HHPodcast: Newscast, rants from Northwest Georgia.

HHPodcast: Newscast, rants from Northwest Georgia.

By John Druckenmiller
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Assessment so far of 2020: Hit reset button or fast forward?
Fifty-one days into 2020 and we’re not sure if we want to hit the reset button or perhaps fast forward. There are multiple reasons: The weather: Rain, show, wind storms, black ice. And more rain on the way? The politics: We thought it couldn’t get any worse that what we witnessed on a national level in 2016. Instead, the rot has spread to the state level and even some locally.. The tears: There’s no easy or even clever way to put this. 2020 is off to a grim start. It began on the eve of the New Year when the text came in about the death of a dear friend. And it hasn't stopped since. There’s always some balance: some great news for family members, some pretty good headlines overall for things happening around town and a couple of things suddenly falling into place that will improve our community. But so far, at least, 2020 isn't -- to paraphrase that old song -- "a very good year."
04:47
February 21, 2020
Black ice concerns; latest closings, delays. 268 jobs for Calhoun. Rant: Hit reset or fast forward on 2020?
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Latest on black ice concerns, area roads, subfreezing temperatures. A few slick spots so far today. Closings and delays: Latest updates on closed schools; delayed openings for government offices and courts. Business: 268 new jobs headed to Calhoun as Mannington Mills grows again, this time with a $22 million expansion. Politics: Sen. Kelly Loeffler makes the rounds in Northwest Georgia. Ed Tarver joins race for Senate seat. Voter registration for March 24 presidential primary ends at 5 p.m. Monday. Rant of the Day: As for 2020, can we hit reset or fast forward?
09:05
February 21, 2020
Rant of the Day: When it comes to 'dirty little secrets' and Campaign 2020, we'll let the candidates take out their own trash.
More than a decade ago, a local candidate was pushing a sensitive personnel report about an opponent. The document wouldn’t have changed the election’s outcome, at least in our opinion. Basically, we reached this conclusion: Candidates can take their own trash out. By that, we mean if an opponent has some allegedly explosive item about his or her opponent that he or she thinks needs to be made public, then do so. The concept of “leaking” it to the media sounds clandestine, perhaps even a little naughty and kind of fun. Thanks but no thanks. In our case, at least, we’ll leave the dirty work to candidate. We’ll save our reporting to valid points of the campaign. Our advice to "the leakers:" Make it part of the mainstream by mentioning it in the next candidates' forum or debate. Once done, you'll probably see it become part of the campaign coverage -- if and when it is verified. 
04:42
February 20, 2020
Nasty weather today; more tonight? 'Chick' opens March 18 in Bartow. Rant: Dirty little secrets this election season.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Nasty day ahead with temperatures -- and rain -- falling most of the day. Winter weather possible for Gordon, Chattooga counties. Please keep an eye on the forecast today; we’ll have continuing updates. Business: Chicken Salad Chick's Cartersville site opens March 18. United Grocery Outlet opens next Wednesday in Summerville. Politics: Chief Magistrate Judge W. Gene Richardson announces bid for a new term. From nonprofits to service organizations, United Way of Rome & Floyd County's new digital directory, resource/engagement guide 'rewrites' the way to help for those in need. The Druck Report: Rome's aggressive plans to grow downtown, the River District, create a River Walk and embrace more younger residents. Rant of the Day: Dirty little secrets and Campaign 2020.
09:06
February 20, 2020
The Druck Report: Rome's aggressive plans to grow downtown, the River District, create a River Walk and embrace more younger residents.
Recently,  Rome's city commissioners and senior staff members held an 11-hour planning retreat to discuss community issues and what's next. The retreat was held at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk on West Third Street, fitting perhaps as that area -- part of the River District -- was among the key topics discussed that day.  City commissioners Wendy Davis and Craig McDaniel joined us on The Druck Report to share some of the key points from the retreat. Those topics included: Upgrading the corridors into the city, including the Martha Berry entrance and the hotels fronting it.  Creating a thriving River Walk, similar to Greenville and Columbus, to enhance tourism and economic growth.   Adopting "urban mixed use" zoning to the West Third/Fifth Avenue district to support development, including healthcare as well as restaurants and other development. Recrafting the city/county development code to embrace, not chase growth. Targeting ways to keep young adults and attract young families to our community. About this podcast: City commissioners Wendy Davis and Craig McDaniel joined us at Brand Red Studios in downtown Rome to talk about Rome's future and what's next. We thank the Brand Red folks for the 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 the Hometown Podcast Network.  Please join us for our weekday newscasts and rants as well as our expanding home for other Northwest Georgia podcasts.
44:30
February 19, 2020
United Way's 80-page digital resource guide shows what can be done with vision, determination.
