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Homebuilders in Rome are enjoying a mini-construction boom. “I think it’s just the supply is low and the demand is high,” said Dan Childs, owner of K.C. Homes of Rome. Phillip Burkhalter, owner of Burkhalter Builders, anticipates starting two homes in his Kings­wood Estates subdivision off B…

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Floyd County employers had 1,000 more employees on their payroll in June than were working in June a year ago. The first of two monthly reports issued by the Georgia Department of Labor show that Floyd County-based companies had 41,400 people on their payroll in June. That was up from 40,400…

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Rome City Brewing Co. owners Trent Prault and Jay Shell got a green light Wednesday from the Rome Historic Preservation Commission for both front and rear facade changes at 331-333 Broad St. Shell said he hopes to have renovations to both buildings completed by the end of the year.

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The Dalton-based Beaulieu Group LLC, a major player in the floor covering market since 1978, has filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Rome.

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It’s been right at a year since Dave Sellers revealed plans to open a new restaurant on Broad Street. Sellers Gourmet Eatery, in the former Greener Burger/Krystal building, finally opened Thursday after major interior renovations to the property that was vacated by the Greener Burger in 2011.

  • By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News
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Georgia’s largest health insurer is requesting an average premium increase of 40 percent for individual coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is the only health insurer scheduled to deliver a product in all 159 Georgia countie…

After 35 years of serving up steak biscuits and other classic Southern fare, Debbie White, owner of The Gravy Boat at 1413 Dean Ave., closed the restaurant this weekend. White posted on Facebook that her retirement was a difficult decision. "We thank you all for your patronage and support ov…

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True to the mission that was laid out when the company was founded over two decades ago, Rome-based Scott Logistics is still all about offering the top transportation solutions in a way that is the most cost effective possible. But oh, how the freight management industry has changed over the…

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One of the oldest businesses on Broad Street closed its door for the final time Friday. Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop, owned by Joe Murray, closed as his lease ended June 30. Building owner Nathan Roberts of ArborHaven Investments said he notified Murray the lease would not be renewed back on Feb. 1…

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In a statement released Thursday, Craig Bell, a Georgia Power spokesman, advised Rome News-Tribune of the power utility’s plan to close its remaining 27 business offices in the state before year’s end, including the long-standing business office in Rome at 800 Broad St. The following is the …

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A new Mathis Builders Hardware store, nine years in the planning, is finally under construction on a hill behind the existing store at 22 Shorter Ave.

Technology developed by a retired Marine helicopter pilot from Rome is likely to be a game changer for law enforcement and military personnel in the future. Lance Maffett, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who flew Marine Cobra helicopters in Afghanistan, has developed a coupling de…

The Japan-America Society of Georgia comes to Rome to tour Suzuki Manufacturing North America. Pictured are Yoshi Dimoto (from left), executive director of the Japan-America Society of Georgia; Takayoshi Kawahata, president of Suzuki Manufacturing North America; John Quinlivan, chairman of t…

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A change that has been percolating for several years will take place May 1, 2018. That’s when Citizens First Bank, 701 Broad St. and 800 Shorter Ave., will take the name of its parent corporation, Synovus and drop Citizens First.

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Rome-based Superior Transport, Inc., which distributes branded and unbranded fuel to stores across Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee has sold its wholesale distribution contracts to Dallas, Texas based Empire Petroleum Partners.

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“A look deeper into the numbers released by the Census Bureau late last month has raised questions about the resurgence of the urban lifestyle that started to vanish after World War II,” said Rome City Manager Sammy Rich. “What our American Dream is versus their American Dream are two differ…

Audrey Burton (left) and Mark Cochran snip the ribbon to formally open the new Cevian Design Lab architecture studio on the second floor at 202 Broad St. The new studio includes a skylight and a rear open patio. (Doug Walker, RN-T)

The new sign goes up Thursday afternoon, May 25, 2017, over the front of the new Woodstock Furniture and Mattress Outlet in Central Plaza. The new store is expected to open sometime in the middle, or latter half of June. The Rome Floyd Chamber has scheduled a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony f…

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The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Floyd County’s unemployment rate in April was 5.1 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.3 percent in March. In April 2016, the rate was 5.6 percent

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The stars have aligned for downtown Rome businessman Jay Shell and Dr. Trent Prault to expand the Rome City Brewing Company, 325 Broad St., a couple of doors down to the 333 Broad St. building. “Man I feel like I’m coming home,” said Shell who operated his original restaurant and bar at 333 …

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