Hometown Podcast: Parking in downtown Rome -- problems & promise. With guests Jay Shell and Harry Brock.

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By John Druckenmiller
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HHPodcast: Underground Rome -- Down and a Little Dirty. Exploring what's below Broad Street with Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab.
Rome's rich history contains numerous references to severe floods and how Broad Street as well as the buildings lining it were changed from their original designs to better cope with the reoccurring nightmare.  But with those changes came stories of what's below some of the buildings we know today -- The Vogue, Johnny's New York Style Pizza, the Rome Area History Museum and the current downtown office of The Spires at Berry College. Architect Mark Cochran joins host John Druckenmiller for a 30-minute "tour" of what's down and a little dirty about Broad Street. You'll learn a good bit of Rome history -- and about how you can take part in tours of the buildings on Saturday, June 22, 2019, benefiting the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. The podcast also stands alone as a wonderful look at Rome's yesterday. For homework, we recommend a look at the Underground Rome History Project on Facebook, authored by Cochran.    AND OUR THANKS: This long-form podcast was recorded and produced at the downtown Rome studios of Brand Red Studios at 4 Bale St. We thank Todd LaBarge and Ryan Simmons for use of the podcast studio and editing expertise. For more on Brand Red, please click here. And to listen to some of the podcasts they're producing, please click Studio Red Media. 
June 18, 2019
HHPodcast News Update: AirLife chopper leaving Redmond. Economic development hire close. Business newsmaker updates.
No afternoon news on the radio? Here's the latest:   AirLife is leaving its perch at Redmond Regional after about a year of emergency service there. The company made the formal announcement this morning. Its helicopter and flight crews assigned to Redmond had been there since late last summer The Rome-Floyd Development Authority met Tuesday morning. Among the updates: The board has had seven interviews for economic director so far and chairman Jimmy Byars hopes to have a decision on who to hire by later this month or early July. Also from the meeting: updates on financial, land purchases. Business People: Jarrod Floyd returns to United Community Bank. Kroger's Steve Van Meter -- a mainstay in Rome's competitive grocery wars -- leaving after this week. We’re likewise watching the weather as we’ve had one brush with storms already since sunrise.
June 18, 2019
HHPodcast for Tuesday: Closer look at the East Bend (Kmart) updates. Political season begins. Names in the news. Peaks & Valleys.
From Studio 1A today: What's new with the Ledbetters' East Bend development and what's next. Political season is formally under way with a sheriff's "forum" today, presidential politics tonight and in late June. Names in the news: Bob Berry, Chip Hood and the late Neil Sanders. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia with: -Politics: Off and running. -The Farm Bus is on a roll. -Too early for road work at Kmart site? -Georgia's best, brightest now in town for Governor's Honors at Berry. -That Underground Rome podcast? Delayed a day by tech glitch.
June 18, 2019
HHPodcast for Monday, 6/17: A heart-breaking reunion at Notre Dame. Wayne Robinson launching Rocket Wash. Plus: Peaks & Valleys, the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia.
From Studio 1A:  Exploring a Rome family's connection to Notre Dame Cathedral: More than 30 years later, Andy and Jennifer Bressette return to share their love of the historic church with two of their children even after the devastating fire that hit April 15. Rocket Wash from Wayne Robinson is joining race to provide mean, clean driving machines in Northwest Georgia. It is part of a nationwide surge. Wayne’s business is under construction on Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Cartersville.  Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia include: -Peak: Rome for the Rescues' party of the summer a huge success. -Valley: Park the license plate reader after hours for now; salt in still-open wounds. -Peak: Summerville Park's 'civil' protests. -Valley: City to green light fourth development tax break. So how does the community profit from this? -Peak: To Floyd County Police and others for helping find a lost dementia patient Friday night. 
June 17, 2019
HHPodcast for Friday: Local news, views and our first extended weekend entertainment report in segment two.
Hot and ready from Studio 1A this Friday: Tomorrow's Rome news today with updates on Shorter University's bid to fix some key financial concerns... A Rome man faces more than 40 counts after a chase and time on the run ... We remember local author and writer J. Bryant Steele ... Weekend guide courtesy of the Forum River Center ... Dining updates ... Sports ... Weather. All the radio you need in just about eight minutes. Also today: Our second segment is exclusively about where to go and what to do this weekend in Northwest Georgia.
