News Line for Northwest Georgia

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

Waterside homeowners protest zoning change
A rezoning request before the Emerson City Council left homeowners from the Villages of Waterside crying foul.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City Commissioner Collins seeks answers on Housing Choice Vouchers
Rome City Commissioner Bill Collins is getting some answers and learning more about a South Rome development after he voiced some apprehension about it.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

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