HHPodcast: Newscast, rants from Northwest Georgia.

HHPodcast: Newscast, rants from Northwest Georgia.

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From Hometownheadlines.com: -Weekday newscasts and rant of the day for Northwest Georgia. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-druckenmiller/support


Weekly Rant: Who will make the best decision for your child’s health, safety as school begins? Only you.
Jul 30 • 7 min
Record hospital admissions. Enduring the second deadliest month of the pandemic (with two days to go). Soaring positive test results. And some still want to use our students as political collateral? That choice is yours. Our “leaders” have had six months…
Today’s Rant: Private sector goes adult, bypasses political grandstanding over face coverings: No mask, no entry. Now how will local businesses, offices respond?
Jul 17 • 6 min
For five blistering days, most of what we heard about was face coverings — also known as masks. Yes votes, no votes, “education,” “marketing plans,” litigation, masks having some imaginary connection to the state’s economy and for reasons that should be…
Rant. Some changes to Hometown: Fewer rants and a new Facebook home. Plus today’s headlines.
Jul 2 • 6 min
Today’s top headlines: Downtown Rome ‘special’ police unit to patrol for speed, noise and related issues following surprise meeting Wednesday. 16 patients with COVID-19 in Floyd, Redmond, up 2 from Tuesday. A record 2,946 new cases Wednesday in Georgia.…
Rant: There is crying in baseball after all. Plus today’s headlines.
Jul 1 • 9 min
Today’s top headlines: 14 patients with COVID-19 in Floyd, Redmond hospitals on Tuesday; 4 others awaiting test results. Second Polk resident dies. Local positive tests jump by 53 from Monday. 2020 season of the Rome Braves — and minor league baseball —…
Rant: Time out on the return of sports? Plus today’s first headlines.
Jun 30 • 9 min
Today’s top headlines: 13 in Floyd, Redmond with COVID-19; state adds 123 more. Monday sees 2,207 new cases in Georgia. Kemp extends public health state of emergency, safety protocol. Cartersville man now faces murder, three other counts following Sunday…
Rant: The pandemic, patriotism and a different type of Independence Day. Plus today’s headlines.
Jun 29 • 7 min
Today’s first headlines: Rome musician Lee Shealy joins legendary Atlanta Rhythm Section. ‘We all get along great. It’s just neat to listen to all their stories from years together.’ Business: As first half of 2020 ends, some big minuses but also hundreds…
Rant: Time to be adults again with COVID-19. Plus today’s headlines.
Jun 26 • 9 min
Today’s top headlines: Rome Police: Teen, 16, facing murder charge, to be tried as adult in shooting death of RHS junior Sincere Javier Estrada-Lopez on June 1. 40th Bartow resident dies from COVID-19; 76th victim from Northwest Georgia; 2,745 statewide.…
Rant: Limit absentee votes after primary success? That’s voter suppression. Plus today’s headlines.
Jun 25 • 9 min
Today’s top headlines: Positive tests surge on Wednesday: 24 more in Floyd, state sees 1,703 cases (record was 1,753 on Tuesday); U.S. sets all-time single-day high at 36,358 cases. Floyd Public Defender’s Office closes after positive test there. Jobless…
Rant: Georgia passes ‘hate crimes’ bill; silence follows. Plus today’s headlines.
Jun 24 • 8 min
Today’s top headlines: State’s ‘Hate Crime’ bill needs only Kemp’s signature to become law after passage Tuesday by House, Senate. Business: Two hotels nearing completion in Cartersville — with a pair also due in Calhoun this year. Positive tests: 53 more…
Rant: Solution for downtown concerns — sex and alcohol? Plus today’s first headlines.
Jun 23 • 10 min
Today’s top headlines: COVID-19 patient, 45, walks out of Floyd after 57 days in care both there and at Piedmont. Positive tests: 1,561 in NW Georgia. State death toll at 2,648. Rome City Commission unanimously OKs refunding alcohol pouring license fees…
Rant: What dad needs this Father’s Day isn’t on a shelf or in a box. Plus today’s headlines.
Jun 19 • 9 min
Today’s top headlines: Still growing: High Voltage Prints gets a charge out of a new site. Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe doubles down on Martha Berry. Lobrillio’s brings a taste of Chicago to West Rome. Nearly 1,200 resident tests at area long-term care homes.…
A national embarrassment only Northwest Georgians can fix. Plus the fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation.
Jun 18 • 7 min
The fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation: First-time jobless claims in Northwest Georgia top 25,000 in May — which is a major improvement compared to April. Our work force did recover last month, the labor department reports. Georgia saw a spike in…
News & rants: A blessing for community policing — and a shot in the arm for the local economy.
Jun 17 • 7 min
A closer look at our headlines today including: A timely meeting between police and local pastors. Those latest coronavirus numbers. Myrtle Hill gets some needed TLC. Bye-bye to jail mug shots. $10K shot in the arm for Bartow merchants — and customers.…
Rant of the day: From alcohol rebates to moving statues, a closer look inside today’s top headlines.
Jun 16 • 8 min
In addition to the fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation, we rant about: The ACC’s great idea to refund alcohol license fees for downtown restaurants as they recover from the shutdown. Some critical local thinking about the coronavirus and 2020-21…
Rant: The other problem at Myrtle Hill.
Jun 15 • 9 min
The local tourism office describes Myrtle Hill as “one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the nation,” sitting above “the confluence of the Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa rivers.” Guests are invited to “come explore its six terraces and rich history – and…
Erin Hernandez of the NWGA Regional Cancer Coalition on programs in danger because of legislative budget cuts. How you can help.
Jun 11 • 12 min
As state lawmakers assemble in Atlanta next week, all eyes are on mandated budget cuts because of the impact the coronavirus safeguards have had on Georgia’s economy. So far at least, those cuts will hit the state Public Health Department and other areas,…
Rant: Rome’s image melts down on Twitter. News: Runoff in Floyd sheriff’s race. 74th local virus victim.
Jun 11 • 8 min
Today’s top headlines: Floyd results: Absentees push Roberson, Caldwell into Aug. 11 runoff for Floyd County sheriff. No changes to other races. Floyd Commission Chair Scotty Hancock calls out Secretary of State who blamed local offices for election…
Rant: Call her madam congresswoman. News: Election hangover; severe weather possible today.
Jun 10 • 7 min
Today’s top headlines: Runoff for Greene, Cowan in U.S. House. Floyd to resume count later this morning. Roberson has big lead in sheriff’s race. Richardson, Dempsey win new terms. Bartow: Absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted but the…
Rant: Of primaries, protests and pandemics. News: Election day finally here. Rome’s ‘no’ vote on open container.
Jun 9 • 10 min
Today’s top headlines: Election Day: Precincts open now until 7 p.m.; some rain possible. Be prepared for lines at the precincts; results will be slow tonight because of absentee ballot counting. Public Health’s Voccio on the courthouse outbreak, social…
Peaks& Valleys: Dazzling voting numbers. The virus never went away. And grateful for calm protests. Plus our newscast.
Jun 8 • 10 min
Today’s top headlines: Floyd County Courthouse closed for two weeks; judges, deputies and clerks in quarantine as outbreak continues. Continuing updates. No virus deaths so far this month in Northwest Georgia but 169 additional positive tests here since…
Rant: Missing Georgia’s star-spangled legend. News: JCPenney closing. A community prays for peace. Virus updates.
Jun 5 • 10 min
Today’s top headlines: Rome’s JC Penney among stores being closed in Georgia. Mall owner talks about new direction, what’s next. Community hears words of peace, healing as Trinity United Methodist Church hosted an all-faiths ecumenical service. Three…
Rant: Primary concerns about the primary. Newscast: Prayer service tonight, more weekend protests. Key arrest in shooting?
Jun 4 • 9 min
Today’s top headlines: Prayer service tonight at Trinity. Also: Rome Police say protests require permit first. Weekend protests set. Polk authorities investigating threats for this Sunday. Funeral services are set for 16-year-old killed in Monday’s…
Rome shooting kills one. Office on 6th Ave. listed at $990K. Virus updates. Rant: Who decides what you should know?
Jun 2 • 9 min
Today’s top headlines: A ‘young male’ dead following a shooting on Grady Avenue off Calhoun Avenue Monday evening, Rome Police report. Business: Twin pieces of East Sixth Avenue across from federal courthouse on the market. Georgia death toll climbs to…
Floyd, Bartow river rescues rising. Ga.’s May virus report: Deaths up 44%, positive tests, 50%. Rant: Of pandemics and protests.
Jun 1 • 10 min
Today’ s headlines: River rescues on the rise in Floyd, Bartow as more people take to the water during pandemic. What to know about staying safe. Floyd County Judicial Center closed today after employee tests positive for coronavirus. State deaths in May…
Rant: Doubling down on downtown. Kemp lifts restrictions even as virus deaths, positive tests rise.
May 29 • 8 min
Today’s top headlines: Kemp: Emergency declaration in effect until July 12. Summer school, overnight camps, pro sports practices OK’d; bars open Monday. Groups of 25 or more allowed. Positive cases in Northwest Georgia hits 1,006, up 62% since April 30.…
Rant: When Facebook meets Shark Tank. News: Record-level jobless rates. Ga. virus deaths at 1,933.
May 28 • 9 min
Today’s top headlines: Employment meltdown: More than 20,800 Northwest Georgians out of work in April. Jobless rates soar to 12.7 to 17.1 percent across Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk, Chattooga counties. Gordon County sheriff: Tennessee couple held on…
Rant: Brutal Tuesday shows virus impact. Newscast: 4 more deaths here. 2 businesses announce closings.
May 27 • 8 min
Today’s top headlines: Polk records first virus death; 2 more in Bartow; 1 more in Floyd. Regional total at 71; statewide, 1,895. Numbers up at local long-term care facilities. New Rome test spot. Business: Elysium on Broad Street closing after 14 years.…
Newscast: LakePoint reopens for summer. Virus cases up 50% in a month. Rant: ‘Citizen’s arrest, citizen’s arrest!’
May 26 • 8 min
Today’s top headlines: LakePoint Sports open for baseball practices; tournaments resume in June. Rentals on other sports venues begin today. Hotel construction pushed back because of pandemic. Business: Development Authority’s website premieres. Gondola…
GBI suspect faces drug charges. Virus deaths surge by 78. Graduations begin. Storms due. Rant: Rough day for the governor.
May 22 • 10 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here One of the GBI suspects is arrested on additional drug possession, distribution charges. Among the deadliest days in Georgia: 78 new deaths in 24 hours (1,775). Positive cases climb to 40,663. Gov. Brian Kemp’s…
GBI: 2 men arrested ‘in connection with’ Rome murders. Jobless claims surge. Jump in positive virus tests here. Rant: Ready for some football?
May 21 • 9 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here 2 Rome men arrested as the investigation continues into murders of Richardson, Campbell. Watts faces theft, gun possession charges; Brown, obstruction of a law officer. Bartow sheriff: Grandmother, Cartersville…
The latest from the GBI: Two people arrested on obstruction, weapons and theft charges in connection with Rome double homicide
May 20 • 3 min
The latest: Two Rome men arrested as the investigation continues into murders of Richardson, Campbell. Devin Watts faces theft, gun possession charges; Desmond Brown charged with obstruction of a law officer. Hometown’s earlier headlines: please click…
Hospital celebrates virus patient’s release after 21 days. Rant: We understand the confusion over the Pandemic Primary.
May 19 • 10 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here Politics: Some still think today is election day — only if voting in advance or returning absentees. Primary vote is three weeks off, June 9. 21 days later (7 on a vent), coronavirus patient heads home from…
New charges in child’s shooting death. House 13 proflies. Coronavirus updates. Rant: Time to recycle recycling.
May 18 • 8 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here New charges following shooting death of 5-year-old in Bartow County. Politics: Q&A with state House District candidates Katie Dempsey (incumbent) and Brad Barnes. Topics: Pandemic aftermath and Georgia’s initial…
Double murder: Agents seek public’s help. More openings in Rome. Positive tests rise. Rant: Feeling lucky this weekend?
