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Final week of advance voting begins. Ballot and sample ballots a click away. Elections board meets Tuesday evening.

Final week of advance voting begins. Ballot and sample ballots a click away. Elections board meets Tuesday evening.

THE LATEST Latest advance/absentee voting numbers: Advance ballots cast May 2-12: 2,211. Absentee ballots mailed/received April 26 through May 12: 569 requested and mailed / 197 received / 5 rejected. Click here to track the advance and absentee ballot counts. To request an absentee ballot, please call 706-291‑5167 From the secretary of state:  As the third week of… Read more

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Secretary of state disqualifies Jeff Lewis from state Senate race; appeal planned.

Secretary of state disqualifies Jeff Lewis from state Senate race; appeal planned.

Friday update: From the Rome News-Tribune: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger upheld on Friday an administrative law judge’s opinion that Jeff Lewis was ineligible to qualify as a candidate in the state Senate District 52 race. Lewis released a statement vowing to appeal, to the Georgia Supreme Court if necessary. Meanwhile, signs will be posted… Read more

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You can vote from 1 until 5 p.m. today in the primary. So far, more than 2,400 ballots have been cast. Sample ballots posted. Elections board meets Tuesday.

You can vote from 1 until 5 p.m. today in the primary. So far, more than 2,400 ballots have been cast. Sample ballots posted. Elections board meets Tuesday.

THE LATEST   Latest advance/absentee voting numbers: Advance ballots cast May 2-12: 2,211. Absentee ballots mailed/received April 26 through May 12: 569 requested and mailed / 197 received / 5 rejected. Click here to track the advance and absentee ballot counts. To request an absentee ballot, please call 706-291‑5167 From the secretary of state: As the second week… Read more

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Newsletter: Greene’s security needs behind high-priced SUV, six-digit protection costs, campaign says. Rome’s Gretchen Corbin on lottery’s 30th anniversary. Updates on sushi — and craft beer. A packed Peaks & Valleys.

Newsletter: Greene’s security needs behind high-priced SUV, six-digit protection costs, campaign says. Rome’s Gretchen Corbin on lottery’s 30th anniversary. Updates on sushi — and craft beer. A packed Peaks & Valleys.

POPCORN & POLITICS: It’s not easy being Greene. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s congressional opponents are turning wheels with a copy of a $92,679.60 vehicle purchase for a “campaign vehicle” in November. But, according to her team, there’s more to it than tax, tag and title — as well as much more about her overall security. A search… Read more

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Newsletter: Elder’s Ace Hardware’s move from east to west (Rome) expected by June 1. A lull in medical projects? Ice cream on a roll again and other business updates. Peaks & Valleys.

Newsletter: Elder’s Ace Hardware’s move from east to west (Rome) expected by June 1. A lull in medical projects? Ice cream on a roll again and other business updates. Peaks & Valleys.

  Elder’s Ace Hardware looking at late May/early June opening at Shorter Avenue location. The 32,000 square feet inside the former IGA at Shorter Avenue and Division Street should give way to a new home for Elder’s Ace Hardware by the first of the month. A soft opening had been discussed for as soon as… Read more

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Advance voting begins 12-day run on Monday.

Advance voting begins 12-day run on Monday.

  THE LATEST Latest advance/absentee voting numbers: Advance ballots cast Monday-Wednesday: 685. No updates since then; link is below. Absentee ballots mailed/received through Wednesday: 310 mailed / 35 received / 3 rejected. Click here to track the advance and absentee ballot counts. To request an absentee ballot, please call 706-291‑5167 Key dates: Today-May 20: Advance voting… Read more

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Newsletter: Etowah Brunch Market steps in at Bridgepoint starting Saturday. New comic book shop debuts in Rockmart, joins Alpha Echo in Armuchee. New Floyd TV station part of a larger Hispanic model. Peaks & Valleys.

Newsletter: Etowah Brunch Market steps in at Bridgepoint starting Saturday. New comic book shop debuts in Rockmart, joins Alpha Echo in Armuchee. New Floyd TV station part of a larger Hispanic model. Peaks & Valleys.

  WHAT WE’RE HEARING  . . . Etowah Brunch Market steps up at Bridgepoint area. In recent years, many summer Saturdays started with a collection of food, crafts,  plants and music at the Between the Rivers Farmers Market. As one colleague said, the parking lot behind Bridgepoint Plaza (Moe’s, etc.) was the place to be seen.… Read more

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Newsletter: Sumo to give way to Sparrow Pointe, a 55-plus community of 50 residences. Gas prices drop — but for how long? Floyd GOP vs. city elections?

