News Line for Northwest Georgia

City approves BOE’s refinancing
The City of Bremen approved a resolution to support the Bremen Board of Education in their efforts to refinance an existing bond the school system is paying on.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Second Ave. widening will affect levee; Rome, DOT working out project details
tate and city officials hope to ease congestion and improve safety through a high-impact road construction project in the middle of Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Second Ave. widening will affect levee; Rome, DOT working out project details
State and city officials hope to ease congestion and improve safety through a high-impact road construction project in the middle of Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

$8 million park and rec bond on November ballot
Cartersville residents who step in the voting booth Nov. 4 will be asked to answer an $8 million question: do you approve of a bond to maintain Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department facilties and expand two walking trails?
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Jones, Mock make their case for mayor
Just one week before a special election to choose Dalton’s next mayor, the two men vying for that post outlined their visions for the city before some of the area’s top business leaders.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Voters to decide whether to give local government new redevelopment powers
Three years ago, voters in Whitfield County, Tunnel Hill, Varnell and Dalton rejected a request by local officials to give them new economic development powers.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Rome businessman wants to create Chow Town Park
T.K. Hamilton wants to create the Chow Town Park at a former used car sales lot at the intersection of Shorter Avenue and Division Street. Hamilton said food trucks would be allowed to park randomly at the site until he can get the property appropriately zoned.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Fort Oglethorpe council presents proposed 2015 budget
It’s budget time again for the city of Fort Oglethorpe. City council members, at their Oct. 13 meeting, heard the first of three readings for the proposed 2015 budget. The budget year begins Jan.
Source: Catoosa County News

Emerson cracks down on code violators
In an attempt to eliminate eyesores in the city, Emerson City Manager Kevin McBurnett reported to the city council that 15 code violation notices have been issued since Oct. 6. As evidenced by U.S. Postal Service return receipts, 14 were received, he said.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Buchanan swears in new police chief
The City of Buchanan inducted Chad Henderson as their new police chief during their regular City Council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 14
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Rate hikes on today's City Commission agenda
Incremental increases to a number of city-regulated fees will take up a large portion of tonight’s Rome City Commission meeting, according to the board’s agenda.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rockmart officials continue discussions on blighted properties
Rockmart officials are considering ways to address blighted properties in local neighborhoods.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Jones, Mock say Dalton must attract and retain more young people
Dalton’s future depends on its youth, its ability to keep them here and its efforts to attract more of them, according to the two men seeking to be the city’s next mayor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Nelson City Council candidates share stances
Three candidates, two former mayors, are competing for two vacant seats on the Nelson City Council, which is making strides to overcome its dramatic past.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Talking Rock adds train to city logo
The Talking Rock City Council held their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 2. The meeting was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.
Source: Pickens County Progress

Dalton currently taking inventory of its historic districts
In the 30 years or so since Dalton last inventoried its historical districts, much has changed.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton, Whitfield seeking SPLOST agreement
Officials in Whitfield County may be scaling back some of their plans for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Lyerly Officials Ask For Money
Lyerly Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to apply for a $25,000 Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation Grant to help pay for renovations to the building recently donated to the town.
Source: Summerville News

Ringgold plans repairs to water plant, exploring chemical changes
The city of Ringgold plans to make major improvements to its water treatment plant by repairing its old clear well tank, while also looking into making a switch to liquid chemicals in lieu of the powder ones it has used for years.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Trail plan would link Rome's four colleges
Connectivity to all four local colleges is a highlight of an updated bike and pedestrian transportation plan presented to Rome and Floyd County residents Tuesday night.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Tech students to survey Kingston's historic buildings
A group of Georgia Institute of Technology students will gather in Kingston Saturday morning to walk though the town, examine its historic structures and talk to residents about the town’s history.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Euharlee mayor, council 'confused' over Cowan Park progress
Euharlee’s City Council met in work session Tuesday night to be briefed on the work on the baseball fields at Joe Cowan Park.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City commission approves change to 911 center agreement
The Cedartown City Commission is moving forward with Polk County to put the new 911 center into Polk Medical Center once the hospital moves.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Tunnel Hill, Whitfield voters asked to approve expanded alcohol sales
Andy Patel has seen the customers come in and leave empty-handed. They walk in on Sunday to Andy’s Corner, his convenience store in Tunnel Hill, planning to buy beer or wine. But when Patel tells them he can’t sell them alcohol on Sunday they walk out.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Ringgold awards bid for Nashville Street sidewalk project, discusses Boynton Drive
The city of Ringgold awarded the bid for one of its downtown enhancement projects during its regular city council meeting Monday night, Oct. 13, which means that a new sidewalk along the south side of Nashville Street downtown is now imminent.
Source: Catoosa County News

Meet Derek Roger, candidate for Fort Oglethorpe city council, Ward 4
The city of Fort Oglethorpe will hold an election for the Ward 4 seat on the city council.
Source: Catoosa County News

Cowan named next Dalton city judge
The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 Monday to name Dalton attorney Robert Cowan the next Municipal Court judge.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton Utilities eyes first rate increases in several years
Some Dalton Utilities customers could see their rates climb under a proposed 2015 budget that was presented to the utility’s board Monday.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Ringgold mayor fights to keep ginkgo trees in new streetscape plan
Ringgold’s mayor and city council will try to determine the fate of two ginkgo trees that were accidentally scheduled for demolition as part of the city’s downtown streetscaping plan, which is currently underway.
Source: Catoosa County News

Dalton needs a vision
Miller Jones and Dennis Mock have squared off in three different forums so far in their quest to be Dalton’s next mayor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Recreation authority panel battles over funding question
Floyd County Commissioner Garry Fricks said Thursday he’s unsure if he would vote for a tax hike to fund recreation projects, although he asked Rome leaders if they would offer moral support if the county enacts a millage rate increase.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Waco leases old city hall
The city of Waco approved a lease-term agreement with Strategic Management Consultants, approved a donation to Leadership Haralson and reviewed the minutes from their Sept. 23 called meeting during their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 6.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Early voting opens for Fort Oglethorpe council seat
Early voting began Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Fort Oglethorpe for the city council’s Ward 4 seat, and already citizens are hitting the polls to cast their votes.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe becomes Purple Heart city
A proclamation, declaring Fort Oglethorpe a Purple Heart City, was read at the council meeting Oct. 13.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rome officials consider raising alcohol license, business license, rental rates
Rome businesses could see an increase in alcohol license rates for 2015 if the City Commission agrees with the Finance Committee’s recommendations.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Jones, Mock say tourism vital to Dalton’s future
Both Miller Jones and Dennis Mock pledged on Wednesday to continue Dalton’s efforts to grow its tourism industry if they are elected mayor, saying a diverse economic base is vital to the area’s future.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Fort Oglethorpe honors the late Peggy Stanfield
Fort Oglethorpe mayor Lynn Long started Monday’s (Oct. 13) council meeting off by remembering the great volunteer work of the late Peggy Stanfield. Stanfield, who died Sept. 29, was 80 years old.
Source: Catoosa County News

LaFayette honors Rudelle Greene at the council meeting
At the Monday, Oct. 13, LaFayette council meeting, the city honored recently deceased retired police Sgt. Rudelle “Foxx” Greene with a plaque that will be mounted inside the police department.
Source: Catoosa County News

County, Aragon reach agreement over sales tax funds
he Polk County Board of Commissioners has approved a memorandum of agreement between Polk and the City of Aragon.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Adairsville council outsources surveys, painting
Everything appeared to be moving smoothly as one agenda item after another was quickly approved by the Adairsville City Council at its regular meeting Thursday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Kingston to pay off 1976 water bond
Thirty-eight years after signing a bond to expand the city’s water system, Kingston will be paying it off two years early.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rome lays out goals for Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority
The Rome City Commission is reviewing a memorandum detailing concerns with the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority and suggestions for changes going forward.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Training upgrades welcomed by city police thanks to SPLOST
Rome police said they improved and streamlined their training regimen, thanks to the 2013 SPLOST vote.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

LaFayette to honor Rudelle Greene, city's first African-American police officer
The city of LaFayette on Monday, Oct. 13, will honor Rudelle “Foxx” Greene, the city’s first African-American police officer. Greene died Sept. 27. He was 85 years old.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rome City Commission to rule on developer's request for more time to close on West Third property
The full Rome City Commission will have a chance tonight to weigh in on a request from a local firm to extend its option to buy a city-owned parcel on West Third Street.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ringgold mayor, 84, asks council to protect his old trees
Joe Barger was riding down the streets of Tokyo 33 years ago when a row of plants caught his eye.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Ringgold planning sidewalk project for Boynton Drive
The Ringgold city council recently voted to move forward into the engineering and design stages of adding a sidewalk to Boynton Drive to enhance pedestrian safety.
Source: Catoosa County News