There’s an 80-page giant due this Thursday, one that has a few super powers of its own. Namely, information. Critical information. A digital publication known as the “United Way of Rome & Floyd County Online Community Resource and Engagement Guide.” Those are a lot of words. More important, the guide is packed with easy-to-digest information of what they’re calling “need-based resources available in Floyd County.” Those include an updated directory of nonprofits and service organizations. Alli Mitchell and Hannah Cook of the United Way of Rome and Floyd County have spent months fine-tuning the guide, making recommended adjustments and updating information that went out of date for whatever reason. On Thursday, it goes live, local and just a click away. Plus, being digital vs. print, updates can be made in seconds and not in a second or third edition print months down the road. It will become a must-read for those helping others in need. And it also shows that many of our longstanding but unrealized goals can be accomplished -- and should be accomplished. This is a great place to start. 
04:42
February 19, 2020
Latest on rain, floods, what's next. Bartow murder suspect sought. Rant: Finally, a resource guide for those in need.
Today's first headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Normal start for Floyd County Schools. Latest on heavy rain, flooding, road issues -- and more on the way. Cartersville Police seek suspect in Tuesday night murder. Dining: Ana's showcases new patio; on course to open this week. Not Yo' Granny's adds comedy Friday night. Despite Chapter 11 filing, 'for 3,000 scouts in North Georgia, nothing's changing,' says incoming executive. Education: National honor for Floyd County sub. School Board meets at Pepperell High Feb. 24. Berry lecture: faith and perseverance. GHC to show 'Summer Hill.' Rant of the Day: Finally, a resource guide to help those in need. 
08:55
February 19, 2020
Rant of the Day: The Miracle on West Third Street.
We agree it is hard to get excited about a nearly 12-hour City Commission planning retreat. But given the tone and direction coming out of the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk last Thursday, we agree with a one-word assessment from one of the commissioners: "Progress!" A River Walk, the River District, downtown Rome and a long list of other topics got serious attention -- with the commissioners in turn giving City Manager Sammy Rich a packed to-do list.  You can thank city voters for making it happen. There was a message in the November elections that saw two new commissioners and a third returning to the board after a few decades. With several incumbents joining the new blood team, you could almost feel a change of attitude. We quote from City Commissioner Mark Cochran's Facebook page in a post immediately after Thursday's planning retreat: "It’s not an exaggeration to say that the city you knew yesterday, philosophically no longer exist. Today was a watershed moment for the City of Rome. Possibly the most important day this city has had in a generation. "Big changes are coming ... today was a great day." Amen to that. And now tomorrow looks a whole lot better, too.
05:33
February 18, 2020
Updates at LakePoint. More lunch at Sweet P's. Gas prices climb. Rant: Miracle on West Third Street.
Today's headlines: Business: Some tweaks planned to LakePoint's massive pavilion. Sweet P's now offering lunch Monday-Thursday. WZQZ radio reports The 'Trion Facts' is closing. Alleged 'Ghost Face Gangsters' member arrested in Polk County last week is now being questioned in deadly home invasion in Coweta County. Local law enforcement agencies partner with Pepperell High's SADD group for motorcycle awareness. Buzz: Gas prices going up; spring break about to begin? Berry students offer free tax help. One Community United small group meeting Wednesday. Department of Corrections hosting job fair March . Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rain returns, over an inch possible today. Latest flood updates. Chance of thunderstorms but no severe weather expected. Rant of the Day: The Miracle on West Third Street.
09:42
February 18, 2020
Rant of the Day: Kindred closing a rare healthcare setback; how about replacing it with expanded veterans' medical services?
The reaction to the Hometown Headlines' story about the pending closure of Kindred Hospital Rome has been surprisingly strong. The loss of the 45-bed long-term care medical campus comes after nine years at the current building. Families of current patients are seeking other options between now and April 6; nearly 80 people are looking new jobs. As options are reviewed on what to do with the soon-to-open space, we offer this suggestion: Here’s hoping someone considers expanded local healthcare options for our veterans. Years ago, when the state was weighing what’s next for veterans’ medical care, we suggested the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital site. That made too much sense. But the shape, size and containment of Kindred? There’s an option to consider.
04:54
February 14, 2020
John Henry's Grill due on Broad. Surprising Kindred closing. Rant: Rare healthcare setback; replace it with veterans' care?
Today's headlines: Dining: John Henry's Grill heading to former Johnny's Pizza spot on Broad Street. Plus: Dining out tonight? Check, please. Health: Kindred Hospital Rome closing in April; 78 employees impacted. CEO says company will continue to work to place both patients and employees. Four arrested on various drug charges by Metro Drug Task Force. Ware Mechanical Weather Center:  Sunny but cooler, high of 47. Latest road closings; flooding updates. Two-hour delay for Polk schools today. Rant of the Day: The Kindred Hospital surprise -- and what's next.
