The Christmas season is a time for magic, and a magical experience was undoubtedly had last week by WLAQ AM 1410 and 95.7 FM The Ridge’s Randy Davis, whose decades of service in broadcasting local sports were honored during the Seven Hills Rotary Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament. Davis became the only individual in tournament history to receive a Gold Ball trophy, an award typically given only to tournament winners. He was given the Gold Ball during the semifinals at Georgia Highlands College last Thursday night.
There will be no white Christmas in Rome, Georgia. But, hopefully, we won’t have a wet Christmas. Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Tim Herrington is warning area residents of the possibility for strong thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes over the next couple of days.
Local physicians’ offices and emergency rooms have reached maximum capacity in recent days because of it. Schools, specifically those within the Polk County School System, began their winter break a few days early because of it. It’s flu season, and it’s been making headlines in the last couple of weeks. Logan Boss, public information officer for Northwest Georgia Public Health, says that the peak of flu season in Georgia typically occurs in late January to early February. Boss adds that even though this area has had a rash of flu cases here in mid December, the threat of contracting the virus remains prevalent in the months to come.
The Georgia State Patrol is urging drivers across the state to use extreme caution during your travels this holiday season.
Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome is once again conducting its live nativity scene on the church lawn at 606 Turner McCall Boulevard. The scene re-enacts the night Christ was born. It runs nightly, regardless of the weather, from 7 pm until 9 pm through Christmas Eve. For more information, call the church office at (706) 291-0033.
The Atlanta Hawks edged the Dallas Mavericks 105-102 in NBA action on the Mavericks’ home turf in Dallas, Texas last night.
The Cincinnati Bengals beat Peyton Manning and the AFC West champion Denver Broncos 37-28 in a rain-soaked Monday Night Football outing last night in Cincinnati. The win allowed the Bengals to lock up their fourth consecutive playoff berth, marking a franchise record. The Bengals’ match in Pittsburgh against the Steelers scheduled for next Sunday will determine who will clinch the AFC North title.
Gas prices fell below $2 a gallon at various filling stations in Georgia last week, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group, which attests that the 89.5 million Americans hitting the road this holiday season will find the cheapest gasoline since May 2009 and the lowest Christmas day prices since 2008.