Category Archives: Politics

Buzz: Diane Lewis, chair of the Floyd County Republican Party, earns ‘Rising Star Award.’ Ready for a little Avenging against Thanos? Rome, Cartersville theaters selling tickets for April 25 preview showing.

Buzz: Diane Lewis, chair of the Floyd County Republican Party, earns ‘Rising Star Award.’ Ready for a little Avenging against Thanos? Rome, Cartersville theaters selling tickets for April 25 preview showing.

  Floyd GOP’s Diane Lewis named ‘Rising Star.’ Diane Lewis of Lewis Chemical and the newly installed chair of the Floyd County Republican Party has also been honored with the “Rising Star Award” presented during Saturday’s 14th Congressional District Convention held in Dalton. How to assemble for an early showing of Avengers: Endgame? Here’s how:… Read more

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Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch, with guest Rome Commissioner Wendy Davis, explains this November’s city elections — using Hershey’s kisses and M &  Ms.

Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch, with guest Rome Commissioner Wendy Davis, explains this November’s city elections — using Hershey’s kisses and M & Ms.

Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis, an expert on politics on all levels, provides perhaps the clearest explanation we’ve yet to hear on what’s on the municipal ballot this fall. Davis, who joined Dr. Jon Hershey on this week’s edition of Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch program, broke out what’s becoming her best prop yet in diagramming… Read more

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Cave Spring votes say yes to package sale of distilled spirits, Sunday sales by the drink. Chattooga County approves new 1-cent tax.

Cave Spring votes say yes to package sale of distilled spirits, Sunday sales by the drink. Chattooga County approves new 1-cent tax.

Cave Spring voters approved all three issues on the ballot Tuesday: We don’t have totals, but the city of Cave Spring website has this update on Tuesday’s vote: March 19 City Distilled Alcohol Sales Vote Passed on all questions. Those questions were: Whether to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for… Read more

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Love Library Express won’t push downtown location — but operators are searching for other sites.

Love Library Express won’t push downtown location — but operators are searching for other sites.

  Story lines: Drew Haynes won’t continue the battle to open The Love Library Express on Tribune Street, citing city’s rush of new ordinances to prevent its opening. Another location for the Express is being scouted in North Georgia. The original store on Shorter Avenue remains in full service. Media release: The Love Library Express,… Read more

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Time to vote: Alcohol measures on Cave Spring ballot today; SPLOST vote before Chattooga County residents.

Time to vote: Alcohol measures on Cave Spring ballot today; SPLOST vote before Chattooga County residents.

  Reminder: Vote today in Cave Spring: The special vote, for registered voters in the city only, asks these questions: Whether to authorize the city issue licenses for the package sale of distilled spirits. Whether to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink. Whether to permit and… Read more

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Republican-controlled Senate rejects Trump’s national emergency declaration at the U.S./Mexico border; Isakson, Perdue vote with president.

Republican-controlled Senate rejects Trump’s national emergency declaration at the U.S./Mexico border; Isakson, Perdue vote with president.

From the Associated Press: “In a stunning rebuke, the Republican-controlled Senate has voted to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate voted 59-41 for a resolution to halt Trump’s emergency order. Trump has promised to veto it, and it is unlikely that Congress will have the votes to… Read more

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By a 7-1 majority with another no vote absent, the Rome City Commission agrees to 11-year pact to help direct economic development, including $450,000 for first three years. McNiece, Davis again question lack of details.

By a 7-1 majority with another no vote absent, the Rome City Commission agrees to 11-year pact to help direct economic development, including $450,000 for first three years. McNiece, Davis again question lack of details.

  By a 7-1 vote that technically is in our history book as a 7-2 decision, the Rome City Commission on Monday agreed to an 11-year pact with Floyd County and the Rome Floyd Development Authority to oversee future industrial growth in the community. All three are pledging $450,000 each over three years — a… Read more

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Politics: Dr. Brad Bushnell serves as Doctor of the Day for General Assembly; son Bo serves as page to Sen. Chuck Hufstetler. Isakson honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars — and meets Captain America.

