Aftermath of 411 collisions. Meet the 'Sausage Dogs.' Fox 5 at Sam's Burger-Deli to share 3,000 veterans' photos. Peaks & Valleys.

An episode of HHPodcast

By John Druckenmiller
From Hometownheadlines.com:
-Weekday updates from Northwest Georgia (HHPodcast News).
-Long-form interviews with local newsmakers (HHPodcast Interviews).
More places to listen
From Hometownheadlines.com:
-Weekday updates from Northwest Georgia (HHPodcast News).
-Long-form interviews with local newsmakers (HHPodcast Interviews).

More places to listen

Just the Rant: State GOP decides you don't need a choice in the March presidential primary.
From the Rant: What the state GOP committee has done -- taking away your choice on March 24 -- has happened in other states and in other elections. But what if one of those candidates “gets hot” as the saying goes in the early primaries, you know, like Donald Trump did in 2016? Are they showing presumed loyalty to the commander-in-chief? How about some loyalty to the American election process? Isn’t that what a primary is about, allowing party voters to pick their nominee? More important, where are our Republican elected leaders in all this – state lawmakers, members of Congress, governor and others. Don’t they have some imput with the state committee? Why haven’t they spoken up?
December 5, 2019
Why earth is moving in Shannon. Bishop resigns from Rome Braves. Hero school officer. Rant: State GOP says you don't need a choice in the March presidential primary.
A busy Thursday news report starts here: What's behind all that ground work at Ga. 140/53 in Shannon: Dirt is being moved to Ball Corp. project. Rome Braves General Manager Jim Bishop leaves after two seasons; change comes as the stadium is being updated and city hosting the league All-Star game in June. Bartow school officer's quick response helps save chocking 11-year-old student. 'Hurry, he's turning blue.' Video shows officer's, others quick actions. Kemp announces Kelly Loeffler as Georgia's next U.S. senator. Latest updates, reaction. Cartersville, Rockmart Christmas parades set for this evening; weather looks fine. Rant of the Day: State GOP thinks you don't deserve a choice on the presidential ballot next March.
December 5, 2019
Just the Rant: Paul Harvey was right; 'it's not one world.' Just ask Brian Kemp, Nick Saban, Tom Brady.
Quote out: "And in Georgia, as we await Brian Kemp’s formal announcement Wednesday that Kelly Loeffler will take Isakson’s place in the Senate, the Republican Party stands divided. "Now ask yourself: How is a party that controls the governor’s office, all state cabinet-level jobs, the state House, the state Senate and the Georgia congressional delegation divided? Never mind every elected office in Floyd County."
December 4, 2019
Christmas parade lights up Rome. Fire death investigated. Dining updates. Rant: Paul Harvey was right; 'it's not one world.'
Suddenly realizing Christmas is three weeks from today, these items: Rome's Christmas Parade: Photos from Tuesday night's trip down Broad Street. Plus: This year's winning entries.Next up: Cartersville and Rockmart. State helping to investigate a house fire that took the life of a 69-year-old Gordon County man. Dining: Truett's Chick-fil-A celebrates first year next week. Cook Out opens in Calhoun. Potluck community cookout for SEC Championship at Rome City Brewing on Saturday. Health: Another week of "high" level flu activity in Georgia. Hardest hit age group so far: 18 through 49. Isakson's farewell address in the Senate. He stresses the need for bipartisanship, 'to find common ground' and solve problems. A reminder that Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint Isakson’s successor during a 10 a.m. briefing today. Rant of the Day: Paul Harvey was right; "it's not one world."
December 4, 2019
Monday's Just the Rant: There's a reason they call Brian Kemp governor.
Kemp is governor. He knows this state better than most. He masterminded a gubernatorial campaign that defeated the presumed heir to the crown of Nathan Deal and then withstood a furious charge from an expertly orchestrated campaign by Abrams. He won. Brian Kemp. Not Donald Trump. Not Doug Collins. This is Brian Kemp’s decision to make. 
December 3, 2019
Rant of the Day: Is it too soon to talk about Black Friday 2020?
So here’s a thought while you catch your breath: There’s a very good chance that Black Friday and Small Business Saturday will look very different by this time next year. The players to be named later at East Bend are rising quickly on the remnants of Kmart (you know, the place where you had the Christmas lay aways for years). East Bend promises 20 to 28 new retailers and restaurants by October 2020.
December 3, 2019
New push, more changes at former Toys R Us store. Christmas parade a go for tonight. Rant: Big changes for Black Friday 2020.
Your parade day headlines and not-too-chilly forecast: Business: Hull Property Group, owners of Mount Berry Mall, advertising Toys R Us site for lease. Latest updates. Plus: River City Bank declares first dividend, nickel a share. Christmas Parade tonight at 6:30. Expect temperatures around 42 degrees. On tips on where to watch. Also will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Politics: Isakson's farewell address in the Senate set for 2:30 p.m. this afternoon; watch on C-SPAN2 or Senate webcast. Buzz: McDonald's in Summerville tests chicken sandwich contender. Accepting Heart of the Community grant applications. Rome Schools on retreat in Atlanta. Rant of the Day: Your Christmas retail habits will be changing yet again a year from now.
December 3, 2019
Buc-ee's due in Calhoun in 2021. Your dining reviews. Parade season opens tonight. Rant: Brian Kemp's 'right' decision.
These headlines to start the news week: Business: Texas-based Buc-ee's plans Calhoun mega convenience store in 2021; latest in Northwest Georgia growth of upscale convenience stores. Dining: From uptown to down home, what people are saying on Facebook about two newcomers: Aventine and The Farmhouse Kitchen. Business: Brisk start to Christmas tree season. Level Up Arcade apparently closes on Broad Street. The clerk who shot during Saturday night’s armed robbery has been treated and released from Floyd Medical Center. Christmas Parade season opens tonight in Summerville, Adairsville; bundle up, it will  be 37 degrees at parade time. Rome parade on Tuesday; also will be available via Facebook Live. Cartersville's parade is Thursday. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Today's high only 45; strong winds will keep wind chill below 40 degrees now through noon Tuesday. Rant of the Day: Brian Kemp makes the "right" call on Georgia's next senator.
December 2, 2019
Just the Rant: What we're thankful for this Thankgiving.
Our preview includes the following; listen to find out why: For the return of the power of neighborhoods. For the businesses that double down on Rome/Floyd County. For those who care for people without a voice in our community. For the redevelopment of existing retail vs. urban sprawl. For our ample choices of education. For incredible healthcare so close to home.
November 27, 2019
Dining: Not Your Granny's Soul Food Fusion. John Schroeder to lead Christmas parade. Rant: What we're thankful for this Thankgiving.
Your first headlines on this eve of Thanksgiving: Dining: Not Your Granny's Soul Food Fusion cooking up quite a buzz among local foodies. Plus: Purple Mountain now offers local ... sauerkraut. Cartersville Police: Armed robbery suspect caught in five minutes; second man held on probation violation charges. Three Rome residents arreseted by drug task force. John Schroeder named grand marshal of the 2019 Rome Christmas Parade set for Dec. 3. Watch the Facebook Live ceremony. Plus: Text of Mills Fitzner's intro of John. Chef Greg Paulson's 'Labor of Love:' A gingerbread replica of Georgia Northwestern Technical College famed Woodlee Building. No rant but ... : What we're thankful for this Thanksgiving in Northwest Georgia.
November 27, 2019
Rant of the Day: Where were you during the Great Web Wipeout of 2019?
Already know today's headlines (courtesy of Hometown Headlines?) Then here's the solo edition of Rant of the Day.  We're experimenting a bit this week with two formats of the newscast. 
November 26, 2019
Home sales stay strong. Charges in separate sex crime cases. Rant: Surviving the Great Web Wipeout of 2019.
A busy Tuesday; check back for parade grand marshal updates later this morning: Business:  Area Realtors sold 300 homes in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties; average sales prices ranged from $165,451 to $215,000 (all increases). Education: Schools in Calhoun, Polk County and Chattooga County among those identified as those in need of additional support, improvement. Gordon sheriff: Calhoun couple charged with multiple counts involving the sexual exploitation of minors. GBI: Paulding County sheriff's detective held on two counts of child molestation, violation of oath of office. Most customers reconnect to Comcast/Xfinity after accident triggers major outage. How folks coped. And what some folks had to say about it. Rant of the Day: Where were you during the Great Web Wipeout of 2019?
November 26, 2019
Just The Rant: Monday's Peaks & Valley's of Northwest Georgia (pancake breakfast, local football, more 'silos.')
Just The Rant is an experiment with our morning newscasts, designed to get those already caught up on the headlines right to the Rant of the Day (including Peaks & Valleys). Let's see how it does).  This is just the rant itself; no music and no commercial.
November 25, 2019
The secret behind GMC Value Mart's success. Remembering Joe Wright. Week ahead. Peaks & Valleys of NW Georgia.
A challenging start to Monday's headlines but we endeavor to perserver Business: After nearly 50 years, GMC Value Mart continues growing in Coosa, now offering fresh smoked meats and meals-to-go. More growth on the way? Remembering Joe Wright:  'For decades, Uncle Joe Wright has helped us say goodbye to our family members ... Now we must come together and bid him farewell.' Week ahead: Parade grand marshal to be announced Tuesday. Love Feast returns Thanksgiving Day (donations due Wednesday). Plus: Lighting the Love Light tree. Week ahead/Business: Aventine opens Tuesday; Drowned Valley Brewing Co.'s soft opening is Wednesday. And you know about the rest of the weekend. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia (pancakes, football and silos).
November 25, 2019
New advocate for the homeless? WNB Factory now in Bartow. Rainy weekend. Rant: United Way steps up to help the community's homeless. 
The day's first headlines include: United Way presents plan to mostly fund a 'poverty and homeless coordinator' to work with area agencies assisting those living on the street. Dining: WNB Factory opens Cartersville restaurant after successful debut in Cedartown; chain nearing 50 locations. Polk School District: 'Individual' believed responses for two days of threats has been identified; the case has been turned over to law enforcement. Buzz: Pepperell High stacking donations for Can-a-thon (and welcome more). Rome Noon Optimist Club's Pancake Breakfast this Saturday. Diaper Day at success at GNTC. Rant of the Day: United Way steps up to help the community's homeless.
November 22, 2019
$50 million plant, 110 jobs due in Adairsville. Jobless rate drops. Rant: Time to play, "Who Wants to be Rome's Next Mayor!"
Thursday's top headlines include: Business: Nippon Light Metal Georgia bringing 110 jobs, making a $50 million investment in Adairsville plant. The unemployment rate in Northwest Georgia continues to drop. In Bartow County, 2.9% of the labor force was unemployed – 1,477 people. Georgia Health news reports the Democratic debate on Wednesday night was light on healthcare issues. Business: 'Network & Nibble' premieres at noon today at Rome City Brewing's Tap Room; more networking this week. Board of Realtors' Christmas luncheon is Dec. 4. Health: CDC honors Diabetes Prevention Program at Floyd for 'turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes.' Rant: Time to play, "Who Wants to be Rome's Next Mayor!"
November 21, 2019
November 20, 2019
November 20, 2019
Rant of the Day: Can we fill 2,000 seats in one block of restaurants in downtown Rome?
There’s always something changing on Broad Street.  Lately, we’ve been watching our downtown restaurants with a closer eye than normal. We’re seeing a rash of changes amid reports that things aren’t as upbeat as they have been. Some owner/operators will argue downtown has never recovered from the double debacle of the overlapping smoking regulations and streetside parking. We've seen a ton of changes in recent weeks: openings, closings, rebrandings and such. It is a continuing battle for restaurant owners and operators. As one told us Tuesday: There are 2,000 restaurant seats in the 200 block of Broad Street alone. How do you fill those seats each day?
November 20, 2019
All eyes on Democrats debate in Atlanta. Aventinue opens Nov. 26. Rome a top city for doctors. Rant: Reduce minor league baseball? A major league mistake. 
Tuesday's first headlines include: Politics: Olsziewski, Davis to attend Democrats' Wednesday night debate in Atlanta. Plus local updates. Aventine restaurant on West Third Street opens a week from tonight, Nov. 26. It’s already booked. Health: Survey says Rome is the sixth best city for doctors in the country. Paulding Sheriff: Cartersville man charged with attempting to have sex with an 8-year-old girl. State patrol: Cartersville woman, 53, was struck and killed while walking along Ga. 20 late Friday. Pancakes: Rome Noon Optimist Club's 59th Annual Pancake Breakfast this Saturday at the civic center. Rant of the Day: Reduce minor league baseball? A major league mistake.
November 19, 2019
Rome 'faltering?' We disagree -- to a point. Bekaert updates. Mr. & Mrs. Claus suit up. Rant: Improving Rome? Start today.
A busy news week begins with: Analysis: Brookings Institute brands Rome among 48 'faltering legacy' city. We disagree -- but welcome advice to grow new economies here. Bekaert moving hose wire reinforcement production from Rome to Arkansas. Also: More on the closing of the Shelbyville, Ky., plant. Tom and Ellie Hamby suit up for Christmas as demand soars for Santa and Mrs. Claus. Their secrets: Careful scheduling, plenty of Airborne to avoid grinches known as germs. Buzz: First One Community United visit a success at Saint Mary's. Where to watch Wednesday's Democratic debate. Flu off to mild start this season. Gas prices dip again. Sports: John McClellan's high school playoff picks for Friday. On Saturday, Berry hosts Huntingdon in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Rant of the Day: Agreeing to disagree with some of the Brookings' report on Rome -- and how we can grow.
November 18, 2019
Third restaurant due at East Bend. Bekaert updates. Busy weekend. Christmas trees. Rant: About those 'conservation easements.'
A busy Friday with more brewing for the weekend: East Bend: Add Texas Roadhouse to the list of confirmed East Bend occupants. Also confirmed so far: Panda Express, Chipotle. Now what about the other 20 to 25? Business: Bekaert closing Shelbyville, Ky., plant; 100 to be laid off in January. That’s after layoffs here earlire this year. Business: Prep work begins on Christmas Tree City; opens Nov. 25. Silver Creek Christmas Tree Farm opens Nov. 29. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Christmas Open House, Candy Cane hunt, Forum on Ice. Exhibit 'Seeking Botany's Designs' opens Saturday with reception. Advertising: Hardy Realty's open house gallery for Sunday: Seven homes in Rome, Menlo and Mentone, priced from $225,9000 to $699,000. Rant of the Day: A primer on conservation easements, a term we'll hear a lot  2020.
November 15, 2019
IRS crackdown on conservation easements. Dining updates. 1,000 more jobs here. Rant: Ga. Power building huge for downtown's future.
And here's how Rome's news day starts today: IRS: 'Significant increase in enforcement actions for syndicated conservation easement transactions' begins; Rome considered a 'hotbed' for easements. Dining: Sage Inn in Adairsville begins Sunday brunch service. O'Charley's restaurant, land for sale; no change in operations.Updates on Sunday restaurant alcohol sales. Rome City Schools closes deal to purchase 34 acres at Three Rivers Drive for base for new buses. Price: $1.15 million. Jobs: 1,000 more jobs in Rome/Floyd County in October vs. the same month last year. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Iron Butterfly tonight. Christmas Open House, Candy Cane hunt, Forum on Ice returns. Exhibit: 'Seeking Botany's Designs.' Today's Rant: Why that Georgia Power building is important to what's next in downtown Rome.
November 14, 2019
Record low to start the day. Buyer for Ga. Power office? 1 million views of Justus' walk. Midweek observations.
Lots of news on a way-too-cold Wednesday: Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Waking up to record low temperatures with wind chills in the teens. Today’s high: 48. Business: Potential buyer identified for former Georgia Power building at Turner McCall and Broad Street; likely use -- offices. More than 1 million views for Justus Edwards' walk onto the football field where he was nearly crippled a year ago. Business: Frios moves to Doug's Deli Downtown; coolers in Cartersville, Summerville. Sally Echols, J.J. Johnson, Charlie Culverhouse in Leadership Georgia's Class of '20. Midweek observations: Upset pilots. Quick start to Campaign 2020. Salvation Army's white flag idea: brilliant.
November 13, 2019
Rough weather today, Wednesday. Two tragic accidents. Rant: A year after the economic development 'Big Switch.'
A busy Tuesday is under way: Rainfall near a half inch; snow in Dalton. Gusts: 33 mph; advisory in effect. Power: 200-plus without service. Wind chill: 33 degrees; freeze warning tonight. A Calhoun man, 18, was killed Sunday in a hit-and-run accident near Dalton. Even sadder, he lost his father -- Summerville's former postmaster – in a motorcycle crash in June 2018. Funeral servics are set for a 9-year-old cheerleader killed in Trion accident on Saturday. Friends have raised more than $7,000 to assist with funeral costs. Another November business surprise this week? A toast with your toast this Sunday. Late start for mall Santa this year. A good week for 'missing persons.' Forum on Ice returns Sunday (with an ice slide!) GNTC board elects new chair, vice chair.  Tree Walk is today. Berry lecture to bridge healthcare, Hispanic cultural differences. Rant of the Day: A year after the 'big switch' began. Are we in better shape?
November 12, 2019
Aftermath of 411 collisions. Meet the 'Sausage Dogs.' Fox 5 at Sam's Burger-Deli to share 3,000 veterans' photos. Peaks & Valleys.
