New Rome beer festival date, new office, new director, new chair: Changing times for RACA. An HHPodcast interview with Ali Booker and Chris Kerr.

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By John Druckenmiller
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Newscast: Lights out at Plant Hammond. Chicken Salad Chick hiring this Sunday. Bar Olympics return. Doughnut deal. Rant: Local vs. Amazon? Push relationships, deals -- not name calling, tired slogans.
Headlines are fresh as today's sunrise from Studio 1A: Georgia Power gets OK to close Plant Hammond; operations continue in 'winding down' mode. 30 employees still there monitoring systems for now.   Food & Drink: Chicken Salad Chick job fair is Sunday.  Krispy Krunchy Chicken opens Calhoun shop. 'Bar Olympics' return to Giggity's, Rome City Brewing July 27. Doughnut deal this Friday. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: No break from the 90s into next week.  Back to School: Rome hosts Super Showcase on July 25. Floyd County posts supply lists. When each school system starts. Today's Rant: How do you really fight Amazon's prime days? Relationships, deals, customer service -- not name calling and worn-out slogans. 
July 17, 2019
Tuesday: New life for Sage Cottage. Rome Schools 'rollin' buses in January. Plant Hammond decision today. Rant: Moon walk celebration? Take a giant leap.
Almost live from Studio 1A: Business: Sage Cottage in Adairsville under new ownership, grand 'reopening' is Aug. 10. Create DIY Workshop has grand opening Friday.  Final call on Georgia Power's plan to close Plant Hammond due this morning from Public Service Commission. Rome Schools: 'Rollin' with RCS 2020' targets Jan. 7 startup for student bus operations; some drivers hired; more sought. 90 years: Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation asks community to 'party like it's 1929' to celebrate 90th anniversary of 'the jewel of Broad Street.' Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heat index roars back to 100 today; highs in the mid 90s. On today's news radar: Bucket o' Shrimp opens; development authority updates; and a birthday for local radio's 'great good morning voice' (does that make her WOLD?) Rant of the Day: To those pushing the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk; please take a giant leap. Let's get back to the future. 
July 16, 2019
Newscast: Surge in senior living options in Floyd, Bartow. Bucket o Shrimp soft opening Tuesday. Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows of NW Georgia.
Almost live from Studio 1A:   Surge in senior living options with new developments,      expansions and renovations under way at multiple locations in Floyd,      Bartow counties  Dining. Bucket o' Shrimp sets Tuesday ribbon cutting, soft opening.  'So close' for      Thatchers in Summerville.  Buzz: It's July 15; have you planned your Christmas      party yet? Here's one option. Also: TEA Party meeting Tuesday features    Lincoln-Douglas style debate on pro choice vs. pro life.  Gas prices up seven cents a gallon. Peaks & Valleys: The highs, lows of Northwest Georgia from the past few days.
July 15, 2019
You've got millions (of dollars) worth of reasons to do your part in the 2020 Census (maybe a job, too). Also: Critical City Commission elections begin next month. An interview with Wendy Davis.
Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis, an advocate for the 2020 Census, talks about why the 10-year Census mandated in the Constitution is critical to our community. Each person missed, she says, means fewer of your tax dollars coming back to help your town. Not for one year but for the next decade. Plus, the Census Bureau needs both full- and part-time workers to make it all work. Wendy has tips on how to apply. Also, she looks at the Nov. 5 City Commission election and what it means to our future. Six commission seats are on the ballot (Wendy runs again in 2021).
July 14, 2019
Newscast: Rome High, Berry graduate killed in boating collision; how to help the family. Bucket o' Shrimp opens next week. Kmart demolition under way. Rant: Making music in downtown Rome.
Almost live from studio 1A today:   Services set for Rome High, Berry College graduate Brandon 'B-Dub' Wilson who died in a weekend boating collision; family and friends start donations page for his two sons' college expenses. Dining: Bucket o' Shrimp expected to open next Wednesday on Dean Avenue.   Permits in hand, roughly four months of demolition work begins at former Kmart site (soon to be East Bend).  Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: A legion of superheroes at Tellus Saturday. Exhibit opening for late-in-life folk artist. Rodeo rides again in Bartow. Plus: Annual fish fry.  Rant of the Day: Latest concerts, events not finding the right note in downtown Rome.
July 12, 2019
Newscast: Rome woman dies from accident injuries. Dos Bros. opening in 2-3 months. Teens held in PHS vandalism. Kangaroo Jake's closes. Interviews: Summerville Park and RACA changes.
