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.

Winslette said he negotiated with RaceTrac over a period of about nine months before sealing the deal on a little more than three acres for $1.31 million. “They want to have the building open sometime in 2018,” Winslette said.

“They wanted to come to Rome and have actually talked about a second location but that has not been done yet,” Winslette said. “It just happened that both corners they looked at were mine and I don’t have that many pieces of property.” He confirmed that RaceTrac had also looked at the property off Shorter Avenue where Winslette Pharmacy was originally located, the corner of Shorter and “They have backed off of that for the time being and they’re going to go ahead and proceed with this one (on the Martha Berry Highway),” said Winslette.

Winslette said he is not sure when, or if, RaceTrac would pursue a second location in Rome and RaceTrac has not returned calls to the Rome News-Tribune.

Pinkard’s open in Adairsville

Retired U.S. Postal Service employee Jim Pinkard, now a pastor of the North Pointe Church in Adairsville, has added restaurateur to his resume with the opening of Pinkard’s, 6192 Joe Frank Harris Parkway (US 41), in Adairsville.

“It’s been a dream of mine for maybe the last ten years,” Pinkard said.

Located at the end of a small strip shopping center next to the Post Office in Adairsville where he worked for many years, Pinkard said he is only open for lunches at this point, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It’s more about the people than it is the food,” Pinkard said. “There’s no Wi-Fi, no TV, it’s just a place for people to come in, get something to eat and talk to each other. I love to hear the chatter.”

The restaurant features chili burgers, hot dogs, chicken salad sandwiches, gravy burgers and a variety of desserts. “They really seem to love the buttermilk pie and peach cobbler,” Pinkard said.

Firefighters hold boot drive for MDA

Rome-Floyd County firefighters will be raising funds in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association with a boot drive from Thursday August 31 through Saturday September 2.

Firefighters will be at both Wal-Mart locations and the Kroger on Turner McCall Boulevard seeking donations from the community.

The MDA event will be the first since long time support Jerry Lewis passed away earlier this month. The Jerry Lewis Telethon for MDA had been a staple on television over the Labor Day weekend for decades.

The MDA supports for both children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and other muscle debilitating diseases.

Funds are not only used to support research but also assist with state-of the art care centers, including a facility at the Emory Hospital in Atlanta.