08:48
February 14, 2020
Rant of the Day: Plugging in to Georgia Power's power surge.
If anything, some people thought the presence of Georgia Power might be easing here with the November 2018 closing and recent sale of the 800 Broad St. location. That was underscored by the July announcement to basically shutter Plant Hammond, which particularly has local school administrators concerned because of the expected economic hit. But that’s not the case. If anything, Georgia Power’s local involvement seems to be escalating. The chamber. Economic development. Various boards.  And now "facilitating" what we consider to be a very critical city retreat as the community has some key issues to solve.  We find this "confluence" if you will interesting -- at least that’s the view from the outside. You have to wonder how elected and appointed leaders see it, let alone other local “corporate partners.”
04:19
February 13, 2020
Morning storm soaks NW Georgia; some power outages. Shorter, mall business updates. Rant: Surge at Georgia Power.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather aftermath: Morning storm soaks Northwest Georgia. More than 1,200 lost power this morning but much of that has been restored. Also, the latest on local flooding; we remain under a flash flood watch until 1 this afternoon. Calhoun, Gordon County schools scheduling delayed openings on Thursday because of overnight weather threat. Business: Watching what's next for former Mathis site, American Legion. Mall loses MasterCuts, undergoing $100,000 'interior remodel.' Health: Dr. Christen Pirkle joining Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Cartersville. Rant of the Day: Plugging in to Georgia Power's power surge.
08:15
February 13, 2020
Newscast extra: Rough weather expected; what to know from the National Weather Service and Hometown Headlines.
A special podcast edition of our Ware Mechanical weather updates. Northwest Georgia is expected to see strong winds, heavy rain and perhaps brief tornadoes late tonight and into Thursday morning as a cold front clips our area. The major concern: High winds toppling trees already standing in saturated soil from all our recent rain. Plus: We'll see another inch of rain with this incoming storm. We've incorporated an update from the National Weather Service's Peachtree City into this newscast, with highlights from Hometown Headlines at the beginning. We'll have continuing web and social media updates throughout the evening. 
11:54
February 12, 2020
Rant of the Day: Facebook and Coronavirus – collision course!
Earlier today, we checked Facebook one last time before writing this. Some 1,700 people had shared a certain post. In fact, people were ensuring they spread the word beyond Greater Rome. Around 50 comments had been posted – some supportive, others politely throwing the BS flag. We can only guess how many views the post received. At issue: A Rome woman recounted what her son reportedly experienced at an urgent care clinic. We weren’t there and neither were those 1,700 people sharing the Facebook post. But we do know the post sparked widespread reaction on Facebook. And we do know area healthcare officials were in overdrive late Tuesday afternoon and into the night trying to find answers. As of the last check we made, there were no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia. That includes Rome, Ga. And Floyd County. And any contiguous county. But we knew it was coming: A collision course between Facebook and the coronavirus. 
05:22
February 12, 2020
Summerville Park update. Moving 'Mountains' on Broad. Young hero. Jet crash update. Rant: Coronavirus, Facebook -- collision course.
Today's headlines: Business: Summerville Park senior housing project under way. Adairsville site of proposed 1.1 million-square-foot, $55 million warehouse development. The 'scoop': Mountains Old Fashioned Ice Cream to reopen in recent home of Frios in Broad Street's 200 block. Gordon County Deputy Coroner Christy Nicholson has identified the four victims of Saturday's Cessna Citation jet crash in rural eastern Gordon County. Meet 5-year-old Noah Woods of Kingston who's credited with saving himself and seven others from a house fire. How to help the family recover. Health: As a corona virus precaution, the state asks around 200 people who recently traveled to China to 'self-monitor' themselves for symptoms. Also: More on the false alarm in Rome. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Severe weather expected late tonight/early Thursday. Latest on river flooding, closed roads. All schools open as normal. Rant of the Day: Facebook and Coronavirus: Collision course!
10:05
February 12, 2020
Rant of the Day: Delay or close schools? Just make the decision, earlier the better.
Monday night, one by one – and we mean at the pace of a pre-global warming glacier – local school administrators started to make “The Decision.” Those of you who are sports fans know what The Decision means – when LeBron James announced he was taking his talents to South Beach years ago. The ESPN “special” seemingly lasted longer than the Oscars. So, too, did the notices from area schools Monday night. Parents and educators were writing, calling and texting us. “Any word yet?” Ever so slowly, Trion reported no classes on Tuesday. Cherokee County, Ala., reported a two-hour delay. Polk County Schools announced a 10 a.m. start time Tuesday. And then Gordon County. And then Calhoun City. And then Bartow County but not before some of the schools leaked word before the county school system. Finally, around 9 p.m. Monday, Floyd County Schools made the call – a two-hour delayed start to Tuesday. And then Rome. And then our private schools, some after 10 p.m. A few more came in Tuesday morning. Our take: There needs to be an earlier call when making such decisions.
