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Table of Contents Published by:

Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce 1 Riverside Parkway Rome, Georgia 30161 Momentum (USPS 395-030) Published monthly by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, 1 Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA 30161. Periodical Postage Paid - Rome, GA 30161. Subscription Rate $25 per year in U.S.A. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to MOMENTUM, 1 Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA 30161

All content by: Blake Buford For Advertising and Editorial Information: 706-291-7663

On the Cover:

In this Issue...

Letter from the Chairman.................................................... 4 Upcoming Community Events.......................................... 4

Make a Difference:

The Animal Rescue Foundation of Rome/Floyd County....................................................6-7

Get More Rest:

Advanced Sleep Concepts.............................................8-9

Spend More Time With Family:

Putt-Putt Fun Center.......................................................... 10 Cycle Therapy........................................................................ 11

Clear Your Mind:

The Healing Arts Center of Rome................................. 12

Get More Exercise:

YMCA/Crossfit UCS/The RAC/Velocity............. 14-15 New Members and Renewals.............................. 17

Save More Money: The Cover depicts Rome and Floyd County citizens working to keep their 2013 New Year’s Resolutions. Jan13 Momentum.indd 3

Chamber Member Banks/Credit Unions . ....... 18-19 Ribbon Cuttings............................................................. 20 Advertiser’s Index/Chamber Events............... 21

Visitor’s Guide................................................................. 23

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN Dear Reader, Exciting things are happening in Rome and Floyd County! 2013 will be a great year and we are delighted to share our community with you. The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce takes great pride in providing this publication to introduce you to our membership, manufacturers, small businesses and community. This issue features The Animal Rescue Foundation of Rome/Floyd County, Advanced Sleep Concepts and a spotlight on The Healing Arts Center of Rome. This edition also features this month’s New Members and Renewals. Don’t forget to take a look at the Community Calendar and experience the vibrancy of Rome and Floyd County for yourself. As Chairman of the Chamber’s 2013 Board of Directors, I would like to extend an invitation for you to visit the Chamber of Commerce located at 1 Riverside Parkway and meet the Chamber staff. You will find an incredible staff that is truly committed to the future of Rome and Floyd County. Sincerely, Doc Kibler State Mutual Insurance Company 2013 Chairman of the Board Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce

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Event Description: Join the Rome Symphony Orchestra for the exciting Premier of the RSO Oral History Documentary on Thursday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rome Area History Museum.

Event Description: Join CRBI, Keep Rome Beautiful and Rome River’s E.C.O. Center for this six-mile paddle trip down the Etowah River from Grizzard Park to Heritage Park in Downtown Rome. This is a free event and complimentary canoes and kayaks are available on a first-to-register-first-serve basis. Donuts and hot chocolate will be provided along with motorized boats for safety purposes.

Rome Symphony Orchestra presents: “Rome Symphony Orchestra Oral History” Location: 305 Broad Street Time: 6:00 p.m.


The Forum presents: “Travis Tritt Live” Location: 2 Government Plaza Time: 8:00 p.m.

Event Description: See Travis like you have never seen him before here in Rome, GA. His solo acoustic show is at the Forum in Downtown Rome! Floor seats available at the Brewhouse in Rome for only $28.50. Lower and upper level seating available at for only $22.50.

Coosa River Basin Initiative presents: “Polar Bear Paddle” Location: Etowah River Crossing Time: 9:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Riverwood Retirement Life Communtiy presents: “The Grand Opening of Remembrance Village” Location: 511 West 10th Street Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Event Description: Join us for our Grand Opening of Remembrance Village. We will have food and entertainment, releasing of doves and a hot air balloon!

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Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, let’s make some positive changes!

