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From Hometownheadlines.com: -Weekday updates from Northwest Georgia (HHPodcast News). -Long-form interviews with local newsmakers (HHPodcast Interviews). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-druckenmiller/support


2 Rome midlevel managers resign following investigation. Panda Express permit issued. Busy, cooler weekend. Rant: Power to the people, right on.
Oct 11 • 8 min
Friday’s exclusive updates include: Two midlevel administrators have left city of Rome employment following an investigation; both had been on leave prior to resigning. Business: $800,000 permit for Panda Express the first at new East Bend. Value of three…
Two Floyd men held following chase to Ala. Another vaping death; more concerns. ‘Fest’-ive weekend. Rant: Brian McCann a part of our sports history.
Oct 10 • 8 min
News and sports dominate today’s headlines: A chase that started in downtown Rome and ended in Cherokee County (Ala.) lands two Floyd County men in custody. Health: State confirms second vaping death; governor, health department issue health warning.…
Druck Report: Cartersville’s Drowned Valley Brewing Co. just about ready to pour. Owners Dean Kimberly and JD Dean on how an idea is about to become a craft brew destination.
Oct 9 • 29 min
Northwest Georgia’s second craft brewery is expected to open in November. Drowned Valley Brewing Co. is just about ready at 4 Tennessee St. in Cartersville and will greet customers with eight custom brews on tap. Dean Kimberly, the owner and head of…
Area’s coolest food truck returns; craft beer updates. New security at Floyd Schools. Honors for city teacher. Election updates. Rant: United Way way of the future?
Oct 9 • 8 min
Wednesday’s first news: Swift & Finch’s unique mobile van is back on the road again. Oktoberfest at The Vogue to feature Tim Reynolds. Rome City Brewing adds distribution in Alabama. Preview of new craft brewery. First Floyd County Schools start new…
Froggy’s jumping into former Kangaroo Jake’s. Alli Mitchell on United Way changes. Peaks & Valleys as we remember a great community servant.
Oct 8 • 8 min
Tuesday’s first headlines include: Business: Froggy’s jumping into Kangaroo Jake’s former spot in Armuchee; we’re awaiting an opening day. The company has been in the inflatables business for more than a year. Also, Downtown Cartersville has been named…
Druck Report: Alli Mitchell on why the United Way of Rome & Floyd County has changed ‘to take on challenges … that no one agency’s mission can take on alone.’
Oct 7 • 37 min
Alli Mitchell joined the United Way of Rome & Floyd County in January as the agency was changing to what’s called a community impact model. What it means: “The new funding structure focuses on specific programs proposed by local nonprofits that fit…
Meet the Ward 1 Commission candidates. Caching crowd means ‘cha-ching’ downtown. Remembering Ken Oates. Rant: Rome unglued? Maybe so.
Oct 7 • 8 min
What to know as a very busy Monday gets under way: Politics: Candidate profiles, Q&A for the Ward 1 Rome City Commission hopefuls. Topics: Downtown, economic development, transparency. Also: Today’s the last day to register to vote in Nov. 5 election.…
Roll the dice, play Rome Opoly (seriously). Fair’s biggest days; busy weekend. More near-record heat. Rant: We put our own spin on Rome Opoly.
Oct 4 • 8 min
Friday’s news and what’s ahead this weekend: Who’s ready to roll the dice and win Rome Opoly? Get the perfect Christmas present now for $19.98 at Walmart. Coosa Valley Fair: Gates open at 5 p.m.; today’s schedule. Latest pageant updates; exhibition…
Countdown to Rocket Wash opening. Fallout from McDaniel’s ‘Third World’ comment. Huge weekend. Rant: Our first Facebook election!
Oct 3 • 8 min
The headlines aren’t slowing down this week. The latest: Business: Rocket Wash in Cartersville to open in about three weeks; two more sites under review. Fashion Ten also looking to grow. Farrell’s Frame and Design in new home at 519 Broad St. Politics:…
More chamber fallout as Ken Wright leaves. Latest SAT scores. Fair opens (and great photos). Fighting breast cancer. Rant: Inspiration for would-be voters.
Oct 2 • 8 min
The headlines on an already busy Wednesday: Chamber-economic development fallout continues as Ken Wright is out. He was the liasion with the existing industries association, which voted unanimously to stay with the chamber. Keep an eye on this one. Floyd…
Updates on fatal Rockmart fire. City, county discuss home for economic development. The fair opens tonight. Rant: $2 million economic development bill.
Oct 1 • 8 min
Tuesday’s first headlines include: The latest on the home ‘flash burn/explosion’ that claimed the life of a Rockmart woman Business: Plans for rehabbing the storage building behind the chamber for economic development on joint services committee agenda…
Commissioners blistered on state radio show. Ward 3 candidate profiles, Q & A. Beer festivals brewing. Rant: Radio host calls city vote ‘a scam.’
Sep 30 • 8 min
The news week starts with… : Syndicated talk show host Erick Erickson goes off on Rome City Commission’s ‘school zone speed’ detection vote. ‘They want revenue… it’s all a scam, folks, it’s all a scam.” Politics: Candidate profiles as well as questions…
McDonald’s back, better than ever in East Rome. STEMCO sold. Busy — and hot — weekend. Rant: Story behind ‘I miss you’ story.
Sep 27 • 8 min
Friday’s first headlines include: East Rome McDonald’s reopens this morning; ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Still no word on former Long John Silver’s across the highway Parent company sells STEMCO campus in Rome to MAT Holdings. All Adairsville Police officers…
The mystery behind the ‘I Miss You’ sign. Unemployment sinks. Busy, hot weekend. Rant: Rome’s future is in voters’ hands, not candidates.
Sep 26 • 8 min
Thursday’s first headlines include: ‘I miss you.’ A simple sign on the river side of Glenn Milner has people trying the guess the meaning behind the message. Latest employment snapshots from across Northwest Georgia. Most counties here are below 4% Agenda…
‘Pizza, pizza’ due in East Rome by late October. City Commission candidate interviews posted. Impeachment updates. Rant: Sell tickets to GOP forum Thursday.