05:02
February 11, 2020
Flooding rain continues. School updates. Fazoli's on the way. Rant: Delay or close schools? Just make an early decision.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rainfall at 2.5 inches and falling. Latest road closings. Severe weather likely overnight Wednesday. Schools and colleges: Updates on delayed openings in Floyd County, some closings in Gordon and Bartow counties. GNTC, GHC delay openings as well. Dining: Fazoli's coming to East Bend in Rome, Dixie Avenue in Cartersville. Politics:  Democrat Shonna Bailey announces her candidacy for the Floyd County Commission Post 3 seat. Accident that killed Cedartown bicyclist in September the focus of a TV news report after coroner raises hit-and-run, first contact questions. Rant of the Day: Delay or close schools? Just make the decision, earlier the better.
09:40
February 11, 2020
Rants of the Day: Nelle's farewell. A rugged search and recovery. Brandon's 'Warriors.' Fathers, sons and sports.
There's a funeral for a friend today and we hope it draws a standing-room-only crowd for the Matriarch of Mass Media. As we remember the jet crash victims, also think of those involved in a very rugged search Saturday morning. A stricken city of Rome employee is being lifted by many dedicated friends. Signs of the times: New name for Ga. 101? Fathers & Sons: Wonderful tribute tonight for the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame.
04:54
February 10, 2020
Latest on jet crash. Much more rain; flood concerns. Brandon's 'Warriors.' Rants: Nelle's farewell; rugged search; fathers and sons.
Today's headlines: Citation jet crash: Three men, one woman died in the accident Saturday morning; no identities yet. Also: Closer look at the Cessna, including reports of a troubled onboard 'altitude indicator' during the brief flight. Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: New flood watch starts today as another three to four inches of rain due now through Tuesday. The rain started around 4 this morning. We also  have the latest on earlier flooding and what’s next. Army veteran, Rome employee Brandon Coryea in critical battle with blood clot that's left him hospitalized at Emory for six weeks; friends uniting to help 'warrior,' his family. Business: Broad Street storefront, upstairs studio apartment the latest spot on the market on what already has been a huge month in downtown Rome. Rants of the Day: Nelle's farewell. A rugged search and recovery. Fathers, sons and sports.
09:06
February 10, 2020
The Druck Report hosts "Jay Shell's Creek Stories: Beware Brown Red, undisputed rooster champ -- and my buddy."
You know Jay Shell as a father, a husband, a successful businessman and a "kids first" member of the Floyd County Board of Education. But how about Jay Shell, Kid Cockfighter? Jay is writing a book about some of his unique adventures growing up in Spring Garden, Ala. Perhaps considered poor by some, Jay wouldn't trade those days for anything. He embraces them for making him what he is today. And after listening to the tales of Brown Red the rooster, you'll know why. In this inaugural podcast, Jay shares one of the more colorful adventures of his champion pet rooster and the day Brown Red took down the vaunted Silver Bullet, an experience that changed Jay's life for ever. Please spend around 30 minutes with some of the most colorful tales of a childhood few others have experienced.  
33:01
February 8, 2020
The Druck Report: Elections Chief Robert Brady on what to know about new voting machines as presidential primary draws closer. Plus: Advance voting updates.
Advance voting for the March 24 presidential primary begins in just a few weeks. We'll be using a new voting system that is mostly similar but somewhat different to what we're used to. In part one, Floyd County Elections Chief Robert Brady walks us through using the new machines. He believes you'll see a smoother voting experience and one with a built-in failsafe system to help assure you the ballot has the exact results you selected. In part two,  Brady shares where and when you can vote in advance of the presidential primary as three sites will be in use over three weeks -- the community room at the yellow brick courthouse as well as some days at the civic center and others at Garden Lakes Baptist Church. One round of weekend voting also is set. About this podcast: Robert Brady joined us at Brand Red Studios in downtown Rome to talk about the upcoming elections. 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.
38:26
February 7, 2020
Friday's Rant: Exactly how do you tell nine Republican House candidates apart?
All nine 14th Congressional District hopefuls have the check marks in the “right” boxes when taking the GOP pedigree test: Pro guns. Check. Pro life. Check. Pro death penalty. Check  (Wait: doesn't that      counter pro life?) Pro Trump. Check. Pro "send 'em back to Mexico." Check So then, how do voters from Paulding County to the suburbs of Chattanooga tell the Republican candidates apart? We're about to find out.
