A fire at the Bekaert plant on Old Lindale Road in Rome has led to evacuations of area neighborhoods. According to Jeff Oliver, HR manager for Bekaert, the fire started between 1:30 pm and 2 pm on the bead wire processing lines. He added that the north central side of the plant was affected by the blaze. Employees were evacuated, in keeping with proper company protocol. Area residents were also asked by police to evacuate.
The Northwest Georgia Center for Independent Living seeks to educate the community about their mission to assist those with disabilities to live as normal lives as possible. The goal is empowerment, according to Executive Director Maia Santamaria, who says that her organization’s services are offered to those of any age and with any type of disability.
We may not be covered in snow like so much of the nation is right now, but the Deep South has been under a deep freeze over the last couple of days. Lows dipped into the teens last night around the Greater Rome area. As of 6 am, the temperature was 16 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a special weather statement to alert residents of a hard freeze over North and Central Georgia overnight. Bitter cold temperatures are expected to rise above freezing between 10 am and 11 am this morning. Today’s high temperature is anticipated to reach the upper 40s, which will be accompanied by sunny skies.
The Berry College men’s basketball team remains in the hunt for their first win of the season and will continue that quest with a match at LaGrange tonight. Tip off is set for 7 pm.
Berry College has announced that it will be tobacco-free as of August 1, 2015.
The Atlanta Hawks fell to the visiting LA Lakers 114-109 in NBA action last night at the Philips Arena. It marked Atlanta’s first loss at home and was only the second win of the season for LA. Paul Millsap led the Hawks in scoring with 29 points. Jeff Teague also contributed 23 points. LA’s Kobe Bryant reached 32,000 career points in last night’s game, becoming the fourth player in NBA history to accomplish that feat. Bryant contributed 28 points in the Lakers’ win over the Hawks.
The Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority has announced that Richard Garland has announced his resignation as its Executive Director effective January 1, 2015.