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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

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Rant of the Day: The Miracle on West Third Street.

February 18th, 2020

6:07

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 …

Updates at LakePoint. More lunch at Sweet P's. Gas prices climb. Rant: Miracle on West Third Street.

February 18th, 2020

10:17

Today's headlines:

  • Business: Some tweaks planned to LakePoint's massive pavilion. Sweet P's now offering lunch Monday-Thursday. WZQZ radio reports …

Rant of the Day: Kindred closing a rare healthcare setback; how about replacing it with expanded veterans' medical services?

February 14th, 2020

5:29

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 …

John Henry's Grill due on Broad. Surprising Kindred closing. Rant: Rare healthcare setback; replace it with veterans' care?

February 14th, 2020

9:22

Today's headlines:

  • Dining: John Henry's Grill heading to former Johnny's Pizza spot on Broad Street. Plus: Dining out tonight? Check, please.

Rant of the Day: Plugging in to Georgia Power's power surge.

February 13th, 2020

4:53

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 …

Morning storm soaks NW Georgia; some power outages. Shorter, mall business updates. Rant: Surge at Georgia Power.

February 13th, 2020

8:50

Today's headlines:

Newscast extra: Rough weather expected; what to know from the National Weather Service and Hometown Headlines.

February 12th, 2020

11:54

A special podcast edition of our Ware Mechanical weather updates.

Northwest Georgia is expected to see strong winds, heavy rain and perhaps brief …

Rant of the Day: Facebook and Coronavirus – collision course!

February 12th, 2020

5:57

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 …

Summerville Park update. Moving 'Mountains' on Broad. Young hero. Jet crash update. Rant: Coronavirus, Facebook -- collision course.

February 12th, 2020

10:40

Today's headlines:

  • Business: Summerville Park senior housing project under way. Adairsville site of proposed 1.1 million-square-foot, $55 million …

Rant of the Day: Delay or close schools? Just make the decision, earlier the better.

February 11th, 2020

5:37

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.”

Rants of the Day: Nelle's farewell. A rugged search and recovery. Brandon's 'Warriors.' Fathers, sons and sports.

February 10th, 2020

5:29

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 …

Latest on jet crash. Much more rain; flood concerns. Brandon's 'Warriors.' Rants: Nelle's farewell; rugged search; fathers and sons.

February 10th, 2020

9:41

Today's headlines:

  • Citation jet crash: Three men, one woman died in the accident Saturday morning; no identities yet. Also: Closer look at the …

The Druck Report hosts "Jay Shell's Creek Stories: Beware Brown Red, undisputed rooster champ -- and my buddy."

February 8th, 2020

33:01

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 …

The Druck Report: Elections Chief Robert Brady on what to know about new voting machines as presidential primary draws closer. Plus: Advance voting updates.

February 7th, 2020

38:26

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 …

Friday's Rant: Exactly how do you tell nine Republican House candidates apart?

February 7th, 2020

4:32

All nine 14th Congressional District hopefuls have the check marks in the “right” boxes when taking the GOP pedigree test:

  • Pro guns. Check.
  • Pro …

Rant of the Day: From Iowa 'ruckus' to 'Stage' of the Union to impeachment vote, what have we learned?

February 6th, 2020

4:49

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 …

Storms pounds NW Georgia. Panda Express update. HUG tonight. Rant: Iowa, 'Stage' of the Union -- we can do better.

February 6th, 2020

8:44

Today's headlines:

Wednesday's rants: Iowa Caucus results--local 'feel'? A Coosa ESPN moment. Ailing Limbaugh. Local businesses thrive. Our community needs a 'HUG' on Thursday.

February 5th, 2020

4:14

Rants at a glance today including:

  • Waiting on Iowa results feel familiar?
  • Coosa girls' ESPN minute.
  • The Limbaugh Effect.
  • Pick O' Deli, Lewis …

Rough 24 hours of weather ahead. Pick O 'Deli update. Rants: On Iowa, Limbaugh and a community HUG.

February 5th, 2020

8:10

Today's headlines:

Tuesday's Rant: When half time is the Super Bowl story

February 4th, 2020

7:13

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. …

Rough weather on the way. Business updates. Flu deaths increase. Rant: Super Bowl gets in the way of half time.

February 4th, 2020

11:15

Today's headlines:

Monday's Rant: Is the U.S. House race becoming a food fight?

February 3rd, 2020

4:59

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 …

Broad Street, hot or not? Closings say one thing; real estate sales perhaps another.

January 31st, 2020

5:50

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 …

Calhoun brewery due March 1. More downtown sales. Rant: Broad Street, hot or not?

January 31st, 2020

10:00

Today's headlines:

Thursday's rant: Politics 2020 is a ride on the Great Georgian Scream Machine.

January 30th, 2020

5:51

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 …

Wendy's returning to Cedartown. Soaring jobless rate in Chattooga. Rant: Politics & the Great Georgian Scream Machine.

January 30th, 2020

10:25

Today's headlines:

Wednesday's Rants: Tragic headlines for families. Another candidate showdown next week? Challenging Kemp. Super Saturday or Sunday?

January 29th, 2020

8:19

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, …

Dining & Drink updates. Court clerk showdown. Rants: Tragic family headlines. Governor challenged. Super Saturday?

