News Line for Northwest Georgia

Van Wert students visit local fire department
Small children often view firefighters as heroes. This fact was evident when a group of Pre-K students from Van Wert Elementary School visited the Rockmart Fire Department Tuesday.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Aragon officials establish new plan of action
The mayor and council of Aragon are taking action to further stabilize the city’s finances while finding ways to prevent another budget shortfall.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Council hires appraiser for Veterans Drive project
In 2007, Dalton and Whitfield County voters approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) that called for, among other projects, transforming Veterans Drive into a major north-south corridor to relieve congestion on Glenwood Avenue.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Ringgold updates outdated zoning, subdivision fees
The city of Ringgold recently approved upping the cost of some of its fees as it pertains to zoning, variances, and subdivisions, in an attempt line up with what Catoosa County currently charges.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

LaFayette’s ISO classification improves dramatically
Home and business owners should be pleasantly surprised when renewing fire insurance policies for properties within LaFayette’s city limits.
Source: Catoosa County News

Ringgold awards downtown streetscaping bid, discusses parking issues with businesses
The city of Ringgold moved a step closer to revamping its downtown area, during its most recent city council meeting on Monday night, April 14, when it awarded the bid for its upcoming streetscaping project aimed towards making the area more accessible.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Area firefighters climbing Atlanta tower to benefit lung association
Local firefighters are teaming up to participate in the American Lung Association’s 8th annual vertical challenge to race to the top of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta Saturday morning.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Celebrate Cedartown event at City Hall this evening
The City of Cedartown will be taking part in “Georgia Cities Week,” a state-wide celebration that showcases the contributions and services of local government.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Fort Oglethorpe: Derek Rogers appointed to city council
It’s only temporary, but the city of Fort Oglethorpe will have a full council due to recent changes in the city’s charter. The council chose to act on those changes immediately by filling a vacant seat with a temporary appointment.
Source: Catoosa County News

Historic Preservation Commission gives green light to several downtown projects
The 200-block of Broad Street will have a decidedly new look by this fall.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City of Cedartown launches online bill payment system today
The City of Cedartown announced today it is now accepting online water bill payments.
Source: Cedartown Standard

City staff prepares new budget; capital expenditures included
Rockmart’s FY 2015 proposed budget will be presented during the May city council meeting.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Kingston windfall to go to general fund
The Kingston City Council voted to cash in three certificates of deposit worth approximately $5,000 and deposit them in the general fund. The windfall was recently discovered at Regions Bank and appeared to have been deposited in the 1980s.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rome City Commission approves radio agreement; document now goes to Floyd commission
The Rome City Commission gave the OK Monday night for the city to enter into the overall agreement on use and operation of the $26.7 million SPLOST-funded countywide communication system.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

John Bennett in State of City address: Rome city finances improving
With his final two months on the job approaching, John Bennett was able to report some good news about the city he has served for so long.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Fort Oglethorpe appoints Derek Rogers to City Council
Derek Rogers is Fort Oglethorpe's newest city councilman — effective immediately.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Walmart Neighborhood Market bound for Fort Oglethorpe
Fort Oglethorpe is on track to get a Walmart Neighborhood Market, a freestanding grocery store about a quarter the size of the typical Walmart Supercenter.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Rome to get radio agreement; document to spell out annual maintenance fees for countywide system
The Rome City Commission is scheduled to vote tonight whether to authorize Mayor Jamie Doss to sign the long-in-development agreement on the maintenance and operation of the countywide digital communications system.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

LakePoint begins laying turf on ballfields
The graded area next to Emerson is beginning to look like a ballpark.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Church donates quilt to fire department
A group of ladies from the Aragon United Methodist Church, known as the “Quitters”, recently donated a quilt to the Aragon Volunteer Fire Department.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Trion Mayor: Town Has Lots Of Houses In Distress
"We have a tremendous amount of houses that are in distress," Trion Mayor Larry Stansell says
Source: Summerville News

Downtown Development Authority OKs Harvest Moon, Cevian Design plans
Cevian Design Lab owners Mark Cochran and Jessica Bittles are seeking a $250,000 loan to assist with the renovation of the former Lee’s Furniture building at 206-208 Broad St. The total cost for their project is estimated at $655,000.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Sewer line construction work moving into residential areas
The City of Cedartown is currently undergoing a major sewer expansion and rehabilitation project.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Only two blocks of sidewalks are left to complete Streetscape project
The sight of concrete trucks and backhoes along Broad Street will soon be a memory for downtown visitors and businesses. Rome Street Department Director Chris Jenkins said the Streetscape project that has been ongoing for nearly the last two years is nearing the end.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cedartown public works department participates in defensive drivers course
The City of Cedartown's Public Works Department took part in the National Safety Council Defensive Drivers Course on April 9 at City Hall.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Chickamauga council moves forward with replacing street signs, curbside recycling
Decorative street signs that bear the images and brief histories of commanders who fought in and around Chickamauga during the Civil War are due for repair and renovation.
Source: Catoosa County News

City, county bicker over relocation of fire station
Rome and Floyd County leaders sparred Tuesday for more than an hour about the relocation of a fire station — a decade-old discussion — that led county commissioners to say they’ll re-evaluate the situation.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville police chief: Department fully staffed
Adairsville Police Chief Robert Jones told the city council at its Tuesday night work session that his department is fully staffed.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City of Cedartown begins sewer line work on Girard Avenue
The City of Cedartown is currently undergoing a major sewer expansion and rehabilitation project. Up until this week, construction has been limited to the East Avenue and the Hwy. 278 East corridor.
Source: Cedartown Standard

City of Cedartown taking part in state-wide celebration
April 8, 2014: The City of Cedartown will be taking part in “Georgia Cities Week,” a state-wide celebration that showcases the contributions and services of local government.
Source: Cedartown Standard

City commission to move forward on football camp, looking into Turner Street Park improvements
The Cedartown City Commission will be helping to raise money and support for a Christian-based football character camp this summer through the recreation department, and will also be making changes to Turner Street Park.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Kingston council discusses future of city’s DDA
The Kingston Downtown Development Authority may soon cease to exist.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

White hikes water, sewer rates
Faced with rising expenses and diminished revenue, the White City Council voted Monday to raise water and sewer rates in order to pay for a $3.7 million citywide sewer system expansion.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rome-Floyd Planning Commission backs multi-family projects
Plans are in motion for three new Rome housing developments. The Rome-Floyd Planning Commission recommended Thursday that the rezoning requests for each of the multi-million dollar projects be approved by the City Commission.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville names Historic Preservation Committee members
In order to accommodate the 58th annual Civic Youth Day, the Cartersville City Council convened a rare morning meeting.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Ringgold council discusses Patriot Hall upgrades, approves city project list
Ringgold’s mayor and council unanimously approved the preliminary layout for upgrades at Patriot Hall on Monday night, March 24, and will now look to discuss possible changes and recommendations with the project’s architect.
Source: Catoosa County News

Saturday event will introduce Rome’s new boardwalk
Now that the weather is beginning to show signs of spring, Romans who need to re-ignite a New Year resolution to get more exercise will have an opportunity to Spring into Trails Saturday morning.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Stressed trees on Broad Street get deep-root therapy
After cutting down 15 trees in the median on Broad Street, Rome officials are taking additional steps to ensure the health of those remaining — and of trees at several other locations in the city.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Council seeks opinions of new logo
The Euharlee City Council made short work of its April 1 agenda approving three items and sending two back to the drawing board.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City of Aragon survives roller coaster week
The past week has been a roller coaster ride for Aragon Mayor Ken Suffridge and city council members.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Lowery Wins City Election With Only 41 Votes
The Special Election in the City of Trenton to elect a Streets Commissioner drew just six percent of the City’s registered voters last week as Tommy Lowery won the seat with only 41 votes.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

