O. Wayne Rollins, the late co-founder of Atlanta’s Rollins Inc., amassed more than 1,800 acres in northwest Georgia for a family vacation home in the 1970s and 1980s. His powerful family spent the next few decades trying to block the state’s effort to build a road linking to Rome that would cut just south of their prized fishing lake.
If just about anyone else owned the land, it would probably already have a busy street running through it. But the Rollins clan, which controls a multibillion-dollar company specializing in pest control, has waged one of the most aggressive campaigns in state history to block a road project.
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