January 29th, 2020

9:05

Today's headlines:

  • Dining & Drink: Bucket O' Shrimp adds hours. Super Bowl Sunday plans at area spots. Smoke signals (and a cool bar) in …

Tuesday's Rants: More fallout from Burkhalter attack. Public Health needs more, not less transparency on coronavirus. News, not schmooze.

January 28th, 2020

5:11

Six rants today (well, one's a cupcake but ...)

  • Political fallout from Burkhalter attack.
  • We need more data on coronavius, not less.
  • Spiked: …

Aftermath of marina fire that killed 8. Coosa coach off to Calhoun. Coronavius updates. Rants: More political backfire; public health concerns.

January 28th, 2020

9:47

Today's headlines:

  • Aftermath: Eight dead, seven treated following Scottsboro, Ala., marina blaze. 35 boats destroyed. It could be a few more days …

The Druck Report: Campaign season turns ugly early. Look for swipe at Sheriff Tim Burkhalter to backfire -- very loudly.

January 27th, 2020

5:13

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 …

Women's Leadership Academy's first class 15 strong. A real reuben. Rant: Campaign season gets ugly early.

January 27th, 2020

8:47

Today's headlines:

  • Business: The first local class of the Women's Leadership Academy -- designed to grow 'servant leaders' in Rome -- graduates in …

Friday's Rants: Troubling traffic data in Rome. Lessons learned from 2019 advance voting? Covering Saturday's rally.

January 24th, 2020

5:10

Three rants of the day for the price of one:

  • 17% more collisions in Rome last year even with distracted drivnig enforcement?
  • Gwinnett limiting …

Latest news tips, rumors. 17% jump in accidents in '19. Rants: Wreck reports on area driving and 2019 advance voting.

January 24th, 2020

9:48

Today's headlines:

  • Word on the Tweet: Better business news? Updates on 'The Base.' Mounting flu concerns. Area politics. Restaurant rumors.
  • 2019 …

Thursday's Rant: The highs, lows of Northwest Georgia from star students, a job surge, retail concerns and a Panera plug.

January 23rd, 2020

5:32

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 …

Sheriff's race: $156,000 in contributions so far. Job surge in December. Peaks & Valleys: Our highs, lows in NW Georgia.

January 23rd, 2020

9:38

Today's headlines:

  • Politics: Sheriff's race saw nearly $156,000 in contributions through Dec. 31, half of which already has been spent. Also: …

Wednesday's Rant: Four elections, thousands of dollars — but how many voters?

January 22nd, 2020

4:27

Campaign 2020 is well under way -- and apparently well funded. 

  • Candidates are everywhere -- and more of them are popping up each day.
  • Local …

Arrest in Rome's first murder of '20. Politics: Sheriff's forum, new House hopefuls. Rant: Dollars, debates and campaigns.

January 22nd, 2020

9:12

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 …

Tuesday's Rant: Guns, politics and the 2020 elections.

January 21st, 2020

4:51

From what we know so far, the Armuchee Second Amendment Sanctuary rally will draw politicians seeking your vote in the May and November elections. …

Buzzing on Broad St. Second Amendment 'sanctuary' rally. Floyd's $100K pledge. Rant: Guns and politics.

January 21st, 2020

9:03

Today's headlines:

Friday's Rant: From broadcast legends Stephen A. and Nelle Reagan to baseball and a lot inbetween.

January 17th, 2020

6:32

A series of minirants today including:

  • Stephen A., king of rants, signs off his radio show today.
  • Nelle Reagan, the matriarch of mass media, …

3 arrested by Floyd Police, FBI. River District changes. King celebration begins. Rants: From broadcast legends to baseball.

January 17th, 2020

10:34

Today's headlines:

  • Three men arrested in murder conspiracy case under investigation by the Floyd County Police Department and the FBI.  Among those …

Real stories of 2020 primary races (U.S. House, sheriff). DOT open house today on bridge update (our rant as well).

January 16th, 2020

6:49

Today's headlines:

  • Politics: The real 'storylines' shaping Foyd County's 2020 primary ballot: Sheriff's race, U.S. House, County Commission and …

Wednesday's Rant: The highs and lows of local retail.

January 15th, 2020

5:15

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, …

Tuesday's Rant: The all-new, all-different Rome City Commission?

January 14th, 2020

5:42

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.

Collins returns as Rome's mayor. Brewery sets $85M expansion. Rant: The all-new, all-different City Commission?

January 14th, 2020

9:32

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 …

Latest storm recovery updates. Midian Roofing program a first for state. Peaks & Valleys: Storm edition.

January 13th, 2020

7:39

Today's headlines:

  • Storm aftermath: Latest updates as recovery efforts continue from Saturday's storm. Less than 200 without power as of this …

Friday's Rant: Why we're in 'weather panic' mode.

January 10th, 2020

4:54

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 …

Severe weather due Saturday; heavy rain next. Banking updates. Wreck update. Rant: We're in 'weather' panic mode.

January 10th, 2020

8:59

Today's headlines:

Thursday's Rant of the Day: Echos from the November City Commission election and what it means to Monday's vote for mayor.

January 9th, 2020

6:28

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 …

Driver 'serious' after Shorter wreck. Updates on Turner McCall bridge. Politics and dining. Rant: Echos from the city election.

January 9th, 2020

10:06

Today's headlines:

  • One person seriously injured in Shorter Avenue collision Wednesday evening. The accident shut down the highway for nearly two …

Wednesday's Rant: Is there a doctor in the House? (and other congressional candidates).