New lease agreement on table for Rome city cell tower
An opportunity has presented itself for the city of Rome to extend the lease on a cell phone tower it owns at the Walker Mountain Landfill. The question is which of the two offers should the city pursue.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City of Aragon calls second emergency meeting, declares items surplus
Aragon Mayor Ken Suffridge called a second emergency meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday night to address cash flow problems.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Three vying to be Adairsville mayor
Kenneth “K.C.” Carson, Ronnie Everett and Adena Harper all qualified this week to run in the May 20 special election to replace former Mayor Evan King. Qualifying began Monday and ended at noon Wednesday.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City sees positive results from Biz Builder workshop
A better than expected turnout of those interested in starting businesses in Cedartown may yield more of the city’s Biz Builder workshops in the future, according to city officials.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Brown named city manager of Varnell
Mike Brown stepped down as operations manager for the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department after almost 40 years with that agency on Tuesday. Today, he starts a new job with a new city.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Carson qualifies for Adairsville Mayoral race
Kenneth "KC" Carson has joined Adena Harper in the Adairsville mayoral race.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Varnell expected to approve new city manager tonight
The Varnell City Council meets at 7 tonight in City Hall. Council members are expected to vote on a new city manager.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Calhoun's alcohol ordinance may soon see changes
Changes could be coming to the alcohol ordinance in Calhoun. The proposed changes would allow downtown businesses to sell alcohol to customers in a patio area.
Source: Calhoun Times

LaFayette, Walker County officials vow cooperation
The New Year brought with it a new sense of sharing, collaboration and cooperation among local governments and an opportunity to move forward with some projects that should benefit the residents of Walker County.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Japanese delegation arrives Monday ahead of annual International Festival
Leading up to the festival, Rome will once again host a group of visitors from Rome’s sister city in Kumamoto, Japan. This marks the 10th delegation of Japanese students to visit Rome since the relationship was first established in 1995.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Downtown Rome: 'Way ahead of the curve'
Staying ahead in the game takes innovation. If the game is a city’s downtown development, it takes the combination of business owners, local government and the people of Rome working together to get ahead.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Commission to vote on trails update contract
The process of getting community input and determining the economic impact of Rome’s trails plan is moving forward.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Harper to seek mayor seat in Adairsville
Adena Harper, a Mary Kay consultant in Adairsville, will be a candidate for Mayor of the north Bartow community.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New Fort Oglethorpe charter in governor’s hands
In what seemed like a flurry of review, the Georgia House and Senate have adopted the Fort Oglethorpe charter amendment in just eight days.
Source: Catoosa County News

Cartersville reappoints board members
The Cartersville City Council made quick work of its agenda during Thursday’s meeting.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Bremen OKs Sunday sales referendum
The city of Bremen has approved a referendum to be placed on the May 20 ballot that would allow residents to vote on whether to have Sunday package sales for beer and wine and Sunday by-the-drink sales for beer, wine and liquor.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Rome’s hope for Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds unaffected by federal deadline
One deadline has passed, but there still could be Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds for a major project in South Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Dalton to conduct historic survey
The city of Dalton has received a $10,821 grant to complete the first survey of its three historic districts in three decades.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Bike trails are in the works for Gordon
Area leaders are considering a project that would improve and expand existing walking and biking trails in Calhoun and Gordon County and connect them along a network of new ones.
Source: Calhoun Times

Aragon mayor joins fight for turn lane
Aragon Mayor Ken Suffridge has joined the efforts of local citizens go get a turn lane added to a stretch of Highway 101 between Rockmart and Aragon.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Archaeological work continues on Euharlee mill
Though archaeologists are no longer actively digging through the remains of Euharlee’s Lowry Mill, the archaeological work is still ongoing as the city’s experts compile their report and examine artifacts recovered from the site.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Bartow schools to provide Emerson with campus
The Bartow County Board of Education on Monday voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Emerson which will provide the city with the Emerson Elementary School building in exchange for the city providing certain improvements to the infrastructure supporting the new EES — for example, relocating sewer lines along Old Alabama Road and providing a walking path between the existing school and the new school, which will open its doors to students for the fall 2014 school year.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Ringgold hears concerns about new pawnbroker fees, discusses downtown WiFi
It’s been about two months since the city of Ringgold approved an ordinance implementing pawnbroker fees to assist its police department with tracking possible stolen goods, prompting the owner of one such business to express his concern over the new fees during the most recent council meeting on Monday, March 10.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ringgold reviewing bids for downtown streetscaping project
Ringgold’s upcoming downtown streetscaping project hit a minor setback recently when bids for the project came in over the expected budget, which prompted the city council to delay voting on the item until the project’s engineer has to time to look over the bids and clarify some of details of the plans.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Trees coming down on Broad key to restore look of downtown median
Crews from the city of Rome started cutting down and removing 15 of the 30 willow oak trees on the Broad Street median Monday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City pays $390,000 to buy liquor store across from new Anna K. Davie school
Blue Box Beverage will close its 33 East Main St. doors by July 31 — a state requirement before it would allow the opening of the new Anna K. Davie Elementary School across the street, Rome officials said.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Curfew ordinance gets makeover
Go out in public after midnight in Dalton and you could still get cited to court if you’re 17 or younger.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Cedartown Biz builder morning workshop to be held Friday
The workshops are sponsored by the City of Cedartown in strategic partnership with Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Called “Cedartown Biz Builders,” the idea of offering the workshops stemmed from the recent Georgia Downtown Renaissance Strategic Visioning Plan.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Downtown Cartersville continues historic designation process, wins preservation award
Attempts to have downtown Cartersville named to the National Register of Historic Places overcame one hurdle Friday, Feb. 28, when the Georgia Historic Preservation Division recommended the application to federal officials.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City leaders keeping close eye on bills with local ties in General Assembly
City of Rome officials are getting updates from the Georgia Municipal Association on bills — ranging from allowing guns in government buildings to changing the SPLOST law — that could be voted on before midnight Thursday, the final day of the session.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rockmart officials consider implementing Urban Redevelopment Plan soon
An Urban Redevelopment Plan will soon be implemented in Rockmart. Work on the idea began several years ago at a meeting in Savannah, according to city officials.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Council to consider curfew changes
The Dalton City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on changes to its curfew law that would create exemptions for teens in a variety of situations from work to school functions to church events.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Downtown Development Authority: Job loss was low-level
While Downtown Rome has shown a net loss of 24 jobs after the first two months of the year, Downtown Development Authority Director Ann Arnold said better things are coming.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville mayoral election set for May 20
The Adairsville City Council, still reeling from its mayor’s sudden resignation, returned to work Thursday evening to plan a special election to fill the remainder of his term.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cartersville development authorities honor Tilley
After more than 34 years of involvement with economic development, Gene Tilley stepped down from his positions on both of the Cartersville development authorities, effective Jan. 1. In recognition of his efforts, both the Cartersville Development Authority and Development Authority of Cartersville issued proclamations for Tilley during a joint meeting Thursday.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

ort Oglethorpe charter bill gets OK in state House, ready for Senate vote
The Fort Oglethorpe charter has become a debated topic among residents over the last year. In fact, the city’s charter has been debated since the Georgia General Assembly passed a resolution in early 2013 to amend it in the wake of a political shakeup.
Source: Catoosa County News

ity of Rome crews to remove 15 Broad Street trees for health of remaining 15
Crews will begin removing trees Monday from the Broad Street median — a process that periodically will close traffic lanes through next week.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Varnell close to choosing next city manager
The Varnell City Council is expected to choose its next city manager from among three finalists it released on Tuesday.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Emerson makes fast work of council agenda
In the four minutes required to go from roll call to adjournment, Emerson City Council learned that a police car encountered an errant jack stand on Interstate 75, causing considerable damage to the vehicle but none to the officer; the annual Keep Emerson Beautiful trash pickup is scheduled for April 5 at 9 a.m.; and a new telecomunications tower is coming to town.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Adairsville mayoral election tentatively set for May 20
The Adairsville City Council met for a scheduled work session just a day after the small town was shocked by the sudden resignation of its mayor.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City of Cedartown rolls out new website, expands into social media
The City of Cedartown rolled out a new website design this week. A variety of new features is available on the site, from photo galleries and Youtube videos to Google calendars featuring coming events downtown.
Source: Cedartown Standard