Your alternative to "decaf radio" starts here:   Rome woman, 85, dies from injuries sustained in Sunday afternoon accident.  Dos Bros Mexican Grill adds signage, hopes to open in two to thre months off Shorter. Nanny G's at the Covered Bridge bakery opening in Euharlee. Buffalo Luke's to replace Cheeseburger Bobby's in Calhoun? Hepatitis A spreading among Bartow County residents. Health Department offers free hep A vaccinations; urges vaccination for those at high risk and for food-service workers. Kimberly King named interim director of the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia.  Updates on two Pepperell teens, both 13, charged with damaging, stealing from high school football concessions stand. Kangaroo Jake's closes in Armuchee after 11-year run. Plus two interviews today on our podcast edition:   New  Rome beer festival date, new office, new director and new chair: Changing      times for RACA. HHPodcast interview with Ali Booker and Chris Kerr Why      Summerville Park doesn't want Sleep Inn on Charlton Street (that's where      the entrance and exit would be). A HHPodcast interview with Penny      Evans-Plants
July 11, 2019
New Rome beer festival date, new office, new director, new chair: Changing times for RACA. An HHPodcast interview with Ali Booker and Chris Kerr.
Changes are well under way with the Rome Area Council for the Arts, including a new chair and a new executive director in addition to an office back on Broad Street. Likewise, one of RACA's main fundraisers -- the September beer festival -- is changing as well.  Those are some of the highlights from our latest Hometown Headlines Podcast interview, this one with Ali Booker, the new executive director of the arts group, and its new chairman, Chris Kerr. They joined us at Brand Red Studios in downtown Rome on Tuesday to talk about plans for an even greater outreach to "all the artisans in town." That includes those beyond galleries, those on stage and the talent behind the music. Booker and Kerr joined Hometown Headlines' John Druckenmiller with updates about the arts organization and how they hope to expand its support and impact on Rome's arts community.  That includes students learning computer-assisted design, the light and sound technicians off stage and those producing television and film in Rome/Floyd County.
July 11, 2019
Why Summerville Park doesn't want Sleep Inn on Charlton Street (that's where the entrance and exit will be). A HHPodcast interview with Penny Evans-Plants.
Imagine the first home on your street being demolished, the surrounding tree lines flattened. Next, picture a 52-room hotel going up on part on that lot, with both the entrance and exit on a residential street, Charlton Street, even though the hotel features acres facing Martha Berry Highway. The residents of Summerville Park call this encroachment into a neighborhood already dealing with crime and other spillovers from some of the run-down hotels nearby. They fear Sleep Inn will dump much more traffic onto a rustic two-lane street lined with older homes that make up the "Heritage Neighborhood" founded in 1913. Penny Evans-Plants, a resident of Summerville Park, talks about the homeowners' fight, the planned hotel, a controversial rezoning decades ago a slow response from City Hall when it comes to seeking a better solution for the community, the developer and the city.  Penny joined Hometown Headlines‘ John Druckenmiller for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production.  All of our podcasts — interviews and weekday news blasts — are now available for free on nine podcast providers including   Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Overcast, Tune In and Radio Public. Google any of them and type in HHPodcast. Once our podcast logo and content pops up, please click the subscribe button.  You’ll then get the first notice each time we produce a newscast or podcast. 
July 10, 2019
Newscast: Heavy metal in motion at Kmart -- but no demo just yet. Tuesday's heat index: 105 degrees; no relief soon. Midweek observations: Change is good?
The news you need on your commute to work this Wednesday morning:  Heavy equipment is on site at old Kmart but we don’t see a demolition permit just yet. The Ledbetters have said the existing stores will come down starting this month. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Tuesday's heat index hit 105 with a high of 97 and more is on the way.  A decorated Floyd County sheriff's corporal fired; office cites 'unprofessional, negligent and incompetent in the performance of his duties. Education: Tri for the Kids raises $18,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia. Floyd Medical teen volunteers earn scholarships. North Georgia EMC awards scholarships to two Armuchee High grads, another from Gordon Central. Shaw helping associates' students HHPodcast Interview: Keith Mickler of the county extension office on what this heat does to plants, trees and crops (avoid excess watering!) Plus: How to chase those varmints from your garden. The Podcast Midweek observations: Change is good? You'll agree when you hear what's ahead at RACA.
July 10, 2019
HHPodcast Interview: Keith Mickler of the county extension office on what this heat does to plants, trees and crops (avoid excess watering!) Plus: How to chase those varmints from your garden.
Keith D. Mickler, Floyd County Extension Coordinator, shares some tips on helping your plants and trees survive in this scalding hot and mostly dry Northwest Georgia summer.  Watering is key - but not nearly as much as you might think His biggest concern isn't the drought but too much aqua.  Keith has some key advice for area farmers as well when it comes to applying enough water as the sun evaporates much of what's in the soil. Plus: How to chase those varmints from your home gardens, whether they're chipmunks or deer (please don't share with PETA). Keith joined Hometown Headlines' John Druckenmiller for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production.  All of our podcasts -- interviews and weekday news blasts -- are now available for free on nine podcast providers including   Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Overcast, Tune In and Radio Public. Google any of them and type in HHPodcast. Once our podcast logo and content pops up, please click the subscribe button.  You'll then get the first notice each time we produce a newscast or podcast. 
July 9, 2019
HHPodcast News: Enough already with 100-degree heat. Summerville Park hotel fight is city's problem to fix. Fatal accident on I-75. Rant of the Day.
