Paddle powered fun for everyone will be the order of business at Waterfest XIV to be hosted by the Coosa River Basin Initiative today and Saturday at Ridgeferry Park in Rome. As in years past, the event will feature a 13 mile canoe and kayak race on the Oostanaula River, canoe and kayak tug-o-wars, an Environmental Fair and an Environmental Quiz Bowl for area elementary schools. New this
year for Waterfest – the Waterfest 5K and Fun Run, which will feature a giant water slide at the finish line, and the Three Rivers Kayak Fishing Tournament.
The Atlanta Hawks were defeated by the Indiana Pacers 95-88 in game six of the first round playoff series between the teams in front of a sell-out crowd last night at the Philips Arena. This forces a game seven in the series, which will be played Saturday at Indy. The winner of that game will proceed to the second round of the playoffs vs. the Washington Wizards.
The Rome Braves dropped a heartbreaker to the Asheville Tourists 8-7 last night in the finale of a three game series at McCormick Field in Asheville, North Carolina, allowing the Tourists to complete a three-game sweep of the Braves. The Braves had a 7-2 lead heading into the eighth, but the Tourists scored two runs in the bottom of that inning and four more runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally back for the win.
Local emergency management will participate in a mass fatality response drill at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field on Friday. The drill is being facilitated by Region C of Georgia Regional Coordinating Hospitals, in coordination with the Rome-Floyd Local Emergency Planning Committee.
An elderly man from Alabama was killed yesterday in a two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of US 27 and Walker Mountain Road. According to reports,
a Chevrolet Aveo being driven by 60 year old Marion Bell was traveling north on US 27 and made a left turn onto Walker Mountain Road in front of a large grader traveling south on US 27. Jerry Wayne Bell, age 70 and of Muscadine, Alabama, was killed in the collision. His wife, Marion, was seriously injured.
The Atlanta Braves fell to the Miami Marlins 5-4 last night, leading the Marlins to a three-game sweep of the Braves at Miami’s Marlins Park.
The Floyd County Police Department stated on Wednesday that Angela Worsham, the woman found dead in her car in the Armuchee Creek in February, was accidentally drowned.
The First Friday concert series will make its grand return this Friday night with another Broad Street Block Party featuring performances from Tinsley Ellis and opening act Babes Bayou. The block party will take place on the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Broad Street from 7 pm until 10 pm. The concert is free! For more information, call the Rome Downtown Development Authority at (706) 236-4520 or visit the Downtown Rome, Georgia Facebook page.