City Commission approves housing repair aid policy
Eligibility for a state-funded moderate repair program for homeowners can be checked through the City of Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville City Council will seek plan of action for city hall project
The Adairsville City Council will try to fashion a plan of action for its historic city hall building when the panel conducts a work session tonight.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Riverside boardwalk trail section officially open for traffic
An important and unique part of the trail system between Heritage Park to State Mutual Stadium is finally open as fencing around the Rome boardwalk project has been removed.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome officials expect to finalize this year gift of GE tract from closed plant
Rome City Manager John Bennett has said the acquisition of 123 acres of the closed General Electric medium transformer plant in West Rome is something he’d like to complete before he retires June 30.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Council leaning against May special election for mayor
Dalton voters will likely have to wait until November to select their next mayor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Cedartown police install tag reader on patrol car
A tag reader attached to a Cedartown patrol car has already proven valuable, according to police.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Adairsville Mayor Evan King retires
Mayor Evan King is resigning from office, effective Thursday, for “personal reasons,” Adairsville officials said Monday.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Ringgold considers buying drone to capture city events, promote tourism
Ringgold’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is looking to spruce up its coverage of the city and it’s yearly events by purchasing a drone to record video footage and pictures from above.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Fannin Hall: A historic structure in need
Cave Spring’s City Hall isn’t your typical government building. Its offices sit in Fannin Hall, a historic structure once part of the Georgia School for the Deaf.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Downtown Dalton is thriving again
When I think about the past few years in Dalton, I’m struck by how much has changed both for the community and for me as well.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Graffiti getting old for city officials; they're looking for ways to deal with it
Mary Hardin Thornton has a suggestion to thwart graffiti artists — a faux ivy product that can be attached to bridge abutments and other concrete structures.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Planning Commission denies rezoning for mini mart gas station
A local businessman’s request to rezone a piece of property on Ga. 101 in order to build a gas station was met with opposition from both the planning department and area residents.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville approves Aquafil MOU
A $25 million expansion at Aquafil USA moved one step closer to reality Thursday night as the Cartersville City Council unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with the company.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rockmart holds town hall meeting concerning crime
Preventing and solving crime remains a hot topic in Rockmart and Polk County and there seems to be no definite answer to the problem that continues to bring people to the table.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Wrecker plans back before board; Planning Commission postpones action on rezoning issue
More information and better plans from a business on Martha Berry Highway are expected to be presented at this month’s meeting of the Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Euharlee approves draft of organization chart
After a contentious meeting in February, the Euharlee City Council approved several lingering resolutions — the adoption of international building codes, purchasing policy procedures and an event planning policy — while a proposed revamped organizational chart, and outsourced landscaping and grant writing proposals failed to win approval.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Kingston council tackles plethora of issues
From bathrooms to the city clerk position, the Kingston City Council tackled what Mayor Wanda Penson called their largest agenda yet Monday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Hundreds attend Emerson town hall
About 200 people jammed into Emerson City Hall Monday night for a town hall meeting with executives from LakePoint Sporting Community to discuss the proposed PolarCoaster attraction.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Wrecker plans back before board; Planning Commission postpones action on rezoning issue
More information and better plans from a business on Martha Berry Highway are expected to be presented at this month’s meeting of the Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Pennington’s final meeting a mix of business and accolades
Pennington’s final meeting as mayor before qualifying today to run in the Republican primary for governor against incumbent Nathan Deal was marked by several tributes.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pennington praised as hard work of campaign begins
David Pennington said he wanted to clarify one thing Monday night. He is not stepping down as mayor of Dalton to run for a higher office.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Ringgold sets up ethics commission
It has been almost exactly a year since the Ringgold city council first began discussing the possible creation of an ethics commission, and on Thursday, Feb. 27, that prospective board became official by rounding out its three members, electing a chairperson, and holding its first meeting.
Source: Catoosa County News

New affordable housing plans for South Rome pending application approval
New affordable housing could be coming to different sections of South Rome if an application to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs is accepted.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Pennington's legacy
When he first ran for mayor of Dalton in 2007, David Pennington says he didn’t anticipate running for governor seven years later.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Rockmart, County Water explore agreement between systems
The City of Rockmart and Polk County Water Authority are exploring the possibility of interconnection sites for the two systems.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Rockmart, Polk fire departments start aid agreement
An automatic aid agreement between the City of Rockmart and the Polk County Board of Commissioners is now operational.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Madison chosen as Adairsville city manager
Pamela Madison, former deputy county administrator of Broward County, Fla., was introduced as Adairsville’s new city manager at a special called public meeting Thursday.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Housing authority to redo 97 units in Willingham Village public housing
The Northwest Georgia Housing Authority agreed Wednesday to partner with Vantage Development LLC on a major overhaul of 97 units of the Willingham Village public housing community.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome retreat discusses staff transition with Sammy Rich to assume city manager mantle
The changes coming to Rome’s administration were discussed Wednesday as John Bennett enters his final months as city manager.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome city officials optimistic about boardwalk opening in few weeks
The boardwalk underneath the Fifth Avenue bridge is just weeks away from opening to the public, Rome officials said.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Commissioners Want SPLOST To Continue
The Dade County Commission held a Special Called Meeting last Thursday for the purpose of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Trenton, Dade County Industrial Development Authority, and Water and Sewer Authority for SPLOST Referendum including General Obligation Bonds.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

LaFayette receives GDOT funds for repaving
The Georgia Department of Transportation and the State Transportation Board are paving the way for street improvements in the city of Lafayette in Walker County.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe council’s silence on city charter speaks loudly
Fort Oglethorpe council members fell silent Monday, Feb. 24, when it came time to approve a new charter fashioned by a city-appointed group.
Source: Catoosa County News

LaFayette tavern hearing postponed, but license reinstated
A simple hearing regarding alleged violations of a city alcoholic beverage ordinance became a complex waiting game that lasted nearly two hours Wednesday, Feb. 26, one that ended without resolution.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rome City Commission retreat at Winshape covers Tennis Center plans
Final plans for The Tennis Center of Georgia at Berry College are beginning to take shape as the city hopes to start work on its current slate of SPLOST projects this year
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Hulsey new director of Rockmart Arts Dept.
Leigh Hulsey is director of the new Rockmart Arts Department. Hulsey, former arts manager, assumed her position in 2013 after the Rockmart city council voted to reorganize the existing program.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Pennington to step down as mayor for run for governor
David Pennington jokes that he isn’t stepping down as mayor of Dalton, he’s being fired by the state. Pennington plans to qualify on Tuesday to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the May 20 Republican primary.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Former editor Aimee Madden working for city
Though former Cedartown Standard and Rockmart Journal editor and publisher Aimee Madden has departed the newspaper, she has stayed put in town and is now employed with the city to manage its marketing and communications efforts.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Haralson cities, county reach tentative tax agreement
It seems the Haralson County government and the government of the four cities in Haralson County have come to an agreement when it comes to how taxes will be levied against city and county residents and what services they will pay for.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

City Commission begins two-day planning retreat at Winshape
Possible changes to the way Rome City Commission meetings are presented and future improvements to the water and sewer systems are on the agenda for the group’s annual planning retreat.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Aragon to get new police car
Chief Wayne Sanders is smiling today. He has received the good news the Aragon Police Department will receive a new vehicle.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Cartersville moves forward with ‘Blue Trail’ launch
The Cartersville City Council during their regular business session Thursday moved forward with the construction of a canoe/kayak launch for the Etowah River “Blue Trail,” which Cartersville Parks & Recreation Director Greg Anderson said is an integral piece in continuing the city’s plans to expand outdoor opportunities for its residents.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

LaFayette suspends pouring license for Chattanooga Street Tavern
LaFayette on Friday suspended the pouring license at Chattanooga Street Tavern, apparently for violating the city’s alcohol regulations.
Source: Catoosa County News

Size, geography hamper city, county consolidation, leaders say
The cooperation between the Rome and Floyd County combined with terrain of the county make consolidating the two governments a low-priority issue, leaders from both entities said.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Commission to vote on appointment of new city manager
Two weeks after announcing the lone person under consideration to replace long-time Rome City Manager John Bennett, the City Commission is set to vote on the appointment.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New chief in town
Josh Etheridge’s desire to work in law enforcement was simmering inside him before he graduated from Murray County High School in 2000.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Hiram council votes for design of sewer for historic area
Hiram City Council last week began the process of removing a major barrier to the redevelopment of the city’s downtown area.
Source: Neighbor News