January 8th, 2020

6:04

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.

Armuchee burglary ring. Bistro site for sale. Political show & tell. Rant: Is there a doctor in the House? (Maybe)

January 8th, 2020

6:49

Today's headlines:

Tuesday's Rant. Big changes for the '20 Rome Braves: New boss, new spring training base, upgraded stadium and where to after Rome?

January 7th, 2020

6:52

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 …

Cedartown parents in jail following child's death. 2019 weather: hotter, wetter. Rant: Big changes for '20 Rome Braves.

January 7th, 2020

10:58

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 …

Monday's Rant of the Day: Why we like the '20s (so far).

January 6th, 2020

6:27

Some very early "indicators" include:

  • Politics: We're four-plus months out from the primary and things already are sizzling.
  • Restaurants: Eric …

'Emerson Explosion' of development begins. About that new bridge. Rant: We like the '20s (so far).

January 6th, 2020

9:51

Today's headlines:

  • Business: 'Emerson Explosion' about to light up southern Bartow County with millions -- perhaps $1 billion -- in residential, …

Weekend observation: The incredible life story of Dr. Ouida Dickey.

January 3rd, 2020

4:54

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 …

Rainfall at 1.5 inches; flood watch until 7 p.m. Police, health, education updates. Plus: An amazing life, Dr. Ouida Dickey.

January 3rd, 2020

8:55

Today's headlines:

Thursday's Rants of the Day: Politics, dining, sports and remembering a local legend.

January 2nd, 2020

5:39

Your executive summary:

  • Surprise, surprise in 14th Congressional District race.
  • How 'bout those Dogs.
  • Restaurant teasers.
  • Familiar voice …

Tuesday's Just the Rant: Our 2020 predictions including retail, dining, traffic and politics.

December 31st, 2019

7:06

Things to watch:

  • The impact of East Bend on traffic, downtown Rome.
  • Will East Bend deliver the major anchor stores shoppers want?
  • Politics: From …

Changes at Crawdaddy, Pizza Hut; beans & greens day! Polk death investigation. Rant: 2020 predictions -- retail, dining, traffic, politics.

December 31st, 2019

11:43

Today's headlines:

  • Dining: Crawdaddy has one more change due. Pizza Hut closes in Summerville; Armuchee, Cedartown gone. Sam's Burger-Deli updates. …

Monday's rank: Peaks and Valleys of NW Georgia: Trevor Lawrence, the Chipper, Johnny Isakson and 2019.

December 30th, 2019

5:25

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 …

Monday's Rant: Must there be a Rant of the Day?

December 23rd, 2019

4:46

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 …

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?

December 23rd, 2019

8:32

Today's headlines:

Friday's Just the Rant: Some needed extra 'light' this Christmas season.

December 20th, 2019

5:05

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 …

Weekend washout brewing; storms of Decembers past. Del Taco opens big. Rant: We need more of this this Christmas.

December 20th, 2019

8:41

Today's headlines:

Thursday's Rant of the Day: What is it about our 'taste' for local news?

December 19th, 2019

4:49

Within about 10 minutes of one another on Wednesday, we got official word of two stories.

  • In Adairsville, a flooring company announced plans for …

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.

December 19th, 2019

8:50

Today's headlines:

  • East Bend tenant scorecard update: Discount Tire and Chipotle -- check. Also: Permits for work in Cotton Block, the mall, Kroger.

Wednesday's Rant of the Day: Time to recycle the fake Christmas tree in front of Rome City Hall.

December 18th, 2019

5:19

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 …

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.

December 18th, 2019

9:11

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 …

Tuesday's Rant of the Day: Enough, already, of the BLANK of the decade (fill in the blank).

December 17th, 2019

5:09

Story of the decade? Oh, wait, there's more. Try songs. Recording artists. TV shows. Movies. Football teams and football coaches – high school, …

Rant of the Day: Who won the weekend, from Christmas Back Home to SantaCon to sports to some special glasses -- and butternut squash.

December 16th, 2019

5:08

A different flavor of Rant of the Day including these items:

  • Joe Burrow's heartfelt Heisman acceptance.
  •  Christmas Back Home -- 'tearfully' good.

Pilots organizing at Russell Airport. Business updates. Rough weather tonight? Rant: Who won the weekend and why.

December 16th, 2019

9:15

Today's headlines:

  • Pilots assemble: Nearly 40 local pilots, aircraft owners forming association to improve social, safety and advocacy efforts at …

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.

December 13th, 2019

5:51

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 …

Manis buys former Ga. Power campus. Key move by Southeastern Mills. Rants: One of your friends needs prayers. Richard Jewell movie.

December 13th, 2019

9:36

Today's headlines:

  • Business: Roger Manis completes purchase of former Georgia Power campus; third major property to sell on Broad in the $1.5 …

Thursday's Just the Rant: How do we thank all the cheerful givers?

December 12th, 2019

5:09

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 …

Drowned Valley Brewing sets grand opening; Calhoun brewery next. Christmas events. Rant: How do we thank all the cheerful givers?

December 12th, 2019

9:36

Today's headlines:

  • Dining & Drink:  Grand opening at Drowned Valley Brewing as regional craft beer boom continues; Calhoun next. Also: Bucket …

Wednesday's Rant of the Day: One retailer needs a little Christmas spirit.

December 11th, 2019

5:33

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 …

Updates on tricky weather forecast. $75 million development planned in Emerson. Rant: Store missing Christmas spirit.

