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UNEMPLOYMENT UP IN METRO ROME, NORTHWEST GEORGIA

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

The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the preliminary unemployment rate for metro Rome rose to 10.4 percent in December, up from 10.3 percent in November.  Metro Rome’s jobless rate was 10.6 percent in December 2010.  

BERRY COLLEGE STUDENTS SEEK INPUT FOR FLOYD COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEY

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

Environmental science students at Berry College are seeking to determine pressing environmental issues in Floyd County through a public survey.  The online survey can be accessed at www.berrycollegeenvironmentalsurvey.com and provides Floyd County residents with an opportunity to voice their opinions about local environmental problems.  

ATLANTA HAWKS LOSE ON THE ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO SPURS

Written by Matt Davis on January 26, 2012. Posted in Sports

In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks lost to the San Antonio Spurs 105-83 in Texas last night.  The Hawks, who now have a 13 win – 6 loss record so far for the 2011-2012 season, will continue their current road trip with a stop in Detroit to take on the Pistons tomorrow night at 7:30 pm.

UNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FORFEITS ICSGA TITLE

Written by Matt Davis on January 25, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

It was a time of celebration for the Unity Christian School Lions football team right before Thanksgiving when the team won the ICSGA state championship by defeating defending champion Covenant Christian in overtime.  Sadly, that title and all of UCS’s wins from the 2011 season were forfeited yesterday due to eligibility violations.  The move was made following an investigation into a concern that UCS violated one of the league’s policies involving home-schooled players.  It has been determined that two such players have exhausted their eligibility under ICSGA guidelines as they were considered “fifth-year seniors” based on academic credits.  

HOSPITALITY HO– USE FOR WOMEN HAS BUSY 2011, MAKING PLANS FOR 2012

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

The Hospitality House for Women continues their mission of providing a place of refuge for women in crisis and their children.  Executive Director Amy Weaver says that the year 2011 was a busy one that ended with a challenge in the form of the F2 tornado that hit Floyd County, causing substantial damage to the organization’s Thrift Store in the IGA shopping center on Shorter Avenue.
Weaver says that Hospitality House has a number of events on tap for the month of February, which is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  

BRAVES FEVER BREWING IN ROME, GEORGIA

Written by Matt Davis on January 26, 2012. Posted in Sports

If you are a Braves baseball fan that just can’t wait until the 2012 season begins, you’ll have a couple of chances to get your fill of the Bravos right here in Rome in the near future.  The Rome Braves Hot Stove Gathering is coming up on Monday night, January 30th at 5:30 pm at the Forum in downtown Rome.  Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will be the guest of honor.  The guest list also includes the 2012 Rome Braves field staff including field manager Randy Ingle.  

SHORTER UNIVERSITY TO HOST BREWTON PARKER IN COLLEGE HOOPS TONIGHT

Written by Matt Davis on January 26, 2012. Posted in Sports

Shorter University will host Brewton Parker tonight in men’s and women’s basketball at the Winthrop King Centre on the Shorter campus.  The 24th ranked Lady Hawks will take on the Lady Barons at 6 pm.  The number one Hawks hope to remain undefeated as they look for their 20th straight win tonight over the Barons at 8 pm.  The games will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com.  We’ll also have coverage this Saturday as Shorter’s basketball teams will be in Cleveland, Tennessee to take on Lee University.  The women will play that evening at 5 pm, followed by the men at 7 pm.  

GREATER ROME CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOLD 101ST ANNUAL MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT

Written by Matt Davis on January 25, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce will hold its 101st Annual Meeting this Thursday (tomorrow) evening at the Forum in downtown Rome.  Chamber President Al Hodge says he is looking forward to hearing from guest speaker J. Mac Holladay, Chief Executive Officer for Market Street Services.  Hodge says that Holladay has done a great deal of work in the area of economic and community development and has been instrumental in the implementation of the Chamber’s Rome/Floyd 20/20 plan.  

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