maintaining social distance.

Buzz: Maplewood community comes together to celebrate 97th birthday of special neighbor while maintaining social distance.

.   It’s hard for family and friends to celebrate birthdays in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, the Maplewood community came together to help make a neighbor’s 97th birthday as special as possible while maintaing required social distancing. So, Herb Blumberg and his son stepped out onto his front porch while neighbors… Continue Reading

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Helping: United Way awards more than $30,000 in emergency grants to establish temporary shelters, rent and utilities assistance. Salvation Army of Rome committing $10,000 to help local families through ProjectSHARE.

Helping: United Way awards more than $30,000 in emergency grants to establish temporary shelters, rent and utilities assistance. Salvation Army of Rome committing $10,000 to help local families through ProjectSHARE.

Media release: The United Way of Rome & Floyd County is taking immediate action to help support organizations serving the most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic by lifting restrictions on current funding and awarding over $30,000 in emergency grants. Over $20,000 is being given by local donors through the United Way’s Interagency Council on… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Plasma center to open April 14 in West Rome. New Berry Math and Science dean named. AnnouncedGood news: An assist for Harbor House; Georgia Power group helps feed those in need.

Buzz: Plasma center to open April 14 in West Rome. New Berry Math and Science dean named. AnnouncedGood news: An assist for Harbor House; Georgia Power group helps feed those in need.

  The West Rome office of CSL Plasma opens April 14 at Shorter Avenue and 15 N. Division St. in the former Rite Aid building. The hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For details about how it works, please click here. For more:  706-388-2091. Berry College Professor and Chair of… Continue Reading

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Buzz:  Dr. Kenneth Jones named Floyd’s interim chief medical officer. Chieftains’ online Herb & Plant Sale continues through Friday; what to know.

Buzz: Dr. Kenneth Jones named Floyd’s interim chief medical officer. Chieftains’ online Herb & Plant Sale continues through Friday; what to know.

  Floyd Health System has named Kenneth Jones, M.D., Interim Chief Medical Officer. Jones has worked for several years as an emergency physician at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Medicine with a specialty in emergency medicine from Mercer University and earned his undergraduate degree from… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Gas prices keep falling. Local range goes from $1.62 a gallon in Bartow to $1.87 in Polk, according to AAA.

Buzz: Gas prices keep falling. Local range goes from $1.62 a gallon in Bartow to $1.87 in Polk, according to AAA.

. From AAA: Georgia gas prices  continue to decline at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $1.85 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 11 cents less than a week ago, 42 cents less than last month, and 75 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $27.75 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that… Continue Reading

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Buzz: ‘Making a Difference’ documentary on local Community Share Ministries wins at Waco Film Festival. New food truck, Hawaiian Pineapple Twist, to serve up ‘dole whips’ soon.

Buzz: ‘Making a Difference’ documentary on local Community Share Ministries wins at Waco Film Festival. New food truck, Hawaiian Pineapple Twist, to serve up ‘dole whips’ soon.

.   From Shorter University: “Making a Difference,” a feature documentary written and directed by Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Katherine Dudley, won the GB Lindsey Family Audience Award at the WACA Family and Faith International Film Festival in Waco, Texas. “Making a Difference” was one of 70 films selected out of approximately 1,700 submissions… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Berry Forensics Union earns 26th consecutive state championship. Honors for Sheriff Tim Burkhalter.

Buzz: Berry Forensics Union earns 26th consecutive state championship. Honors for Sheriff Tim Burkhalter.

The Berry College Forensics Union recently brought home its 26th consecutive state championship win.  Berry students competed in nine events at the 2020 state tournament in February, winning a total of 37 individual awards. Dacula native Ben Allee, an art and communication major and Lebanon, Tenn. native Colton Wilson, an education major, qualified to represent… Continue Reading

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Keith Mickler’s Rome Grown: Don’t let spring fever ruin your lawn; hold off on fertilizers for now.

Keith Mickler’s Rome Grown: Don’t let spring fever ruin your lawn; hold off on fertilizers for now.