City Voters Can Cast Votes Starting Monday
The upcoming election for Streets Commissioner has been set for March 18 with three people qualifying for the position, Tommy Lowery, David Moore and Donald Taylor. Early voting will begin on Feb. 24 and end March 14.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Loan activity brisk on Broad Street buildings
If Rome Downtown Development Authority Director Ann Arnold were to decide to retire any time soon, she might want to consider a second career as a commercial lender.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Dalton recycling works wonders
The Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority recently presented awards to the City Council and Dalton Public Works honoring the city’s curbside recycling program.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Trees planted at Burwell Creek trailhead for Arbor Day
Rome marked Arbor Day on Tuesday by planting four trees at the Burwell Creek trailhead
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville council debates closing crossing
Adairsville City Council considered hiring more cops, closing railroad crossings and making four city streets one way.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Organization tops Euharlee council debates
During the Euharlee City Council’s work session, Mayor Dennis Thayer brought a revised organization chart for city employees to the council’s attention. The only change, he said, was the inclusion of the court clerk, which had been omitted from the previous proposed chart.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Council hopes to bring history programs downtown
The old freight depot in downtown Dalton could soon be a showcase for artifacts held by Dalton State College’s Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City commission approves spending for two new police cars
The Cedartown Police Department will soon be getting two new cars to take on patrol, and might get more as the year goes on if the money becomes available in the city budget, according to city manager Bill Fann.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Rockmart sports complex construction delayed by weather
Adverse weather continues to impact the grading and construction efforts at the 16-acre site of a new sports complex, located on Industrial Drive in Rockmart.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Urban Riverfront progress
Work continues on the Urban Riverfront project in downtown Rome, which includes an overlook, a floating plaza and boat dock, and a trail extension under Fifth Avenue that will allow walkers to go from the Town Green to State Mutual Stadium without ever crossing a street.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Aragon Development Authority board gets training, planning for future
Aragon Downtown Development Authority is moving beyond its organizational stage as board members complete training and plan for the future.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Fort Oglethorpe hears first reading of charter ordinance, expected to vote at next reading
Fort Oglethorpe’s city charter, revised and amended by a group of local citizens, has been published and advertised. Citizens who spent the bulk of last year making revisions are eager to have the city council approve the document.
Source: Catoosa County News

Varnell council members hope to begin interviewing manager candidates soon
Varnell officials report they received 15 to 20 applications for city manager, and they hope to meet today in executive session to discuss them, weather permitting.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Officials see progress as Downtown Renaissance project moves forward
During the latest meeting for the Downtown Renaissance project in February, groups of volunteers gathered and shared ideas for upcoming and ongoing projects local leaders hope will have a positive impact on the community.
Source: Cedartown Standard

New sidewalk approved for West Third Street
Rome City Commission has approved a contract for $15,150 for KPS Group to engineer and design a sidewalk connecting the trail at the top of the West Third Street levee with the street.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Heroes found in Rockmart, Polk County Public Works department
Unsung heroes could describe any group of people in Rockmart and Polk County that work behind the scenes to deliver expected service.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Kingston seeking new city clerk
During the Kingston City Council’s regular meeting Monday night, Mayor Wanda Penson explained Kingston was in search of a new city clerk, as the previous clerk, Michelle Jones, is no longer with the city.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cartersville council wraps up 2014 visioning session
For its 2014 visioning session, the Cartersville City Council came to grips with three long-running issues requiring attention: the Douthit Ferry Road widening project, a city festival ordinance and what to do about funding for parks and recreation projects.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Nelson council votes to lower senior citizen sanitation rate
The Nelson City Council on Monday night moved to give the city’s senior residents a break on their sanitation rate.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

More local law enforcement agencies ‘like’ social media
The Dalton Police Department for years has actively used social media and other online options, including a regularly updated blog that contains the latest news updates, often including information on suspects wanted for various crimes.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Three Qualify For Special Election
The City of Trenton will hold a Special Election on March 18th after three people qualified for the vacant Streets Commissioner position last week.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Dalton receives GDOT funds for improvements on two local roads
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the State Transportation Board are paving the way for street improvements in the city of Dalton. GDOT recently approved a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) amounting to nearly $265,000 to resurface and stripe two local roads in Dalton.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Rec department is vital to our community
It starts in the parks. That’s a pretty catchy statement, and it’s one that definitely set the tone for a presentation that our Carpet Capital Rotary Club members heard recently.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Adairsville council names 3 finalists for city manager position
After poring over resumes from 36 candidates, the Adairsville City Council settled on three finalists for the city manager position.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Fort Oglethorpe continues measures to turn back time
The Fort Oglethorpe city council, with two new members on board, continue to reverse changes made over the past year by former council members, starting with bringing back city manager Ron Goulart at the first meeting of 2014.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City looking at property for park, trail
Details of two property matters being ironed out by officials with the City of Rome could affect the future use and development of a pair of neighborhood parks.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Bill would raise local no-bid caps, allow 70 mph speed limits on interstates in urban areas
Georgia’s counties and cities could have a higher ceiling when it comes to requiring bids for work on public roads if a new bill makes it through the General Assembly.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Trion Wants Law To Stop Certain Truck Noises
The newly-appointed attorney for the Town of Trion, Albert Palmour, is preparing an ordinance to reduce the noise coming from trucks using their "jakebrakes" in the town limits.
Source: Summerville News

Kingston to review SPLOST expenditures
During its Monday night work session, one of the many topics the Kingston City Council discussed was how to use its remaining funds from the 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Euharlee council debates organization issues
After a smooth takeoff, newly-elected Euharlee Mayor Dennis Thayer encountered a bit of turbulence at his second City Council meeting last night.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Campaign finance report process hits snag; bill in General Assembly fast-tracked to fix glitch
The time of locally-elected officials submitting their campaign contributions online is in the past, but an oversight in the law is forcing them to continue filing their reports this month even if they had no activity.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Council OKs asbestos removal at Lee building
The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 on Monday to award a $43,690 contract to Kadima, a Buford-based company, to remove asbestos and other hazardous materials from the Lee Printing building on Hamilton Street.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Ringgold leaders approve downtown pedestrian bridge
Downtown Ringgold, Ga., will get a pedestrian bridge near the historic train depot after the City Council voted unanimously to spend $266,110 on the long-planned project.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Varnell seeks city manager
Varnell City Council members say the city needs a city manager, and they want to bring one in as quickly as they can.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City Buys Equipment To Attack Pothole Problems
Looking at attacking its pothole problems, Summerville officials recently purchase a new machine that will help to make repairs last longer.
Source: Summerville News

Sidewalks top 2013 Emerson SPLOST projects
For 2013, Emerson’s largest Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax expenditure was on sidewalks along Old Alabama Road.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City manager: Look to the future
Rome City Manager John Bennett told civic leaders Monday that no one should be naive enough to think that all the industries flourishing in Floyd County today will still be here in 30 years.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Greater Refuge Ministries seeks part of Eagle Park
A request to turn approximately two-thirds of a city-owned park in North Rome into parking for a relocating church will be reviewed in a committee before being decided on by the full board of commissioners.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

GEMA to recognize Adairsville on tornado anniversary
On Thursday, Adairsville will mark one year since a deadly tornado cut a swath through the city. To mark the occasion, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency will roll out its Praise and Preparedness initiative in Adairsville.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Pallone's service as mayor a 'natural transition'
Emerson Mayor Al Pallone began serving the city in 2008 after spending seven years as a city council member from 1994 to 2001. He describes his role as a public servant as a “natural transition” from working at his church.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Aragon organizes Downtown Development Authority
Aragon has organized a new Downtown Development Authority following passage of a resolution by the city council.
Source: Cedartown Standard

City Overcomes More Than A Quarter Of A Million Dollar Deficit; Ends 2013 With Surplus
The Trenton City Council opened its first meeting of 2014 with the swearing in of two councilmen and City Clerk.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Hiram awarded funds to study downtown, trail connections
Hiram was one of 11 applicants to receive Atlanta Regional Commission Livable Centers Initiative grants last week.
Source: Neighbor News

Employee celebrates 30 year anniversary with City of Cedartown
One City of Cedartown employee is celebrating a big milestone this week. Kelvin Garmon celebrated his 30th year working for the city on Jan. 18, according to a release from the city.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Ross, Henderson and Harris seated on Rockmart council
Sherman Ross will now represent Ward 4 residents on the Rockmart city council.
Source: Cedartown Standard