Meeting set to discuss West First Street parking in Cotton Block
Rome officials are hoping a public meeting next week will help end a conflict over organized parking spaces in the Cotton Block section of downtown (map).
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Homeowners to ask Board of Adjustments for permission to replace fence
Gary and Linda Voccio are asking the Board of Adjustments for permission to replace a 10-foot-high fence in the back yard of their 420 E. Third Ave. home in the Between the Rivers Historic District.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Sale of Aragon surplus fire truck helps pay bills
The $20,000 received for a surplus 1994 Pierce Sabre fire truck will help pay bills but will not alleviate the financial problems in Aragon, according to Mayor Ken Suffridge.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Bremen recognizes girls softball team
The City of Bremen recognized the Bremen Recreation Department’s Eight and Under Girls Softball Team during their regular meeting this month.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Euharlee council approves Cowan Park repairs
The Euharlee City Council learned Tuesday night that it will cost about $19,000 to repair the baseball fields at Joe Cowan Park.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Fort Oglethorpe prepares 2015 budget
The proposed budget has a 3-percent employee raise built in, according to city manager Ron Goulart. Goulart said there is no property tax increase.
Source: Catoosa County News

Hiram Hires Code Enforcement Officer to Address Blight and Code Compliance
The City of Hiram welcomes a new addition to the Hiram team, Cliff McGrady, who will be assuming the lead role in our Code Enforcement initiatives.
Source: Dallas-Hiram Patch

Interactive: History repeats itself as tornado ravages Ringgold, Ga. near deadly 2011 twister outbreak
Ringgold, Ga., resident Karen Worley was helping her 23-year-old daughter buckle her two young grandchildren into a minivan at 7:40 p.m. Monday, unaware that a tornado was about to sweep across her street.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Mayors discuss public safety efforts, cities' futures
Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Hiram Mayor Doris Devey spoke of their cities’ accomplishments of the past year and challenges for the future during separate state of the city addresses to the Paulding Chamber of Commerce.
Source: Neighbor News

Polk County leaders report on State of the Community
Polk County leaders are gearing up for what they hope will be another successful year after gathering to celebrate their accomplishments in the second annual address on the State of the Community
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Dalton council cuts tax rate again
The Dalton City Council cut its property tax rate for the seventh year in a row Monday night.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

County commissioners to discuss SPLOST with city leaders today
Commissioners have invited officials from all of the county’s four cities to a meeting at the trade center at 2 p.m. to discuss possible projects the SPLOST might fund.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Tunnel Hill measures could boost economy
Tunnel Hill has something that few cities its size can brag about, an interstate interchange right in the city limits.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton, Whitfield to set tax rates this week
Whitfield County property owners won’t see an increase in their county maintenance and operations tax rate this year. And Dalton property owners will actually see the rate they pay on the city maintenance and operations tax fall just a bit.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Tunnel Hill to vote on whether to expand alcohol sales
Tunnel Hill officials say they need to remain competitive with the places around them. That’s why they are asking voters to approve two alcoholic beverage referendums on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City Commission to move on North Rome redevelopment plan
The basis of a plan to redevelop the North Rome area is expected to be brought before Rome City Commissioners within the next four months, according to Community Development Director Bekki Fox.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville readies for expected harsh winter
Should the predictions of a snowier than normal winter come to pass, Cartersville will be ready.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Dallas City Council to hold budget hearing Monday
Dallas City Council will hold a public hearing Monday at 7 p.m. on its proposed 2015 budget after tentatively adopting a property tax rate which generates 11 percent more revenue than last year.
Source: Neighbor News

City Commission Approves Crematory
The Trenton City Commission held the required public hearing last week on a zoning change to allow Ryan Funeral Home to operate a crematory.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Yard Sale aims to bring business to Tallapoosa
This year, the Tallapoosa Business Association is hosting its 14th City-Wide Yard Sale in downtown Tallapoosa, and everyone is welcome to take part in the event.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Waco OKs cargo home
The city of Waco approved the use of a cargo container as a residence within the city limits and the use of the City of Waco Auditorium for a benefit concert during their regular meeting Sept. 8.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Buchanan appoints new police chief
A 23-year veteran of law enforcement will take over as chief of the Buchanan City Police Department on Oct. 14.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Cave Spring cabin dedication, sign unveiling set for Saturday at 11 a.m.
The Vann Cherokee Cabin has served several roles over its two-century life, some of them lost to time.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayoral candidates want more code enforcement
The two men vying to become Dalton’s next mayor say they don’t have all of the answers — yet — on issues pertaining to the city, but say they do have a vision for the city.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Cartersville kayak launch now open
Cartersville residents now have a new way to get into the Etowah River with the Etowah River Trail at Leake Mounds.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

LaFayette Main Street manager says 68 yards total repaved in roads
The city of LaFayette is using SPLOST to do some much-needed repairs within the city and, according to Main Street manager Matthew Williams, city crews have thus far repaired or replaced 785 feet of road along South Main Street and 314 feet along North Main Street, bringing a total of 68 yards worth of new concrete.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe Fire & Rescue officer to serve on state firefighter board
Gary McGhee has been reelected as treasurer for the Georgia State Firefighters Association (GSFA) board of directors. GSFA board members were selected by voting delegates at the annual conference held Sept. 16-20, in Macon Bibb County and serve two year terms.
Source: Catoosa County News

City, county officials seek truck route around Rome
An official letter will be sent to the Georgia Department of Transportation from Rome and Floyd County requesting the state agency look into the possibility of restricting large trucks inside Rome city limits.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

SPLOST committee created
With a little over a month until the Nov. 4 election, the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce is compiling a committee to promote educational material about the upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI vote.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Fort Oglethorpe council approves public works projects
Fort Oglethorpe council members heard three project proposals from director of public works Jeff Long at the council meeting Sept. 22.
Source: Catoosa County News

RFPRA: Busy fall schedule has a positive impact on local economy
The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority organized and facilitated several tournaments and events this past weekend having a positive effect on the local economy.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome city pressed to back water conservation; CRBI sponsors study, makes suggestions
A Coosa River Basin Initiative report covers the state of the city’s water and sewer system in terms of conservation and efficiency.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome Police Department wins big at Governor’s Challenge Awards
The Rome Police Department was one of several law enforcement agencies to take home a prize when the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety hosted its 15th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards at the Macon Centreplex.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Euharlee seeks public works director
In a called work session, the Euharlee City Council began interviewing four candidates for the city’s Public Works director position.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Aragon city council set new millage rate
The City of Aragon has adopted a millage rate, which will not require an increase in property taxes.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Dalton could take back stormwater control
The city of Dalton could change the way it handles stormwater control.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Emerson council approves hydrant tests
The Emerson City Council made quick work of its agenda voting unanimously to approve Ordinance No. 2014-018 authorizing fire hydrant testing.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Zoning denial at City Commission meeting seen as move to protect neighborhood
Local real estate agent Jason Free’s hope to grow his business was voted down in favor of maintaining a cohesive neighborhood at the Rome City Commission meeting Monday night
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Possible increase of city water rates on hold
A proposal from city of Rome Public Works staff to increase rates for city water and sewer customers was met with hesitation Monday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City proposes plan for urban development
The Cartersville City Council took the first steps to bring the city’s latest commercial venture, a 53-acre retail center on East Main Street, to fruition.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Officials mull finance options for local SPLOST projects; Cave Spring using lease-purchase agreement
Collections started in April for the five-year, $65 million special purpose, local option sales tax package. Now officials with Rome, Floyd County and Cave Spring are deciding if they’ll wait until all the money is collected before starting work, or seek alternative financing.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

East Rome rezoning on City Commission's slate at tonight's meeting
A local real estate agent’s request to rezone several lots in East Rome in hopes of constructing a new two-story office and retail building heads to the Rome City Commission tonight.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Recreation fee rate increases for Rockmart
Rockmart council members have approved an added $10 fee for each participant in all city or non-city recreation programs.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown becomes Purple Heart city, approves millage rate for 2015
The business of the City of Cedartown continues to roll along following their business meeting for September with a flat millage rate, a good budget and approval for a number of different causes.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Aragon looking into tax, surplus sales to generate revenue
Aragon officials are making bold moves to increase its revenue, including an aggressive stance in collection of back taxes and determining value of surplus property.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Crowdfunding component added to Cedartown Biz Builder program
Local students enrolled in the 2014 Cedartown Biz Builder Program are nearing the end of their studies and will soon be ready to pitch their business ideas to the public.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Buchanan sets meeting to pick new chief
Buchanan has scheduled a called meeting of the city council for Sept. 25 to vote on who will become the city’s new police chief.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Gov. Deal, Leadership Georgia class of young professionals visiting Rome
The 2014 Leadership Georgia class arrived in Rome on Thursday for several days of events aimed at giving participants a look at unique local initiatives to boost the city.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Leaders Ask To Complie SPLOST Wish List
At last week’s Trenton City Commission meeting Mayor Anthony Emanuel made a request of each commissioner. He asked them to walk through the City and get to know each other’s (department) needs and how they operate.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

