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Friday's Rant: From broadcast legends Stephen A. and Nelle Reagan to baseball and a lot inbetween.
A series of minirants today including: Stephen A., king of rants, signs off his radio show today. Nelle Reagan, the matriarch of mass media, honored for what she does best: serving the community. Planner goes old school in delivering message of River District updates. Given today's headlines, why the message of Martin Luther King Jr. is more important than ever. Take us out to the ballgames -- in Southwest Florida. 
05:57
January 17, 2020
3 arrested by Floyd Police, FBI. River District changes. King celebration begins. Rants: From broadcast legends to baseball.
Today's headlines: Three men arrested in murder conspiracy case under investigation by the Floyd County Police Department and the FBI.  Among those charged is a Silver Creek man, 22. Please keep an eye on this one. River District rezoning up for review in March. Planners are knocking on doors and sending 110 letters touting what 'urban mixed use' would mean to the area. Business: Greater Community Bank contributes $30,000  to the growth of Rome, Floyd County. Buzz:  Longtime member Nelle Reagan honored by Commission on Children and Youth. What to know about this weekend's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, today through Monday. Rants of the Day: From broadcast legends to baseball.
09:59
January 17, 2020
Real stories of 2020 primary races (U.S. House, sheriff). DOT open house today on bridge update (our rant as well).
Today's headlines: Politics: The real 'storylines' shaping Foyd County's 2020 primary ballot: Sheriff's race, U.S. House, County Commission and Court Clerk. Politics: State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler introduces bill to address 'surprise billing' in the healthcare industry. Business: Georgia saw a record number of businesses -- 165,000-plus -- in 2019. 1,800-plus strong last year, Harbin Clinic's Leprechaun-a-thon 5K run and two-mile health walk returns March 14. Reminder: DOT open house on Turner McCall bridge replacement is this evening from 5 until 7 p.m. No agenda or schedule; information stations on hand. Mini rant: You'll want to attend the Turner McCall bridge session this evening.
06:15
January 16, 2020
Wednesday's Rant: The highs and lows of local retail.
So now we have two spots, and maybe a third brewing, on the west side of Turner McCall at the Riverbend/Hicks drive intersection closed or closing. And yet, as the “Store Closing” signs went up in the windows at Pier 1, massive earth-moving machines continued to prepare the foundation for the next big shopping center in town. East Bend is designed to feature 20 to 28 retailers and restaurants when open this fall. It just seems we keep jumping from retail hot spot to retail hot spot, with some later reclaimed while others continue to basically shop for shoppers.  It kind of reminds us of the Atlanta Braves – from new stadium to newer stadium to whatever they’re calling the “newest” place as of Tuesday. And in this era where Amazon or even Walmart will deliver your items to your door step in a day or two, compared to all the hassle of shopping to begin with, you have to wonder why we keep subsidizing and building newer, better, bigger retail. And keep in mind some of this new retail, such as East Bend, come with long-term tax breaks so any money to be made is going to have to come from retail sales taxes. Is there an answer to it all?
04:40
January 15, 2020
McAlister's Deli due in August; Pier 1 closing. Ball groundbreaking. Rant: Highs, lows of local retail.
Today's headlines: Dining: McAlister's Deli plans August opening; 40-60 jobs. Latest addition to your East Bend tenant scorecard. Business: Pier 1 closing store in Rome, perhaps as soon as April. Second closing in that area since June. Ball Corp. breaks ground on multimillion-dollar aluminum cup plant in Shannon adjacent to its current campus. Politics. Dr. John Cowan enters congressional race: 'It's time to make a House call.' Gordon sheriff: Armed suspect in missing persons case found hiding under mobile home with victim, surrenders after '30 to 45 minutes more of tense negotiations.' EagleWatch 2020: Egg no. 2 has arrived in the nest behind Krannert Center at Berry College. What to know. Rant of the Day: Highs and lows of local retail.
08:44
January 15, 2020
Tuesday's Rant: The all-new, all-different Rome City Commission?
The start of the all-new, all-different Rome City Commission was a lot like the blackout. The two top members of the commission were elected unanimously and without opposition. No fireworks, no power, no challenges. Bill Collins returned for a second term as Rome’s mayor. That was far different from a year ago when Collins won a 5-4 squeaker after Randy Quick flipped from supporting incumbent Jamie Doss to Collins’ side.   Quick was then voted mayor pro tem. Even with three new members on the commission this time around, Quick saw a little payback for his swing vote in 2019. Craig McDaniel was nominated by Jamie Doss to be pro tem and it was seconded in a second. There were no other candidates nominated. Once again, a unanimous vote and McDaniel was in. Quick was a one-termer.
05:07
January 14, 2020
Collins returns as Rome's mayor. Brewery sets $85M expansion. Rant: The all-new, all-different City Commission?