A century of service: Story of Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop is also story of 2 families
There are just a small handful of businesses in Rome that can lay claim to having been in business for 100 years. Downtown Rome’s Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop at 409 Broad St. is one of them. It’s a testament to perseverance and a love of the work.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome named host city for regional police canine certification event
The Rome Police Department and the city of Rome have been selected as the host for the United States Police Canine Association Region 22 Certification Trials. Associated events will take place at various sites in Rome on April 6-11.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Euharlee council considers revamped marketing plan
In its first work session of 2014, the Euharlee City Council heard newly-elected mayor Dennis Thayer’s ideas for improving the town’s image, including proposals for rebranding, amending the city’s mission statement, outsourcing landscaping, amending the city’s organizational chart and developing a strategic plan.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cartersville HPC updated on national register application
During its regular Tuesday night meeting, the Cartersville Historic Preservation Commission heard an update from state officials on the city’s application for the downtown area to be included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

CPD, Old Town residents gather for community meeting
Gathered at Grand Oaks Tuesday night, residents of Old Town in Cartersville and the city’s police department met to discuss the district’s crime concerns.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Nelson selects new police chief
A new police chief is preparing to lay down the law in the city of Nelson, after the tiny town’s police department has been unstaffed for months.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

New city commissioners look toward opportunities for growth downtown
Some fresh faces have joined the Cedartown City Commission to begin the year, and the new members hope to bring a renewed enthusiasm to their positions.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Dalton could conduct historic survey
The city of Dalton wants to conduct the first formal inventory of its historic districts, and on Monday City Council members voted 4-0 to submit a letter to the state Historic Preservation Division supporting a grant request by the Dalton Historic Preservation Commission.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Trail plan update on tap at Town hall-style meetings
The Rome-Floyd County Planning Department is seeking a consultant to facilitate public meetings to get community input into the local trail plan.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Fort Oglethorpe green-lights more funding for planned intersection on Battlefield Parkway
The Fort Oglethorpe city council voted 3-0, with one member abstaining, to grant developer Larry Armour an additional $100,000 to construct an intersection on Battlefield Parkway.
Source: Catoosa County News

Selection process for Adairsville city manager begins
During a more than two-hour called meeting and executive session Monday night, the Adairsville City Council started the selection process for its next city manager.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Lookout Mountain is looking at you: Cameras will capture every license plate that comes to town
Cameras on Lookout Mountain soon will record the license plate of every vehicle that ventures into the well-off residential enclave.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Aragon residents take issue with ‘sign’ plan
Signs – stop and street – have taken center stage in Aragon. Social media buzzed with opinions after hearing the subject was being discussed by city officials.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Signs installed in Peek Forest Park for tree information
Regular visitors to Peek Forest Park in Cedartown might notice something new on their next visit: green posts with educational signs about the local plant life found in the park.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Kingston swears in Penson, Abernathy
For its first meeting of 2014, the Kingston City Council faced a full room Thursday afternoon as it swore in new Mayor Wanda Penson and new council member Mike Abernathy.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City audit reports $2.5M cash loss in 2013
Despite a $2.5 million cash loss, Certified Public Accountant Lloyd Williamson was upbeat as he presented the 2013 audit to the Cartersville City Council Thursday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Ringgold discusses new cost estimate for pedestrian bridge project, appoints new vice mayor
As the city of Ringgold held its first meeting of the year on Monday night, Jan. 13, it did so by welcoming new member Jake Haynes to the board, and by discussing the fate of the pedestrian bridge project near the depot amidst new cost figures being presented by the project’s architect, Ross Andrews.
Source: Catoosa County News

Tourism, trails may get first SPLOST funds; Cave Spring plans to issue bonds
It will be another couple of months before Rome and Floyd County leaders start moving on projects to be funded by the $65 million special purpose, local option sales tax approved by voters last November.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Small grocery store set to open on Broad Street
It was thumbs up at Rome’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting Wednesday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City, South Rome group moving forward with NSP request
Bids for the demolition of a South Rome building will be opened this week as the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. and the City of Rome continue to hope that federal funds will assist with the cost.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Airport authority to revise leasing rates
Leasing rates may drop at the Cartersville-Bartow County Airport in the coming months, following a study of surrounding airports.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cedartown City Commission swears in three, selects Tuck as board chair
The Cedartown City Commission have three members who are starting their terms this week.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Emerson applies for downtown pilot program
The Emerson City Council voted unanimously Monday to apply for membership in an 18-month pilot program focusing on job growth and creation in Georgia’s historic downtowns.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City Commission picks Doss as new Rome mayor
Heartfelt thanks and congratulations marked a changing of leadership on the Rome City Commission Monday night as the board voted for Commissioner Jamie Doss as mayor.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New Nelson mayor Ray wants to bring end to gov’t conflicts
Larry Ray hopes to bring an end to the political turmoil that has sometimes plagued the city of Nelson in his new role as mayor.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Fort Oglethorpe awarded $3 million grant for LaFayette Road corridor project
The city of Fort Oglethorpe has announced the receipt of a $3 million grant awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) at the end of December. City officials made a formal announcement of the grant on Jan. 6.
Source: Catoosa County News

Adairsville holds first work session of new year
Adairsville City Council welcomed a new member to its first work session of the year. New Post 3 councilman Lee Castro was sworn in by Mayor Evan King along with incumbent Post 4 councilman Alton “Buddy” Bagley.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Euharlee approves DNR trail work
For its first meeting of 2014, the Euharlee City Council welcomed new Mayor Dennis Thayer and council member Ronald Nesbitt to its ranks.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cedartown's chief municipal judge, solicitor take oath of office
Andrew Roper and Stefanie Drake Burford were sworn in Monday morning (Jan. 6) to city-appointed positions within the municipal court system.
Source: Cedartown Standard

City hall project tops Adairsville's 2013 SPLOST
Before 2013 ended, local governments released their final numbers on how Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars were used during the year. Adairsville’s only project expenditure for the year was $32,970 on renovating city hall.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cartersville council names Jones water superintendent
Cartersville City Council welcomed the new year by appointing a new water superintendent.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., announces LaFayette Road to get makeover with federal grant
Chickamauga Battlefield, the nation's oldest and largest Civil War battlefield, gets about 1 million visitors a year.
Source: Chattahoochee Chronicle

Headquarters, pool largest Cartersville SPLOST projects
For 2013, Cartersville’s largest expenditures of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars focused on the new public safety headquarters, road projects and the renovated Dellinger Park pool.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Fort Oglethorpe council election winners sworn into office
A packed crowd attended the Fort Oglethorpe city council swearing-in ceremony at city hall on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New LaFayette mayor, council member take oaths of office
The city of LaFayette welcomed two new and one returning member to its mayor and council Thursday morning, Jan. 2.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New LaFayette mayor, council member take oaths of office
The city of LaFayette welcomed two new and one returning member to its mayor and council Thursday morning, Jan. 2.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Downtown Rome not just surviving, but thriving
Downtown Development Director Ann Arnold can link the creation of more than 300 jobs to projects jump-started with funding from state loans and grants for downtown renovation and rehabilitation.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Fisher Joins Lyerly Council
Gwen Fisher will join the Lyerly Town Council in January.
Source: Summerville News

Dalton to examine its underage curfew ordinance
Dalton City Council members in the coming months will likely revisit a local ordinance that prohibits anyone under 18 years old from being out in public without their parents or guardians between midnight and 5 a.m.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Aragon city council members recognized
Mayor Ken Suffridge has presented plaques to Beverly Clinton and Patricia Jackson, outgoing city council members, in recognition of their years of service.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Ringgold adopts 2014 budget
During the final meeting of the year on Monday, Dec. 9, Ringgold’s mayor and city council approved the adoption of its 2014 general fund budget, which reflected a $16,000 increase from 2013.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Proposed Fort Oglethorpe city charter fails based on new information
The amended Fort Oglethorpe city charter bled with red ink and died at the council’s final meeting of 2013. During an hour-long public hearing, citizens spoke for and against the charter’s approval. Those public comments eventually led to the document’s untimely death.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe Council approves water and sewer rate increase
A resolution to increase water and sewer rates by five percent was approved by the Fort Oglethorpe city council at its Dec. 9 meeting.
Source: Catoosa County News

Newest Hiram council member has seen city's transition, wants to improve downtown
Kathy Carter admits she has a lot to learn in her new job representing Post 5 on the Hiram City Council.
Source: Neighbor News