From Darth Vader to a utility sink available at city auction Sept. 27
The City of Cedartown is planning a surplus auction for Sept. 27 with a variety of items up for sale, from Darth Vader to the utility sink.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Lyerly Property Tax Rate To Rise Slightly
Lyerly property owners will see a slight increase in their city tax rates this year.
Source: Summerville News

Menlo To Raise Tax Millage To Five Mills
The Menlo City Council voted Tuesday night to raise the city’s millage rate from 4.50 mills to 5 mills. The move will bring in $2,265 more into city coffers.
Source: Summerville News

Rockmart seeks grants for community projects
Ron Sitterding, a Rome consultant, has been hired to explore grant options available from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, according to Rockmart Mayor Steve Miller.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Council learns of drainage issues at Joe Cowan Park
Joe Cowan Park, the city of Euharlee’s crown jewel, lost some of its luster when city council members learned there were big problems with drainage.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Taylorsville passes hydrant testing ordinance
Continuing a recent trend seen across Bartow County, the Taylorsville City Council considered and passed a fire hydrant flow testing ordinance Tuesday night in order to help with the county’s ISO rating.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Early voting in Fort Oglethorpe city council election opens Oct. 14
In Fort Oglethorpe, two candidates are running for the Ward 4 city council seat in a special election: interim council member Derek Rogers and former council member Charles Sharrock.
Source: Catoosa County News

Next phase begins for Fannin Hall as SPLOST project works to keep original details in $2.3 million facelift
While not exactly a shell of its former self, Fannin Hall is a little less familiar on the inside.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Neaton Rome announces $8 million expansion, at least 50 new jobs
Neaton President Naoki “Nick” Horikawa won backing for an $8 million expansion from the Rome-Floyd Development Authority Tuesday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Council approves court agreement
Dalton City Council members on Monday unanimously approved an agreement that will allow Whitfield County Magistrate Court to hold first appearance hearings for those detained in the county jail for Dalton Municipal Court.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Rockmart millage rate set for 2015
Rockmart city council members have approved an ad valorem rate of 8.989, the same as last year.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

LaFayette Oks banners for placement this holiday season
LaFayette’s downtown business district this Christmas will be festooned with banners bearing a likeness of the Santa so often seen in vintage Coca-Cola advertising.
Source: Catoosa County News

Recreation board decides to keep budget level, negotiating Barron Stadium leases
With a shrinking allocation over the past few years and uncertainty regarding agreements with the city and the county, the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority has decided to not make any changes to its 2015 budget.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Madison outlines objectives for Adairsville's future
Six months into her time as Adairsville city manager, Pam Madison has tackled a bevy of battles — just one of the things the Florida transplant loves about public administration.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Kingston to celebrate McGruder monument dedication
Community leaders and Kingston residents, as well as state officials, are preparing for Saturday, Sept. 20’s dedication of a monument to Mattie McGruder, an ancestor of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

2 candidates vie for Dalton mayor's seat
Dalton, Ga., has been without a mayor since March.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

City Council to vote on court agreement
The Dalton City Council is slated to vote Monday on an agreement that would allow Whitfield County Magistrate Court to hold first appearance hearings for those detained in the county jail for Dalton Municipal Court.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Ousted councilman hoping voters will reinstate him in special election
Fort Oglethorpe council members on Aug. 18 called for a special election to fill the unexpired term of Charles Sharrock.
Source: Catoosa County News

City to meet with Cotton Block tenants again on parking plans, designated spaces on West First Street
An initiative by the city of Rome to create organized parking along the streets in the area of Broad Street known as the Cotton Block is set to get more input from those it will affect.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Expansion of downtown Rome draws crowd to visioning session
Property owners, business owners and private citizens brainstormed ideas Thursday for the expansion of downtown across the Oostanaula River to Fifth Avenue and West Third Street.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Downtown Renaissance program reviews year of events and projects
Expect another busy year ahead from the Downtown Cedartown Renaissance program, who are looking to move forward with projects for the rest of this year and heading into 2015.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown remembers Sept. 11 with ceremony at CFD
The Cedartown Fire Department hosted their annual remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks and those who died 13 years ago in New York City, Washington, D.C., and in Somerset County, Pa.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Bremen approves tax roll back
The city of Bremen unanimously approved a reduced millage rate and a revised zoning ordinance during their regular meeting last Monday.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Euharlee Road repaving to continue
Drivers on Euharlee Road will have a smoother journey by the end of the year, as the Bartow County Road Department is moving forward with a three-stage repair and leveling program for the pavement.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City manager to Greater Rome Board of Realtors: Lack of interstate helped Rome
Rome would not be the city it is today if Interstate 75 had been routed through Floyd County half a century ago. That’s how new Rome City Manager Sammy Rich started his address to the Greater Rome Board of Realtors annual membership meeting. “We would be Small Town USA,” Rich said.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

County Nixes City's Request For A Building Inspector
The answer is no, according to Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters. Summerville officials want to partner with the county and other municipalities to provide a unified, countywide building inspection program. The commissioner says he is not interested.
Source: Summerville News

Two-man race for Fort Oglethorpe council seat; ousted councilman running to reclaim seat
Interim city council member Derek Rogers and ousted council member Charles Sharrock have qualified to run for Fort Oglethorpe’s Ward 4 seat.
Source: Catoosa County News

Ringgold opens two businesses downtown
Historic downtown Ringgold held ribbon cuttings for two businesses opening Saturday, Aug. 30. Several family, friends and supporters of downtown came to welcome the two new retail stores to the historic Nashville Street shopping area.
Source: Catoosa County News

Christmas in Rome committee donates $4,500 to DDA for Light Up Rome campaign
The effort to enhance the lighting in downton Rome got a $4,500 shot in the arm from the Christmas in Rome committee Thursday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville city hall set to re-open in February
Before addressing the business at hand, the Adairsville City Council opened its work session with a moment of silence for one of its own — Police Lt. Matt Fowler who died in late August at the age of 31.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Fort Oglethorpe loses lawsuit over cricket pitch, ordered to pay nearly $90,000
The six-year fight to keep a cricket pitch on the polo grounds at Barnhardt Circle in Fort Oglethorpe has been lost.
Source: Catoosa County News

'Dan, the Clean-up Man' cleaning up Rome's trails
Trails for Recreation and Economic Development is pleased to announce “Dan,The Clean-up Man” as the newest addition to the initiative to keep the Rome-Floyd Heritage Trail system clean and unobstructed from debris.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Downtown Development Authority seeking ideas for Fifth Ave. corridor
The Downtown Development Authority is looking for public input to determine the future of the Fifth Avenue corridor.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Hiram property tax would help ease budget constraints, officials say
While the city of Hiram has several sources of revenue to keep the city running, a city property tax would help cover its growing cost as the city expands.
Source: Neighbor News

City turning to reserve funds to cover bills
Hiram residents have the benefit of not paying city property taxes, but as the city continues to grow, so will its operating expenses and, eventually, other sources of revenue may have to be explored.
Source: Neighbor News

Cedartown agrees to take hospital building when new Polk Medical Center opens in split vote
The City of Cedartown has agreed to take over the current Polk Medical Center when the new facility opens on U.S. Highway 278 in November after a split vote Monday night.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

New fire truck delivered to Cedartown FD
Cedartown firefighter finally have a new truck to utilize in the field as a long wait ended when it rolled into town Friday.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City commission approves millage rate of 11.337 mills
The City of Cedartown is giving local residents a small amount of a break on their taxes this year – if one counts a few hundredth of a percent.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Hiram Holds First Public Meeting on Livable Centers Initiative
Earlier this year, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) awarded $800,000 in its latest round of Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grants to 11 metro Atlanta communities.
Source: Dallas-Hiram Patch

GEMA launches Praise & Preparedness based on Adairsville tornado response
Almost nine months after winter weather prevented state officials from launching a state initiative based on Adairsville’s January 2013 tornado response in the north Bartow town, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security rolled out the information this week.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Kingston discusses dedication preparation
With less than two weeks left before the dedication of a monument to Mattie McGruder, one of Michelle Obama’s ancestors who is buried in a city cemetery, the Kingston City Council considered how to spruce up the town before the event.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rome names new assistant city manager at City Commission meeting
A background in administration, public service, and government programs equaled a good fit for the city of Rome when it came to hiring a new assistant city manager.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

HPPG expands Tallapoosa plant
Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) in Tallapoosa is expanding its facility and plans to open its new addition by spring of 2015.
Source: Tallapoosa-Journal

