THAT THE “FLATIRON BUILDING” in South Rome be saved if only because it might be nice to leave something historic standing as that part of town is renovated. Hey, it worked for the downtown!
THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE delegation remembers that being from Floyd County trumps what political party the members belong to in making decisions.
THAT SHORTER UNIVERSITY finds it way off The Hill and back into the hearts of the community, even if some of them are beating inside comparative heathens.
THAT BERRY COLLEGE, home to deer, eagles and chestnut trees, is able to successfully introduce football as part of its natural wonders.
THAT NEWS PUBLISHING CO., parent to this newspaper, emerge from its Chapter 11 reorganization in the same way that Delta Air Lines did ... with a $1 billion profit in the most recent quarter (three months).
THAT MOUNT BERRY SQUARE MALL, under its new ownership, finds a way to get back on the beaten path of consumer traffic.
THAT A MOM-AND-POP type of little grocery store, a drug store (with marble soda fountain?) and movie theater pop up along Broad Street to truly give it an olden-days ambience for the growing numbers of residents and visitors.
THAT THE UPTICK shown by Salvation Army Red Kettle collections is a signal that all Greater Rome’s nonprofits in need of stronger funding will soon witness generosity increasing.
THAT EVERY STUDENT, in every local high school and college, stick with their studies until they get that diploma. The only thing that dropouts get out of life is a thud.
THAT CIVIL WAR commemorations get started locally before the 150th anniversary of that great conflict comes to an end in 2015. Remember, 2013 minus 150 equals Yankee raid, John Wisdom’s ride. 2014 minus 150 equals Union army burning Rome to the ground.
THAT LOCAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS get all that their hearts desire ... except for Burwell Creek.
THAT THE COUNTY COMMISSION, actually made up of members more progressive than they have lately shown, start to understand a rock that just sits there may gather moss but it won’t pick up revenues.
THAT CAVE SPRING’S LOG CABIN is first saved for sure, then becomes all that it could be to become the Cherokee heritage “cherry on top” for a town already full of sights and history that not enough Georgians and Americans have had the pleasure of seeing.
THAT DOBBINS MOUNTAIN, sitting astride the preferred route for the U.S. 411 Connector, is found to be the primary host for all state termite infestations with Orkin being contracted to remove it entirely.
THAT THE NAIA FOOTBALL championship game decides to stay at Rome’s Barron Stadium because it will never find another location that will spontaneously show it so much love.
THAT THE ROME SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, first and oldest such in the South, which is unveiling its oral history documentary at the Rome Area History Museum next Thursday evening (6 p.m., $25 tickets with appetizers/refreshments) already start planning a film sequel to chronicle its successful future.
THAT THE INVISIBLE MAN will make good on his promise to take readers on a visit to what used to be Rome’s most-famous tourist attraction, a place called Peggy’s where a church now stands.
THAT A HOTEL WILL RISE from the ground on West Third Street not as a mirage but as the real thing.
THAT A SPECIAL-PURPOSE, local-option sales tax (SPLOST) for $100 million in public improvements will be offered to the voters. Can’t win the lottery without buying a ticket.
THAT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, during the course of the year, will announce attracting two dozen new major companies with a combined added employment of 10,000. Can’t keep buying tickets without winning sometime.
THAT DESPITE LOSING a large number of veteran, successful leaders in education and government at the close of the year (they have to retire sometime ... sigh!) Greater Rome will again prove that it really knows how to pick ‘em when it comes to selecting fine replacements.
THAT THE LION will lay down with the lamb in the Middle East, that Washington will become the site of a political lovefest, that the General Assembly will display a level of morality qualifying it for sainthood and the county, Rome and Cave Spring leaders will demand voters approve of a consolidation they offer or they’ll all quit in mass.