Former state hospital site could be film hot spot

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Rome and Floyd County officials have been trying to put together some sort of package for the redevelopment of the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property in West Rome for much of the last three years.

Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Lisa Smith is hopeful that a television mini-series might provide at least some short-term use for the parcel.

“It’s not the first time I’ve shown the Northwest Regional site,” Smith said. The state-run mental hospital closed in 2011.

Smith told Rome Kiwanis Club members Monday that a major network scouting crew has been looking at the site.

Smith told the civic group that 2017 has been designated the Year of the Film in Georgia and said that her staff does some sort of site scouting work for the television or movie industry at least once a week.

Smith said Berry College has been a frequent backdrop for movie or television production.

See more at NWGA News.

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