December 11th, 2019

9:11

Today's headlines:

Tuesday's Rant of the Day: Will the House seat go red, blue or Greene?

December 10th, 2019

4:53

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 …

Hometown Podcast: A blast from the past as we remember K-98 with longtime owner Mills Fitzner.

December 9th, 2019

48:21

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 …

Rant: Georgia Chamber chief's assessment of Rome a blueprint for success.

December 9th, 2019

6:11

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 …

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. 

December 9th, 2019

9:12

Today's headlines:

  • Business: voestalpine, a key part of the original 'Bartow Boom,' seeks nearly $60 million to grow again. Expansion would boost …

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.

December 7th, 2019

25:43

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 …

Del Taco opens Dec. 18 in West Rome. Graves is out; who's in? Benham resigning. Rant: 2020 election just got hotter.

December 6th, 2019

10:14

A very busy newsday this Friday including:

  • Dining: Del Taco in West Rome to open Wednesday, Dec. 18.
  • Business: RaceTrac opens Adairsville store, …

Just the Rant: State GOP decides you don't need a choice in the March presidential primary.

December 5th, 2019

5:53

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 …

Just the Rant: Paul Harvey was right; 'it's not one world.' Just ask Brian Kemp, Nick Saban, Tom Brady.

December 4th, 2019

4:42

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 …

Christmas parade lights up Rome. Fire death investigated. Dining updates. Rant: Paul Harvey was right; 'it's not one world.'

December 4th, 2019

9:17

Suddenly realizing Christmas is three weeks from today, these items:

Monday's Just the Rant: There's a reason they call Brian Kemp governor.

December 3rd, 2019

4:32

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 …

Rant of the Day: Is it too soon to talk about Black Friday 2020?

December 3rd, 2019

5:15

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 …

New push, more changes at former Toys R Us store. Christmas parade a go for tonight. Rant: Big changes for Black Friday 2020.

December 3rd, 2019

10:15

Your parade day headlines and not-too-chilly forecast:

  • Business: Hull Property Group, owners of Mount Berry Mall, advertising Toys R Us site for …

Buc-ee's due in Calhoun in 2021. Your dining reviews. Parade season opens tonight. Rant: Brian Kemp's 'right' decision.

December 2nd, 2019

9:03

These headlines to start the news week:

  • Business: Texas-based Buc-ee's plans Calhoun mega convenience store in 2021; latest in Northwest Georgia …

Just the Rant: What we're thankful for this Thankgiving.

November 27th, 2019

4:38

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 …

Dining: Not Your Granny's Soul Food Fusion. John Schroeder to lead Christmas parade. Rant: What we're thankful for this Thankgiving.

November 27th, 2019

9:30

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: …

Rant of the Day: Where were you during the Great Web Wipeout of 2019?

November 26th, 2019

4:39

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 …

Home sales stay strong. Charges in separate sex crime cases. Rant: Surviving the Great Web Wipeout of 2019.

November 26th, 2019

9:06

A busy Tuesday; check back for parade grand marshal updates later this morning:

  • Business:  Area Realtors sold 300 homes in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon …

Just The Rant: Monday's Peaks & Valley's of Northwest Georgia (pancake breakfast, local football, more 'silos.')

November 25th, 2019

4:41

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 …

The secret behind GMC Value Mart's success. Remembering Joe Wright. Week ahead. Peaks & Valleys of NW Georgia.

November 25th, 2019

10:30

A challenging start to Monday's headlines but we endeavor to perserver

  • Business: After nearly 50 years, GMC Value Mart continues growing in Coosa, …

New advocate for the homeless? WNB Factory now in Bartow. Rainy weekend. Rant: United Way steps up to help the community's homeless. 

November 22nd, 2019

9:28

The day's first headlines include:

  • United Way presents plan to mostly fund a 'poverty and homeless coordinator' to work with area agencies …

$50 million plant, 110 jobs due in Adairsville. Jobless rate drops. Rant: Time to play, "Who Wants to be Rome's Next Mayor!"

November 21st, 2019

11:03

Thursday's top headlines include:

  • Business: Nippon Light Metal Georgia bringing 110 jobs, making a $50 million investment in Adairsville plant.

Rant of the Day: Can we fill 2,000 seats in one block of restaurants in downtown Rome?

November 20th, 2019

7:33

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 …

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. 

November 19th, 2019

10:40

Tuesday's first headlines include:

  • Politics: Olsziewski, Davis to attend Democrats' Wednesday night debate in Atlanta. Plus local updates.

Rome 'faltering?' We disagree -- to a point. Bekaert updates. Mr. & Mrs. Claus suit up. Rant: Improving Rome? Start today.

November 18th, 2019

11:09

A busy news week begins with:

  • Analysis: Brookings Institute brands Rome among 48 'faltering legacy' city. We disagree -- but welcome advice to grow …

Third restaurant due at East Bend. Bekaert updates. Busy weekend. Christmas trees. Rant: About those 'conservation easements.'

November 15th, 2019

11:25

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 …

IRS crackdown on conservation easements. Dining updates. 1,000 more jobs here. Rant: Ga. Power building huge for downtown's future.

November 14th, 2019

11:27

And here's how Rome's news day starts today:

  • IRS: 'Significant increase in enforcement actions for syndicated conservation easement transactions' …

Record low to start the day. Buyer for Ga. Power office? 1 million views of Justus' walk. Midweek observations.