Sep 25 • 7 min
Wednesday’s news day includes: Little Caesar’s in East Rome is hiring; opening expected by late October. Pelosi says House to open impeachment inquiry. Trump: ‘More breaking news Witch Hunt garbage.’ We have reaction from Tom Graves, David Perdue. Links…
Old Toys R Us up for auction. Stylist indicted in husband’s murder. Latest on SWAT shooting. Rant: The headlines hit close to home.
Sep 24 • 8 min
Tuesday’s first news: Former Toys R Us store at Mount Berry Mall is up for auction next month. Starting bids: $200,000. Food City schedules hiring events for new Calhoun store From WZQZ Radio: Renee Lanham, known for her work at Hair Benders, indicted by…
Suspect dies in shootout with area law enforcement. Coosa Valley Fair: What to know. This is fall? Rants: Reviving downtown, homeless dogs, football.
Sep 23 • 9 min
Monday’s first headlines include: The suspect killed in a shootout with Floyd County Police on Sunday was the same man who fired on officers Tuesday evening, according to reports. Two others were arrested at the scene of the shooting. More updates today.…
Save A Lot closes 3 area stores. Weekend: Plays, concerts, Bloody Marys. Weather: Gorgeous. Rant: New game show - Who Wants to be a U.S. Senator?
Sep 20 • 7 min
Friday’s first headlines: Save A Lot stores closed in Rome, Summerville, Chatsworth; Fort O remains open. It has been a quiet few days in East Rome and the Between the Rivers District following the capture of two wild dogs earlier this week. Weekend!…
Two injured in U.S. 27 collision. Cartersville chef wins TV title, $250K. Business, education updates. Rant: Finally, a reality check.
Sep 19 • 8 min
An On the Road edition includes: Two hurt in U.S. 27 collision, one critically. Popeye’s eyes next grand opening in Cartersville. High school graduations going up in Northwest Georgia. Today’s rant: A reality check (as in a local winner and $250,000. —-…
Police: Suspect sought after firing at officers. Regional meth gang busted. 2 wild dogs caught. Lofts to welcome residents. Rant: Combining old, new in downtown.
Sep 18 • 7 min
A busy night of news with just as many updates later today: Floyd County Police: Suspect sought after firing at officers as warrant was being served. A second man has been arrested at that location. Drug Task Force: 10 arrested, $40,000 in meth seized as…
Dog attacks: Animal Control’s response and what’s next. Prime time for Harvest Moon. Break in the heat this week. Rant: Story lines for TV coverage of dog attacks.
Sep 17 • 8 min
Tuesday’s first headlines include: Six weeks after first attack, wild dog packs continue to roam Between the Rivers, East Rome neighborhoods. Here’s what Animal Control and police have done — and what is happening next. Harvest Moon is the star of a…
Dos Bros. and other dining updates. Rome Business Group building network. McClellan’s high school picks. Weekend Observations: It was an emotional one.
Sep 16 • 8 min
As your news week begins…: Dos Bros Fresh Mexican Grill targets late September opening. Crawdaddy’s parks food truck for now. Aventine’s preview. Shannon restaurant for sale. Rome Business Group building through referrals, relationships with twice-monthly…
Chemical fire closes Calhoun schools. Extra precautions at Coosa High. Bartow ‘boom’ continues. Peaks & Valleys: Homeless, Sept. 11, One Table.
Sep 13 • 8 min
A busy news week gets busier: Developing: Chemical fire in Calhoun closes city schools today. At least one employee at DHM reported injured; others OK Floyd Schools are aware of ‘CHS’ threat on social media; says it isn’t about Coosa. Normal classes…
Social media threat not credible but school officials on alert. Plasma center coming to Rome. Dark days at Tang’s Garden. Observation: Downtown Rome needs to rethink summer events.
Sep 12 • 8 min
A busy news night in Northwest Georgia so let’s get to it: School officials in Northwest Georgia have increased security following a social media threat apparently was intended for Cass High. It only says “CHS” so other school systems are on watch as…
Homeless task force assembles. Update on wild dog packs. Power back after storms. Rant: City solution — election and recall effort.
Sep 11 • 7 min
Our audio edition headlines: Tentative list of Homelessness Task Force members posted; meeting set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Carnegie Training Room. Advocates urging large turnout. The latest on efforts to catch wild dog packs roaming Between the…
Two communities mourn crash victims. Updates on economic development. An almost-sneaky vote and a rant on that very issue.
Sep 10 • 7 min
Today’s headlines and rant: Armuchee, Cedar Bluff communities mourning father, child killed in Chattooga County accident. 10-year-old son also injured and hospitalized. Latest updates. Community’s new economic development director briefs City Commission…
Adult flag football part of parks & rec’s new focus. One Table has seats available for Sunday. First candidates forum set. Rant: Canceling presidential primaries? We vote no.
Sep 9 • 7 min
Today’s headlines include: Rome-Floyd Parks and Rec expanding options to adults as well as kids sports and senior programs. New this fall: Adult men’s flag football following success of summer basketball league. ‘One Table 2019’ quickly filling up for…
Police seek suspect in Rome’s 5th shooting in a month. Rome Axe Throwing debuts. Hot weekend ahead. Rants: Five short blasts today.
Sep 6 • 9 min
The Friday news report: Rome Police seek a 37-year-old man following the city’s fifth shooting since August. Rome Axe Throwing targets young adults, church and business groups as it opens this weekend. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Temperatures to climb…
Dorian’s not done off Georgia’s coast. Local business updates. PAWS still has dogs in need of home. Weekend guide. Rant: In gun debate, companies fill leadership void.
