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Charles Wimpee, a war veteran and retired semi driver with a keen talent for folk art late in life, dies at age 87.

Charles Wimpee, a war veteran and retired semi driver with a keen talent for folk art late in life, dies at age 87.

    Fifteen months ago, in a gallery in Rome’s River District, late-blooming folk artist Charles Wimpee had something of a premiere. His creations had been the talk of his assisted living community, The Gardens of Rome off Chulio Road in Rome. Word spread and some friends at The Gardens, some relatives and Harbin Clinic… Continue Reading

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New day in South Rome as $17 million, 80-residence South Meadows project announced — and a new name for a familiar friend: The South Rome Alliance.

New day in South Rome as $17 million, 80-residence South Meadows project announced — and a new name for a familiar friend: The South Rome Alliance.

  Now known as the South Rome Alliance, the former redevelopment corporation likewise is moving forward with an existing partner to develop another 80 residences in the Pollock Street area. Working with Laurel Street — the partner that helped bring afforded housing developments such as Burrell Square, McCall Place and Etowah Bend to the area… Continue Reading

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Buzz: DOT suspends lane closures for holiday travel. Reach Ministries offers free Thanksgiving meal today. Pepperell High’s can-a-thon commitment stays strong. Floyd Against Drugs celebrates 20 years on Nov. 30.

Buzz: DOT suspends lane closures for holiday travel. Reach Ministries offers free Thanksgiving meal today. Pepperell High’s can-a-thon commitment stays strong. Floyd Against Drugs celebrates 20 years on Nov. 30.

  To ease Thanksgiving traffic congestion statewide, Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes from 6 a.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30. The statewide lane restrictions help to reduce traffic congestion during the Thanksgiving holiday.  “In order to provide a safer and less congested roadway,… Continue Reading

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Advent, Christmas and the pandemic: Outdoor and online services to replace many traditional gatherings — but not the reason for the season.

Advent, Christmas and the pandemic: Outdoor and online services to replace many traditional gatherings — but not the reason for the season.

    By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net With a pandemic raging, area churches are reviewing plans for the Advent season and Christmas services but how those will look this year will be much different from usual traditions. Many are planning online or outdoor events to allow their members opportunities to worship in a safe environment. Services… Continue Reading

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News briefing set for 1 this afternoon to discuss key updates from the South Rome Redevelopment Corp.

News briefing set for 1 this afternoon to discuss key updates from the South Rome Redevelopment Corp.

Expect a few developments from a 1 p.m. Monday news briefing called by the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. The organization, which has embraced housing and education needs in the community, has seen more than a few advances in recent years. Some updates are planned for the briefing, which will be held via Zoom. Hometown Headlines… Continue Reading

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Behind today’s ‘Salvation Army Day in Rome and Floyd County.’ How you can help.

Behind today’s ‘Salvation Army Day in Rome and Floyd County.’ How you can help.

What today means, courtesy of Lt. Paula Blevins of the Salvation Army of Rome: “This proclamation reminds us that The Salvation Army has been serving Rome and Floyd County since 1887; The Salvation Army is present wherever need is greatest, especially during COVID-19, where the vulnerable are more at risk of becoming homeless, hungry, addicted,… Continue Reading

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Week ahead: Rome Commission meets virtually today, will hold public hearings on 5 rezoning requests. Floyd Commission meets Tuesday, will hear from Voccio on pandemic. Rome Christmas Parade to name Grand Marshal. Love Feast returns Thursday; how to help.

Week ahead: Rome Commission meets virtually today, will hold public hearings on 5 rezoning requests. Floyd Commission meets Tuesday, will hear from Voccio on pandemic. Rome Christmas Parade to name Grand Marshal. Love Feast returns Thursday; how to help.

Monday: The Rome City Commission will meet virtually for their regular meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. via Facebook Live and Zoom. The caucus will begin at 6 p.m. On the agenda will be five public hearings for rezoning and special use permit requests: Request to annex property located at 31 Rushden Way, Rome, zoned Suburban Residential… Continue Reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…local companies offering Christmas light installation, local tree lots opening for the season.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…local companies offering Christmas light installation, local tree lots opening for the season.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net We’re days away from Thanksgiving, but it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Northwest Georgia. Local Christmas tree lots are opening this week and decorations are going up at local businesses and neighborhoods. And if you need help brightening up your home for the holidays, two local busineses… Continue Reading

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Buzz:  Berry campus reopens Saturday-Jan. 10. Salvation Army seeks special donations on Monday. NAMI Rome continues outreach with Zoom. How to join.

Buzz: Berry campus reopens Saturday-Jan. 10. Salvation Army seeks special donations on Monday. NAMI Rome continues outreach with Zoom. How to join.

