Category Archives: Buzz

Buzz: Unity Christian rising senior designs new flag for Cedar Bluff. Christmas Parade seeks theme ideas. No Clocktower Handcycling this year. Blood Assurance, Rome Braves team up for ticket give away.

Buzz: Unity Christian rising senior designs new flag for Cedar Bluff. Christmas Parade seeks theme ideas. No Clocktower Handcycling this year. Blood Assurance, Rome Braves team up for ticket give away.

Evan Garnett, a rising senior at Unity Christian School, is pictured with Cedar Bluff Mayor Tammy Crane. He presented the flag he designed to the Cedar Bluff Town Council on Monday night. The cedar tree represents the town name, the blue for Wiess Lake, the white for surrounding cotton fields. Evan attends Saint Mary’s Catholic… Continue Reading

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Work to begin on resurfacing more than 14 miles of I-75 in Bartow County; project worth $10.3 million.

Work to begin on resurfacing more than 14 miles of I-75 in Bartow County; project worth $10.3 million.

From Georgia DOT: Work could begin soon on resurfacing Interstate 75 between Glade Road/Exit 278 and Chatsworth Highway/Exit 293 in Bartow County. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to C.W. Matthews, Contracting Co. of Marietta,  valued at $10.3 million, for a construction project to resurface a 14-mile portion of the freeway. The project includes… Continue Reading

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Downtown parking update: Ira Levy, Jerry Rucker seek changes to parking plan; McDaniel says ‘very small’ portion of Broad Street supports parking change. Next up: Amending key ordinances.

Downtown parking update: Ira Levy, Jerry Rucker seek changes to parking plan; McDaniel says ‘very small’ portion of Broad Street supports parking change. Next up: Amending key ordinances.

Parking issue discussed; meeting continues; watch webcast: Click here / Tonight’s agenda: City Commission Businessman Ira Levy speaks to the commission following his polling downtown property owners and business owners about the downtown parking debate. He wonders about ‘miscommunication’ between downtown businesses and Downtown Development Association. Levy then reads the eight points on the petition signed by… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Honors for Floyd County Juvenile Court Judge Greg Price. Called Wednesday meeting for development authority. World Blood Donor Day is Thursday.

Buzz: Honors for Floyd County Juvenile Court Judge Greg Price. Called Wednesday meeting for development authority. World Blood Donor Day is Thursday.

  Floyd County Juvenile Court Judge Greg Price was awarded the State Bar of Georgia’s “Lovett Award” by the Bar’s Child Protection and Advocacy Section at the Georgia Bar’s Annual Meeting at Amelia Island, Florida on June 8. The Lovett Award is given annually to the Juvenile Judge/Attorney who has a history of dedication to advocacy… Continue Reading

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Cruise control: Some 2,000-plus vehicles in the annual Hot Rod Power Tower passes through Summerville en route to Hoover, Ala.

Cruise control: Some 2,000-plus vehicles in the annual Hot Rod Power Tower passes through Summerville en route to Hoover, Ala.

Now that’s a parade: The 24th annual HOT ROD Power Tour passed through Summerville earlier today, bound for Hoover, Ala., after a stop at Chattanooga State Community Collee. It is part of the “highly anticipated seven-day, seven-city journey is expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators making this event the largest… Continue Reading

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A 2:15 a.m. phone from a homeless mother of two inspires the Ruth and Naomi Project. But your help needed before it can open early next year.

A 2:15 a.m. phone from a homeless mother of two inspires the Ruth and Naomi Project. But your help needed before it can open early next year.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It was a 2:15 a.m. phone call from a desperate mother last summer that really opened Devon Smyth’s eyes to the enormity of the women’s homelessness problem in Rome and Floyd County. Smyth, who is the executive director of the William S. Davies Homeless Shelters, knows all too well the reality… Continue Reading

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Updated with video: Kane Brown adds to the jam of 9,000-plus fans at Rome River Jam. Photo galleries by Matthew McConnell and Keith Beauchamp.

Updated with video: Kane Brown adds to the jam of 9,000-plus fans at Rome River Jam. Photo galleries by Matthew McConnell and Keith Beauchamp.

    How do you fit more than 9,000 fans on a hot June afternoon and evening into one of the region’s leading recreation areas? Just sign one of the top acts in today’s country music, invite a strong set of rising national and local stars, partner with a few trusted friends and sell tickets.… Continue Reading

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On our radar this week: Downtown Rome parking — and living. GOP primary runoff. Rome Braves’ playoff bid. Opening of Duke’s on Broad.

On our radar this week: Downtown Rome parking — and living. GOP primary runoff. Rome Braves’ playoff bid. Opening of Duke’s on Broad.