Positive Changes Counseling

Ice that will Melt her heart this Valentine’s Day 328 Broad St. Rome, GA. 30165 706.291.7236 Elizabeth K. Harris Photography

Greta Willoughby, Ph.D, LPC, NCC Cism, APOS, CAMS, CDVC Ga. DMV Clinical Evaluator - A+ 520 Broad St. Rome, GA 30161 706-314-9739 Specializing in chronic illness/caregiver support, vicarious trauma/critical incidents, stress reduction, life transitions and women’s issues across the lifespan. Insurance or Self-Pay

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“Make a Difference” How a Handful of People Save Hundreds of Dogs Every Month A year and a half ago a group of regular citizens who wanted to make a difference, Greta Willoughby, Claude Armistead, Dayna Crumley, and Michelle and Imani Abrahams founded ARF, The Animal Rescue Foundation of Rome Floyd County. The nonprofit organization set out to lower the animal euthanization rate in Floyd County. At the time an overwhelming fifty dogs were being euthanized each week, a number Greta Willoughby personally sought to decrease. “We’re just regular people like everyone else, day jobs and all,” said Willoughby. “We saw there was not an organization that provided the things these dogs need, so we formed ARF and now save 250 dogs a month!” One reason for ARF’s success is the teamwork, stated ARF dog foster parent Michelle Abrahams. “Everyone brings something different to the team. Dayna Crumley is at Animal Control every week taking dogs off death row to her home, Claude Armistead helps coordinate the transporting of these dogs, my daughter Imani and I foster as many dogs as we are able to at a time,” said Abrahams. The teamwork expands beyond just the members of ARF. Floyd County Animal Control and the Floyd County inmates both help to make ARF’s vision of less euthanizations a reality. “The inmates have been a great help,” said Willoughby. “Seven days a week they are here walking the dogs, cleaning cages and socializing with the dogs. That interaction helps the animals so much.” Another part of ARF’s mission is to eliminate the stigma of shelter dogs.“There are so many beautiful family dogs in the shelter,” said ARF member Dayna Crumlogs were once family pets brought in by people “ January 2013 6 Jan13 Momentum.indd 6

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“There are many family dogs in the shelter,” said ARF member Dayna Crumley. “Many of the dogs were once family pets brought in by people who couldn’t afford to care for them anymore,” said Crumley. “We’ve had virtually every breed of dog so it’s important to check each week to see if there is a specific breed you desire.” ARF is a nonprofit that runs completely on public donations. “Transporting dogs, providing food, shelter, toys, shots and spays/neuters is very costly,” said Willoughby. “Without monthly pledges we couldn’t continue to run.” Willoughby said that whatever someone is capable of donating they appreciate. “We accept food, toys, monetary and time donations. If someone can spend four hours a day watching the television then they can certainly spend a little time volunteering.” Find out more information about the Animal Rescue Foundation in the Chamber’s business directory located at

(Page 6, top left): From left to right: Michelle Abrahams, Imani Abrahams, Greta Willoughby, Claude Armistead and Dayna Crumley. (Above): Imani Abrahams with one of their many foster dogs.

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n 1995 Advanced Sleep Concepts Inc. was formed with Spears Mattress Company and Englander® to help bring new technologies in viscoelastic, latex and advanced spring coil systems to the consumer. Located at 195 Chatillon Road, Advanced Sleep Concepts manufactures mattresses and foundation sleep systems under the Englander name. Englander is the second oldest U.S. manufacturer of bedding products. With a 300,000 sq. ft. facility and 95 employees, Advanced Sleep Concepts attributes many different factors to their success. Vice President of Operations Andy Cuppia said, “the quality of the product plays a huge role in any company’s success. “Providing a high quality product and a high standard of service to our customers is a top priority. After that it comes down to a few key facets: solid, industry-knowledgeable leadership at the very top, strong relationships to be able to drive business, and a group of very dedicated associates that will do whatever is necessary to fill an order on time for our customers. We are more than just a team at Advanced Sleep Concepts, we are a family that helps each other when the need arises.” Advanced Sleep Concepts mission is to create products that provide superior sleep to the consumers. They supply products to various retail outlets within the Southeast and Midwest including the Mattress Max retail store at 195 Chatillon Road. They also do their part to help out in the community when possible. “We just recently provided new mattresses for all of the Rome Fire Department station houses,” said Cuppia. Along with products they offer tips for getting the best possible rest: Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule, including weekends. Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow. Finish eating at least two to three hours before your regular bedtime. Avoid caffeine close to bedtime, as it can keep you awake at night. Find out more information about Advanced Sleep Concepts by visiting the Chamber’s business directory at