03:57
February 7, 2020
Weather aftermath, updates. Robinson buys more Broad St. Remembering Nelle. Rant: 9 GOP House hopefuls: What's the difference?
Today's headlines: Update: We've added a short segment to share the news of Nelle Reagan's passing. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Just a few flakes here so far today; another chance of snow flurries Saturday. Latest on flooded waterways. Weather service to investigate what caused damage in Gordon County. Wayne Robinson adds to 200 block holdings in downtown Rome with former antiques store purchase. He already owns the Vogue and Crawdaddy’s building. Hearts United audience hears about the issues facing Rome and Floyd County -- and a concentrated effort to address them as a community. Health: Harbin Clinic Orthopedics moves to 1825 Martha Berry Blvd. starting Monday, Feb. 10. 14th Congressional District scorecard: Nine Republicans are in the hunt for Northwest Georgia seat. And one Democrat. Who's who. Rant of the Day: How do you tell the GOP House candidates apart?
09:06
February 7, 2020
Rant of the Day: From Iowa 'ruckus' to 'Stage' of the Union to impeachment vote, what have we learned?
After the headlines from the past three days, what have we learned? On Monday night, one of the most outdated methods of formally starting the presidential election season stalled horribly amid the glaring eyes of millions. Either on TV or streaming, the Iowa Caucuses foundered amid high-tech tweaks made to an aged-out process.  The next night it was the State of the Union. Blistering reviews continue on Facebook, some trashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s shredding Donald Trump’s speech on live TV while others compared it to a stage show, complete with the prearranged reunion of a servicemember and the Medal of Freedom presented to an ailing Rush Limbaugh even as some of his most vicious comments were played over and over on websites. Finally it was the stoic Senate impeachment vote on Wednesday afternoon as two articles facing Trump – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – were reviewed. It was a basic “guilty” or “not guilty” vote mostly along party lines, falling short of removing Trump from office. Georgia’s two U.S. senators voted with the Republican majority; Mitt Romney did not. The answer: Not much. 
04:14
February 6, 2020
Storms pounds NW Georgia. Panda Express update. HUG tonight. Rant: Iowa, 'Stage' of the Union -- we can do better.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Storms continue to pound Northwest Georgia this morning. Chattooga and Trion schools are on two-hour delay because of heavy rain. We’ll have continuing updates throughout the storm threat. Also, a slight chance of snow showers Friday morning. Dining: Plans for Panda Express in East Rome now online; around 2,300 square feet with tables for 68 customers. This evening's Hearts United Gathering to address key community concerns; meeting open to all. What to know. Republican Andy Gunther of Bremen joins 14th Congressional District race; seventh GOP candidate to declare. Another possible today. Rant of the Day: From Iowa 'ruckus' to 'Stage' of the Union to impeachment vote, what have we learned?
08:09
February 6, 2020
Wednesday's rants: Iowa Caucus results--local 'feel'? A Coosa ESPN moment. Ailing Limbaugh. Local businesses thrive. Our community needs a 'HUG' on Thursday.
Rants at a glance today including: Waiting on Iowa results feel familiar? Coosa girls' ESPN minute. The Limbaugh Effect. Pick O' Deli, Lewis Chemical do it right. Give our community a HUG Thursday evening.
03:40
February 5, 2020
Rough 24 hours of weather ahead. Pick O 'Deli update. Rants: On Iowa, Limbaugh and a community HUG.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heavy rain, strong gusts begin this evening, stretch into Thursday. Flash flood watch set. Continuing updates all day. Dining: Pick O' Deli preparing for new restaurant on Dean Avenue. Politics: Link to the State of the Union address and Democratic response. Latest from Iowa Caucuses. Wendy Davis on GPB this morning commenting on both.  Floyd Democrats meet Thursday. Buzz: 2 Model High students to present at Science & Humanities Symposium. 'Winning the Vote' on the way. Development authority meets Feb. 18. Latest library auction. Rants of the Day: On Iowa, Limbaugh, Pick O' Deli, a community HUG.
07:35
February 5, 2020
Tuesday's Rant: When half time is the Super Bowl story
So now we know who really won the Super Bowl: Fox TV and the advertisers. Based on preliminary reports, around 100 million people watched Sunday’s how-ever-you-classify-it event, up 1.2 percent from the previous year. That makes Super Bowl 54 the 10th most watched ever. The smaller story is Chiefs over the 49ers. That’s just filler. And while I love data and stats and figures more than most, the one thing I can’t seem to dig up through all the post-game pandering is this: How many people actually watched the football game itself? As a nation, we’re more concerned about the amenities than the alleged focus. Today, more of us can tell you what J Lo wore at half time than the score of the game. Look no further than Facebook for proof.
