Category Archives: Politics

Love Library Express looks ready for business with window display, hours posted. Rome City Commission to meet Monday and Tuesday on update to business license ordinance. Attorney accuses city of ‘stalling’ on issuing business permit.

Love Library Express looks ready for business with window display, hours posted. Rome City Commission to meet Monday and Tuesday on update to business license ordinance. Attorney accuses city of ‘stalling’ on issuing business permit.

THE LATEST The Rome City Commission has scheduled meetings on Monday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. to give a first reading, and most likely a second reading on Tuesday, to an amendment its business license ordinance dealing with “sexually oriented business”. The Commission had a called meeting Friday… 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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Buzz: Ducks Unlimited Dinner is March 8. Rome TEA Party invites Republican groups, community to Feb. 19 meeting.

Buzz: Ducks Unlimited Dinner is March 8. Rome TEA Party invites Republican groups, community to Feb. 19 meeting.

The Rome Ducks Unlimited Dinner Event is coming up on March 8 at the Forum beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s membership dinner includes an all-you-can-eat buffet with American, Italian and Cajun food stations; raffles as well as live and silent auctions; plus networking opportunities. Various levels of ticket packages and sponsorships remain. For  more:… Read more

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Politics: Barton the winner of House District 5 runoff.  Floyd Republicans hold mass precinct meeting Saturday. Links to State of the Union, Democratic response.

Politics: Barton the winner of House District 5 runoff. Floyd Republicans hold mass precinct meeting Saturday. Links to State of the Union, Democratic response.

Special election for state House District 5: Latest results Republicans Matt Barton and Jesse Vaughn are on the ballot today in parts of Gordon and Murray counties; the winner will join the 2019 General Assembly, filling the seat left open by the death of longtime Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, who died Nov. 13. Barton and Vaughn were the top two voter-getters… Read more

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The Druck Report: From the ‘penthouse’ to the ‘outhouse,’ economic development is on the move — at your added expense.

The Druck Report: From the ‘penthouse’ to the ‘outhouse,’ economic development is on the move — at your added expense.

  Behold the soon-to-be headquarters of industrial recruitment in Rome and Floyd County. If the current “concept” holds, this one-time service bay for a car dealership that most recently was used for fire department storage — call it the “out house” — could become the base of recruitment efforts for the community. You’ll pay for… Read more

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Gov. Brian Kemp on Hometown Radio: His busy first weeks in office, balancing family and duties, a shout out to Al Hodge — and where to dine in Athens.

Gov. Brian Kemp on Hometown Radio: His busy first weeks in office, balancing family and duties, a shout out to Al Hodge — and where to dine in Athens.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (pictured with his wife, Marty) joined us for a few minutes on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM Friday morning. Among the topics: A busy first few weeks for the new governor, especially with the severe weather threat earlier this week as well as more than 1 million… Read more

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Rome native and Model High graduate Vic Reynolds named director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Rome native and Model High graduate Vic Reynolds named director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Rome native Vic Reynolds,  currently the district attorney of Cobb County, has been named the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation by Gov. Brian Kemp. A former police officer, chief magistrate judge, prosecutor, and criminal defense attorney, Reynolds was elected District Attorney for Cobb County in 2012. He and his wife of 30 years, Holly (also… Read more

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Politics: Nearly 1,000 cast early votes in Special Election Runoff for House District 5. Polls open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Politics: Nearly 1,000 cast early votes in Special Election Runoff for House District 5. Polls open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting for the Feb. 5 Special Election Runoff ended Friday with 995 voters casting ballots early. Election day is Tuesday with polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The candidates for House District 5 are Matt Barton and Jesse Vaughn, both Republicans. If you are registered to vote in the following precincts you will… Read more

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Latest numbers on ‘The Big Switch’ show draft budget soars to $450,188 (up 26.2%); SPLOST dollars sought to rehab fire building for offices. City’s share would more than double annual chamber  contribution.

Latest numbers on ‘The Big Switch’ show draft budget soars to $450,188 (up 26.2%); SPLOST dollars sought to rehab fire building for offices. City’s share would more than double annual chamber contribution.

The story lines on The Big Switch: The initial budget for the first year of operating the industrial recruitment office has jumped by 26.5 percent to $450,188 in just two months (they left out marketing in the original draft). Those extra pennies you pay in SPLOST taxes set aside for economic development would provide the… Read more

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Buzz: Feb. 11 blood drive offers a few extra incentives for county employees, other donors. Floyd County Republican Women meet Tuesday. Final days to vote early in Gordon County House race.

Buzz: Feb. 11 blood drive offers a few extra incentives for county employees, other donors. Floyd County Republican Women meet Tuesday. Final days to vote early in Gordon County House race.

Upcoming blood drive has something extra for Floyd County employees: Sure, the incentive is there — free refreshments (snacks) for all donors courtesy of The Sweet Bar. But for county employees, there’s another perk — a free police escort to the Law Enforcement Center if they donate blood on Monday, Feb. 11, between 7 a.m.… Read more

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‘The Big Switch’ update: County Commission sets called meeting for noon Thursday to ‘approve the revised unified economic development plan for Rome and Floyd County.’

‘The Big Switch’ update: County Commission sets called meeting for noon Thursday to ‘approve the revised unified economic development plan for Rome and Floyd County.’

  The Floyd County Commission has scheduled a called meeting for noon Thursday to, as the agenda states, “approve the revised unified economic development plan for Rome and Floyd County.” The meeting will be in the Community Room, Suite 206, at the County Administration building at 12 E. Fourth Ave. Prior to the vote, there is… Read more

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Labeled an empty box with pretty wrapping and a bow on top, Rome city commissioners OK ‘concept’ of working with the county to hire the Rome Floyd Development Authority to coordinate industrial recruitment. What’s lacking: An overall plan.

Labeled an empty box with pretty wrapping and a bow on top, Rome city commissioners OK ‘concept’ of working with the county to hire the Rome Floyd Development Authority to coordinate industrial recruitment. What’s lacking: An overall plan.

ON VIDEO: You can watch the economic development tug-of-way by clicking here for the webcast video; it starts around the 50-minute mark The expected next turn in economic development in Rome and Floyd County turned ugly Monday night. And yet by the end of a prolonged exchange of pros and cons, a concept to work… Read more

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