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or 37 years the Putt-Putt Fun Center has provided family entertainment at 3349 Alabama Hwy, SW. When owners Donald and Bonny Doegg bought the location from its previous owner it hardly resembled the Putt-Putt so many Romans have grown up with. “When we purchased the place in 1992, there was no water, no trees and none of the animal statues,” said Donald Doegg. “We did a big remodel expanding the game room, adding go-karts and putting in batting cages.” 1998 the laser tag building was opened.

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“We wanted to offer something for everybody” said Bonny Doegg. “There is really no age limit on fun so we have things here that everyone from grandparents to children can enjoy.” Putt-Putt has also served as a popular birthday party location offering group discounts and a room specifically for parties. Putt-Putt has also hosted various parties for charities around Rome. For more information on the Putt-Putt Fun Center, visit the Chamber’s business directory at

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Cycle “Go ride your bike”, words Cycle Therapy owner Julie Smith would often say to her husband Trey after a rough day. For Trey, riding a bicycle was a form of therapy…Cycle Therapy. However, opening a shop wouldn’t come right away.

Cycle Therapy owners Julie and Trey Smith Trey Smith, a Rome native, always had a love for bicycles. He raced BMX’s while studying mechanical engineering at Southern PolyTechnic State University. He spent ten years in the field before returning back to what he loved. He eventually started working in a bike shop, working on bicycles and building frames. Fast forward to 2009, Trey and Julie relocated to Rome, bringing Cycle Therapy to 608 Broad Street. “Rome has a great community feel,” said Cycle Therapy owner Julie Smith. “It is a great place to raise a family, not to mention Rome really supports small businesses!” Cycle Therapy isn’t just a place for the professional cyclists. They sell children’s bikes, tricycles, casual bikes and can modify bikes for special needs. Cycle Therapy also sells triathlete clothing, accessories, and provides service for all bikes regardless of the brand. For more information about Cycle Therapy visit the Chamber’s business directory at Store manager Will Dolbeer helps customer Nancy Pruett. January 2013 11 Jan13 Momentum.indd 11

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“Clear Your Mind” Amy Mayberry Massage

Rhianna Jones Zumba

Lara Whelan Belly Dancing Jennifer Naddy Pilates

Beth Hughes Yoga When you pass by The Healing Arts Center of Rome, 215 Broad/West First Street Suite 210, and see the YOGA lettering in the window you may be surprised to know how much more is actually offered! Owner Beth Hughes got the idea for an all encompassing Healing Arts Center while she was teaching a yoga class. “I noticed that Rome had a lot of things to offer scattered around, but it didn’t have one central place to house a large number of healing arts.” “A lot of people think we only do yoga but I created a place that also offers Pilates, Belly Dancing, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, classes for children and so much more.” Even with that roster of classes Hughes doesn’t want to stop there, she said she wants to see the studio constantly evolve and grow. “We also want to reach out to the community in hopes of finding practitioners of acupuncture, January 2013 12

music therapy, art therapy, herbology, traditional Chinese medicine and essentially any type of healing art the community requests.” Hughes also emphasized that she wanted a unique space for children, as well. “We have programs that can really help kids with anger,” said Hughes “programs that can help our entire community to become more at peace.” Hughes purposefully chose to stay away from the “health club” feel to focus more on healing and helping the whole body. For $50.00 a month, The Healing Arts Center of Rome offers unlimited classes for the whole family! The first class is always free. They also have elevator access directly to the studio for those who may need it. For more information about The Healing Arts Center of Rome visit the Chamber business directory at

innovate. inspire. invent.

