Category Archives: Local News

GDOL:  STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINED IN SEPTEMBER

Mark Butler, Georgia’s Labor Commissioner, has reported that the state set a record again in September for total employed residents.  Georgia continued to exhibit improvement in other key measures like unemployment claims, labor force and the unemployment rate, according to preliminary data by the state’s Department of Labor. Georgia’s unemployment rate stood at 3.5 percent…read more »

BALL CORPORATION TO EXPAND FACILITY, CREATE NEW JOBS

And speaking of jobs… Governor Brian Kemp announced on Wednesday that Ball Corporation will expand its operations in Rome.  According to a release from the Governor’s office, the company will build a new aluminum cups manufacturing plant; it will result in the creation of more than 180 new jobs, as well as an investment of…read more »

KING NAMED PERMANENT DIRECTOR OF SACNWGA

The Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia voted on Wednesday to appoint Kimberly King as the permanent executive director, according to a media release from the organization.  She has served as interim director since July.  She has been with the center since 2001. Prior becoming its leader, she served as…read more »

WEEKEND VOTING SET FOR OCTOBER 26TH AND 27TH

The Floyd County Board of Elections has opted to extend weekend voting to local voters in the November 5th municipal election.  The Rome Civic Center will be site of this weekend voting on Saturday, October 26th from 9 am until 4 pm and Sunday, October 27th from 1 pm until 5 pm. Advance voting continues…read more »

TROUT UNLIMITED CHILI COOK OFF SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

The 24th annual Trout Unlimited Chili Cook Off will take place this Saturday, October 19th at Ridgeferry Park in Rome. Gates will open at 10:30 am. Ronnie Cooper, Coosa Valley Chapter #519 of Trout Unlimited, indicates that attendees will help determine the 2019 Chili Champ.  The award for People’s Choice is at stake.  Competitors have…read more »

ROME CITY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE URBAN CAMPING AND PANHANDLING ORDINANCES

The Rome City Commission voted on Monday evening to approve a pair of ordinances pertaining to urban camping and panhandling, following months of debate.  A second reading and public hearing on the matter were held prior to the vote by commissioners.  The ordinances were passed by a final vote of 8-1; Wendy Davis was the…read more »

GROUNDBREAKING HELD FOR PEPPERELL MIDDLE SCHOOL

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the new Pepperell Middle School down in Lindale.  The facility is expected to open in early 2021.  It is being funded by the education local option sales tax (or ELOST) approved by voters in 2017.read more »