A busy Monday news report includes: 411 accidents: Latest updates on Sunday evening accidents that sent nine to area hospitals. Floyd Medical Center reports seven patients were listed as stable late Sunday. Floyd County Police say the original accident on U.S. 411 left debris, triggering two additional accidents. Continuing updates. Meet the 'Sausage Dogs,' a team with 200 years experience who will light the griddles again Nov. 23 for the Noon Optimist Club's Pancake Breakfast. Sam's Burger-Deli to be featured on 'Good Day Atlanta' Monday morning and for good reason: The faces of some 3,000 veterans line the walls of the Armuchee landmark. Veterans Day: Remembering all our veterans across Northwest Georgia: Observances planned in Rome, Cartersville, Cave Spring and Cedartown today. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia from Justus Edwards' courageous walk to remembering our veterans every day.
November 11, 2019
Power out in East Rome. Return of Herb Ballenger. Cold weekend -- busy one, too. Druck Report (and rant): Cochran's economic blueprint.
A busy start to Friday including: The big story today is a power outage in East Rome that has 900 customers in the dark. The big issue is traffic lights in the area including Turner McCall and Second Avenue, especially with the morning commute and area schools. Continuing updates on the way site. We could see more of this today as we’ll have gusts topping 20 mph. Herb Ballenger now in the kitchen at Creekside in Cave Spring. Barterhouse Bar and Grill just about ready in Rockmart. Druck Report: Mark Cochran on winning a Rome City Commission seat -- and his dazzling blueprint for shaping a very different future for the community. Georgia Health News: Latest safety ratings for area hospitals show 'A' for Redmond, Cartersville, Gordon; B for Floyd. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Film festival continues at three sites. Soul Food Dinner. Christmas events. 'FansGiving' at LakePoint. Rant of the Day: Remember 'Hail, Rome" by Forbes magazine? Time for a sequel.
November 8, 2019
Druck Report: Mark Cochran on winning a Rome City Commission seat -- and his dazzling blueprint for shaping a very different future for the community.
Architect Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab likes to design and help build things. You've seen his projects across Northwest Georgia, either new structures or restored historical gems that never looked better.  As a newly elected city commissioner, Cochran likewise has some huge ideas about Rome. He wants to blend the community's storied past and untapped resources to help shape an economic hub that attracts both young professionals and visitors anxious to explore amenities not found in metro Atlanta. In a 48-minute interview with Hometown Headlines' John Druckenmiller, Cochran talks about Broad Street as well as the River District and a combined potential for more than $300 million in growth. He believes a river walk similar to those in Chattanooga and Greenville, S.C., will be key to making Rome a destination again. As for economic development, Cochran says while hunting for large manufacturers works for the I-75 communities, Rome instead needs to target tech and similar companies independent of highways and interstate access.  Another goal, he says, is a way to bridge our abundant healthcare and higher education institutions to create another option for growth. About this podcast: Mark Cochran  joined us recently at Brand Red Studios to talk about the commission election and what's ahead in 2020 vote. We thank Brand Red for their production support of our long-form podcasts and Todd La Berge for another excellent job producing this conversation. The Druck Report is a production of Hometown Headlines Inc. Please join us for our weekday newscasts as well.  
November 7, 2019
A preview of Aventine restaurant. New hires at Greater Community; honors for Georgia and Broad Street. Weekend guide. Rant: Time for commissioners to play 'Survivor.'
While watching for the rain, these items: Dining: Updates on Aventine, including opening before Thanksgiving, hours, menu overview, photos.Rome City Brewing's 'community cookout' moves to Nov. 16 (chili). Business: Greater Community Bank welcomes Cartersville lenders Richard Carlton and Tina Hudson. Georgia named top business climate for seventh consecutive year. Broad Street, DeSoto Theatre represent Georgia in MSN's collage of 'most beautiful main street in every state.' Education: 10 Rome High students nominated for the Governor's Honors Program. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Film festival continues at three sites. Soul Food Dinner. Christmas events. 'FansGiving' at LakePoint. Buzz: 'One Community Sundays' debuts Nov. 17; first church: St. Mary's. Homelessness Task Force meeting moves to Nov. 21. Cedartown Veterans Day service set. Rant of the Day: Time to play 'Survivor' if you're an incumbent Rome City commissioner.
November 7, 2019
Big changes for Rome's City Commission. Business: Floyd/Atrium combine, Goo-Goo and Chicken Salad Chick sell. A rant and Peaks & Valleys: election edition.
A huge day even before the last votes were counted. On to the headlines: Newcomers Bojo, Cochran win as does returning commissioner Askew. Incumbents Collins, Stevenson, McDaniel re-elected; 'brunch bill' easily passes. We have election results, some analysis and profiles of the six winners from Tuesday night. Our regional report includes Matt Santini wins new term as mayor in Cartersville; the brunch bill passed there as well. Updates from Bartow, Gordon, Polk counties. Floyd Health System, Atrium Health combining. What it means to the healthcare organization. Dulaneys sell three Rome Goo-Goo car washes to International Car Wash Group. Chicken Salad Chick's parent company sold; we’ve got some comments from founder Stacy Brown on what it means. Also, a new thrift store planned for West Rome at former Fred's site. Rant of the Day: An incredible day in business news with the Floyd/Atrium deal and the sale of the Goo-Goo spots here and the parent company of Chicken Salad Chick. Peaks & Valleys, the election edition: Some highs and too many lows from the 2019 election.
November 6, 2019
You decide Rome's future today. Polk plane crash kills pilot. Business updates. Rant: Our 100th podcast; what's next.
Election day headlines with the first one being, "Please vote." 'Equipment all in place' for today's election; precincts open until 7 tonight. Our results coverage starts just after that. Cumming man, 53, dies as plane crashes in Polk cotton field. Greater Community Bank earns 'Banky Award' from The Institute for Extraordinary Banking. LakePoint Station's 12-lane bowling alley opens Dec. 2. Winthrop Memory Care Center celebrates ribbon-cutting in East Rome. Labor Department, Juvenile Justice to hold job fair Nov. 19. City Commission OKs resolution to get aggressive with recovering costs associated with tainted water in Oostanaula. Likely target: Upstream carpet companies. Three-part look at Gov. Brian Kemp's plan to expand Medicaid. Includes the media briefing, a Georgia Health News analysis and Kemp's overall plan. Rant of the Day: 100 podcasts and counting, what's next from Hometown Headlines.
November 5, 2019
Roman to help decorate the White House for Christmas. Updates on La Scala, Crawdaddy's, Del Taco. Election news. Peaks & Valleys.
As we start a huge news week, these headlines: Local master gardener/entrepreneur Carol Rutledge selected as one of 150 volunteers to help decorate the White House for Christmas this season. Dining: La Scala adds wine, tapas area. Full-time oyster shucker wanted for Crawdaddy's new oyster bar. Hiring, construction continue at Del Taco in West Rome. Elections: It all comes down to some basic choices for Rome voters on Tuesday: Four more years or time for a change? Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday. What to watch for: Low turnout and bullet voting. John McClellan's picks for Friday's high school football games including an overview of the playoffs. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia, including Coosa High's volleyball dynasty.
November 4, 2019
Halloween washout and more weather concerns. Little Caesar's opens. Rant: Flood of rain, flood of candidate endorsements.
As we wait for the rain, these headlines: One traffic alert: More fog concerns today for Northwest Georgia. Please give yourself a few extra minutes when commuting to work or school or both. It should burn off by midmorning. Also, light rain is beginning just after 7 a.m. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: With 2 to 2.5 inches of rain today through Thursday, keep an eye on the weather and cold front behind it. We could see some severe weather tonight and Thursday. Halloween Headlines: Updates on community celebrations and any weather-related issues. Some delays, cancellations already Dining: Little Caesar's is 'back and better than ever' in East Rome. New shop offers drive-through, easier access. Also in our restaurant inspections, another new comer, Dos Bros, got a 100 pre-opening score. It is due very soon. Rant of the Day: Flood of rain, flood of endorsements. 
October 30, 2019
Rome elections a week away; what we know so far. Flu fight begins. 2 inches of rain due. Rant: Why you need that flu shot.
A busy Tuesday's first headlines: It all comes down to a week from today. Guaranteed: 2 commissioners will get new terms; 1 new face. 'Brunch bill' should pass. 111 new votes Monday. Floyd, Polk and Cherokee medical centers restricting visitors as flu season kicks in. Statewise, only 17 people have been hospitalized but officials say now is the time to get your shot before the holidays begin. Riley Green due at Forum River Center Jan. 10. Georgia Power Foundation charges Y programs with grant.   Halloween Headlines: Busy Thursday afternoon, evening ahead -- if the weather cooperates. What to know. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rain should start tonight, leaving 2.3 inches by Thursday. Next up: Coolest temperatures of the season. Rant of the Day: Why you need that flu shot now.
October 29, 2019
Suspect held in bank robbery. Safe landing on I-75. LivingProof expanding. Second voting site. Peaks & Valleys on Peach State, voting.
A busy Monday is under way with these headlines: Rome Police says a suspect arrested on armed robbery, probation violation in Synovus hold-up case last week. In another case, a Rome face faces 20 counts including rape, kidnapping and battery. Safe landing for pilot, passenger on I-75 near Union Grove interchange north of Adairsville on Sunday. This was the second emergency landing this month around here. LivingProof Recovery hopes to add services in Lindale; also partnering with Emory University nursing program in 2020.  Look for additional outreach as well. Election: After strong turnout for weekend voting (240 ballots), advance voting this week adds a second site: county administration building and the health department. Peaks & Valleys: Good call on Peach State; where are the voters?
October 28, 2019
$39 million hotel at LakePoint; more to come. Weekend washout? Podcast: Election dysfunction. Plus weekend observations.
We're watching the weather and other news throughout the day and evening: LakePoint adding $39 million, 200-room hotel, celebrating new north campus parkway. Also: New hires at the Emerson complex. Business: Kitchen Collection closing in Calhoun. Update on new Southeastern Mills distribution center. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: 1.75 inches of rain today into early Sunday. Druck Report: Rome's confusing City Commission elections -- what will it take to get voters engaged? Wendy Davis has some answers. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Chiaha, Peach State, farmers market finale. Ellie Holcomb on Sunday. Weekend Observations: Putting 'skin' in the game at LakePoint; help wanted at city hall.
October 25, 2019
Druck Report: Rome's confusing City Commission elections -- what will it take to get voters engaged both now and in 2020? Wendy Davis has some ideas and answers.
All elections are important but what's before Rome voters on Nov. 5 (and in advance) finds the community at a cross roads. With six commission seats to fill and five incumbents and four challengers on the ballot, will voters stay the course or seek changes that will take us through the next four years? At least one new face is guaranteed; will we see more? Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis, who's not on the ballot this year, talks about the 2019 election. Our questions: Voter engagement: Early indicators show a light turnout. How can candidates and media better engage would-be voters? Campaign trends: Has social media taken the place of 'kissin' babies and shaking hands'? Rome's confusing ward voting: Two "wards" are on the ballot, each with three seats, so any city voter can pick up to three candidates in each ward to support. Is there an easier, clearer way to elect our commissioners? Election dysfunction: A different advance voting location. No weekend voting at first. Why has this race been so different from elections two or four years ago? How can early issues be avoided next time? About this podcast: Wendy joined us recently at Brand Red Studios to talk about the commission elections and the 2020 vote.  We thank Brand Red for their production support of our long-form podcasts and Todd LaBerge for another excellent job producing this conversation. The Druck Report is a production of Hometown Headlines Inc. Please join us for our weekday newscasts as well.
October 24, 2019
Cartersville keeps on truckin.' Chick-Fil-A upsizes express menu. Busy - and wet - weekend. Rant: Can pizza save local politics?
Our opening headlines with a lot more due this afternoon: The ribbon has been cut for North Atlanta Old Dominion Service Center with 104 new bays in Cartersville. Chick-fil-A Riverside has heard from its fans and expanded the express menu. That  'Goo-Goo Good' campaign raised $2,900 for Community Kitchen, enough to feed its guests for a month. The latest unemployment rates from across Northwest Georgia are out and they’re low. Rome Police release short video, description of suspect in Tuesday's robbery of Synovus office on Shorter Avenue Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Chiaha, Peach State, cowboy festival.  Finale of the Between the Rivers Farmers Market. Ellie Holcomb on Sunday. 37 voted in advance on Wednesday; 292 since Oct. 14. Vote this weekend, too. Plus: Candidate Q & As. Rant: Is pizza the savior of local politics?
October 24, 2019
OYO rebranding area hotels. RPD seeks robbery suspect. Updates on ex-Rome doctor. 2nd voting site added. Peaks & Valleys.
Today's latest updates include: Rome, Adairsville, Calhoun hotels join OYO chain of budget accommodations. Buffalo Luke's almost ready in Calhoun. Rome Police seek suspect in Tuesday afternoon robbery of Synovus office on Shorter Avenue. We should have photos later today. We have an update on the former Rome doctor and his arrest in Athens last week. The police report is disturbing to say the least. Second advance voting site added: Monday, Oct. 28, through Friday, Nov. 1, Rome voters also will be able to vote in advance at the county administration building. Five Rome Middle School students are city's first REACH scholars. GNTC Foundation Golf Tournament raises $16,000 for students. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia including the elections, some radio buzz and a major league headache.
October 23, 2019
'Significant' updates at LakePoint? Storms take it easy on us. Floyd's teacher the year. Rants: Wild dogs and AWOL voters.
Tuesday's first headlines include: LakePoint to announce 'significant infrastructure and growth initiatives' Thursday afternoon with Gov. Brian Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp attending. Business: Blast off for Rocket Wash in Cartersville as it opens today -- with free car washes for a few days. Floyd County Schools names Greg Smith Teacher of the Year. Rome Floyd Parks & Recreation: Mary Hardin Thornton named special services manager; Rick Haase promoted to sports manager. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: About a  half inch of rain overnight with a handful of power outages; high of 70 today. Rants of the Day: The wild dogs are back -- and voters are AWOL.
October 22, 2019
Swift & Finch stirring things up. Wild dogs return. Fog advisory issued. Rant: Saluting 178 advance voters for enduring bizzaro election.
This week's first headlines: Business: Swift & Finch updates and expands the shop, has that customized French van on the road again and looks to grow wholesale business Residents in the Between the Rivers neighborhoods report the return of the wild dogs. One couple witnessed two dogs mauling a cat this morning. We’ll have updates. A dense fog advisory is in effect until 10 this morning across Northwest Georgia. Please use extra caution and maybe leave a few minutes early for work or school. At least 13 hospitalized statewide so far as the 2019-20 flu season is under way. What to know. Political notes: There’s a new leader of theLeague of Women Voters. Floyd GOP to hear about homeless Thursday night. Advance voting resumes today. Rant of the Day:  Saluting the Rome 178 (advance voters, that is). They deserve a medal for putting up with this year's election headaches.
October 21, 2019
Watching our tropical Saturday weather. Crushed Tomato expands, KFC remodels. Busy weekend. Rant: New voting machines: Paper or plastic?
Busy Friday and it ain't going to slow down over the weekend: Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: We’re looking at an inch of rain, 15 to 20 mph gusts as a tropical system moves across the state on Saturday. Continuing updates all weekend. 'Severity of violations' behind Budgetel Inn permit suspension; health department, agencies placed 84 children, families, others in 'safer' places. Dining: The Crushed Tomato expands to LaFayette starting Tuesday. KFC on Turner McCall getting a new look; drive-through remains open. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: BooFest, Walk With a Doc, Bluegrass & Roots Festival, chili cookout, John Wisdom ride on the agenda. Weekend New voting machines getting a test in early voting in Bartow, Paulding counties. Locally, 150 advance voters since Monday; today 8 a.m.-5 p.m., public health department. Rant: About those new voting machines: paper or plastic?
October 18, 2019
Updates on Ball Corp's $200 million expansion. Latest on closed Budgetel, families. Restaurant news. Rave: Salute Ball Corp. deal with something from a can made in Shannon.
Continuing headlines from Hometown Headlines: Dining: Sign's up at new Little Caesar's as opening day is now just a few weeks away. Also, two Philly Cheesesteak spots are under consideration in Rome.  Aluminum cups are among the products Ball Corp. plans to make with $200 million investment coming to Shannon with 180 more jobs. Opening is set for late 2020. Interesting sidebar: The 67 acres Ball bought in that area will not be used for this.  An earlier Public Health inspection report at the now-closed Budgetel Inn in Cartersville found evidence of roaches, mold but also earned an overall score of 84 out of 100. The previous score from 2018 was 93. Bartow officials continue to aid 200 displaced tentants. Jobs: 1,000 more jobs here last month vs. September 2018 but first-time jobless claims also rise.  Wednesday night’s Fields of Faith gathering at Pepperell High drew 1,800 area students. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: BooFest, Walk With a Doc, Bluegrass & Roots Festival, chili cookout, John Wisdom ride. Rave of the Day: Salute the Ball Corp. expansion with something from a can produced in Shannon.
October 17, 2019
Troubled Bartow hotel closed; 200 evicted. The Season Events grows; $19M Trion plant celebrated. Election updates. Peaks & Valleys: 12-pack of Northwest Georgia's highs, lows.
Wednesday's headlines with more to come: Budgetel Inn closed in Cartersville area; nearly 200 evicted. We’ll have more on this story throughout the day. The Season Events celebrates Cartersville addition. Holly and Ray have a success on their hands in Rome and now they’re branching out. A ribbon cutting also was held Tuesday for the $19 million Dixie Specialty Fibers in Trion. And does a famililar name have plans for Broad Street? That’s the word on the street. Update: 39 advance voters on Tuesday at the health department; that’s 70 so far this week, less than a half of 1 percent of registered voters Plus: Weekend voting set for Oct. 26-27 at civic center; second early voting site discussed. Keep an eye on this one. State Patrol: A Polk County man, 45, dies early Tuesday after being struck while walking near the Cedartown High. South Rome Redevelopment hosts GOAL update, learning center tour Friday. Director named for Berry's Center for Student Entrepreneurship. Peaks & Valleys: A 12-pack of the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia.