Waco sets package sales guidelines
The city of Waco has set guidelines for their new beer and wine package sales ordinance and is expected to officially approve the law at their next regular meeting in January.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Beckett looks to provide stability for Adairsville
As Adairsville searches for a replacement for former city manager Pat Crook, the council hired Billy Beckett to serve as interim city manager. Beckett, hired in November, previously served as the city manager of McDonough and interim city manager of Hiram, among other positions.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Henderson made a mark on Cohutta
Forty five years of town council meetings. Forty five years of volunteer fire department calls. Forty five years of listening to citizen concerns and trying to help them with problems.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

The only mayor Cohutta has ever had
For more than 40 years, Don Henderson and the town of Cohutta have been inseparable.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Police expand traffic unit
The Dalton Police Department has expanded its full-time Traffic Enforcement Unit from two officers to three, and will be adding a fourth officer to the unit in early 2014.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Special Election Will Be March 18
At the Dec. 9 meeting, Mayor Emanuel and City Clerk Lucretia Houts announced a timetable to bring the commission back up to force with a special election, and the commissioners voted unanimously – both of them – to approve the several measures needed to make the election happen.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Rockmart rolling out new plan for growth
An Urban Redevelopment Plan will soon be implemented in Rockmart. Manager Jeff Ellis described the plan as a new economic development tool for future growth planning in Rockmart.
Source: Cedartown Standard

High-tech jobs fueling Rome’s economic growth
Rome jumped up 35 slots in the Milken Institute’s annual analysis of best-performing small metropolitan cities in the United States.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome hopes to become Georgia Exceptional Main Street city
Downtown Rome Development Director Ann Arnold is hoping Rome will be named a Georgia Exceptional Main Street city before the year ends.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Downtown Development Authority to look at sign rules
The Downtown Development Authority is going to revisit the issue of sandwich signs, those small A-frame signs that are technically not permitted on downtown sidewalks yet are frequently located outside Broad Street businesses.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome has option to buy old McCall Apartments; South Rome board seeking funds
The preliminary results of an environmental study of the old McCall Apartments, 310 S. Broad St., have not revealed anything that would stop the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. from moving forward with plans to buy and demolish the property.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Why Is Delta Afraid of This Tiny Airport?
The single runway and modest terminal building near this town about 30 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta don't look like much of a threat to the giant Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Source: Wall Street Journal

Cedartown Fire Dept. receives grant
The Cedartown Fire Department received a grant from the Georgia Municipal Association for $6,000 to purchase "turnout gear" for fire fighters in Cedartown.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Rome City Manager John Bennett to retire in 2014
Rome City Commissioners will spend part of the first six months of 2014 trying to fill a void that has been loyally occupied for nearly 30 years.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

No tax increase for city residents
The 2014 Dalton city budget calls for the property tax rate to remain at 2.616 mills next year. But Mayor David Pennington said the council could still cut it.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City Commission to discuss increasing hotel tax
A resolution on the Rome City Commission’s agenda for tonight’s meeting will lead the way for an increase in the hotel/motel tax if passed.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville DDA launches new website for downtown businesses
The Adairsville Downtown Development Authority has taken to the web in order to highlight the businesses and attractions around the city’s central square.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

DDA agrees to apply for loans for Pro Performance building
The Downtown Rome Development Authority has agreed to apply for a couple of state loans to assist Tim and Molly Vicchrilli in their acquisition and renovation of the longtime Christie’s Office building, 100 Broad Street.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville hears FY 2014 budget
The Adairsville City Council, in the last regular meeting of 2013, whisked through three pages of agenda items in slightly more than 12 minutes.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

New sewer line now under way
Construction on the new sewer line that will service the new Polk Medical Center is currently under way. The city’s current sewer line stopped about a mile short of the new hospital site. Extending the sewer line, a less costly venture, was not an option because the current line is already at volume capacity.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Adairsville council debates Park Street crossing closure
The Adairsville City Council met last night for its final work session of the year.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rome's $1 million sewer project may be first on SPLOST to-do list
The City of Rome could soon move forward on a project to upgrade sewer service to a section of the city, according to City Manager John Bennett.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome proposes creating art advisory committee to approve public art installations
The Rome Public Works Committee got an early look at a proposed approval process for all future public art installations inside the city limits.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville council debates Park Street crossing closure
The Adairsville City Council met last night for its final work session of the year.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Emerson council approves audit
Christian Hatch, an accountant with Williamson & Co. CPA’s, presented the FY13 audit to the council. He told them that two of the city’s three funds had lost revenues while one increased.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Buildings on old Riverside Toyota lot coming down, property may be slated for hotel
After several near-misses, Welborn Turner McCall Properties LLC has negotiated a deal for the former Riverside Toyota lot at 844 Turner McCall Blvd.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City accepts bid to replace Oakdene trees
Trees will once again line Coral Avenue in the historic Oakdene neighborhood now that the city of Rome has accepted a bid to replace the trees cut down over a month ago.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Bigger skate park a positive
Bigger does not necessarily mean better. But in the case of Dalton’s skate park, it does.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

2 street closings on City Commission’s agenda
The Northwest Georgia Housing Authority is requesting the closure of two road sections in North Rome as it continues to prepare for a new multi-family development.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome-Floyd Planning Commission hears cell tower opposition
A Chattanooga company may have to address the Rome-Floyd Planning Commission again if it wants to build a new communications tower near U.S. 27 and Cave Spring Road.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville council approves agreements with Comcast
After what was described as lengthy negotiations, Cartersville has come to two agreements with Comcast over franchise and pole attachment fees.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Nelson narrows possible police chief candidates
The small Cherokee-Pickens town of Nelson is planning to hire a leader for its police department, although whoever gets the job will still be the only officer on the force.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Castro wins Adairsville Post 3 runoff election
Lee Castro will be the next member of the Adairsville City Council after winning Tuesday’s runoff election.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

2014 Euharlee budget approved by council
In its last scheduled meeting of 2013, the Euharlee City Council adopted the 2014 budget, approved the naming of a baseball field and bade farewell to two of its own. Read more: The Daily Tribune News - White= C 2014 Euharlee budget approved by council
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Dalton looks at expanding skate park
Victor Cervantes, then barely 15, stood before the Dalton City Council three years ago and made the case for a public skate park. He proved so persuasive that the city had one up and running less than a year later.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton City Council: Obamacare drives up health costs
Dalton city employees will see their insurance premiums increase slightly next year due to the new health care law.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Polls open for today's runoffs for Adairsville council, District 14
In Adairsville Kenneth “K.C.” Carson is facing off against Lee Castro to represent Adairsville City Council Post 3.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

White City Council approves 2014 budget
White’s budget for 2014 will be $440,000, as approved by the city council Monday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Taylorsville council nixes city alcohol sales
Declaring that the city wasn’t ready yet, the Taylorsville City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to deny a proposal to allow alcohol sales in the city.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

West Third developers plan to move dirt before end of month
Some coordination of schedules and the requirement of additional information led to a request by Duke Hospitality to move a deadline for starting construction on the new Courtyard by Marriott on West Third Street.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Aragon continues dowtown planning
Aragon’s city council has approved a resolution citing the need for a Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Cedartown Standard

City bidding for 14- to 16-foot-tall replacement buffer trees
The city of Rome is seeking bids for the replacement of 16 trees, which were cut along Coral Avenue on the edge of the historic Oakdene neighborhood earlier this month.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Emerson adopts ordinances for purchases, synthetic marijuana
The Emerson City Council adopted two new city ordinances at Monday night’s meeting.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rome City Commission votes to take part in H2U clinic pharmacy
City employees and their dependents will be able to take advantage of no-cost generic prescriptions beginning in January.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Emerson adopts ordinances for purchases, synthetic marijuana
The Emerson City Council adopted two new city ordinances at Monday night’s meeting.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Recreation services would not change with new agreement
Richard Garland agrees with city and county leaders that the proposed revisions to the agreement between the three entities would not affect the way the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority administers its services.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Board to rule on garbage rate hike
Commission has a full slate of items on its agenda tonight — with action expected on garbage rates, employee prescription coverage and the rezoning of the old Curtis Packing Co. in South Rome for apartments.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome participating in Mayors' Christmas Motorcade
The City of Rome will be doing its part to make the holiday season special for former residents of Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital which served persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City’s budget to include increase in insurance, raises
A $780,000 increase to health insurance costs and merit raises for city employees are part of the proposed 2014 budget for the city of Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Assistant city manager discusses SPLOST at Coffee Break
The recent passage of the SPLOST in Floyd County is a catalyst that will help spur development in downtown Rome, Assistant City Manager Sammy Rich said at Friday’s Downtown Development Coffee Break.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ringgold discusses storm water, meets with engineers
The city of Ringgold moved a step closer towards trying to solve some if its storm water problems along U.S. 41 on Monday, Nov. 18, as engineers with Rindt-McDuff Associates gave a presentation explaining possible options in resolving the issues.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe traffic safety grant provides necessary equipment
Capt. Gary McConathy is bringing in money for the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department. This year McConathy has already received $20,000 in network grants and is working toward more funding every day.
Source: Catoosa County News