Today's headlines: First, a news alert: We’ll have coverage of the Ball Corp. ground breaking this afternoon and also ask you to join us at 8:30 this morning for an embargoed news update. Rome City Commission: Bill Collins gets unanimous vote for a new term as mayor. Pro tem: Craig McDaniel. Business: Anheuser-Busch announces $85 million expansion, 12 new jobs in Cartersville. Business: Chris Hunt named chief financial officer at Greater Community Bank. Education: Coosa High earns the Floyd County Schools Academic Decathlon championship; Armuchee High places second. Darlington announces latest seniors' scholarship offers. EagleWatch 2020: One egg is in the nest behind Krannert Center at Berry College so far. What to know. Rant of the Day: The all-new, all-different City Commission?
08:57
January 14, 2020
Latest storm recovery updates. Midian Roofing program a first for state. Peaks & Valleys: Storm edition.
Today's headlines: Storm aftermath: Latest updates as recovery efforts continue from Saturday's storm. Less than 200 without power as of this morning. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Soggy week ahead with at least 1.60 inches of rain beginning today. Business: A first for Georgia -- Midian Roofing creates 'Journeyman Apprenticeship Program' for state-certified roofing specialists. King weekend: What to know about this weekend's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, Friday through Monday. Headlines ahead: They include the Ball expansion groundbreaking on Tuesday. Plus the General Assembly assembles today. Vote for Rome's mayor, pro tem. Berry, Shorter start new semesters. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows from Northwest Georgia in the wake of Saturday's storm.
07:04
January 13, 2020
Friday's Rant: Why we're in 'weather panic' mode.
Normally this time of year, we're talking snow or ice or other things that result in the wiping out of the milk, bread -- and yes, beer -- aisles at area grocers.  But this weekend, we're tracking severe weather that could include tornadoes. We've seen F-3 tornadoes here in January, as recent as 2013. So we're following the weather service into the "prevent defense" mode to keep folks up-to-date on the potential risks ahead. One friend calls it 'weather panic.'  Maybe. But if it helps keep Northwest Georgia safe and informed this weekend, then weather panic it is. 
04:19
January 10, 2020
Severe weather due Saturday; heavy rain next. Banking updates. Wreck update. Rant: We're in 'weather' panic mode.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Double trouble on the way? Severe weather Saturday afternoon, evening following by very heavy rain early next week.  A January tornado? Just ask Adairsville, Gordon County residents about what they lived through on Jan. 30, 2013. Business: Veteran area banker Pamela Hughes joins Heritage First Bank as vice president and human resources director. We have the latest on that accident on Shorter Avenue that seriously injured an area high school student. The other driver faces charges from the state patrol. Hardy Realty's open house gallery for Sunday: Eleven homes from Rome to Kingston, priced from $105,000 to $499,900. Hardy Realty Rant of the Day: Why we're in 'weather panic' mode this weekend.
08:24
January 10, 2020
Thursday's Rant of the Day: Echos from the November City Commission election and what it means to Monday's vote for mayor.
City commissioners again will select a mayor from among their ranks on Monday, Jan. 13, but things are far different. There are three new faces on the board – Bonny Askew (who actually is making a return to the commission) and newcomers Jim Bojo and Mark Cochran. Perhaps more important: Will the City Commission of 2020 embrace the push for change in city government mandated in the November election? The mayor’s vote and that of pro tem will be the first indicators.  November's election was built around the need to change the commission, to change the culture of city government. More important, people want to be heard and not told what to do by those who think they know best. Last year alone showed that the city is out of touch; the November vote underscored that. It all comes down to Monday night's vote.
05:53
January 9, 2020
Driver 'serious' after Shorter wreck. Updates on Turner McCall bridge. Politics and dining. Rant: Echos from the city election.
Today's headlines: One person seriously injured in Shorter Avenue collision Wednesday evening. The accident shut down the highway for nearly two hours. Turner McCall bridge replacement to take two years, cost $28.5 million. The fun begins in the summer of '22. DOT 'open house' is Jan. 16 at the civic center. Republican Allison Watters to seek second term on the Floyd County Commission. Terrick Robinson trial: Cartersville man in court in West Virginia in case involving woman who's dismembered remains were found in the Bartow County Landfill. Zen Ramen & Sushi Burrito (seriously) getting great reviews in Cartersville. First bites at Sammy's American Grill. Rant of the Day: Listen to the echos from the November City Commission election.
09:31
January 9, 2020
Updated: Armuchee burglary ring. Bistro site for sale. Political show & tell. Rant: Is there a doctor in the House? (Maybe)
Today's headlines: Floyd Police: Burglary team distracting homeowners in Armuchee area while an accomplice loots their homes. As Cartersville man's trial begins in W. Va., disturbing details about woman who's remains were found at the Bartow County Landfill. From WVNews.com The home of Bistro 208 on Broad Street in downtown Rome is on the market for $599,000. No changes in the restaurant’s operations, however. Politics: While the Republican sheriff's hopefuls were the entree at the Floyd GOP Women's meeting Tuesday, the contenders for Congress provided a high-calorie dessert. Rant of the Day: Is there a doctor in the House? (congressional candidates).
09:10
January 8, 2020
Wednesday's Rant: Is there a doctor in the House? (and other congressional candidates).