October 16, 2019
Noon meeting on fate of weekend advance voting. Timbo's opening a restaurant. Beer fest updates. Rant: Egos and the city commission.
A newsy Tuesday begins here with more to come this afternoon: Politics: Noon meeting today to offer a closer look at why there is no weekend voting this election cycle -- and might not be. At issue is the required “call” to set the election which already has been published and can’t be altered. Advance voting so far: 31 votes on Monday. It returns today from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the health department on East 12th Street. Dining: Timbo's Smokehouse, among the region's top food trucks, to open Rockmart restaurant in November. Groundbreaking was held for Pepperell Middle School on Monday. The $20 million buildling should be open in January 2021. The Nov. 2 Rome Beer Fest: What to know about tickets, food and craft beer, including the debut of 'When in Rome IPA' from Rome City Brewing Co. Buzz: City Commission OK's 'urban camping' ordinance as well as the panhandling ordinance. It got emotional again last night . Rant of the Day: What to do about all those "egos" the City Commission keeps targeting.
October 15, 2019
Meet the BoilMasters, cooking for a cause. Advance voting begins. Vaping concerns in Gordon Co. Rant: Block the Vote.
Monday's first news and our rant of the day, "Block the Vote." Meet The BoilMasters: We spotted these guys on Facebook in recent days having more fun than should be allowed, serving up barrels of low country boil. It turns out, they do it not for profit but to benefit local nonprofits who auction their services. Read about a fun little enterprise that lets three good friends hang out together while helping their community in turn. First, advance voting starts today at 8 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. at the health department on East 12th This is the only place to vote in advance and will be open weeks through Friday, Nov. 1. Weekend voting is still up in the air. No civic center, yellow brick courthouse or West Rome church this time. We have two candidate forums or get togethers this week, the first at Fuddruckers brought to you by the Rome TEA party and conservative coalition, and the second Thursday evening at the Division Street complex brought to you by 100 Black Men and others. We also have links to all our stories on the 2019 city commission candidates as well as the video edition of Community Watch’s candidate interviews. In health news, Gordon County Schools have adopted new policies dealing with vaping. Get this: it is for students in sixth through 12th grades. Rant of the Day: A new early voting location. No weekend voting. Is someone trying to 'Block the Vote'?
October 14, 2019
2 Rome midlevel managers resign following investigation. Panda Express permit issued. Busy, cooler weekend. Rant: Power to the people, right on.
Friday's exclusive updates include: Two midlevel administrators have left city of Rome employment following an investigation; both had been on leave prior to resigning. Business: $800,000 permit for Panda Express the first at new East Bend. Value of three other projects together at more than $5 million Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Fiddlin' Fest returns. Oktoberfest celebration. Mushroom, Covered Bridge festivals. Two Sunday concerts. Weather:  Look for mid 70s Saturday and Sunday. Rant of the Day: Summerville Park, Between the Rivers neighbors step up as government fails. 
October 11, 2019
Two Floyd men held following chase to Ala. Another vaping death; more concerns. 'Fest'-ive weekend. Rant: Brian McCann a part of our sports history.
News and sports dominate today's headlines:  A chase that started in downtown Rome and ended in Cherokee County (Ala.) lands two Floyd County men in custody. Health: State confirms second vaping death; governor, health department issue health warning. Plus: Our recent podcast on local concerns about vaping Druck Report: Cartersville's Drowned Valley Brewing Co. is just about ready to pour. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Fiddlin' Fest returns. Oktoberfest celebration. Mushroom, Covered Bridge festivals.  Sports: Brian McCann, the last original Rome Brave, retires. The Atlanta Braves are done for the season. Rant: McCann an indelible part of our sports history. 
October 10, 2019
Druck Report: Cartersville's Drowned Valley Brewing Co. just about ready to pour. Owners Dean Kimberly and JD Dean on how an idea is about to become a craft brew destination.
Northwest Georgia's second craft brewery is expected to open in November. Drowned Valley Brewing Co. is just about ready at 4 Tennessee St. in Cartersville and will greet customers with eight custom brews on tap. Dean Kimberly, the owner and head of business operations, and JD Dean, owner and head brewer, joined us on The Druck Report to highlight how they grew their love of craft beer from an idea to what is about to become a destination in downtown Cartersville. Dean, an award-winning home-brewing veteran, says he knew he wanted to make his own soon after having his first beer.  Together and with some additiional partners, they've given new life to the former Cartlon Building. In addition to the brewery, it will be home to: A tap room complete with darts, corn hole and other games.  Space for food trucks; guests also are welcome to bring their own favorites with them to pair with Drowned Valley's beers. A dog friendly atmosphere. And eventual plans to expand carryout and distribution service. Kimberly and Dean are working close with Rome City Brewing Co. partners Jay Shell and Dr. Trent Prault and even bought RCBC's original brewing system as the Rome brewer expanded into larger quarters at 333 Broad St. They joined us recently at Brand Red Studios to talk about craft beer and what's next.  We thank Brand Red for their production support of our long-form podcasts and Todd LaBerge for another excellent job producing this conversation. The Druck Report is a production of Hometown Headlines Inc. Please join us for our weekday newscasts as well. >>More craft beer news: We recently interviewed Jay Shell of Rome City Brewing. Listen to that podcast here.
October 9, 2019
Area's coolest food truck returns; craft beer updates. New security at Floyd Schools. Honors for city teacher. Election updates. Rant: United Way way of the future?
Wednesday's first news: Swift & Finch's unique mobile van is back on the road again. Oktoberfest at The Vogue to feature Tim Reynolds. Rome City Brewing adds distribution in Alabama.  Preview of new craft brewery. First Floyd County Schools start new Visitor Management System on Monday. What it means and how it works. Rome City Schools names Ashley Hamby teacher of the year, Luis Goya as runner-up. Support person of the year: Roderick Ware Early voting starts Monday at the Floyd County Health Department, ends Nov. 1. What to know. Rant: Is the United Way the way of the future for giving?
October 9, 2019
Froggy's jumping into former Kangaroo Jake's. Alli Mitchell on United Way changes. Peaks & Valleys as we remember a great community servant.
Tuesday's first headlines include: Business: Froggy's jumping into Kangaroo Jake's former spot in Armuchee;  we’re awaiting an opening day. The company has been in the inflatables business for more than a year. Also, Downtown Cartersville has been named state's Main Street of the Month. Today’s Druck Report: Executive Director Alli Mitchell on why the United Way of Rome & Floyd County has changed 'to take on challenges ... that no one agency’s mission can take on alone.' We hope to have an update on local government later today. We’ve confirmed most of it but are awaiting a few more records. Buzz: County Commission to recycle former recycling center with a vote due at this afternoon’s meeting. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia, from fathers and sons and local sports to remembering a true community servant.
October 8, 2019
Druck Report: Alli Mitchell on why the United Way of Rome & Floyd County has changed 'to take on challenges ... that no one agency’s mission can take on alone.'
Alli Mitchell joined the United Way of Rome & Floyd County in January as the agency was changing to what's called a community impact model.  What it means:  "The new funding structure focuses on specific programs proposed by local nonprofits that fit together collaboratively to take on challenges in Rome and Floyd County that no one agency’s mission can take on alone. The model supports the idea that nonprofits and communities are stronger when they are United in their efforts to address social challenges." Mitchell joined us this week at Brand Red Studios to discuss what's different about the United Way, the impact it has on the community and some of the reaction the nonprofit has faced because of those changes. We thank Brand Red for their production support of our long-form podcasts and Todd LaBerge for another excellent job producing this conversation with Alli Mitchell.  The Druck Report is a production of Hometown Headlines Inc. Please join us for our weekday newscasts as well. 
October 8, 2019
Meet the Ward 1 Commission candidates. Caching crowd means 'cha-ching' downtown. Remembering Ken Oates. Rant: Rome unglued? Maybe so.
What to know as a very busy Monday gets under way: Politics: Candidate profiles, Q&A for the Ward 1 Rome City Commission hopefuls. Topics: Downtown, economic development, transparency. Also: Today's the last day to register to vote in Nov. 5 election. Heard on the street: Caching translates into cha-ching for downtown restaurants (with an assist from Mountain Day). Plus: We take a bite out of that fast-food wait-time survey – and share some related details that somehow others left out about Chick-fil-A. Two productions, Stranger Things and Black Widow, shooting in Rome again. We have an update on the services for former youth pastor Ken Oates of West Rome Baptist Church. He is being mourned by many today. Sports updates on John McClellan's high school picks and how 'bout those Atlanta Braves?! Rant of the Day: Is Rome coming unglued? From government to business circles, there are new concerns to discuss. 
October 7, 2019
Roll the dice, play Rome Opoly (seriously). Fair's biggest days; busy weekend. More near-record heat. Rant: We put our own spin on Rome Opoly.
Friday's news and what's ahead this weekend: Who's ready to roll the dice and win Rome Opoly? Get the perfect Christmas present now for $19.98 at Walmart.  Coosa Valley Fair: Gates open at 5 p.m.; today's schedule. Latest pageant updates; exhibition results Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center:  Geo Caching continues. Mountain Day, 'Spelling Bee' at Berry. Locomotive festival in Adairsville. Political calendar: Last day to register to vote is Monday; next forum set for Oct. 17. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: 101 on Thursday in Rome, 100 in Cartersville; we'll come close to another record high today -- and then a gradual cool down starts. Rant of the Day: We offer some updates to Rome Opoly (Economic Development, 'free' parking downtown, Summerville Park hotel.
October 4, 2019
Countdown to Rocket Wash opening. Fallout from McDaniel's 'Third World' comment. Huge weekend. Rant: Our first Facebook election!
The headlines aren't slowing down this week. The latest:  Business: Rocket Wash in Cartersville to open in about three weeks; two more sites under review. Fashion Ten also looking to grow. Farrell's Frame and Design in new home at 519 Broad St. Politics:  Commissioner Craig McDaniel's 'Third World' comment about parts of Rome triggers additional controversy with rival's daughter, a chamber employee. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. The fair gets bigger. Geo Caching is back; parade tonight. Mountain Day, 'Spelling Bee' at Berry. Locomotive festival in Adairsville. Haunted on Broad lurking for you. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: A record high of 100 on Wednesday; another record today. Rant of the Day: 'Third World' comment guarantees our first Facebook election.
October 3, 2019
More chamber fallout as Ken Wright leaves. Latest SAT scores. Fair opens (and great photos). Fighting breast cancer. Rant: Inspiration for would-be voters.
The headlines on an already busy Wednesday: Chamber-economic development fallout continues as Ken Wright is out. He was the liasion with the existing industries association, which voted unanimously to stay with the chamber. Keep an eye on this one. Floyd Schools: SAT scores top state, national averages; Pepperell High leads the pack. We’ll have expanded updates later today. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is under way with clear message: Take preventative steps to fight breast cancer. Annual Pink Day from Floyd is Friday at Truett's Chick-fil-A. Coosa Valley Fair: Gates open at 5 tonight; the beef show is at 1 p.m. Plus: Keith Beauchamp’s dazzling aerial photos from the fair. Rant of the day: Maybe some inspiration for would-be voters.
October 2, 2019
Updates on fatal Rockmart fire. City, county discuss home for economic development. The fair opens tonight. Rant: $2 million economic development bill.
Tuesday's first headlines include: The latest on the home 'flash burn/explosion' that claimed the life of a Rockmart woman Business: Plans for rehabbing the storage building behind the chamber for economic development on joint services committee agenda today.  Bucket O' Shrimp 'growing' in East Rome. 5 p.m. opening this afternoon for Coosa Valley Fair. What to know about tickets, parking, specials, weather. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Record-tying heat in Rome Monday, record set in Cartersville. We'll get a little hotter before the cool down begins Saturday. Today's rant: Economic development looking for a new place to call home. 
October 1, 2019
Commissioners blistered on state radio show. Ward 3 candidate profiles, Q & A. Beer festivals brewing. Rant: Radio host calls city vote 'a scam.'
The news week starts with... : Syndicated talk show host Erick Erickson goes off on Rome City Commission's 'school zone speed' detection vote. 'They want revenue... it's all a scam, folks, it's all a scam.” Politics:  Candidate profiles as well as questions and answers for the Ward 3 Rome City Commission hopefuls. We ask about downtown Rome issues, economic development and the one local thing they think is the most improved. At least three beer festivals brewing in October, early November in Rome, Fort Payne and Ball Ground. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: And the heat goes on ... but maybe a change starting early Saturday.  Rant of the Day: So now the City Commission is called out statewide for another 'money grab.'
September 30, 2019
McDonald's back, better than ever in East Rome. STEMCO sold. Busy -- and hot -- weekend. Rant: Story behind 'I miss you' story.
Friday's first headlines include:   East Rome McDonald's reopens this morning; ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Still no word on former Long John Silver's across the highway Parent company sells STEMCO campus in Rome to MAT Holdings. All Adairsville Police officers now certified to help those with mental illness involved in police situations; the training already has saved one life. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Final days for Rome Shakespeare Festival, the Bartow County Fair;   Schnauzerfest opens. RSO begins 99th season. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Record heat again Thursday and most likely today. Look for 95 on Saturday as well. Rant: The story behind the 'I Miss You' sign.
September 27, 2019
The mystery behind the 'I Miss You' sign. Unemployment sinks. Busy, hot weekend. Rant: Rome's future is in voters' hands, not candidates.
Thursday's first headlines include: 'I miss you.' A simple sign on the river side of Glenn Milner has people trying the guess the meaning behind the message. Latest employment snapshots from across Northwest Georgia.  Most counties here are below 4% Agenda set for this morning's Homelessness Task Force meeting at The Well. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Final weekend for Rome Shakespeare Festival, Schnauzerfest opens Friday. RSO begins 99th season with concert, festival. It's going to be a hot weekend as well.  As flu season begins, Public Health urging community to get vaccinations by late October. Rant of the Day: City's future is not up to nine commission candidates; it's up to you. 
September 26, 2019
'Pizza, pizza' due in East Rome by late October. City Commission candidate interviews posted. Impeachment updates. Rant: Sell tickets to GOP forum Thursday.
Wednesday's news day includes: Little Caesar's in East Rome is hiring; opening expected by late October. Pelosi says House to open impeachment inquiry. Trump: 'More breaking news Witch Hunt garbage.'  We have reaction from Tom Graves, David Perdue.  Links to Georgia Highlands' Community Watch interviews with all nine City Commission hopefuls. Questions include economic development, crime and safety, downtown parking, minority business involvement. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Smog alert in Bartow, metro Atlanta today. Temperatures in the mid 90s through Sundayt. Normal this time of year: 81. Rant: Our advice -- sell tickets to Thursday's GOP forum to hear some candidates, some impeachment reaction. 
September 25, 2019
Old Toys R Us up for auction. Stylist indicted in husband's murder. Latest on SWAT shooting. Rant: The headlines hit close to home.
Tuesday's first news: Former Toys R Us store at Mount Berry Mall is up for auction next month. Starting bids: $200,000.  Food City schedules hiring events for new Calhoun store From WZQZ Radio: Renee Lanham, known for her work at Hair Benders, indicted by a  Chattooga County Grand Jury on charges related to husband's muder two years ago. GBI statement: Rome/Floyd SWAT team deployed to arrest Aycock; he refused to drop his weapon and died from wounds he sustained. Politics:  Candidate interviews begin; 'meet and greet' set for Oct. 3; first forum this Thursday (four of nine candidates confirmed). Election day is six weeks off. Rant of the Day: When news hits too close to home.
September 24, 2019
Suspect dies in shootout with area law enforcement. Coosa Valley Fair: What to know. This is fall? Rants: Reviving downtown, homeless dogs, football.
Monday's first headlines include: The suspect killed in a shootout with Floyd County Police on Sunday was the same man who fired on officers Tuesday evening, according to reports. Two others were arrested at the scene of the shooting. More updates today. Coosa Valley Fair 2019: The five things you need to know about 'Fall's Finest Festival' as it rolls into town Oct. 1-5.  Buzz: Jorie Cakes, Berry's Steve Briggs take to the kitchen to promote Mountain Day, Martha Berry's birthday. $500,000 in upgrades for Polk's Kroger, Rockmart Walmart.  Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Fall arrived this morning; 59 degrees this morning. But it won’t last as record heat is on the way back. Rant: Parking lot park signals need to revive downtown. 'Homeless' wild dogs. Crazy football. Friday Night Blues.
September 23, 2019
Save A Lot closes 3 area stores. Weekend: Plays, concerts, Bloody Marys. Weather: Gorgeous. Rant: New game show - Who Wants to be a U.S. Senator?
Friday's first headlines: Save A Lot stores closed in Rome, Summerville,  Chatsworth; Fort O remains open. It has been a quiet few days in East Rome and the Between the Rivers District following the capture of two wild dogs earlier this week. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center.  Rome . Shakespeare Festival returns plus 'Mamma Mia,' two free concerts, Walk With a Doc, Berry's Fall Market -- and a rummage sale with Bloody Marys. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Overnight lows near 60 through Sunday morning. Heat back Monday. The morning low so far today: 62 degrees. Rant: Our new reality show, "Who Wants to be a U.S. Senator?"