Almost live from Studio 1A today: The Ware Mechanical forecast calls for another sizzler on the way following  Monday's high of 100 degrees, just short of the record of 104. We’re still watching an area in the Gulf for potential tropical depression development.   Summerville Park neighbors have asked the City Commission for help -- and soon -- in their bid to stop a Sleep Inn at Martha Berry and Charlton. 'There's already stuff happening,' neighbor Eric McDowell told the board.  The state patrol is investigating a Monday evening traffic death on I-75 near Adairsville. A passenger in a vehicle was ejected when a tire blew, causing the Ford Explorer to overturn. Health: A change of pace for Harbin Clinic's Walk With a Doc in July, including an art stop. Plus Floyd adds a workshop for dads-to-be.   Rant of the Day: The Summerville Park hotel fight needs to be fought by the city, starting today, as Rome is responsible for allowing it to happen. 
July 9, 2019
HHPodcast News: Whatever happen to Tygar Evans. Tragic weekend on Georgia roads. Peaks & Valleys: Our highs and lows. Farewell to a friend (the vet longing for a final drive in his old pickup).
All the radio you need each day in just over eight minutes:  Catching up with Dr. J. Tygar Evans: The principal who helped Rome High earn national recognition once again leads a high school, this time in Tuscaloosa.   Dining: Hiring begins at Bucket o Shrimp in East Rome, Popeye's in West Rome. Plus: Dress for success at Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday.   Area veteran who worked with friends in hopes of getting his beloved 'Frankenstein' pickup running in his final days, succumbs to pancreatic cancer. But even that didn't stop efforts to fire up the '71 Dodge.  Holiday weekend on Georgia roads including the death of a wanted man on a stolen motorcycle avoiding police. Also, three residents from Paulding County were among seven people killed in horrible collision in Northeast Georgia on Saturday.  Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia from the holiday weekend.
July 8, 2019
Interview: Local high school football expert John McClellan breaks down the 2019 season: New coaches, old rivalries and the teams to watch this fall.
Few people in North Georgia have seen as much football as John McClellan. From his journalism career through his years as a broadcast commentator and PA announcer at Rome High and Shorter, McCellan had kept a sharp eye and sharper memory on decades of players, games and stats. He joins us to take a nearly 40-minute look at the upcoming high school football season which starts in mid-August.  McClellan's weekly high school football column returns to Hometown Headlines on Monday,  Aug. 12, through the championship series.  
July 7, 2019
Newscast: The Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park opens at noon today; fireworks tonight. Rome/Floyd has a new economic development chief. Today's rant: The cluttering of Broad Street.
Almost live from Studio 1A: Business: Missy Kendrick named president of Economic Development for Rome and Floyd County.   Celebrating Independence Day:  2019 Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park opens today at noon; fireworks tonight at 9:45.  Rome Police: Be ready for extra traffic control on Riverside Parkway especially after Wednesday night’s fireworks at Ridge Ferry. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heading to Ridge Ferry for the fireworks? Here’s our hour-by-hour forecast through 11 p.m.  Additional headlines today: Services pending for man killed by gunshot wound in Cedartown on Monday. Update Education: More gold for Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA team. GNTC Buzz: Tickets for Mother’s Finest at Forum River Center go on sale Thursday.  Calling hours tonight, funeral Friday for Dr. Laurie Johnson. 
July 3, 2019
Newscast: Quick interview with Missy Kendrick, the president of economic development for Rome/Floyd County.
Kendrick was hired Tuesday morning by the Rome Floyd Development Authority.
July 2, 2019
Newscast: Summerville Park escalates fight against Sleep Inn. Economic development chief hired. Shopping center updates. Plus: Mission impossible?
Almost live from Studio 1A: Missy Kendrick has been hired to lead Rome/Floyd County's economic development efforts.  Summerville Park residents expand fight to prevent Sleep Inn from being built on Martha Berry at Charlton Street.  An investigation continues into fatal shooting in Cedartown on Monday. Dr. Laurie Johnson, known for her counseling and coaching service as well as her Saturday morning show on WLAQ, has died. Friends say she was their constant source of encourage. In real estate news, the Redmond Plaza strip center in Cedartown has sold for nearly $2.4 million. Plus what's new at Etowah Crossing. We have a new podcast Interview: With 675 inmates -- some with drug, mental concerns, the Floyd County Jail is changing. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Chief Deputy Tommy McGuire talk safety, training, a new 60-bed medical wing and what's ahead. People: Health: Harbin Clinic names Sarah Tuck as the senior director of marketing. Also, Joe Montgomery named special agent in charge of the GBI Region 1 Field Office in Calhoun. Celebrating Independence: Parks & Rec fire up the holiday at Ridge Ferry on Wednesday. Plus what's ahead in Cave Spring, Cartersville and at the Rome Braves. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Nothing but mid 90s through Friday with thunderstorms possible Independence Day, Friday.
July 2, 2019
Interview: With 675 inmates -- some with drug, mental concerns, the Floyd County Jail is changing. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, Chief Deputy Tommy McGuire talk safety, training, a new 60-bed medical wing.