The drawing card for Tuesday's Floyd County Republican Women meeting was the GOP sheriff’s candidates. But the real story? Those considering a run for the U.S. House seat Tom Graves will leave at the end of the year. Two declared candidates were there as was another potential contender thinking of trading a state House seat for the federal version. And standing in the doorway: A Rome neurosurgeon and entrepreneur teetering on entering the race. What could be one of the region's most torrid races in years is under way. 
05:29
January 8, 2020
Armuchee burglary ring. Bistro site for sale. Political show & tell. Rant: Is there a doctor in the House? (Maybe)
Today's headlines: Floyd Police: Burglary team distracting homeowners in Armuchee area while an accomplice loots their homes. As Cartersville man's trial begins in W. Va., disturbing details about woman who's remains were found at the Bartow County Landfill. From WVNews.com The home of Bistro 208 on Broad Street in downtown Rome is on the market for $599,000. No changes in the restaurant’s operations, however. Politics: While the Republican sheriff's hopefuls were the entree at the Floyd GOP Women's meeting Tuesday, the contenders for Congress provided a high-calorie dessert. Rant of the Day: Is there a doctor in the House? (congressional candidates).
06:14
January 8, 2020
Tuesday's Rant. Big changes for the '20 Rome Braves: New boss, new spring training base, upgraded stadium and where to after Rome?
So what's new this season? There’s a new Rome Braves’ general manager now in town. There’s a new spring training complex and location two hours south of the other one near Orlando. Bye-bye Mickey, hello beaches. State Mutual Stadium will have some new bells and whistles to greet the newest batch of Braves – and returning fans – in early April. And where exactly will the players go as the mature in the baseball system? (Fire Frogs are homeless as of today). 
06:18
January 7, 2020
Cedartown parents in jail following child's death. 2019 weather: hotter, wetter. Rant: Big changes for '20 Rome Braves.
Today's headlines: The Cedartown parents of 11-month-old boy found dead two weeks ago are jailed on child cruelty, neglect charges, Polk County Jail records show. Business: Moore's Soda Fountain 'making baby steps progress' toward reopening in downtown Cedartown. TOMCO Systems hires Trey Smith as senior product manager. Ware Mechanical 2019 Weather: Annual temperatures were hotter than normal in Rome, Cartersville; most monthly totals, too. Rainfall: Surplus in Rome, deficit in Cartersville. Kelly Loeffler has been sworn in as Georgia’s next U.S. senator. Locally, the Republican sheriff’s candidates meet at today’s GOP Women’s meeting at Red Lobster. 10 Floyd County schools 'Beat the Odds' in 2019 by doing better than 'statistically expected' on the College and Career Ready Performance Index. Pepperell High wins top Teen Driving Award at National Summit; also receives $6,500 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. Rant of the Day: Big changes for the 2020 Rome Braves.
10:24
January 7, 2020
Monday's Rant of the Day: Why we like the '20s (so far).
Some very early "indicators" include: Politics: We're four-plus months out from the primary and things already are sizzling. Restaurants: Eric Tant's plans for 233 Broad St. already a hit and he's yet to open it. River District: Our advice to businesses there -- form your own association. City government: All eyes on Jan. 13.
05:52
January 6, 2020
'Emerson Explosion' of development begins. About that new bridge. Rant: We like the '20s (so far).
Today's headlines: Business: 'Emerson Explosion' about to light up southern Bartow County with millions -- perhaps $1 billion -- in residential, industrial, office, recreational and retail growth. 63 years old and in 'fair' condition, a closer look at the open house Jan. 16 to discuss replacement of the Turner McCall bridge crossing the Etowah River. Headlines ahead: Slow start to the new year -- gas prices up; Loeffler's swearing set for today; city, county classes resume Tuesday; Riley Green concert a sellout Friday. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Sunny, upper 50s today as temperatures get even warmer by week's end. Rant of the Day: Why we like these roarin' 20s (so far)
09:17
January 6, 2020
Weekend observation: The incredible life story of Dr. Ouida Dickey.
Perhaps the best writing to ever grace the thousands and thousands of pages from Hometown Headlines that have clogged the Internet these past 16 years is on our website today. It is a story we wished we never had to read. It is the obituary for Dr. Ouida Word Dickey, a legend at Berry College and in Rome, and also a friend. We don’t know the author – we suspect Dr. Dickey and her daughters, Angela and Jennifer, worked on it together. The author doesn’t matter; the story it tells is just amazing. We suspect one of the final lines will either have you in tears -- or cheering on the legacy of Dr. Dickey.