Haralson County, cities discuss implementing new SDS
Haralson County commissioners and the mayors of her four cities held a tense meeting last week over the Service Delivery Strategy plan they have all just signed, but in the end managed to reach an agreement on how to move forward in implementing their blueprint for sharing the cost of government services.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Buchanan aims to hire new chief this month
Buchanan plans to hire a new police chief by the end of this month, according to plan introduced during the city council’s work session of Aug. 26.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Clock is ticking for city of Rome on former hospital property
Rome officials are two months into an agreement with the state to come up with a master plan for the site of the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital (map), and they are looking for some guidance.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Progress report set on assistant city manager search
Rome City Manager Sammy Rich is getting closer to naming his successor for the position of assistant city manager.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

What’s best for the city
We believe the Dalton City Council did the right thing when it refused to rezone 2.04 acres on West Walnut Avenue to limited commercial from low-density residential.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton looking for next city judge
They don’t expect Judge Jim Wilbanks to step down for a few more months, but Dalton City Council members are already looking for the next Municipal Court judge.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City Commission seeks protections, sales tax data
City of Rome officials are pushing for protection from large lawsuits and their right to have access to sales tax data.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

SPLOST receipts hit target 3 out of 4 months; city, county officials optimistic
Rome and Floyd County officials say it’s still too early to see a pattern in SPLOST collections, though they’re cautiously optimistic about the penny tax’s performance in its first four months.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Hospital building transfer up for commission vote
Cedartown city commissioners will likely be voting Monday night on whether the city will be the new owners of the current Polk Medical Center facility on North Main Street.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Euharlee council approves usage fees
A recent gift from the county will soon become another source of revenue for the city of Euharlee.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

North Rome pegged for sidewalk improvements through Community Development Block Grant program
North Rome sidewalks are set for improvement through the city’s annual Community Development Block Grant program.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Downtown Renaissance teams to meet Thursday for projects update
Cedartown’s Downtown Renaissance teams are set to meet this week following a busy spring and summer that has seen a number of events and programs kick off.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Day care, Turner McCall zoning hearings set
Several rezoning requests, including one for a new day care center and another for office and retail space on Turner McCall Boulevard, are part of the Rome-Floyd Planning Commission’s agenda this month.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rockmart looks for funds for Elm Street school property
Rockmart officials hope a partnership with Northwest Georgia Housing Authority (NWGHA) will bring needed funds for multi-service use of the former Elm Street School property.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City Council rejects Walnut Avenue rezoning
Dr. Parag Soni says people who know him know how much effort he has made to make Dalton a better place, and he thinks his plan to develop 2.04 acres of undeveloped property on West Walnut Avenue would have made the city better.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Vote on Walnut zoning tonight
To rezone or not to rezone? The Dalton City Council could answer that question at its meeting tonight at 6 at City Hall.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Design phase of Rockmart wastewater plant upgrade underway
Design work has begun on a $3.5 million upgrade at the Rockmart Wastewater plant.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown faces challenges with mentally ill on streets
Cedartown has a unique challenge in dealing with the mentally ill.
Source: Northeast Georgian

The Dalton mayor’s race is on as Jones, Mock face off
Two candidates will face off to finish the unexpired one-year mayoral term of David Pennington as qualifying for the vacant office closed Wednesday.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

No turnout for public hearings on Ringgold millage rate increase
The city of Ringgold held two public hearings on Monday, Aug. 25, regarding the raising of its property tax (millage) rate. But no citizens showed up to comment on the matter one way or the other.
Source: Catoosa County News

Housing authority moving forward on demolition plans at Willingham Village
Maple Street and Brook wood Avenue will get a partial facelift if federal funding pulls through.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Deal: Rome, Cartersville and 11 other cities awarded for outstanding achievement
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Rome, Cartersville and 11 other Georgia cities were recently awarded for outstanding achievement in urban design, economic development, organizational projects and downtown promotions at the annual Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence ceremony.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Council to take up Walnut Avenue rezoning Tuesday
The Dalton City Council is expected to decide at its Tuesday, Sept. 2, meeting whether 2.04 acres of vacant land along West Walnut Avenue will be rezoned for commercial use, City Administrator Ty Ross said.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Two qualify to run for mayor of Dalton
Dalton will have a race for mayor. Qualifying today were Miller Jones, 39, who works at Laughter & Jones Financial Management in downtown Dalton, and Dennis Mock, 60, who works in sales for Whitco.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Aragon officials look to "save our city"
Aragon officials exhibit a new determination to “save our city” and make hard financial decisions – even after learning there would be no “straw vote” for city residents during the November election.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Aragon reverses decision to vote on city charter in November
Aragon will not hold a non-binding referendum in November, according to Mayor Ken Suffridge.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Buchanan approves millage, budget
Buchanan citizens who may be upset over recent turmoil within the city police department were told to “suck it up” and to “act like people, instead of children” during the Aug. 12 city council meeting, at which the main business was approving a new budget and voting to maintain the millage rate.
Source: Tallapoosa-Journal

Ringgold council to discuss pedestrian bridge progress, renaming of park at tonight’s meeting
The city of Ringgold will discuss the status of its pedestrian bridge project and the possible renaming of the Ringgold Recreational Complex during tonight’s (Monday, Aug. 25) council meeting.
Source: Catoosa County News

Residents fight against W. Walnut Ave. rezoning
Siding with staff and dozens of outspoken community members, the Dalton-Whitfield Planning Commission unanimously decided Monday to recommend against rezoning 2.04 acres on West Walnut Avenue for commercial use.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Downtown parking zone up for expansion at City Commission meeting
Visitors to downtown Rome could soon find the two-hour limit for on-street parking extended to some additional spaces if the City Commission approves a change to the city’s ordinance.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville seeking applicants for advisory boards
When the Adairsville City Council passed a resolution on establishing an appointment procedure to various city advisory boards Aug. 14, it effectively reset many of them to a like-new status. With so many openings — at least 20 at the moment — the city is looking for qualified residents interested in serving the community.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Qualifying for Dalton mayor’s race starts Monday
Dalton has been without a mayor since David Pennington stepped down in March to make an unsuccessful bid for governor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Planning commission to take up Walnut rezoning Monday
The Dalton-Whitfield County Planning Commission could decide Monday whether to recommend rezoning 2.04 acres on West Walnut Avenue to limited commercial from low-density residential.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Kingston council discusses replacement chief, water options
In a called work session Thursday night the Kingston City Council discussed its options in terms of how to address needed water utility repairs, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax expenditures and finding a new police chief.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cartersville council OKs restaurant expansion
Two weeks of searching failed to produce a satisfactory compromise in the debate over a proposed parking lot at Moore’s Gourmet Market at 221 Fite St.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City Initiates Process To Amend Zoning Ordinance To Allow Crematory Operation
The Trenton City Commission held its regular monthly meeting last week at Trenton City Hall with all Commissioners in attendance.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Firefighters honored by Rockmart for saving life
Marty Nettles, who resides on Prospect Road, believes the quick action of two Rockmart firefighters – Dakota Pruitt and Jonathan Nall – saved his life on June 8, 2014.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown commission approves spending, renews boys and girls club lease agreement
Cedartown city commissioners approved of spending for the equipment installation needed for two new police cars and the city’s new fire truck.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

SPLOST-funded North Rome sewer improvements expected to start in January
The replacing of around 8,000 feet of sewer main and manholes between Calhoun Avenue and the Etowah River should begin near the start of next year.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

McCall building on South Broad Street could be down by end of year
Rome Community Development Director Bekki Fox wants to see the old McCall hospital building torn down by the end of the year.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rockmart tax rates to be set Sept. 9
Rockmart’s 2014 ad valorem tax millage rate will be set at a meeting of the city council on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Municipal Complex at 300 North Piedmont Avenue.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Blighted property, panhandling ordinances passed by city commission
The Cedartown City Commission unanimously approved two measures they hope will help clean up the city’s image for residents and customers alike.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Fort Oglethorpe to hold special election for unexpired council term
In a special called meeting on Monday, Aug. 18, the Fort Oglethorpe city council approved calling a special election in November to fill the unexpired term for former council member Charles Sharrock, who was removed from office in late 2012.
Source: Catoosa County News

Ringgold breaks ground on four-month downtown streetscaping project
The city of Ringgold moved closer to having the new downtown it’s been dreaming of on Friday, Aug. 15, when it held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its streetscaping project that has been in the works for the past few years.
Source: Catoosa County News

Downtown Development Authority backs DeSoto renovation
Renovation work at the DeSoto Theatre just got another boost. The Rome Downtown Development Authority approved a $2,500 Business Improvement District grant Thursday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority readying for budget talks
Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority members are gearing up for budget talks coming in September.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Council rewards savers
Dalton city employees now have a little more reason to save for their retirements. Members of the City Council voted unanimously Monday night to increase the city’s match of employee contributions to their 401(k) plans to 5 percent from 4 percent.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton awaits final approval of greenway plans
Three years after receiving a $500,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to create a “greenway,” Dalton officials may soon put the project out for bids. Maybe.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Design firms for tennis center go to City Commission
City officials are expected to take the next step this week in making the Tennis Center of Georgia a reality.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville council approves lower millage rate
At the Aug. 14 meeting, the Adairsville City Council enacted the entire agenda of items discussed at Tuesday’s work session, including a rollback in the city’s millage rate from 3.640 mills to 3.631 mills.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Ringgold plans three public hearings on proposed hike in property tax rate
The city of Ringgold plans to increase the property tax (millage) rate it will levy this year by 3 percent.
Source: Catoosa County News

