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ROME TEA PARTY GETTING READY FOR SUPER TUESDAY

Written by Matt Davis on February 22, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

In less than two weeks, Georgia voters will go to the polls (along with voters in other states) for Super Tuesday.  Rome TEA Party member Mike Morton said in an interview on WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome on Tuesday that he expects a dead heat in the race for the Republican nomination for president when Super Tuesday arrives.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO SPEND SEASON OF LENT FASTING, PRAYING AND COLLECTING MONEY TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Written by Matt Davis on February 22, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Yesterday was, of course, Mardi Gras.  Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  The Lenten season leads up to Easter, which falls on April 8th this year.

PEPPERELL HIGH FFA PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE TEAM ADVANCES TO STATE FINALS

Written by Matt Davis on February 22, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Pepperell High School’s FFA Parliamentary Procedure team has advanced to the FFA state finals.  According to a Floyd County Schools media release, the PHS team competed earlier this week in the area contest held at Woodland High School, where the team finished second to Murray County.
Pepperell team chairperson Hannah Hall says, “Parliamentary procedure is one of the hardest and most desired FFA events to win.  It takes a great deal of practice, hard work, and dedication to rise to the top.”

TWO CHARGED IN STABBING DEATH OF ROME TEEN

Written by Matt Davis on February 22, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

A Rome teenager was stabbed to death late Monday night.  Tymurius Elkins, age 16, was pronounced dead just after midnight.  Ricky Ricardo Cruz, age 20, and Jonathon Tyler Carson, age 17, have been charged in the crime.  Cruz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and fighting in a public place following accusations that he stabbed Elkins in an altercation in the parking lot of a Shorter Avenue business.  Carson has been charged with involuntary manslaugher (for being party to the crime) and fighting in a public place.  Cruz reportedly was perceived to have flashed an obscene gesture and was flagged down by Elkins, Carson and another companion, 17 year old Will West. That turned into an altercation that ultimately led to the stabbing death of Elkins.  West was also stabbed and is in recovery at Floyd Medical Center.  An investigation into the incident continues.

LOCAL STATE FARM AGENT TERRY SIMMONS TO BE HONOREE AT 4TH ANNUAL HEART OF THE COMMUNITY WALK THIS SATURDAY

Written by Matt Davis on February 21, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The 4th annual Heart of the Community Walk is set for this Saturday, February 25th in downtown Rome.  Pre-walk festivities will be held at 9:30 am at Citizens First Bank, with the walk set to begin at 10 am.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR 95.7 FM THE RIDGE/ROME NEWS-TRIBUNE BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Written by Matt Davis on February 21, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Attention, local bands!! The deadline for entries into the 3rd annual 95.7 FM The Ridge/Rome News-Tribune Battle of the Bands has been extended.  Local bands now have until Friday, March 2nd to enter the contest by submitting an mp3 of their best song, a short bio and contact information to mattd@theridge957.com.

GEORGIA TO PARTNER WITH GOOGLE TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES

Written by Matt Davis on February 21, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Governor Nathan Deal has announced a partnership with Google that will offer free websites to small businesses throughout Georgia.  “Georgia Get Your Business Online” is intended to help drive economic growth by giving businesses statewide the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers and grow, according to a release from the Governor’s office.

PEPPERELL MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVES LOWE’S TOOLBOX FOR EDUCATION GRANT

Written by Matt Davis on February 21, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Pepperell Middle School is one of 20 Georgia schools to receive a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.  The schools received grants during the fall 2011 grants cycle, which encompassed more than 585 schools and parent organizations that were awarded a grant for parent-initiated school improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education across the country, according to a Lowe’s media release.

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