News Line for Rome

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Trees planted at Burwell Creek trailhead for Arbor Day
Rome marked Arbor Day on Tuesday by planting four trees at the Burwell Creek trailhead
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Small grocery store set to open on Broad Street
It was thumbs up at Rome’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting Wednesday.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Candidate Q&A: Rome City Commission, Ward 2
What sets you apart as a top candidate for the City Commission?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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