Like oil and water, liquor in LaFayette won’t mix
First call was last call during the Aug. 11 meeting of the LaFayette city council. By a 4-1 vote, the council decided not to add a liquor-by-the-drink referendum to the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
Source: Catoosa County News

More students enrolled posing problems for city transit
An increase in enrollment in Rome City Schools has forced the city’s transit department to take a look at how they pick up students in the mornings and afternoons.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Aragon to place city charter on ballot
Aragon city council has voted to place a non-binding referendum on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. Voters will be asked the following question: “Shall the city of Aragon maintain its charter to operate as a city (municipality)?”
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Rome hears concerns about police; NAACP expresses need for coverage, prevention
Rome’s police chief and city staff said they want to ensure the safety of residents but noted that they have to work within the department’s budget while doing so.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Jordan remembered for unyielding service to Emerson
A lifelong resident of Emerson, the late Henry Jordan is being remembered by his family and colleagues for his compassion for others and service to his hometown. On Friday, the former Emerson mayor passed away after an extended illness at the age of 78.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Adairsville council considers millage rollback
The Adairsville City Council met in a work session last night to discuss a full agenda of items to be presented at Thursday’s regular meeting. Foremost among the items was a projected rollback in the city’s millage rate to 3.631 mills from 3.640 in 2013.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rockmart purchases land for likely green space
City officials will soon finalize purchase of 10 acres of land bordering Euharlee Creek near the Silver Comet Trail in downtown Rockmart.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Commission approves on updated panhandling ordinance
Panhandlers in Cedartown beware: the city commission is about to beef up an ordinance that will allow for better enforcement of a growing problem.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Alcohol penalties upheld by Rome City Commission
Two local businesses will be unable to sell liquor for three days this week after the Rome City Commission on Monday approved the recommendations of the Alcohol Control Commission.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome City Commission to aid housing authority with grant application
Northwest Georgia Housing Authority officials feel the agency has a much better chance at getting approved for a planning grant after resolving issues with the Rome City Commission on Monday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ringgold approves bids for projects, new equipment
The city of Ringgold recently moved forward on a number of projects by approving bids, while also upgrading some equipment within the city.
Source: Catoosa County News

Recreation cost-sharing a sticking point; County Chairman Irwin Bagwell said continued funding depends on reaching a new agreement this year
Funding for the Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority remains a sticking point for the city and county.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome City Commission to mull housing authority commitment
The Northwest Georgia Housing Authority’s plan to revitalize the East Rome area, including replacing the Altoview Terrace complex, is expected to get a closer look from the City Commission tonight.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Dalton pension started year on stronger note
Buoyed by a 15.19 percent rate of return on investments, Dalton’s pension plan ended 2013 in slightly better shape than 2012 and edged closer to the funding level that city officials say their actuaries want them to maintain.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Redevelopment measures will require careful explanations
Three years ago, voters in Whitfield County and Dalton rejected a request by local officials to give them new economic development powers. In November, voters will have another chance to approve those powers.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Aragon celebrates its 100 year history
Elected officials and guests recently celebrated Aragon’s centennial during a reception held in the City’s municipal building.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Aragon to let citizens decide whether to keep city charter on November ballot
Aragon city council has voted to place a non-binding referendum on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Rossville mayor: Are cutbacks at library a case of economic discrimination?
A recent cutback in operating hours at the Rossville library has city officials questioning how fairly funds have been distributed and how equitably the city has been represented.
Source: Catoosa County News

Running rivers Rome’s key to avoiding same fate as Toledo water debacle
Rome’s water intake system makes the possibility of a contamination event like the one that occurred in Ohio last week slim to none, according to city water officials.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Aragon looks to take action on money issues
Aragon city council has tentatively voted to accept an action plan, which will allow continued operations and paying debts in a timely manner.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Dalton council members plan no immediate changes in city court
Don’t look for any changes in Dalton Municipal Court anytime soon.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Ringgold receives additional grant for canoe launch, awards bid
Ringgold’s dream of a canoe launch and completion of its nature trail has moved a little closer to fruition. The city has accepted additional grant funds for the canoe launch and awarded the bids for both projects.
Source: Catoosa County News

Chickamauga council deals with asbestos, barbecue, iron men and trains
During its meeting on Aug. 4, the Chickamauga city council heard updates on restoration of the city’s senior center, some details about the annual War Between the States Day and were warned to prepare for as many as 3,000 cyclists whirring through downtown as part of the Iron Man Competition this fall.
Source: Catoosa County News

Connecting the colleges a priority for trail users
There seemed to be a consensus among the people who attended a bike/pedestrian trail planning meeting Monday night that connecting the four colleges in Rome ought to be a priority. That, despite the fact that there may not have been a college student in the crowd.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Local leaders praise Rome police at CALEA hearing
Local leaders took advantage of Monday’s public hearing about Rome police, appearing en masse and heaping praise on the agency as it seeks re-accreditation.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville Wi-Fi goes live downtown
Downtown Cartersville became a little more connected July 24 when the city flipped the switch on its free Wi-Fi network.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

White council to amend truck ordinance
The White City Council began the process of amending a city ordinance passed in 2006 regulating truck traffic.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

3 candidates vie for 2 open Nelson City Council seats
Three candidates have qualified for two vacant Nelson City Council seats, which will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

Cedartown commission approves removal of Senior Center from available private rentals
A vote from the Cedartown city commission during their work session will make one group of residents happy following a brief report from the city manager on the issue.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Dalton council wants employees to save more
Dalton city employees aren’t putting away much for their retirements, not in their city 401(k) plans anyway. City Council members are looking at trying to increase the incentive for employees to save more for their retirement.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council to ask voters for development districts
Three years ago, voters in Whitfield County and Dalton rejected a request by local officials to give them new economic development powers. In November, voters will have another chance to approve those powers.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City manager says there are no plans for Southeast Elementary
Rome City Manager Sammy Rich said the future of Southeast Elementary School is up in the air.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Lambert resigns as Buchanan chief
Buchanan Police Chief Tracy Lambert has resigned and will leave the office on Aug. 6.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Kingston hosts empty public hearing
When the Kingston City Council opened its Monday night public hearing on the 2014 budget, it faced an empty room.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Emerson council issues moratorium on conditional use permits
The Emerson City Council declined to approve a request from Mad Dog Headers, an automobile accessory manufacturer, to rezone the property at 105 Second St. from C-1, neighborhood retail commercial, to C-2, community retail commercial.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Ringgold plans 3% hike in property tax rate
The city of Ringgold will raise its property tax (millage) rate for the first time in years.
Source: Catoosa County News

Lack of money forces Rossville Public Library to cut hours
The Rossville Public Library will be open only 18 hours a week starting Monday, compared to 30 hours at its sister libraries in Chickamauga and LaFayette.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Aragon council to make hard financial choices
Financial decisions will top the agenda of a called Aragon council meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31 in the City’s Municipal Building, located at 2814 Rome Highway.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

LaFayette’s audit is complete, report is good
The final audit for the city of LaFayette’s fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2013, was delivered during the city council meeting on Thursday, July 24.
Source: Catoosa County News

City Commission blocks rezoning for beauty salon with 4-2 vote
A Rome woman’s second try to get a piece of property in the city rezoned from suburban residential to community commercial in hopes of establishing a beauty salon has once again been halted.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome City Commission to set tax rate tonight at meeting
The city of Rome’s past and future finances will be highlighted at the regular meeting of the board of commissioners tonight.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Plan could cut flooding, stormwater damage in Dalton
Last year, Dalton City Council members asked Dalton Utilities to take another crack at solving the stormwater problems around McClellan Creek.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Rockmart still scene of building projects
The Rockmart Building Department (RBD) has issued a total of 33 permits with an improved property value of $6,919,900 during the past fiscal year.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Court hearing over Ringgold flag dispute delayed until November
The six-year dispute between the city of Ringgold and the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) over the display of a Confederate flag will go on for a little while longer after a court hearing regarding the matter slated for Friday, July 25, has been delayed until early November.
Source: Catoosa County News

Curb cut to affect on-street parking on Fourth Avenue
Rome officials approved a curb cut on Fourth Avenue that will eliminate three parking places on the side of a building owned by telecommunications entrepreneur Dave Parker at 400 Broad St.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Local Funeral Home Asks City Leaders For Permission To Build Crematorium
The Trenton City Commission held its regular monthly meeting last week. The biggest issue for the meeting turned out to be the last one on the agenda when Mayor Anthony Emanuel reported that a local business owner ask for a zoning variance that would allow a crematorium to be built.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Dallas mayor in line to head Georgia Municipal Association
Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin was elected third vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association during the association’s recent annual meeting in Savannah. He is now in line to become president of the 520-member organization in 2017.
Source: Neighbor News