September 20, 2019
Two injured in U.S. 27 collision. Cartersville chef wins TV title, $250K. Business, education updates. Rant: Finally, a reality check.
An On the Road edition includes: Two hurt in U.S. 27 collision, one critically. Popeye's eyes next grand opening in Cartersville. High school graduations going up in Northwest Georgia. Today's rant: A reality check (as in a local winner and $250,000.
September 19, 2019
Police: Suspect sought after firing at officers. Regional meth gang busted. 2 wild dogs caught. Lofts to welcome residents. Rant: Combining old, new in downtown.
A busy night of news with just as many updates later today: Floyd County Police: Suspect sought after firing at officers as warrant was being served. A second man has been arrested at that location. Drug Task Force: 10 arrested, $40,000 in meth seized as well as weapons, vehicles in Floyd/Polk drug investigation.  The Lofts at Third & Broad expects to welcome first residents by month's end; four more townhouse permits issued for Hoyt Hill by the River Two wild dogs captured in separate traps at Saint Mary's School; crews continue to look for remaining pack members. Health: Harbin Clinic physicians, practices nationally recognized for patient-centered care. Historic Preservation Conference opens today in downtown Rome with 300 guests. Midweek observations: Downtown Rome and the challenge of combining old and new. 
September 18, 2019
Dog attacks: Animal Control's response and what's next. Prime time for Harvest Moon. Break in the heat this week. Rant: Story lines for TV coverage of dog attacks.
Tuesday's first headlines include: Six weeks after first attack, wild dog packs continue to roam Between the Rivers, East Rome neighborhoods. Here's what Animal Control and police have done -- and what is happening next. Harvest Moon is the star of a segment of Atlanta Eats now online.  Sweet Pickles Cafe on Broad Street has new owners. Boom month for Rome Realtors with 23.1% jump in total sales. Development authority meets today; legislative briefing is Wednesday. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: After another sizzling 99 on Monday, a bit cooler today: 96. Good news: Mid 80s by Thursday. Rant of the Day: How will Atlanta, Chattanooga TV crews cover the dog attacks -- or local media?
September 17, 2019
Dos Bros. and other dining updates. Rome Business Group building network. McClellan's high school picks. Weekend Observations: It was an emotional one.
As your news week begins...: Dos Bros Fresh Mexican Grill targets late September opening. Crawdaddy's parks food truck for now. Aventine's preview. Shannon restaurant for sale. Rome Business Group building through referrals, relationships with twice-monthly meetings. Wonderful turnout Sunday evening for One Table 2019. Please see our 10-photo gallery. John McClellan's high school picks. Ahead of the Headlines: More roundabouts in Bartow; League of Women Voters talks Census, redistricting; Saturday rabies clinic. Buzz: CRBI hopes to have 500 new or renewed members by Sept. 30; how and why to join. Latest Georgia gas prices. Newscast exclusive: Weekend Observations – and it was an emotional one at that.
September 16, 2019
Chemical fire closes Calhoun schools. Extra precautions at Coosa High. Bartow 'boom' continues. Peaks & Valleys: Homeless, Sept. 11, One Table.
A busy news week gets busier: Developing: Chemical fire in Calhoun closes city schools today. At least one employee at DHM reported injured; others OK Floyd Schools are aware of 'CHS' threat on social media; says it isn't about Coosa. Normal classes Friday with extra security as a precaution. Business: IDI/Northwest Business Center plans 637,000 square feet of industrial space in Bartow. Fourth major project announced there this year. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Record high of 99 in Rome Thursday, 100 in Cartersville. Hang on for one more day; normal temperatures return over the weekend. Plus: We're on tropics watch again Homelessness Task Force finds agreement on Rome's proposed urban camping ordinance; next meeting Sept. 26. Thursday gathering started with city officials on the defensive. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia. Homeless meeting, Sept. 11 services, One Table.
September 13, 2019
Social media threat not credible but school officials on alert. Plasma center coming to Rome. Dark days at Tang's Garden. Observation: Downtown Rome needs to rethink summer events.
A busy news night in Northwest Georgia so let's get to it: School officials in Northwest Georgia have increased security following a social media threat apparently was intended for Cass High. It only says “CHS” so other school systems are on watch as well. Bartow officials say the threat has no credibility but that extra officers are on duty today. In Gordon County, authorities are investigating a domestic dispute that led to a woman’s death and the arrest of a suspect. CSL Plasma opening soon at former Rite Aid location at Shorter and Division Street in West Rome. Al Hodge elected chair of the Japan America Society of Georgia's board Dining & Drink: Things suddenly are quiet at Tang's Garden in West Rome. Wendy's adding breakfast; 'where's the biscuit?' next? Seasonal Oktoberfest craft beer -- and brats -- debut at Rome City Brewing on Saturday. Remembering  Adyson Faith Williams, 13, and her father, Christopher Wayne Williams. Services are Friday night, Saturday. Touching service following AMS game. Midweek observation: Time to rethink the summer downtown concert/event series. 
September 12, 2019
Homeless task force assembles. Update on wild dog packs. Power back after storms. Rant: City solution -- election and recall effort.
Our audio edition headlines: Tentative list of Homelessness Task Force members posted; meeting set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Carnegie Training Room. Advocates urging large turnout. The latest on efforts to catch wild dog packs roaming Between the Rivers' neighborhoods. Georgia named the top state for doing business for the sixth consecutive year. Bartow, Paulding counties to test state's new balloting system on Nov. 5. Sunday Brunch Bill added to Rome ballot. Latest on concerns of wild dog packs in Rome. Dogs Most power restored following Tuesday night's storms. Upper 90s due Thursday, Friday. Rant of the day: Fixing the City Commission needs both the election and a recall movement.
September 11, 2019
Two communities mourn crash victims. Updates on economic development. An almost-sneaky vote and a rant on that very issue.
Today's headlines and rant: Armuchee, Cedar Bluff communities mourning father, child killed in Chattooga County accident. 10-year-old son also injured and hospitalized. Latest updates. Community's new economic development director briefs City Commission on agency's first steps: Website, branding, board retreat, prospect recruitment. Rome City commissioners tried to bring 'urban camping' ordinances back for a vote Monday until reminded 'it would feel kind of sneaky.' Five cats attacked, several fatally, another missing in the Between the Rivers neighborhoods off downtown Rome. After a busy summer of helping those in need, The Salvation Army's pantry is running low. Here's how to help. Rant: Please listen the commission video and decide whether the almost-vote was sneaky or not.
September 10, 2019
Adult flag football part of parks & rec's new focus. One Table has seats available for Sunday. First candidates forum set. Rant: Canceling presidential primaries? We vote no.
Today's headlines include: Rome-Floyd Parks and Rec expanding options to adults as well as kids sports and senior programs. New this fall: Adult men's flag football following success of summer basketball league. 'One Table 2019' quickly filling up for this Sunday evening. The goal: 'Sit together at one table to promote the Rome community.' Politics: First forum set for Rome City Commission candidates. Some 'homework' for incumbents and challengers tonight. Also: The election schedule. The Coosa Valley Fair guide is now available online. It offers 42 pages of stuff you want to know about entries, schedules and pagents. Nicely done. Truett's Chick-fil-A Sports: John McClellan's high school picks. Georgia no. 3 in AP Top 25 football. Rant of the Day: Beware -- they're trying to cancel presidential primaries again.
September 9, 2019
Police seek suspect in Rome's 5th shooting in a month. Rome Axe Throwing debuts. Hot weekend ahead. Rants: Five short blasts today.
The Friday news report: Rome Police seek a 37-year-old man following the city’s fifth shooting since August. Rome Axe Throwing targets young adults, church and business groups as it opens this weekend. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Temperatures to climb into the upper 90s all weekend. Latest on Hurricane Dorian. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Regional fair opens in Calhoun; River District Music Festival, Outsider Art Party are on Saturday. Rants of the Day: Hurricanes, open carry, a peak for Brian Kemp.
September 6, 2019
Dorian's not done off Georgia's coast. Local business updates. PAWS still has dogs in need of home. Weekend guide. Rant: In gun debate, companies fill leadership void.
Our Thursday report includes: Ware Mechanical Weather updates: The latest on Dorian and Georgia's coast. How to help storm victims. Plus: A little cooler here today; upper 90s over the weekend. Coosa Valley Credit Union's Andy F. Harris nominated for IMPACT Award from Cartersville Chamber. Also, planning Commission meets today, to tweak East Bend site Georgia Recorder takes a closer look at Rome, says our community is 'still coping with mental health challenges years after' Northwest Georgia Regional closed in 2011. P.A.W.S. says the puppies and some adults are adopted but help still needed for the remaining dogs seized this week. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Regional fair opens in Calhoun; River District Music Festival, Outsider Art Party on Saturday. Rant of the Day: When corporations step up to fill leadership void in nation's mass shootings nightmare. 
September 5, 2019
Chipotle coming to Rome; new life for Chick-fil-A's shipping container. Updates on Dorian, coastal Georgia. Rant: High Court of Facebook on restaurant news.
A busy news day so let's get to it: Chipotle Mexican Grill confirms Rome restaurant opening 'some point next summer.' Likely home: East Bend. Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Dorian moves off coast of Georgia; latest updates on coastal Georgia watches and warnings. Locally, heat index of 100 due today. Also on Dorian: Capt. Jason Smith of the Salvation Army in Rome has been named incident commander for Georgia relief efforts. P.A.W.S. takes in 40 medium-sized, mixed-breed dogs from a Wax Road address in what officials call an apparent animal hoarding case. How to help Dining: Chick-fil-A's 'Shipping Container' on Riverside Parkway to offer express breakfast, lunch/dinner menus starting Monday Walmart, Kroger take steps in response to outbreak of mass shootings in America Today's Rant: Fast food, faster verdicts from the High Court of Facebook.
September 4, 2019
Tracking Dorian's threat to Coastal Georgia. Chick-fil-A distribution center on the rise. Tragic Labor Day on our roads. Peaks & Valleys from the weekend.
Our post-Labor Day headlines include: The latest on Hurricane Dorian and the potential threat to Georgia. Coastal Georgia is under both tropical storm and storm surge warnings as well as a hurricane watch. Storm conditions are possible there Wednesday and Thursday. Chick-fil-A Distribution Center under way in Bartow County; already a few people hired with 300 jobs due overall The latest on Labor Day weekend traffic that saw two fatalities in our area and 9 statewide. Among the victims was a 3-year-old passenger on an ATV and a Calhoun man. Remembering Jim Mehaffey, former county commissioner, community servant. Services set for Friday afternoon Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia stretch from proactive work by emergency officials with Hurricane Dorian to a dud of a premiere weekend for SEC football.
September 3, 2019
Charles Love out of Ward 1 race. Isakson resigning. Murder suspect back in Chattooga. Rant: Isakson is our last real Republican.
Huge news week continues: Charles Love withdraws from City Commission race. That leaves five candidates, including three incumbents, in the Ward 1. McChanges under way at East Rome McDonald's as 'fast food week' continues. Suspected killer Steven James Mauldin is now in the Chattooga County Jail. Man sought in South Rome shooting surrenders at Floyd County Jail. Success in Summerville Park: Housing authority agrees to buy hotel site. Politics: U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign on Dec. 31; cites mounting health issues.  Rant of the Day: Isakson is the state's last true Republican and not one of the blow-dry Gravy Boaters who seek the GOP tag.
August 29, 2019
Manhunt continues for double murder suspect. Harbin's pediatric center due in 2020. Rant: Seeing '2020' in bustling Redmond Corridor.
The latest from a very busy news week: Latest updates on the manhunt for the suspect in a double murder in Chattooga County. The suspect has been spotted near Birmingham; the victims have been identified. Harbin Clinic breaks ground on new pediatrics center rising at John Maddox and Woodrow Wilson Way.  Full Circle Wellness of Rome opens Oct. 1 at 318 Broad St. Druck Report: As 'vaping' spreads among our middle and high schoolers as well as adults, Erin Hernandez of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition details escalating health risks. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Watch for morning fog.  Morning lows to drop into the mid 60s or lower through Saturday. Plus: Storm Dorian links. Rant of the Day: As $150 million in growth continues near Redmond Corridor, a look at what could follow. 
August 28, 2019
Druck Report: As 'vaping' spreads among our middle and high schoolers as well as adults, Erin Hernandez of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition details escalating health risks.
Once thought to be a "safe" alternative to smoking, "vaping" is becoming another major health hazard and an addiction especially among teens. Erin Hernandez, executive vice president of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition, joined John Druckenmiller of Hometown Headlines to detail the dangers of vaping -- no matter what the age of the user. Among the disturbing trends, she says, are the number of middle and high schoolers turning to vaping as they see it as being cool. However, fedeal and state authorities currently are investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness in some people who vap.e The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that "states have reported similar cases requiring hospitalization and patients being placed on ventilators... Many patients acknowledged a history of vaping nicotine and/or products containing THC, the component in marijuana that gives the high sensation." Hernandez outlines the health risks and some of the consequences especially for younger users.  She was a guest at Brand Red Studios at 4 Bale St. in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for producing our latest podcast.
August 27, 2019
Grand opening traffic: Let's be careful out there. Greater Community Bank renovating Calhoun office. Rant: When dining today, 'remember the ones who brung ya.'
On Tuesday's news menu: Be prepared: Traffic on Martha Berry, Turner McCall likely to be a hot mess today as Chicken Salad Chick opens. Some options. Business: Greater Community Bank preparing for renovations of Calhoun office. JZ's Taste of Georgia offers wine, beer tastings in Carterville.  Education: Second local school system -- Gordon County -- hit with data breach. Tashia Twyman, Director of Communication and Public Engagement for Rome City Schools, is resigning. Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy receives nearly $500,000 in grants. Buzz: Community Foundation of Greater Rome plans Sept. 12 seminar on grants, applications. 'Multiple traumas' drain supply; Blood Assurance seeks donations (how to give).  Rant: Amid grand opening panic and dining, 'remember the ones who brung ya.'
August 27, 2019
Amid two key openings, two businesses closing. Knights cooking BBQ to help others. Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows of commission candidates.
A busy start to a busy news week: Business: Amid a week of openings, Hardee's in West Rome and Healing Arts Center on Broad Street closing. Five things to know about the 52nd Annual Knights of Columbus Labor Day Barbecue at the Rome Civic Center.  Education: As Berry College starts the new year today, a hero is among the newest students. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: One more day in the upper 70s. Sports: John McClellan's high school picks and a critical week ahead for the Rome Braves. Peaks & Valley: The City Commission candidates edition. Some highs and some lows, for sure.
August 26, 2019
10 candidates for 6 commission seats -- so far. Mother's Finest in Rome tonight. Rant: Politics really is about 'Love' -- and war.
Busy news week not over yet. Consider: Sundai Stevenson qualifies for new term in Ward 1;  Jamie Palmer qualifies for Ward 3. Today's the final day to sign up with a 4:30 p.m. deadline looming. Education: 67 Floyd County Schools' students earn 92 AP Scholar Awards. Health: Dr. Jarrad Barber, a hands specialist, joins Harbin Clinic Orthopedics. Plus Floyd announces promotions in Imaging Services department. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: 'Mother's Finest' and friends are at The Forum tonight. Rant: Charles Love's past includes time in prison. But what he's done since and wants to do next have some people scared enough to launch whisper campaigns. Let the city voters decide.
August 23, 2019
Burger, wings chain opening 2 spots in NWGA. 8 City Commission hopefuls so far. Rants: Yes to redevelopment; huge sports weekend; politics.
A huge Thursday news buffet including: Dining & Drink: WNB Factory opening soon in Cedartown, Cartersville, offering wings, burgers, fried rice. New from Rome City Brewing: 'When in Rome. City Commission: Charles Love running for Ward 1 seat; Craig McDaniel qualifies for new term in Ward 3. With two days to go, that's eight candidates for six seats. More are expected. Rome Police: Two men wounded in exchange of gunfire; both taken to hospital and are expected to recover. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: 'Mother's Finest' and friends at The Forum on Friday; see our Q & A. Rome Braves in must-win final stretch -- with two Atlanta stars. Plus: Farmers markets, outdoors (latest CRBI water tests). Rants (3!) of the day: Thumbs up for redevelopment; ditto on great sports weekend; politics -- changes brewing?
August 22, 2019
6 candidates in, more due for City Commission. Combo meal: Double restaurant openings. Rant: There's 'mor chikin' in your future.
Our Wednesday updates with a familiar opening jingle:   City Commission candidate update: J.J. Walker Seifert, Bonny Askew qualify for Ward 3; Bill Irmscher seeks new term in Ward 1. Another  candidate expected to announce at midday today. Nothing formal yet from three other incumbents  Dining. The ultimate combo meal deal next week: Popeye's opens on Monday, Chicken Salad Chick on Tuesday.  Rome Police issue new mug of murder suspect Joe Paul Atwater; 'should be considered armed and dangerous.'  Daniel’s Funeral Home to handle services for victim. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rain chances increase Thursday through Saturday but rainfall should be mostly light. A break in the heat next week.    Rant: Huge crowds due for twin restaurant openings next week; we'll stay with Truett's Combo No. 1. 
August 21, 2019
Changes in high school football 'broadcasts' this fall. More City Commission candidates today. Storm aftermath; heat index of 101 today. Rant: The day the music died (local radio woes).