04:20
January 3, 2020
Rainfall at 1.5 inches; flood watch until 7 p.m. Police, health, education updates. Plus: An amazing life, Dr. Ouida Dickey.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather alert: The latest on the New Year's monsoon. At least 1.5 inches of rain so far with more due; flood watch until 7 tonight. Also, watch for fog. Rome Police: Operation Zero Tolerance ends with 23 arrests (traffic and outstanding warrants); more than 150 violations cited; and 3.5 pounds of pot seized. Georgia Health News: Georgia is 49th among the states, District of Columbia, when it comes to preventing kids from using tobacco products. Education: Dusty Powell, with two Georgia Northwestern degrees, heading for the final frontier with a job at SpaceX.  Model Middle earns Platinum Award for 'Greatest Gains.' Buzz: Rome's Gretchen Corbin among Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians. Bring One for the Chipper is Saturday. Floyd School Board meets Tuesday. Weekend observation: The story of Dr. Ouida Word Dickey, 91: From Wildwood, Fla., to around the world, her true home was Berry College. An obituary.
08:21
January 3, 2020
Thursday's Rants of the Day: Politics, dining, sports and remembering a local legend.
Your executive summary: Surprise, surprise in 14th Congressional District race. How 'bout those Dogs. Restaurant teasers. Familiar voice thinking podcasts. Remembering a legend at Berry, in Rome. 
05:04
January 2, 2020
UPDATED: 2 inches of rain, flood watch due. New U.S. House hopeful. 10 rants: Politics, dining, sports and remembering a local legend.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Two-plus inches of rain on the way; flood watch starts at 1 this afternoon. Continuing updates. Politics: Clayton Fuller, a former Navy JAG officer and White House Fellow,  joins District 14 U.S. House race. Health: Meet Bryson Thomas Chase, Floyd's first baby of 2020. Hudson Pierce Ward is Cartersville Medical Center's first born of the new year. Lowest jobless rate ever recorded in Northwest Georgia in November. Plus: Bartow employment spotlight; who's hiring. Four-day celebration planned to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rants of the Day: 10 observations to ease you back into the working world.
08:23
January 2, 2020
Tuesday's Just the Rant: Our 2020 predictions including retail, dining, traffic and politics.
Things to watch: The impact of East Bend on traffic, downtown Rome. Will East Bend deliver the major anchor stores shoppers want? Politics: From the GOP sheriff's race to the county commission to the U.S. House seat, a huge year ahead. Media shakedown? We see it coming. And what's ahead in Hometown's 16th year?
06:32
December 31, 2019
Changes at Crawdaddy, Pizza Hut; beans & greens day! Polk death investigation. Rant: 2020 predictions -- retail, dining, traffic, politics.
Today's headlines: Dining: Crawdaddy has one more change due. Pizza Hut closes in Summerville; Armuchee, Cedartown gone. Sam's Burger-Deli updates. Beans & greens, a New Year’s tradition, and who’s serving ‘em locally. Polk authorities continuing investigation into the death of an 11-month-old boy last week; his twin died shortly after birth last January, coroner says. Politics: A video farewell to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Floyd Republican Women to hear from sheriff's hopefuls Jan. 7. About the U.S. House race. Georgia Health News: Northwest Georgia not alone in urgent care boom; Piedmont Healthcare grows its network to 27 in metro Atlanta. Rant of the Day: Our predictions for 2020 -- retail, restaurants, traffic and politics.
11:08
December 31, 2019
Monday's rank: Peaks and Valleys of NW Georgia: Trevor Lawrence, the Chipper, Johnny Isakson and 2019.
And we close with this one today: "And a final Peak to the year 2019. Sure, we’ve had a few dips into the valleys throughout the year but overall, our community is in a better place. More of us have jobs. The economy appears robust, especially with nearly a half-billion-dollars in construction under way. We’re coming out of a season of giving where so many helped dozens of causes to help those lacking in our community. Suffice it to say the pluses outweigh the minuses over the past 12 months.  "We have a blank slate ahead of us in 2020 to shape it as we want. How will all of us help make a difference in the new year?"
04:50
December 30, 2019
Power crews repair storm damage. Marie Hodge Gordon on 16 years with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Peaks & Valleys: Our recent highs and lows.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: The latest on our overnight weather that left more than 1,000 without power thanks to gusts of 29 mph. New Year's Eve: Clear, low 40s. Politics: Darlington grad Marie Hodge Gordon reflects on her 16 years of service with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson as he retires Tuesday. Statesman John Lewis of Atlanta announces he’s battling stage IV pancreatic cancer. Dining: Sammy's American Grill opens in West Rome. Downtown Development Authority thanks restaurant/brewery owner Jay Shell for seven years of service. New Year's travel updates: Gas prices climb. Also: Patrols continue into the new year following a Christmas travel period that was as deadly as 2018 (14 fatalities) in less than half as much time. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia (and a little bit beyond our borders).
08:42
December 30, 2019
Monday's Rant: Must there be a Rant of the Day?
OK, rants might not fit under the Christmas tree or in stockings. But the deeper question is (humility aside), 'Must there be a Rant of the Day?" Our answer, based on your listenership and comments, is yes. Some examples of why: The Summerville Park standoff. The fiasco known as advance voting in the City Commission election. More bad politics, locally and across the state. The $450,000-a-year chamber/economic development divorce settlement. "And more." The rants will continue as long as we have a few "bullies" around who think they know better.   