June 14, 2019
HHPodcast for Thursday: Search on for Rome shooting suspect. Second fatal accident in a week. Business: New thrift store yards from Goodwill? Busy weekend alert. Peace out (retires). Rapid Fire debut.
Direct from Studio 1A, today's news and views from Hometown Headlines. Join our news blasts each weekday morning. Our next long-form podcast will post Monday, June 17 (evening). Now on our podcast page: An audio version of our interview with Dr. Jon Hershey on Community Watch. Topic: The not-so-secret origin of our podcast edition.
June 13, 2019
From 'Community Watch' at Georgia Highlands College: The not-so-secret origins of the Hometown Podcast. An interview.
The June 12 edition of "Community Watch" with Dr. Jon Hershey includes an interview with us about the launch of the Hometown Headlines Podcast. Please join us for a 30-minute talk about the podcast, radio, city politics and the upcoming elections. "Community Watch" broadcasts exactly as it is being presented on other platforms. We've added our intro music and a brief recap of this, our first "imported" podcast to the Hometown network.
June 12, 2019
HHPodcast for Wednesday: It's a $10 million-plus summer in Rome, Floyd County. New parking signs are going up in downtown -- three weeks later. Midweek observation: Giving summer back to our kids.
Practically live from Studio 1A:  Business: More than $10 million in major projects under way or permitted in Rome/Floyd County. Plus a new Taco Bell coming to Resaca; Cartersville Speedway has big debut. Business After waiting three weeks, scramble under way to fix 45 out-of-date parking signs in downtown Rome.  Extra hour, shorter enforcement in effect since May 20. Parking HHPodcast for Wednesday: Today's headlines, Peaks & Valleys and Midweek Observations. HHPodcast Buzz: 'Rock, Roll & Rescue' at The Vogue Friday, benefits animal welfare. Main Street Elementary open house, ribbon cutting Aug. 1.  Buzz Media: Awards time for area radio and Berry's Viking Fusion. Plus: YouTube report on our talk with 'Community Watch' on the launch of Hometown Headlines Podcast. Media Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Afternoon storms, a little rain and an afternoon high of just 77 degrees. Weather Obituaries: Mrs. Blanche Anthony, Mr. Jayven Jackson, Deacon Clifford Pace Sr., Mr. Donald Ray Wallace. Obituaries Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch  Looking for a free, easy and unfiltered way to get your broadcast news when you want it? Let us help you "cut the antenna." Join us for the Hometown Headlines Daily Podcast, weekdays posting between 7 and 8 a.m. and lasting around eight minutes.  To listen, simply click HHPodcast. We'll even text you when the podcasts are hot and ready: please type HHpodcasts and text 313131.  To advertise on the podcasts: Try five days for $100. Please contact us at 706-346-2031 (text or call) or by email. Or click support this podcast for more.
June 12, 2019
HHPodcast for Tuesday: Downtown Rome's parking issue is solved; now to fix related problems. We have all the local headlines and an extended Peaks & Valleys on the parking debate.
Almost live from Studio 1A: -The fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation, all from Northwest Georgia. -Local sports and your weather. -Today's newsmakers (two local birthdays). -Peaks & Valleys, the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia extended edition. Today's focus: downtown parking, ugly aftermath. For more on each: http://bit.ly/HometownHeadlines
June 11, 2019
HHPodcast for June 10: August opening for Chicken Salad Chick (with drive through). A different slice of downtown. Pop-up pie shop (bring $$). Plus: Peaks & Valleys, rant of the day.
 Almost live from studio 1A: Dining: Stacy's Chicken Salad Chick looks to open in late August, bringing a 'unique experience' for guests to founder's new restaurant. Coming soon A fresh slice of downtown: From biscuits, bread and produce to craft beer and Mangover burgers to riverside concerts, there's a new buzz in Rome. New & improved PopUp Shop's 'piemagedon' is Tuesday as Gainesville-based baker comes to town. They've already presold 300 pies?! Also this week: Free gelato scoop Wednesday afternoon at Honeymoon Bakery. Buzz Ware Mechanical Weather Center: A bit cooler start to the week with rain still in the forecast.  Weather
June 10, 2019
HHPodcast for Friday: There's something about the rain this weekend. Lots of education news. Weekend guide. Plus: Weekend observations on parking and Monday's City Commission vote.