Newsletter: Sumo to give way to Sparrow Pointe, a 55-plus community of 50 residences. Gas prices drop — but for how long? Floyd GOP vs. city elections?

  Look for work to begin later this year on Sparrow Pointe, a 55-plus “age restricted” community on the site that is home to the now-closed Sumo Japanese Restaurant. Birdsong Housing Partners. of Maitland, Fla., plans 50 residences on the site. “Construction is anticipated to begin in the fourth quarter 2022, with substantial completion anticipated… Read more

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Newsletter: PAM Studios already bringing spotlight to Rome. New event venues: Country or city? Peaks & Valleys: Remembering a community friend; don’t mess with Summerville Park.

Newsletter: PAM Studios already bringing spotlight to Rome. New event venues: Country or city? Peaks & Valleys: Remembering a community friend; don’t mess with Summerville Park.

  Playa Azul Media Studios on Broad Street already is making a substanial buzz. 11 Alive did an update on what Maria Guerra-Stoll has built (above video) and so did the Atlanta Business Chronicle .. also check this weekend’s Rome News-Tribune Business section. Add to the list the Georgia Film Industry Resource. In a state, and… Read more

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Tuesday forum for House 13, Senate 52 Republican hopefuls canceled; state Senate, 14th Congressional District candidates did attend Gordon debate.

Tuesday forum for House 13, Senate 52 Republican hopefuls canceled; state Senate, 14th Congressional District candidates did attend Gordon debate.

    Tuesday’s scheduled candidates forum for the three Republican House 13 candidates and three GOP state Senate 52 candidates was canceled, says Rick Stevenson of One Community United. The event was to be held at the Rome City Auditorium, a follow-up to Monday’s successful 14th Congressional District forum. The Floyd County Republican Party earlier said… Read more

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Newsletter: Coming soon — ‘sushi amplified’ on Broad Street. Aw, Ratz: Kayak/tube business closes.  Home prices soar; sales up, too. Business Buzz: 8 updates at a glance. Peaks & Valleys: Swimming with sharks; farewell to a friend.

Newsletter: Coming soon — ‘sushi amplified’ on Broad Street. Aw, Ratz: Kayak/tube business closes. Home prices soar; sales up, too. Business Buzz: 8 updates at a glance. Peaks & Valleys: Swimming with sharks; farewell to a friend.

  Rock N’ Roll Sushi headed to downtown Rome’s hot 200 block. What started in Mobile, Ala., in 2010 from a husband-and-wife team has grown to more than 50 locations, one of which will fill the briefly vacant spot at 208 Broad St. in downtown Rome. Rock N’ Roll Sushi — “sushi amplified” as the… Read more

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Congressional forum: 9 candidates, no incumbent, address healthcare, voter rights, helping veterans and the fate of Social Security as well as energy and inflation concerns.

Congressional forum: 9 candidates, no incumbent, address healthcare, voter rights, helping veterans and the fate of Social Security as well as energy and inflation concerns.

  For two hours Monday evening, Washington came to downtown Rome as nine of the 10 candidates for the 14th Congressional District talked jobs, voter rights, Social Security, critical national security concerns especially cyber attacks and one common target: Incumbent Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was invited but didn’t attend. Based in Rome’s City Auditorium before… Read more

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$130 million education tax on the primary ballot for all Floyd County voters. It would replace $80 million penny-tax for public schools expiring in 23 months.

$130 million education tax on the primary ballot for all Floyd County voters. It would replace $80 million penny-tax for public schools expiring in 23 months.

You’ve likely seen a few yard signs in recent days or a growing number of posts on Facebook. All Floyd County voters will find the “special 1 percent sales and use tax for education purposes” on the May 24 ballots designed to raise up to $130 million for Floyd County and Rome City schools. It… Read more

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Kemp, Perdue battle amid sound bites in first GOP governor’s debate. Perdue: ‘He sold us out.’ Kemp: ‘He’s spent his whole business career outsourcing jobs to China.’

Kemp, Perdue battle amid sound bites in first GOP governor’s debate. Perdue: ‘He sold us out.’ Kemp: ‘He’s spent his whole business career outsourcing jobs to China.’

By Dave Williams | Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp defended his record of the last four years Sunday night against withering attacks from former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in the first televised debate of this year’s Republican gubernatorial campaign. Perdue, who has former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, accused Kemp of failing to investigate allegations… Read more

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