Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year for 2014. The honor was announced yesterday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. This is the third time for Johnson to receive this recognition. He also won it in 2008 and 2009, making him the first coach in ACC history to be named Coach of the Year in both of his first two seasons, according to the Georgia Tech website.
The Atlanta Braves have decided to refrain from offering 2015 contracts to pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy. Both are recovering from their second Tommy John surgeries and are now becoming free agents. The Braves have also opted not to offer a contract to pitcher Gus Schlosser for the 2015 season.
A Rome man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated sodomy in Floyd County Superior Court yesterday. Stephen Michael Hipple, age 35, also faces life on probation, as designated by Judge Larry Salmon. The charges stem from reports that Hipple inappropriately touched a young child between June 2011 and July 2014. Hipple also faces federal charges, including three counts of child pornography and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. He reportedly used his iPhone to take sexually explicit photos of a child and shared at least one of those photos with others.
The Miami Dolphins rallied to beat the New York Jets 16-13 in Monday Night Football at East Rutherford, New Jersey last night. Caleb Sturgis kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining to lift the Dolphins to victory. With the win, Miami improves to 7-5 and keeps hope alive of winning a spot in the AFC playoffs. New York falls to 2-10.
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 109-105 in NBA action last night at the Philips Arena. The Celtics owned a 16 point lead at halftime, but the Hawks came surging back in the second half to take the victory. Kyle Korver was the top scorer for Atlanta with 24 points. Paul Millsap also contributed 19 points.
The Rome Christmas Parade is tonight! This year’s parade, themed “A Holly Jolly Christmas” will traverse Broad Street beginning at 6:30 pm. The Reverend Carey Ingram of Lovejoy Baptist Church will serve as Grand Marshal. The parade will end with Santa Claus lighting Rome’s Christmas tree.
Are you in the midst of ‘decking the halls’ for the holiday season? Undoubtedly, the centerpiece of your Christmas decorations will be the Christmas tree. If you opt for a live tree this year, make sure it is fresh. If it is not, that could cause a fire hazard, according to Robert Owens, fire safety educator with the Rome Fire Department. Owens says that one way to determine if a tree is fresh is to rub the bristles of the tree between your fingers. If those bristles fall off, opt for another tree.
The Atlanta Hawks will host the Boston Celtics in NBA action tonight at the Philips Arena. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm for the outing, which will be televised on Sports South.