    By Keith Mickler, County Coordinator and Agriculture Agent With all that cold, wet and nasty weather we’ve had this winter and now this monster referred to as COVID-19, I feel the onset of something else and that is spring fever. Caution, please keep them horses in the barn; exercise some restraint when the… Continue Reading

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Buzz:  Berry forms DECA chapter; prepares emerging leaders, entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Gordon plans road closing.

Buzz: Berry forms DECA chapter; prepares emerging leaders, entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Gordon plans road closing.

Berry College recently became one of the first higher education institutions in Georgia to welcome a Distributive Education Clubs of America collegiate chapter.  Students involved in Berry’s DECA chapter will experience and compete in various real-world business simulations and serve the community in different ways. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs… Continue Reading

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Buzz: 222 homes sold in Floyd, Bartow,  Gordon counties combined last month in a mixed report for area Realtors. New U.S. 41 clover leaf bridges expected to go into service today.

Buzz: 222 homes sold in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon counties combined last month in a mixed report for area Realtors. New U.S. 41 clover leaf bridges expected to go into service today.

A mixed February report for home sales in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties last month. Both Rome/Floyd County and Bartow County saw a dip in home sales while Gordon County posted a 68 percent surge vs. the same month in 2019.  Floyd and Bartow saw increases in the average sales price vs. 12 months earlier… Continue Reading

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Helping: Heritage First Bank accepting checks, cash donations for the Community Kitchen. Huge support for Rome Schools’ medical supply drive. Polk Schools chipping in. Saint Mary’s kids making masks.

Helping: Heritage First Bank accepting checks, cash donations for the Community Kitchen. Huge support for Rome Schools’ medical supply drive. Polk Schools chipping in. Saint Mary’s kids making masks.

. Heritage First Bank and the Community Kitchen are uniting for a project to raise funds to keep meals coming to those in need in our community. The need has expanded because of the coronavirus outbreak and, at the same time, the kitchen has had to adapt to serving clients on a to-go basis. The… Continue Reading

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Closed: Rome City, Bartow County schools now scheduled to resume April 13. Recycling center closes; remote sites still accepting cardboard, paper. More banks close lobbies.

Closed: Rome City, Bartow County schools now scheduled to resume April 13. Recycling center closes; remote sites still accepting cardboard, paper. More banks close lobbies.

Rome City Schools will now be closed through Friday, April 10. Currently, classes are scheduled to resume Monday, April 13. Flexible learning will continue to take place after spring break (April 6-10). Grades Kindergarten through 2nd will receive home assignment packets. Additional information regarding the distribution of student packets will be made available within the… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Floyd County Republican Women cancel April 7 meeting. Cheapest gas in Northwest Georgia: Bartow County at $1.78 a gallon. Resurfacing set for Ga. 53 in eastern Gordon County.

Buzz: Floyd County Republican Women cancel April 7 meeting. Cheapest gas in Northwest Georgia: Bartow County at $1.78 a gallon. Resurfacing set for Ga. 53 in eastern Gordon County.

Georgia gas prices  continue to decline at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $1.95 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 12 cents less than a week ago, 35 cents less than last month, and 54 cents less than this time last year. It now costs $29.25 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $11.85 less… Continue Reading

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Coosa High’s Kierra Smith finds her ‘calling’ after auto accident, now ready to serve patients at Lieberman Family Chiropractic.

Coosa High’s Kierra Smith finds her ‘calling’ after auto accident, now ready to serve patients at Lieberman Family Chiropractic.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Coosa High grad Kierra Smith had her career path planned until a car accident in 2015 changed the trajectory of her life. The Rome native wanted to serve her community and planned to attend medical school but her calling changed. “I was in a car accident. I wasn’t getting any… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Chieftains’ Herb and Plant Sale will be online this year. Also web-based: Rome City Commission meeting on Monday evening.

Buzz: Chieftains’ Herb and Plant Sale will be online this year. Also web-based: Rome City Commission meeting on Monday evening.

.   The Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home annual Herb & Plant Sale will switch to an online format because of the current health crisis. The sale will be held as an online, pre-order event. Sale Chair Susan Hortman and her team of volunteers are choosing a limited selection of beautiful locally sourced plants that will… Continue Reading

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