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ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Floyd County’s unemployment and jobs picture looked bright in August.

Amanda Miller was born in Macon, Georgia, but grew up in the Rome area. She is a 2006 graduate of Georgia Highlands and obtained a certification in phlebotomy in 2013. Before starting at Hardy Realty, Amanda worked for Wells Fargo.

The Bob Richards Regional Youth Detention Center is pleased to announce Sergeant Darius Hall as its 2017 Second Quarter Security Employee of the Quarter and Food Service Supervisor Valerie Allen as its 2017 Second Quarter Support Employee of the Quarter. Both were nominated by their peers fo…

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Travelers and shoppers don’t just stumble into Cave Spring. Even though the city sits at the crossroads of U.S. 411 and Ga. 100, neither route, at least not in Cave Spring, draws as many through travelers as log trucks. That has not hampered recent redevelopment efforts in Cave Spring. The d…

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After a nearly two-month hiatus, Joe Murray has reopened Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop, 7 W. Fourth Ave., less than a block from the old shop location at 409 Broad St.

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The Downtown Development Authority agreed Thursday to act as a conduit for a $170,000 Georgia Cities Foundation loan for work to convert the second floor of the Tim and Molly Vicchrilli’s building at 100 Broad St. into a 10,000 square foot residential space.

Native Roman Mason Minshew has joined Owes & Owens CPA, PC as a staff accountant. Mason graduated from Shorter University in December 2016 with a degree in accounting and a minor in marketing, and has just returned to his Alma Mater to pursue a Master’s degree in Accountancy. Mason is a …

Brian Hawkins has been named Chief Financial Officer of Greater Community Bank. “Brian brings an impressive eight-een years of financial and operational experience to our team,” said David J. Lance, President and CEO. “I am confi-dent that his expertise will be an asset to the bank.”

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The long anticipated makeover of the Shorter Chick-fil-A Dwarf House is finally getting underway. Sort of. Site preparations for a new modular, or containerized temporary Chick-fil-A drive-through in the RiverWalk shopping center, 315 Riverside Parkway, got started last week.

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Executives at Phoenix Air Unmanned in Cartersville realized several years ago that the use of unmanned aerial units, drones, was becoming big and made the intentional effort to become a major player in use of the technology. However Greg Roper at Phoenix suggests folks don’t call them drones…

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The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College has been in operation for a full year now and Rome Finance Director Sheree Shore said for accounting purposes, the center has essentially operated on a break-even basis. Rome City Manager Sammy Rich said the goal for the facility was always to break even.

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The new Carlsen Precision Manufacturing facility in the Floyd County Industrial park started shipping product from Rome this week. The Walkerton, Ontario-based manufacturer of custom hinges, metal stamping and laser cut products plans a formal grand opening event on Oct. 19.

Rome pharmacist Keith Winslette said that he has finally closed on the sale of property at the intersection of the Armuchee Connector and Martha Berry Highway for a new RaceTrac convenience store and filling station. Winslette said the company has also looked at other sites in Rome for new stores.

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Unemployment in Floyd County rose eight-tenths of a point from June to July, creeping back over 6 percent for the first time since January. The July rate landed at 6.3 percent, up from 5.5 percent in June.

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While Rome is not necessarily viewed as a hotbed for advanced manufacturing, a new report done by Brookings, shows that Rome manufacturers have more robots per 1,000 employees than any other metropolitan area in Georgia except Warner Robins. The report covers a time span from 2010-2015, and …

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The old adage about back door friends being the best certainly is equally appropriate when it comes to the customers of Mel & Mimi’s, 203 E. Eighth St. The shop is located in an old home, and when Melanie Morris and Mimi Weed bought the property in 1999, they had to create off-street par…

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce Sergeant Mitch Glass as its Employee of the Quarter for the Second Quarter, 2017. With 22 years of dedicated service, Sgt. Glass is being recognized for exemplary performance, teamwork, innovative thinking, motivation and attitude. Mit…

Two Floyd County 4-H’ers, Veeka Malanchuk and Lauren Wood, brought back high honors following the Georgia 4-H Congress in Atlanta the last week of July.  Malanchuk placed first in the International project and was named a Master 4-H’er. Lauren Wood placed second in the Performing Arts Dance …

On the second Wednesday of each month, the mobile career center of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission makes a stop at the Rome office of the Department of Community Supervision at 100 Marable Way. There, DCS officials join with representatives of the Georgia Department of Labor in Rom…

Word on the Street: Patent for new heavy machinery seat, local 4-H students honored, mall sets reading program for youth

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The corporate pairing of Rome restaurateur Ginny Kibler with local caterers Barbara Triplitt and Ellen Keene is a match made, well, on the moon. Make that the Moon Roof — of the Harvest Moon Cafe, 234 Broad St., where Keene and Triplitt, owner of Two Can Do Catering, will take on catering re…

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