04:12
December 23, 2019
2.5 inches of rain, some power outages so far. 10 major projects due in '20. Rant: Must there be a Rant of the Day?
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: More than 2.5 inches of rain with a bit more on the way. Nearly 200 without power as well. Christmas: Sunny and 65. Four major projects due in '20, from East Bend (87% possibly leased) to The Spires, LakePoint upgrades, Rockmart seniors project. Plus: Six others to watch as well. Christmas: Live Nativity tonight, Christmas Eve from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Also: Christmas Eve and Day services. NORAD's tracking Santa on his rounds Christmas Eve and you can, too: Web, social media -- and Alexa. Rant of the Day: Must there be a Rant of the Day?
07:57
December 23, 2019
Friday's Just the Rant: Some needed extra 'light' this Christmas season.
From Friday's Rant: "Some of those battling a case of bah humbug realize Christmas 2019 doesn’t seem as bright as in other years. Downtown lacks some familiar sparkle. Even homes in area subdivisions are without lights or else adorned with very few. "But there are other things perhaps filling the void, maybe even adding some light, as we count the final hours before Christmas." Please spend a few minutes with us as we celebrate those doing some extra good this year. 
04:30
December 20, 2019
Weekend washout brewing; storms of Decembers past. Del Taco opens big. Rant: We need more of this this Christmas.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: A weekend washout is brewing, especially Sunday, with 2 or more inches of rain due. But: Clear skies Christmas Eve, Day; high of 65. December tornadoes: This week's rough weather another reminder of how we've endured a few Christmas surprises in Northwest Georgia. Dining: Del Taco opens big in West Rome. 'Very nice even with chaos.' Buzz: Smoothie King customers, including River City Bank, collect 1,000 cans of food for Community Kitchen. Armuchee High gym ribbon cutting today. Berry students honored. Christmas services: Live Nativity opens this evening, 6:30-8:30. Also: Our list of church services for Christmas Eve and Day. Rant of the Day: Maybe we need more of this to get the Christmas spirit flowing.
08:06
December 20, 2019
Thursday's Rant of the Day: What is it about our 'taste' for local news?
Within about 10 minutes of one another on Wednesday, we got official word of two stories. In Adairsville, a flooring company announced plans for its first U.S.-based campus, 238 jobs and a $26 million investment. In Cartersville, Chicken Salad Chick confirmed plans to open a restaurant in a site that once was home to Wendy’s and later Chicken World. So which story drew the most eyes, the most reaction, the most social media interaction?  You guessed it: Chicken Salad Chick’s plans to open this spring across from Cartersville’s Target. At one point, the reaction was 10 to 1 in favor of those now-familiar 12 flavors of chicken salad.
04:15
December 19, 2019
Tire center, Chipotle in at East Bend. Bartow: New industry, new Chicken Salad Chick. Man charged in teen sex sting. Rant: Our 'taste' for local news.
Today's headlines: East Bend tenant scorecard update: Discount Tire and Chipotle -- check. Also: Permits for work in Cotton Block, the mall, Kroger. Business: GreenView Floors to build first U.S. manufacturing facility in Adairsville: 238 jobs, $26 million investment. Second major announcement there in a month. Dining:  Chicken Salad Chick due in Cartersville by spring; coming to former Wendy's/Chicken World site. Floyd Police: Alabama man charged with plotting to have sex with local teen and then fly her to Oregon. Jobs: Unemployment rate remains low across Northwest Georgia. Floyd County Police name Baker Harbin officer of the year for rescuing kidnap victim. Rant of the Day: Trying to digest Northwest Georgia's taste for news.
08:15
December 19, 2019
Wednesday's Rant of the Day: Time to recycle the fake Christmas tree in front of Rome City Hall.
The fake tree was designed to be the new and improved tree to replace the real one that came down in front of city hall. That tree, we were told, was diseased and had to go. We never saw the autopsy report. Of course, that long-dead tree was the one Santa Claus lit each year at the end of the Christmas parade. The beautiful tree adjoining the Rome Floyd Chamber subbed the next year – and did a wonderful job. But after that, a fake tree made its debut; and an artificial one has served ever since. Let’s face it: We’re not embracing a Norman Rockwell moment each year when city crews break out the boxes and cherry picker, and erect the plastic pyramid. Carolers didn’t exactly surround them throughout the day although we wonder if a few hecklers had a word or two to share. Those words likely were a bit stronger than bah humbug.
04:44
December 18, 2019
Good news on Rome's manufacturers. Tennis courts close; hotel next. What's next for Johnny's? Rant: Recycle the fake Christmas tree at city hall.
Today's headlines: Business: Rome tied for 15th in study of best places to work in manufacuring in the nation. Also: As Dressbarn in Calhoun prepares to close, it puts fixtures on sale as well. Indoor tennis courts should be ready for March competition; definitely in time for ACC tournament in April. Also: Updates on planned Fairfield hotel. Owner Bob Blumberg says Atlanta investors have plans for Lyrikz (formerly Johnny's) at 233 Broad St. Buzz: Georgia Power bills going up starting Jan. 1. 'State of recreation' update due today for city, county commissioners. Holiday travel updates. Rant of the Day: Forget fake news; lets get rid of the fake Christmas tree at City Hall.