May 15 • 10 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here Armuchee High mourns graduating senior Vanita Richardson. GBI: Autopsies show both women were murdered; tips sought from Bypass motorists. Cartersville man faces murder, 12 other charges following the beating…
GBI investigates deaths of 2 sisters found off Bypass. 4th Bartow resident dies this week. Rant: To identify or not.
May 14 • 9 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here Family, friends mourning two sisters as the GBI investigates who dumped their bodies off the Bypass below Grizzard Park. Fourth Bartow resident dies this week; 35th overall. State toll now at 1,517. Positive…
C-130 flyover is Thursday. Jandy’s closes. 34th Bartow virus victim; nearly 1,500 in Ga. Rant: Last toppings on the Jandy’ s story.
May 13 • 10 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here Thursday evening flyover to include Floyd, Redmond, Cartersville hospitals. Jandy’s Frozen Yogurt won’t be back. ‘We don’t see how we can safely re-open because we are a self-serve business.’ 34th Bartow…
3 more virus deaths here; state at 1,444. Rome talks budgets, block parties. Rant: Serving time as a patient under investigation.
May 12 • 10 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here 2 more deaths in Bartow, 1 in Gordon; 63 for the region; state toll at 1,444. Positive test results at 34,002; in our area, 728. Hospitals: Floyd, Redmond report 4 ‘positive’ patients. Cedartown woman faces 14…
More than 1,400 dead, 34,000 testing positive in Georgia. Court clerk candidate profiles. Rants: Trimming Facebook and flirting with disaster.
May 11 • 9 min
TODAY’S HEADLINES State death toll at 1,405 with nearly 33,000 people testing positive including 727 in Northwest Georgia. Politics: Q&A with Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court candidates Joe Costolnick and Barbara Penson. This week: Rome Commission to…
Floyd schools set graduations; Bartow school offices reopen. Virus: 60 deaths here. Rant: Welcome to the new mundane.
May 8 • 9 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here Floyd County high schools set graduations (drive-through and in-person) as well as other year-ending events. Plus: Rome, Polk updates. Bartow County Schools, central office to reopen May 18. Rome, Calhoun…
Vista Metals idling 120 people. 2 more virus deaths in NW Georgia; state total at 1,327. Rant: A right-to-you news source? Maybe.
May 7 • 10 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here Business: Vista Metals Georgia of Adairsville to idle 120 employees by Saturday. 32nd Bartow resident, 14th Gordon resident die as regional total hits 59; state death toll now 1,317. More than 30,000 people now…
Big, small projects power $17 million spring. Swift & Finch grows. 1,300 coronavirus deaths in 2 months. Rant: Betting on our future.
May 6 • 9 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here A $17 million spring in Rome/Floyd County with projects from Berry College to Redmond Regional to across town. Dining: Swift & Finch grows, adds roaster (and space). Quick updates on East Bend — and Shorter…
13th Gordon resident dies; state death toll at 1,246. Local schools get COVID-19 relief. Rant: House GOP debate shows one size fits all.
May 5 • 9 min
Hometown’s top headlines: please click here 13th Gordon resident dies; state death toll at 1,246; regional total to 57, including 33 from long-term care facilities. Positive tests now at 29,437 in Georgia, 682 here. Education: How area school systems,…
Floyd sheriff’s hopefuls - why vote for me. Live House debate. Tortaco coming to Rome. Rant: Voccio’s words shake Northwest Georgia.
May 4 • 7 min
Today’s top stories: Politics: Who will be Floyd County’s next sheriff? Our Q&A and candidate profiles with Tom Caldwell, Ronnie Kilgo and Dave Roberson. Today, 14th Congressional House Republican hopefuls go at it online at 3 p.m. or on TV at 8 p.m. Link…
April’s death toll in Georgia: 1,007 residents. Shelter-in-place ends — for most. Rant: The Fact Attack and flattening the myths.
May 1 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: An awful April: State’s death toll surged by 1,000 in 30 days, most of which came during the shelter-in-place order. In Northwest Georgia, it climbed from 7 to 55. Kemp lets shelter-in-place expire at midnight but orders those 65 and…
Nursing home worker tells of outbreak, losing residents who ‘are our family.’ 55 dead in NW Georgia. Rant: 1,100 reasons to extend shelter in place.
Apr 30 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: A long-term care worker tells of coping with coronavirus: ‘When we lose a patient, we all cry together — these precious patients are our family.’ Second death, 16 positive cases in Chattooga; state death toll at 1,100; 55 fatalities in…
Newscast/Rant: Storms due this afternoon. Outlets opening, not movies. Rant: Vote-by-mail already a huge success.
Apr 29 • 9 min
Today’s top stories: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: We’re looking at a Wednesday washout, with storms most likely between 1 and 7 p.m. Continuing updates. Calhoun outlets to reopen this weekend; Village Theatres to wait a few more weeks. Georgia’s death…
Some summer favorites won’t be back this year. 4 more dead in NW Georgia, nearly 1,000 in state. Rant: The newest ‘Nattering nabobs of negativism.’
Apr 28 • 8 min
Today’s top stories: Summer is going to be a lot different this year as well. Cancellations continue, from art festivals to camps to key fund-raisers. Floyd, Bartow each record another victim; 2 in Gordon. Region’s death toll at 53; statewide, 994 (up 78…
Pandemic costs restaurant owner 40% of her business; she’s open today. State death toll at 916. Rant: Dine in or take out?
Apr 27 • 7 min
Today’s headlines: Martha’s Skillet took a 40% hit amid the pandemic. ‘I’m working twice as hard with half the money,’ says Martha. Her customers stayed loyal; dining room reopens. 916 victims statewide through 7 p.m. Sunday, 49 here. 559 positive tests…
Grim: 10 dead in Gordon, 46 in region, 881 in state, 50,000-plus in U.S. John Henry’s update. Rant: ‘Adults’ say too soon to open.
Apr 24 • 8 min
Coronavirus updates: Gordon Co. records 10th virus fatality; 46th in region. State: 881 people have died. The United States also has recorded its 50,000th coronavirus death. House OK $500M relief package; Catholics to worship online in May. Dining: Kemp…
Newscast/Rant: Double shot of severe storms today. State death toll at 846; jobless rate surges. Rant: Trump vs. Kemp, double secret sheltering.
Apr 23 • 10 min
Weather updates: Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Two rounds of storms due today — one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Heavy rain is expected – and has begun. Also strong gusts, possible tornadoes. We’ll have continuing coverage. Now’s the time to…
Local death toll at 43; statewide, 818. Severe storms due Thursday. Rant: Open Friday? We choose civil disobedience.
Apr 22 • 10 min
Coronavirus updates: 3 more deaths in Bartow, 1 in Gordon as Georgia’s toll climbs to 818 on Tuesday; 43 lost in Northwest Georgia. Positive tests: 497 in region, 20,166 statewide. Mayor Bill Collins, City Manager Sammy Rich join Community Watch to react…
Amid 86 new deaths, 5% jump in positive tests, Kemp ‘reopens’ business. Rant: Economy vs. saving lives.
Apr 21 • 9 min
Coronavirus updates: 86 more deaths in Georgia on Monday (775), including 2 in Bartow, 1 each in Floyd and Gordon (40 in all). Positive cases here rise from 475 to 493 in a day. Expanded details: Kemp announces phased openings of elective surgery; bowling…
Storms spare NW Georgia. 689 virus deaths in Georgia; 36 here. Kemp live at 4 p.m. Rant: Open up Georgia? We’re not ready.
Apr 20 • 9 min
Ware Mechanical Weather Aftermath: Final storm sweeping into Northwest Georgia this morning; around 60 customers without power. Rainfall at an inch to 1.30 inches. Another round due Thursday. Coronavirus updates: 689 deaths in Georgia through Sunday; 36…
2 more deaths in Bartow; region at 34 victims. Swift & Finch taking business to customers’ neighborhoods. Rant: Distancing ourselves from the real news.
Apr 17 • 8 min
Coronavirus updates: Two more die in Bartow; 34 deaths in Northwest Georgia, 617 statewide. Positive cases here rise to 449 (all as of 7 p.m. Thursday). First-time jobless claims skyrocket in March: 3,764 in Floyd County; 3,848 in Bartow. Region: 10,660…
Virus claims 32 people here, 576 statewide. Superintendent writes to 630 graduates. Rant: Who’s afraid of voting-by-mail and why?
Apr 16 • 8 min
Coronavirus updates: 3 more die in Bartow, 2 in Gordon as local death toll reaches 32. That includes 21 men, 11 women with an average age of 78.1. Statewide: 576 dead. Floyd Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson handwriting a note to each of the 630…
500 test kits on the way; free testing expands. Rant: Finally, talking about the aftermath.
Apr 15 • 7 min
Coronavirus updates: State death toll hits 524 at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Postitive tests in region climb to 428. 12 residents of local long-term care facilities have died from coronavirus. Active cases at seven locations jump from 29 to 65. Via Zoom, Floyd…
Cleanup continues from Easter storms. 2 more local deaths from coronavirus; positive tests surge. Rant: Sirens, Code Red — and being storm ready.
Apr 14 • 10 min
Gov. Brian Kemp’s Monday update on coronavirus, additional testing, ‘surge capacity’ preparations for more beds and advanced steps to help long-term care facilities. Also: Kemp talked about the Easter Sunday storms: 8 dead, 49 hurt. He declares a state of…
6 dead following storms; 17,000 without power. 16th Bartow coronavirus victim. An Easter we won’t forget.
Apr 13 • 7 min
Ware Mechanical Weather Aftermath: At least six are dead in Northwest Georgia following the Sunday night/early Monday storms. Among the victims is a 34-year-old Cartersville man who died when a tree fell on his house, according to WBHF. Two others there…
Latest Ware Mechanical Weather Podcast: Two threats of very severe weather, from mid afternoon into early Monday. Tornado concerns growing.
Apr 12 • 10 min
The Sunday midday update from the National Weather Service very specifically breaks down the storm threats we can expect, beginning around 4 p.m. with more do late tonight/early Monday. The second wave, due after 11 p.m., appears to be the most…
Severe weather podcast: National Weather Center’s latest update on several rounds of storms, potential tornadoes, flooding on Sunday.
Apr 11 • 13 min
We’re in for a long afternoon, evening and maybe overnight on Sunday as a severe storm system moves across the Southeast, including Georgia. “All areas will have some potential for severe weather,” the forecaster says. Multiple rounds of storms — and…
National Weather Service: Severe weather threat for Sunday afternoon and evening/early Monday. Tornadoes, hail, flooding possible.
Apr 10 • 11 min
Please keep watch of the growing chances of severe weather here on Easter Sunday, primarily in the afternoon and evening hours, and maybe into the night as well. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has produced a special weather briefing that…
Virus claims 4 more Northwest Georgians; 25 so far. Rome demands more tests. Rants: Election drama, confusion just gets worse.
Apr 10 • 9 min
Coronavirus updates: 4 more die in Northwest Georgia on Thursday: 3 in Bartow, one in Floyd. State death toll rises to 412, up 43 in a day. 100 positive tests in Floyd; 355 in the region. Resolution from City Commission demands the governor, state ‘take…
Newscast: Our economy, our jobs. Berry economics professor Dr. Frank Stephenson on conoravirus and the financial impact on Northwest Georgia.
Apr 9 • 22 min
As we started this podcast, the Associated Press reported 10% of the American labor force has been idled by the coronavirus pandemic. Some 6.6 million applied for unemployment benefits. (Link: 95.5 FM WSB) Dr. Frank Stephenson, the department chair of…
Morning storm rattles region. Virus claims 4th Floyd resident. Rant: Celebrating the miracle, even in your Easter jammies.