Entire region shares in Bartow’s growth; local leaders say reinvestment, regional cooperation critical to success
Bartow County is enjoying a tremendous boom right now with LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center, voestalpine, Surya Rug, Beaulieu International Group and the Toyo Tire expansion promising more than 2,400 jobs within the next three years.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Audit shows Cedartown city finances doing better since 2011
The City of Cedartown is doing much better fiscally than they were only a few years ago, but city manager Bill Fann said he wants to see more progress in keeping money in the city’s coffers.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Ringgold council approves CVB’s recommendation for downtown WiFi
Locals and tourists visiting Ringgold will soon have free Internet access. The city council has given the green light to additional WiFi in the downtown area.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

SPLOST funds; further projects questioned after North Rome work finished
Improvements that will help prevent sewage spills and excess runoff in some North Rome neighborhoods are expected to be done by the end of 2015, according to city Water and Sewer Division Director Leigh Ross.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Dalton council approves paving contract
Some of Dalton’s busiest streets will be re-paved and re-striped before the end of the year.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Sewer installation complete, Asberry Lift Station project planned
The new sewer line from the new Polk Medical Center on U.S. Highway 278 into the water treatement plant in Cedartown is completed, and a new phase of work on the Asberry Lift Station will be getting underway soon.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Lyndhurst offers $25,000 for landscaping at new canoe launch site in Catoosa County
Not only is the newest launch site on the West Chickamauga Creek Blueway nearing completion, its surroundings will have professional landscaping and amenities thanks to yet another grant from the Chattanooga-based Lyndhurst Foundation.
Source: Catoosa County News

Tourism to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park creates $54,961,300 in economic benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 905,984 visitors to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 2013 spent $54,961,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 771 jobs in the local area.
Source: Catoosa County News

Recreation task force still waiting for surveys; discussing future setup
A task force created to hammer out a new recreation authority agreement is expected to receive recommendations in two weeks on which communities it should visit. The task force reached no decision Friday on a new operating agreement for the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New carpet is next step in DeSoto Theatre restoration; catering kitchen, concessions also slated for improvements
While considerable work has been done to restore Rome’s historic DeSoto Theatre, the project is far from complete.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome live-streaming City Commission meetings, officially starting July 28
A small disruption at last week’s Rome City Commission meeting marked the introduction of a way people can instantly keep up with the local government.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

ACC to decide on 4 alcohol pouring licenses, including Ichiban and O'Charley's
A mix of new and existing establishments in Rome are asking to be able to serve alcohol to their customers.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Kingston releases 2014 budget
On July 14 Kingston introduced its 2014 budget. Though several months late, it is the first legally introduced budget the city has had in more than a year.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Work detail saves Rockmart money, pawn ordinance changed
A change in work details will save Rockmart taxpayers money, according to local officials.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Council to vote on paving contract tonight
City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on an $878,028.50 contract with Northwest Georgia paving of Calhoun to resurface all or parts of Tibbs Road, Abutment Road, College Drive and Kimberly Park Drive. These streets will also be given reflective thermoplastic striping and raised markers to make the lines more visible, especially at night and in the rain.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Suffridge says miracle is needed or Aragon will become a village
Elected officials agree a miracle is needed to save Aragon from becoming a village by Aug. 1, 2014.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Lowry Mill project expected to conclude late 2015
Once bustling with activity, Euharlee’s Lowry Mill is being rekindled for future generations to utilize and admire.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rezoning paves way for new retail complex
A spate of zoning and rezoning requests before the Cartersville City Council Thursday night was the first step toward building a new 200,000-square-foot shopping center in Cartersville.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Developer hopes to win water park auction, move slides to Rome
Rome native Robert W. Loftin, now a major hotel developer based in Washington, D.C., wants to give his hometown a boost. Loftin said he wants to purchase a water park in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and move it to Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City of Rockmart recognizes Bob Morris
City officials recently recognized Bob “Shannon” Morris, known as the “Hometown” voice, for his service to the Rockmart community.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Ringgold approves design for new recreation complex
The revitalization of Ringgold’s Recreational Complex on Emberson Drive took a major step forward during the Monday night, July 14, city council meeting, with the unveiling and approval of the master plan for the new site.
Source: Catoosa County News

Historic Preservation Commission to rule on Broad St. proposals, discuss historic home guidelines
Rome’s Historic Preservation Commission faces a lengthy agenda this afternoon with seven cases on the docket.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

CrossFit push leads to change in ULDC zoning; revision awaits Rome, Floyd OK
The popularity of more intense and specialized workout programs has led the Rome-Floyd Planning Department to develop a new category in the Unified Land Development Code.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Euharlee selects parks and rec director
In a special called meeting, the Euharlee City Council announced it had decided to offer the parks and recreation director’s post to Darren Bowers. If he accepts the position, he will take the reins from Mark Mathison who resigned in May.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Kingston hears budget, cell tower ordinance first readings
Kingston edged nearer to having a 2014 budget Monday night as the document had its first reading.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cedartown police ordering two more patrol cars
The Cedartown Police Department have two new patrol cars on the road, and two more will be forthcoming as part of the city’s Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) spending on replacing out of date police cars.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown officials working on blighted properties ordinance
The City of Cedartown is working toward bringing a number of problems under control, and of those problems a focus is being placed on doing something about blighted properties throughout the city limits.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Ringgold CVB approves downtown WiFi; city council to weigh in tonight
Ringgold’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) approved multiple downtown enhancement items during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 8, and now those recommendations will be on the city council agenda for tonight, July 14.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Chickamauga becoming a no (trailer) parking zone
A trailer park which for years some have called home and others have considered an eyesore will soon be part of Chickamauga’s history.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome city commissioners recognize Sammy Rich's first full meeting as city manager
From the start of caucus to the final gavel to adjourn, Sammy Rich got the complete experience of being city manager at a Rome City Commission meeting Monday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Emerson’s dual work session addresses growth
In an effort to assuage hurt feelings, the Emerson City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission held a dual work session Monday evening.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cedartown Police Clerk Dottie Wood retiring this month with 30 years of service
In her 30 years with the Cedartown Police Department, Dottie Wood has seen a lot.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

State loan programs fuel downtown revival, private investment
Downtown Rome has aggressively gone after low-interest loans available through several state community redevelopment programs.
Source: Rome News Tribune

Buchanan holds budget hearings, city caboose makes progress
During a called budget meeting on July 3, the City of Buchanan agreed to continue operating on their current budget and to publish the necessary advertisements so they can move forward with future budget meetings and approve the 2015 budget as soon as possible.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

City praises 4th celebration
The city of Tallapoosa had high praise for those who organized the Fourth of July festivities last week during their regular city council meeting.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

McCaysville, Ga., still short on water; Copperhill, Tenn., boil and conserve notices lifted
Water is still short in McCaysville, Ga., where rain continues to have a detrimental effect on supplies.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

City Commission to start millage rate process at tonight’s meeting
Those who own property inside Rome’s city limits will not see much change in their taxes this year, if the recommended millage rate is approved.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Police chiefs not happy with Dodge Chargers
The majority of top law enforcement officers in Polk County are not thrilled with the Dodge Charger as a patrol car, but they also said there isn’t much of an alternative.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Firefighters hold joint exercise at Rockmart facility
Firefighters from Rockmart, Cedartown and Carroll County participated in Firefighter II training for state certification.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Adairsville council launches search for new police chief
The Adairsville City Council announced that two candidates for the interim police chief’s position would be interviewed and vetted today and a decision would be announced by the end of the day.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Adairsville police chief resigns
Adairsville Police Chief Robert Jones left the department Wednesday with a resignation effective the same day.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Conference center named to Elite 50 list
As determined by the editors of ConventionSouth magazine, the Clarence Brown Conference Center is among the South’s cream of the event-hosting crop.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City asked to extend bus service in North Rome
Rome city staff is going to look at the possibility of providing city bus service to Ashland Park Apartments in North Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Buchanan to cut officer from budget
The City of Buchanan will let one of its nine police officers go in an effort to cut costs, as the town comes to grips with an expected loss of income in the next fiscal year.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Cartersville designated as accredited National Main Street Program
In honor of their dedication to commercial revitalization and historic preservation, the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program recently received a National Main Street Program accreditation.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Ringgold playground committee to meet Wednesday night
Ringgold’s playground committee will meet Wednesday night (July 9) at city hall to discuss the status of the new park it is looking to build on Emberson Drive at the Ringgold Recreational Complex
Source: Catoosa County News