November 13th, 2019

10:06

Lots of news on a way-too-cold Wednesday:

Rough weather today, Wednesday. Two tragic accidents. Rant: A year after the economic development 'Big Switch.'

November 12th, 2019

10:41

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 …

Aftermath of 411 collisions. Meet the 'Sausage Dogs.' Fox 5 at Sam's Burger-Deli to share 3,000 veterans' photos. Peaks & Valleys.

November 11th, 2019

10:50

A busy Monday news report includes:

  • 411 accidents: Latest updates on Sunday evening accidents that sent nine to area hospitals. Floyd Medical …

Power out in East Rome. Return of Herb Ballenger. Cold weekend -- busy one, too. Druck Report (and rant): Cochran's economic blueprint.

November 8th, 2019

10:58

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 …

Druck Report: Mark Cochran on winning a Rome City Commission seat -- and his dazzling blueprint for shaping a very different future for the community.

November 7th, 2019

48:40

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 …

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.'

November 7th, 2019

10:06

While watching for the rain, these items:

  • Dining: Updates on Aventine, including opening before Thanksgiving, hours, menu overview, photos.Rome …

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.

November 6th, 2019

12:16

A huge day even before the last votes were counted. On to the headlines:

  • Newcomers Bojo, Cochran win as does returning commissioner Askew. …

You decide Rome's future today. Polk plane crash kills pilot. Business updates. Rant: Our 100th podcast; what's next.

November 5th, 2019

11:50

Election day headlines with the first one being, "Please vote."

  • 'Equipment all in place' for today's election; precincts open until 7 tonight. Our …

Roman to help decorate the White House for Christmas. Updates on La Scala, Crawdaddy's, Del Taco. Election news. Peaks & Valleys.

November 4th, 2019

9:44

As we start a huge news week, these headlines:

  • Local master gardener/entrepreneur Carol Rutledge selected as one of 150 volunteers to help decorate …

Halloween washout and more weather concerns. Little Caesar's opens. Rant: Flood of rain, flood of candidate endorsements.

October 30th, 2019

12:26

As we wait for the rain, these headlines:

  • One traffic alert: More fog concerns today for Northwest Georgia. Please give yourself a few extra …

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.

October 29th, 2019

10:57

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' …

Suspect held in bank robbery. Safe landing on I-75. LivingProof expanding. Second voting site. Peaks & Valleys on Peach State, voting.

October 28th, 2019

9:22

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 …

$39 million hotel at LakePoint; more to come. Weekend washout? Podcast: Election dysfunction. Plus weekend observations.

October 25th, 2019

12:05

We're watching the weather and other news throughout the day and evening:

  • LakePoint adding $39 million, 200-room hotel, celebrating new north …

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.

October 24th, 2019

46:12

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 …

Cartersville keeps on truckin.' Chick-Fil-A upsizes express menu. Busy - and wet - weekend. Rant: Can pizza save local politics?

October 24th, 2019

11:13

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 …

OYO rebranding area hotels. RPD seeks robbery suspect. Updates on ex-Rome doctor. 2nd voting site added. Peaks & Valleys.

October 23rd, 2019

9:57

Today's latest updates include:

  • Rome, Adairsville, Calhoun hotels join OYO chain of budget accommodations. Buffalo Luke's almost ready in Calhoun.

'Significant' updates at LakePoint? Storms take it easy on us. Floyd's teacher the year. Rants: Wild dogs and AWOL voters.

October 22nd, 2019

9:46

Tuesday's first headlines include:

  • LakePoint to announce 'significant infrastructure and growth initiatives' Thursday afternoon with Gov. Brian …

Swift & Finch stirring things up. Wild dogs return. Fog advisory issued. Rant: Saluting 178 advance voters for enduring bizzaro election.

October 21st, 2019

9:33

This week's first headlines:

  • Business: Swift & Finch updates and expands the shop, has that customized French van on the road again and looks …

Watching our tropical Saturday weather. Crushed Tomato expands, KFC remodels. Busy weekend. Rant: New voting machines: Paper or plastic?

October 18th, 2019

9:34

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 …

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.

October 16th, 2019

8:37

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 …

Noon meeting on fate of weekend advance voting. Timbo's opening a restaurant. Beer fest updates. Rant: Egos and the city commission.

October 15th, 2019

10:12

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 …

Meet the BoilMasters, cooking for a cause. Advance voting begins. Vaping concerns in Gordon Co. Rant: Block the Vote.

October 14th, 2019

10:25

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 …

2 Rome midlevel managers resign following investigation. Panda Express permit issued. Busy, cooler weekend. Rant: Power to the people, right on.

October 11th, 2019

8:22

Friday's exclusive updates include:

  • Two midlevel administrators have left city of Rome employment following an investigation; both had been on …

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.

October 10th, 2019

8:38

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 …

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.

October 9th, 2019

29:11

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 …

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?

October 9th, 2019

8:23

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 …

Froggy's jumping into former Kangaroo Jake's. Alli Mitchell on United Way changes. Peaks & Valleys as we remember a great community servant.

October 8th, 2019

8:04

Tuesday's first headlines include:

  • Business: Froggy's jumping into Kangaroo Jake's former spot in Armuchee;  we’re awaiting an opening day. The …

Meet the Ward 1 Commission candidates. Caching crowd means 'cha-ching' downtown. Remembering Ken Oates. Rant: Rome unglued? Maybe so.

