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FLOYD COUNTY COMMISSION TO MEET TOMORROW

Written by Matt Davis on March 26, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Floyd County Commission will meet in regular session tomorrow.  They’ll convene in 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.

ROME FLOYD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO HOST HIKE FOR HUMANITY THIS SATURDAY

Written by Matt Davis on March 26, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Habitat for Humanity of Rome and Floyd County will host their second annual Hike for Humanity at Berry College to help fund dream houses this Saturday, March 31st.  Registration for the event will be offered from 8 until 10 am.  It will be a family-friendly event, though small children will need some assistance.  Shuttles will be available to anyone needing assistance.  In addition, young children may walk for free with their parents (t-shirts will not be available for young children).  Participants are urged to get the support of their family, friends, co-workers and church members in the form of sponsorships with a minimum goal of $50.  The Skyliners Bluegrass Band will perform at Berry’s “House O’ Dreams” as part of the Hike.  For more information, call Habitat at (706) 378-0030.

STATE SENATE ADOPTS BUDGET PLAN

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

The state Senate adopted a $19.2 billion state budget plan earlier this week.  State Senator Barry Loudermilk says the plan includes a little financial help for students who lost funding from the HOPE scholarship due to budget cuts from the program in the past year.

ROME/FLOYD COUNTY SPRING INTO PEACE TO PROMOTE PEACE, ENCOURAGE ACTION

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

Spring is here, and that means that the Rome/Floyd County Spring into Peace is right around the corner.  The goal of this year’s Spring into Peace is to promote peace and encourage action, according to chairwoman Ruth Demeter.

GEORGIA HIGHLANDS COLLEGE RECEIVES GRANT TO INCREASE MINORITY MALE RETENTION AND GRADUATION RATES

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

The University System of Georgia has awarded Georgia Highlands College a grant of $30,000 to continue building its program for minority male students.  According to a GHC media release, the USG began an initiative in 2003 to improve the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of this population.  Each institution has created its own program to address the issue of these students whose college success has lagged behind other student cohorts.  GHC’s program is called Georgia Highlands African-American Male and Minority Excellence (GHAME) and started in 2008 with only seven students on the Floyd campus.  Today, the program serves 110 young men from all GHC sites.  The program is headed up by GHC dean of the Humanities Division, Dr. John Hershey.  Since the program’s inception, GHC has seen a rise in the rentention and graduation rates for minority males.

UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN IN GEORGIA TO LOWEST RATE SINCE MARCH 2009

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

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February has declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent, the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.  That number is down from a revised 9.2 percent in January.  Georgia’s jobless rate stood at 9.9 percent in February 2011.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR “BATTLE OF THE BANDS”

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

Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual 95.7 FM The Ridge/Rome News-Tribune Battle of the Bands.  The top five finalists in the online voting portion of the competition will perform on Saturday, March 31st at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center.  Brothers and Sisters has already won the People’s Choice Award with the most online votes of 949.  They will go on to perform as the opening act for one of the Cedartown Performing Arts Center’s Legends in Concert Series events, in addition to getting an evening recording session with Shane West of Stephens Music Company.  The same prize will be bestowed upon the winner of the Judges Choice Award, to be determined at the March 31st show.  Other top five finalists in the Battle of the Bands are Clint Sansing with 740 votes, Nosecone Prophets with 578 votes, Shawn Aris with 518 votes and Five 40 with 507 votes.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO HOLD SEVERE WEATHER STORM SPOTTER CLASS AT GSD

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

The National Weather Service will hold a Severe Weather Storm Spotter Class at the Georgia School for the Deaf at 232 Perry Farm Road in Cave Spring on Thursday, March 29th at 6 pm.  According to a release from the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, the class is expected to last about two hours and will cover the elements that make up severe weather, severe weather safety, and offers certification as a National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotter.  The class is free and open to the public and will be held in the school’s auditorium.  GSD will provide translators for the deaf and hearing impaired.

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