Noise study approved by airport authority
The Cartersville-Bartow County Airport Authority’s quarterly meeting Monday addressed everything from noise batement to a website. A federally mandated environmental study may reignite some lingering concerns about noise for neighbors living around the Cartersville-Bartow County Airport.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Bandy Center could help downtown Dalton
One of Dalton’s great strengths is the way local agencies, schools and governments work together.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Chatsworth historic sites open for tours to tell the city’s story
Chatsworth has the distinction of being Murray County’s youngest, largest and only “planned” city.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Prospective business operators being groomed by GNTC, city of Cedartown
Georgia Northwestern Technical College and the city of Cedartown are cooperating on a new program to better prepare prospective small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville council approves emergency water, sewer rate ordinance
Cartersville water and sewer rate increases scheduled to take effect July 1 are now officially part of their respective ordinances, as approved by the city council Tuesday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Euharlee council takes back bridge
The Euharlee City Council began its meeting Tuesday by giving away its famed covered bridge. Or a model of it anyway.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA short on water
Residents in Copperhill, Tenn., and McCaysville, Ga., have been asked to conserve water because of equipment problems, heavy rains and a muddy Toccoa River.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Hiram approves budget slightly lower than ‘14
Hiram City Council last week approved a $3.45 million general fund budget for fiscal 2015 that is 1 percent below the current year’s budget and includes a 3 percent cost of living increase for employees.
Source: Neighbor News

‘Mater Mondays’ added to list of centennial events in Aragon
Aragon, established in 1899 and incorporated on July 23, 1914, continues to celebrate its centennial.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Rome finalizes agreements with state for Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property
For his first official meeting as Rome’s new city manager, Sammy Rich got to deliver good news to the City Commission.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Commission to vote on tennis center property rezoning
As plans continue to move forward to build The Tennis Center of Georgia in Rome, one of the people who has been involved since the project’s beginning is heading into retirement.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

John Bennett calls it a career after three decades as Rome’s city manager
The day after returning from the annual Georgia Municipal Association convention, John Bennett was attending committee meetings, making phone calls and following up on projects.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Civil War scion: Ringgold mayor is living history, for more reasons than one
City Hall here has Civil War history on its walls: framed battle maps, a mural of soldiers fighting, a painting memorializing an unknown Confederate who died defending Ringgold Gap.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Grant could help homeowners with repairs
Low-income homeowners in Dalton may get some help with needed home repairs. The City Council voted 3-0 this week to approve an agreement with the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority that will make the city eligible for $304,980 in Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) funds.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City staff recommends millage rate remain steady
Rome officials intend to keep their tax rate unchanged when it is finalized next month.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Euharlee begins interviewing for Parks & Rec director
In a called meeting Thursday, the Euharlee City Council began interviewing candidates for the city’s Parks & Recreation director position, replacing Mark Mathison, who resigned in May.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Broad Street sidewalks replaced, project nears completion
Sidewalks were replaced this week on Broad Street.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville ranked best Ga. city to live in
According to CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison website, Cartersville is the best city to live in the state of Georgia.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Adairsville council approves 2013 city audit
The Adairsville City Council met at a special called meeting Wednesday to discuss and approve the 2013 audit.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

53-acre shopping center planned for Cartersville's Main St.
Though early in their conceptual stages, plans have been submitted to Cartersville Planning & Development for an approximately 53-acre shopping center on East Main Street. Kroger is believed to be among the possible tenants.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Connectivity a big issue at meeting about master trail plan
Maximizing the connections between trails and where people live and work in Rome will be a focus of the update of Rome’s master trails plan, a consultant said Tuesday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Emerson approves FY2015 budget
The Emerson City Council approved the budget for fiscal year 2015 at its combined work session and meeting Monday.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Aragon votes to begin negotiations with Polk County for fire coverage following Chief Frankie Matthew's resignation
The Aragon City Council voted to begin formal negotiations with the Polk County Board of Commissioners to assume fire coverage in their community.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Ringgold installs safety handrails on two streets downtown
Two streets in downtown Ringgold got a little safer in recent days after the city installed new safety handrails to Cleburne Street behind the Nashville Street businesses and along Shady Place.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

South Rome group discusses efforts to build more single-family homes, plans audit
The South Rome Redevelopment Corp. is expected to seek bids for an independent audit going back to the beginning of 2001.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City officials, community leaders to host block party aimed at building bonds, fellowship
Local groups and residents are putting forth a combined effort to bring an evening of fun, food, and fellowship to a Rome neighborhood.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Savings to city for free clinic ‘intangible’
Potential savings from the Rome employee health clinic are difficult to pinpoint.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Bike/walk planning sessions set for Tuesday
Residents will be asked for input at a community meeting Tuesday on an update of the Rome-Floyd County Trails Master Plan.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rockmart leaders look to find resources for community at GMA convention
A group of Rockmart elected officials plan to attend the Georgia Municipal Convention in Savannah from June 20-24.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City of Cedartown Employee Spotlight: Cedartown Recreation Assistant Director Joe Colquitt
Joe Colquitt understands the impact that astrong Recreation Department can have on a young child. Rewind 18 years ago and you could find a pint-sized Joe running drills and polishing the perfect pitch under the watchful eye of Cedartown recreational coaches.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

LaFayette council finds tavern in violation, but satisfied by five-day suspension already imposed
The long-awaited hearing on pouring violations against Chattanooga Street Tavern in LaFayette was held June 16 — nearly four months to the day from the Valentine’s Day event when these allegations began.
Source: Catoosa County News

Blue Ridge officials consider parking meters
A city councilwoman's suggestion to install parking meters in downtown Blue Ridge to generate revenue and prevent people from hogging parking spaces doesn't sit well with merchants in the tourist destination.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Catoosa County, cities approve prison work detail agreements
Catoosa County and its two cities, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe, recently approved new agreements with the Georgia Department of Corrections to provide prison work detail for various projects throughout the community.
Source: Catoosa County News

DDA okays loan applications for new hotel
Rome’s Downtown Development Authority agreed to seek a pair of loans for Shriji Hospitality Rome LLC, to help finance the company’s proposed Hampton Inn and Suites, 844 Turner McCall Blvd.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ringgold eliminates two downtown parking spaces causing problems
Ringgold got right to work Tuesday morning, June 10, getting rid of two parking spaces that were causing obstructed views for drivers, after the city council unanimously approved the work during its meeting the night before.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rossville passes ordinance to allow beer and wine sales
Rossville has become the last of Walker County’s four cities to allow the sale of beer and wine for on-site consumption.
Source: Catoosa County News

Ringgold council approves purchase of mobile entertainment stage
The city of Ringgold added to its fleet of event equipment on Monday night, June 9 after the mayor and council unanimously approved the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) purchase of a new mobile entertainment stage.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome city officials offer thanks for ‘thankless job,’ will treat employees to food and drinks this morning
Mary Hardin Thornton knows it can be a grueling workday for the men and women who work for the Rome Solid Waste Department.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ordinance to control panhandling discussed by City Commission
A stiffer ordinance and review of enforcement policies might bring the uptick in what one Cedartown city commissioner is calling “serial panhandling.”
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Aragon celebrates city’s centennial in July
Aragon, established in 1899 and incorporated on July 23, 1914, is celebrating its centennial.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Trio of Rome police officers receive state recognition
A group of Rome police patrol officers have been named winners in the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Governor’s Challenge.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cedartown commission looking at blighted properties ordinance
The City of Cedartown is looking to get tough on property owners who allow their buildings to become eyesores for the rest of the community.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

$9 million budget to be presented to Rockmart city council June 10, fee increases ahead
The proposed $9 million FY 2015 budget will be presented to the Rockmart city council for adoption during the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

New bike stattion installed along downtown trail
Visitors to the extensive trails in downtown Rome now have free help in case of a bicycle emergency.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Hiram Joins a Nationwide Effort to Prevent Prescription Drug Diversion
The City of Hiram is pleased to announce that our application to the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) for a prescription drug drop box has been successful.
Source: Dallas-Hiram Patch

Chickamauga trailer park residents told to leave; they say they're victims of gentrification
Stacy Brown needs to find affordable housing soon within walking distance of his job at the Shaw Industries carpet backing plant in Chickamauga.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

LaFayette, Ga., names new city manager
The LaFayette, Ga., City Council on Monday night named a Georgia Tech graduate to the post of city manager.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Cedartown announces re-use plans for old Polk Medical Center
The City of Cedartown is positioned to become a model throughout Georgia and the nation regarding resourceful combination of key social and health services through the creation of a landmark concept called “One Door Polk Network.”
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Nelson City Council plans to restore mayor’s authorities
After years of infighting over the power structure in Nelson, the tiny Cherokee-Pickens town is planning to restore authorities to the mayor stripped by the previous city council.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Pension problems?
Local officials say their pensions are in far better shape than those of many other local governments.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