Sep 5 • 8 min
Our Thursday report includes: Ware Mechanical Weather updates: The latest on Dorian and Georgia’s coast. How to help storm victims. Plus: A little cooler here today; upper 90s over the weekend. Coosa Valley Credit Union’s Andy F. Harris nominated for…
Chipotle coming to Rome; new life for Chick-fil-A’s shipping container. Updates on Dorian, coastal Georgia. Rant: High Court of Facebook on restaurant news.
Sep 4 • 8 min
A busy news day so let’s get to it: Chipotle Mexican Grill confirms Rome restaurant opening ‘some point next summer.’ Likely home: East Bend. Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Dorian moves off coast of Georgia; latest updates on coastal Georgia watches and…
Tracking Dorian’s threat to Coastal Georgia. Chick-fil-A distribution center on the rise. Tragic Labor Day on our roads. Peaks & Valleys from the weekend.
Sep 3 • 7 min
Our post-Labor Day headlines include: The latest on Hurricane Dorian and the potential threat to Georgia. Coastal Georgia is under both tropical storm and storm surge warnings as well as a hurricane watch. Storm conditions are possible there Wednesday and…
Charles Love out of Ward 1 race. Isakson resigning. Murder suspect back in Chattooga. Rant: Isakson is our last real Republican.
Aug 29 • 9 min
Huge news week continues: Charles Love withdraws from City Commission race. That leaves five candidates, including three incumbents, in the Ward 1. McChanges under way at East Rome McDonald’s as ‘fast food week’ continues. Suspected killer Steven James…
Manhunt continues for double murder suspect. Harbin’s pediatric center due in 2020. Rant: Seeing ‘2020’ in bustling Redmond Corridor.
Aug 28 • 8 min
The latest from a very busy news week: Latest updates on the manhunt for the suspect in a double murder in Chattooga County. The suspect has been spotted near Birmingham; the victims have been identified. Harbin Clinic breaks ground on new pediatrics…
Druck Report: As ‘vaping’ spreads among our middle and high schoolers as well as adults, Erin Hernandez of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition details escalating health risks.
Aug 27 • 28 min
Once thought to be a “safe” alternative to smoking, “vaping” is becoming another major health hazard and an addiction especially among teens. Erin Hernandez, executive vice president of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition, joined John…
Grand opening traffic: Let’s be careful out there. Greater Community Bank renovating Calhoun office. Rant: When dining today, ‘remember the ones who brung ya.’
Aug 27 • 8 min
On Tuesday’s news menu: Be prepared: Traffic on Martha Berry, Turner McCall likely to be a hot mess today as Chicken Salad Chick opens. Some options. Business: Greater Community Bank preparing for renovations of Calhoun office. JZ’s Taste of Georgia…
Amid two key openings, two businesses closing. Knights cooking BBQ to help others. Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows of commission candidates.
Aug 26 • 8 min
A busy start to a busy news week: Business: Amid a week of openings, Hardee’s in West Rome and Healing Arts Center on Broad Street closing. Five things to know about the 52nd Annual Knights of Columbus Labor Day Barbecue at the Rome Civic Center.…
10 candidates for 6 commission seats — so far. Mother’s Finest in Rome tonight. Rant: Politics really is about ‘Love’ — and war.
Aug 23 • 8 min
Busy news week not over yet. Consider: Sundai Stevenson qualifies for new term in Ward 1; Jamie Palmer qualifies for Ward 3. Today’s the final day to sign up with a 4:30 p.m. deadline looming. Education: 67 Floyd County Schools’ students earn 92 AP…
Burger, wings chain opening 2 spots in NWGA. 8 City Commission hopefuls so far. Rants: Yes to redevelopment; huge sports weekend; politics.
Aug 22 • 9 min
A huge Thursday news buffet including: Dining & Drink: WNB Factory opening soon in Cedartown, Cartersville, offering wings, burgers, fried rice. New from Rome City Brewing: ‘When in Rome. City Commission: Charles Love running for Ward 1 seat; Craig…
6 candidates in, more due for City Commission. Combo meal: Double restaurant openings. Rant: There’s ‘mor chikin’ in your future.
Aug 21 • 9 min
Our Wednesday updates with a familiar opening jingle: City Commission candidate update: J.J. Walker Seifert, Bonny Askew qualify for Ward 3; Bill Irmscher seeks new term in Ward 1. Another candidate expected to announce at midday today. Nothing formal yet…
Changes in high school football ‘broadcasts’ this fall. More City Commission candidates today. Storm aftermath; heat index of 101 today. Rant: The day the music died (local radio woes).
Aug 20 • 8 min
Lots of media talk today as well as these headlines: Big changes for following high school football this fall as one radio station fades while webcasts are on the rise. Podcasts, too. Three qualify for Rome City Commission seats as more line up. Traffic:…
Manhunt under way for murder suspect; a gathering of Vietnam heroes; candidate qualifying begins. Rant: Exactly which part of ‘the community’ dropped the ball on helping the homeless?
Aug 19 • 9 min
The day’s real first news includes: Latest updates on the investigation into a Rome man’s murder over the weekend. Search continues for the suspect. Heroes reunion: Veterans from the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam to reunite in Rome next month. David…
Druck Report: From clean drinking water to rivers filled with kayaks to proactive talks with developers, Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman says CRBI is totally committed to our community.
Aug 18 • 40 min
At 26 years and growing, the Coosa River Basin Initiative is staging itself to be more proactive in protecting our waterways and community. Executive Director Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman joined John Druckenmiller of Hometown Headlines to help focus on what…
Rants of the Week: An edited version of some of our commentary from the past few days on “urban camping,” local “leadership.”
Aug 18 • 17 min
We’re testing this new feature capturing some of our “rants” from the past week. We’ve edited our daily newscasts to the final three or so minutes of community commentary. Please let us know what you think by emailing [email protected] We…
Meeting Monday on community response to ‘urban camping’ ordinance. RaceTrac cancels West Rome plan (for now). Weekend guide. Rants: One more commission highlight; chicken salad wars.