Apr 9 • 8 min
Top story: Ware Mechanical weather update: More than 1,500 people in Northwest Georgia are without power this morning following a storm system that toppled trees in Floyd, Polk counties. More than an inch of rain in some areas. Today: Wind advisory…
Podcast with Jay Shell: Rome City Brewing’s Broad Street buildings on the market as Jay, Dr. Trent Prault look for a larger site around town.
Apr 8 • 18 min
In just a few years, Jay Shell and Dr. Trent Prault have turned an idea into a growing regional brewery, serving not only in-house draughts and carry-out but also restaurants, bars and stores in parts of Georgia and Alabama. With demand growing,…
12th victim in Bartow; 19th in our region. State: Virus still spreading. Rant: Brian Kemp’s most critical hour comes today.
Apr 8 • 9 min
Coronavirus updates: 12th fatality in Bartow also means 19 victims now from Northwest Georgia. Statewide, the death toll climbed to 348, up 54 from Monday. Positive cases here are now at 332. State Health director: Tests reveal more cases but ‘we are also…
75 die in Georgia in a day; 6 in our area. Rant: It took the flu five years to kill 294 Georgians; coronavirus claimed just as many in five weeks.
Apr 7 • 8 min
Coronavirus updates: Deadliest day yet: 75 die in Georgia on Monday including four more dead in Bartow, one each in Gordon, Chattooga. Statewide toll soars to 294. Positive cases here: 310. City Commission demands state action on coronavirus, including…
A dozen locals among state’s death toll of 219. Impact on business, politics, schools. Rant: We need a daily newspaper.
Apr 6 • 9 min
Coronavirus updates: 12 deaths in Northwest Georgia; statewide toll rises to 219. As of Sunday night, 286 confirmed cases in five-county region. Business and coronavirus: With sport tourism reeling and Shaw, Toyo Tire shutting down temporarily, a look at…
Virus spreads; Kemp orders shelter-in-place. Local updates. Rant: What’s essential? You. Please stay at home.
Apr 3 • 10 min
Coronavirus updates: As Bartow County records its fifth death, the state toll climbs to 176 with 5,444 people testing positive (23.7%). Floyd now has 78 positive cases; Bartow, 153; region, 270. Worldwide: 1 million plus. Prayer vigil, rally pack the…
Kemp closes schools, shutting down state. Local virus impact, updates. Rant: Coronavirus already the story of the century.
Apr 2 • 8 min
Coronavirus updates: Gov. Brian Kemp closes K-12 schools for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. We have updates from local school systems. Kemp also orders shelter-in-place, Friday through April 13. Details due today. Rome to discuss city extension as…
7 area residents among state’s 125 deaths; 121 ‘positive’ tests here. Rant: Liberty Square, a month later — no one saw what was coming next.
Apr 1 • 8 min
Coronavirus updates: 7 Northwest Georgians are now among 125 dead so far in the state. White House: 100,000 to 240,000 U.S. deaths likely. Surge in local ‘positive’ tests (121); 50 now in Floyd County. Education: Georgia Northwestern delays spring…
Grim milestone as Georgia deaths hit 102. Impact on area business. Rant: How we’re fighting back.
Mar 31 • 8 min
Coronavirus updates: Georgia’s death toll hits 102, up 15 since noon Monday. Statewide positive tests were at 3,032 Monday, locally,188 test positive. 11 residents at Rome Health and Rehabilitation Center test positive for coronavirus, up from two last…
5 found dead in Bartow apartment. Trump: More social distancing. Georgia: 83 deaths; five here. Rant: Gimme shelter (trends we’re seeing).
Mar 30 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: An investigation continues as five people are found dead inside a Bartow County apartment — four females and one male. The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the GBI in the investigation; the bodies have been sent to…
Shaw briefly closing 5 Bartow plants. Fourth local death; 131 cases here. Rant: Grim headlines won’t stop messages of hope.
Mar 27 • 9 min
Coronavirus updates: Shaw temporarily closes five plants in Bartow County as fourth worker tests positive for the virus; Shaw is Bartow’s largest employer. Latest updates from region, state: 56 dead including four here. Local updates. Outtakes from Gov.…
Bartow Headlines Newscast: 8 patients test positive at Cartersville Medical; another 31 await results. Prayer vigil outside CMC this evening. ‘Virtual visit’ at urgent care.
Mar 26 • 6 min
Welcome to the Bartow Headlines Newscast for Thursday. First up, coronavirus updates: Georgia’s death toll jumps to 47; that includes 3 here. The U.S. has now lost more than 1,000 people to this outbreak. Positive tests: 115 in Northwest Georgia; 1,247 in…
Georgia death toll at 47; U.S. now at 1,000-plus. Latest local updates. Rant: Taking it to the streets.
Mar 26 • 7 min
Coronavirus updates: Georgia death toll jumps to 47; includes 3 here. Positive tests: 115 in NW Georgia; 1,247 in the state. Hospital updates. Happening later today: Gov. Brian Kemp’s TV town hall session at 8 tonight; a prayer vigil at Cartersville…
Podcast: Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran on the coronavirus spread and what was behind the City Commission’s mandate to shelter-in-place.
Mar 25 • 19 min
Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran joined us Wednesday to discuss both the rampant nature behind the coronavirus and what led the commission to adopting a shelter-in-place order on Monday evening. Cochran, who was among those first sounding the alarm in…
Newscast: 76 test positive in Bartow County. 38 die statewide including one resident each in Bartow, Gordon, Floyd counties. Changes in Cartersville’s curbside restaurant sales. Nearly 3 inches rain.
Mar 25 • 7 min
Today’s Bartow Headlines Newscast: Statewide this morning, the coronavirus death count stands at 38. Among those are a Bartow County resident. Another victim thought to be from Bartow County actually was a 78-year-old Gordon County resident who was a…
105 test positive in NW Georgia. 3 dead here; 38 statewide. County OK’s shelter-in-place. Rant: As time goes by.
Mar 25 • 8 min
Program note: Later today, we hope to test a new option to produce longer-form podcasts in a safe, social-distancing way. If it works as planned, it will be as efficient as our former radio edition. More on that soon. Coronavirus updates: Georgia death…
Newscast/Rant: Second Bartow man dies; third in our area. Rome told to shelter-in-place. Rant: Too little, too late?
Mar 24 • 9 min
Coronavirus updates: A second Bartow resident died of coronavirus on Monday, this patient at Cartersville Medical Center. A Cartersville resident died Saturday at age 69 at Kennestore. That makes three victims so far from Northwest Georgia. The state…
Virus claims 25 in Georgia; 2 here. One man dead, another held. Rant: Coronavirus priorities; ‘God in more homes.’
Mar 23 • 9 min
Coronavirus updates: Summary: State reports 25 fatalities; 2 here as of late Sunday. Positive cases: 74 in Northwest Georgia; 625 statewide. Bartow senator out of ICU after testing positive. Rome City Commission to get an update on the virus impact…
Bartow man, 69, the latest local coronavirus victim. Church service guide. Rant: A failure to communicate.
Mar 22 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: A first Bartow County coronavirus death has been reported – a male, age 69, with underlying health issues as the state Department of Public Health lists it. Georgia now has 20 fatalities from corona virus, which ranks the state as tied…
Dining goes to-go as coronavirus cases increase. Remembering Glynn Stone. Rant: Restaurant workers also victims.
Mar 20 • 10 min
Coronavirus updates: The day after: Most Rome/Floyd restaurants move to a to-go scenario while some notables close temporarily as enforcement begins. It is an emotional time for the service industry. We have more on that in today’s Rant of the Day. Local:…
Liberty Square choir member dies. ‘Emergency’ decree due at 4 p.m. Rant: A sad but historic day.
Mar 19 • 7 min
Today’s headlines: We start today with the death of a local woman, Beth Wells, 66, a member of the choir at The Church at Liberty Square. The Floyd County and Rome City commissions have called a 4 p.m. meeting ‘to declare a public health state of…
16 coronavirus cases so far at Cartersville Medical; 86 await results. Truett’s, Harvest Moon close. Rant: Make the tough call.
Mar 18 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: 16 positive tests at Cartersville Medical through Tuesday; 53 patients awaiting results; 33 others discharged. Plus: Other hospital updates, statewide reports. Truett’s Chick-fil-A in Rome closes temporarily after ‘one or more team…
Second Floyd Schools employee tests positive. Our changing lives. Collision kills boy, 2. Rant: A decision on indecision.
Mar 17 • 7 min
Today’s headlines: A second Floyd County Schools employee tests positive for coronavirus. This person serves both Alto Park Elementary and Cave Spring Elementary; is now in self-quarantine. The employee “may have come into contact with teachers and…
16 virus cases here; 75 await results. Our changing lives. Two new bargain stores open. Rant: Compassion and coronavirus.
Mar 16 • 8 min
Coronavirus updates: 16 cases are now reported in Northwest Georgia; the state total jumped 50% to 99 on Sunday and the next update is due today at noon. Latest from local hospitals where 75 people await their test results. What’s next: From dining to…
Coronavirus and our community: County Commission Chair Scotty Hancock, County Manager Jamie McCord keeping us ahead of the threat, what’s been done, what might be next.
Mar 13 • 33 min
For weeks, city and county officials have prepared for the “what if” about coronavirus in our area. Last week, when a test confirmed a Cave Spring Elementary School had the virus, a “trigger” was tripped to take critical steps to get ahead of the threat.…
Newscast/Rant: 8 test positive in our area; 42 statewide. Flu not letting up. Rant: Our economy also a victim.
Mar 13 • 7 min
Today’s headlines: Coronavirus headlines: Local: Eight people in Northwest Georgia test positive for coronavirus including four in Bartow, two in Gordon and one each in Floyd and Polk counties. The latest updates on what’s closed, from schools and…
Newscast: 6 coronavirus cases in NW Georgia; latest updates. 100 new jobs due. Rants: Confronting a pandemic.
Mar 12 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Coronavirus headlines: A day of shock as Northwest Georgia endures the coronavirus: It touched two schools, one church, three hospitals — and six people trying to survive. Local: Six confirmed patients in Northwest Georgia or half the…
Floyd leasing Kindred space ‘just in case.’ 3 local patients. Rant: Nail down the virus data, please.
Mar 11 • 7 min
Today’s headlines: Corona virus updates: Floyd leasing space at soon-to-close Kindred Hospital ‘just in case’ as threat continues. Local/state: 3 patients with ‘positive’ tests remain at Redmond, Floyd. Georgia has 7 cases, 16 others with presumptive…
Updates on local coronavirus cases, tests. 238 vote early on Monday. Rant: Spread the news, stop the virus.
Mar 10 • 7 min
Today’s headlines: Local: Redmond Regional confirms corona virus case. Two tested at Cartersville Medical. Polk patient ‘stable’ at Floyd this morning; 20 caregivers remain under self-quarantine. State/national: Kemp says Georgia has 6 confirmed cases (2…
Newscast: Expanded local, state coronavirus updates. Cabell studio headed to arts district. Advance voting expands. No rant.
Mar 9 • 4 min
First up, our coronavirus updates: Local: The Polk County patient remains ‘stable’ at Floyd Medical Center. Also, the 20 caregivers at Floyd remain under self-quarantined. No updates yet on 3 tested from Redmond Regional Medical Center but we do expect…
Sunday newscast: Updates on the local coronavirus case, three additional people tested here and reports from the state, nation and world.
Mar 8 • 5 min
Latest headlines: This first patient in our area is a Polk County woman, 46 years old, who is in isolation at Floyd Medical Center at last report. A senior health leader tells Hometown Headlines that she is responding to treatment and is believed to be in…
Druck Report: What to know about coronavirus, from symptoms to treatment, and best ways to protect yourself, loved ones with Dr. Charles E. McBride, Chief Medical Officer at Harbin Clinic.
Mar 6 • 29 min
With new interest on the coronavirus in our community, dozens of questions are on the table. We have those answers today as Dr. Charles E. McBride, Chief Medical Officer at Harbin Clinic, joined John Druckenmiller to discuss: Feeling bad: The potential…
Rant of the Day: Local coronavirus test proves one thing: Facebook had it right.
