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DEADLINE FOR BATTLE OF THE BANDS ENTRIES IS TODAY!!!

Written by Matt Davis on March 2, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Today is the deadline for entries into the 3rd annual 95.7 FM The Ridge/Rome News-Tribune Battle of the Bands.  Local bands can enter the contest by submitting an mp3 of their best song, a short bio and contact information to mattd@theridge957.com.

ROME DODGES WEATHER BULLET

Written by Matt Davis on March 1, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

With all the crazy weather this area has experienced in the past year, it’s no wonder that many area residents were concerned about foreboding forecasts for last night.  Floyd County was under a tornado watch yesterday evening that was eventually dropped.  Some .22 inches of rain was received overnight at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field in the Armuchee community, according to the National Weather Service.

GEORGIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINES IN JANUARY

Written by Matt Davis on March 1, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in January to 9.2 percent, the lowest rate since March of 2009 when it was 9.1 percent.  The January rate was down from a revised 9.4 percent in December.  Georgia’s jobless rate stood at 10.1 percent in January 2011.

EIGHTH REGIMENT BAND/EIGHTH NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD BAND TO PRESENT WINTER FURLOUGH CONCERT TONIGHT

Written by Matt Davis on March 1, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Rome’s Eighth Regiment Band will be joined by the Eighth New York National Guard Band to present their Winter Furlough Concert tonight at 7:30 pm at the Rome City Auditorium.  Admission to the concert is free, though donations will be accepted.  John Carruth with the Eighth Regiment Band says that it funds uniforms for and activities of the band, which is made up solely of volunteers.

NEWT GINGRICH MAKES CAMPAIGN STOP IN ROME

Written by Matt Davis on February 29, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made a campaign stop in Rome yesterday, one week out from Super Tuesday.  An overflow crowd filled the Tillman Hangar at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport to hear the GOP hopeful speak.  Gingrich was joined by his daughter and son-in-law Jackie Gingrich Cushman and Jim Cushman and his wife, Calista, who introduced him.

ROME-FLOYD COAD HELPING VICTIMS OF FEB. 22 TORNADO

Written by Matt Davis on February 29, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

This evening marks a week since the EF-1 tornado that hit Floyd County.  Maybe you’ve been wondering how you can help its victims.  Connect with the Rome-Floyd COAD (Community Organizations Assisting in Disaster).  They are leading the effort to help those affected by the storm, mainly in the Kingston Road area.  Chairman David Campbell says that there are definitely needs to be filled.  He says you can provide man power, sawing limbs and trees and the like, or you can donate basic necessities such as water and perishables.

SHANNON WHITWORTH TO PERFORM BENEFIT CONCERT AT THE DESOTO THEATRE ON FRIDAY NIGHT

Written by Matt Davis on February 29, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Americana and bluegrass singer Shannon Whitworth will perform at the Historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome this Friday, March 2nd at 8 pm.  Whitworth, the daughter of Darlington School’s headmaster Tom Whitworth, is performing as a part of the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation’s concert series to raise money for the restoration of the theatre.  Thunderbolt Patterson will serve as the opening act for the show, which is being sponsored by Living and Giving in downtown Rome.

SUPER TUESDAY – T-MINUS ONE WEEK!

Written by Matt Davis on February 28, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

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.

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