$9 million budget to be presented to Rockmart city council June 10, fee increases ahead
The proposed $9 million FY 2015 budget will be presented to the Rockmart city council for adoption during the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Dalton council tables zoning proposal
The Dalton City Council on Monday tabled a recommendation from the Dalton-Whitfield Planning Commission to rezone .22 acres at the northeast corner of Felice Street and Arbella Street to restricted commercial from high-density residential.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Cartersville DDA awards business leaders, members
More than 150 people packed into the Mellow Mushroom in Cartersville Friday night for a Downtown Development Association award ceremony and an exclusive sneak peak at the area’s newest restaurant.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cities, County have preliminary SPLOST discussion
Representatives from Haralson County, Bremen, Buchanan and Tallapoosa met last Thursday morning to discuss the upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales (SPLOST) referendum, which will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

City hires Collins Project Management for tennis center project
Rome Mayor Jamie Doss typically doesn’t vote unless he must break a tie. He made an exception Thursday when selecting Collins Project Management as project manager for the proposed Tennis Center of Georgia.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Aragon creating Enterprise Zone
Aragon’s city council has given the green light for developing an Enterprise Zone within the community.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Northwest Georgia Housing Authority looks to partner with Rome police to block gang activity
Northwest Georgia Housing Authority Security Director Melvin Scott said he is working with Rome police after identifying some potential gang activity in Rome in recent months.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayor: Rome wants to reuse whole Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital tract
Rome officials have long dreamed of the possibility of redeveloping the 132 acres where the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital sits.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville Water Dept. wins series of trade awardsCartersville Water Dept. wins series of trade awards
While attending the Georgia Association of Water Professionals conference in April, the Cartersville Water Department won three awards recognizing its efforts in maintaining clean water and meeting all permitting goals.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Carson sworn in as new Adairsville mayor
Once the Adairsville City Council adopted results from the May 20 special election, Kenneth Carson Sr. became the city’s newest mayor.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City Commission to decide Hampton Preserve annexation
The Rome City Commission is set to vote Tuesday night on annexing several parcels of a Floyd County subdivision into the city.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville considers street changes in fight against crime
About 30 Adairsville citizens attended a public meeting Thursday night to voice their opinions about a proposal to close certain roads and make others one-way in a residential area south of the downtown business district bordered by U.S. Highway 41, Old 41 and Martin Luther King Drive.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Lawson Conducts City Meeting, Mayor Recovering From Surgery
The Trenton City Commission held its regular monthly meeting Monday, May 12 with vice-mayor Tommy Lawson conducting the meeting.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Rome budget waiting for 2014 tax digest to determine property tax revenue
The report Wednesday from the City of Rome’s finance department gave officials some good news while they wait for the complete Floyd County tax digest to help predict future revenue.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rockmart recreation committee gives nod to Sports Sentry Systems for contract
Lighting at the new sports complex was put out to bid and three responsive qualified bids were received, according to Rockmart Councilman Joe Henderson.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown Commission approves Central Street personal care home
The City of Cedartown held a brief public hearing then later approved a conditional use request of a building that will once again house a personal care home after being unused for a number of years.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Ledbetter wins Downtown Cartersville Selfie Scavenger Hunt
With a total of 87 points, Christy Ledbetter won the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority’s debut Selfie Scavenger Hunt. During the contest, participants took self-portrait images at designated locations around the city from April 25 to May 2.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Carson sweeps to victory in Adairsville mayoral contest
Kenneth “K.C.” Carson tallied 53.6 percent of the vote, scoring a surprisingly easy victory in Adairsville’s special mayoral election. Carson, 49, will fill the unfinished term of former Mayor Evan King who abruptly resigned in March.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rockmart proposes $9 million for FY 2015 budget
A public hearing will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 on Rockmart’s proposed $9 million FY 2015 budget.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Aragon recognizes officers for National Police Week
Aragon’s mayor and city council recognized the sacrifice and dedication of police officers during their regular May meeting.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Newest Cedartown firefighters get latest turn-out gear
The Cedartown Fire Department got two new complete sets of turn-out gear for its newest firefighters courtesy of the Georgia Municipal Safety and Liability Management Grant Program.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Official: Ga. 101 plans ‘vital’ for growth, safety
The scale of a state project to improve Rockmart Highway south of Rome has been dialed back, but local officials hope it is not the final pass at the major corridor.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Dalton takes over Veterans Drive expansion
City of Dalton officials hope they can speed up a plan to turn Veterans Drive into a major north-south corridor to relieve some of the congestion on Glenwood Avenue.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Cartersville council approves landmark expansion
In Mayor Matt Santini’s absence, Mayor Pro-Tem Diane Tate gaveled the Cartersville City Council to order.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Ringgold considers adding a dog park
Instead of Ringgold going to the dogs, dogs might soon have a place to go in Ringgold.
Source: Catoosa County News

Hampton Preserve subdivision could become part of city
Rome Assistant City Manager Sammy Rich said he doesn’t anticipate any issues with annexing more than 40 lots of a Chulio Road subdivision into the city limits.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Waco approves roof repairs
The City of Waco approved motions to repair the roof of the city auditorium, continue their sponsorship of the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce, and to continue to pay for one trash receptacle for each church inside the city limits during their regular meeting on Monday, May 5.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Fair on the Square celebrates 40 years
This year, Downtown Buchanan Revitalization (DBR) and the city of Buchanan as a whole have a special reason to celebrate: This Saturday, May 17, will mark the 40th annual Fair on the Square celebration.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Council OKs Church Street bridge 7-0
Over objections from residents, the City Council on Wednesday granted an easement allowing WellStar Kennestone Hospital to erect a pedestrian bridge over Church Street.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Rome shifts entitlement money in 2011 and 2014 budgets
The hiring of a new code enforcement officer for the City of Rome is closer to reality.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City plans May 30 opening of Town Green; officials get tennis center progress report
City officials have tentatively set May 30 for the ribbon cutting and rededication of the downtown Town Green and fountain.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Council approves five-year plan
The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 on Wednesday to approve a five-year plan and forward it to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

South Rome Redevelopment Corp. seeks support for tax credits
Rome City Commissioners are scheduled to decide at their meeting tonight if they will back a proposal to build new affordable housing in South Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Atkins appointed as Aragon city attorney
Vickey Atkins of Rockmart was recently appointed as Aragon City Attorney.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Details of Haralson County service delivery strategy emerge
Now that the Service Delivery Strategy Intergovernmental Agreement has picked up momentum by receiving approval from both the Haralson County Commission and the City of Bremen, details of the agreement have been released.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Dalton, Whitfield hotel tax revenues set another record
Dalton and Whitfield County collected a record $1.6 million in hotel/motel taxes in 2013, up about $300,000 from 2012. This marks the fourth straight year hotel/motel tax collections have set a record.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Ringgold playground committee names new park, creates mission statement
The city of Ringgold is getting closer to having a new special needs park near the recreational complex on Emberson Drive, and recently unveiled the name of the park and its mission statement.
Source: Catoosa County News

Ringgold playground committee names new park, creates mission statement
The city of Ringgold is getting closer to having a new special needs park near the recreational complex on Emberson Drive, and recently unveiled the name of the park and its mission statement.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Steaks, seafood on The Gibson plate, city OKs outside deck lease
The developers of a restaurant on the Cotton Block approached the City Commission about a lease agreement that will give them use of a portion of Bridgepoint Plaza.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ringgold approves early Patriot Hall plans, discusses bridge contract
Ringgold’s project to revamp Patriot Hall on Emberson Drive progressed a little further during the city council meeting on Monday, April 28, when the council unanimously approved the initial design presented by architect Kenny McDade.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Dalton council to vote on capital budget Monday
When they meet Monday, the Dalton City Council is slated to vote on an amendment to the city’s 2014 budget that will move $984,935 from the fund balance to the city’s capital fund for this year’s capital spending plan.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City, board members talk Emery Center’s future
Emery Center supporters are still working to raise funds to repair the building of the history museum on Emery Street, but they’re also discussing the possibility of moving to another location if that doesn’t work out.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Haralson County approves Service Delivery Agreement
Haralson County Commissioners approved a Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) agreement between the county and her municipalities, outlining which government entity will provide what services to taxpayers – and whose tax dollars will pay for them.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

City approves philanthropic motions
The City of Bremen had more than one non-profit reaching out to them for help, as they heard requests from two organizations, one local and one national, that aim to help those in need.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau encourages 'hometown tourism'
A vacation doesn’t have to involve long drives and the hassle of an air flight. Rome and Floyd County will promote a “staycation” during National Travel and Tourism Week beginning Saturday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City, Cotton Block businesses discuss parking
City leaders and Cotton Block business owners on Thursday discussed parking on West First Street and an adjoining alley, but reached no decision on how many and what kind of parking spaces should be added.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Firefighters train for the worst in Rockmart
Deputy Chief Randall Chupp, training officer with the Rockmart Fire Department, said the era of leisure time for a firefighter is history. “Today’s firefighter constantly trains to meet local, state and national requirements,” he said.
Source: Rockmart Journal