Mar 6 • 4 min
This has been a virtual week from hell in terms of covering the corona virus from a Northwest Georgia angle. That’s not a whine; that’s part of what we do in journalism: Go all out to get the story and to get the story right. We can sleep next week.…
Preliminary positive coronavirus test at Floyd. Politics heats up. Rant: Facebook got it right.
Mar 6 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Coronavirus: First test performed on Floyd patient come back positive for the virus; follow-up tests ordered. Continuing updates all day. Politics: Dempsey, Trey Kelley draw GOP challengers in the primary. Democrats line up, from U.S.…
Texas Roadhouse update. Politics: Early voting, Super Tuesday. Rain: 2 inches? Rant: Sunday campaigning?
Mar 4 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Dining: Closer look at Texas Roadhouse coming to East Bend in Rome— about 7,500 square feet, 280 seats. Politics: 164 voted Tuesday in Floyd County. More candidates qualify for May 19 primaries. Election calendar — and Sunday…
2 coronavirus cases in our state. ‘Stranger Things’ filming here. Latest weather. Druck Report: Wendy Davis on huge week in politics.
Mar 3 • 6 min
Program notes: Rant of the Day returns Wednesday to make room for today’s Druck Report (please see below). The Druck Report: Inside the Presidential Preference Primary with Wendy Davis. Plus: Advance voting, candidate qualifying and a November to remember…
The Druck Report: Inside the Presidential Preference Primary with Wendy Davis. Plus: Advance voting, candidate qualifying and a November to remember on the way.
Mar 2 • 42 min
Wendy Davis, a member of the Democratic National Committee as well as a Rome city commissioner, joins Hometown’s John Druckenmiller as one of the biggest weeks of Campaign 2020 gets under way. Topics on today”s edition of The Druck Report include: The…
Rants of the Day: No politics in Coronavirius. Georgia’s less-than-super Tuesday. Farewell to Fudd’s.
Mar 2 • 5 min
A couple of mini-rants today including: There’s no red or blue in Coronavirus. Farewell to a friend (Fuddruckers). Be patient with new machines as voting begins. SEC, SEC: We miss the SEC primary (and football). Lobsterfest, candidate fest, rezoning fest:…
With new projects, no retiring for Brian Dulaney. Fuddruckers closes. Huge week in politics. Rants: Coronavirus reaction, political puzzles.
Mar 2 • 22 min
Today’s headlines: Business: With construction, renovations and a new car wash venture, Brian Dulaney isn’t slowing down in ‘retirement.’ Projects stretch from Cotton Block to Cartersville. Dining: Fuddruckers closes in Rome after more than 17 years;…
Friday’s rant: Calhoun/Gordon Co. set the example for dealing with coronavirus threat. Who’s next?
Feb 28 • 4 min
A joint announcement from Calhoun and Gordon County about coronavirus popped in on Facebook Thursday and it couldn’t have come at a better time. This wasn’t a repeat of state or federal announcements; this was community based and a great example for the…
Gordon County gets proactive on coronavirus (also today’s rant). Big business news day. Jet crash update. Sound bites: Attracting young professionals.
Feb 28 • 15 min
Today’s headlines: Health: Calhoun, Gordon County leaders organize, set ongoing meetings to respond to potential threat of coronavirus. (There are no reported cases in Gordon or the state). Safety board: Citation jet pilot reported equipment issues just…
Crashes kill teen, Cedartown man. Restaurant closes. Shell seeks new term. No rant today. Sound Bites: Rome’s growth.
Feb 27 • 16 min
Today’s headlines: Georgia State Patrol: Fatal accidents claim 17-year-old from Adairsville and 76-year-old Cedartown man Wednesday morning. Dining: La Conquista Mexican Grill closes, leaving another restaurant vacant on Martha Berry Highway. Business:…
The Druck Report: From adopting a pro-growth plan to creating a River Walk, City Commissioner Mark Cochran outlines Rome’s potential and what’s next.
Feb 26 • 46 min
Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran joined us at Brand Red Studios in downtown Rome to talk about changing the community’s development plan to reflect a pro-growth stance. Since 2001, we’ve been under a plan that basically stunts growth, he says. Cochran…
Rant: Potential coronavirus concerns and a failure to communicate — in a common, easy-to-understand language(s).
Feb 26 • 6 min
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a narrative basically telling us to be prepared as corona virus is coming. “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but more really a question of when it will happen — and how…
5 GOP House candidates to speak Tuesday. 2 child solicitation arrests. Rant: Coronavirus concerns. Sound bite: River District.
Feb 26 • 16 min
Top five headlines: Five candidates in the red-hot congressional race to speak Tuesday at the Floyd County Republican Women meeting. Plus: Elections calendar. Illinois man, Suwanee resident the latest charged with child molestation, Internet solicitation…
Tuesday’s Rant: Yet another tree falls on Broad Street, this one in front of the chamber.
Feb 25 • 4 min
For years, the big tree in front of the Rome City Auditorium served as a key player in the community’s Christmas celebration. But that tree was declared to be on the way out. Down it came and the space was later used for the plaza and statue honoring…
Hufstetler’s ‘surprise medical bill’ clears key hurdle. Officer honored. Rant: Another downtown tree gone. And: new voting machines.
Feb 25 • 20 min
Today’s headlines: Georgia Health News: Sen. Chuck Hufstetler’s ‘surprise medical bill’ proposal gets unanimous OK by Senate; goes to House next. Private First Class Scott Kasmar, named Rome Police Department’s Officer of the Year, honored for heroics at…
Rant: Peaks & Valleys — What housing crisis? Coronavirus shuffle. A new low in the U.S. House race. Celebrating a fighter.
Feb 24 • 6 min
A closer look at the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia: Housing now a concern for economic development? Alabama’s coronavirus shuffle. New lows in the U.S. House race. Celebrating a cancer champion. A “peek” for the sun (intentional) And speaking of:…
$28 million ‘baby boom.’ A new ‘Gourmet.’ Peaks & Valleys of NW Georgia. Sound bite: Voter deadline.
Feb 24 • 18 min
New this week: “Sound Bites” or excerpts from our Druck Report long-form podcasts. Today: Elections Chief Robert Brady on today’s voter registration deadline and advance voting locations starting a week from today, March 2. Today’s headlines: Talk about a…
Assessment so far of 2020: Hit reset button or fast forward?
Feb 21 • 5 min
Fifty-one days into 2020 and we’re not sure if we want to hit the reset button or perhaps fast forward. There are multiple reasons: The weather: Rain, show, wind storms, black ice. And more rain on the way? The politics: We thought it couldn’t get any…
Black ice concerns; latest closings, delays. 268 jobs for Calhoun. Rant: Hit reset or fast forward on 2020?
Feb 21 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Latest on black ice concerns, area roads, subfreezing temperatures. A few slick spots so far today. Closings and delays: Latest updates on closed schools; delayed openings for government offices and…
Rant of the Day: When it comes to ‘dirty little secrets’ and Campaign 2020, we’ll let the candidates take out their own trash.
Feb 20 • 5 min
More than a decade ago, a local candidate was pushing a sensitive personnel report about an opponent. The document wouldn’t have changed the election’s outcome, at least in our opinion. Basically, we reached this conclusion: Candidates can take their own…
Nasty weather today; more tonight? ‘Chick’ opens March 18 in Bartow. Rant: Dirty little secrets this election season.
Feb 20 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Nasty day ahead with temperatures — and rain — falling most of the day. Winter weather possible for Gordon, Chattooga counties. Please keep an eye on the forecast today; we’ll have continuing updates.…
The Druck Report: Rome’s aggressive plans to grow downtown, the River District, create a River Walk and embrace more younger residents.
Feb 19 • 45 min
Recently, Rome’s city commissioners and senior staff members held an 11-hour planning retreat to discuss community issues and what’s next. The retreat was held at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk on West Third Street, fitting perhaps as that area — part of…
United Way’s 80-page digital resource guide shows what can be done with vision, determination.
Feb 19 • 5 min
There’s an 80-page giant due this Thursday, one that has a few super powers of its own. Namely, information. Critical information. A digital publication known as the “United Way of Rome & Floyd County Online Community Resource and Engagement Guide.” Those…
Latest on rain, floods, what’s next. Bartow murder suspect sought. Rant: Finally, a resource guide for those in need.
Feb 19 • 9 min
Today’s first headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Normal start for Floyd County Schools. Latest on heavy rain, flooding, road issues — and more on the way. Cartersville Police seek suspect in Tuesday night murder. Dining: Ana’s showcases new patio;…
Rant of the Day: The Miracle on West Third Street.
Feb 18 • 6 min
We agree it is hard to get excited about a nearly 12-hour City Commission planning retreat. But given the tone and direction coming out of the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk last Thursday, we agree with a one-word assessment from one of the commissioners:…
Updates at LakePoint. More lunch at Sweet P’s. Gas prices climb. Rant: Miracle on West Third Street.
Feb 18 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: Business: Some tweaks planned to LakePoint’s massive pavilion. Sweet P’s now offering lunch Monday-Thursday. WZQZ radio reports The ‘Trion Facts’ is closing. Alleged ‘Ghost Face Gangsters’ member arrested in Polk County last week is now…
Rant of the Day: Kindred closing a rare healthcare setback; how about replacing it with expanded veterans’ medical services?
Feb 14 • 5 min
The reaction to the Hometown Headlines’ story about the pending closure of Kindred Hospital Rome has been surprisingly strong. The loss of the 45-bed long-term care medical campus comes after nine years at the current building. Families of current…
John Henry’s Grill due on Broad. Surprising Kindred closing. Rant: Rare healthcare setback; replace it with veterans’ care?
Feb 14 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Dining: John Henry’s Grill heading to former Johnny’s Pizza spot on Broad Street. Plus: Dining out tonight? Check, please. Health: Kindred Hospital Rome closing in April; 78 employees impacted. CEO says company will continue to work to…
Rant of the Day: Plugging in to Georgia Power’s power surge.
Feb 13 • 4 min
If anything, some people thought the presence of Georgia Power might be easing here with the November 2018 closing and recent sale of the 800 Broad St. location. That was underscored by the July announcement to basically shutter Plant Hammond, which…
Morning storm soaks NW Georgia; some power outages. Shorter, mall business updates. Rant: Surge at Georgia Power.
Feb 13 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather aftermath: Morning storm soaks Northwest Georgia. More than 1,200 lost power this morning but much of that has been restored. Also, the latest on local flooding; we remain under a flash flood watch until 1 this…
Newscast extra: Rough weather expected; what to know from the National Weather Service and Hometown Headlines.
Feb 12 • 11 min
A special podcast edition of our Ware Mechanical weather updates. Northwest Georgia is expected to see strong winds, heavy rain and perhaps brief tornadoes late tonight and into Thursday morning as a cold front clips our area. The major concern: High…
Rant of the Day: Facebook and Coronavirus – collision course!
Feb 12 • 5 min
Earlier today, we checked Facebook one last time before writing this. Some 1,700 people had shared a certain post. In fact, people were ensuring they spread the word beyond Greater Rome. Around 50 comments had been posted – some supportive, others…
Summerville Park update. Moving ‘Mountains’ on Broad. Young hero. Jet crash update. Rant: Coronavirus, Facebook — collision course.
Feb 12 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: Business: Summerville Park senior housing project under way. Adairsville site of proposed 1.1 million-square-foot, $55 million warehouse development. The ‘scoop’: Mountains Old Fashioned Ice Cream to reopen in recent home of Frios in…
Rant of the Day: Delay or close schools? Just make the decision, earlier the better.
Feb 11 • 5 min
Monday night, one by one – and we mean at the pace of a pre-global warming glacier – local school administrators started to make “The Decision.” Those of you who are sports fans know what The Decision means – when LeBron James announced he was taking his…
Flooding rain continues. School updates. Fazoli’s on the way. Rant: Delay or close schools? Just make an early decision.
