The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 7.2 percent, up from a revised 6.9 percent in April. (The preliminary rate for April was 7.0 percent.) That rate was down from 8.4 percent in May 2013.
A wreck on Fosters Mill Road has claimed one life, and the son of the deceased has been charged in her death. The collision took place about 3 pm yesterday afternoon around the 4300 block of Fosters Mill Road when when a Chevrolet Impala with Alabama tags left the road and crashed into a creek. Robert Jefferson Reed, Jr. age 29 and of Dawson, Alabama has been charged with felony first-degree homicide by vehicle in connection with the wreck that killed his 57-year-old mother. He’s also been accused of the misdemeanors of driving under the influence of drugs, failure to maintain a lane and expired license.
The 2014 South Atlantic League All-Star break has drawn to a close, and the Rome Braves are poised to open the second half of the season tonight at home against the Hickory Crawdads. The four game series between the teams will continue thru Sunday at State Mutual Stadium. First pitch of tonight’s series opener is set for 7 pm. The game will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com. Ben Poplin will provide the play-by-play story and will go on air with the pre-game at 6:45 pm.
The incredible journey is underway for a Rome man who seeks to raise $100,000 for orphans in Uganda by beating the record for running the Appalachian Trail. Drew Burnett has begun his mission to break the current speed record on the AT of 46 days and 11 hours. He is in pursuit of raising money and awareness for the Village of Eden, an orphanage in Uganda. His story will be told via the magic of film as filmmaker Ryan Simmons with Brand Red Studios has hit the trail with Burnett to create a documentary on the journey.
Superior Court Judge Walter Matthews has issued an order to reverse a decision of the State Board of Education and uphold the Floyd County Board of Education’s determination that the school system’s recent Reduction in Force was necessary and was properly implemented. Judge Matthews’ decision was issued on Tuesday upon the Floyd County Schools’ appeal of the decision of the State Board of Education in the Gilda Day case.
The Atlanta Braves fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 10-5 yesterday afternoon at Turner Field, allowing the Phillies to complete a three-game sweep of the Braves.
Sweltering conditions are in today’s weather forecast, according to the National Weather Service, which predicts heat index values as high as 97. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms has been predicted for today, mostly in the afternoon, with otherwise mostly sunny skies and a high of 94. That slight chance of showers and thunderstorms remains in the forecast for the rest of the week; high temperatures are expected to stay in the 90s.
Darlington School has announced plans for its Purple Tie Affair, a one-school fundraiser. The event is set for Saturday, August 16th at 6 pm at the Huffman Athletic Center’s Van Es Arena. Current parents, faculty and staff, and alumni are invited to attend. Proceeds will benefit Darlington’s parent organizations, including ELA-8 and Upper School Tiger Pride, the Athletic Booster Club and the Fine Arts Booster Club.