Citizens Present Nuisance Petition At City Meeting
Deena Brandon presented a petition signed by 32 neighbors calling for “immediate action for the cleanup and debris removal” of 461 Poplar Street in Trenton, on the grounds that: “The property is bringing down our property values, is unsafe and is an eyesore.”
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Fort Oglethorpe eyes sewer service for 'potential-for-growth' area
When three new Fort Oglethorpe City Council members take office in January, one thing they'll decide is whether to use sales tax revenue to expand sewer service to the north end of Mack Smith Road.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

No director for South Rome Redevelopment Corp.
A reorganization of the city’s workforce means there will not be a full-time South Rome redevelopment director in the near future.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Historic Preservation Commission OKs demolition, reconstruction on home on 2nd Street downtown
It is a rare occasion when Rome’s Historic Preservation Commission hears applications to build two homes in one of the city’s historic districts, but that was the case Wednesday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Radio agreement could be finalized by year’s end
Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord and Rome City Manager John Bennett told a meeting of the county-city Joint Services Committee Wednesday morning that they have worked out the final points of contention between the two entities involving how much each would pay per year to help maintain the network and radios.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Judge sides with cops in traffic stop lawsuit
A federal district judge recently sided with three Dalton police officers who came under scrutiny for alleged Fourth Amendment violations stemming from a 2011 traffic stop in which they charged a passenger with public drunkenness after he vomited onto the road and refused to provide his identification.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Former Lee Printing building could be Dalton’s ‘keystone’
Largely unoccupied for about a decade, it might seem the Lee Printing building is a part of downtown Dalton’s past, not its future. But one Dalton native sees the building as the “keystone” of continued growth and development along Hamilton Street.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Euharlee’s road repair costs soar
At a called meeting Tuesday, the Euharlee City Council learned that repairs currently underway on Euharlee Five Forks Road needed additional work that will cost an extra $73,922.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Zombie-thon 5K makes $14,150 for Rome-Floyd recreation authority
A mix of outdoor activity and ghouls combined with a dash of good-natured competition was the recipe for success for the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

O’Gwin says he will take a long-range view of issues
Since moving to northwest Georgia six years ago, Tate O’Gwin has been very active in a number of civic and community organizations. But he says he didn’t contemplate running for elected office until very recently.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Former Rome city manager Al Crace named ‘Pillar of Excellence’
Charlton County Administrator Al Crace — a former Rome city manager — received the Georgia City/County Management Association Pillars of Excellence Award.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Commission revises pharmacy report
An information report presented to the Rome City Commission last week included some misleading numbers, according to Rita Odom, human resource director for the city.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Hawthorn Suites gets approval from ACC to sell beer, wine
The projected completion date of the Hawthorn Suites’ expansion will also mark the time when guests will no longer have to leave the hotel for a drink.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New SPLOST package contains enough acreage to lure large industries
Word from the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Rome City Hall and Floyd County administrative offices is that there are plenty of companies out there looking. Thanks to the passage of a special purpose, local options sales tax package on Nov. 5, the community will have as much as $8 million to find just the right spot.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Pennington officially enters governor's race
After several months gauging support around the state, Dalton Mayor David Pennington is officially announcing his campaign for governor today and formally entering the race.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Report: Rome could save on prescription services
A new report indicates the City of Rome would have saved nearly $50,000 so far this year if it had included prescription services at its employee free clinic.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Dalton Police officer is a Bronze Star recipient
Dalton Police Department Officer Brian Early isn’t one to brag about his achievements at his “other” job in the Army Reserve.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Tennessee Street utility work preparation for repaving
Any motorist who has driven down Tennessee Street in the past two weeks has certainly noticed the lane closings, steel plates and construction equipment on the side of the road. The work is an effort by the Cartersville Water Department to relocate or replace water lines before the Georgia Department of Transportation repaves Tennessee Street.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Adairsville hires interim city manager
After expressing sympathy for the Filipino victims of Typhoon Hadiyah, Adairsville Mayor Evan King and city council members did a few housekeeping chores.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Waco approves millage rate, reviews audit
Local CPA Michelle Roberts noted that the city does a good job of sticking to their adopted budget throughout the year, hence they don’t have to amend the budget throughout the year.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

DDA buys historic building, hopes to boost business
The Tallapoosa Downtown Development Authority has purchased a 67-year-old historical building at 38 West Alabama St. for the purpose of boosting the city’s retail business, according to DDA Chairman Tommy Allen of Allen’s Flowers and Gifts. City records list the sales price for the 2,450-square-foot structure at $34,000.
Source: Tallapoosa-Journal

No holiday for candidates: Runoff and special election campaigning underway
Dates for the latest in the seemingly never-ending series of Walker county elections have been set for Dec. 3, 2013, and Jan. 7, 2014.
Source: Catoosa County News

LaFayette: $1.6 million loan approved for water tank replacement
Fayette elected Monday evening, Nov. 11, to secure a $1.6 million Georgia Environmental Finance Authority 20-year loan for construction of a badly-needed new water tank at the Reservoir Hill site.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe council members defeated in election congratulate winners
“The election is over and it’s time to make peace with the citizens of Fort Oglethorpe,” mayor Lynn Long said at the start of a special called meeting Nov. 6.
Source: Catoosa County News

Taylor approves Shaw incentive agreement
Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor wasted little time Wednesday morning approving an incentive agreement between the county, the city of Adairsville and Shaw Industries.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cartersville passes 'emergency' synthetic marijuana ordinance
Through an emergency move Thursday night, the Cartersville City Council adopted an ordinance declaring a ban on all synthetic cannabinoids and unregulated marijuana substitutes.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Eggs and Issues focuses on economic development, growth
With the city of Adairsville sponsoring November’s Eggs and Issues breakfast, organizers believed economic development would be the most appropriate topic for the early morning discussion.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Adairsville seeks interim city manager
When the Adairsville City Council announced its intention to hire an interim city manager to replace current City Manager Pat Crook, who resigned in October, everyone could hear the announcement.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Kingston’s 2012 financial audit shows mixed results
Although aspects of Kingston’s 2012 financial audit were better than 2011, there are still areas that provide more questions than answers.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Sunday alcohol sales allowed after Nov. 18 in Dallas; Carter elected to Hiram council
Dallas merchants can begin selling alcoholic beverages on Sundays beginning next week, according to a Dallas City Council resolution approved earlier this year.
Source: Neighbor News

Kathy Carter wins Hiram City Council race
Political newcomer Kathy Carter has captured the Hiram City Council Post 5 race, defeating Peggy Howland.
Source: Neighbor News

Dallas voters OK Sunday retail alcohol sales
Although the three incumbents for the Dallas City Council ran unopposed, Dallas City Manager Kendall Smith said the real surprise in the election was the number of residents who voted on the referendum regarding Sunday retail sales of alcohol.
Source: Neighbor News

Streets Commissioner Candidate Dies Three Days Before Election
Trenton’s David Raines died Saturday following cancer surgery earlier in the week. He was 66. Raines, who had owned Trenton Tire and Auto since 1980, was to have run unopposed for streets commissioner in the Trenton city elections on Tuesday.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