Lots of media talk today as well as these headlines: Big changes for following high school football this fall as one radio station fades while webcasts are on the rise. Podcasts, too.  Three qualify for Rome City Commission seats as more line up. Traffic: Garden Lakes Boulevard near the school closed for part of today.  Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Storms left 3,000 in the dark Monday; all repaired today. Heat index of 101 today. Rant: The day the music died (a closer look at fading local radio in Northwest Georgia).
August 20, 2019
Manhunt under way for murder suspect; a gathering of Vietnam heroes; candidate qualifying begins. Rant: Exactly which part of 'the community' dropped the ball on helping the homeless?
 The day's real first news includes: Latest updates on the investigation into a Rome man's murder over the weekend. Search continues for the suspect. Heroes reunion: Veterans from the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam to reunite in Rome next month. David Bratcher, a Rome native, to welcome 14 colleagues and their spouses Politics: As qualifying begins today for municipal elections, architect Mark Cochran announces he’s running for Rome City Commission. Druck Report: From clean drinking water to rivers filled with kayaks to proactive talks with developers, Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman says CRBI is totally committed to our community. Rant: City release says 2009 homeless plan was never followed up by "the community." A decade later, who's fault is that?
August 19, 2019
Druck Report: From clean drinking water to rivers filled with kayaks to proactive talks with developers, Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman says CRBI is totally committed to our community.
At 26 years and growing, the Coosa River Basin Initiative is staging itself to be more proactive in protecting our waterways and community. Executive Director Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman joined John Druckenmiller of Hometown Headlines to help focus on what the organization does and where it hopes to go. Proactive steps: CRBI wants to be involved with developers and city/county governments at projects are proposed vs. once their under way.  Burwell Creek memories: Demonbreun-Chapman says while he's pleased by the outcome, the fight was perhaps too intense and even wasteful in resources. Going forward, CRBI wants to be more involved in the birthing stages. Back to the rivers: Thanks to clean-up efforts, local waterways are filled with kayaks, paddle boards, canoes and floats as people rediscover outdoor amenities. GE, PCBs and 'To Kingdom Come': CRBI and the Berry College Environmental Studies cooperated on an indepth look at GE and its relationship with the community. In addition to the documentary, the goal is to introduce 'To Kingdom Come' to local schools and to release a soundtrack of its unique music. Water tests: CRBI continues its checks of area waterways to ensure the safety of popular "put-in" spots in Floyd and Bartow counties. Fracking and the late Rep. John Meadows: Demombreun-Chapman recalls passage of the state's first fracking lows and how instrumental Rep. John Meadows, the late Calhoun Republican House member, was in passing that legislation. Jesse joined us at the offices of Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast editing.
August 18, 2019
Rants of the Week: An edited version of some of our commentary from the past few days on "urban camping," local "leadership."
We're testing this new feature capturing some of our "rants" from the past week. We've edited our daily newscasts to the final three or so minutes of community commentary. Please let us know what you think by emailing druck@hometownheadlines.com We especially thank the authors of the West Rome Alumni for this assessment: Rants Offer More Enlightenment  Have a great week ahead in Northwest Georgia. 
August 18, 2019
Meeting Monday on community response to 'urban camping' ordinance. RaceTrac cancels West Rome plan (for now). Weekend guide. Rants: One more commission highlight; chicken salad wars.
 The we-slept-in late edition of our headlines and rants: Davies Shelter's Ruth and Naomi House hosting community meeting at noon Monday to craft 'plan of action' in response to 'urban camping,' 'panhandling' ordinances.  Business: RaceTrac cancels plans for a 5,500-square-foot store at Ga. 20 and Coker in West Rome but . .  Business: An aerial view as the walls come tumbling down at former Kmart in Rome. Huge sales month for Realtors in Rome/Floyd and Gordon County; good month in Bartow County.  Druck Report: There's no real limit on what we might see in Rome's River District. An interview with planners Artagus Newell and Brice Wood.  More business: Central Plaza is picking up Bussey’s Florist from Broad Street as Riverside Gourmet expands. United Way of Rome & Floyd County adopts new model to 'proactively address the root causes of complex community challenges no one agency can take on alone.'  Weekend! presented by Forum River Center: Tillman Race/Walk; downtown Cartersville concert; outdoors.  Rant: One more 'highlight' from the City Commission. The Chicken Salad wars. Keto smoothies.
August 16, 2019
Druck Report: There's no real limit on what we might see in Rome's River District. An interview with planners Artagus Newell and Brice Wood.
It's called the River District, along North Fifth Avenue from Broad Street and sandwiched mostly by Turner McCall Boulevard and Second Avenue on the other side of the Oostanaua. If plans hold up, the River District will be the buzz district as local planners work with property and business owners to turn the area into a shopping and entertainment district. Artagus Newell, planning director of Rome Floyd County, and Brice Wood, associate planner, joined Hometown Headlines' John Druckenmiller to discuss changes coming to  the River District just across the Oostanaula from downtown and Broad Street. They talked about the new urban mixed use zoning designation proposed for the district, a necessity that will spur development without some of the red tape reserved for areas in historic districts and such. As Wood pointed out, property owners will be able to maximize use of their land in terms of lot lines and parking. Among the goals for the River District is to "maximize density" as well as increasing foot traffic for merchants. Tie-ins are key to the River District's success, from the expanding trail networks to events at Barron Stadium, the tennis courts, meetings at the Courtyard and families visiting patients at Floyd Medical Center. Some of the pioneers of the redevelopment push across the river were noted, including River City Bank, Barron Stadium and later The Foundry Growler Bar and Courtyard Rome Riverwalk. The latest projects are a restaurant by Kevin Dillmon on West Thursday Street where work is well under way. Likewise coming together is a storefront on Fifth Avenue owned by Ginny and Doc Kibler. Sunflour Community Bakery is now open at 500 Avenue A and MakerVillage was the home to Harbin Clinic Gallery's latest exhibit saluting Charles Wimpee, a late-in-life folk artist. The largest project under consideration is Wayne Robinson's The District adjacent to the Courtyard. Valued at more than $20 million, plans call for retail on the ground floor followed by apartments and then condominiums. Artagus and Brice joined us in the River District -- at the offices of Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast editing.
August 16, 2019
Rant of the day: Is this anyway to run local government? Plus: An audio edition of our headlines today: County schools deal with data breach; so-so employment news.
Your audio daily double -- local headlines and our rant of the day:   Floyd County Schools report data breach with former vendor involving up to 6,400 student and staff names, dates, maybe emails on file between 2008 and 2015. Company offering credit monitoring First-time jobless claims up in July across Northwest Georgia. Big jump in jobs vs. last year but a drop compared to June's number. State sets jobs record in July. Health: 'Crush the Crisis' opiod take back is Sept. 7 at Remond; what to know. Saturday: Health Initiative for Men plus Women health fair; Walk With a Doc.   Business: And they're back -- Murphy USA reopens by East Rome Walmart with new store, pumps, entrance/exit system.    Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Tillman Race/Walk; downtown Cartersville concert; outdoors. Rant of the day: A year in the life of local government might scare the life out of you. 
August 15, 2019
Concerns about City Commission's proposed homeless crackdown. Storms leave 1,100 in the dark; slightly cooler today. Rant: Priorities -- discarded litter or discarded people?
 The audio edition of today's headlines and today's rant: Community groups organizing as Rome City Commission considers 'urban camping,' 'panhandling' ordinances. More updates later today.  We the Church buys 19.5 acres off Ga. 101 near Saddle Mountain. The Lighthouse, a nondenominational church, launches Aug. 25.   Bartow sheriff: Deputy fired, arrested with fiance following off-duty disturbance Saturday night caught on video.   Late-night storms trigger power outages; more than 1,000 customers without service. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Low 90s due today after record-level highs on Torrid Tuesday. Heat index was 109; today, 102
August 14, 2019
Newscast: Heat index of 108 today; what to know. Reward in arson case a first for Floyd. Dining: Mac 'n cheese and a shrimp boil. Rant: The heat is on to protect our student athletes.
Please take extra steps today to avoid excessive heat. Our headlines:  Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Heat index of 108 due today with a high of 99, prompting head advisory from noon until 8 tonight. What to know.   $4,750 reward paid to anonymous source who provided details needed to arrest, sentence local arson suspect; a first in Floyd County.   RN-T: Judge allows state to drop original indictments in school thefts case; allows up to six months to bring new indictments.  Toni Rhinehart named new Finance Director for the city of Rome Dining & Drink:  Mac and cheese now offered at Chick-fil-A. Shrimp boil to help Rome City Brewing kickoff college football season Buzz: Video preview of Saturday's Health Inititative for Men Plus Women. Ribbon cutting today for Redmond's Outpatient Congestive Heart Failure Clinic.  Rant of the Day: The heat is on -- to protect our student athletes from heat stroke. Follow the advice of healthcare professionals, not a cranky old coach.  
August 13, 2019
Newscast: $2,400 signing bonuses, other incentives being used to fill law enforcement vacancies. Blistering heat today, Tuesday. Business updates. Peaks & Valleys.
As we welcome the students back to Unity Christian today, these items:   $2,400 hiring bonuses, employee incentives for successful applicants among new tactics area law enforcement is using to fill around two dozen openings.  The new RaceTrac in Adairsville is well under way as the company continues to grow in Northwest Georgia. The nearby Burger King in Adairsville is offering next-day pay for employees. 12-lane bowling alley rising quickly at LakePoint Station in Emerson. Funeral set for Tuesday for Rome man who died following a collision on the Bypass on Thursday afternoon.  Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Blazing heat gets worse; high of 97 on Tuesday with a heat index of 107 possible.    John McClellan's high school football preview and first prediction of the season as Unity Christian plays Friday night.  Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia including a huge dance challenge success, commission candidates -- and voters.
August 12, 2019
East Rome Walmart's refit wraps up. Meet the 'Lindale Institute.' Perdue due at GOP rally. Rant: Conjuring the ghost of Richard Nixon (he's on Twitter!)
No decaf served here from your local news baristas. Today's headlines include: The East Rome Walmart's $1.5 million retrofit comes to an end; online grocery pickup starts today. The nearby Murphy USA station is due to reopen on Aug. 19. What's behind the 'Lindale Institute' at Pepperell High? David Perdue confirms speech at GOP Rally at Tillman Hangar Saturday. General admission, patron tickets remain for Saturday's Dance Challenge Education: False alarm at Pepperell High on Thursday after a report of a student possibly possessing a firearm. Search finds no weapon.  Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Rome Braves at home in season's final weeks. Chieftains' low country boil. Rodeo at the fairgrounds.  Night at the Museum.   Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Hot and humid today with a heat index of 99; highs in the mid-90s starting Sunday. Rant of the Day: Nixon's the One. Remembering some dubious days of our 37th president and what he'd think of today's America, GOP, politics.  
August 9, 2019
Harbin Clinic's first practices moving to new campus in Cartersville. Harbin also sponsoring Corky Kell Classic. Floyd adds 'Save my spot.' Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows of Northwest Georgia.
Lots of health and football news today including:  Harbin Clinic's second campus on Gentilly Boulevard in Cartersville begins welcoming patients Aug. 19. Harbin Clinic named presenting sponsor of the Corky Kell Classic at Barron Stadium on Aug. 22.   Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Rome Braves at home in season's final weeks. Chieftains' low country boil. Rodeo at the fairgrounds.  Night at the Museum Health: Floyd Urgent Care offices add 'Save My Spot.'  Sports: Darlington opens high school scrimmages tonight. Falcons at Dolphins in preseason NFL at 7:30 p.m.  Peaks & Valleys: Cool way to start school. Families, not empty suits, should have greeted Pence, Air Force 2. 
August 8, 2019
OTR Wheel grows in Northeast Georgia; Greater Community Bank to open Cartersville branch. Some TV time for Dr. Brad Bushnell. Rant: Does media merger trend mean less local news? Only you can decide.
Some big news for a few "hometown" businesses so let's get right to it:   OTR Wheel Engineering part of key industrial campus purchase in Gainesville (Northeast Georgia) for $9 million Greater Community Bank to open Cartersville office at 2 N. Dixie Ave.  It will be the bank’s fourth office in Floyd, Gordon and Bartow counties. Buzz: Harbin Clinic's Dr. Brad Bushnell is featured on WSB highlighting a 'patch' used in rotator cuff surgery... Rome Noon Optimist Club adds 100th member as organization celebrates centennial year...  Puryear Detachment, Marine Corps League meets Saturday... Library offers silent auction Education: Cartersville, Bartow County students return today Podcasts: Former Roman Harry Musselwhite (and a colleague) join the podcast world with 'The Dungball Express.'  Plus please join us for our Druck Report interviews. Rant of the Day: Megamerger of two newspaper groups incites fears of less local news. Only you can decide if that's true.
August 7, 2019
Newscast: Rockmart quadruple murder in January listed among nation's mass shootings. Pizza War in East Rome? DeSoto celebrates. Rant: Dubious distinction for Polk County -- again.
 Now available on SoundCloud podcast offerings, there are your broadcast headlines so far today: In a case of too close to home, the Rockmart quadruple murder in January is listed among '21 mass shootings in the United States in 2019' by WSB radio and others. Business: Little Caesar's in East Rome picking up speed, to complete with Domino's barely a block away. Redmond Urgent care changes hours at both sites. OMNOVA Solutions donates to Georgia Northwestern.  Buzz: Happy 90th, DeSoto! Good turnout last night. Roman Rumble returns Sept. 14 for two-legged and four-legged competitors. Blood drive today and Friday  in response to recent shootings (West Rome Walmart today, East Rome Friday). Downtown Development board meets Thursday.  Today's rant: Yet another dreadful distinction for Polk County with one other common denominator. But will we do anything about it?
August 6, 2019
Newscast: Still no answers to Callier Springs fire. Rome man, 20, dies in wreck. Big week in politics. Rant: What-if lineup of radio guests in aftermath of El Paso, Dayton wouldn't change a thing.
 A late edition of our broadcast headlines and thoughts on El Paso, Dayton: 15 months later, still no cause in fire that gutted Callier Springs Country Club as cleanup -- and golfing -- continue. The fire marshal says the building wasn't insured while the course was.   Services pending for 2018 Rome High graduate killed in traffic accident in Gordon County on Friday night.  Busy week with Floyd GOP Women meeting Tuesday, Tillman Hangar GOP rally on Saturday. Rome City Commission qualifying starts Aug. 19.   Back to school: St. Mary's Catholic School returns today.   The DeSoto turns 90 today. How you can join the party. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Celebrating 1.12 inches of needed rain mostly on Sunday.  Happy 90th birthday, Miss Betty (second segment). Rant: The guests we would have had on radio today talking about El Paso and Dayton -- and how nothing really changes with our current "leaders."
August 5, 2019
News Roundtable: Our top stories from the past week, our latest interviews and what's ahead next week.
This is an early version of what we hope to grow into a larger edition of The News Roundtable.  We're recapping the top stories of the past seven days as decided by you. We look at both the "hits" we received on Hometown Headlines each day as well as the Facebook numbers. We also provide brief updates to those stories if they've advanced a bit since first reported on Hometown Headlines. We also recap our Druck Report interviews of the week, one with Todd Wofford and Jim Alred of Rome Floyd Parks & Rec as well as another with Jay Shell of Rome City Brewing Co. Both are available on our website and on any of the nine podcast platforms we frequent.  All are free and on demand. We record our long-form interviews in the podcast center at Brand Red Studios in downtown Rome.  We close with what's on our news radar for the week ahead -- and we're in for a busy week. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend in Northwest Georgia.  
August 2, 2019
Newscast: VP Pence due here today. Main Elementary, Rome schools open. Huge office park due in Emerson. Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows -- and lobby Pence for airport runway $$
Celebrating the end of the news drought, we offer:    Vice President Mike Pence due in Rome this afternoon; still a mystery – exactly where other than the airport. 'Bartow Boom' continues: 777,000-square-foot, three-building Class A office park to start construction later this year in Emerson The August edition of Georgia Trend spotlights downtown Rome as one of 16 of the state's Main Street 'GEMS.'   Plus: WSB 95.5 FM louder, clearer in our area. Education: Big debut for Main Elementary; Rome City Schools open today; Polk County, too.  Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Tons of music downtown on Saturday - Soulfest, Robert Stevenson Memorial Concert  and Little Known Letter..  Druck Report: Jay Shell, co-owner of Rome City Brewing Co., talks about the explosive growth of the craft beer brewed on Broad Street and what's next.  Peaks & Valleys: The highs, lows of Northwest Georgia -- and we break in with a rant on lobby the VP for airport runway and 411 Connector money. How 'bout that?!
August 2, 2019
Druck Report: Jay Shell, co-owner of Rome City Brewing Co., talks about the explosive growth of the craft beer brewed on Broad Street and what's next.
 They started with a "four-barrel" brewing system in downtown Rome. The success for Rome City Brewing Co. was immediate as people wanted it on tap and in take-home growlers. Since then, Jay Shell and Dr. Trent Prault have expanded to 20 craft brews as well as a 10-barrel brewing system at 333 Broad St. with a speak-easy-like Tap Room one floor above, open Wednesdays through Sundays. They've likewise started to distribute both kegs and cans not only in restaurants in downtown Rome but at other locations in North Georgia with more on the way. Area stores likewise carry craft beer canned and freshly brewed on Broad Street. From Short Hot Blonde to seasonals such as Oktoberfest and Martha's Berry, Shell and Prault have a hit on their hands -- and welcome competition on the way in Cartersville and Calhoun. Get the inside story of a hometown success story, Rome City Brewing Co.  Jay joined John Druckenmiller of Hometown Headlines for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production.