Feb 11 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rainfall at 2.5 inches and falling. Latest road closings. Severe weather likely overnight Wednesday. Schools and colleges: Updates on delayed openings in Floyd County, some closings in Gordon and Bartow…
Rants of the Day: Nelle’s farewell. A rugged search and recovery. Brandon’s ‘Warriors.’ Fathers, sons and sports.
Feb 10 • 5 min
There’s a funeral for a friend today and we hope it draws a standing-room-only crowd for the Matriarch of Mass Media. As we remember the jet crash victims, also think of those involved in a very rugged search Saturday morning. A stricken city of Rome…
Latest on jet crash. Much more rain; flood concerns. Brandon’s ‘Warriors.’ Rants: Nelle’s farewell; rugged search; fathers and sons.
Feb 10 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Citation jet crash: Three men, one woman died in the accident Saturday morning; no identities yet. Also: Closer look at the Cessna, including reports of a troubled onboard ‘altitude indicator’ during the brief flight. Ware Mechanical…
The Druck Report hosts “Jay Shell’s Creek Stories: Beware Brown Red, undisputed rooster champ — and my buddy.”
Feb 8 • 33 min
You know Jay Shell as a father, a husband, a successful businessman and a “kids first” member of the Floyd County Board of Education. But how about Jay Shell, Kid Cockfighter? Jay is writing a book about some of his unique adventures growing up in Spring…
The Druck Report: Elections Chief Robert Brady on what to know about new voting machines as presidential primary draws closer. Plus: Advance voting updates.
Feb 7 • 38 min
Advance voting for the March 24 presidential primary begins in just a few weeks. We’ll be using a new voting system that is mostly similar but somewhat different to what we’re used to. In part one, Floyd County Elections Chief Robert Brady walks us…
Friday’s Rant: Exactly how do you tell nine Republican House candidates apart?
Feb 7 • 4 min
All nine 14th Congressional District hopefuls have the check marks in the “right” boxes when taking the GOP pedigree test: Pro guns. Check. Pro life. Check. Pro death penalty. Check (Wait: doesn’t that counter pro life?) Pro Trump. Check. Pro “send ‘em…
Weather aftermath, updates. Robinson buys more Broad St. Remembering Nelle. Rant: 9 GOP House hopefuls: What’s the difference?
Feb 7 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Update: We’ve added a short segment to share the news of Nelle Reagan’s passing. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Just a few flakes here so far today; another chance of snow flurries Saturday. Latest on flooded waterways. Weather service…
Rant of the Day: From Iowa ‘ruckus’ to ‘Stage’ of the Union to impeachment vote, what have we learned?
Feb 6 • 4 min
After the headlines from the past three days, what have we learned? On Monday night, one of the most outdated methods of formally starting the presidential election season stalled horribly amid the glaring eyes of millions. Either on TV or streaming, the…
Storms pounds NW Georgia. Panda Express update. HUG tonight. Rant: Iowa, ‘Stage’ of the Union — we can do better.
Feb 6 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Storms continue to pound Northwest Georgia this morning. Chattooga and Trion schools are on two-hour delay because of heavy rain. We’ll have continuing updates throughout the storm threat. Also, a slight…
Wednesday’s rants: Iowa Caucus results—local ‘feel’? A Coosa ESPN moment. Ailing Limbaugh. Local businesses thrive. Our community needs a ‘HUG’ on Thursday.
Feb 5 • 4 min
Rants at a glance today including: Waiting on Iowa results feel familiar? Coosa girls’ ESPN minute. The Limbaugh Effect. Pick O’ Deli, Lewis Chemical do it right. Give our community a HUG Thursday evening. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
Rough 24 hours of weather ahead. Pick O ‘Deli update. Rants: On Iowa, Limbaugh and a community HUG.
Feb 5 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heavy rain, strong gusts begin this evening, stretch into Thursday. Flash flood watch set. Continuing updates all day. Dining: Pick O’ Deli preparing for new restaurant on Dean Avenue. Politics: Link to…
Tuesday’s Rant: When half time is the Super Bowl story
Feb 4 • 7 min
So now we know who really won the Super Bowl: Fox TV and the advertisers. Based on preliminary reports, around 100 million people watched Sunday’s how-ever-you-classify-it event, up 1.2 percent from the previous year. That makes Super Bowl 54 the 10th…
Rough weather on the way. Business updates. Flu deaths increase. Rant: Super Bowl gets in the way of half time.
Feb 4 • 11 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heavy rain, flood watch, strong storms Wednesday, Thursday. Record heat in Cartersville on Monday; just missed in Rome. Today: Mid 60s Business: Amy Barton returns to Greater Community Bank. Lumina Coffee…
Monday’s Rant: Is the U.S. House race becoming a food fight?
Feb 3 • 4 min
It seems there was some sort of issue at Taco House following the Trump Rally in Calhoun’s downtown park on Saturday. Supporters of Republican House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene had arranged for a post-rally get-together there. But what happened…
Community rallies to help brain cancer patient. Shoe store becoming urgent care. Watch this week’s weather. Rant: Politics or food fight?
Feb 3 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: The community is rallying to help one of their own as Hannah Allmon battles brain cancer. Immediate care/urgent care due at former Payless site at Turner McCall and Riverbend. Gordon County detectives are trying to learn more about a…
Broad Street, hot or not? Closings say one thing; real estate sales perhaps another.
Jan 31 • 5 min
So how do we classify Broad Street now that we’re one month into 2020? Real estate sales are happening. Consider: The Georgia Power building, two storefronts in the Cotton Block with two more up for auction Friday; two storefronts in the 200 block; and…
Calhoun brewery due March 1. More downtown sales. Rant: Broad Street, hot or not?
Jan 31 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: Dining & Drink: Freight & Rail Brewing Co. in Calhoun hoping for March 1 opening. Third brewery in Northwest Georgia. Business: 324 Broad St. sells for $400,000 per Toles, Temple & Wright. Latest sale in downtown Rome with more up for…
Thursday’s rant: Politics 2020 is a ride on the Great Georgian Scream Machine.
Jan 30 • 5 min
Nothing is the same this year when it comes to politics. The ballot, from presidential to Congress to sheriff and court clerk, is sizzling. Already this year: Candidates are trying to ‘personalize’ the Second Amendment. The Trump Bus is must-see (next…
Wendy’s returning to Cedartown. Soaring jobless rate in Chattooga. Rant: Politics & the Great Georgian Scream Machine.
Jan 30 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: Business: Where’s the beef? Wendy’s returning to Cedartown. Celebrating 125 years at Holmes. Red-hot Greater Rome Existing Industries meets at Floyd career academy. Jobs: Chattooga County jobless rate soars to 12.2 percent in December…
Wednesday’s Rants: Tragic headlines for families. Another candidate showdown next week? Challenging Kemp. Super Saturday or Sunday?
Jan 29 • 8 min
Our rants of the day: Families and just horrible headlines: Kobe, others perish in crash. Family wiped out in N.C. murder suicide. Man loses wife, 5 kids in marina fire. Another title fight from Floyd Republican Women? Court clerk candidates on Tuesday.…
Dining & Drink updates. Court clerk showdown. Rants: Tragic family headlines. Governor challenged. Super Saturday?
Jan 29 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Dining & Drink: Bucket O’ Shrimp adds hours. Super Bowl Sunday plans at area spots. Smoke signals (and a cool bar) in Cedartown. Politics: New voting machine demonstration this Saturday morning. Court clerk candidates due at Tuesday’s…
Tuesday’s Rants: More fallout from Burkhalter attack. Public Health needs more, not less transparency on coronavirus. News, not schmooze.
Jan 28 • 5 min
Six rants today (well, one’s a cupcake but …) Political fallout from Burkhalter attack. We need more data on coronavius, not less. Spiked: Coosa coach off to Calhoun. All news is local: Trump bus stops in Rome; Kobe’s tribute. Snit sez: Big year ahead for…
Aftermath of marina fire that killed 8. Coosa coach off to Calhoun. Coronavius updates. Rants: More political backfire; public health concerns.
Jan 28 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Aftermath: Eight dead, seven treated following Scottsboro, Ala., marina blaze. 35 boats destroyed. It could be a few more days before the victims are identified. Georgia Supreme Court upholds Rome man’s murder conviction; overturns two…
The Druck Report: Campaign season turns ugly early. Look for swipe at Sheriff Tim Burkhalter to backfire — very loudly.
Jan 27 • 5 min
The slam on a Facebook page promoting the Second Amendment Rally aimed at Sheriff Tim Burkhalter had nothing to do with gun rights or when he switched to the Republican Party. It was an attempt to smear the sheriff because of his support of another…
Women’s Leadership Academy’s first class 15 strong. A real reuben. Rant: Campaign season gets ugly early.
Jan 27 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Business: The first local class of the Women’s Leadership Academy — designed to grow ‘servant leaders’ in Rome — graduates in May. Dining: Discovering the Redneck Reuben (or the next best thing). Scorecard on restaurant exits, openings…
Friday’s Rants: Troubling traffic data in Rome. Lessons learned from 2019 advance voting? Covering Saturday’s rally.
Jan 24 • 5 min
Three rants of the day for the price of one: 17% more collisions in Rome last year even with distracted drivnig enforcement? Gwinnett limiting advance voting in primaries; surely we learned our lessons here last year. Is there a right or wrong way to…
Latest news tips, rumors. 17% jump in accidents in ‘19. Rants: Wreck reports on area driving and 2019 advance voting.
Jan 24 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Word on the Tweet: Better business news? Updates on ‘The Base.’ Mounting flu concerns. Area politics. Restaurant rumors. 2019 Rome collision statistics: 17% jump in collisions with almost a third caused by drivers following too closely.…
Thursday’s Rant: The highs, lows of Northwest Georgia from star students, a job surge, retail concerns and a Panera plug.
Jan 23 • 5 min
Our highs and lows as of Jan. 23 include: Model High’s presidential scholar. 1,100 new jobs in 12 months. Panera brings new meaning to the word ‘networking.’ Early retail signs a concern? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
Sheriff’s race: $156,000 in contributions so far. Job surge in December. Peaks & Valleys: Our highs, lows in NW Georgia.
Jan 23 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Politics: Sheriff’s race saw nearly $156,000 in contributions through Dec. 31, half of which already has been spent. Also: Superior court judge report. Jobs: State labor commissioner: ‘It’s kind of hard to have any better year than…
Wednesday’s Rant: Four elections, thousands of dollars — but how many voters?
Jan 22 • 4 min
Campaign 2020 is well under way — and apparently well funded. Candidates are everywhere — and more of them are popping up each day. Local parties are hosting event after event — and are getting strong crowds. There’s even a free public demonstration on…
Arrest in Rome’s first murder of ‘20. Politics: Sheriff’s forum, new House hopefuls. Rant: Dollars, debates and campaigns.
Jan 22 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Murder: 48-year-old man charged in Rome’s first murder of 2020; also faces child cruelty charges. Packed house for TEA Party’s meeting with GOP sheriff’s candidates on Tuesday. Q & A with Caldwell, Kilgo and Roberson. Add Republican Ben…
Tuesday’s Rant: Guns, politics and the 2020 elections.
Jan 21 • 4 min
From what we know so far, the Armuchee Second Amendment Sanctuary rally will draw politicians seeking your vote in the May and November elections. Several have been asked to speak. One in particular is wrapping herself in the Second Amendment in a bid to…
Buzzing on Broad St. Second Amendment ‘sanctuary’ rally. Floyd’s $100K pledge. Rant: Guns and politics.
Jan 21 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Business on Broad Street not slowing down: Several transactions amid a few business closings with a hint of more to come. Second Amendment ‘Sanctuary County Rally’ set for Saturday in Armuchee; U.S. House, sheriff’s candidates expected…
Friday’s Rant: From broadcast legends Stephen A. and Nelle Reagan to baseball and a lot inbetween.