Politics: Dr. Brad Bushnell serves as Doctor of the Day for General Assembly; son Bo serves as page to Sen. Chuck Hufstetler. Isakson honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars — and meets Captain America.

  U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, was honored on Wednesday by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States with its top legislative honor, the 2019 VFW Congressional Award. Isakson was selected as this year’s recipient for his efforts to help secure the passage of numerous VFW… Read more

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Politics: Floyd County Democratic Party meets Thursday at Holiday Inn Express. Voting under way in special election in Fairmount; election is March 19.

Politics: Floyd County Democratic Party meets Thursday at Holiday Inn Express. Voting under way in special election in Fairmount; election is March 19.

The Floyd County Democratic Party will hold its annual membership party on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express off U.S. 411. Entrance is $10. New and renewing members can also pay their $10 annual dues at the event. The party’s keynote speaker will be former Columbus mayor, Teresa Tomlinson. After… Read more

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Rome City Commission OK’s ‘sexually oriented businesses’ ordinance by unanimous vote on Tuesday.

Rome City Commission OK’s ‘sexually oriented businesses’ ordinance by unanimous vote on Tuesday.

TUESDAY From WRGA: By a unanimous vote, the Rome City Commission has approved the adult business ordinance. The measure approved at Tuesday’s called meeting forces sexually oriented businesses and their employees to obtain a special license, similar to a liquor license. It also forces businesses to close from midnight until 6 a.m.; and limits their locations to more than 750… Read more

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Kemp signs bill expanding school bus safety; takes effect immediately.

Kemp signs bill expanding school bus safety; takes effect immediately.

Friday morning, Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 25 – his first as Georgia’s 83rd governor – into immediate effect to improve school bus safety for families and children across the Peach State. Says state Schools Superintendent Richard Woods: “I have been concerned about our students’ safety since House Bill 978, which addressed passing a stopped school… Read more

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Estimate to add six indoor courts to tennis center jumps by $1 million to $5 million; current 60-court complex paid for by $11.4 million SPLOST package.

Estimate to add six indoor courts to tennis center jumps by $1 million to $5 million; current 60-court complex paid for by $11.4 million SPLOST package.

An addition to the 31-month-old Rome Tennis Center at Berry College to house six indoor, temperature controlled courts already is being called “one of the largest in the nation.” But with a price tag now set at $5 million — nearly half the $11.4 million voters agreed to tax themselves to fund the original 60-court… Read more

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Kemps, Dempsey, Hufstetler unveil state Crisis and Access Line app, a 24/7 hotline offering free, confidential access to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kemps, Dempsey, Hufstetler unveil state Crisis and Access Line app, a 24/7 hotline offering free, confidential access to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Thursday morning, Gov. Brian Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp and state officials announced a new mobile application to support the Georgia Crisis and Access Line, a 24/7 hotline offering free and confidential access to services for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Traveling across the state, Marty and I have heard firsthand from parents,… Read more

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Kemp pushing Patients First Act designed to “a step toward lowering insurance premiums, enhancing access to quality care and improving health outcomes in every part of our state.”

Kemp pushing Patients First Act designed to “a step toward lowering insurance premiums, enhancing access to quality care and improving health outcomes in every part of our state.”

On radio: Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan will join us at 7:40 a.m. Friday on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM. Our first question will be about the healthcare package. Media release: On Wednesday, the Patients First Act (SB 106) was introduced in the Georgia State Senate by Gov. Brian Kemp’s Floor Leader,… Read more

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Politics: Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., awarded the inaugural ‘John S. McCain Service to Country Award’ from Voices for National Service.

Politics: Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., awarded the inaugural ‘John S. McCain Service to Country Award’ from Voices for National Service.

    Media release: U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was awarded the inaugural ‘John S. McCain Service to Country Award’ from Voices for National Service on Tuesday in recognition of his life-long devotion to citizen and public service and for his exceptional leadership in advancing national service to solve community problems. Video footage of Isakson’s acceptance… Read more

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