August 1, 2019
Newscast: Breakthrough on Summerville Park/Sleep Inn standoff? County schools back in session; lots of education news. Huge weekend for music. Rant: A change of face on Facebook.
  A very busy news day so let's get to it: Summerville Park homeowners: Northwest Georgia Housing Authority interested in hotel site for 12-unit senior housing project. Summerville man charged, second suspect caught following gunfire reports at Armuchee Park Back-to-school: Floyd, Berry Elementary and Middle, Gordon County students return today. Floyd Police with tips on what to expect at Pepperell Middle today.  Rome City Schools purchases Three Rivers Drive site for $1.15 million to house, maintain new bus fleet.   Unity Christian to start the 2019-20 school year debt free and with enrollment gains, new bus service to Rockmart, technology upgrades and other enhancements  Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Tons of music downtown on Saturday -- Soulfest, Robert Stevenson Memorial Concert  and Little Known Letter. Also: DeSoto anniversary, farmers markets, outdoors.  Druck Report: Todd Wofford, the new Rome-Floyd Parks & Rec director, and Jim Alred on changes, new programs and what's ahead. You'll be stunned by the thousands who visit local parks, amenities.  Today's Rant: Social media reaction to Friday's immigration vigil led us to remove the story from Facebook (still on the web). Some of those commenting weren't happy with us. 
August 1, 2019
Druck Report: Todd Wofford, the new Rome-Floyd Parks & Rec director, and Jim Alred on changes, new programs and what's ahead. You'll be stunned by the thousands who visit local parks, amenities.
The interim has been taken off Todd Wofford's title as he now leads a new team of recreation, sports, safety and special needs professionals serving several hundred thousands of guests each year, from visits to the parks to youth sports to senior activities to the trails and special events. And more is on the way. Wofford and Jim Alred, the new recreation services manager for Rome-Floyd Parks and Rec, join John Druckenmiller of Hometown Headlines for a closer look at the agency and its continued evolution beyond common expectations. They're seen success with pickle ball and with the recent adult summer basketball league. Flag football for youth and adults is a new focus. Plus the agency is reaching out to area businesses in search of partnerships to expand programs as well as scholarships to those in need.  Todd and Jim joined us for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production. The Druck Report is part of the Hometown Headlines Podcast series. Join us each weekday for our Hometown Newscast.
July 31, 2019
Newscast: Chicken Salad Chick grand opening is Aug. 27. 'Black Widow' filming in Rome? Crushing new idea from Crushed Tomato. Rant: Cutting out the media 'middle man or woman.'
 What's on today's news menu: Dining: Stacy's Chicken Salad Chick's grand opening in Rome is Aug. 27.  What we're hearing...:  Wendy Davis returns to GPB's Political Rewind today at 2 p.m. Summerville's Crushed Tomato adds ice cream sodas (they had us at pizza). Whole lot of music downtown this Saturday. Floyd County Police: Cartersville woman arrested on charges of meeting three prison inmates at Johnson Elementary, providing them alcohol.  Avengers' Black Widow fliming in town? 'Blue Bayou' is working title for Scarlett Johansson solo feature.  Rant of the Day: More and more companies cutting media 'middle man or woman,' going right to the customer.  
July 31, 2019
Two new breweries brewing in Cartersville, Calhoun. Restaurant updates. Education scores; back to school. Today's rant: Time to test all these tests we give our students, teachers.
While wondering where the Summer of '19 went, these items: Dining & Drink: New breweries on the way in downtown Cartersville and Calhoun.  Atlanta Eats branching out to Harvest Moon this week. Duke's owner trying pizza next in Calhoun. Buffalo Luke's on the way, too. Floyd County Schools: Our students saw overall gains in latest Georgia Milestones assessments. Education: Back-to-school updates including Salvation Army's 'stuff the bus,' ribbon cutting at new Main Elementary.  Secretary of State says paper ballots will be ready for March 24 presidential primary. Democratic president hopefuls debate tonight, Wednesday (preview the race on today's Druck Report). Floyd Democrats meet Thursday. Rant of the day: Time to test all the tests we're giving to our students and teachers. 'Education reform' needs to go beyond flavor-of-the-month politicians.  
July 30, 2019
Newscast: Local shops ready to join downtown's new Lofts. Busy month of politics begins. Summerville Park petition tops 900. Peaks & Valleys: the highs, lows of NW Georgia.
Your audio edition of today's top headlines -- without the static!  Business: Bella Luna, high-end nail salon among retailers moving into Lofts at Third & Broad's first floor businesses. Woodford Clothing planning to add gift shop adjacent to current store.  Ahead of the headlines: Summerville Park petition grows to 900-plus -- in six weeks (around 325 homes in the community). School starts Thursday (Floyd County) and Friday (Rome). Free Downtown Saturday concert at former First Friday site.   Prime time for politics: Democratic debates this week; Rome commission qualifying in August; even local 2020 campaigns simmering at GOP rally.  Druck Report: The next Democratic presidential debates are Tuesday and Wednesday. Dr. Frank Stephenson of Berry College offers a look at the 20 (or so) Democrats in the hunt to challenge Republican incumbent Donald Trump. Says Stephenson: They're in for a tough fight.   News radar: What we're watching and happy no. 70, Tony Triplitt. Peaks & Valleys: Life Church's beautiful education service; promotions for Krueger, Chewning; early start to school year -- and what tax free holiday?
July 29, 2019
Druck Report: And they're off -- 20-plus Democrats vs. a Trump incumbency only he can derail. Dr. Frank Stephenson of Berry College breaks down the 2020 presidential sweepstakes.
The Democratic debates already are under way. Six, maybe more, of the 20-plus candidates perhaps have a shot at winning the party's nomination to face a Trump presidency that -- despite tweets and twists -- has two critical elements needed for four more years: relative peace and prosperity. Due this week (July 30-31): Another two nights of debates by the Democratic hopefuls. Dr. Frank Stephenson, who's the chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance as well as the Henry Gund Professor of Economics at Berry College, joins John Druckenmiller of Hometown Headlines to both examine the nearly two dozen Democratic hopefuls in 2020 and the Trump incumbency that might be too hard to crack. The deciding primaries are closer than you think. The Iowa Caucus is Feb.  3; the New Hampshire primary is Feb. 11; and Georgia votes March 24. Continuing coverage on your Nov. 5 City Commission and all the races in 2020 starts here at your Election Headquarters, Hometown Headlines.  Frank joined us for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production. The Druck Report is part of the Hometown Headlines Podcast series. Join us each weekday for our Hometown Newscast.
July 28, 2019
Newscast: Business soaked? Sidewalk sale time! Jobless rate up here. Weekend guide. Also: What we can learn from the Go Go flood.
The audio edition of Hometown Headlines just a click away:   Jobs: County-by-county look at June's employment reports. Plus: Upcoming job fairs. Business: Water line break means sidewalk -- and tax-free - sale at GoGo.  Honors for River City Bank. Mount Vernon growing again in Trion.  Education: Junior Service League of Rome donates, delivers $16,000 in supplies to area students. County Commission pledges August parking fine revenue to students in need. RCS Super Showcase is today.  Druck Report: Eric McDowell on the escalating battle to keep Sleep Inn out of Summerville Park -- and how to help.   Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center:  Rome Braves at home. Second Annual Bar Olympics. Cedartown hosts free concert Saturday. Segment two: How Jay Stephenson made lemonade out of a lemon (store flood) and lessons for all small business owners.
July 25, 2019
Druck Report: Eric McDowell on the escalating battle to keep Sleep Inn out of Summerville Park -- and how to help.
Eric McDowell of the Summerville Park Neighborhood Association has twice spoken before Rome's City Commission in a bid to stop Sleep Inn -- part of the Choice Hotel brands -- from building a 52-room hotel that will have an entrance and exit on Charlton Street and encroach into the residential community by removing a home built in the 1920s. The city repeatedly has said it can't stop the project. Developer Tony Patel has the zoning needed to build the hotel, a move residents fear because of not only noise and light pollution but also because of crime associated with other rundown motels up and down Martha Berry with a mile of the designated Heritage Neighborhood founded in 1913. McDowell and his neighbors believe there are other options, including buying the three lots from the developer in hopes of restoring the Charlton home and offering the property fronting Martha Berry for office or restaurant development. He walks us through what's next -- and what's special -- about Summerville Park.   Eric joined us for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production. The Druck Report is part of the Hometown Headlines Podcast series. Join us each weekday for our Hometown Newscast.
July 24, 2019
Newscast: New Dollar Tree due Sept. 12. Brick-oven pizza, brew brewing on West 3rd? Hint of fall today. Rant: Summerville Park exposes bigger concerns in Rome.
Almost live, very local and completely unfiltered local news... now.   Dollar Tree due on Maple Avenue in Rome as early as Sept. 12; will be 10th location in Northwest Georgia Brick-oven pizza and beer on the way to West Third?  Plus: Three new industry-focus programs offered by GNTC.  Body found on banks of Etowah River identified as recent resident of 'hobo canyon;' cause of death still uncertain as investigators want to know how he sustained a head wound.   Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before House committees today; how to watch and listen. Locally tune to WGPB 97.7 FM. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Prelude to the fall? Lows in the 60s, less humid and 86 later today.   Morning low so far: 62. Rant of the Day: Summerville Park standoff showcases bigger problem with local government. 
July 24, 2019
City to Summerville Park: You're on your own. 2 die in 411 crash. Hero cops save a life. Today's rant: Another 'surrender' by city leaders.
Your unfiltered look at news from Rome today:  Summerville Park ‘implores’ City Commission to find a solution to planned Sleep Inn. Rome’s response: Nothing we can do; you’re on your own. Asking price: $450,000 (see updated financials).  State Patrol: Cartersville man, Chattanooga woman killed in accident on U.S. 411 near Alford Road just past Martin’s Auto.  Adairsville chief: Quick-acting APD officers, assists from Bartow and Gordon deputies and truckers, save suicidal man’s life.  Hint of fall due Wednesday, Thursday mornings. Today's rant: Another 'surrender' by Rome City Commission, administration. Imagine if the hotel were another 'Love Library.'
July 23, 2019
Newscast: What to know about Dos Bros. Body found near Rome river. Summerville Park showdown. Today's Rant: Defining night for the City Commission (and elections).
Almost live from Studio 1A this Monday: Dining: Dos Bros Mexican Grill targeting October opening. Restaurant cofounder 'confident' menu will stand up to nearby competition. The body of a middle aged Florida man was found on the banks of the Etowah River near the Second Avenue bridge on Sunday evening.  A rough day in Gordon County on Sunday. A local woman who confronted officers and her husband with a loaded pistol took her own life. Plus an area man sustained what the sheriff’s office called grave injuries when he jumped from a moving car.  Ahead of the headlines: The battle for Summerville Park returns to City Commission tonight; watch their video now. Tuesday: Higher prices for jet fuel for airport tenants?  Rant of the day: City Commission has a decision to make on Summerville Park vs. Sleep Inn; the 'I Love Rome' chorus won't work this time.
July 22, 2019
Druck Report: Social media pioneer Carol Morgan on why Facebook is critical to the success of your business (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, too).
Carol Morgan of Denim Marketing of Cartersville was among the first to champion Facebook as a critical tool for her clients. In this interview with Hometown Headlines' John Druckenmiller, Morgan -- in plain English and no 'tech talk' -- shares why your business needs a frequent post on Facebook to help it grow. Carol, the author of four books on social media, shares success stories and a few crash-and-burns as well.  Carol joined us for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production. The Druck Report is part of the Hometown Headlines Podcast series. Join us each weekday for our Hometown Newscast. 
July 19, 2019
Newscast: Thatcher's BBQ opens in Summerville. Big hit due from Plant Hammond closing. Family of 3 face pot trafficking charges. Huge weekend alert. Plus: Weekend observations (parking, pizza, people)
A deadline-breaking edition of our weekday newscast:    Dining: Thatcher's Barbecue & Grill opens in Summerville; latest stop for family fueled regional chain Georgia Power's Wheeler says economic hit from Plant Hammond closing will be substantial. Floyd County Schools expected $3 million a year loss.  Gordon sheriff: Fairmount family found growing more than 90 marijuana plants; charged with trafficking. Street value of pot seized: $180,000. Dining: Rome, Cartersville favorites on the 2019 'Georgia 100 Plates' list and rightfully so. But what did they miss? You tell us. Busy weekend alert: Concerts, stage productions, farmers markets, a Walk With a Doc-- and the arts. Weekend observations: More pizza on the way? A little issue with downtown parking data. Get well, Johnny Isakson; we need you.  
July 19, 2019
Newscast: Spirit Halloween returns; fence up at old Kmart as demo starts. Drug house destroyed. Great employment report. Rant: What these 'stats of the day' really mean to you.
Sharing tomorrow's Rome news today...: Business: Spirit Halloween again to haunt the former Toys R Us location near the mall. Fencing up around old Kmart as demolition prep continues.   Record report: Georgia's best job count ever -- and 42,600 are in Floyd County. Authorities: Former 'opium den' demolished at 216 E. 20th St. in Rome. Floyd Police detail rising overdose deaths, resulting charges with more possible.  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to allow Georgia to take part in 'creative, new ways' to access student performance could have big impact on Floyd schools.  Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Hamiltunes, Homespun Festival, Walk With a Doc/gallery tour, Music by the Tracks. News radar: Keeping tabs on U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson as he recovers from a fall that fractured four ribs. Rant of the Day: Why our "stats of the day" show you the real temperature of Rome/Floyd County.
July 18, 2019
Newscast: Lights out at Plant Hammond. Chicken Salad Chick hiring this Sunday. Bar Olympics return. Doughnut deal. Rant: Local vs. Amazon? Push relationships, deals -- not name calling, tired slogans.
Headlines are fresh as today's sunrise from Studio 1A: Georgia Power gets OK to close Plant Hammond; operations continue in 'winding down' mode. 30 employees still there monitoring systems for now.   Food & Drink: Chicken Salad Chick job fair is Sunday.  Krispy Krunchy Chicken opens Calhoun shop. 'Bar Olympics' return to Giggity's, Rome City Brewing July 27. Doughnut deal this Friday. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: No break from the 90s into next week.  Back to School: Rome hosts Super Showcase on July 25. Floyd County posts supply lists. When each school system starts. Today's Rant: How do you really fight Amazon's prime days? Relationships, deals, customer service -- not name calling and worn-out slogans. 
July 17, 2019
Tuesday: New life for Sage Cottage. Rome Schools 'rollin' buses in January. Plant Hammond decision today. Rant: Moon walk celebration? Take a giant leap.
Almost live from Studio 1A: Business: Sage Cottage in Adairsville under new ownership, grand 'reopening' is Aug. 10. Create DIY Workshop has grand opening Friday.  Final call on Georgia Power's plan to close Plant Hammond due this morning from Public Service Commission. Rome Schools: 'Rollin' with RCS 2020' targets Jan. 7 startup for student bus operations; some drivers hired; more sought. 90 years: Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation asks community to 'party like it's 1929' to celebrate 90th anniversary of 'the jewel of Broad Street.' Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heat index roars back to 100 today; highs in the mid 90s. On today's news radar: Bucket o' Shrimp opens; development authority updates; and a birthday for local radio's 'great good morning voice' (does that make her WOLD?) Rant of the Day: To those pushing the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk; please take a giant leap. Let's get back to the future. 
July 16, 2019
Newscast: Surge in senior living options in Floyd, Bartow. Bucket o Shrimp soft opening Tuesday. Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows of NW Georgia.
Almost live from Studio 1A:   Surge in senior living options with new developments,      expansions and renovations under way at multiple locations in Floyd,      Bartow counties  Dining. Bucket o' Shrimp sets Tuesday ribbon cutting, soft opening.  'So close' for      Thatchers in Summerville.  Buzz: It's July 15; have you planned your Christmas      party yet? Here's one option. Also: TEA Party meeting Tuesday features    Lincoln-Douglas style debate on pro choice vs. pro life.  Gas prices up seven cents a gallon. Peaks & Valleys: The highs, lows of Northwest Georgia from the past few days.
July 15, 2019
You've got millions (of dollars) worth of reasons to do your part in the 2020 Census (maybe a job, too). Also: Critical City Commission elections begin next month. An interview with Wendy Davis.
Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis, an advocate for the 2020 Census, talks about why the 10-year Census mandated in the Constitution is critical to our community. Each person missed, she says, means fewer of your tax dollars coming back to help your town. Not for one year but for the next decade. Plus, the Census Bureau needs both full- and part-time workers to make it all work. Wendy has tips on how to apply. Also, she looks at the Nov. 5 City Commission election and what it means to our future. Six commission seats are on the ballot (Wendy runs again in 2021).
July 14, 2019
Newscast: Rome High, Berry graduate killed in boating collision; how to help the family. Bucket o' Shrimp opens next week. Kmart demolition under way. Rant: Making music in downtown Rome.
Almost live from studio 1A today:   Services set for Rome High, Berry College graduate Brandon 'B-Dub' Wilson who died in a weekend boating collision; family and friends start donations page for his two sons' college expenses. Dining: Bucket o' Shrimp expected to open next Wednesday on Dean Avenue.   Permits in hand, roughly four months of demolition work begins at former Kmart site (soon to be East Bend).  Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: A legion of superheroes at Tellus Saturday. Exhibit opening for late-in-life folk artist. Rodeo rides again in Bartow. Plus: Annual fish fry.  Rant of the Day: Latest concerts, events not finding the right note in downtown Rome.