February 21-22, 2013 Two days of inspiration, innovation and motivation for leaders, technologists, educators, entrepreneurs, students and artists. Keynote speaker Chris Anderson served as Editor-In-Chief of Wired magazine from 2001 to 2012. Before joining Wired, he served as business and technology editor at The Economist. Anderson is the author of two New York Times best sellers, The Long Tail and Free: The Future of a Radical Price. He is a co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics, an open source aerial robotics company. In 2007, Anderson was named to the Time 100, the news magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people. His most recent book, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, was released earlier this year and will be the topic of his presentation. For more information visit

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*This event was formerly called SpecTechRome. Confluence is an initiative of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.*

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“get more exercise”

YMCA 810 E 2nd Avenue 706-232-2468

CrossFit UCS 2960 New Calhoun Highway NE 706-292-0700

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Rome Athletic Club 10 John Davenport Drive 706-295-3678

Velocity Fitness 515 E 2nd Avenue 706-291-6040

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Celebrating Our Troops!

Cindy Green

HONORING GOD with excellence!

unity christian school Dual accreDitation

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LOGICAL SYSTEMS IS HERE FOR ALL OF YOUR TECHNOLOGY NEEDS. AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. • Computer Support • IT Consulting • Voice and Data Networks • Network Security • Wireless Computing • Custom Multi-Media • Off-Site Backups

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New Members First Care Pharmacy, LLC Circle of Health Mr. Michael Eche Ms. Melinda Johnson, LMT 102 B Redmond Rd. NW 209 Turner McCall Blvd. NW Rome, GA 30165 Rome, GA 30165 (706) 204-8590 (706) 766-4576 Massage Therapy Pharmacy Sysco Food Service Mr. Danny Yearous 2225 Riverdale Rd. College Park, GA 30337 (706) 506-1043 Food Service - Distribution

DandyLyons, LLC Mr. Ray Lyons 239 Broad St. Rome, GA 30161 (706) 236-5484 Restaurant

Brent Scarbrough & Company Inc. Mr. Brent Scarbrough 155 Robinson Dr. Fayetteville, GA 30214 (770) 461-8603 Site Development

Renewals “The Depot” Rome Liquor and Tobacco ACS Security - Rome, Inc. Action Ministries-Rome Allied Food Service Appraisal Associates of Rome-Harry Brock BDD Consulting Services CHASE Staffing East Rome Animal Clinic Edward Jones Investments Exchange Club Family Resource Center First Baptist Church of Lindale FP-Pigments Great Harvest Bread Co. Hanson Pipe and Precast Southeast, Inc. Heaven’s Attic High Voltage Prints Jandy’s Frozen Yogurt, LLC

Longhorn Steakhouse McRae, Stegall, Peek, Harman, Smith & Manning, LLP Meeks Picture House O’Neal, Inc. Paula’s Boutique on Broad Pizza Hut Promotions Plus, Inc. Regions Bank Rolan Business Machine Co., Inc. Talley Insurance Services, Inc. TENDO technologies Trees Unlimited United Home Care of Rome United Medical Response Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, LLP WOW Cafe & Wingery

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Save More


“Savings is like exercise. Once the habit is developed, it brings a greater benefit. By starting small, setting a realistic goal, saving on a routine basis and tracking monthly spending, you are cultivating a lifestyle that will put you on the right track to successful savings.” - Greater Rome Bank

“Start the new year with a spending plan that is consistent with your income. Set your priorities and know where you want to spend your dollars. Be sure to include a savings category for those unexpected expenses. By thinking ahead and having a plan you will be more likely to not overspend and be able to manage any ‘surprises’ that come along.” - Citizens First Bank, a division of synovus bank

“Developing good savings habits begins when children are young. Teach children to save a small portion of each allowance or cash gift. The reward of using their savings later for something they want will reinforce the benefits of building their ‘own nest egg.’ ”- United Community Bank January 2013 18 Jan13 Momentum.indd 18

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$ $ $ $ $ $ “It’s so important to set goals when it comes to saving. Ask yourself these questions: What am I saving for? When do I want to make that purchase? How much do I need to save per month to meet my goal? An easy way to do that is by setting up a monthly automatic transfer from your checking account to a savings account.” - Wells Fargo

“Start the New Year by paying yourself first. Choose a percentage like 10% and put that away for retirement or emergencies and try not to access it. Then budget your life on the remainder. You will find that this can accumulate quickly and the money is there when you need it instead of you having to rely on credit.” - Coosa Valley Credit Union

“Savings starts one day at a time – as long as you start!” -

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Ribbon Cuttings RL Jennings & Associates

Floyd County Animal Control Kennel Expansion

RL Jennings & Associates celebrate 10 years at their 506 East 3rd Street location.

