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Once again, there are flickering candles and flowers left on the streets of one of the world’s great cities to mourn terror attack victims. This time, blood has been shed in and near the breathtaking Spanish city of Barcelona, a global tourism magnet known for its striking modernist basilica…

It seems Rome was tailor made to be a foundry town. From the arrival and subsequent moving of the Noble Brothers pre-Civil War foundry to the closing of the Southern Cooperative Foundry Co. in May of 1970, Rome produced all forms of iron ware, and several stove designs. Roger Aycock, a frequ…

The level of hypocrisy facing this country is devastating to this country and all of the freedom-loving people who live here. I find myself laughing a lot about the absurdity of the hypocrisy, even though it is not laughable. Langston Hughes wrote an essay that many times we have to laugh to…

After reading last Saturday’s news coverage about the hate-filled tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, I wanted to write this column. Sunday morning the Rev. Matt DuVall, pastor of Rome First Baptist Church, gave a sermon that clearly instructed the congregation, television and online audie…

  • By Daniel J. Levitin, Los Angeles Times
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One morning last December, while working at my desk at home, I saw an intruder peering into my house, trying windows and doors. I didn’t know his intentions, or whether he was armed, but he seemed intent on breaking in. My first instinct was to grab a loaded handgun and brace myself for a co…

Have you ever asked yourself any of the following questions: Why is it that God allows people to suffer from sickness and disease? Why are there wars, poverty and people who feel hopeless? Why do we have earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes? Why are there disasters somewhere every day?

Mama’s house was the happiest place on Earth. My children said so. It was true. In 2016 the happiest place on earth … the house where I grew up ... a home which housed a Christ-centered family ... a home with a zillion great memories ... sold. The new home owner does not know about our first…

I miss living in the home of the brave; we Americans have become a fearful people. The news media on both sides of the political spectrum floods us with sensational scary stories so they can grow an audience to view ads for medicines. Politicians play to fears to win votes. It seems that a s…

I love local history. We recently wrote a piece on Mary Noble. It seems we get a lot more information from the ladies that stayed home, and suffered, than from soldiers in the field. This is some bits and pieces from Edith France Simmons diary during our Civil War, from Cave Spring. You can …

Much has been written and said about the importance of first impressions. My mother taught her nine children to always be aware of how we presented ourselves when meeting someone for the first time. I can remember her saying, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”

Believe it or not, my only college-era clash with school authorities erupted because the campus was experiencing growing pains. Your cash-strapped author received a ticket for parking on the grass when I simply couldn’t find an authorized parking spot in time for class.

Permit me to share my rambling thoughts about marching bands. Let’s start with a 2016 Rome Wolves football game. Imagine the sun is setting over the levee. The Rome High School Air Force J.R.O.T.C. Color Guard is marching across the field to present the U.S. and Georgia colors. The stadium i…

School Kids in grades K-12 have already begun classes for the 2017-2018 school year. Can you believe it is early August and school is back in session? The weather this past couple of weeks has been kind to school administrators, with temps in the high 80s rather than the usual high 90s and up.

I used to be able to see flying insects in the air. I’d look ahead and see not the row of trees across the road, but the air in front of it. My eyes would focus along that column of air, picking out flying insects. But I lost interest, I guess, because I stopped looking for them. Now I see b…

Every day I see it: my rock. I picked it up off the ground, wrote my name on it and now, each day, it reminds me … but we will get to that in a moment. I’ve never really been a bad guy. I’ve never cheated on my wife, haven’t been in a real fight since sixth grade and I didn’t lie to my Mama …

They call it mountain time. I call it otherworldly, surreal in some ways, slow and dripping like that Salvador Dali painting. Things, people, even deer stand still on this mountain or move so slowly as to evade discernment. The Cumberland Plateau is just this place, slow, dripping with an et…

There was a time in my policing career when we were run ragged by telephone calls of bombs being placed in buildings. We would have to go in and vacate the building and do a search. I’m here to tell you that it is no fun opening and closing doors to closets, not knowing what is behind them.

A lot of the good old days were generated around our first cars. This past weekend I was working the “Homespun Festival” in Rockmart, selling and signing books. It was hot, real hot. On Friday afternoon it was 96 and there was no breeze of any kind. There were a lot of gospel groups, good go…

My mother lived to be 91 years of age. She was, for many years, a second-grade teacher with a master’s degree in children’s literature. An exemplary role model, she was active in Alpha Delta Kappa teacher’s sorority, American Association of University Women, and the Berry College Alumni Asso…

While federal health care reform has dominated recent headlines and airwaves across the country, another less publicized, but equally important, issue is also unfolding in Washington. Currently, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee is holding hearings on our country’s outdated tax code. S…

For years we taught the destruction of Rome by Federal forces in 1864, based almost solely on the diary of businessman Reuben Norton, who did keep an impeccable journal. Then, in 2002, Russell McClanahan found a number of hand written letters by Mary Noble that had been filed at the Universi…

Our heritage offers us beliefs and traditions that have been handed down from the past such as our American heritage, pride, honor and Christian heritage. Maybe we have emotional and personal feelings that our parents or grandparents instilled in us at an early age. We cling to that heritage…

The osprey is a cosmopolitan species with worldwide distribution. It can be found just about everywhere there are fish. The only places you won’t find ospreys are Antarctica and certain neighborhoods in Detroit and Chicago.

I remember that a church was on North Broad at the corner of the street that ran down from North Broad to the railroad tracks by Jennings Funeral home. I am not sure of the name of the street. I grew up in North Rome on Reece Street. I used to walk to town down North Broad. I remember that o…

Before Rome and Northwest Georgia became a Mecca for textiles, they had a thriving foundry industry. And after the cotton mills began building, it actually increased the productivity of our foundries. I’ve enjoyed researching them over the years, and thought I might share some of it with you…

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