06:39
February 4, 2020
Rough weather on the way. Business updates. Flu deaths increase. Rant: Super Bowl gets in the way of half time.
Today's headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heavy rain, flood watch, strong storms Wednesday, Thursday. Record heat in Cartersville on Monday; just missed in Rome. Today: Mid 60s Business: Amy Barton returns to Greater Community Bank. Lumina Coffee Co. marks first year in Rome. Jefferson's celebrating 10 years in Cartersville. Health: Georgia's flu midseason death rate jumps to 42. That's two below the entire last season. Politics: Still awaiting Democratic results in Iowa; Trump wins the GOP side. Taco House update. Local election updates. Rant of the Day: When half time is the Super Bowl story
10:40
February 4, 2020
Monday's Rant: Is the U.S. House race becoming a food fight?
It seems there was some sort of issue at Taco House following the Trump Rally in Calhoun's downtown park on Saturday. Supporters of Republican House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene had arranged for a post-rally get-together there.  But what happened Saturday is unclear. Greene issued a statement Sunday, saying her team and supporters were turned away despite having reservations for half the restaurant. They allege it had something to do with the ample Trump signage, hats, etc. Plan B was The Velo Vineyard, also in Calhoun. Another House Republican hopeful, Dr. John Cowan, also had a post-rally rally, his at World of Wings and it was held without incident. Taco House is being both roasted on social media as well as praised for whatever happened (we can't reach them). We knew this would be a "red meat" election season but is the line being drawn at a taco shop?
04:24
February 3, 2020
Community rallies to help brain cancer patient. Shoe store becoming urgent care. Watch this week's weather. Rant: Politics or food fight?
Today's headlines: The community is rallying to help one of their own as Hannah Allmon battles brain cancer. Immediate care/urgent care due at former Payless site at Turner McCall and Riverbend. Gordon County detectives are trying to learn more about a man who’s body was found near the Sugar Valley/Hill City area Sunday afternoon; an autopsy is under way. Political headlines: The taco showdown. About last week's County Commission resolution and what it said. Burkhalter bites back. Iowa Caucus today; results tonight. Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Spring-like day today; payback on the way. Upwards of 5 inches of rain possible through Thursday; watching severe threat as well. Rant of the Day: Is the U.S. House election becoming a food fight?
07:53
February 3, 2020
Broad Street, hot or not? Closings say one thing; real estate sales perhaps another.
So how do we classify Broad Street now that we're one month into 2020? Real estate sales are happening. Consider: The Georgia Power building, two storefronts in the Cotton Block with two more up for auction Friday; two storefronts in the 200 block; and now a sale in the 300 block. Estimated sales total: $5 million plus. As strong as demand is, are owners getting their asking prices or is there some discounting going on? Closings continue: They include Duke's, Johnny's, LocoMex, Frios, Craze and Level Up. One, maybe two restaurants are due. But: Count the 'for lease' signs the next time you're on Broad Street. So the question: Is Broad Street hot or not?
05:15
January 31, 2020
Calhoun brewery due March 1. More downtown sales. Rant: Broad Street, hot or not?
Today's headlines: Dining & Drink: Freight & Rail Brewing Co. in Calhoun hoping for March 1 opening. Third brewery in Northwest Georgia. Business: 324 Broad St. sells for $400,000 per Toles, Temple & Wright. Latest sale in downtown Rome with more up for auction today. Memories from the damage, power outages 3 weeks ago a great reason why to track Severe Weather Awareness Week starting Monday. Fifth Annual Hearts United Gathering to address key community concerns; meeting set for Feb. 6 is open to all. Rant of the Day: Broad Street, hot or not? Closings say one thing; real estate sales perhaps another.
09:25
January 31, 2020
Thursday's rant: Politics 2020 is a ride on the Great Georgian Scream Machine.
Nothing is the same this year when it comes to politics. The ballot, from presidential to Congress to sheriff and court clerk,  is sizzling. Already this year: Candidates are trying to 'personalize' the Second Amendment. The Trump Bus is must-see (next stop: Calhoun). Party meetings are standing-room only. And we're months away from the state/local primaries. Buckle up for a ride on the Great Georgian Scream Machine.
05:16
January 30, 2020
Wendy's returning to Cedartown. Soaring jobless rate in Chattooga. Rant: Politics & the Great Georgian Scream Machine.
Today's headlines: Business: Where's the beef? Wendy's returning to Cedartown. Celebrating 125 years at Holmes. Red-hot Greater Rome Existing Industries meets at Floyd career academy. Jobs: Chattooga County jobless rate soars to 12.2 percent in December as layoffs announced. All counties saw uptick in jobless rate last month. Education: 3 Rome High students move to semifinals in Governor's Honors competition. 10 Bartow County students also named semifinalists. Ribbon cutting today for Harbin Clinic Immediate Care, Physical Therapy in Cartersville. Floyd earns Brilliance Award increase hand hygiene compliance, reduce infections. Health: Walmart opens second health center, this time in Calhoun. Joining Wednesday's grand opening: Mark Wahlberg. Rant of the Day: Politics 2020 or the Great Georgian Scream Machine.
