News Line for Rome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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