It's Houts, Gray And Powell
After the big shocker of the death of streets commissioner candidate David Raines three days before the election, Tuesday night’s Trenton city poll results held no big surprises, with incumbents easily hanging onto their seats against the two challengers.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Nelson gets new mayor, 2 council seats decided
With less than 100 voters turning out to cast their ballots in Nelson on Tuesday, the small Cherokee-Pickens town of about 1,300 residents will have a new mayor and one returning and one new councilmember after an incumbent was unseated.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Brush, Bagwell capture Emerson at-large seats
Emerson voters retained incumbent Ed Brush and elected challenger Donnie Bagwell to at-large seats on the Emerson City Council. Incumbent Brenda Tidwell finished a distant third.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Ringgold approves land subdivide, restaurant’s way-finding signs
The Ringgold city council held three public hearings on Monday, Oct. 28, and its members unanimously agreed to permit placement of restaurant signage and also allow the subdivision of another property for residential construction.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe: Two council members ousted in elections; Sunday alcohol sales pass
Earl Gray, Paula Stinnett and Craig Crawford are the winners in the city council election.
Source: Catoosa County News

LaFayette, Chickamauga city council incumbents retain seats
In the city of LaFayette, many incumbents will be returning , while the one new face is yet to be decided.
Source: Catoosa County News

Vote totals for City Commission, BOE, Cave Spring Council elections
Jamie Doss, Sue Lee and Wendy Davis won seats on the City Commission. Doss and Lee were incumbents in the race.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Wendy Davis wins seat on Rome City Commission; Doss, Lee re-elected
Rome will have a new city commissioner when the board convenes next year.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Tonsmeire re-elected to Cartersville Post 3
Louis Tonsmeire Sr., who has served on the Cartersville Post 3 since 2002, was re-elected to the seat with 353, or 66.60 percent, of votes. He ran against Valerie Holt, who received 177, or 33.40 percent, of votes.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Sunday alcohol sales approved in White
Voters in White overwhelmingly approved a Sunday alcohol sales referendum.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Euharlee awaits runoff information
A runoff election is slated for the two Euharlee City Council seats at large, contested by four candidates. However, County Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk said details regarding the runoff will be made available at a later date.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Abernathy to represent Post 4 in Kingston
The Kingston City Council will have a new member next year. Mike Abernathy has won the race to represent Kingston’s Post 4 on the council.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Adairsville Post 3 to have runoff election
For the Adairsville City Council Post 3 election, Kenneth “K.C.” Carson and Lee Castro will go into a runoff election, with the date to be released at a later time. Carson saw 143, or 37.83 percent, of votes with Castro seeing 120, or 31.75 percent, of votes.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Penson elected new Kingston mayor
Kingston will have a new mayor next year in the form of Wanda Penson.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Thayer wins Euharlee mayoral race
Challenger Dennis Thayer defeated incumbent Kathy Foulk by seven votes to win the Euharlee mayoral race. Thayer polled 230 votes to Foulk’s 223, 50.77 percent to Foulk’s 49.23 percent.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Fort Oglethorpe uncorks Sunday alcohol sales
Champagne lovers can pop corks in celebration in Fort Oglethorpe -- on Sundays -- since voters there on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor in restaurants and package beer and wine sales.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Newcomers have strong showing in Cedartown, Aragon municipal races
The hotly contested three-seat Cedartown City Commission race ended with two newcomers taking the lion’s share of votes.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Fowler, Manis elected to Cohutta council
Cohutta voters chose to fill two open seats on the Town Council with a familiar face and with a political newcomer.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Belgium immigrant wins Varnell City Council
If Jan Pourquoi isn’t the first naturalized United States citizen to hold office in Whitfield County, he is certainly among a very few.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Hulsey to be Varnell’s next mayor
Varnell mayor-elect Anthony Hulsey said he plans to work hard to serve the people who put him in office when he assumes his new role in January.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Crews wins second term
Dalton City Council member Gary Crews cruised to re-election Tuesday, beating challenger J.K. Ware 1,218 (73.95 percent) to 428 (25.99 percent).
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton OKs ordinance for alcohol producers
A change in Dalton’s zoning ordinance could bring a local distillery closer to beginning production.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Kingston discusses 2013 budget for next meeting
Eleven months into its fiscal year, Kingston is getting the approval process for its 2013 budget underway.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Four candidates vying for seats on Euharlee council
Four candidates are in the running for two at-large seats on the Euharlee City Council. Incumbents Sammy Carden and Joseph “Jo-Jo” Turner are facing challengers Ronald Nesbitt and David Stout.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Sunday sales, council seats, sales tax on Georgia ballots Tuesday
Will Fort Oglethorpe voters approve Sunday alcohol sales? Will a slate of new council members there win the struggle for control of City Hall? Will Walker County voters renew a 1 cent per $1 special purpose local option sales tax that has spawned campaigns for and against it?
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Study shows $125 million generated by tourism in Floyd County in 2012
Travelers to Rome & Floyd County generated $4.44 million in state tax revenue. Local tax revenue totaled $3.63 million as a result of tourism spending in 2012.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Farmers and vendors are invited to the North Georgia Local Food Stakeholder Forum
Finding more ways for the produce grown just across town to get to North Georgia tables is the objective of a special meeting next month in Rome
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Dallas sees slight increase in property tax revenue
Dallas City Council on Monday will consider a $5.73 million budget for 2013-14 that is a 15 percent increase from the 2012-13 budget and includes major increases in costs for insurance and housing city prisoners.
Source: Neighbor News

Cartersville continues work on DDA master plan
As the Cartersville City Council met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the proposed 2024 master plan for the downtown area, two topics were a recurring theme: parking and alcohol.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Emerson approves numerous budget amendments
During its Monday night meeting, the Emerson City Council worked through a number of amendments for its 2014 budget.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

LaFayette Housing Authority celebrates completion of Hill High Court
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the LaFayette Housing Authority held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to celebrate the finished results of an 11-year labor of love.
Source: Catoosa County News

Chickamauga rethinks recycling
The city of Chickamauga is once again tossing its recycling program onto the trash heap.
Source: Catoosa County News

Cities, county paint 'broad strokes' in SPLOST plans
Carroll County voters will decide Nov. 5 if they want to continue the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) that was passed in 2008 and ends in March 2015.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Foulk, Thayer contend for mayor of Euharlee
This year two candidates are in the running to be mayor of Euharlee. Incumbent Kathy Foulk is facing challenger Dennis Thayer in the race to lead the city. Euharlee voters will make their decision Nov. 5.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Candidate Q&A: Rome City Commission, Ward 2
What sets you apart as a top candidate for the City Commission?
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Commission Ward 2 seats on ballot
Three seats on the Rome City Commission are among the offices that will be filled in the Nov. 5 election.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ringgold approves new playground committee, awaits nominations for ethics board
The city of Ringgold has moved a step closer towards creating a special needs park. The city council has approved mayor Joe Barger’s appointment of a special playground committee to oversee the development of the project.
Source: Catoosa County News

Morgan seeking post in Cedartown race
Cedartown resident Bernard Morgan has announced his intention to run for city commission in the upcoming Nov. 5 general election.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Rome City Commission candidates respond to water, consolidation issues
Dealing with problems created by declining water revenue and considering the possibility of merging with the Floyd County government were two of the issues discussed by Rome City Commission candidates Thursday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Northwest Georgia Housing Authority waiting on Choice Neighborhood grant
While the demolition of dilapidated housing units at Altoview Terrace is well underway, the effort to revitalize the East Rome community may have fallen prey to the brief partial government shut down in Washington.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Adairsville manager resigns; Crook takes similar post in Villa Rica
Calling it an extremely difficult decision to make, Adairsville City Manager Pat Crook has resigned effective Nov. 21.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

A perilous position in Tunnel Hill
Ordinarily, being imperiled isn’t a good thing. But Tunnel Hill City Manager Blake Griffin said he’s excited that the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has named the city’s Western & Atlantic Depot as one of its top 10 “Places in Peril” for 2014.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Haralson County SPLOST referendum raises questions
Legal experts suggest that the solution that the voters have been asked to approve will take away a full year’s revenue from the cities, to collect what everyone agrees to be an inadequate amount of money to solve the problem it is meant to address.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Three battle it out for Ward 1 council seat in LaFayette
Each of the qualifying candidates for the LaFayette city council Ward 1 seat — Beacher Garmany, Glenn Gunnells and Robert Wardlaw — was provided the same series of questions to answer or not – or expound upon – at their discretion.
Source: Catoosa County News

Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful focusing on paper recycling as Chiaha Harvest Fair approaches
Recycling will be the focus for the Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful office during this weekend’s Chiaha Harvest Fair.
Source: Rome News-Tribune