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A historic home at 1804 Gordon St. in North Rome sustained heavy damage in a fire at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Fire Marshal Mary Catherine Chewning said it appears the fire was the result of problems with the electrical wiring in the area of the kitchen.

The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Department is looking for community members to sponsor participants of Camp Goodtimes, a special needs camp for local youth and young adults that will begin on Monday.

MARIETTA — If you noticed a construction worker peering into your car window at the intersection of Roswell Street and Cobb Parkway on Wednesday without further incident, you were likely following the rules of the road. 

Rome-Floyd County Development Authority Chairman Jimmy Byars is “cautiously optimistic” that a new executive director for the agency can be hired soon.

Longtime Rome Kroger General Manager Steve Van Meter will be leaving the Rome grocery store at the end of the week. Van Meter, who has been transferred to a Kroger in Marietta, said that it is always good to get another challenge.

With the lead responsibility for recruiting new industry to Floyd County being shifted to the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority, the Rome Floyd Chamber is returning to its roots — being all about small business.

Workers are busy removing much of the inside of the historic Ford Auditorium at Berry College, and college officials are hoping to have the complete $6.3 million renovation completed by the end of the year.

Father’s Day weekend took on special meaning for Liam Mitchell, 13, who made a special trip to Athens to make a donation to the Special Collections Library at University of Georgia Library to honor the legacy of his grandfather, former Rome City Commission Chairman Martin H. “Buddy” Mitchell.

Greater Community Bank has three professionals to its management team. Wendy Huckaby has been promoted to vice president, compliance officer, Paula Jasper has been elevated to vice president for retail lending and deposits while Antwuan J. Hill joins the GCB Team as a credit analyst.

Work on the former Kmart property on Hicks Drive will be cleared to start any time after tonight, when the Rome City Commission takes the last step to approve tax allocation district financing.

With a pipe he made himself, Robert Rakestraw sat in Old Havana on Saturday surrounded by the Brothers of the Briar, a local pipe club, to celebrate his life of playing music, dancing, making art and, of course, smoking pipe tobacco.

Residents of Chambers Street sat in their front yards or stood along the street Saturday to watch North Rome kids zip down a waterslide and dance to a live DJ during the ninth annual Chambers Street 4 Kids Father’s Day Block Party.

CRBI conducted bacterial water monitoring at four sites that included Grizzard Park, Euharlee Road, Neel’s Landing off of U.S. 411 and Heritage Park on June 13. The results of those monitoring efforts showed that 54.6 cfu/100mL of E.coli were present at Grizzard Park, 23.1 cfu/100mL were pre…

While Trout Unlimited hosts its annual Kids Fishing Day in Cave Spring Saturday, where kids are virtually guaranteed of landing a nice trout, one of the best kept secrets as it relates to fishing in the Rome area is that the catfish are biting at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources A…

Pet owners in the Rome area will get some assistance with their fur babies thanks to a $5,000 donation to the Floyd county Public Animal Welfare Services on Friday. Mary Ellen Pethel, a graduate of Rome High, drove to Rome from Nashville on Friday to present the check on behalf of the Laura …

School officials breathed a sigh of relief Monday night during a called board meeting after city school Superintendent Lou Byars announced the system had been granted an extension to use city buses to transport students until the end of 2019.

The Museum of Flight at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport is holding nothing back for their open house this month which will be a part of the Northwest Georgia Hot Air Balloon and Aviation Festival.

After 43 years of service as a police officer, firefighter, EMT and Floyd County 911 dispatcher, Bill Peace signed off for the last time Wednesday night at the Rome-Floyd Joint Law Enforcement Center surrounded by family and friends.

“Your vision situation is probably your advantage,” said Linda Patty, fire safety educator for the Rome-Floyd Fire Department’s education center.

The Rome City Schools Board of Education met for their first meeting of the summer Tuesday evening that focused on new programs and mental health counselors for the next school year.

Rome crews will be adjusting the downtown parking signs this week after the City Commission extended the length of time and cut the enforcement hours for on-street parking.

Rome’s improved status as a Tier Three in terms of general economic development status means that when the next federal fiscal year rolls around in October, the local match for Appalachian Regional Commission grants will increase from 30% to 50%.

Crews with Carroll Daniel Construction began mobilizing equipment Monday to build the new training center at the Floyd County Jail on New Calhoun Highway.