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This is part 2 of a 2 part series about Pam Walker’s visit to the restored home of the late Miss Helen Dean Rhodes, and her sister, Miss Fannie Wood Rhodes.

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I recently had an experience at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theater that has nagged me ever since. I saw the highly-acclaimed musical “The Book of Mormon,” and contrary to expectations, did not enjoy it. I went expecting biting satire (I like satire) and four-letter words (after all, I live in 20…

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What is wrong with us seeing each other? There is a commercial with the individual asking the world to “See me.” This one is about eczema or psoriasis and the fear is that the discoloration of the skin is the first thing that people see and not her/him. Is it out of fear of being known that …

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A quick review if you please. Rome passed an ordinance in July of 1887 forbidding the sale of alcohol in Rome. The way the ballots were designed, many thought it was tainted. So in 1889, another election was held, alcohol was voted back in and all the saloons reopened. There were charges of …

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After a long day of driving, we finally made it to our next planned destination, Spearfish, South Dakota. I found this free attraction quite by accident and what a fantastic surprise it was. There is a city campground right across the street which sits along the edge of a large creek, housin…

Church leaders, pastors and even members talk about being faithful to the word of God. But how do we determine what is being faithful? Is it following a list of biblical rules and regulations? Or is it more challenging than that?

Age has thrust upon me a ripening. I’ve reached a stage when stories begin with some variation of the word “ago,” as in some time ago, 30-years-ago, 20-years-ago or 10-years-ago.

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For years, the members of Democratic Party have always stuck together and rallied behind their elected officials and candidates — regardless of differences in ideology. Sure, there were Bernie Sanders’ supporters who acted out in 2016, but despite the corrupt institution known as the Democra…

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We live our lives on multiple stages. One of the stages on which I lived my childhood was the home of the late Miss Helen Dean Rhodes. A two story, tabby/stucco house built in the late 1800s, the sisters inherited the house from their maternal grandparents.

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The debates have been held, the ballots have been cast and Georgia has finally entered the general election season. The battle lines have also begun to be drawn between the Democrats and Republicans as they work to define the election and explain why it’s so important to support them this November.

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We leave physical and emotional traces of ourselves on every place that we go and on everyone that we touch. Because our purpose was set in motion by our divine creator, we must know that statement to be true when examining the history of the eight Chubb brothers. This was a family that move…

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Floyd County Schools started back Thursday with the heavy rains putting a bit of a damper on Cave Spring student’s first day with an early dismissal, but all ended well. Rome City School students start back to school today. Please be aware of buses stopping to load or unload students in the …

Along the street, the sign on the fence says Blake, but there are other Blakes claiming this place by blood and lineage. Old and stately, built in 1867, this house sits beachside overlooking Charleston Harbor. The family has owned it since the 1890’s. The history is recorded in the courthous…

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Daddy’s birthday was July 27. Born in Cordele in 1918, he would’ve been 100 years old this year. He was such a sweet man and I really miss him. An educator for many years, he began his career in 1948 at Everett Springs. My brother was born that year.

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This past weekend we threw a tremendous party to benefit the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF). It was called “Starstruck: RIFF at The Vogue,” and our goal was to celebrate the magic of film and filmmakers. We invited actors to dress as famous movie stars, projected old film clips on t…

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I wish I could definitely say who started developing “Mobley Park” first, but I can’t. Our first streetcars started running in 1885, and it seems from the first day there was a move to eventually extend the line in that direction.

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While driving to work I had a reminder why we really should obey the speed limits along our more rural roads. Our neighbor’s dogs were hanging out in the road again. While the bigger one had sense enough to move to the side when she saw me coming, the tiny one — who simply can not be out-blu…

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Don’t you hate it when you hear some story or analogy that really strikes you so you quote it all the time, using it to justify some theological point, only to learn after a little bit of research that it isn’t even exactly true? Yeah, I hate it when that happens. That just happened to me, b…

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Mr. Nathan Adler, age 91, of Rome, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, in a local hospital. So begins the obituary. Many of our readers knew Nathan Adler as a columnist and then a frequent letter writer in our pages for more three decades. Many might even know he was an accomplished actor i…

Let us have a feast and fellowship with our neighbors as we prepare our children for the next marching step. There is life after high school … a great big noisy life. No matter how many Helsinkis, no matter how many men do not stand for what is right, no matter how many become imbecilic, no …

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First, I appreciate the outpouring of support I have received as a result of my recent termination as Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office. I have been a public servant in this community for close to 30 years, 14 of those years as your Chief Deputy at the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. It ha…

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We were discussing various modes of technology that were bombarding Rome in the 1880s and 1890s. Electricity was big, really big, and Rome was changing all her streetlights over to electricity, following the standard already set by stores, offices and hotels. On Sept. 8, 1890, Rome took a gi…

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Georgia is consistently the No. 1 state to do business in. Year after year, our state blows the competition out of the water in giving individuals the opportunity to create their own business and for existing businesses to prosper further. Unfortunately, growth comes at a cost.

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It seems that I constantly want to express myself these days about where I’ve been and where I think we’re going.

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A few weekends ago while I was working in the newsroom, the scanner became abuzz with dispatchers sending police and EMTs to an emergency involving a young child seriously injured in a tragic incident.

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Rowell Stanton, once editor of the Rome Tribune-Herald, wrote in his memoirs in 1908, “I returned from a business trip on the night of July 31st, 1885. As I left the train at the East Rome Depot I saw Rome’s first street cars all lined up, ready to make their first run the next morning. They…

Lately, many citizens have been clamoring about the papers written by the Founding Fathers, especially two of the amendments to the Constitution of the USA. The main cry has been concerning the Second Amendment. Earlier, I questioned if whether we — as a God-fearing people — are trading God …

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F.O.B. Father of the Bride. I bet there are thousands of you out there in Rome News-Tribune land, and with your important role, thousands of stories. Here’s mine.

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“Tell me the old, old story,” the familiar hymn pleads. From the beginning, Scripture commands us to tell the story of God’s mighty acts in the world. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might…recite [these words] to your children …

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We cruised along part of the nostalgic 2,500 mile-highway called Route 66 in Missouri, so aptly named the “mother road” by John Steinbeck, delivering me to the grave site of my long lost hero, Ronald Solomon. This famous road turned 92 this year and it isn’t aging gracefully. There is much e…

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I just finished watching the movie “How the West Was Won” for at least the fourth time. I promptly began the DVD miniseries of “James Michener’s Centennial” for the fourth watching. I am fascinated and awed by the settling of the American West and by the people who did so. From the comforts …

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Sometimes, it’s really hard for me to think of what to write about. Unfortunately, this is not an unusual spot in which to find myself. As a designer, I am often tasked with pulling a fabulous idea out of thin air or whatever other place I might find it, and while I truly enjoy doing creativ…

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All is quiet on not just the western front, but on all fronts. This month of July does not have the noisy excitement and movement witnessed in May and June. The exit exams, proms, the graduation and the sports signings had much rumbling around the city and county during those months. Faceboo…

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In the course of writing for publication, I have written with passion on national politics, flirted with elementary philosophy and enjoyed writing descriptive literature that brought readers into the scene I was depicting. With this being said, I feel it necessary to focus on state politics …

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I love Rome. Oftentimes I think about the idyllic childhood I had growing up in Rome. It is where my roots are. Multiple generations of my father’ family lived in Rome, went to school, worshiped, got married, worked, had a family … and died here.

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