Aug 16 • 9 min
The we-slept-in late edition of our headlines and rants: Davies Shelter’s Ruth and Naomi House hosting community meeting at noon Monday to craft ‘plan of action’ in response to ‘urban camping,’ ‘panhandling’ ordinances. Business: RaceTrac cancels plans…
Druck Report: There’s no real limit on what we might see in Rome’s River District. An interview with planners Artagus Newell and Brice Wood.
Aug 15 • 33 min
It’s called the River District, along North Fifth Avenue from Broad Street and sandwiched mostly by Turner McCall Boulevard and Second Avenue on the other side of the Oostanaua. If plans hold up, the River District will be the buzz district as local…
Rant of the day: Is this anyway to run local government? Plus: An audio edition of our headlines today: County schools deal with data breach; so-so employment news.
Aug 15 • 9 min
Your audio daily double — local headlines and our rant of the day: Floyd County Schools report data breach with former vendor involving up to 6,400 student and staff names, dates, maybe emails on file between 2008 and 2015. Company offering credit…
Concerns about City Commission’s proposed homeless crackdown. Storms leave 1,100 in the dark; slightly cooler today. Rant: Priorities — discarded litter or discarded people?
Aug 14 • 8 min
The audio edition of today’s headlines and today’s rant: Community groups organizing as Rome City Commission considers ‘urban camping,’ ‘panhandling’ ordinances. More updates later today. We the Church buys 19.5 acres off Ga. 101 near Saddle Mountain. The…
Newscast: Heat index of 108 today; what to know. Reward in arson case a first for Floyd. Dining: Mac ‘n cheese and a shrimp boil. Rant: The heat is on to protect our student athletes.
Aug 13 • 9 min
Please take extra steps today to avoid excessive heat. Our headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Heat index of 108 due today with a high of 99, prompting head advisory from noon until 8 tonight. What to know. $4,750 reward paid to anonymous source who…
Newscast: $2,400 signing bonuses, other incentives being used to fill law enforcement vacancies. Blistering heat today, Tuesday. Business updates. Peaks & Valleys.
Aug 12 • 8 min
As we welcome the students back to Unity Christian today, these items: $2,400 hiring bonuses, employee incentives for successful applicants among new tactics area law enforcement is using to fill around two dozen openings. The new RaceTrac in Adairsville…
East Rome Walmart’s refit wraps up. Meet the ‘Lindale Institute.’ Perdue due at GOP rally. Rant: Conjuring the ghost of Richard Nixon (he’s on Twitter!)
Aug 9 • 8 min
No decaf served here from your local news baristas. Today’s headlines include: The East Rome Walmart’s $1.5 million retrofit comes to an end; online grocery pickup starts today. The nearby Murphy USA station is due to reopen on Aug. 19. What’s behind the…
Harbin Clinic’s first practices moving to new campus in Cartersville. Harbin also sponsoring Corky Kell Classic. Floyd adds ‘Save my spot.’ Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows of Northwest Georgia.
Aug 8 • 9 min
Lots of health and football news today including: Harbin Clinic’s second campus on Gentilly Boulevard in Cartersville begins welcoming patients Aug. 19. Harbin Clinic named presenting sponsor of the Corky Kell Classic at Barron Stadium on Aug. 22.…
OTR Wheel grows in Northeast Georgia; Greater Community Bank to open Cartersville branch. Some TV time for Dr. Brad Bushnell. Rant: Does media merger trend mean less local news? Only you can decide.
Aug 7 • 9 min
Some big news for a few “hometown” businesses so let’s get right to it: OTR Wheel Engineering part of key industrial campus purchase in Gainesville (Northeast Georgia) for $9 million Greater Community Bank to open Cartersville office at 2 N. Dixie Ave. It…
Newscast: Rockmart quadruple murder in January listed among nation’s mass shootings. Pizza War in East Rome? DeSoto celebrates. Rant: Dubious distinction for Polk County — again.
Aug 6 • 8 min
Now available on SoundCloud podcast offerings, there are your broadcast headlines so far today: In a case of too close to home, the Rockmart quadruple murder in January is listed among ‘21 mass shootings in the United States in 2019’ by WSB radio and…
Newscast: Still no answers to Callier Springs fire. Rome man, 20, dies in wreck. Big week in politics. Rant: What-if lineup of radio guests in aftermath of El Paso, Dayton wouldn’t change a thing.
Aug 5 • 9 min
A late edition of our broadcast headlines and thoughts on El Paso, Dayton: 15 months later, still no cause in fire that gutted Callier Springs Country Club as cleanup — and golfing — continue. The fire marshal says the building wasn’t insured while the…
News Roundtable: Our top stories from the past week, our latest interviews and what’s ahead next week.
Aug 2 • 9 min
This is an early version of what we hope to grow into a larger edition of The News Roundtable. We’re recapping the top stories of the past seven days as decided by you. We look at both the “hits” we received on Hometown Headlines each day as well as the…
Newscast: VP Pence due here today. Main Elementary, Rome schools open. Huge office park due in Emerson. Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows — and lobby Pence for airport runway $$
Aug 2 • 11 min
Celebrating the end of the news drought, we offer: Vice President Mike Pence due in Rome this afternoon; still a mystery – exactly where other than the airport. ‘Bartow Boom’ continues: 777,000-square-foot, three-building Class A office park to start…
Druck Report: Jay Shell, co-owner of Rome City Brewing Co., talks about the explosive growth of the craft beer brewed on Broad Street and what’s next.
Aug 1 • 33 min
They started with a “four-barrel” brewing system in downtown Rome. The success for Rome City Brewing Co. was immediate as people wanted it on tap and in take-home growlers. Since then, Jay Shell and Dr. Trent Prault have expanded to 20 craft brews as well…
Newscast: Breakthrough on Summerville Park/Sleep Inn standoff? County schools back in session; lots of education news. Huge weekend for music. Rant: A change of face on Facebook.
