Super Tuesday is one week from today. March 6th is the day that Georgia voters (and voters in numerous other states) will go to the polls for the Presidential Preference Primary election in which Republicans will chose their presidential nominee. In addition, voters in Floyd County will also determine the fate of the 2012 SPLOST. The proposed SPLOST is a continuation of the current one cent sales tax that would take effect in June 2013 and raise $32.4 million in sales tax revenue. Voters in the city of Rome will also decide whether or not to allow for Sunday alcohol package sales. Early voting is now being offered daily from 8 am until 5 pm at the Floyd County Elections Office inside the Floyd County Administration Building on East Fourth Avenue in downtown Rome and at the Rome Civic Center. It continues thru Friday, March 2nd.
Speaking of election season, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be campaigning in Rome today. The GOP hopeful will make a stop at the Tillman Hangar at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport at 3 pm. Layla Shipman with the Floyd GOP is coordinating Gingrich’s visit to Rome today. She will be a guest on WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome this morning at 7:50 am.
The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors has unanimously pledged its support of the 2012 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), according to a Chamber media release.
The Rome Noon Optimist Club held its 9th annual Student of the Year Awards Banquet last night at the Palladium. The program recognizes the top seniors in the community for their accomplishments during high school.
Shorter University held an official groundbreaking yesterday afternoon for their new student residence hall. According to a Shorter media release, the 100-bed building will be located behind the Sheffield-Thompson Building between the Newman Hall and Hazel Eubanks Hall residences. The new residence hall is expected to be completed for use during the fall semester.
The Floyd County Commission will meet in regular session tomorrow. They’ll gather for a caucus session at 4 pm, which will be followed by their regular meeting at 6 pm at the Floyd County Administration Building on East Fourth Avenue in downtown Rome. Take a look at their agenda online at www.romefloyd.com.
Many subscribers to Floyd County’s CodeRED weather alert system have reported that they did not receive warning of the storm that hit this area last Wednesday night (which has been classified as an EF-1 tornado). Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Scotty Hancock told WLAQ News/The Ridge Report that the system is dependent on the National Weather Service, which affects whether or not those with CodeRED are alerted of impending severe weather. He says it would be helpful if the NWS updated their system.
The Rome Noon Optimist Club will hold it’s 9th annual Student of the Year Awards Banquet this evening at 6 pm at the Palladium.