Jan 17 • 6 min
A series of minirants today including: Stephen A., king of rants, signs off his radio show today. Nelle Reagan, the matriarch of mass media, honored for what she does best: serving the community. Planner goes old school in delivering message of River…
3 arrested by Floyd Police, FBI. River District changes. King celebration begins. Rants: From broadcast legends to baseball.
Jan 17 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: Three men arrested in murder conspiracy case under investigation by the Floyd County Police Department and the FBI. Among those charged is a Silver Creek man, 22. Please keep an eye on this one. River District rezoning up for review in…
Real stories of 2020 primary races (U.S. House, sheriff). DOT open house today on bridge update (our rant as well).
Jan 16 • 6 min
Today’s headlines: Politics: The real ‘storylines’ shaping Foyd County’s 2020 primary ballot: Sheriff’s race, U.S. House, County Commission and Court Clerk. Politics: State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler introduces bill to address ‘surprise billing’ in the…
Wednesday’s Rant: The highs and lows of local retail.
Jan 15 • 5 min
So now we have two spots, and maybe a third brewing, on the west side of Turner McCall at the Riverbend/Hicks drive intersection closed or closing. And yet, as the “Store Closing” signs went up in the windows at Pier 1, massive earth-moving machines…
McAlister’s Deli due in August; Pier 1 closing. Ball groundbreaking. Rant: Highs, lows of local retail.
Jan 15 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Dining: McAlister’s Deli plans August opening; 40-60 jobs. Latest addition to your East Bend tenant scorecard. Business: Pier 1 closing store in Rome, perhaps as soon as April. Second closing in that area since June. Ball Corp. breaks…
Tuesday’s Rant: The all-new, all-different Rome City Commission?
Jan 14 • 5 min
The start of the all-new, all-different Rome City Commission was a lot like the blackout. The two top members of the commission were elected unanimously and without opposition. No fireworks, no power, no challenges. Bill Collins returned for a second term…
Collins returns as Rome’s mayor. Brewery sets $85M expansion. Rant: The all-new, all-different City Commission?
Jan 14 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: First, a news alert: We’ll have coverage of the Ball Corp. ground breaking this afternoon and also ask you to join us at 8:30 this morning for an embargoed news update. Rome City Commission: Bill Collins gets unanimous vote for a new…
Latest storm recovery updates. Midian Roofing program a first for state. Peaks & Valleys: Storm edition.
Jan 13 • 7 min
Today’s headlines: Storm aftermath: Latest updates as recovery efforts continue from Saturday’s storm. Less than 200 without power as of this morning. Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Soggy week ahead with at least 1.60 inches of rain beginning today.…
Friday’s Rant: Why we’re in ‘weather panic’ mode.
Jan 10 • 4 min
Normally this time of year, we’re talking snow or ice or other things that result in the wiping out of the milk, bread — and yes, beer — aisles at area grocers. But this weekend, we’re tracking severe weather that could include tornadoes. We’ve seen F-3…
Severe weather due Saturday; heavy rain next. Banking updates. Wreck update. Rant: We’re in ‘weather’ panic mode.
Jan 10 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Double trouble on the way? Severe weather Saturday afternoon, evening following by very heavy rain early next week. A January tornado? Just ask Adairsville, Gordon County residents about what they lived…
Thursday’s Rant of the Day: Echos from the November City Commission election and what it means to Monday’s vote for mayor.
Jan 9 • 6 min
City commissioners again will select a mayor from among their ranks on Monday, Jan. 13, but things are far different. There are three new faces on the board – Bonny Askew (who actually is making a return to the commission) and newcomers Jim Bojo and Mark…
Driver ‘serious’ after Shorter wreck. Updates on Turner McCall bridge. Politics and dining. Rant: Echos from the city election.
Jan 9 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: One person seriously injured in Shorter Avenue collision Wednesday evening. The accident shut down the highway for nearly two hours. Turner McCall bridge replacement to take two years, cost $28.5 million. The fun begins in the summer of…
Updated: Armuchee burglary ring. Bistro site for sale. Political show & tell. Rant: Is there a doctor in the House? (Maybe)
Jan 8 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Floyd Police: Burglary team distracting homeowners in Armuchee area while an accomplice loots their homes. As Cartersville man’s trial begins in W. Va., disturbing details about woman who’s remains were found at the Bartow County…
Wednesday’s Rant: Is there a doctor in the House? (and other congressional candidates).
Jan 8 • 6 min
The drawing card for Tuesday’s Floyd County Republican Women meeting was the GOP sheriff’s candidates. But the real story? Those considering a run for the U.S. House seat Tom Graves will leave at the end of the year. Two declared candidates were there as…
Armuchee burglary ring. Bistro site for sale. Political show & tell. Rant: Is there a doctor in the House? (Maybe)
Jan 8 • 6 min
Today’s headlines: Floyd Police: Burglary team distracting homeowners in Armuchee area while an accomplice loots their homes. As Cartersville man’s trial begins in W. Va., disturbing details about woman who’s remains were found at the Bartow County…
Tuesday’s Rant. Big changes for the ‘20 Rome Braves: New boss, new spring training base, upgraded stadium and where to after Rome?
Jan 7 • 6 min
So what’s new this season? There’s a new Rome Braves’ general manager now in town. There’s a new spring training complex and location two hours south of the other one near Orlando. Bye-bye Mickey, hello beaches. State Mutual Stadium will have some new…
Cedartown parents in jail following child’s death. 2019 weather: hotter, wetter. Rant: Big changes for ‘20 Rome Braves.
Jan 7 • 10 min
Today’s headlines: The Cedartown parents of 11-month-old boy found dead two weeks ago are jailed on child cruelty, neglect charges, Polk County Jail records show. Business: Moore’s Soda Fountain ‘making baby steps progress’ toward reopening in downtown…
Monday’s Rant of the Day: Why we like the ’20s (so far).
Jan 6 • 6 min
Some very early “indicators” include: Politics: We’re four-plus months out from the primary and things already are sizzling. Restaurants: Eric Tant’s plans for 233 Broad St. already a hit and he’s yet to open it. River District: Our advice to businesses…
‘Emerson Explosion’ of development begins. About that new bridge. Rant: We like the ’20s (so far).
Jan 6 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Business: ‘Emerson Explosion’ about to light up southern Bartow County with millions — perhaps $1 billion — in residential, industrial, office, recreational and retail growth. 63 years old and in ‘fair’ condition, a closer look at the…
Weekend observation: The incredible life story of Dr. Ouida Dickey.
Jan 3 • 4 min
Perhaps the best writing to ever grace the thousands and thousands of pages from Hometown Headlines that have clogged the Internet these past 16 years is on our website today. It is a story we wished we never had to read. It is the obituary for Dr. Ouida…
Rainfall at 1.5 inches; flood watch until 7 p.m. Police, health, education updates. Plus: An amazing life, Dr. Ouida Dickey.
Jan 3 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather alert: The latest on the New Year’s monsoon. At least 1.5 inches of rain so far with more due; flood watch until 7 tonight. Also, watch for fog. Rome Police: Operation Zero Tolerance ends with 23 arrests (traffic…
Thursday’s Rants of the Day: Politics, dining, sports and remembering a local legend.
Jan 2 • 5 min
Your executive summary: Surprise, surprise in 14th Congressional District race. How ‘bout those Dogs. Restaurant teasers. Familiar voice thinking podcasts. Remembering a legend at Berry, in Rome. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
UPDATED: 2 inches of rain, flood watch due. New U.S. House hopeful. 10 rants: Politics, dining, sports and remembering a local legend.
Jan 2 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Two-plus inches of rain on the way; flood watch starts at 1 this afternoon. Continuing updates. Politics: Clayton Fuller, a former Navy JAG officer and White House Fellow, joins District 14 U.S. House…
Tuesday’s Just the Rant: Our 2020 predictions including retail, dining, traffic and politics.
Dec 31, 2019 • 7 min
Things to watch: The impact of East Bend on traffic, downtown Rome. Will East Bend deliver the major anchor stores shoppers want? Politics: From the GOP sheriff’s race to the county commission to the U.S. House seat, a huge year ahead. Media shakedown? We…
Changes at Crawdaddy, Pizza Hut; beans & greens day! Polk death investigation. Rant: 2020 predictions — retail, dining, traffic, politics.
Dec 31, 2019 • 11 min
Today’s headlines: Dining: Crawdaddy has one more change due. Pizza Hut closes in Summerville; Armuchee, Cedartown gone. Sam’s Burger-Deli updates. Beans & greens, a New Year’s tradition, and who’s serving ‘em locally. Polk authorities continuing…
Monday’s rank: Peaks and Valleys of NW Georgia: Trevor Lawrence, the Chipper, Johnny Isakson and 2019.
Dec 30, 2019 • 5 min
And we close with this one today: “And a final Peak to the year 2019. Sure, we’ve had a few dips into the valleys throughout the year but overall, our community is in a better place. More of us have jobs. The economy appears robust, especially with nearly…
Power crews repair storm damage. Marie Hodge Gordon on 16 years with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Peaks & Valleys: Our recent highs and lows.
Dec 30, 2019 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: The latest on our overnight weather that left more than 1,000 without power thanks to gusts of 29 mph. New Year’s Eve: Clear, low 40s. Politics: Darlington grad Marie Hodge Gordon reflects on her 16 years…
Monday’s Rant: Must there be a Rant of the Day?
Dec 23, 2019 • 4 min
OK, rants might not fit under the Christmas tree or in stockings. But the deeper question is (humility aside), ‘Must there be a Rant of the Day?” Our answer, based on your listenership and comments, is yes. Some examples of why: The Summerville Park…
2.5 inches of rain, some power outages so far. 10 major projects due in ‘20. Rant: Must there be a Rant of the Day?
Dec 23, 2019 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: More than 2.5 inches of rain with a bit more on the way. Nearly 200 without power as well. Christmas: Sunny and 65. Four major projects due in ‘20, from East Bend (87% possibly leased) to The Spires,…
Friday’s Just the Rant: Some needed extra ‘light’ this Christmas season.
Dec 20, 2019 • 5 min
From Friday’s Rant: “Some of those battling a case of bah humbug realize Christmas 2019 doesn’t seem as bright as in other years. Downtown lacks some familiar sparkle. Even homes in area subdivisions are without lights or else adorned with very few. “But…
Weekend washout brewing; storms of Decembers past. Del Taco opens big. Rant: We need more of this this Christmas.
Dec 20, 2019 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: A weekend washout is brewing, especially Sunday, with 2 or more inches of rain due. But: Clear skies Christmas Eve, Day; high of 65. December tornadoes: This week’s rough weather another reminder of how…
Thursday’s Rant of the Day: What is it about our ‘taste’ for local news?
Dec 19, 2019 • 4 min
Within about 10 minutes of one another on Wednesday, we got official word of two stories. In Adairsville, a flooring company announced plans for its first U.S.-based campus, 238 jobs and a $26 million investment. In Cartersville, Chicken Salad Chick…
Tire center, Chipotle in at East Bend. Bartow: New industry, new Chicken Salad Chick. Man charged in teen sex sting. Rant: Our ‘taste’ for local news.
Dec 19, 2019 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: East Bend tenant scorecard update: Discount Tire and Chipotle — check. Also: Permits for work in Cotton Block, the mall, Kroger. Business: GreenView Floors to build first U.S. manufacturing facility in Adairsville: 238 jobs, $26 million…
Wednesday’s Rant of the Day: Time to recycle the fake Christmas tree in front of Rome City Hall.
Dec 18, 2019 • 5 min
The fake tree was designed to be the new and improved tree to replace the real one that came down in front of city hall. That tree, we were told, was diseased and had to go. We never saw the autopsy report. Of course, that long-dead tree was the one Santa…
Good news on Rome’s manufacturers. Tennis courts close; hotel next. What’s next for Johnny’s? Rant: Recycle the fake Christmas tree at city hall.
Dec 18, 2019 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Business: Rome tied for 15th in study of best places to work in manufacuring in the nation. Also: As Dressbarn in Calhoun prepares to close, it puts fixtures on sale as well. Indoor tennis courts should be ready for March competition;…
Tuesday’s Rant of the Day: Enough, already, of the BLANK of the decade (fill in the blank).