October 7th, 2019

8:43

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: …

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.

October 4th, 2019

8:50

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 …

Countdown to Rocket Wash opening. Fallout from McDaniel's 'Third World' comment. Huge weekend. Rant: Our first Facebook election!

October 3rd, 2019

8:26

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 …

More chamber fallout as Ken Wright leaves. Latest SAT scores. Fair opens (and great photos). Fighting breast cancer. Rant: Inspiration for would-be voters.

October 2nd, 2019

8:14

The headlines on an already busy Wednesday:

  • Chamber-economic development fallout continues as Ken Wright is out. He was the liasion with the …

Updates on fatal Rockmart fire. City, county discuss home for economic development. The fair opens tonight. Rant: $2 million economic development bill.

October 1st, 2019

8:51

Tuesday's first headlines include:

  • The latest on the home 'flash burn/explosion' that claimed the life of a Rockmart woman
  • Business: Plans for …

Commissioners blistered on state radio show. Ward 3 candidate profiles, Q & A. Beer festivals brewing. Rant: Radio host calls city vote 'a scam.'

September 30th, 2019

8:46

The news week starts with... :

  • Syndicated talk show host Erick Erickson goes off on Rome City Commission's 'school zone speed' detection vote. …

McDonald's back, better than ever in East Rome. STEMCO sold. Busy -- and hot -- weekend. Rant: Story behind 'I miss you' story.

September 27th, 2019

8:39

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 …

The mystery behind the 'I Miss You' sign. Unemployment sinks. Busy, hot weekend. Rant: Rome's future is in voters' hands, not candidates.

September 26th, 2019

8:59

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 …

'Pizza, pizza' due in East Rome by late October. City Commission candidate interviews posted. Impeachment updates. Rant: Sell tickets to GOP forum Thursday.

September 25th, 2019

7:29

Wednesday's news day includes:

  • Little Caesar's in East Rome is hiring; opening expected by late October.
  • Pelosi says House to open impeachment …

Old Toys R Us up for auction. Stylist indicted in husband's murder. Latest on SWAT shooting. Rant: The headlines hit close to home.

September 24th, 2019

8:35

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 …

Suspect dies in shootout with area law enforcement. Coosa Valley Fair: What to know. This is fall? Rants: Reviving downtown, homeless dogs, football.

September 23rd, 2019

9:19

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 …

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?

September 20th, 2019

7:58

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 …

Two injured in U.S. 27 collision. Cartersville chef wins TV title, $250K. Business, education updates. Rant: Finally, a reality check.

September 19th, 2019

8:46

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 …

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.

September 18th, 2019

7:36

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 …

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.

September 17th, 2019

8:15

Tuesday's first headlines include:

  • Six weeks after first attack, wild dog packs continue to roam Between the Rivers, East Rome neighborhoods. …

Dos Bros. and other dining updates. Rome Business Group building network. McClellan's high school picks. Weekend Observations: It was an emotional one.

September 16th, 2019

8:16

As your news week begins...:

  • Dos Bros Fresh Mexican Grill targets late September opening. Crawdaddy's parks food truck for now. Aventine's preview. …

Chemical fire closes Calhoun schools. Extra precautions at Coosa High. Bartow 'boom' continues. Peaks & Valleys: Homeless, Sept. 11, One Table.

September 13th, 2019

8:50

A busy news week gets busier:

  • Developing: Chemical fire in Calhoun closes city schools today. At least one employee at DHM reported injured; others …

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.

September 12th, 2019

8:52

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 …

Homeless task force assembles. Update on wild dog packs. Power back after storms. Rant: City solution -- election and recall effort.

September 11th, 2019

7:57

Our audio edition headlines:

  • Tentative list of Homelessness Task Force members posted; meeting set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Carnegie Training …

Two communities mourn crash victims. Updates on economic development. An almost-sneaky vote and a rant on that very issue.

September 10th, 2019

7:34

Today's headlines and rant:

  • Armuchee, Cedar Bluff communities mourning father, child killed in Chattooga County accident. 10-year-old son also …

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.

September 9th, 2019

7:50

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 …

Police seek suspect in Rome's 5th shooting in a month. Rome Axe Throwing debuts. Hot weekend ahead. Rants: Five short blasts today.

September 6th, 2019

9:00

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 …

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.

September 5th, 2019

8:38

Our Thursday report includes:

  • Ware Mechanical Weather updates: The latest on Dorian and Georgia's coast. How to help storm victims. Plus: A little …

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.

September 4th, 2019

8:21

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 …

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.

September 3rd, 2019

7:38

Our post-Labor Day headlines include:

  • The latest on Hurricane Dorian and the potential threat to Georgia. Coastal Georgia is under both tropical …

Charles Love out of Ward 1 race. Isakson resigning. Murder suspect back in Chattooga. Rant: Isakson is our last real Republican.

August 29th, 2019

9:24

Huge news week continues:

  • Charles Love withdraws from City Commission race. That leaves five candidates, including three incumbents, in the Ward 1.

Manhunt continues for double murder suspect. Harbin's pediatric center due in 2020. Rant: Seeing '2020' in bustling Redmond Corridor.

August 28th, 2019

8:36

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 …

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.

August 27th, 2019

28:34

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 …

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.'