The Berry College campus will open to the public from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, through Jan. 10, 2021, with the exception of Dec. 5. The campus will be accessible for outdoor recreation use only; there will be no building or restrooms access. Visitors will be temperature-checked when they drive through the gate. The campus will… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Parks and Recreation plans drive-through Playtime With Santa Dec. 12. Tyson Foods announces $35,000 grant for the YMCA to help with meals to the community. Lions Club sets free food distribution at baseball stadium Saturday. Honors for Georgia Highlands’ department chair.

Buzz: Parks and Recreation plans drive-through Playtime With Santa Dec. 12. Tyson Foods announces $35,000 grant for the YMCA to help with meals to the community. Lions Club sets free food distribution at baseball stadium Saturday. Honors for Georgia Highlands’ department chair.

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation has a special plan to welcome the holiday season with a drive-through Playtime With Santa event set for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ridge Ferry Park. Santa will be on hand to wave to everyone as will his elves and several mascots, including RFPRA’s own Parky and… Continue Reading

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Buzz: More honors for Berry College’s Viking Fusion.

Buzz: More honors for Berry College’s Viking Fusion.

College Broadcasters Inc. has recognized Berry College’s student-run multimedia website, Viking Fusion, in the CBI 2020 National Student Production Awards. Viking Fusion placed second for Best Website and third for Best Social Media Presence in the CBI 2020 National Student Production competition. There were over 1,000 entries from across the country for this year’s competition.… Continue Reading

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Toys for Tots ready for a busy season. Here’s how to sign up (deadline Nov. 30) and also ways you can help 2,500 local kids.

Toys for Tots ready for a busy season. Here’s how to sign up (deadline Nov. 30) and also ways you can help 2,500 local kids.

Those local elves who make Toys for Tots happen for hundreds of families in need each Christmas season are hard at work — but they need your help, too. You still have two weeks to register for Toys For Tots. You can do this by going online by clicking here. Registration ends Nov. 30. If… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Oak Hill’s Victorian Christmas Tours set. Drive-up flu shots today in Calhoun.

Buzz: Oak Hill’s Victorian Christmas Tours set. Drive-up flu shots today in Calhoun.

  Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum seasonal tours are set for Friday and Saturday evenings starting Dec. 4. Oak Hill’s Victorian Christmas Tours will offer a glimpse into holiday celebrations of the late 19th century.  Each tour will be available to just six individuals to provide a safe and comfortable environment. Tours will be offered beginning at… Continue Reading

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Name that home: NY Times’ article on home names opens with Cartersville businesswoman Carol Morgan and ‘Thistledown.’

Name that home: NY Times’ article on home names opens with Cartersville businesswoman Carol Morgan and ‘Thistledown.’

As the owner of one of the state’s more progressive marketing and public relations companies, Carol Morgan of Cartersville is used to national exposure. Denim Marketing is well established within the buidling and real estate industries. She’s authored several books and is a constant presence at trade shows, webinars and a decade’s worth of podcasts.… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Updated Floyd County Schools’ calendar for ’20-’21. Gas prices inch up as Thanksgiving nears. East Drive roadwork on Wednesday.

Buzz: Updated Floyd County Schools’ calendar for ’20-’21. Gas prices inch up as Thanksgiving nears. East Drive roadwork on Wednesday.

Georgia gas prices  increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $1.96 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 4 cents more than a week ago, 3 cents less than last month, and 46 cents less than this time last year. It now costs motorists $29.40 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that… Continue Reading

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As Assistant District Attorney John McClellan retires, don’t expect to find him on a bench — unless it involves serving as an associate magistrate judge.

As Assistant District Attorney John McClellan retires, don’t expect to find him on a bench — unless it involves serving as an associate magistrate judge.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net While most of the community may know him as the ‘Voice of the Rome Wolves’ during football, basketball and baseball seasons, John McClellan’s ‘day job’ is serving as an assistant district attorney with Floyd County. And after 21 years prosecuting criminal cases, McClellan will retire on Nov. 30 and move on… Continue Reading

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Your weekly planner: Property taxes due today. ‘Stranger Things’ taping closes part of Second Avenue. Tillman Clocktower 5K, Rome Noon Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast next Saturday.

Your weekly planner: Property taxes due today. ‘Stranger Things’ taping closes part of Second Avenue. Tillman Clocktower 5K, Rome Noon Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast next Saturday.

Monday-Friday: Part of 2nd Avenue from E. 12th Street through E. 9th Street (near the Clarmont House) will be closed partically between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for filming of ‘Stranger Things’ television show for Netflix. Monday: Property taxes are due. The office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday. Also, a drop… Continue Reading

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