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FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY

Written by Matt Davis on July 4, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Fourth of July holiday travel period is officially underway.  It began yesterday evening at 6 pm and continues thru midnight tonight.  So far, no fatalities have been reported on the state’s roads, according to the Georgia State Patrol.  The GSP recorded 13 fatalities during last year’s 78-hour  Independence Day travel period, along with 320 accidents and 286 injuries.

STATE FIRE MARSHALL URGES FIREWORKS SAFETY THIS FOURTH OF JULY

Written by Matt Davis on July 3, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

State and local fire officials are urging Georgia residents that want to see some fireworks this Fourth of July to see a professional display.  However, there are some fireworks are that are legally available for purchase in the state of Georgia.  State Fire Marshall Dwayne Garris runs through the list of legal and illegal fireworks.  He says that sparklers and fountains that stay on the ground are among those that are legal.  He says that anything that goes in the air, explodes or emits fire balls (like Roman Candles) is illegal.  

ACTIVITIES ABOUND LOCALLY TO CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY

Written by Matt Davis on July 3, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Tomorrow is the big day – the Fourth of July!  Looking for something fun to do to celebrate the occasion?  Opportunities abound in Rome and Floyd County.  
The annual Salute to America at Ridge Ferry Park is scheduled for tomorrow night.  Gates will open at 6 pm.  Music will be provided by the Eighth Regiment Band of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry, beginning at 7 pm.  The presentation of flags and colors is set for 8 pm and will be followed by music from the Rome Sympony Orchestra at 8:30 pm.  Fireworks will begin after the Symphony performance, around 9:30 pm.  The event is being sponsored by the Harbin Clinic and the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority.  Get details at www.harbinclinic.com.

JULY FOURTH CLOSINGS

Written by Matt Davis on July 3, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

There will be a number of closings tomorrow for the Fourth of July.  Those include Rome City, Floyd County, state and federal offices, banks and the US Post Office (and no mail will be delivered tomorrow).  The Rome Transit Department buses will not run tomorrow.  And the Rome Floyd County Library will be closed.

T-SPLOST AMONG ITEMS ON BALLOT IN JULY 31ST PRIMARY, DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IS TODAY

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

The deadline to register to vote in the July 31st primary election is today.  A number of state and local offices are up for a vote in this election, as well as the T-SPLOST referendum.  The one cent regional transportation sales tax has been a hot topic of discussion in recent days, one that the Rome TEA Party explored with their TEA Party T-SPLOST Town Hall meeting on Saturday morning at Burk Farms.  Speaker panelists provided educated answers to the questions of TEA partiers and others in attendance.  

ROME FIRE DEPARTMENT: STAY SAFE, SEE A PROFESSIONAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY THIS FOURTH OF JULY

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

Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks is about as American as apple pie.  But the Rome Fire Department is urging local residents to watch a professional display rather than shooting off your own fireworks, even though some fireworks are legal in the state of Georgia.  Fire safety educator Daniel Carpenter says that the risks associated with fireworks, such as the ever-popular sparklers, are just too great.

ROME CITY COMMISSION TO MEET TONIGHT

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

The Rome City Commission will meet in regular session this evening.  They’ll meet in a caucus session at 5 pm, which will be followed by their regular meeting at 6:30 pm at City Hall on Broad Street in downtown Rome.  Take a look at their agenda online at www.romefloyd.com.

RAIN, HEAT TO START THE WEEK

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

Many wishing for rain in Rome and Floyd County got their wish last night as lightning and thunder moved into the area, accompanied by rain in some areas.  A chance of showers and thunderstorms remains in the forecast for today and throughout much of the week, according to the National Weather Service.  Otherwise, today will be partly sunny and hot with a high of 103.  A heat advisory has been issued by the NWS that remains in effect until 9 pm tonight.  Heat index values of 105 to 109 are expected.

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