July 12, 2019
Newscast: Rome woman dies from accident injuries. Dos Bros. opening in 2-3 months. Teens held in PHS vandalism. Kangaroo Jake's closes. Interviews: Summerville Park and RACA changes.
Your alternative to "decaf radio" starts here:   Rome woman, 85, dies from injuries sustained in Sunday afternoon accident.  Dos Bros Mexican Grill adds signage, hopes to open in two to thre months off Shorter. Nanny G's at the Covered Bridge bakery opening in Euharlee. Buffalo Luke's to replace Cheeseburger Bobby's in Calhoun? Hepatitis A spreading among Bartow County residents. Health Department offers free hep A vaccinations; urges vaccination for those at high risk and for food-service workers. Kimberly King named interim director of the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia.  Updates on two Pepperell teens, both 13, charged with damaging, stealing from high school football concessions stand. Kangaroo Jake's closes in Armuchee after 11-year run. Plus two interviews today on our podcast edition:   New  Rome beer festival date, new office, new director and new chair: Changing      times for RACA. HHPodcast interview with Ali Booker and Chris Kerr Why      Summerville Park doesn't want Sleep Inn on Charlton Street (that's where      the entrance and exit would be). A HHPodcast interview with Penny      Evans-Plants
July 11, 2019
New Rome beer festival date, new office, new director, new chair: Changing times for RACA. An HHPodcast interview with Ali Booker and Chris Kerr.
Changes are well under way with the Rome Area Council for the Arts, including a new chair and a new executive director in addition to an office back on Broad Street. Likewise, one of RACA's main fundraisers -- the September beer festival -- is changing as well.  Those are some of the highlights from our latest Hometown Headlines Podcast interview, this one with Ali Booker, the new executive director of the arts group, and its new chairman, Chris Kerr. They joined us at Brand Red Studios in downtown Rome on Tuesday to talk about plans for an even greater outreach to "all the artisans in town." That includes those beyond galleries, those on stage and the talent behind the music. Booker and Kerr joined Hometown Headlines' John Druckenmiller with updates about the arts organization and how they hope to expand its support and impact on Rome's arts community.  That includes students learning computer-assisted design, the light and sound technicians off stage and those producing television and film in Rome/Floyd County.
July 11, 2019
Druck Report: Why Summerville Park doesn't want Sleep Inn on Charlton Street (that's where the entrance and exit will be). With Penny Evans-Plants.
Imagine the first home on your street being demolished, the surrounding tree lines flattened. Next, picture a 52-room hotel going up on part on that lot, with both the entrance and exit on a residential street, Charlton Street, even though the hotel features acres facing Martha Berry Highway. The residents of Summerville Park call this encroachment into a neighborhood already dealing with crime and other spillovers from some of the run-down hotels nearby. They fear Sleep Inn will dump much more traffic onto a rustic two-lane street lined with older homes that make up the "Heritage Neighborhood" founded in 1913. Penny Evans-Plants, a resident of Summerville Park, talks about the homeowners' fight, the planned hotel, a controversial rezoning decades ago a slow response from City Hall when it comes to seeking a better solution for the community, the developer and the city.  Penny joined Hometown Headlines‘ John Druckenmiller for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production.  All of our podcasts — interviews and weekday news blasts — are now available for free on nine podcast providers including   Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Overcast, Tune In and Radio Public. Google any of them and type in HHPodcast. Once our podcast logo and content pops up, please click the subscribe button.  You’ll then get the first notice each time we produce a newscast or podcast. 
July 10, 2019
Newscast: Heavy metal in motion at Kmart -- but no demo just yet. Tuesday's heat index: 105 degrees; no relief soon. Midweek observations: Change is good?
The news you need on your commute to work this Wednesday morning:  Heavy equipment is on site at old Kmart but we don’t see a demolition permit just yet. The Ledbetters have said the existing stores will come down starting this month. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Tuesday's heat index hit 105 with a high of 97 and more is on the way.  A decorated Floyd County sheriff's corporal fired; office cites 'unprofessional, negligent and incompetent in the performance of his duties. Education: Tri for the Kids raises $18,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia. Floyd Medical teen volunteers earn scholarships. North Georgia EMC awards scholarships to two Armuchee High grads, another from Gordon Central. Shaw helping associates' students HHPodcast Interview: Keith Mickler of the county extension office on what this heat does to plants, trees and crops (avoid excess watering!) Plus: How to chase those varmints from your garden. The Podcast Midweek observations: Change is good? You'll agree when you hear what's ahead at RACA.
July 10, 2019
HHPodcast Interview: Keith Mickler of the county extension office on what this heat does to plants, trees and crops (avoid excess watering!) Plus: How to chase those varmints from your garden.
Keith D. Mickler, Floyd County Extension Coordinator, shares some tips on helping your plants and trees survive in this scalding hot and mostly dry Northwest Georgia summer.  Watering is key - but not nearly as much as you might think His biggest concern isn't the drought but too much aqua.  Keith has some key advice for area farmers as well when it comes to applying enough water as the sun evaporates much of what's in the soil. Plus: How to chase those varmints from your home gardens, whether they're chipmunks or deer (please don't share with PETA). Keith joined Hometown Headlines' John Druckenmiller for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production.  All of our podcasts -- interviews and weekday news blasts -- are now available for free on nine podcast providers including   Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Overcast, Tune In and Radio Public. Google any of them and type in HHPodcast. Once our podcast logo and content pops up, please click the subscribe button.  You'll then get the first notice each time we produce a newscast or podcast. 
July 9, 2019
HHPodcast News: Enough already with 100-degree heat. Summerville Park hotel fight is city's problem to fix. Fatal accident on I-75. Rant of the Day.
Almost live from Studio 1A today: The Ware Mechanical forecast calls for another sizzler on the way following  Monday's high of 100 degrees, just short of the record of 104. We’re still watching an area in the Gulf for potential tropical depression development.   Summerville Park neighbors have asked the City Commission for help -- and soon -- in their bid to stop a Sleep Inn at Martha Berry and Charlton. 'There's already stuff happening,' neighbor Eric McDowell told the board.  The state patrol is investigating a Monday evening traffic death on I-75 near Adairsville. A passenger in a vehicle was ejected when a tire blew, causing the Ford Explorer to overturn. Health: A change of pace for Harbin Clinic's Walk With a Doc in July, including an art stop. Plus Floyd adds a workshop for dads-to-be.   Rant of the Day: The Summerville Park hotel fight needs to be fought by the city, starting today, as Rome is responsible for allowing it to happen. 
July 9, 2019
HHPodcast News: Whatever happen to Tygar Evans. Tragic weekend on Georgia roads. Peaks & Valleys: Our highs and lows. Farewell to a friend (the vet longing for a final drive in his old pickup).
All the radio you need each day in just over eight minutes:  Catching up with Dr. J. Tygar Evans: The principal who helped Rome High earn national recognition once again leads a high school, this time in Tuscaloosa.   Dining: Hiring begins at Bucket o Shrimp in East Rome, Popeye's in West Rome. Plus: Dress for success at Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday.   Area veteran who worked with friends in hopes of getting his beloved 'Frankenstein' pickup running in his final days, succumbs to pancreatic cancer. But even that didn't stop efforts to fire up the '71 Dodge.  Holiday weekend on Georgia roads including the death of a wanted man on a stolen motorcycle avoiding police. Also, three residents from Paulding County were among seven people killed in horrible collision in Northeast Georgia on Saturday.  Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia from the holiday weekend.
July 8, 2019
Druck Report: Local high school football expert John McClellan breaks down the 2019 season: New coaches, old rivalries and the teams to watch this fall.
Few people in North Georgia have seen as much football as John McClellan. From his journalism career through his years as a broadcast commentator and PA announcer at Rome High and Shorter, McCellan had kept a sharp eye and sharper memory on decades of players, games and stats. He joins us to take a nearly 40-minute look at the upcoming high school football season which starts in mid-August.  McClellan's weekly high school football column returns to Hometown Headlines on Monday,  Aug. 12, through the championship series.  
July 7, 2019
Newscast: The Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park opens at noon today; fireworks tonight. Rome/Floyd has a new economic development chief. Today's rant: The cluttering of Broad Street.
Almost live from Studio 1A: Business: Missy Kendrick named president of Economic Development for Rome and Floyd County.   Celebrating Independence Day:  2019 Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park opens today at noon; fireworks tonight at 9:45.  Rome Police: Be ready for extra traffic control on Riverside Parkway especially after Wednesday night’s fireworks at Ridge Ferry. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heading to Ridge Ferry for the fireworks? Here’s our hour-by-hour forecast through 11 p.m.  Additional headlines today: Services pending for man killed by gunshot wound in Cedartown on Monday. Update Education: More gold for Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA team. GNTC Buzz: Tickets for Mother’s Finest at Forum River Center go on sale Thursday.  Calling hours tonight, funeral Friday for Dr. Laurie Johnson. 
July 3, 2019
Newscast: Quick interview with Missy Kendrick, the president of economic development for Rome/Floyd County.
Kendrick was hired Tuesday morning by the Rome Floyd Development Authority.
July 2, 2019
Newscast: Summerville Park escalates fight against Sleep Inn. Economic development chief hired. Shopping center updates. Plus: Mission impossible?
Almost live from Studio 1A: Missy Kendrick has been hired to lead Rome/Floyd County's economic development efforts.  Summerville Park residents expand fight to prevent Sleep Inn from being built on Martha Berry at Charlton Street.  An investigation continues into fatal shooting in Cedartown on Monday. Dr. Laurie Johnson, known for her counseling and coaching service as well as her Saturday morning show on WLAQ, has died. Friends say she was their constant source of encourage. In real estate news, the Redmond Plaza strip center in Cedartown has sold for nearly $2.4 million. Plus what's new at Etowah Crossing. We have a new podcast Interview: With 675 inmates -- some with drug, mental concerns, the Floyd County Jail is changing. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Chief Deputy Tommy McGuire talk safety, training, a new 60-bed medical wing and what's ahead. People: Health: Harbin Clinic names Sarah Tuck as the senior director of marketing. Also, Joe Montgomery named special agent in charge of the GBI Region 1 Field Office in Calhoun. Celebrating Independence: Parks & Rec fire up the holiday at Ridge Ferry on Wednesday. Plus what's ahead in Cave Spring, Cartersville and at the Rome Braves. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Nothing but mid 90s through Friday with thunderstorms possible Independence Day, Friday.
July 2, 2019
Interview: With 675 inmates -- some with drug, mental concerns, the Floyd County Jail is changing. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, Chief Deputy Tommy McGuire talk safety, training, a new 60-bed medical wing.
This podcast is brought to you, in part, by Brand Red Studios on Bales Street in Rome.  Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Chief Deputy Tommy McGuire spent around 30 minutes with Hometown Headlines' John Druckenmiller describing the next changes to the county jail, home to almost 700 inmates the day we recorded this. Phase one of the addition of a medical wing is about to get under way; the heavy equipment is now on site. Once finished next July, it will feature 60 critically needed beds for some of those inmates who once were housed at the shuttered Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital. The influx has created new demands -- and resulted in extra training for the deputies on duty at the jail three shifts a day.  The medical wing was paid in part by the recent extra penny sales tax approved by Floyd County voters. Burkhalter and McGuire also talk about today's jail inmates, about how training has changed for deputies on duty there and programs under way to try to keep the inmates from returning when their time is served. As Burkhalter says, more than 75 percent of those in custody right now will return to the streets of Floyd County. 
July 1, 2019
Newscast: 4 years of growth, success for Doug's Deli Downtown. A year after closing, work under way on East Rome pizza shop. Independence Day updates. Commentary: A farewell to a friend.
Almost live from Studio 1A: Constant growth since opening four years ago this month has Doug's Deli Downtown searching for a second spot, perhaps in Cartersville or Calhoun. Almost a year to the day after closing in East Rome, ground work well under way for Little Caesar's off Turner McCall.  Development authority close to hiring industrial recruiter?  Independence Day: Parks & Rec fire up the holiday at Ridge Ferry on Wednesday. Independence Day: What's planned in Cave Spring, Cartersville and at the Rome Braves.  Commentary: Farewell to a friend. In appreciation of Father Valery's service to our church -- and community.
July 1, 2019
News: Massive meth bust; quarter ton seized. Major milestone for Rome attorney Brian Bojo. Huge weekend. Week-in-review: Busy week for law enforcement.
Friday's Hometown newscast brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Rome: Massive meth bust ends with three arrests; quarter ton of meth seized. Big milestone for Rome attorney Brian Bojo. Huge weekend: Balloon festival, start of Independence Day celebrations on Saturday. Our first week-in-review: From the meth bust to a fatal fire to happy endings in three missing persons cases, it was a busy week for our first responders.
June 28, 2019
Newscast: Bucket of Shrimp due by later summer. Aragon fire kills man, 84. Weekend: Plays, fireworks, parades. Rant: Our restaurant addiction. Plus: 'Funky Druck'?
Your Hometown newscast brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill on Broad Street:  Bucket o' Shrimp due by 'the end of the summer.'  An 84-year-old Aragon man died in fire early Wednesday.  A suspect in the burglary and attempted arson at a Cave Spring convenience store last month is in custody in Alabama. Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union again named to Forbes' 'Best-in-State' list. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Balloon festival at the airport. Final weekend of Fantasticks.  Four Independence Day celebrations start Saturday. 'Funky Druck:' Please hang with us until the end of today’s newscast to hear a contribution from the legendary Harry Musslewhite, a potential new theme for our newscasts and podcasts. He calls it, “Funky Druck.” We’re humbled.
June 27, 2019
HHPodcast News: Employee at Willy's in Cartersville tests positive for Hepatitis A; what to know. Fatal fire in Aragon. Safe return for missing dementia patient, 17-year-old.
 From Studio 1A, brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill. The silent player as the East Bend (former Kmart) deal unfolds is the resurgent Etowah Crossing shopping center. Opened in the 1980s, it now sits next to one of the biggest retail developments in years.   Health: An employee at Willy's Mexicana Grill in Cartersville tests positive for hepatitis A; Public Health advises those who dined there May 31-June 17 to contact healthcare provider to see if immunization needed.  Loaner life jackets now at key river spots in Bartow County; great idea for other communities to copy.  Buzz: Are you among 1.3 million Georgians traveling over Independence Day weekend? Independence Day: Celebrations begin Saturday. Updates from Rome, Cave Spring, Cartersville, Lindale, Summerville, Rome Braves. Also: A podcast on the history of the Cave Spring parade.  
June 26, 2019
HHPodcast News: Census shows we're getting older, more diverse and growing at a slow rate. Business updates. Open house at Ruth & Naomi shelter. Peaks & Valleys.
What's on today's newscast, brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill on Broad Street:   Northwest Georgia is growing slower than the state average with Hispanics representing much of the population gains here between 2010 and last year. As a community, our median age is now older.  · Cartersville's newest RaceTrac near Main Street and I-75 is just about ready.  · County commissioners are reviewing a 7,000-square-foot hangar addition to the airport  An open house set for Ruth & Naomi House for women and children begins at 4 p.m. Thursday with a ribbon cutting. The home is on North Broad Street.  Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Nothing but 90s (and perhaps thunderstorms) now through next Monday.  Independence Day: Celebrations begin Saturday.
June 25, 2019
HHPodcast Interview. Real Americana: The red, white and blue tradition that is Cave Spring's Fourth of July Parade with founder Christa Jackson.
Thirty-four years ago on Independence Day, Christa Jackson and her three oldest sons were at their Cave Spring home, disappointed because the weather had wiped out a day of swimming. They were watching the Atlanta Salute to America on television when Christa had an idea -- the Jacksons would have their own parade.  That "army" of five grew over the decades to feature more than 500 people at 9 a.m. each Fourth of July who parade around the downtown square in a true replica of Norman Rockwell's Americana.  Join Christa as she talks about the parade's origins, Miss Liberty, the coveted "Vote" dress, gallons of homemade ice cream and how it has become a tradition for generations of area residents. Interviewed by John Druckenmiller of Hometown Headlines. Sponsored in part and produced by Brand Red Studios (our thanks to Todd LeBarge and Ryan Simmons). Cosponsored by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill, Broad Street, Rome, Ga. 
June 24, 2019
HHPodcast News: Remembering Teresa, the 'face of Steak 'n Shake.' Friends helping local vet restore Frankenstein the pickup as his time runs low. Peaks & Valleys.
Today's newscast brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill:  'What's on your bucket list?' Longtime friends come together to help restore 'Frankenstein,' an old Dodge pickup for local veteran fighting terminal cancer diagnosis.' Natalie Simms shares a story about some old friends on a mission to restore a buddy’s truck loaded with memories. The community is mourning today the loss of Teresa Milam, known as “the face of Steak ‘n Shake and a longtime waitress at Western Sizzlin. Teresa died suddenly in a two-vehicle accident in Troup County Sunday morning as she drove to see one of her sons at Fort Benning.  Several dining stops today. First, breakfast at Doug's Downtown Deli will bowl you over. Calhoun's Taco Bell reopens following fire last summer. Chicken Salad Chick hiring begins in Rome.  We have an expanding report on Independence Day celebrations, which begin this Saturday.   The Rome Braves go on offensive, beat Hagerstown 8-4. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia: -Dr. Ryland Scott, downtown parking, the success of Rome River Jam, 300 jobs to accompany Chick-fil-A distribution center.
June 24, 2019
HHPodcast News: 3 men sought in Rome shooting; another Rome man wanted in attempted murder captured. A win for Summerville Park; the fight isn't over. Huge weekend: 13,500 due at River Jam.
