Word on the street

The COVID-19 health emergency situation has offered Americans, and others across the world a number of challenges and opportunities. To be honest with you, I sort of wish I had faced some sort of crisis like this when I was a teenager. Before you go off on me, let me explain.

Fear is a powerful emotion. In fact, fear can be a paralyzing emotion. It can be most paralytic when it revolves around fear of the unknown.

Fuddruckers restaurant at 595 Riverside Parkway is officially closed, according to a sign posted Sunday in the front entrance. The restaurant opened in 2003, the first to recognize the potential draw of the Rome Braves in the then-new State Mutual Stadium across Veterans Memorial Parkway.

If you’re thinking about eating out this coming Saturday night, you might want to think about making reservations. Now.

Several times in the last couple of weeks we have reported on the effort to “rebrand” the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority. It really raises the greater issue of branding Rome altogether.

The Georgia Department of Labor and Vista Metals in Adairsville will co-host host job fair Jan. 16 at the Rome career Center, 462 Riverside Parkway.

The Broad Street business district has been Georgia’s poster child for downtown development for the past decade and a half. As much as the area has grown and flourished, there’s room for more businesses and residents.

American Legion Post 5 Commander Eddie Hines has confirmed that the Legion facility on Shorter Avenue is under contract for a third time.

The Georgia Department of Labor is working with GCP Applied Technology to host a job fair Tuesday at the Rome Career Center on Riverside Parkway. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. until noon.

A new upscale baby furnishings business, Cheeky Baby, is coming to the retail space on the ground floor of the Lofts at Third and Broad.

Rome businessman Larry Alford has completed the sale of the old building at 1509 North Broad St. that used to house the Army-Navy Store.

I was reminded this week of a famous speech delivered by Vice President Spiro Agnew in September of 1970 in which he referred to Sunday morning news magazine commentators as "nattering nabobs of negativism" who have formed their own "4-H Club - the hopeless, hysterical, hypochondriacs of history."

Drawings have been submitted to the Rome Floyd Building Inspection office for another new restaurant in the up and coming East Bend shopping center at Turner McCall Boulevard and Hicks Drive. McAlister's Deli is the latest addition to the line-up at East Bend which we know will include a Pan…

The Georgia's Rome Office of Tourism has received a $2,000 grant from the Explore Georgia Regional Visitor Information Center grant program.

When Floyd County built what Northwest Georgians know as State Mutual Stadium, there was a lot of talk about the potential for other growth around the stadium. It was the “build it and they will come” idea.

The annual Rome Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast was a huge success last month but Romans with a hankering for pancakes still have several additional opportunities to get their fill.

The Downtown Development Authority is seeking nominee for its annual awards which will be presented during the DDA Christmas meeting December 20 at the Courtyard by Marriott his year.

Amanda Farrell and her Farrell’s Frame and Design have completed the move from one end of Broad Street to the other. Her custom framing shop had been located at 116 Broad Street, in the Cotton Block, for several years but the condition of the building had deteriorated to the point where she …

Community leaders in Rome and Floyd County have been putting a great deal of emphasis on getting the word out to anyone who will listen about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census.

There was some good news this week for Northwest Georgia poultry farmers. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black revealed that China has once again opened its market to the industry in the United States.

The Georgia Department of Labor is aiding the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice in it’s bid to attract new correctional officers with a job fair later this month.

History is something that I have always been interested in and I’ve had a little trouble over the past week trying to put a label on a famous legend from merry ‘old England.

West Express had been a fixture on North Broad Street for 17 years before moving to 2739 Martha Berry Highway this summer, one of the out-parcels in from of Mount Berry Mall. Leighann Cobb, who owns the store along with William Terry, says that the business has grown tremendously since the move.

Economic development has been a front of the mind issues in Rome since a joint task force of local leaders started meeting almost two years ago to see if changes were needed to the way Rome goes about bringing new jobs to the community.

The Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of creating a new 18-hole frisbee golf course at the Shag Williams Park around the old Scout hut in Shannon.

Rome has been targeted by the founder of a new arena football league to host one of what is expected to be up to twelve franchises in the Spring of 2021.

The Barnsley Resort, hidden away on over 3,000 acres between Rome, Kingston and Cartersville has once again been named among the “Top 20 Resorts in the South” on the 2019 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Georgia Department of Labor is partnering with LG Hausys to host a job fair Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rome Career Center on Riverside Parkway.

In the modern newspaper era, it is somewhat unusual for a “beat” or “hard-news” reporter to have a regular column. There is a good reason for that. A column typically reflects a writer’s opinion on certain issues and as beat reporters, it is very important to be able to be objective when wri…

The frequency of contact between critters and humans can create situations where wildlife lose their innate fear of human beings. Frequently called "imprinting," the occurrence is well-documents.

Following the investigation of a complaint against Neaton Rome Inc, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has forced the auto parts manufacturer to reinstate and pay an employee $13,133 in lost wages as the federal labor probe determined that Neaton terminated the employee in…

Cartersville-based Phoenix Air has been awarded a 10-year federal contract by the U.S. Department of State to provide air ambulance services and air passenger services for U.S. diplomatic missions around the world.

RidgeBerry Property Management Company, a Rome-based company that launched in May 2017, is expanding its service offerings to meet the property management and real estate investment needs of Northwest Georgia.

Floyd County Master Gardeners will offer a free community workshop on "Flower Arranging" Saturday, Sept. 28.

Ashley (Ellington) Garner will return to her former post as the executive director of the Community Foundation for Greater Rome. Garner served as the foundation's original chief executive for several years until leaving the position in May of 2018.

The Bartow County Fire Marshal has shut down the Magnuson Countryside Inn, 100 Georgia North Cir. in Adairsville for multiple violation of the Life Safety code.

Scores of bicyclists will be riding through western Floyd County on September 28 on one of the weekend Bike Ride Across Georgia events.

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