This podcast is brought to you, in part, by Brand Red Studios on Bales Street in Rome.  Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Chief Deputy Tommy McGuire spent around 30 minutes with Hometown Headlines' John Druckenmiller describing the next changes to the county jail, home to almost 700 inmates the day we recorded this. Phase one of the addition of a medical wing is about to get under way; the heavy equipment is now on site. Once finished next July, it will feature 60 critically needed beds for some of those inmates who once were housed at the shuttered Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital. The influx has created new demands -- and resulted in extra training for the deputies on duty at the jail three shifts a day.  The medical wing was paid in part by the recent extra penny sales tax approved by Floyd County voters. Burkhalter and McGuire also talk about today's jail inmates, about how training has changed for deputies on duty there and programs under way to try to keep the inmates from returning when their time is served. As Burkhalter says, more than 75 percent of those in custody right now will return to the streets of Floyd County. 
July 1, 2019
Newscast: 4 years of growth, success for Doug's Deli Downtown. A year after closing, work under way on East Rome pizza shop. Independence Day updates. Commentary: A farewell to a friend.
Almost live from Studio 1A: Constant growth since opening four years ago this month has Doug's Deli Downtown searching for a second spot, perhaps in Cartersville or Calhoun. Almost a year to the day after closing in East Rome, ground work well under way for Little Caesar's off Turner McCall.  Development authority close to hiring industrial recruiter?  Independence Day: Parks & Rec fire up the holiday at Ridge Ferry on Wednesday. Independence Day: What's planned in Cave Spring, Cartersville and at the Rome Braves.  Commentary: Farewell to a friend. In appreciation of Father Valery's service to our church -- and community.
July 1, 2019
News: Massive meth bust; quarter ton seized. Major milestone for Rome attorney Brian Bojo. Huge weekend. Week-in-review: Busy week for law enforcement.
Friday's Hometown newscast brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Rome: Massive meth bust ends with three arrests; quarter ton of meth seized. Big milestone for Rome attorney Brian Bojo. Huge weekend: Balloon festival, start of Independence Day celebrations on Saturday. Our first week-in-review: From the meth bust to a fatal fire to happy endings in three missing persons cases, it was a busy week for our first responders.
June 28, 2019
Newscast: Bucket of Shrimp due by later summer. Aragon fire kills man, 84. Weekend: Plays, fireworks, parades. Rant: Our restaurant addiction. Plus: 'Funky Druck'?
Your Hometown newscast brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill on Broad Street:  Bucket o' Shrimp due by 'the end of the summer.'  An 84-year-old Aragon man died in fire early Wednesday.  A suspect in the burglary and attempted arson at a Cave Spring convenience store last month is in custody in Alabama. Business: Coosa Valley Credit Union again named to Forbes' 'Best-in-State' list. Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Balloon festival at the airport. Final weekend of Fantasticks.  Four Independence Day celebrations start Saturday. 'Funky Druck:' Please hang with us until the end of today’s newscast to hear a contribution from the legendary Harry Musslewhite, a potential new theme for our newscasts and podcasts. He calls it, “Funky Druck.” We’re humbled.
June 27, 2019
HHPodcast News: Employee at Willy's in Cartersville tests positive for Hepatitis A; what to know. Fatal fire in Aragon. Safe return for missing dementia patient, 17-year-old.
 From Studio 1A, brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill. The silent player as the East Bend (former Kmart) deal unfolds is the resurgent Etowah Crossing shopping center. Opened in the 1980s, it now sits next to one of the biggest retail developments in years.   Health: An employee at Willy's Mexicana Grill in Cartersville tests positive for hepatitis A; Public Health advises those who dined there May 31-June 17 to contact healthcare provider to see if immunization needed.  Loaner life jackets now at key river spots in Bartow County; great idea for other communities to copy.  Buzz: Are you among 1.3 million Georgians traveling over Independence Day weekend? Independence Day: Celebrations begin Saturday. Updates from Rome, Cave Spring, Cartersville, Lindale, Summerville, Rome Braves. Also: A podcast on the history of the Cave Spring parade.  
June 26, 2019
HHPodcast News: Census shows we're getting older, more diverse and growing at a slow rate. Business updates. Open house at Ruth & Naomi shelter. Peaks & Valleys.
What's on today's newscast, brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill on Broad Street:   Northwest Georgia is growing slower than the state average with Hispanics representing much of the population gains here between 2010 and last year. As a community, our median age is now older.  · Cartersville's newest RaceTrac near Main Street and I-75 is just about ready.  · County commissioners are reviewing a 7,000-square-foot hangar addition to the airport  An open house set for Ruth & Naomi House for women and children begins at 4 p.m. Thursday with a ribbon cutting. The home is on North Broad Street.  Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Nothing but 90s (and perhaps thunderstorms) now through next Monday.  Independence Day: Celebrations begin Saturday.
June 25, 2019
HHPodcast Interview. Real Americana: The red, white and blue tradition that is Cave Spring's Fourth of July Parade with founder Christa Jackson.