Aug 1 • 9 min
A very busy news day so let’s get to it: Summerville Park homeowners: Northwest Georgia Housing Authority interested in hotel site for 12-unit senior housing project. Summerville man charged, second suspect caught following gunfire reports at Armuchee…
Druck Report: Todd Wofford, the new Rome-Floyd Parks & Rec director, and Jim Alred on changes, new programs and what’s ahead. You’ll be stunned by the thousands who visit local parks, amenities.
Jul 31 • 39 min
The interim has been taken off Todd Wofford’s title as he now leads a new team of recreation, sports, safety and special needs professionals serving several hundred thousands of guests each year, from visits to the parks to youth sports to senior…
Newscast: Chicken Salad Chick grand opening is Aug. 27. ‘Black Widow’ filming in Rome? Crushing new idea from Crushed Tomato. Rant: Cutting out the media ‘middle man or woman.’
Jul 31 • 8 min
What’s on today’s news menu: Dining: Stacy’s Chicken Salad Chick’s grand opening in Rome is Aug. 27. What we’re hearing…: Wendy Davis returns to GPB’s Political Rewind today at 2 p.m. Summerville’s Crushed Tomato adds ice cream sodas (they had us at…
Two new breweries brewing in Cartersville, Calhoun. Restaurant updates. Education scores; back to school. Today’s rant: Time to test all these tests we give our students, teachers.
Jul 30 • 9 min
While wondering where the Summer of ‘19 went, these items: Dining & Drink: New breweries on the way in downtown Cartersville and Calhoun. Atlanta Eats branching out to Harvest Moon this week. Duke’s owner trying pizza next in Calhoun. Buffalo Luke’s on…
Newscast: Local shops ready to join downtown’s new Lofts. Busy month of politics begins. Summerville Park petition tops 900. Peaks & Valleys: the highs, lows of NW Georgia.
Jul 29 • 7 min
Your audio edition of today’s top headlines — without the static! Business: Bella Luna, high-end nail salon among retailers moving into Lofts at Third & Broad’s first floor businesses. Woodford Clothing planning to add gift shop adjacent to current store.…
Druck Report: And they’re off — 20-plus Democrats vs. a Trump incumbency only he can derail. Dr. Frank Stephenson of Berry College breaks down the 2020 presidential sweepstakes.
Jul 28 • 45 min
The Democratic debates already are under way. Six, maybe more, of the 20-plus candidates perhaps have a shot at winning the party’s nomination to face a Trump presidency that — despite tweets and twists — has two critical elements needed for four more…
Newscast: Business soaked? Sidewalk sale time! Jobless rate up here. Weekend guide. Also: What we can learn from the Go Go flood.
Jul 25 • 9 min
The audio edition of Hometown Headlines just a click away: Jobs: County-by-county look at June’s employment reports. Plus: Upcoming job fairs. Business: Water line break means sidewalk — and tax-free - sale at GoGo. Honors for River City Bank. Mount…
Druck Report: Eric McDowell on the escalating battle to keep Sleep Inn out of Summerville Park — and how to help.
Jul 24 • 36 min
Eric McDowell of the Summerville Park Neighborhood Association has twice spoken before Rome’s City Commission in a bid to stop Sleep Inn — part of the Choice Hotel brands — from building a 52-room hotel that will have an entrance and exit on Charlton…
Newscast: New Dollar Tree due Sept. 12. Brick-oven pizza, brew brewing on West 3rd? Hint of fall today. Rant: Summerville Park exposes bigger concerns in Rome.
Jul 24 • 9 min
Almost live, very local and completely unfiltered local news… now. Dollar Tree due on Maple Avenue in Rome as early as Sept. 12; will be 10th location in Northwest Georgia Brick-oven pizza and beer on the way to West Third? Plus: Three new industry-focus…
City to Summerville Park: You’re on your own. 2 die in 411 crash. Hero cops save a life. Today’s rant: Another ‘surrender’ by city leaders.
Jul 23 • 9 min
Your unfiltered look at news from Rome today: Summerville Park ‘implores’ City Commission to find a solution to planned Sleep Inn. Rome’s response: Nothing we can do; you’re on your own. Asking price: $450,000 (see updated financials). State Patrol:…
Newscast: What to know about Dos Bros. Body found near Rome river. Summerville Park showdown. Today’s Rant: Defining night for the City Commission (and elections).
Jul 22 • 9 min
Almost live from Studio 1A this Monday: Dining: Dos Bros Mexican Grill targeting October opening. Restaurant cofounder ‘confident’ menu will stand up to nearby competition. The body of a middle aged Florida man was found on the banks of the Etowah River…
Druck Report: Social media pioneer Carol Morgan on why Facebook is critical to the success of your business (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, too).
Jul 19 • 40 min
Carol Morgan of Denim Marketing of Cartersville was among the first to champion Facebook as a critical tool for her clients. In this interview with Hometown Headlines’ John Druckenmiller, Morgan — in plain English and no ‘tech talk’ — shares why your…
Newscast: Thatcher’s BBQ opens in Summerville. Big hit due from Plant Hammond closing. Family of 3 face pot trafficking charges. Huge weekend alert. Plus: Weekend observations (parking, pizza, people)
Jul 19 • 10 min
A deadline-breaking edition of our weekday newscast: Dining: Thatcher’s Barbecue & Grill opens in Summerville; latest stop for family fueled regional chain Georgia Power’s Wheeler says economic hit from Plant Hammond closing will be substantial. Floyd…
Newscast: Spirit Halloween returns; fence up at old Kmart as demo starts. Drug house destroyed. Great employment report. Rant: What these ‘stats of the day’ really mean to you.
Jul 18 • 10 min
Sharing tomorrow’s Rome news today…: Business: Spirit Halloween again to haunt the former Toys R Us location near the mall. Fencing up around old Kmart as demolition prep continues. Record report: Georgia’s best job count ever — and 42,600 are in Floyd…
Newscast: Lights out at Plant Hammond. Chicken Salad Chick hiring this Sunday. Bar Olympics return. Doughnut deal. Rant: Local vs. Amazon? Push relationships, deals — not name calling, tired slogans.