 From Studio 1A Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Heavy rain, storms, even an isolated tornado all possible as storm system to soak Northwest Georgia, now through early next week. Weather Dr. Heidi Popham named president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. GNTC Berry College to build hotel adjacent to tennis center; potential opening set for 2021. Hotel Hometown's first in-depth podcast: Jay Shell and Harry Brock join us to discuss Broad Street parking, fixing downtown's business downturn, Monday's critical commission vote and why they hate parking meters. Problems & Promise Updated: State patrol report says accident on U.S. 411 on Thursday was caused by a driver's attempt to merge into the other lane. No major injuries. Updates Floyd County Board of Education extends contract with Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson. Floyd Schools Weekend! presented by the Forum River Center: Rockfest rockin' Tellus Science Museum Saturday, Sunday. Rome Braves home stand all weekend. Lots of free music. Farmers market schedules. Weekend Health: Gena Agnew retiring Dec. 31 as leader of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition after 17 years; Erin Hernandez takes over in January. Agnew Buzz: Rome Board of Education has called meeting Monday. Floyd GOP to talk about running for office at June 27 meeting. Buzz
June 7, 2019
Hometown Podcast: Parking in downtown Rome -- problems & promise. With guests Jay Shell and Harry Brock.
Hometown Headlines's first long-form podcast (45 minutes) focuses on parking in downtown Rome, including problems and what's possibly ahead.  Two of the most passionate people we know when it comes to downtown Rome, Harry Brock and Jay Shell, join host John Druckenmiller to review perhaps the story of the year in Northwest Georgia.  Recorded in the new podcast center at Brand Red studio off Fifth Avenue and Bale Street, the two downtown business owners talk about the parking battles that have consumed restaurant and business owners, the Downtown Development Authority and City Hall as well as the most critical element that all sides practically ignored -- customers. Make that angry customers. They talk about restaurant owners seeing sales drop by thousands of dollars this year vs. last, in part because of the duplicated smoking ordinances but also the roll out of new parking requirements. Even their most loyal customers tell of plans to abandon regular trips to Broad Street  as they're tired of the hassles they experience when they try to come downtown to spend money. Both Brock and Shell see Monday's scheduled second and final reading of City Commissioner Craig McDaniel's proposal to grant three hours of free parking daily and rolling back enforcement to 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday as just a baby step toward needed efforts to change the perception of downtown shopping and dining. And that's assuming commissioners vote in favor of it; a no vote effectively would table the idea and they fear an even larger customer backlash if that happens. Both also are watching the potential impact of the East Bend center (formerly Kmart) and its 20 to 28 new stores and restaurants; they're concerned about how much business could be sucked off Broad Street and into a retail center with plenty of free parking. These next four days leading up to the 6:30 p.m. Monday City Commission meeting are critical. Join us for our downtown parking podcast to get a better understanding of what's gone on and what's ahead.
June 7, 2019
HHpodcast060619: Hotel proposal has some sleepless. Weekend washout: 4 to 6 inches of rain due. Weekend guide. And today's headliner: Dylan Beasley.
 Today's top stories, tomorrow's news and plenty of unfiltered views.  Sleep Inn proposed for Martha Berry near Summerville Park drawing concerns from nearby residents. Hotel  Business: Three Rivers Nutrition opens off Spider Webb in Rome. Later day: Major business announced expected. Business  Ware Mechanical Weather Center: 'Weekend Washout' actually we start later this evening; 3 to 4 inches due here through Sunday.  Weather  Weekend! presented by the Forum River Center: Rockfest rockin' Tellus Science Museum Saturday, Sunday. Rome Braves open seven-game home stand tonight. Lots of free music. Plus farmers markets return. Weekend  Georgia Northwestern Technical College presents President's, Dean's lists for the 2019 spring semester. Education  Obituaries:  Jeffrey Wayne Penson II, Vernon Ray Walters. Obituaries  Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining  Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch
June 6, 2019
HHPodcast for June 5: What Evie McNiece's decision means to an already sizzling City Commission race. Plus: Weekday observations!