Thirty-four years ago on Independence Day, Christa Jackson and her three oldest sons were at their Cave Spring home, disappointed because the weather had wiped out a day of swimming. They were watching the Atlanta Salute to America on television when Christa had an idea -- the Jacksons would have their own parade.  That "army" of five grew over the decades to feature more than 500 people at 9 a.m. each Fourth of July who parade around the downtown square in a true replica of Norman Rockwell's Americana.  Join Christa as she talks about the parade's origins, Miss Liberty, the coveted "Vote" dress, gallons of homemade ice cream and how it has become a tradition for generations of area residents. Interviewed by John Druckenmiller of Hometown Headlines. Sponsored in part and produced by Brand Red Studios (our thanks to Todd LeBarge and Ryan Simmons). Cosponsored by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill, Broad Street, Rome, Ga. 
June 24, 2019
HHPodcast News: Remembering Teresa, the 'face of Steak 'n Shake.' Friends helping local vet restore Frankenstein the pickup as his time runs low. Peaks & Valleys.
Today's newscast brought to you in part by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill:  'What's on your bucket list?' Longtime friends come together to help restore 'Frankenstein,' an old Dodge pickup for local veteran fighting terminal cancer diagnosis.' Natalie Simms shares a story about some old friends on a mission to restore a buddy’s truck loaded with memories. The community is mourning today the loss of Teresa Milam, known as “the face of Steak ‘n Shake and a longtime waitress at Western Sizzlin. Teresa died suddenly in a two-vehicle accident in Troup County Sunday morning as she drove to see one of her sons at Fort Benning.  Several dining stops today. First, breakfast at Doug's Downtown Deli will bowl you over. Calhoun's Taco Bell reopens following fire last summer. Chicken Salad Chick hiring begins in Rome.  We have an expanding report on Independence Day celebrations, which begin this Saturday.   The Rome Braves go on offensive, beat Hagerstown 8-4. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia: -Dr. Ryland Scott, downtown parking, the success of Rome River Jam, 300 jobs to accompany Chick-fil-A distribution center.
June 24, 2019
HHPodcast News: 3 men sought in Rome shooting; another Rome man wanted in attempted murder captured. A win for Summerville Park; the fight isn't over. Huge weekend: 13,500 due at River Jam.
From Studio 1A: CRIME: 3 men sought in Wednesday shooting; Rome man wanted in attempted murder case captured; two deaths in Cedartown were a murder-suicide. COMMUNITY: A win for Summerville Park in the fight of the Sleep Inn development; the battle continues. WEEKEND: Huge -- 13,500 due at Rome River Jam; plenty of entertainment options. NEWSMAKERS: A new Rotary president and a birthday for a local attorney. PEAKS & VALLEYS: Peaks to the Board of Adjustments, the sheriff's office for fighting Hepatitis A and for good work by Snickers the bloodhound; and Valley to us for being late with Thursday's Podcast.
June 21, 2019
HHPodcast News: A rough morning of weather, a violent evening of crime. Huge weekend ahead (River Jam: 13,500 fans). Plus: Thanking our law enforcement community.
From Studio 1A this Thursday: Severe weather hammers Rome, Cedartown this morning. Violent night of crime, from SWAT-assisted drug arrest to murder-suicide in Cedartown to another Rome shooting. Huge weekend ahead with Rome River Jam to draw 13,500 fans (sold out!) Plus 10 other new updates from Northwest Georgia.
June 20, 2019
HHPodcast News: Manhunt under way for attempted murder suspect from Rome; Lindale man in custody. New buyer for American Legion. More on AirLife's exit. Plus: News radar, Peaks & Valleys.
From Studio 1A: -Your local news headlines for the day. -Local sports: Dylan Beasley signs with Nats. -Today's newsmakers: Buzz Wachsteter and Gene Proctor. -Peaks & Valleys: Highs and lows of Northwest Georgia.
June 19, 2019
HHPodcast Interview: Underground Rome -- Down and a Little Dirty. Exploring what's below Broad Street with Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab.
Rome's rich history contains numerous references to severe floods and how Broad Street as well as the buildings lining it were changed from their original designs to better cope with the reoccurring nightmare.  But with those changes came stories of what's below some of the buildings we know today -- The Vogue, Johnny's New York Style Pizza, the Rome Area History Museum and the current downtown office of The Spires at Berry College. Architect Mark Cochran joins host John Druckenmiller for a 30-minute "tour" of what's down and a little dirty about Broad Street. You'll learn a good bit of Rome history -- and about how you can take part in tours of the buildings on Saturday, June 22, 2019, benefiting the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. The podcast also stands alone as a wonderful look at Rome's yesterday. For homework, we recommend a look at the Underground Rome History Project on Facebook, authored by Cochran.    AND OUR THANKS: This long-form podcast was recorded and produced at the downtown Rome studios of Brand Red Studios at 4 Bale St. We thank Todd LaBerge and Ryan Simmons for use of the podcast studio and editing expertise. For more on Brand Red, please click here. And to listen to some of the podcasts they're producing, please click Studio Red Media. 
June 18, 2019
HHPodcast News Update: AirLife chopper leaving Redmond. Economic development hire close. Business newsmaker updates.