Jul 17 • 9 min
Headlines are fresh as today’s sunrise from Studio 1A: Georgia Power gets OK to close Plant Hammond; operations continue in ‘winding down’ mode. 30 employees still there monitoring systems for now. Food & Drink: Chicken Salad Chick job fair is Sunday.…
Tuesday: New life for Sage Cottage. Rome Schools ‘rollin’ buses in January. Plant Hammond decision today. Rant: Moon walk celebration? Take a giant leap.
Jul 16 • 8 min
Almost live from Studio 1A: Business: Sage Cottage in Adairsville under new ownership, grand ‘reopening’ is Aug. 10. Create DIY Workshop has grand opening Friday. Final call on Georgia Power’s plan to close Plant Hammond due this morning from Public…
Newscast: Surge in senior living options in Floyd, Bartow. Bucket o Shrimp soft opening Tuesday. Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows of NW Georgia.
Jul 15 • 8 min
Almost live from Studio 1A: Surge in senior living options with new developments, expansions and renovations under way at multiple locations in Floyd, Bartow counties Dining. Bucket o’ Shrimp sets Tuesday ribbon cutting, soft opening. ‘So close’ for…
You’ve got millions (of dollars) worth of reasons to do your part in the 2020 Census (maybe a job, too). Also: Critical City Commission elections begin next month. An interview with Wendy Davis.
Jul 14 • 36 min
Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis, an advocate for the 2020 Census, talks about why the 10-year Census mandated in the Constitution is critical to our community. Each person missed, she says, means fewer of your tax dollars coming back to help your town.…
Newscast: Rome High, Berry graduate killed in boating collision; how to help the family. Bucket o’ Shrimp opens next week. Kmart demolition under way. Rant: Making music in downtown Rome.
Jul 12 • 8 min
Almost live from studio 1A today: Services set for Rome High, Berry College graduate Brandon ‘B-Dub’ Wilson who died in a weekend boating collision; family and friends start donations page for his two sons’ college expenses. Dining: Bucket o’ Shrimp…
Newscast: Rome woman dies from accident injuries. Dos Bros. opening in 2-3 months. Teens held in PHS vandalism. Kangaroo Jake’s closes. Interviews: Summerville Park and RACA changes.
Jul 11 • 9 min
Your alternative to “decaf radio” starts here: Rome woman, 85, dies from injuries sustained in Sunday afternoon accident. Dos Bros Mexican Grill adds signage, hopes to open in two to thre months off Shorter. Nanny G’s at the Covered Bridge bakery opening…
New Rome beer festival date, new office, new director, new chair: Changing times for RACA. An HHPodcast interview with Ali Booker and Chris Kerr.
Jul 10 • 29 min
Changes are well under way with the Rome Area Council for the Arts, including a new chair and a new executive director in addition to an office back on Broad Street. Likewise, one of RACA’s main fundraisers — the September beer festival — is changing as…
Druck Report: Why Summerville Park doesn’t want Sleep Inn on Charlton Street (that’s where the entrance and exit will be). With Penny Evans-Plants.
Jul 10 • 24 min
Imagine the first home on your street being demolished, the surrounding tree lines flattened. Next, picture a 52-room hotel going up on part on that lot, with both the entrance and exit on a residential street, Charlton Street, even though the hotel…
Newscast: Heavy metal in motion at Kmart — but no demo just yet. Tuesday’s heat index: 105 degrees; no relief soon. Midweek observations: Change is good?
Jul 10 • 8 min
The news you need on your commute to work this Wednesday morning: Heavy equipment is on site at old Kmart but we don’t see a demolition permit just yet. The Ledbetters have said the existing stores will come down starting this month. Ware Mechanical…
HHPodcast Interview: Keith Mickler of the county extension office on what this heat does to plants, trees and crops (avoid excess watering!) Plus: How to chase those varmints from your garden.
Jul 9 • 29 min
Keith D. Mickler, Floyd County Extension Coordinator, shares some tips on helping your plants and trees survive in this scalding hot and mostly dry Northwest Georgia summer. Watering is key - but not nearly as much as you might think His biggest concern…
HHPodcast News: Enough already with 100-degree heat. Summerville Park hotel fight is city’s problem to fix. Fatal accident on I-75. Rant of the Day.
Jul 9 • 8 min
Almost live from Studio 1A today: The Ware Mechanical forecast calls for another sizzler on the way following Monday’s high of 100 degrees, just short of the record of 104. We’re still watching an area in the Gulf for potential tropical depression…
HHPodcast News: Whatever happen to Tygar Evans. Tragic weekend on Georgia roads. Peaks & Valleys: Our highs and lows. Farewell to a friend (the vet longing for a final drive in his old pickup).
Jul 8 • 9 min
All the radio you need each day in just over eight minutes: Catching up with Dr. J. Tygar Evans: The principal who helped Rome High earn national recognition once again leads a high school, this time in Tuscaloosa. Dining: Hiring begins at Bucket o Shrimp…
Druck Report: Local high school football expert John McClellan breaks down the 2019 season: New coaches, old rivalries and the teams to watch this fall.
Jul 7 • 38 min
Few people in North Georgia have seen as much football as John McClellan. From his journalism career through his years as a broadcast commentator and PA announcer at Rome High and Shorter, McCellan had kept a sharp eye and sharper memory on decades of…
Newscast: The Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park opens at noon today; fireworks tonight. Rome/Floyd has a new economic development chief. Today’s rant: The cluttering of Broad Street.
Jul 3 • 8 min
Almost live from Studio 1A: Business: Missy Kendrick named president of Economic Development for Rome and Floyd County. Celebrating Independence Day: 2019 Patriotic Party at Ridge Ferry Park opens today at noon; fireworks tonight at 9:45. Rome Police: Be…
Newscast: Quick interview with Missy Kendrick, the president of economic development for Rome/Floyd County.
