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HOLIDAY TRAVEL EXPECTED BY AAA TO BE UP THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Written by Matt Davis on August 27, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Labor Day is one week from today.  AAA Travel expects travel to be up by 2.9 percent over the holiday weekend.  According to a AAA release, 33 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, a 2.9 increase from the 32.1 million that traveled last year.  The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined by AAA as Thursday, August 30th thru Monday, September 3rd.  

ROME NATIVE CURTIS REED IS MAKIN’ MUSIC!

Written by Matt Davis on August 24, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Rome native Curtis Reed is releasing an album entitled “Take Me Back to Georgia”.  The songs, including the title track, have various musical influences, Reed told WLAQ’s Good Morning Rome with Elizabeth Davis on Thursday.  He also said that the album will be available for purchase at the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT DR. JOHN BARGE TO VISIT PEPPERELL MIDDLE SCHOOL TO PRESENT PHILLIPS AWARD TO FAMILY OF BONNIE COOK

Written by Matt Davis on August 24, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge will pay a visit to Pepperell Middle School on Wednesday, August 29th at 9 am to present the Phillips Award to the family of Bonnie Cook.  Mrs. Cook, who served as the school’s secretary for 22 years, passed away on August 25, 2011 in a tragic van fire on her way to a treatment at the Harbin Clinic Cancer Center in Rome.  According to a Floyd County Schools media release, this is the second Phillips Award to be presented.  It was created to recognize school staff members who have had a tremendous impact on the education and lives of others.

SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTER OF NORTHWEST GEORGIA ADDS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Written by Matt Davis on August 24, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia has announced the addition of Detective Lee Carter of the Berry College Police Department and Dr. Renva Watterson, interim president of Georgia Highlands College, to its Board of Directors.  

GDOL: UNEMPLOYMENT UP IN METRO ROME, NORTHWEST GEORGIA

Written by Matt Davis on August 23, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the preliminary unemployment rate for metro Rome rose to 11.2 percent in July, up from 10.6 percent in June.  Metro Rome’s unemployment rate stood at 11.4 percent in July 2011.

AREA RESIDENTS WIN BIG IN GEORGIA LOTTERY

Written by Matt Davis on August 23, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

A couple of area residents have netted $50,000 from the Georgia Lottery.

FLOYD HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION TO HOST HEALTH AND WEALTH SEMINAR FOR WOMEN OF THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Written by Matt Davis on August 23, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Floyd Healthcare Foundation will host a Health and Wealth Seminar for women of the Sandwich Generation – those 40 to 65 year olds who are caring for both their children and their parents.  According to a Floyd Medical Center media release, the Foundation’s Planned Gifts Committee has invited a couple of speakers to provide insight to help Sandwichers manage the difficulties posed by this circumstance.

PROGRESS COMING ALONG ON DOWNTOWN SIDEWALKS, TOP HAT PROPERTY

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

Progress is coming along on the sidewalk project in downtown Rome.  Rome Development Authority Director Ann Arnold says that businesses are still accessible to downtown shoppers while construction is being completed.
Among the recent changes in downtown Rome has been the destruction of the old Top Hat building at the corner of Broad Street and Third Avenue.  Arnold says plans are for the DDA to take over the property and construct a parking lot in that area.  She says that the DDA will enter into a three year lease on the property with its owner, with an option to extend that lease.  

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