The Floyd County Animal Control celebrates their kennel expansion at 431 Mathis Road SE.

Pizza Hut

The Healing Arts Center of Rome

Pizza Hut cuts the ribbon for their Lindale location at 5 North Fourth St., Suite C.

The Healing Arts Center of Rome celebrates one year with a ribbon cutting at their 215 Broad Street/West First Street location.

Young Professionals/Business After Hours 5 << Kaytlin Greenley, Coosa Valley Credit Union, and Lamante Attaud, Tendo technologies, pose for the camera at YP Rome, hosted by Buttercup Boutique. >> Paula Jasper, Greater Rome Bank, wins an Apple iPad at Business After Hours, hosted by Floyd Physical Therapy and Rehab.

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Harbin Clinic

Cindy Green, TT&W

1825 Martha Berry Highway 706-295-5331

611 Turner McCall Blvd. 706-409-1793

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Unity Christian School

Greene’s Jewelers

328 Broad Street 706-291-7236


Logical Systems, Inc. 605 E. First Street 706-234-9896

520 Broad Street 706-314-9739

2277 Martha Berry Highway 706-238-7715

Business Before Hours Hosted by: Blood Assurance Location: Blood Assurance 178 Shorter Avenue, NW 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Education and Workforce Committee Meeting Location: Floyd County Education Center 1910 Morrison Campground Road 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

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Wow Cafe & Wingery

2817 Martha Berry Highway 706-291-8969

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Ford, Gittings & Kane Jewelers 312 Broad Street 706-291-8811

Special thanks to our advertisers. Find out more information about membership and advertising opportunities by visiting the Chamber’s website at

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215 Broad/West First Street 706-331-4631

2960 New Calhoun Highway

Positive Changes Counseling

Winshape Wilderness

The Healing Arts Center of Rome


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Ribbon Cutting for Rome Redmond Wellness Center Location: 2112 Shorter Avenue Suite 240 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Small Business Action Council Location: Chamber Boardroom 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


102nd Annual Meeting Location: The Forum in

Downtown Rome Event Description: Join us for the 102nd Annual Meeting featuring Kessel Stelling, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Synovus Bank, as the speaker. 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Governmental Affairs Committee Location: Chamber Boardroom 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Chamber Happenings Exiting County Manager Blaine Williams gets a standing ovation at the Pre-legislative Breakfast. >> Diane Lewis, owner of Lewis Chemical, is recognized as outgoing Chairman at the GREIA Annual Meeting. <<

<< High School Leadership Rome students visit the Tillman hangar during their aviation session. >> Dr. Leonard Reeves announces Chris Anderson as keynote speaker at the 2013 Confluence press conference.


Industry Success Gregg Lewis, President and CEO of Lewis Chemical Company in Rome, was honored by Business to Business magazine during its 2012 Atlanta Top 25 Entrepreneurs awards ceremony. Mr. Lewis and Lewis Chemical were recognized for achievements toward innovative business development.

Job Grow t h In 1999 the per-capita income in Floyd County was $17,808.00 (That is equal to $24,725.65 in 2012 money.) The job peak of 2007 lifted the numbers to $29,199 but today it is at a high of $33,159.00.

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Enjoy Anyway You Want:

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The Bulova Diamond Collection There’s no better way to light up a room. Every diamond is set by hand. Every setting is designed to allow for maximum illumination.

312 Broad Street, Historic Downtown Rome 706.291.8811 12 Months. 0% Interest. Ask for details.

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