Jul 2 • 1 min
Kendrick was hired Tuesday morning by the Rome Floyd Development Authority. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-druckenmiller/support
Newscast: Summerville Park escalates fight against Sleep Inn. Economic development chief hired. Shopping center updates. Plus: Mission impossible?
Jul 2 • 10 min
Almost live from Studio 1A: Missy Kendrick has been hired to lead Rome/Floyd County’s economic development efforts. Summerville Park residents expand fight to prevent Sleep Inn from being built on Martha Berry at Charlton Street. An investigation…
Interview: With 675 inmates — some with drug, mental concerns, the Floyd County Jail is changing. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, Chief Deputy Tommy McGuire talk safety, training, a new 60-bed medical wing.
Jul 1 • 32 min
This podcast is brought to you, in part, by Brand Red Studios on Bales Street in Rome. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Chief Deputy Tommy McGuire spent around 30 minutes with Hometown Headlines’ John Druckenmiller describing the next changes to the county…
Newscast: 4 years of growth, success for Doug’s Deli Downtown. A year after closing, work under way on East Rome pizza shop. Independence Day updates. Commentary: A farewell to a friend.
Jul 1 • 8 min
Almost live from Studio 1A: Constant growth since opening four years ago this month has Doug’s Deli Downtown searching for a second spot, perhaps in Cartersville or Calhoun. Almost a year to the day after closing in East Rome, ground work well under way…
News: Massive meth bust; quarter ton seized. Major milestone for Rome attorney Brian Bojo. Huge weekend. Week-in-review: Busy week for law enforcement.
Jun 28 • 9 min
Friday’s Hometown newscast brought to you in part by Giggity’s Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Rome: Massive meth bust ends with three arrests; quarter ton of meth seized. Big milestone for Rome attorney Brian Bojo. Huge weekend: Balloon festival, start of…
Newscast: Bucket of Shrimp due by later summer. Aragon fire kills man, 84. Weekend: Plays, fireworks, parades. Rant: Our restaurant addiction. Plus: ‘Funky Druck’?
Jun 27 • 8 min
Your Hometown newscast brought to you in part by Giggity’s Sports Bar & Grill on Broad Street: Bucket o’ Shrimp due by ‘the end of the summer.’ An 84-year-old Aragon man died in fire early Wednesday. A suspect in the burglary and attempted arson at a Cave…
HHPodcast News: Employee at Willy’s in Cartersville tests positive for Hepatitis A; what to know. Fatal fire in Aragon. Safe return for missing dementia patient, 17-year-old.
Jun 26 • 9 min
From Studio 1A, brought to you in part by Giggity’s Sports Bar & Grill. The silent player as the East Bend (former Kmart) deal unfolds is the resurgent Etowah Crossing shopping center. Opened in the 1980s, it now sits next to one of the biggest retail…
HHPodcast News: Census shows we’re getting older, more diverse and growing at a slow rate. Business updates. Open house at Ruth & Naomi shelter. Peaks & Valleys.
Jun 25 • 7 min
What’s on today’s newscast, brought to you in part by Giggity’s Sports Bar & Grill on Broad Street: Northwest Georgia is growing slower than the state average with Hispanics representing much of the population gains here between 2010 and last year. As a…
HHPodcast Interview. Real Americana: The red, white and blue tradition that is Cave Spring’s Fourth of July Parade with founder Christa Jackson.
Jun 24 • 37 min
Thirty-four years ago on Independence Day, Christa Jackson and her three oldest sons were at their Cave Spring home, disappointed because the weather had wiped out a day of swimming. They were watching the Atlanta Salute to America on television when…
HHPodcast News: Remembering Teresa, the ‘face of Steak ‘n Shake.’ Friends helping local vet restore Frankenstein the pickup as his time runs low. Peaks & Valleys.
Jun 24 • 8 min
Today’s newscast brought to you in part by Giggity’s Sports Bar & Grill: ‘What’s on your bucket list?’ Longtime friends come together to help restore ‘Frankenstein,’ an old Dodge pickup for local veteran fighting terminal cancer diagnosis.’ Natalie Simms…
HHPodcast News: 3 men sought in Rome shooting; another Rome man wanted in attempted murder captured. A win for Summerville Park; the fight isn’t over. Huge weekend: 13,500 due at River Jam.
Jun 21 • 7 min
From Studio 1A: CRIME: 3 men sought in Wednesday shooting; Rome man wanted in attempted murder case captured; two deaths in Cedartown were a murder-suicide. COMMUNITY: A win for Summerville Park in the fight of the Sleep Inn development; the battle…
HHPodcast News: A rough morning of weather, a violent evening of crime. Huge weekend ahead (River Jam: 13,500 fans). Plus: Thanking our law enforcement community.
Jun 20 • 7 min
From Studio 1A this Thursday: Severe weather hammers Rome, Cedartown this morning. Violent night of crime, from SWAT-assisted drug arrest to murder-suicide in Cedartown to another Rome shooting. Huge weekend ahead with Rome River Jam to draw 13,500 fans…
HHPodcast News: Manhunt under way for attempted murder suspect from Rome; Lindale man in custody. New buyer for American Legion. More on AirLife’s exit. Plus: News radar, Peaks & Valleys.
Jun 19 • 7 min
From Studio 1A: -Your local news headlines for the day. -Local sports: Dylan Beasley signs with Nats. -Today’s newsmakers: Buzz Wachsteter and Gene Proctor. -Peaks & Valleys: Highs and lows of Northwest Georgia. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor:…
HHPodcast Interview: Underground Rome — Down and a Little Dirty. Exploring what’s below Broad Street with Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab.
Jun 18 • 31 min
Rome’s rich history contains numerous references to severe floods and how Broad Street as well as the buildings lining it were changed from their original designs to better cope with the reoccurring nightmare. But with those changes came stories of what’s…
HHPodcast News Update: AirLife chopper leaving Redmond. Economic development hire close. Business newsmaker updates.