Dec 17, 2019 • 5 min
Story of the decade? Oh, wait, there’s more. Try songs. Recording artists. TV shows. Movies. Football teams and football coaches – high school, college and pro. We’re sure there are dozens more on the way before we flip the calendar at 12:01 a.m. on Jan.…
1,000 without power after storms. ‘New’ restaurant closes. 2nd flu death. Rant: Enough BLANKs of the decade (fill in the blank).
Dec 17, 2019 • 8 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Around 1,000 customers without power this morning following overnight storms; rainfall at 1.32 inches. Cold temperatures move in. Dining: Lyrikz (formerly Johnny’s) closed; sign says ‘pending sale.’ It…
Rant of the Day: Who won the weekend, from Christmas Back Home to SantaCon to sports to some special glasses — and butternut squash.
Dec 16, 2019 • 5 min
A different flavor of Rant of the Day including these items: Joe Burrow’s heartfelt Heisman acceptance. Christmas Back Home — ‘tearfully’ good. SantaCon: A legion of Santas in downtown Rome. Justin Hammon’s special glasses a gift of their own. Tate…
Pilots organizing at Russell Airport. Business updates. Rough weather tonight? Rant: Who won the weekend and why.
Dec 16, 2019 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Pilots assemble: Nearly 40 local pilots, aircraft owners forming association to improve social, safety and advocacy efforts at Russell Airport/Towers Field. Business: Cheeky Baby due this spring on Broad Street. Honors for Shorter’s Dr.…
Friday’s Rant of the Day: One of your friends needs your prayers. Skipping the Richard Jewell movie — and most of the 41 bowl games.
Dec 13, 2019 • 5 min
From Friday’s Rant: “.. we’re among the 125 or more who know a dear friend of this community who needs your prayers. Over the years, this friend has been the one to rush to help others in their time of need. We won’t disclose the name as that’s for the…
Manis buys former Ga. Power campus. Key move by Southeastern Mills. Rants: One of your friends needs prayers. Richard Jewell movie.
Dec 13, 2019 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Business: Roger Manis completes purchase of former Georgia Power campus; third major property to sell on Broad in the $1.5 million to $2-plus million range in five years. Dining: Trackside Pizza & Pub pulling into downtown Calhoun next…
Thursday’s Just the Rant: How do we thank all the cheerful givers?
Dec 12, 2019 • 5 min
From today’s rant: We started with this today: “PEAK to all those groups and individuals collecting toys, clothing and donations for those in need at this time of year. From the Exchange Club to the sheriff’s office to children services and the angel tree…
Drowned Valley Brewing sets grand opening; Calhoun brewery next. Christmas events. Rant: How do we thank all the cheerful givers?
Dec 12, 2019 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Dining & Drink: Grand opening at Drowned Valley Brewing as regional craft beer boom continues; Calhoun next. Also: Bucket O’ Shrimp adds patio dining, menu item (tots). Rockmart man, 41, sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty…
Wednesday’s Rant of the Day: One retailer needs a little Christmas spirit.
Dec 11, 2019 • 5 min
With two weeks to go, our first Christmas shopping experience deserves a lump of coal. Consider: In summary: So-so service, low inventory, continued pressure to add to the sale with jewelry, miscommunication about the store’s promotions for the day, a…
Updates on tricky weather forecast. $75 million development planned in Emerson. Rant: Store missing Christmas spirit.
Dec 11, 2019 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: We continue to watch our weather today as schools in Chattooga County are reporting late as are those to our north. As of this recording, there are no issues to share. The good news: Sunny and 50 later…
Tuesday’s Rant of the Day: Will the House seat go red, blue or Greene?
Dec 10, 2019 • 4 min
The summary: “But that won’t matter if the one-time Sixth Congressional District candidate listens to what she says are ample calls from conservatives in our area to run for the seat Tom Graves will vacate a year from now. “It wouldn’t be the first time…
Fairfield Inn planned next to tennis center. Outsider wants House seat? ‘Fusion’ dining. Rant: Will the House seat go red, blue or Greene?
Dec 10, 2019 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Fairfield Inn & Suites to rise adjacent to tennis center in project involving Berry College, Marriott. 100 rooms due by 2021. Third Fairfield in our area. Northwest Georgia’s House seat — will it go red or blue? How about … Greene? As…
Hometown Podcast: A blast from the past as we remember K-98 with longtime owner Mills Fitzner.
Dec 9, 2019 • 48 min
For thousands of Northwest Georgians, their day started with Tom, Robert and Mr. Ed as part of The Breakfast Bunch, an all-local morning show packed with music, news, zingers and the occasional hamster dance as well as Mr. Ed’s Challenge. There was the…
Rant: Georgia Chamber chief’s assessment of Rome a blueprint for success.
Dec 9, 2019 • 6 min
Comments from Georgia Chamber Chief Chris Clark on what we need to address: “When I look at Rome and Floyd County, the good news is that you are expected to continue to grow. I will tell you, though, it’s not the level that you will need to have the…
Bartow company hopes to boost jobs to 1,100. Rome doctor’s love of curling pays off. Christmas events. Rant: Georgia Chamber chief’s assessment of Rome a blueprint for success.
Dec 9, 2019 • 9 min
Today’s headlines: Business: voestalpine, a key part of the original ‘Bartow Boom,’ seeks nearly $60 million to grow again. Expansion would boost local employment to more than 1,100. Rome’s Dr. Dixon Freeman and USA Curling Team win inaugural Can-Am Cup…
Rants of the Week: Topics include stunning changes to the 2020 elections; Brian Kemp’s Senate pick; primary concerns; and next year’s Black Friday.
Dec 7, 2019 • 25 min
Just in case you missed some of these during the past five days, here are our Daily Rants from the Hometown Headlines newscast. They include: The 2020 election season just got hotter. State GOP thinks you don’t deserve a choice on the presidential ballot…
Del Taco opens Dec. 18 in West Rome. Graves is out; who’s in? Benham resigning. Rant: 2020 election just got hotter.
Dec 6, 2019 • 10 min
A very busy newsday this Friday including: Dining: Del Taco in West Rome to open Wednesday, Dec. 18. Business: RaceTrac opens Adairsville store, the second new spot in Bartow County this year. New Cartersville site recently part of filming by marketing…
Just the Rant: State GOP decides you don’t need a choice in the March presidential primary.
Dec 5, 2019 • 5 min
From the Rant: What the state GOP committee has done — taking away your choice on March 24 — has happened in other states and in other elections. But what if one of those candidates “gets hot” as the saying goes in the early primaries, you know, like…
Why earth is moving in Shannon. Bishop resigns from Rome Braves. Hero school officer. Rant: State GOP says you don’t need a choice in the March presidential primary.
Dec 5, 2019 • 9 min
A busy Thursday news report starts here: What’s behind all that ground work at Ga. 140/53 in Shannon: Dirt is being moved to Ball Corp. project. Rome Braves General Manager Jim Bishop leaves after two seasons; change comes as the stadium is being updated…
Just the Rant: Paul Harvey was right; ‘it’s not one world.’ Just ask Brian Kemp, Nick Saban, Tom Brady.
Dec 4, 2019 • 4 min
Quote out: “And in Georgia, as we await Brian Kemp’s formal announcement Wednesday that Kelly Loeffler will take Isakson’s place in the Senate, the Republican Party stands divided. “Now ask yourself: How is a party that controls the governor’s office, all…
Christmas parade lights up Rome. Fire death investigated. Dining updates. Rant: Paul Harvey was right; ‘it’s not one world.’
Dec 4, 2019 • 9 min
Suddenly realizing Christmas is three weeks from today, these items: Rome’s Christmas Parade: Photos from Tuesday night’s trip down Broad Street. Plus: This year’s winning entries.Next up: Cartersville and Rockmart. State helping to investigate a house…
Monday’s Just the Rant: There’s a reason they call Brian Kemp governor.
Dec 3, 2019 • 4 min
Kemp is governor. He knows this state better than most. He masterminded a gubernatorial campaign that defeated the presumed heir to the crown of Nathan Deal and then withstood a furious charge from an expertly orchestrated campaign by Abrams. He won.…
Rant of the Day: Is it too soon to talk about Black Friday 2020?
Dec 3, 2019 • 5 min
So here’s a thought while you catch your breath: There’s a very good chance that Black Friday and Small Business Saturday will look very different by this time next year. The players to be named later at East Bend are rising quickly on the remnants of…
New push, more changes at former Toys R Us store. Christmas parade a go for tonight. Rant: Big changes for Black Friday 2020.
Dec 3, 2019 • 10 min
Your parade day headlines and not-too-chilly forecast: Business: Hull Property Group, owners of Mount Berry Mall, advertising Toys R Us site for lease. Latest updates. Plus: River City Bank declares first dividend, nickel a share. Christmas Parade tonight…
Buc-ee’s due in Calhoun in 2021. Your dining reviews. Parade season opens tonight. Rant: Brian Kemp’s ‘right’ decision.
Dec 2, 2019 • 9 min
These headlines to start the news week: Business: Texas-based Buc-ee’s plans Calhoun mega convenience store in 2021; latest in Northwest Georgia growth of upscale convenience stores. Dining: From uptown to down home, what people are saying on Facebook…
Just the Rant: What we’re thankful for this Thankgiving.
Nov 27, 2019 • 4 min
Our preview includes the following; listen to find out why: For the return of the power of neighborhoods. For the businesses that double down on Rome/Floyd County. For those who care for people without a voice in our community. For the redevelopment of…
Dining: Not Your Granny’s Soul Food Fusion. John Schroeder to lead Christmas parade. Rant: What we’re thankful for this Thankgiving.
Nov 27, 2019 • 9 min
Your first headlines on this eve of Thanksgiving: Dining: Not Your Granny’s Soul Food Fusion cooking up quite a buzz among local foodies. Plus: Purple Mountain now offers local … sauerkraut. Cartersville Police: Armed robbery suspect caught in five…
Rant of the Day: Where were you during the Great Web Wipeout of 2019?
Nov 26, 2019 • 4 min
Already know today’s headlines (courtesy of Hometown Headlines?) Then here’s the solo edition of Rant of the Day. We’re experimenting a bit this week with two formats of the newscast. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-druckenmiller/support
Home sales stay strong. Charges in separate sex crime cases. Rant: Surviving the Great Web Wipeout of 2019.
Nov 26, 2019 • 9 min
A busy Tuesday; check back for parade grand marshal updates later this morning: Business: Area Realtors sold 300 homes in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties; average sales prices ranged from $165,451 to $215,000 (all increases). Education: Schools in…
Just The Rant: Monday’s Peaks & Valley’s of Northwest Georgia (pancake breakfast, local football, more ‘silos.’)
Nov 25, 2019 • 4 min
Just The Rant is an experiment with our morning newscasts, designed to get those already caught up on the headlines right to the Rant of the Day (including Peaks & Valleys). Let’s see how it does). This is just the rant itself; no music and no commercial.…
The secret behind GMC Value Mart’s success. Remembering Joe Wright. Week ahead. Peaks & Valleys of NW Georgia.
Nov 25, 2019 • 10 min
A challenging start to Monday’s headlines but we endeavor to perserver Business: After nearly 50 years, GMC Value Mart continues growing in Coosa, now offering fresh smoked meats and meals-to-go. More growth on the way? Remembering Joe Wright: ‘For…
New advocate for the homeless? WNB Factory now in Bartow. Rainy weekend. Rant: United Way steps up to help the community’s homeless.
Nov 22, 2019 • 9 min
The day’s first headlines include: United Way presents plan to mostly fund a ‘poverty and homeless coordinator’ to work with area agencies assisting those living on the street. Dining: WNB Factory opens Cartersville restaurant after successful debut in…
$50 million plant, 110 jobs due in Adairsville. Jobless rate drops. Rant: Time to play, “Who Wants to be Rome’s Next Mayor!”