08:36
December 18, 2019
Tuesday's Rant of the Day: Enough, already, of the BLANK of the decade (fill in the blank).
Story of the decade? Oh, wait, there's more. Try songs. Recording artists. TV shows. Movies. Football teams and football coaches – high school, college and pro. We’re sure there are dozens more on the way before we flip the calendar at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1. What’s interesting is seeing the rehashing of the rehash in this era where news stories and events don’t even last 24 hours, let alone until the next day. There’s just too much coming at us, so quickly and almost effortlessly, that we get spoiled. We want another news fix or sports fix right away. It’s called info addiction. But now they want to go all the way back to 2010? That's news to us. 
04:35
December 17, 2019
1,000 without power after storms. 'New' restaurant closes. 2nd flu death. Rant: Enough BLANKs of the decade (fill in the blank).
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Around 1,000 customers without power this morning following overnight storms; rainfall at 1.32 inches. Cold temperatures move in. Dining: Lyrikz (formerly Johnny's) closed; sign says 'pending sale.' It comes a month after owner Bob Blumberg ended the franchise with the pizza company. Business: Grocery Outlet due in Summerville. Cave Spring economic development meeting is Wednesday. State: Nearly 250,000 businesses will get a tax break in 2020. Health: Second flu death so far this season in Georgia; increase in hospitalizations. Deadline extended for ACA enrollment until Dec. 18. Christmas services: Expanding list of church services and other religious events in our area, including the Live Nativity at Trinity United Methodist Church on Dec. 20-24. Rant of the Day: So what's your BLANK of the decade? (Fill in the blank).
08:17
December 17, 2019
Rant of the Day: Who won the weekend, from Christmas Back Home to SantaCon to sports to some special glasses -- and butternut squash.
A different flavor of Rant of the Day including these items: Joe Burrow's heartfelt Heisman acceptance.  Christmas Back Home -- 'tearfully' good. SantaCon: A legion of Santas in downtown Rome. Justin Hammon's special glasses a gift of their own. Tate Ratledge's commits to The G (Bulldogs relieved). Bourbon-barrel craft beer and butternut squash.
04:33
December 16, 2019
Pilots organizing at Russell Airport. Business updates. Rough weather tonight? Rant: Who won the weekend and why.
Today's headlines: Pilots assemble: Nearly 40 local pilots, aircraft owners forming association to improve social, safety and advocacy efforts at Russell Airport/Towers Field. Business: Cheeky Baby due this spring on Broad Street. Honors for Shorter's Dr. Dub Darville. Deal of the day: Donate 2 canned food items, get a Smoothie King smoothie. Ware Mechanical Weather Center:  Keep an eye on tonight's weather as heavy rain, thunderstorms possible; 29 degrees Wednesday morning. Updates all day. Coosa High junior Justin Hammons, born without the ability to see the Christmas colors of red and green, gets his miracle thanks to family and friends. Christmas services: An expanding list of church services and other religious events in our area. Living Nativity returns to Trinity United Methodist Church Dec. 20-24. Who won the weekend: A different style of rant -- what made this past weekend so special.
08:40
December 16, 2019
Friday's Rant of the Day: One of your friends needs your prayers. Skipping the Richard Jewell movie -- and most of the 41 bowl games.
From Friday's Rant: ".. we’re among the 125 or more who know a dear friend of this community who needs your prayers. Over the years, this friend has been the one to rush to help others in their time of need. We won’t disclose the name as that’s for the family to decide and rightfully so. All we can say is pray – and those are words you’ve rarely hear from us. And thank you for those prayers."
05:17
December 13, 2019
Manis buys former Ga. Power campus. Key move by Southeastern Mills. Rants: One of your friends needs prayers. Richard Jewell movie.
Today's headlines: Business: Roger Manis completes purchase of former Georgia Power campus; third major property to sell on Broad in the $1.5 million to $2-plus million range in five years. Dining: Trackside Pizza & Pub pulling into downtown Calhoun next to new brewery, Freight & Rail. Business: Southeastern Mills acquires JMH Premium of Salt Lake City; latest update on an already big year for the Rome-based employer. Education: Ribbon cutting Dec. 20 for Armuchee High's new gym. Georgia Highlands introduces 'late start' classes. Rants of the Day: One of your friends needs prayers. Richard Jewell movie. Too many bowls. Person of the year?
09:01
December 13, 2019
Thursday's Just the Rant: How do we thank all the cheerful givers?
From today's rant: We started with this today: "PEAK to all those groups and individuals collecting toys, clothing and donations for those in need at this time of year. From the Exchange Club to the sheriff’s office to children services and the angel tree groups at area churches, many of those in need this season will be touched by their – and your – generosity." Two sentences, while well intended, didn’t seem to be enough. So do we list each group indivudually? Do we break it into divisions, including churches, community service agencies and law enforcement? And what about schools and youth groups? Find out how on today's rant.