From Studio 1A: CRIME: 3 men sought in Wednesday shooting; Rome man wanted in attempted murder case captured; two deaths in Cedartown were a murder-suicide. COMMUNITY: A win for Summerville Park in the fight of the Sleep Inn development; the battle continues. WEEKEND: Huge -- 13,500 due at Rome River Jam; plenty of entertainment options. NEWSMAKERS: A new Rotary president and a birthday for a local attorney. PEAKS & VALLEYS: Peaks to the Board of Adjustments, the sheriff's office for fighting Hepatitis A and for good work by Snickers the bloodhound; and Valley to us for being late with Thursday's Podcast.
June 21, 2019
HHPodcast News: A rough morning of weather, a violent evening of crime. Huge weekend ahead (River Jam: 13,500 fans). Plus: Thanking our law enforcement community.
From Studio 1A this Thursday: Severe weather hammers Rome, Cedartown this morning. Violent night of crime, from SWAT-assisted drug arrest to murder-suicide in Cedartown to another Rome shooting. Huge weekend ahead with Rome River Jam to draw 13,500 fans (sold out!) Plus 10 other new updates from Northwest Georgia.
June 20, 2019
HHPodcast News: Manhunt under way for attempted murder suspect from Rome; Lindale man in custody. New buyer for American Legion. More on AirLife's exit. Plus: News radar, Peaks & Valleys.
From Studio 1A: -Your local news headlines for the day. -Local sports: Dylan Beasley signs with Nats. -Today's newsmakers: Buzz Wachsteter and Gene Proctor. -Peaks & Valleys: Highs and lows of Northwest Georgia.
June 19, 2019
HHPodcast Interview: Underground Rome -- Down and a Little Dirty. Exploring what's below Broad Street with Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab.
Rome's rich history contains numerous references to severe floods and how Broad Street as well as the buildings lining it were changed from their original designs to better cope with the reoccurring nightmare.  But with those changes came stories of what's below some of the buildings we know today -- The Vogue, Johnny's New York Style Pizza, the Rome Area History Museum and the current downtown office of The Spires at Berry College. Architect Mark Cochran joins host John Druckenmiller for a 30-minute "tour" of what's down and a little dirty about Broad Street. You'll learn a good bit of Rome history -- and about how you can take part in tours of the buildings on Saturday, June 22, 2019, benefiting the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. The podcast also stands alone as a wonderful look at Rome's yesterday. For homework, we recommend a look at the Underground Rome History Project on Facebook, authored by Cochran.    AND OUR THANKS: This long-form podcast was recorded and produced at the downtown Rome studios of Brand Red Studios at 4 Bale St. We thank Todd LaBerge and Ryan Simmons for use of the podcast studio and editing expertise. For more on Brand Red, please click here. And to listen to some of the podcasts they're producing, please click Studio Red Media. 
June 18, 2019
HHPodcast News Update: AirLife chopper leaving Redmond. Economic development hire close. Business newsmaker updates.
No afternoon news on the radio? Here's the latest:   AirLife is leaving its perch at Redmond Regional after about a year of emergency service there. The company made the formal announcement this morning. Its helicopter and flight crews assigned to Redmond had been there since late last summer The Rome-Floyd Development Authority met Tuesday morning. Among the updates: The board has had seven interviews for economic director so far and chairman Jimmy Byars hopes to have a decision on who to hire by later this month or early July. Also from the meeting: updates on financial, land purchases. Business People: Jarrod Floyd returns to United Community Bank. Kroger's Steve Van Meter -- a mainstay in Rome's competitive grocery wars -- leaving after this week. We’re likewise watching the weather as we’ve had one brush with storms already since sunrise.
June 18, 2019
HHPodcast News: Closer look at the East Bend (Kmart) updates. Political season begins. Names in the news. Peaks & Valleys.
From Studio 1A today: What's new with the Ledbetters' East Bend development and what's next. Political season is formally under way with a sheriff's "forum" today, presidential politics tonight and in late June. Names in the news: Bob Berry, Chip Hood and the late Neil Sanders. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia with: -Politics: Off and running. -The Farm Bus is on a roll. -Too early for road work at Kmart site? -Georgia's best, brightest now in town for Governor's Honors at Berry. -That Underground Rome podcast? Delayed a day by tech glitch.
June 18, 2019
HHPodcast News: A heart-breaking reunion at Notre Dame. Wayne Robinson launching Rocket Wash. Plus: Peaks & Valleys, the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia.
From Studio 1A:  Exploring a Rome family's connection to Notre Dame Cathedral: More than 30 years later, Andy and Jennifer Bressette return to share their love of the historic church with two of their children even after the devastating fire that hit April 15. Rocket Wash from Wayne Robinson is joining race to provide mean, clean driving machines in Northwest Georgia. It is part of a nationwide surge. Wayne’s business is under construction on Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Cartersville.  Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia include: -Peak: Rome for the Rescues' party of the summer a huge success. -Valley: Park the license plate reader after hours for now; salt in still-open wounds. -Peak: Summerville Park's 'civil' protests. -Valley: City to green light fourth development tax break. So how does the community profit from this? -Peak: To Floyd County Police and others for helping find a lost dementia patient Friday night. 
June 17, 2019
HHPodcast News: Local news, views and our first extended weekend entertainment report in segment two.
Hot and ready from Studio 1A this Friday: Tomorrow's Rome news today with updates on Shorter University's bid to fix some key financial concerns... A Rome man faces more than 40 counts after a chase and time on the run ... We remember local author and writer J. Bryant Steele ... Weekend guide courtesy of the Forum River Center ... Dining updates ... Sports ... Weather. All the radio you need in just about eight minutes. Also today: Our second segment is exclusively about where to go and what to do this weekend in Northwest Georgia.
June 14, 2019
HHPodcast News: Search on for Rome shooting suspect. Second fatal accident in a week. Business: New thrift store yards from Goodwill? Busy weekend alert. Peace out (retires). Rapid Fire d
Direct from Studio 1A, today's news and views from Hometown Headlines. Join our news blasts each weekday morning. Our next long-form podcast will post Monday, June 17 (evening). Now on our podcast page: An audio version of our interview with Dr. Jon Hershey on Community Watch. Topic: The not-so-secret origin of our podcast edition.
June 13, 2019
HHPodcast guest interview: From 'Community Watch' at Georgia Highlands College, the not-so-secret origins of the Hometown Podcast. An interview.
The June 12 edition of "Community Watch" with Dr. Jon Hershey includes an interview with us about the launch of the Hometown Headlines Podcast. Please join us for a 30-minute talk about the podcast, radio, city politics and the upcoming elections. "Community Watch" broadcasts exactly as it is being presented on other platforms. We've added our intro music and a brief recap of this, our first "imported" podcast to the Hometown network.
June 12, 2019
HHPodcast News: It's a $10 million-plus summer in Rome, Floyd County. New parking signs are going up in downtown -- three weeks later. Midweek observation: Giving summer back to our kids.
Practically live from Studio 1A:  Business: More than $10 million in major projects under way or permitted in Rome/Floyd County. Plus a new Taco Bell coming to Resaca; Cartersville Speedway has big debut. Business After waiting three weeks, scramble under way to fix 45 out-of-date parking signs in downtown Rome.  Extra hour, shorter enforcement in effect since May 20. Parking HHPodcast for Wednesday: Today's headlines, Peaks & Valleys and Midweek Observations. HHPodcast Buzz: 'Rock, Roll & Rescue' at The Vogue Friday, benefits animal welfare. Main Street Elementary open house, ribbon cutting Aug. 1.  Buzz Media: Awards time for area radio and Berry's Viking Fusion. Plus: YouTube report on our talk with 'Community Watch' on the launch of Hometown Headlines Podcast. Media Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Afternoon storms, a little rain and an afternoon high of just 77 degrees. Weather Obituaries: Mrs. Blanche Anthony, Mr. Jayven Jackson, Deacon Clifford Pace Sr., Mr. Donald Ray Wallace. Obituaries Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch  Looking for a free, easy and unfiltered way to get your broadcast news when you want it? Let us help you "cut the antenna." Join us for the Hometown Headlines Daily Podcast, weekdays posting between 7 and 8 a.m. and lasting around eight minutes.  To listen, simply click HHPodcast. We'll even text you when the podcasts are hot and ready: please type HHpodcasts and text 313131.  To advertise on the podcasts: Try five days for $100. Please contact us at 706-346-2031 (text or call) or by email. Or click support this podcast for more.
June 12, 2019
HHPodcast News: Downtown Rome's parking issue is solved; now to fix related problems. We have all the local headlines and an extended Peaks & Valleys on the parking debate.
Almost live from Studio 1A: -The fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation, all from Northwest Georgia. -Local sports and your weather. -Today's newsmakers (two local birthdays). -Peaks & Valleys, the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia extended edition. Today's focus: downtown parking, ugly aftermath. For more on each: http://bit.ly/HometownHeadlines
June 11, 2019
HHPodcast News: August opening for Chicken Salad Chick (with drive through). A different slice of downtown. Pop-up pie shop (bring $$). Plus: Peaks & Valleys, rant of the day.
 Almost live from studio 1A: Dining: Stacy's Chicken Salad Chick looks to open in late August, bringing a 'unique experience' for guests to founder's new restaurant. Coming soon A fresh slice of downtown: From biscuits, bread and produce to craft beer and Mangover burgers to riverside concerts, there's a new buzz in Rome. New & improved PopUp Shop's 'piemagedon' is Tuesday as Gainesville-based baker comes to town. They've already presold 300 pies?! Also this week: Free gelato scoop Wednesday afternoon at Honeymoon Bakery. Buzz Ware Mechanical Weather Center: A bit cooler start to the week with rain still in the forecast.  Weather
June 10, 2019
HHPodcast News: There's something about the rain this weekend. Lots of education news. Weekend guide. Plus: Weekend observations on parking and Monday's City Commission vote.
 From Studio 1A Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Heavy rain, storms, even an isolated tornado all possible as storm system to soak Northwest Georgia, now through early next week. Weather Dr. Heidi Popham named president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. GNTC Berry College to build hotel adjacent to tennis center; potential opening set for 2021. Hotel Hometown's first in-depth podcast: Jay Shell and Harry Brock join us to discuss Broad Street parking, fixing downtown's business downturn, Monday's critical commission vote and why they hate parking meters. Problems & Promise Updated: State patrol report says accident on U.S. 411 on Thursday was caused by a driver's attempt to merge into the other lane. No major injuries. Updates Floyd County Board of Education extends contract with Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson. Floyd Schools Weekend! presented by the Forum River Center: Rockfest rockin' Tellus Science Museum Saturday, Sunday. Rome Braves home stand all weekend. Lots of free music. Farmers market schedules. Weekend Health: Gena Agnew retiring Dec. 31 as leader of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition after 17 years; Erin Hernandez takes over in January. Agnew Buzz: Rome Board of Education has called meeting Monday. Floyd GOP to talk about running for office at June 27 meeting. Buzz
June 7, 2019
HHPodcast Interview: Parking in downtown Rome -- problems & promise. With guests Jay Shell and Harry Brock.
Hometown Headlines's first long-form podcast (45 minutes) focuses on parking in downtown Rome, including problems and what's possibly ahead.  Two of the most passionate people we know when it comes to downtown Rome, Harry Brock and Jay Shell, join host John Druckenmiller to review perhaps the story of the year in Northwest Georgia.  Recorded in the new podcast center at Brand Red studio off Fifth Avenue and Bale Street, the two downtown business owners talk about the parking battles that have consumed restaurant and business owners, the Downtown Development Authority and City Hall as well as the most critical element that all sides practically ignored -- customers. Make that angry customers. They talk about restaurant owners seeing sales drop by thousands of dollars this year vs. last, in part because of the duplicated smoking ordinances but also the roll out of new parking requirements. Even their most loyal customers tell of plans to abandon regular trips to Broad Street  as they're tired of the hassles they experience when they try to come downtown to spend money. Both Brock and Shell see Monday's scheduled second and final reading of City Commissioner Craig McDaniel's proposal to grant three hours of free parking daily and rolling back enforcement to 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday as just a baby step toward needed efforts to change the perception of downtown shopping and dining. And that's assuming commissioners vote in favor of it; a no vote effectively would table the idea and they fear an even larger customer backlash if that happens. Both also are watching the potential impact of the East Bend center (formerly Kmart) and its 20 to 28 new stores and restaurants; they're concerned about how much business could be sucked off Broad Street and into a retail center with plenty of free parking. These next four days leading up to the 6:30 p.m. Monday City Commission meeting are critical. Join us for our downtown parking podcast to get a better understanding of what's gone on and what's ahead.
June 7, 2019
HHpodcast News: Hotel proposal has some sleepless. Weekend washout: 4 to 6 inches of rain due. Weekend guide. And today's headliner: Dylan Beasley.
 Today's top stories, tomorrow's news and plenty of unfiltered views.  Sleep Inn proposed for Martha Berry near Summerville Park drawing concerns from nearby residents. Hotel  Business: Three Rivers Nutrition opens off Spider Webb in Rome. Later day: Major business announced expected. Business  Ware Mechanical Weather Center: 'Weekend Washout' actually we start later this evening; 3 to 4 inches due here through Sunday.  Weather  Weekend! presented by the Forum River Center: Rockfest rockin' Tellus Science Museum Saturday, Sunday. Rome Braves open seven-game home stand tonight. Lots of free music. Plus farmers markets return. Weekend  Georgia Northwestern Technical College presents President's, Dean's lists for the 2019 spring semester. Education  Obituaries:  Jeffrey Wayne Penson II, Vernon Ray Walters. Obituaries  Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining  Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch
June 6, 2019
HHPodcast News: What Evie McNiece's decision means to an already sizzling City Commission race. Plus: Weekday observations!
On today's Hometown Headlines Podcast:  Rome City Commissioner Evie McNiece to run again in Ward 3; decision expected to open the door for several newcomers for Ward 1 seats. Politics Two injured, one flown to Erlanger, following boating accident at Brushy Branch Tuesday evening. Boat accident Wallace Chambers Jr., wanted in the murder of a 74-year-old Rome man last week, surrenders at the Floyd County Jail; faces three counts. Arrest Tense rush hour Tuesday afternoon as gas leak forced some evacuations, traffic nightmare. Gas leak Coosa Valley Credit Union once again replacing torn, faded American flags, through Independence Day. More than 200 flags have been replaced in the five year the free program has been offered. Flags Dining & Drink: Make that Coostanaulah Brown Ale (formerly known as Downtown). Bartow History Museum sets Sip 'N Stroll for June 27. The Peach is back at Chick-fil-A. Free gelato June 12 as Honeymoon celebrates 12 years. D&D Georgia Highlands announces students named to the spring 2019 President's List and Dean's List. GHC Buzz: First responders, Blood Assurance again team up on Heroes Unified community blood drive on June 25. Likely credit to be included in June power bill. Litter task force seeks members. Buzz WEEKDAY OBSERVATIONS What Evie McNiece's decision means to an already hot City Commission race. And a suggestion to add parking meetings at Rome's newest retail sensation?
June 5, 2019
HHPodcast News: News about East Bend (former Kmart), downtown parking and even Paul Harvey (podcast inventer?)
 Our headlines for this Tuesday: Business: Ledbetters seek variances for 'footprint' of East Bend center's proposed shops, restaurants; hearing is June 20. Thatcher's Barbecue in Summerville training staff; no opening date yet. Business Parking updates: Separating downtown business owners by those who have own parking and those relying on street parking. Your letters to city commissioners. Jay Shell's parking survey draws 850-plus responses. Parking 44 deaths in Georgia as 2018-19 flu season ends; significant drop from previous year but still high. June is Men's Health Month; Harbin offers healthy tips. 18th Health Initiative for Men (plus Women) set for Aug. 17. Health Newsmakers: Hannah Cook, Rome Little Theatre director, named Bartow Public Art Researcher. Dwight Hutchins, Darlington Class of 1982, elected to fourth term as chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Adairvsille's Emma Smith appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Newsmakers Buzz: Vacation Bible School season under way. Got talent? Georgia Dream Night is on the way. Floyd Board of Education meets Thursday. Floyd Democrats celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. Auditions for 'Mamma Mia' set. Church Missions Conference planned in August. Buzz Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Back to the low 90s today with light rain into Friday, a bit heavier over the weekend. Weather Obituaries: Mrs. Judith Gail Grizzle, Mrs. Shana Ely Pardue, Mrs. Jean Peña. Obituaries Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch
June 4, 2019
HHPodcast News: The first edition (06/03/19)
 Posted on June 3, 2019 by hometownheadlines • 0 Comments Almost live, always local and louder than ever, this is the Hometown Headlines Podcast for Monday, June 3. A few things have changed since we last talked and we’ll get to that in today’s podcast. We’re experimenting with the right format for this daily podcast so please send any and all feedback (text 706-346-2031 or email or leave a comment below on our Facebook page). We promise to have a better process in place – at least before the 411 Connector gets built. On today’s podcast: The fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation.  For expanded coverage of these and other stories, please see our website. Today’s sports and weather updates. News about your friends including birthdays. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia. What’s on our news radar this week. Plus a rant on why we’ve upgraded to podcasts from radio (was it something we said?) Our plan is to post a news-and-views podcast most weekday mornings. We’re in meetings all week to secure production assistance on longer-form podcasts that you’ve asked to hear. We’re also upgrading our recording equipment from “Studio 1A” today and Tuesday so expect an even crisper podcast by Wednesday.
June 3, 2019
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