No afternoon news on the radio? Here's the latest:   AirLife is leaving its perch at Redmond Regional after about a year of emergency service there. The company made the formal announcement this morning. Its helicopter and flight crews assigned to Redmond had been there since late last summer The Rome-Floyd Development Authority met Tuesday morning. Among the updates: The board has had seven interviews for economic director so far and chairman Jimmy Byars hopes to have a decision on who to hire by later this month or early July. Also from the meeting: updates on financial, land purchases. Business People: Jarrod Floyd returns to United Community Bank. Kroger's Steve Van Meter -- a mainstay in Rome's competitive grocery wars -- leaving after this week. We’re likewise watching the weather as we’ve had one brush with storms already since sunrise.
June 18, 2019
HHPodcast News: Closer look at the East Bend (Kmart) updates. Political season begins. Names in the news. Peaks & Valleys.
From Studio 1A today: What's new with the Ledbetters' East Bend development and what's next. Political season is formally under way with a sheriff's "forum" today, presidential politics tonight and in late June. Names in the news: Bob Berry, Chip Hood and the late Neil Sanders. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia with: -Politics: Off and running. -The Farm Bus is on a roll. -Too early for road work at Kmart site? -Georgia's best, brightest now in town for Governor's Honors at Berry. -That Underground Rome podcast? Delayed a day by tech glitch.
June 18, 2019
HHPodcast News: A heart-breaking reunion at Notre Dame. Wayne Robinson launching Rocket Wash. Plus: Peaks & Valleys, the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia.
From Studio 1A:  Exploring a Rome family's connection to Notre Dame Cathedral: More than 30 years later, Andy and Jennifer Bressette return to share their love of the historic church with two of their children even after the devastating fire that hit April 15. Rocket Wash from Wayne Robinson is joining race to provide mean, clean driving machines in Northwest Georgia. It is part of a nationwide surge. Wayne’s business is under construction on Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Cartersville.  Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia include: -Peak: Rome for the Rescues' party of the summer a huge success. -Valley: Park the license plate reader after hours for now; salt in still-open wounds. -Peak: Summerville Park's 'civil' protests. -Valley: City to green light fourth development tax break. So how does the community profit from this? -Peak: To Floyd County Police and others for helping find a lost dementia patient Friday night. 
June 17, 2019
HHPodcast News: Local news, views and our first extended weekend entertainment report in segment two.
Hot and ready from Studio 1A this Friday: Tomorrow's Rome news today with updates on Shorter University's bid to fix some key financial concerns... A Rome man faces more than 40 counts after a chase and time on the run ... We remember local author and writer J. Bryant Steele ... Weekend guide courtesy of the Forum River Center ... Dining updates ... Sports ... Weather. All the radio you need in just about eight minutes. Also today: Our second segment is exclusively about where to go and what to do this weekend in Northwest Georgia.
June 14, 2019
HHPodcast News: Search on for Rome shooting suspect. Second fatal accident in a week. Business: New thrift store yards from Goodwill? Busy weekend alert. Peace out (retires). Rapid Fire d
Direct from Studio 1A, today's news and views from Hometown Headlines. Join our news blasts each weekday morning. Our next long-form podcast will post Monday, June 17 (evening). Now on our podcast page: An audio version of our interview with Dr. Jon Hershey on Community Watch. Topic: The not-so-secret origin of our podcast edition.
June 13, 2019
HHPodcast guest interview: From 'Community Watch' at Georgia Highlands College, the not-so-secret origins of the Hometown Podcast. An interview.
The June 12 edition of "Community Watch" with Dr. Jon Hershey includes an interview with us about the launch of the Hometown Headlines Podcast. Please join us for a 30-minute talk about the podcast, radio, city politics and the upcoming elections. "Community Watch" broadcasts exactly as it is being presented on other platforms. We've added our intro music and a brief recap of this, our first "imported" podcast to the Hometown network.
June 12, 2019
HHPodcast News: It's a $10 million-plus summer in Rome, Floyd County. New parking signs are going up in downtown -- three weeks later. Midweek observation: Giving summer back to our kids.
Practically live from Studio 1A:  Business: More than $10 million in major projects under way or permitted in Rome/Floyd County. Plus a new Taco Bell coming to Resaca; Cartersville Speedway has big debut. Business After waiting three weeks, scramble under way to fix 45 out-of-date parking signs in downtown Rome.  Extra hour, shorter enforcement in effect since May 20. Parking HHPodcast for Wednesday: Today's headlines, Peaks & Valleys and Midweek Observations. HHPodcast Buzz: 'Rock, Roll & Rescue' at The Vogue Friday, benefits animal welfare. Main Street Elementary open house, ribbon cutting Aug. 1.  Buzz Media: Awards time for area radio and Berry's Viking Fusion. Plus: YouTube report on our talk with 'Community Watch' on the launch of Hometown Headlines Podcast. Media Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Afternoon storms, a little rain and an afternoon high of just 77 degrees. Weather Obituaries: Mrs. Blanche Anthony, Mr. Jayven Jackson, Deacon Clifford Pace Sr., Mr. Donald Ray Wallace. Obituaries Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch  Looking for a free, easy and unfiltered way to get your broadcast news when you want it? Let us help you "cut the antenna." Join us for the Hometown Headlines Daily Podcast, weekdays posting between 7 and 8 a.m. and lasting around eight minutes.  To listen, simply click HHPodcast. We'll even text you when the podcasts are hot and ready: please type HHpodcasts and text 313131.  To advertise on the podcasts: Try five days for $100. Please contact us at 706-346-2031 (text or call) or by email. Or click support this podcast for more.