Nov 21, 2019 • 11 min
Thursday’s top headlines include: Business: Nippon Light Metal Georgia bringing 110 jobs, making a $50 million investment in Adairsville plant. The unemployment rate in Northwest Georgia continues to drop. In Bartow County, 2.9% of the labor force was…
HHPodcast: Newscast, rants from Northwest Georgia. (Trailer)
Nov 20, 2019 • 0 min
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Rant of the Day: Can we fill 2,000 seats in one block of restaurants in downtown Rome?
Nov 20, 2019 • 7 min
There’s always something changing on Broad Street. Lately, we’ve been watching our downtown restaurants with a closer eye than normal. We’re seeing a rash of changes amid reports that things aren’t as upbeat as they have been. Some owner/operators will…
All eyes on Democrats debate in Atlanta. Aventinue opens Nov. 26. Rome a top city for doctors. Rant: Reduce minor league baseball? A major league mistake.
Nov 19, 2019 • 10 min
Tuesday’s first headlines include: Politics: Olsziewski, Davis to attend Democrats’ Wednesday night debate in Atlanta. Plus local updates. Aventine restaurant on West Third Street opens a week from tonight, Nov. 26. It’s already booked. Health: Survey…
Rome ‘faltering?’ We disagree — to a point. Bekaert updates. Mr. & Mrs. Claus suit up. Rant: Improving Rome? Start today.
Nov 18, 2019 • 11 min
A busy news week begins with: Analysis: Brookings Institute brands Rome among 48 ‘faltering legacy’ city. We disagree — but welcome advice to grow new economies here. Bekaert moving hose wire reinforcement production from Rome to Arkansas. Also: More on…
Third restaurant due at East Bend. Bekaert updates. Busy weekend. Christmas trees. Rant: About those ‘conservation easements.’
Nov 15, 2019 • 11 min
A busy Friday with more brewing for the weekend: East Bend: Add Texas Roadhouse to the list of confirmed East Bend occupants. Also confirmed so far: Panda Express, Chipotle. Now what about the other 20 to 25? Business: Bekaert closing Shelbyville, Ky.,…
IRS crackdown on conservation easements. Dining updates. 1,000 more jobs here. Rant: Ga. Power building huge for downtown’s future.
Nov 14, 2019 • 11 min
And here’s how Rome’s news day starts today: IRS: ‘Significant increase in enforcement actions for syndicated conservation easement transactions’ begins; Rome considered a ‘hotbed’ for easements. Dining: Sage Inn in Adairsville begins Sunday brunch…
Record low to start the day. Buyer for Ga. Power office? 1 million views of Justus’ walk. Midweek observations.
Nov 13, 2019 • 10 min
Lots of news on a way-too-cold Wednesday: Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Waking up to record low temperatures with wind chills in the teens. Today’s high: 48. Business: Potential buyer identified for former Georgia Power building at Turner McCall and…
Rough weather today, Wednesday. Two tragic accidents. Rant: A year after the economic development ‘Big Switch.’
Nov 12, 2019 • 10 min
A busy Tuesday is under way: Rainfall near a half inch; snow in Dalton. Gusts: 33 mph; advisory in effect. Power: 200-plus without service. Wind chill: 33 degrees; freeze warning tonight. A Calhoun man, 18, was killed Sunday in a hit-and-run accident near…
Aftermath of 411 collisions. Meet the ‘Sausage Dogs.’ Fox 5 at Sam’s Burger-Deli to share 3,000 veterans’ photos. Peaks & Valleys.
Nov 11, 2019 • 10 min
A busy Monday news report includes: 411 accidents: Latest updates on Sunday evening accidents that sent nine to area hospitals. Floyd Medical Center reports seven patients were listed as stable late Sunday. Floyd County Police say the original accident on…
Power out in East Rome. Return of Herb Ballenger. Cold weekend — busy one, too. Druck Report (and rant): Cochran’s economic blueprint.
Nov 8, 2019 • 10 min
A busy start to Friday including: The big story today is a power outage in East Rome that has 900 customers in the dark. The big issue is traffic lights in the area including Turner McCall and Second Avenue, especially with the morning commute and area…
Druck Report: Mark Cochran on winning a Rome City Commission seat — and his dazzling blueprint for shaping a very different future for the community.
Nov 7, 2019 • 48 min
Architect Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab likes to design and help build things. You’ve seen his projects across Northwest Georgia, either new structures or restored historical gems that never looked better. As a newly elected city commissioner, Cochran…
A preview of Aventine restaurant. New hires at Greater Community; honors for Georgia and Broad Street. Weekend guide. Rant: Time for commissioners to play ‘Survivor.’
Nov 7, 2019 • 10 min
While watching for the rain, these items: Dining: Updates on Aventine, including opening before Thanksgiving, hours, menu overview, photos.Rome City Brewing’s ‘community cookout’ moves to Nov. 16 (chili). Business: Greater Community Bank welcomes…
Big changes for Rome’s City Commission. Business: Floyd/Atrium combine, Goo-Goo and Chicken Salad Chick sell. A rant and Peaks & Valleys: election edition.
Nov 6, 2019 • 12 min
A huge day even before the last votes were counted. On to the headlines: Newcomers Bojo, Cochran win as does returning commissioner Askew. Incumbents Collins, Stevenson, McDaniel re-elected; ‘brunch bill’ easily passes. We have election results, some…
You decide Rome’s future today. Polk plane crash kills pilot. Business updates. Rant: Our 100th podcast; what’s next.
Nov 5, 2019 • 11 min
Election day headlines with the first one being, “Please vote.” ‘Equipment all in place’ for today’s election; precincts open until 7 tonight. Our results coverage starts just after that. Cumming man, 53, dies as plane crashes in Polk cotton field.…
Roman to help decorate the White House for Christmas. Updates on La Scala, Crawdaddy’s, Del Taco. Election news. Peaks & Valleys.
Nov 4, 2019 • 9 min
As we start a huge news week, these headlines: Local master gardener/entrepreneur Carol Rutledge selected as one of 150 volunteers to help decorate the White House for Christmas this season. Dining: La Scala adds wine, tapas area. Full-time oyster shucker…
Halloween washout and more weather concerns. Little Caesar’s opens. Rant: Flood of rain, flood of candidate endorsements.
Oct 30, 2019 • 12 min
As we wait for the rain, these headlines: One traffic alert: More fog concerns today for Northwest Georgia. Please give yourself a few extra minutes when commuting to work or school or both. It should burn off by midmorning. Also, light rain is beginning…
Rome elections a week away; what we know so far. Flu fight begins. 2 inches of rain due. Rant: Why you need that flu shot.
Oct 29, 2019 • 10 min
A busy Tuesday’s first headlines: It all comes down to a week from today. Guaranteed: 2 commissioners will get new terms; 1 new face. ‘Brunch bill’ should pass. 111 new votes Monday. Floyd, Polk and Cherokee medical centers restricting visitors as flu…
Suspect held in bank robbery. Safe landing on I-75. LivingProof expanding. Second voting site. Peaks & Valleys on Peach State, voting.
Oct 28, 2019 • 9 min
A busy Monday is under way with these headlines: Rome Police says a suspect arrested on armed robbery, probation violation in Synovus hold-up case last week. In another case, a Rome face faces 20 counts including rape, kidnapping and battery. Safe landing…
$39 million hotel at LakePoint; more to come. Weekend washout? Podcast: Election dysfunction. Plus weekend observations.
Oct 25, 2019 • 12 min
We’re watching the weather and other news throughout the day and evening: LakePoint adding $39 million, 200-room hotel, celebrating new north campus parkway. Also: New hires at the Emerson complex. Business: Kitchen Collection closing in Calhoun. Update…
Druck Report: Rome’s confusing City Commission elections — what will it take to get voters engaged both now and in 2020? Wendy Davis has some ideas and answers.
Oct 24, 2019 • 46 min
All elections are important but what’s before Rome voters on Nov. 5 (and in advance) finds the community at a cross roads. With six commission seats to fill and five incumbents and four challengers on the ballot, will voters stay the course or seek…
Cartersville keeps on truckin.’ Chick-Fil-A upsizes express menu. Busy - and wet - weekend. Rant: Can pizza save local politics?
Oct 24, 2019 • 11 min
Our opening headlines with a lot more due this afternoon: The ribbon has been cut for North Atlanta Old Dominion Service Center with 104 new bays in Cartersville. Chick-fil-A Riverside has heard from its fans and expanded the express menu. That ‘Goo-Goo…
OYO rebranding area hotels. RPD seeks robbery suspect. Updates on ex-Rome doctor. 2nd voting site added. Peaks & Valleys.
Oct 23, 2019 • 9 min
Today’s latest updates include: Rome, Adairsville, Calhoun hotels join OYO chain of budget accommodations. Buffalo Luke’s almost ready in Calhoun. Rome Police seek suspect in Tuesday afternoon robbery of Synovus office on Shorter Avenue. We should have…
‘Significant’ updates at LakePoint? Storms take it easy on us. Floyd’s teacher the year. Rants: Wild dogs and AWOL voters.
Oct 22, 2019 • 9 min
Tuesday’s first headlines include: LakePoint to announce ‘significant infrastructure and growth initiatives’ Thursday afternoon with Gov. Brian Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp attending. Business: Blast off for Rocket Wash in Cartersville as it opens today —…
Swift & Finch stirring things up. Wild dogs return. Fog advisory issued. Rant: Saluting 178 advance voters for enduring bizzaro election.
Oct 21, 2019 • 9 min
This week’s first headlines: Business: Swift & Finch updates and expands the shop, has that customized French van on the road again and looks to grow wholesale business Residents in the Between the Rivers neighborhoods report the return of the wild dogs.…
Watching our tropical Saturday weather. Crushed Tomato expands, KFC remodels. Busy weekend. Rant: New voting machines: Paper or plastic?
Oct 18, 2019 • 9 min
Busy Friday and it ain’t going to slow down over the weekend: Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: We’re looking at an inch of rain, 15 to 20 mph gusts as a tropical system moves across the state on Saturday. Continuing updates all weekend. ‘Severity of…
Updates on Ball Corp’s $200 million expansion. Latest on closed Budgetel, families. Restaurant news. Rave: Salute Ball Corp. deal with something from a can made in Shannon.
Oct 17, 2019 • 10 min
Continuing headlines from Hometown Headlines: Dining: Sign’s up at new Little Caesar’s as opening day is now just a few weeks away. Also, two Philly Cheesesteak spots are under consideration in Rome. Aluminum cups are among the products Ball Corp. plans…
Troubled Bartow hotel closed; 200 evicted. The Season Events grows; $19M Trion plant celebrated. Election updates. Peaks & Valleys: 12-pack of Northwest Georgia’s highs, lows.
Oct 16, 2019 • 8 min
Wednesday’s headlines with more to come: Budgetel Inn closed in Cartersville area; nearly 200 evicted. We’ll have more on this story throughout the day. The Season Events celebrates Cartersville addition. Holly and Ray have a success on their hands in…
Noon meeting on fate of weekend advance voting. Timbo’s opening a restaurant. Beer fest updates. Rant: Egos and the city commission.
Oct 15, 2019 • 10 min
A newsy Tuesday begins here with more to come this afternoon: Politics: Noon meeting today to offer a closer look at why there is no weekend voting this election cycle — and might not be. At issue is the required “call” to set the election which already…
Meet the BoilMasters, cooking for a cause. Advance voting begins. Vaping concerns in Gordon Co. Rant: Block the Vote.
Oct 14, 2019 • 10 min
Monday’s first news and our rant of the day, “Block the Vote.” Meet The BoilMasters: We spotted these guys on Facebook in recent days having more fun than should be allowed, serving up barrels of low country boil. It turns out, they do it not for profit…
2 Rome midlevel managers resign following investigation. Panda Express permit issued. Busy, cooler weekend. Rant: Power to the people, right on.
Oct 11, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 druck@hometownheadlines.com 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.…