  Here’s a look at what’s on Hometown Headlines’ radar this week: Downtown parking — and downtown living. Two items before the Rome City Commission at Monday’s 6:30 p.m. meeting have our attention. The first is Ira Levy’s presentation to the commission about eight points he and other downtown  property/business owners want changed or clarified… Continue Reading

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First Baptist Church of Rome cancels Sunday School — 11 a.m. worship still scheduled — after electrical/AC issues.

First Baptist Church of Rome cancels Sunday School — 11 a.m. worship still scheduled — after electrical/AC issues.

  First Baptist Church of Rome, please note: First Baptist will not have Sunday School on June 10 but will have worship at 11 a.m. per Senior Pastor Matt DuVall.   Here’s why: “Due to some emergency electrical and A/C issues that have affected many of our spaces including the sanctuary, educational spaces, hallways, and… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Rome High student wins One Community United’s ‘One Table’ art contest.  What’s happening today in Rome, Cartersville. Kiwanis selling peaches again this year; proceeds fund scholarships.

Buzz: Rome High student wins One Community United’s ‘One Table’ art contest. What’s happening today in Rome, Cartersville. Kiwanis selling peaches again this year; proceeds fund scholarships.

From One Community United: “Congratulations to Rome High student Marianne Delgado, winner of our #2018OneTable Event #ArtContest.” It was organized by One Community as well as the Rome Art Coterie and carried a $150 prize as well. The art contest is part of the 2018 One Table event set for Sept. 23. Future updates here. The… Continue Reading

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Weekend: Rome River Jam, Ridge Ferry Park ready for Kane Brown, 8,000 fans. Plus:  Aerobatic competition Russell Airport. Rock Fest 28 at Tellus today, Sunday. Rome Braves vs. Kannapolis. Shakespeare Festival.

Weekend: Rome River Jam, Ridge Ferry Park ready for Kane Brown, 8,000 fans. Plus: Aerobatic competition Russell Airport. Rock Fest 28 at Tellus today, Sunday. Rome Braves vs. Kannapolis. Shakespeare Festival.

THE LATEST Jay Shell expects more than 8,000 fans for today’s Rome River Jam at Ridge Ferry Park. At 9 this morning, the concert site was buzzing. An armada of support vehicles already were in place, from the Parker System semis to Otter’s Chicken to dozens of others. Even the “get off my lawn” signs… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Bartow ‘Give a Kid a Chance’ returns July 28. Floyd Commission meets Tuesday. Upcoming ‘Sanctuary at Berry College’ lecture on white-tailed deer.

Buzz: Bartow ‘Give a Kid a Chance’ returns July 28. Floyd Commission meets Tuesday. Upcoming ‘Sanctuary at Berry College’ lecture on white-tailed deer.

The Floyd County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in the Community Room, Suite 206, on the second floor of the Floyd County Administration Building, 12 East 4th Avenue, Rome, Georgia. Caucus will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Caucus Room, Suite 204, followed by the Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. The meetings are open… Continue Reading

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Rome commission to hear bit to rezone property near Clocktower to allow more residential use. Developer cites growing downtown appeal.

Rome commission to hear bit to rezone property near Clocktower to allow more residential use. Developer cites growing downtown appeal.

  Richard Franklin and Clocktower Corners LLC have assembled buildings off the busier paths of downtown Rome with the idea of converting the one-time homes turned offices back into residential use. To do so, they’ll need a favorable vote from the City Commission at Monday’s meeting (6:30 p.m.) The switch has been blessed by the Planning… Continue Reading

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Buzz: Scrap tire recycling set for June 23. Shorter offers ‘Crime Camp’ for students 16-18.

Buzz: Scrap tire recycling set for June 23. Shorter offers ‘Crime Camp’ for students 16-18.

  Rome-Floyd Recycling Center is hosting a Scrap Tire Amnesty Day on Saturday, June 23, at State Mutual Stadium on Braves Boulevard from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is a residential-only event with a limit of eight – including up to two tractor tires. Commercial tires will not be accepted. Shorter University is offering a… Continue Reading

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Temporary lane shift on U.S. 41 in Cartersville set for June 12.

Temporary lane shift on U.S. 41 in Cartersville set for June 12.

  Media release: The Georgia Department of Transportation is advising motorists in Cartersville and Bartow County of a temporary traffic shift on U.S. 41 between Massell Drive SE and Evans Hightower Road in Cartersville, scheduled for Tuesday, June 12. This shift will move traffic onto the temporary northbound lanes at the bridge over Pettit Creek and… Continue Reading

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