04:35
December 12, 2019
Drowned Valley Brewing sets grand opening; Calhoun brewery next. Christmas events. Rant: How do we thank all the cheerful givers?
Today's headlines: Dining & Drink:  Grand opening at Drowned Valley Brewing as regional craft beer boom continues; Calhoun next. Also: Bucket O' Shrimp adds patio dining, menu item (tots). Rockmart man, 41, sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to possessing more than 600 videos, 800 images of child pornography. Education: Youth Success Academy graduation held at Georgia Northwestern. Inaugural Sullivan Scholarship goes to Berry animal science major Hailey McMahon. Christmas events: Calhoun's parade is tonight; Saturday in Cave Spring. Christmas Back Home concerts Friday, Saturday. Rome High presents 'Santa Claus is coming to Town.' Ware Mechanical Weather Center: It got colder overnight than expected; it was 28 at 6 a.m. with a wind chill of 21. No road issues so far. A bit warmer by the weekend; another inch of rain due Friday, early Saturday. Rant of the Day: How do we thank all the cheerful givers this time of year?
09:01
December 12, 2019
Wednesday's Rant of the Day: One retailer needs a little Christmas spirit.
With two weeks to go, our first Christmas shopping experience deserves a lump of coal. Consider: In summary: So-so service, low inventory, continued pressure to add to the sale with jewelry, miscommunication about the store’s promotions for the day, a gift bag promise that wasn’t delivered. We’re not sure if we heard a thank you or even Merry Christmas; at this point, we just wanted out of the store even if the light, cold rain was continuing. Ho, ho, no?
04:58
December 11, 2019
Updates on tricky weather forecast. $75 million development planned in Emerson. Rant: Store missing Christmas spirit.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: We continue to watch our weather today as schools in Chattooga County are reporting late as are those to our north. As of this recording, there are no issues to share. The good news: Sunny and 50 later today. Business: Emerson Logistics propoes $75 million, 1.38 million-square-foot industrial development off U.S. 41 and Ga. 293. Education: Georgia Northwestern sees 15.7% surge in enrollment this fall vs. 2018. Education: Johnson Elementary fifth-grader Will Hosford wins Floyd County Schools' District Spelling Bee. Rant of the Day: Store just missing that Christmas spirit.
08:36
December 11, 2019
Tuesday's Rant of the Day: Will the House seat go red, blue or Greene?
The summary: "But that won’t matter if the one-time Sixth Congressional District candidate listens to what she says are ample calls from conservatives in our area to run for the seat Tom Graves will vacate a year from now. "It wouldn’t be the first time someone from outside the district represented our area. Phil Gingrey wasn’t a district resident but he might as well have been as he spent so much time in our community. "So perhaps Greene, described by the AJC as a construction company executive, will take the 14th without much of a fight. " ... Perhaps our mantra should be this: 'When in doubt, order out' – as in outside the district."
04:18
December 10, 2019
Fairfield Inn planned next to tennis center. Outsider wants House seat? 'Fusion' dining. Rant: Will the House seat go red, blue or Greene?
Today's headlines: Fairfield Inn & Suites to rise adjacent to tennis center in project involving Berry College, Marriott. 100 rooms due by 2021. Third Fairfield in our area. Northwest Georgia's House seat -- will it go red or blue? How about ... Greene? As in Majorie Taylor Greene? Dining: A few 'bytes' on some 'fast bites' all involving a little 'fusion' along Broad Street -- even if we can't remember the names of what we ate Education: Winners announced as area high schools take part in SkillsUSA Region 1 competition hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Rant of the Day: Northwest Georgia's House seat -- will it go red or blue? How about ... Greene?
08:31
December 10, 2019
Hometown Podcast: A blast from the past as we remember K-98 with longtime owner Mills Fitzner.
For thousands of Northwest Georgians, their day started with Tom, Robert and Mr. Ed as part of The Breakfast Bunch, an all-local morning show packed with music, news, zingers and the occasional hamster dance as well as Mr. Ed's Challenge. There was the ride home for the evening commute as well as hundreds of remote broadcasts, as many as seven Christmas parades a season, giveaways, the home show, the bridal show and a converted school bus that became the mobile icon of 97.7 FM. When needed, the station answered listeners' needs to quckly relay critical information during the days-long aftermath of the Blizzard of '93 and the tense, solemn hours after Sept. 11, 2001.  K-98 likewise stepped up as Toys for Tots was struggling. Together with the locally based Marines, the station grew the Christmas campaign into a seasonal event with an auction raising thousands of dollars and one that continues to champion local children in need today.   Mills Fitzner, who with his wife Cheryl returned to Rome and the former WROM to grow the legendary station that still brings smiles to past listeners, joined us on The Druck Report to remember K-98. Fitzner sold the station 13 years ago as it became known as WGPB, part of Georgia Public Broadcasting's statewide network. Find out what happened to many of those familiar voices, the behind-the-scenes crew and the depressing -- or is that compressing? -- fate of the K-98 bus.  About this podcast: Mills Fitzner joined us recently at Brand Red Studios in downtown Rome to talk about Northwest Georgia's most-missed radio station, K-98. We thank the Brand Red folks 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 and rants as well.