Jun 18 • 1 min
No afternoon news on the radio? Here’s the latest: AirLife is leaving its perch at Redmond Regional after about a year of emergency service there. The company made the formal announcement this morning. Its helicopter and flight crews assigned to Redmond…
HHPodcast News: Closer look at the East Bend (Kmart) updates. Political season begins. Names in the news. Peaks & Valleys.
Jun 18 • 7 min
From Studio 1A today: What’s new with the Ledbetters’ East Bend development and what’s next. Political season is formally under way with a sheriff’s “forum” today, presidential politics tonight and in late June. Names in the news: Bob Berry, Chip Hood and…
HHPodcast News: A heart-breaking reunion at Notre Dame. Wayne Robinson launching Rocket Wash. Plus: Peaks & Valleys, the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia.
Jun 17 • 7 min
From Studio 1A: Exploring a Rome family’s connection to Notre Dame Cathedral: More than 30 years later, Andy and Jennifer Bressette return to share their love of the historic church with two of their children even after the devastating fire that hit April…
HHPodcast News: Local news, views and our first extended weekend entertainment report in segment two.
Jun 14 • 8 min
Hot and ready from Studio 1A this Friday: Tomorrow’s Rome news today with updates on Shorter University’s bid to fix some key financial concerns… A Rome man faces more than 40 counts after a chase and time on the run … We remember local author and writer…
HHPodcast News: Search on for Rome shooting suspect. Second fatal accident in a week. Business: New thrift store yards from Goodwill? Busy weekend alert. Peace out (retires). Rapid Fire d
Jun 13 • 8 min
Direct from Studio 1A, today’s news and views from Hometown Headlines. Join our news blasts each weekday morning. Our next long-form podcast will post Monday, June 17 (evening). Now on our podcast page: An audio version of our interview with Dr. Jon…
HHPodcast guest interview: From ‘Community Watch’ at Georgia Highlands College, the not-so-secret origins of the Hometown Podcast. An interview.
Jun 12 • 31 min
The June 12 edition of “Community Watch” with Dr. Jon Hershey includes an interview with us about the launch of the Hometown Headlines Podcast. Please join us for a 30-minute talk about the podcast, radio, city politics and the upcoming elections.…
HHPodcast News: It’s a $10 million-plus summer in Rome, Floyd County. New parking signs are going up in downtown — three weeks later. Midweek observation: Giving summer back to our kids.
Jun 12 • 10 min
Practically live from Studio 1A: Business: More than $10 million in major projects under way or permitted in Rome/Floyd County. Plus a new Taco Bell coming to Resaca; Cartersville Speedway has big debut. Business After waiting three weeks, scramble under…
HHPodcast News: Downtown Rome’s parking issue is solved; now to fix related problems. We have all the local headlines and an extended Peaks & Valleys on the parking debate.
Jun 11 • 8 min
Almost live from Studio 1A: -The fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation, all from Northwest Georgia. -Local sports and your weather. -Today’s newsmakers (two local birthdays). -Peaks & Valleys, the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia extended edition.…
HHPodcast News: August opening for Chicken Salad Chick (with drive through). A different slice of downtown. Pop-up pie shop (bring $$). Plus: Peaks & Valleys, rant of the day.
Jun 10 • 9 min
Almost live from studio 1A: Dining: Stacy’s Chicken Salad Chick looks to open in late August, bringing a ‘unique experience’ for guests to founder’s new restaurant. Coming soon A fresh slice of downtown: From biscuits, bread and produce to craft beer and…
HHPodcast News: There’s something about the rain this weekend. Lots of education news. Weekend guide. Plus: Weekend observations on parking and Monday’s City Commission vote.
Jun 7 • 9 min
From Studio 1A Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Heavy rain, storms, even an isolated tornado all possible as storm system to soak Northwest Georgia, now through early next week. Weather Dr. Heidi Popham named president of Georgia Northwestern Technical…
HHPodcast Interview: Parking in downtown Rome — problems & promise. With guests Jay Shell and Harry Brock.
Jun 6 • 45 min
Hometown Headlines’s first long-form podcast (45 minutes) focuses on parking in downtown Rome, including problems and what’s possibly ahead. Two of the most passionate people we know when it comes to downtown Rome, Harry Brock and Jay Shell, join host…
HHpodcast News: Hotel proposal has some sleepless. Weekend washout: 4 to 6 inches of rain due. Weekend guide. And today’s headliner: Dylan Beasley.
Jun 6 • 8 min
Today’s top stories, tomorrow’s news and plenty of unfiltered views. Sleep Inn proposed for Martha Berry near Summerville Park drawing concerns from nearby residents. Hotel Business: Three Rivers Nutrition opens off Spider Webb in Rome. Later day: Major…
HHPodcast News: What Evie McNiece’s decision means to an already sizzling City Commission race. Plus: Weekday observations!
Jun 5 • 9 min
On today’s Hometown Headlines Podcast: Rome City Commissioner Evie McNiece to run again in Ward 3; decision expected to open the door for several newcomers for Ward 1 seats. Politics Two injured, one flown to Erlanger, following boating accident at Brushy…
HHPodcast News: News about East Bend (former Kmart), downtown parking and even Paul Harvey (podcast inventer?)
Jun 4 • 10 min
Our headlines for this Tuesday: Business: Ledbetters seek variances for ‘footprint’ of East Bend center’s proposed shops, restaurants; hearing is June 20. Thatcher’s Barbecue in Summerville training staff; no opening date yet. Business Parking updates:…
HHPodcast News: The first edition (06/03/19)
Jun 3 • 8 min
Posted on June 3, 2019 by hometownheadlines • 0 Comments Almost live, always local and louder than ever, this is the Hometown Headlines Podcast for Monday, June 3. A few things have changed since we last talked and we’ll get to that in today’s podcast.…