09:50
January 30, 2020
Wednesday's Rants: Tragic headlines for families. Another candidate showdown next week? Challenging Kemp. Super Saturday or Sunday?
Our rants of the day: Families and just horrible headlines: Kobe, others perish in crash. Family wiped out in N.C. murder suicide. Man loses wife, 5 kids in marina fire. Another title fight from Floyd Republican Women? Court clerk candidates on Tuesday. Will the House hopefuls attend in light of recent headlines? Voting machine demo (as in demonstration, thank you).  A bit 'unKemp'? Behind the Doug Collins' run, Senate vote. Super Saturday or Super Sunday? We'll put it on the poll. 
07:45
January 29, 2020
Dining & Drink updates. Court clerk showdown. Rants: Tragic family headlines. Governor challenged. Super Saturday?
Today's headlines: Dining & Drink: Bucket O' Shrimp adds hours. Super Bowl Sunday plans at area spots. Smoke signals (and a cool bar) in Cedartown. Politics: New voting machine demonstration this Saturday morning. Court clerk candidates due at Tuesday's GOP Women's meeting.  Perdue names local re-election chairs. The latest from the marina fire is that a father lost his wife and five children. A relief fund has been started. We have the details courtesy of News Channel 9. Georgia Northwestern's Echocardiography student Christina Bullock named 2020 GOAL winner; English instructor Mandy Jones is college's Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. Buzz: Floyd County Schools named a 'Common Sense' District. Rome Little Theatre's Tokens of Affection runs Feb. 7-16 at DeSoto. Coffee break at Aventine on Friday. Rants of the Day: Tragic headlines for families. Another candidate showdown next week? Super Saturday or Sunday?
08:30
January 29, 2020
Tuesday's Rants: More fallout from Burkhalter attack. Public Health needs more, not less transparency on coronavirus. News, not schmooze.
Six rants today (well, one's a cupcake but ...) Political fallout from Burkhalter attack. We need more data on coronavius, not less. Spiked: Coosa coach off to Calhoun. All news is local: Trump bus stops in Rome; Kobe's tribute.  Snit sez: Big year ahead for Atlanta Braves. News, not schmooze: 16 years ago, we launched as a PR firm. Little did we know... 
04:36
January 28, 2020
Aftermath of marina fire that killed 8. Coosa coach off to Calhoun. Coronavius updates. Rants: More political backfire; public health concerns.
Today's headlines: Aftermath: Eight dead, seven treated following Scottsboro, Ala., marina blaze. 35 boats destroyed. It could be a few more days before the victims are identified. Georgia Supreme Court upholds Rome man's murder conviction; overturns two counts of cruelty to children. Nic Hann, who built Coosa High volleyball into a three-peat state champion, named Calhoun High's next coach. Health: State won't release details on those tested for Coronavirus virus but will confirm any cases found in Georgia. Rants of the day: More backfire from Burkhalter attack. More transparency on coronavirus, please.
09:12
January 28, 2020
The Druck Report: Campaign season turns ugly early. Look for swipe at Sheriff Tim Burkhalter to backfire -- very loudly.
The slam on a Facebook page promoting the Second Amendment Rally aimed at Sheriff Tim Burkhalter had nothing to do with gun rights or when he switched to the Republican Party. It was an attempt to smear the sheriff because of his support of another candidate in the crowded 14th Congressional District race -- Dr. John Cowan of Rome. Those behind the troubling post have started a battle that can't win -- likely at the cost of the candidate(s) they support.
04:39
January 27, 2020
Women's Leadership Academy's first class 15 strong. A real reuben. Rant: Campaign season gets ugly early.
Today's headlines: Business: The first local class of the Women's Leadership Academy -- designed to grow 'servant leaders' in Rome -- graduates in May. Dining: Discovering the Redneck Reuben (or the next best thing). Scorecard on restaurant exits, openings on Broad Street. Valentine's: Make those reservations today. Buzz: Retrotone Guitars opens in Armuchee. Gas prices drop again (except in Gordon County). Rant of the Day (The Druck Report): Campaign season turns ugly early. Look for swipe at Sheriff Tim Burkhalter to backfire -- very loudly.
08:12
January 27, 2020
Friday's Rants: Troubling traffic data in Rome. Lessons learned from 2019 advance voting? Covering Saturday's rally.