47:46
December 9, 2019
Rant: Georgia Chamber chief's assessment of Rome a blueprint for success.
Comments from Georgia Chamber Chief Chris Clark on what we need to address: “When I look at Rome and Floyd County, the good news is that you are expected to continue to grow. I will tell you, though, it’s not the level that you will need to have the economic success you need long term. I think, over the next 30 years, you’re expected to only add about 8,000 residents. That really doesn’t balance out with what the growth in the market is going to demand.” In terms of workers, he pointed out: “We are in a global war for talent and those young men and women are going to be the ones to create new jobs. What are you doing in this community to recruit the next generation of talent and keep them here?” The income disparity in Rome and Floyd County was a third area that Clark expressed concern with. “You’ve got almost 19% of the people who live in your community living in poverty. I drove into the town by the community food bank … that parking lot was full. What are you doing to lift those folks out of poverty.”
05:36
December 9, 2019
Bartow company hopes to boost jobs to 1,100. Rome doctor's love of curling pays off. Christmas events. Rant: Georgia Chamber chief's assessment of Rome a blueprint for success. 
Today's headlines: Business: voestalpine, a key part of the original 'Bartow Boom,' seeks nearly $60 million to grow again. Expansion would boost local employment to more than 1,100. Rome's Dr. Dixon Freeman and USA Curling Team win inaugural Can-Am Cup in Canada. 'Rome Curling Experience' returning Dec. 21. Christmas events: Final parades Thursday, Saturday; Christmas Back Home concerts Friday, Saturday, Dec. 20. Buzz: Gas prices here range from $2.34 to $2.44 a gallon today. One Community United offers two small group breakfasts. Rome Braves’ annual pancake breakfast, half-price sale at Tradin Post is Saturday. Rant: Georgia Chamber chief's assessment of Rome a blueprint for success.
08:38
December 9, 2019
Rants of the Week: Topics include stunning changes to the 2020 elections; Brian Kemp's Senate pick; primary concerns; and next year's Black Friday.
Just in case you missed some of these during the past five days, here are our Daily Rants from the Hometown Headlines newscast. They include: The 2020 election season just got hotter. State GOP thinks you don’t deserve a choice on the presidential ballot next March. Paul Harvey was right; “it’s not one world.” Your Christmas retail habits will be changing yet again a year from now. Brian Kemp makes the “right” call on Georgia’s next senator. Newscasts and podcasts: Our weekday newscasts and Druck Report interviews. See HHPodcast at  Apple Podcasts, Spotify. Subscribe to our free newscast/podcast text alerts. Text 313131; in the message field, type HHpodcasts.
25:08
December 7, 2019
Del Taco opens Dec. 18 in West Rome. Graves is out; who's in? Benham resigning. Rant: 2020 election just got hotter.
A very busy newsday this Friday including: Dining: Del Taco in West Rome to open Wednesday, Dec. 18. Business: RaceTrac opens Adairsville store, the second new spot in Bartow County this year. New Cartersville site recently part of filming by marketing department. Aftermath of Tom Graves' announcement he won't seek new House term. What's next for him and who's going to run? Justice Robert Benham to resign from Georgia Supreme Court on March 1; Kemp expected to appoint Cartersville native's successor before next election. Christmas parades: Photos and winners from Cartersville's parade Thursday night. Up next on Saturday: Lindale, Cedartown. Rant of the Day: The 2020 election season just got hotter.
09:39
December 6, 2019
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?
05:19
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.
08:45
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."
04:42
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."
08:42
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. 
04:32
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.
05:15
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.
09:41
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.
08:28
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.
04:38
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.
08:55
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. 
04:39
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?
08:31
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.
04:41
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).
09:56
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.
08:53
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!"
10:28
November 21, 2019
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00:37
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?
06:58
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.
10:06
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.
10:34
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.
10:50
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.
10:52
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.
09:31
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?
10:07
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.
10:15
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.
10:23
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.  
48:05
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.
09:32
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.
11:41
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.
11:15
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.
09:09
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. 
11:51
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.
10:23
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?
08:47
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.
11:30
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.
45:37
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?
10:38
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.
09:22
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.
09:11
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.
08:58
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?
08:59
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.
09:44
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.
08:02
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.
09:38
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'?
09:51
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. 
07:47
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. 
08:03
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.
28:36
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?
07:48
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.
07:29
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. 
36:54
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. 
08:08
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.
08:15
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.
07:51
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.
07:39
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. 
08:16
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.'
08:11
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.
08:04
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. 
08:24
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. 
06:54
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.
08:00
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.
08:45
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?"
07:23
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.
08:11
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. 
07:02
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?
07:40
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.
07:41
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.
08:16
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. 
08:17
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.
07:22
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.
06:59
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.
07:15
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.
08:25
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. 
08:04
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.
07:46
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.
07:03
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.
08:49
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. 
08:01
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