August 27th, 2019

8:48

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 …

Amid two key openings, two businesses closing. Knights cooking BBQ to help others. Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows of commission candidates.

August 26th, 2019

8:41

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 …

10 candidates for 6 commission seats -- so far. Mother's Finest in Rome tonight. Rant: Politics really is about 'Love' -- and war.

August 23rd, 2019

8:17

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 …

Burger, wings chain opening 2 spots in NWGA. 8 City Commission hopefuls so far. Rants: Yes to redevelopment; huge sports weekend; politics.

August 22nd, 2019

9:56

A huge Thursday news buffet including:

  • Dining & Drink: WNB Factory opening soon in Cedartown, Cartersville, offering wings, burgers, fried …

6 candidates in, more due for City Commission. Combo meal: Double restaurant openings. Rant: There's 'mor chikin' in your future.

August 21st, 2019

9:27

Our Wednesday updates with a familiar opening jingle:  

  • City Commission candidate update: J.J. Walker Seifert, Bonny Askew qualify for Ward 3; Bill …

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).

August 20th, 2019

8:50

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 …

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?

August 19th, 2019

9:50

 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 …

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.

August 18th, 2019

40:25

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

Rants of the Week: An edited version of some of our commentary from the past few days on "urban camping," local "leadership."

August 18th, 2019

17:38

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

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.

August 16th, 2019

9:46

 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 …

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.

August 16th, 2019

33:13

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 …

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.

August 15th, 2019

9:59

Your audio daily double -- local headlines and our rant of the day:  

  • Floyd County Schools report data breach with former vendor involving up to …

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?

August 14th, 2019

8:49

 The audio edition of today's headlines and today's rant:

  • Community groups organizing as Rome City Commission considers 'urban camping,' …

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.

August 13th, 2019

9:03

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 …

Newscast: $2,400 signing bonuses, other incentives being used to fill law enforcement vacancies. Blistering heat today, Tuesday. Business updates. Peaks & Valleys.

August 12th, 2019

8:56

As we welcome the students back to Unity Christian today, these items:

  •   $2,400 hiring bonuses, employee incentives for successful applicants among …

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!)

August 9th, 2019

8:59

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; …

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.

August 8th, 2019

9:16

Lots of health and football news today including:

  •  Harbin Clinic's second campus on Gentilly Boulevard in Cartersville begins welcoming patients …

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.

August 6th, 2019

8:58

 Now available on SoundCloud podcast offerings, there are your broadcast headlines so far today:

  • In a case of too close to home, the Rockmart …

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.

August 5th, 2019

9:25

 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 …

News Roundtable: Our top stories from the past week, our latest interviews and what's ahead next week.

August 2nd, 2019

9:56

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

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 $$

August 2nd, 2019

11:05

Celebrating the end of the news drought, we offer:   

  • Vice President Mike Pence due in Rome this afternoon; still a mystery – exactly where other …

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.

August 1st, 2019

33:39

 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 …

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.

August 1st, 2019

9:32

  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 …

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.

July 31st, 2019

39:58

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 …

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.'

July 31st, 2019

8:50

 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 …

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.

July 30th, 2019

9:26

While wondering where the Summer of '19 went, these items:

  • Dining & Drink: New breweries on the way in downtown Cartersville and Calhoun. …

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.

July 29th, 2019

7:48

Your audio edition of today's top headlines -- without the static!

  •  Business: Bella Luna, high-end nail salon among retailers moving into Lofts at …

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.

July 28th, 2019

45:00

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 …

Newscast: Business soaked? Sidewalk sale time! Jobless rate up here. Weekend guide. Also: What we can learn from the Go Go flood.

July 25th, 2019

9:30

The audio edition of Hometown Headlines just a click away:  

  • Jobs: County-by-county look at June's employment reports. Plus: Upcoming job fairs.

Druck Report: Eric McDowell on the escalating battle to keep Sleep Inn out of Summerville Park -- and how to help.

July 24th, 2019

36:17

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 …

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.

July 24th, 2019

9:11

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 …

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.

July 23rd, 2019

9:47

Your unfiltered look at news from Rome today: 

  • Summerville Park ‘implores’ City Commission to find a solution to planned Sleep Inn. Rome’s …

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).

July 22nd, 2019

9:08

Almost live from Studio 1A this Monday:

  • Dining: Dos Bros Mexican Grill targeting October opening. Restaurant cofounder 'confident' menu will stand …

Druck Report: Social media pioneer Carol Morgan on why Facebook is critical to the success of your business (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, too).

July 19th, 2019

40:18

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

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)

July 19th, 2019

10:15

A deadline-breaking edition of our weekday newscast:   

  • Dining: Thatcher's Barbecue & Grill opens in Summerville; latest stop for family fueled …

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.

July 18th, 2019

10:58

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 …

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.

July 17th, 2019

9:10

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 …

Tuesday: New life for Sage Cottage. Rome Schools 'rollin' buses in January. Plant Hammond decision today. Rant: Moon walk celebration? Take a giant leap.

July 16th, 2019

8:19

Almost live from Studio 1A:

  • Business: Sage Cottage in Adairsville under new ownership, grand 'reopening' is Aug. 10. Create DIY Workshop has grand …

Newscast: Surge in senior living options in Floyd, Bartow. Bucket o Shrimp soft opening Tuesday. Peaks & Valleys: Highs, lows of NW Georgia.