June 12, 2019
HHPodcast News: Downtown Rome's parking issue is solved; now to fix related problems. We have all the local headlines and an extended Peaks & Valleys on the parking debate.
Almost live from Studio 1A: -The fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation, all from Northwest Georgia. -Local sports and your weather. -Today's newsmakers (two local birthdays). -Peaks & Valleys, the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia extended edition. Today's focus: downtown parking, ugly aftermath. For more on each: http://bit.ly/HometownHeadlines
June 11, 2019
HHPodcast News: August opening for Chicken Salad Chick (with drive through). A different slice of downtown. Pop-up pie shop (bring $$). Plus: Peaks & Valleys, rant of the day.
 Almost live from studio 1A: Dining: Stacy's Chicken Salad Chick looks to open in late August, bringing a 'unique experience' for guests to founder's new restaurant. Coming soon A fresh slice of downtown: From biscuits, bread and produce to craft beer and Mangover burgers to riverside concerts, there's a new buzz in Rome. New & improved PopUp Shop's 'piemagedon' is Tuesday as Gainesville-based baker comes to town. They've already presold 300 pies?! Also this week: Free gelato scoop Wednesday afternoon at Honeymoon Bakery. Buzz Ware Mechanical Weather Center: A bit cooler start to the week with rain still in the forecast.  Weather
June 10, 2019
HHPodcast News: There's something about the rain this weekend. Lots of education news. Weekend guide. Plus: Weekend observations on parking and Monday's City Commission vote.
 From Studio 1A Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Heavy rain, storms, even an isolated tornado all possible as storm system to soak Northwest Georgia, now through early next week. Weather Dr. Heidi Popham named president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. GNTC Berry College to build hotel adjacent to tennis center; potential opening set for 2021. Hotel Hometown's first in-depth podcast: Jay Shell and Harry Brock join us to discuss Broad Street parking, fixing downtown's business downturn, Monday's critical commission vote and why they hate parking meters. Problems & Promise Updated: State patrol report says accident on U.S. 411 on Thursday was caused by a driver's attempt to merge into the other lane. No major injuries. Updates Floyd County Board of Education extends contract with Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson. Floyd Schools Weekend! presented by the Forum River Center: Rockfest rockin' Tellus Science Museum Saturday, Sunday. Rome Braves home stand all weekend. Lots of free music. Farmers market schedules. Weekend Health: Gena Agnew retiring Dec. 31 as leader of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition after 17 years; Erin Hernandez takes over in January. Agnew Buzz: Rome Board of Education has called meeting Monday. Floyd GOP to talk about running for office at June 27 meeting. Buzz
June 7, 2019
HHPodcast Interview: Parking in downtown Rome -- problems & promise. With guests Jay Shell and Harry Brock.
Hometown Headlines's first long-form podcast (45 minutes) focuses on parking in downtown Rome, including problems and what's possibly ahead.  Two of the most passionate people we know when it comes to downtown Rome, Harry Brock and Jay Shell, join host John Druckenmiller to review perhaps the story of the year in Northwest Georgia.  Recorded in the new podcast center at Brand Red studio off Fifth Avenue and Bale Street, the two downtown business owners talk about the parking battles that have consumed restaurant and business owners, the Downtown Development Authority and City Hall as well as the most critical element that all sides practically ignored -- customers. Make that angry customers. They talk about restaurant owners seeing sales drop by thousands of dollars this year vs. last, in part because of the duplicated smoking ordinances but also the roll out of new parking requirements. Even their most loyal customers tell of plans to abandon regular trips to Broad Street  as they're tired of the hassles they experience when they try to come downtown to spend money. Both Brock and Shell see Monday's scheduled second and final reading of City Commissioner Craig McDaniel's proposal to grant three hours of free parking daily and rolling back enforcement to 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday as just a baby step toward needed efforts to change the perception of downtown shopping and dining. And that's assuming commissioners vote in favor of it; a no vote effectively would table the idea and they fear an even larger customer backlash if that happens. Both also are watching the potential impact of the East Bend center (formerly Kmart) and its 20 to 28 new stores and restaurants; they're concerned about how much business could be sucked off Broad Street and into a retail center with plenty of free parking. These next four days leading up to the 6:30 p.m. Monday City Commission meeting are critical. Join us for our downtown parking podcast to get a better understanding of what's gone on and what's ahead.
June 7, 2019
HHpodcast News: Hotel proposal has some sleepless. Weekend washout: 4 to 6 inches of rain due. Weekend guide. And today's headliner: Dylan Beasley.
