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  • By Doug Walker
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Site preparation work is underway for what are likely to be the final 16 units in the Village at Maplewood in North Rome. Partners Jeff Brooks and Ed Watters thought their active-adult residential community might be a six- to eight-year project when they bought the land in 2002, but are glad…

  • By Doug Walker, DWalker@RN-T.com
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If Rome architect Mark Cochran was a country music fan, he'd be cueing up Willie Nelson's “On the Road Again.” Cochran has closed on the sale of his building at 202 Broad St. to local entrepreneur Andrew Heaner.

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Kevin and Casie Autry have filled a vacancy right next to her Craze Boutique, opening Mountains Ice Cream shop at 231 Broad Street. She said the name was a reference, of sorts, to customers getting mountains of ice cream.

  • By Doug Walker
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The CEO of the Southeast Chapter of the National Safety Council, Jody Jernigan, believes the opioid crisis that has been grabbing headlines across the nation should probably be referred to simply as the prescription pill epidemic, though opioids are certainly at the center of the problem. Ro…

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Rome apparently will be getting a new Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen chicken franchise. Rome-Floyd Building Inspection Director Howard Gibson told members of the Rome Community Development committee the company plans to locate a new restaurant on a lot off Shorter Avenue at Lyons Drive near the …

  • By Doug Walker DWalker@RN-T.com
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River recreational opportunities will experience the rise and fall of the Etowah River once again this summer. For the first time in five years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may be in full production of power from the Allatoona Dam, and that could have an impact on recreational use of th…

  • By Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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Rome and Floyd County officials are banking on their joint Land Bank Authority to restore abandoned or dilapidated properties to useful purposes and get them back on revenue-producing property tax rolls.

  • By Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have approved all of Georgia’s submissions for  Qualified Opportunity Zones, including a large district in Rome. The federal Opportunity Zone designation was created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to enhance economic …

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Merchants across Rome and Floyd County, and the rest of the country for that matter, are awaiting action from the U.S Supreme Court, which heard arguments last week in a case that has been simmering for decades: Should companies that do business online be forced to collect sales taxes based …

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Rome-Floyd Chamber officials believe the community finds itself uniquely located at the junction where innovation and inspiration come together. Hence Confluence seemed to be the perfect name for a conference seeking to promote a spirit of entrepreneurship that is focused on ideas and develo…

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Beef, pork and soybeans — staples for farmers in Floyd and neighboring counties — are among the U.S. products China plans to impose tariffs on, in retaliation against American tariffs on Chinese high-tech goods.

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In a letter to Harbin Clinic Vitality Center members last week, Harbin Clinic President Kenna Stock revealed plans to close the Vitality Center at the end of June.

  • Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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If you had walked through the halls of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome for the past two weeks, you might have picked up a little German. The school has hosted a trio of German apprentice students as part of a partnership with the Herz Foundation that will send the students out…

  • By Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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What is the appropriate minimum salary for a company to pay its employees before receiving significant incentives from local economic developers for putting a new industry in Rome or Floyd County? That’s an issue members of the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority feel needs to be address…

People exit the Toys R Us location in Rome at Mount Berry Mall on Saturday as signs advertise going out of business sales. (John Bailey/RN-T)

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The eyes of the country, actually, a bunch of countries, remain on Washington as Congress continues its debate over immigration policy. The ultimate resolution of the issue will not only impact the immigrants themselves, but the hundreds of companies that employ immigrants.

  • By Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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Second generation tree farmer Tad Bielstein has eyes on consolidating the family tree nursery business from three farms to just one. Nature’s Inc., started by his father David Bielstein, currently has three farms-one in Plainville and two in the Shannon area. One of the farms, off Ga. 140, i…

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Business is booming for Summerville-based Wire Tech which is received a grading permit for a 40,000 square foot expansion of its facility at 11 Westside Industrial Boulevard in Rome. The Rome plant is currently located in 20,000 square foot building so the planned expansion will essentially …

  • By Doug Walker, Associate Editor
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Waste is an inevitable by-product of just about any enterprise. It could be leftovers or grease from a restaurant, cardboard boxes that are shipped to retailers all over the country, or emissions into the air, water and ground from massive manufacturing facilities. Managing that waste can be…

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