July 15th, 2019

8:41

Almost live from Studio 1A:  

  • Surge in senior living options with new developments,      expansions and renovations under way at multiple locations …

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.

July 14th, 2019

36:59

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 …

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.

July 12th, 2019

8:38

Almost live from studio 1A today:  

  • Services set for Rome High, Berry College graduate Brandon 'B-Dub' Wilson who died in a weekend boating …

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.

July 11th, 2019

9:09

Your alternative to "decaf radio" starts here: 

  •  Rome woman, 85, dies from injuries sustained in Sunday afternoon accident. 
  • Dos Bros Mexican …

New Rome beer festival date, new office, new director, new chair: Changing times for RACA. An HHPodcast interview with Ali Booker and Chris Kerr.

July 11th, 2019

29:42

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 …

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.

July 10th, 2019

24:05

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 …

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?

July 10th, 2019

8:49

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 …

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.

July 9th, 2019

29:21

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 …

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.

July 9th, 2019

8:27

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 …

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).

July 8th, 2019

9:05

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 …

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.

July 7th, 2019

38:35

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 …

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.

July 3rd, 2019

8:42

Almost live from Studio 1A:

Business: Missy Kendrick named president of Economic Development for Rome and Floyd County.  

Celebrating Independence …

Newscast: Summerville Park escalates fight against Sleep Inn. Economic development chief hired. Shopping center updates. Plus: Mission impossible?

July 2nd, 2019

10:10

Almost live from Studio 1A:

  • Missy Kendrick has been hired to lead Rome/Floyd County's economic development efforts. 
  • Summerville Park residents …

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.

July 1st, 2019

8:33

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 …

News: Massive meth bust; quarter ton seized. Major milestone for Rome attorney Brian Bojo. Huge weekend. Week-in-review: Busy week for law enforcement.

June 28th, 2019

9:09

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; …

Newscast: Bucket of Shrimp due by later summer. Aragon fire kills man, 84. Weekend: Plays, fireworks, parades. Rant: Our restaurant addiction. Plus: 'Funky Druck'?

June 27th, 2019

8:52

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 …

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.

June 26th, 2019

9:52

 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 …

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.

June 25th, 2019

7:01

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 …

HHPodcast Interview. Real Americana: The red, white and blue tradition that is Cave Spring's Fourth of July Parade with founder Christa Jackson.

June 24th, 2019

37:01

Thirty-four years ago on Independence Day, Christa Jackson and her three oldest sons were at their Cave Spring home, disappointed because the weather …

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.

June 24th, 2019

8:18

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 …

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.

June 21st, 2019

7:46

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 …

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.

June 20th, 2019

7:40

From Studio 1A this Thursday:

Severe weather hammers Rome, Cedartown this morning.

Violent night of crime, from SWAT-assisted drug arrest to …

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.

June 19th, 2019

7:15

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.

HHPodcast Interview: Underground Rome -- Down and a Little Dirty. Exploring what's below Broad Street with Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab.

June 18th, 2019

31:32

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 …

HHPodcast News Update: AirLife chopper leaving Redmond. Economic development hire close. Business newsmaker updates.

June 18th, 2019

1:34

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 …

HHPodcast News: Closer look at the East Bend (Kmart) updates. Political season begins. Names in the news. Peaks & Valleys.

June 18th, 2019

7:20

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 …

HHPodcast News: A heart-breaking reunion at Notre Dame. Wayne Robinson launching Rocket Wash. Plus: Peaks & Valleys, the highs and lows of Northwest Georgia.

June 17th, 2019

7:24

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 …

HHPodcast News: Local news, views and our first extended weekend entertainment report in segment two.

June 14th, 2019

8:19

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 …

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

June 13th, 2019

8:25

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 …

HHPodcast guest interview: From 'Community Watch' at Georgia Highlands College, the not-so-secret origins of the Hometown Podcast. An interview.

June 12th, 2019

31:28

The June 12 edition of "Community Watch" with Dr. Jon Hershey includes an interview with us about the launch of the Hometown Headlines Podcast. …

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.

June 12th, 2019

10:43

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 …

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.

June 11th, 2019

8:17

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 …

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.

June 10th, 2019

9:52

 Almost live from studio 1A:

  • Dining: Stacy's Chicken Salad Chick looks to open in late August, bringing a 'unique experience' for guests to …

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.

June 7th, 2019

9:12

 From Studio 1A

  • Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: Heavy rain, storms, even an isolated tornado all possible as storm system to soak Northwest Georgia, …

HHPodcast Interview: Parking in downtown Rome -- problems & promise. With guests Jay Shell and Harry Brock.

June 7th, 2019

45:09

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,

HHpodcast News: Hotel proposal has some sleepless. Weekend washout: 4 to 6 inches of rain due. Weekend guide. And today's headliner: Dylan Beasley.

June 6th, 2019

8:08

 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 …

HHPodcast News: What Evie McNiece's decision means to an already sizzling City Commission race. Plus: Weekday observations!

June 5th, 2019

9:07

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 …

HHPodcast News: News about East Bend (former Kmart), downtown parking and even Paul Harvey (podcast inventer?)

June 4th, 2019

10:04

 Our headlines for this Tuesday:

  • Business: Ledbetters seek variances for 'footprint' of East Bend center's proposed shops, restaurants; hearing is …

HHPodcast News: The first edition (06/03/19)

June 3rd, 2019

8:35

 Posted on June 3, 2019 by hometownheadlines0 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 …

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