 Today's top stories, tomorrow's news and plenty of unfiltered views.  Sleep Inn proposed for Martha Berry near Summerville Park drawing concerns from nearby residents. Hotel  Business: Three Rivers Nutrition opens off Spider Webb in Rome. Later day: Major business announced expected. Business  Ware Mechanical Weather Center: 'Weekend Washout' actually we start later this evening; 3 to 4 inches due here through Sunday.  Weather  Weekend! presented by the Forum River Center: Rockfest rockin' Tellus Science Museum Saturday, Sunday. Rome Braves open seven-game home stand tonight. Lots of free music. Plus farmers markets return. Weekend  Georgia Northwestern Technical College presents President's, Dean's lists for the 2019 spring semester. Education  Obituaries:  Jeffrey Wayne Penson II, Vernon Ray Walters. Obituaries  Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining  Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch
June 6, 2019
HHPodcast News: What Evie McNiece's decision means to an already sizzling City Commission race. Plus: Weekday observations!
On today's Hometown Headlines Podcast:  Rome City Commissioner Evie McNiece to run again in Ward 3; decision expected to open the door for several newcomers for Ward 1 seats. Politics Two injured, one flown to Erlanger, following boating accident at Brushy Branch Tuesday evening. Boat accident Wallace Chambers Jr., wanted in the murder of a 74-year-old Rome man last week, surrenders at the Floyd County Jail; faces three counts. Arrest Tense rush hour Tuesday afternoon as gas leak forced some evacuations, traffic nightmare. Gas leak Coosa Valley Credit Union once again replacing torn, faded American flags, through Independence Day. More than 200 flags have been replaced in the five year the free program has been offered. Flags Dining & Drink: Make that Coostanaulah Brown Ale (formerly known as Downtown). Bartow History Museum sets Sip 'N Stroll for June 27. The Peach is back at Chick-fil-A. Free gelato June 12 as Honeymoon celebrates 12 years. D&D Georgia Highlands announces students named to the spring 2019 President's List and Dean's List. GHC Buzz: First responders, Blood Assurance again team up on Heroes Unified community blood drive on June 25. Likely credit to be included in June power bill. Litter task force seeks members. Buzz WEEKDAY OBSERVATIONS What Evie McNiece's decision means to an already hot City Commission race. And a suggestion to add parking meetings at Rome's newest retail sensation?
June 5, 2019
HHPodcast News: News about East Bend (former Kmart), downtown parking and even Paul Harvey (podcast inventer?)
 Our headlines for this Tuesday: Business: Ledbetters seek variances for 'footprint' of East Bend center's proposed shops, restaurants; hearing is June 20. Thatcher's Barbecue in Summerville training staff; no opening date yet. Business Parking updates: Separating downtown business owners by those who have own parking and those relying on street parking. Your letters to city commissioners. Jay Shell's parking survey draws 850-plus responses. Parking 44 deaths in Georgia as 2018-19 flu season ends; significant drop from previous year but still high. June is Men's Health Month; Harbin offers healthy tips. 18th Health Initiative for Men (plus Women) set for Aug. 17. Health Newsmakers: Hannah Cook, Rome Little Theatre director, named Bartow Public Art Researcher. Dwight Hutchins, Darlington Class of 1982, elected to fourth term as chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Adairvsille's Emma Smith appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Newsmakers Buzz: Vacation Bible School season under way. Got talent? Georgia Dream Night is on the way. Floyd Board of Education meets Thursday. Floyd Democrats celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. Auditions for 'Mamma Mia' set. Church Missions Conference planned in August. Buzz Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Back to the low 90s today with light rain into Friday, a bit heavier over the weekend. Weather Obituaries: Mrs. Judith Gail Grizzle, Mrs. Shana Ely Pardue, Mrs. Jean Peña. Obituaries Public Health restaurant inspection scores. Dining Area arrest reports for Floyd, Bartow, Polk counties. Crimewatch
June 4, 2019
HHPodcast News: The first edition (06/03/19)
 Posted on June 3, 2019 by hometownheadlines • 0 Comments Almost live, always local and louder than ever, this is the Hometown Headlines Podcast for Monday, June 3. A few things have changed since we last talked and we’ll get to that in today’s podcast. We’re experimenting with the right format for this daily podcast so please send any and all feedback (text 706-346-2031 or email or leave a comment below on our Facebook page). We promise to have a better process in place – at least before the 411 Connector gets built. On today’s podcast: The fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation.  For expanded coverage of these and other stories, please see our website. Today’s sports and weather updates. News about your friends including birthdays. Peaks & Valleys: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia. What’s on our news radar this week. Plus a rant on why we’ve upgraded to podcasts from radio (was it something we said?) Our plan is to post a news-and-views podcast most weekday mornings. We’re in meetings all week to secure production assistance on longer-form podcasts that you’ve asked to hear. We’re also upgrading our recording equipment from “Studio 1A” today and Tuesday so expect an even crisper podcast by Wednesday.
June 3, 2019
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