On today's Hometown Headlines Podcast:  Rome City Commissioner Evie McNiece to run again in Ward 3; decision expected to open the door for several newcomers for Ward 1 seats. Politics Two injured, one flown to Erlanger, following boating accident at Brushy Branch Tuesday evening. Boat accident Wallace Chambers Jr., wanted in the murder of a 74-year-old Rome man last week, surrenders at the Floyd County Jail; faces three counts. Arrest Tense rush hour Tuesday afternoon as gas leak forced some evacuations, traffic nightmare. Gas leak Coosa Valley Credit Union once again replacing torn, faded American flags, through Independence Day. More than 200 flags have been replaced in the five year the free program has been offered. Flags Dining & Drink: Make that Coostanaulah Brown Ale (formerly known as Downtown). Bartow History Museum sets Sip 'N Stroll for June 27. The Peach is back at Chick-fil-A. Free gelato June 12 as Honeymoon celebrates 12 years. D&D Georgia Highlands announces students named to the spring 2019 President's List and Dean's List. GHC Buzz: First responders, Blood Assurance again team up on Heroes Unified community blood drive on June 25. Likely credit to be included in June power bill. Litter task force seeks members. Buzz WEEKDAY OBSERVATIONS What Evie McNiece's decision means to an already hot City Commission race. And a suggestion to add parking meetings at Rome's newest retail sensation?
June 5, 2019
HHPodcast, 6/4/19: News about East Bend (former Kmart), downtown parking and even Paul Harvey (podcast inventer?)
 Our headlines for this Tuesday: Business: Ledbetters seek variances for 'footprint' of East Bend center's proposed shops, restaurants; hearing is June 20. Thatcher's Barbecue in Summerville training staff; no opening date yet. Business Parking updates: Separating downtown business owners by those who have own parking and those relying on street parking. Your letters to city commissioners. Jay Shell's parking survey draws 850-plus responses. Parking 44 deaths in Georgia as 2018-19 flu season ends; significant drop from previous year but still high. June is Men's Health Month; Harbin offers healthy tips. 18th Health Initiative for Men (plus Women) set for Aug. 17. Health Newsmakers: Hannah Cook, Rome Little Theatre director, named Bartow Public Art Researcher. Dwight Hutchins, Darlington Class of 1982, elected to fourth term as chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Adairvsille's Emma Smith appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Newsmakers Buzz: Vacation Bible School season under way. Got talent? Georgia Dream Night is on the way. Floyd Board of Education meets Thursday. Floyd Democrats celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. Auditions for 'Mamma Mia' set. Church Missions Conference planned in August. Buzz Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Back to the low 90s today with light rain into Friday, a bit heavier over the weekend. Weather Obituaries: Mrs. Judith Gail Grizzle, Mrs. Shana Ely Pardue, Mrs. Jean Peña. Obituaries Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch
June 4, 2019
HH Podcast, the first edition (06/03/19)
 Posted on June 3, 2019 by hometownheadlines • 0 Comments Almost live, always local and louder than ever, this is the Hometown Headlines Podcast for Monday, June 3. A few things have changed since we last talked and we’ll get to that in today’s podcast. We’re experimenting with the right format for this daily podcast so please send any and all feedback (text 706-346-2031 or email or leave a comment below on our Facebook page). We promise to have a better process in place – at least before the 411 Connector gets built. On today’s podcast: The fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation.  For expanded coverage of these and other stories, please see our website. Today’s sports and weather updates. News about your friends including birthdays. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia. What’s on our news radar this week. Plus a rant on why we’ve upgraded to podcasts from radio (was it something we said?) Our plan is to post a news-and-views podcast most weekday mornings. We’re in meetings all week to secure production assistance on longer-form podcasts that you’ve asked to hear. We’re also upgrading our recording equipment from “Studio 1A” today and Tuesday so expect an even crisper podcast by Wednesday.
June 3, 2019
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