Three rants of the day for the price of one: 17% more collisions in Rome last year even with distracted drivnig enforcement? Gwinnett limiting advance voting in primaries; surely we learned our lessons here last year. Is there a right or wrong way to cover Saturday's rally?
04:36
January 24, 2020
Latest news tips, rumors. 17% jump in accidents in '19. Rants: Wreck reports on area driving and 2019 advance voting.
Today's headlines: Word on the Tweet: Better business news? Updates on 'The Base.' Mounting flu concerns. Area politics. Restaurant rumors. 2019 Rome collision statistics: 17% jump in collisions with almost a third caused by drivers following too closely. No. 1 intersection for wrecks: Shorter at Redmond Circle. Floyd County Police seek your help in finding a man they consider armed and dangerous; he's described as a serial burglar. The Season Events adds a new touch to bridal expo -- a groom's corner (beer included). Ball's new aluminum cups to get Super Bowl treatment. Chamber updates. Shaw honored by magazines. Hardy Realty's Open House Gallery for Sunday, Jan. 26: Six homes in Rome, ranging in price from $298,500 to $485,000. Rant of the Day: Collision course on wreck data -- and hopefully not advance voting.
09:13
January 24, 2020
Thursday's Rant: The highs, lows of Northwest Georgia from star students, a job surge, retail concerns and a Panera plug.
Our highs and lows as of Jan. 23 include: Model High's presidential scholar. 1,100 new jobs in 12 months. Panera brings new meaning to the word 'networking.' Early retail signs a concern?
04:58
January 23, 2020
Sheriff's race: $156,000 in contributions so far. Job surge in December. Peaks & Valleys: Our highs, lows in NW Georgia.
Today's headlines: Politics: Sheriff's race saw nearly $156,000 in contributions through Dec. 31, half of which already has been spent. Also: Superior court judge report. Jobs: State labor commissioner: 'It’s kind of hard to have any better year than Georgia had.' Model High's Brylen Cantrell among those included in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Community Foundation for Greater Rome awards $28,000 in grants to nonprofits. Education: Georgia Northwestern announces President's, Dean's lists for fall 2019. Education: Georgia Highlands names President's, Dean's lists for fall 2019. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia.
09:03
January 23, 2020
Wednesday's Rant: Four elections, thousands of dollars — but how many voters?
Campaign 2020 is well under way -- and apparently well funded.  Candidates are everywhere -- and more of them are popping up each day. Local parties are hosting event after event -- and are getting strong crowds. There's even a free public demonstration on using the new voting machines set. But the hardest part will be getting voters to the precincts or to advance voting spots four times this year. Who’s in?
04:27
January 22, 2020
Arrest in Rome's first murder of '20. Politics: Sheriff's forum, new House hopefuls. Rant: Dollars, debates and campaigns.
Today's headlines: Murder: 48-year-old man charged in Rome’s first murder of 2020; also faces child cruelty charges. Packed house for TEA Party’s meeting with GOP sheriff’s candidates on Tuesday. Q & A with Caldwell, Kilgo and Roberson. Add Republican Ben Bullock and Kyle Perkins  to your U.S. House candidates’ list. One more due later today. Second Amendment ‘Sanctuary County Rally’ moves to Coosa Valley Fairgrounds; 1 p.m. Saturday. Night to Shine 2020: Local churches partnering with Tim Tebow Foundation for special needs prom event on Feb. 7 in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk. Rant of the Day:  Four elections, thousands of dollars -- but how many voters?
09:12
January 22, 2020
Tuesday's Rant: Guns, politics and the 2020 elections.
From what we know so far, the Armuchee Second Amendment Sanctuary rally will draw politicians seeking your vote in the May and November elections. Several have been asked to speak. One in particular is wrapping herself in the Second Amendment in a bid to be your next representative in Congress. In some way, shape or form, guns and politics will be part of the local 2020 elections. Given the headlines of the past few days, we’re just not sure exactly what we’ll hear from those seeking office as we move deeper into the election year. But we’re very anxious to see what it means when the votes are counted.
04:16
January 21, 2020
Buzzing on Broad St. Second Amendment 'sanctuary' rally. Floyd's $100K pledge. Rant: Guns and politics.
Today's headlines: Business on Broad Street not slowing down: Several transactions amid a few business closings with a hint of more to come. Second Amendment 'Sanctuary County Rally' set for Saturday in Armuchee; U.S. House, sheriff’s candidates expected to attend. Health: Floyd pledges $100,000 to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance to help cut tobacco use, vaping among young Northwest Georgians. Celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Freedom March, special program (six photos)  and community service projects throughout Rome-Floyd County. Rant of the day: The local terrorism arrests, the Second Amendment and politics.
08:28
January 21, 2020
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 yea