When Rome City Manager John Bennett retires at the end of June, community leaders across the board agree that his will be big shoes to fill.
The Rome Braves have announced the line up of guests slated to appear at their 2014 Hot Stove Gathering. The event is set for Monday, January 27th from 5:30 pm until 7 pm at The Forum in downtown Rome. The Rome Braves field staff will be on hand, including new manager (and former Rome Braves player) Jonathan Schuerholz, pitching coach Gabe Luckert, hitting coach Bobby Moore and trainer Kyle Damschroder. Former Atlanta and Rome pitcher Chuck James will also be in attendance, along with former Rome Braves Wes Timmons, Jon Mark Owings, Shae Simmons and Robert Hefflinger. The list of guests also features Atlanta Braves Director of Minor League Operations Ronnie Richardson, minor league training staff coordinator Mike Graus, Atlanta Braves scout Brian Bridges, former Atlanta Braves third base coach and current manager of the Gwinnett Braves Brian Snitker and Rome Braves General Manager Mike Dunn.
Shorter University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the University of West Florida in a pair of Gulf South Conference matches tonight. Tip off is set for 6 pm for the women and 8 pm for the men at Shorter’s Winthrop King Centre. The games will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com.
The Floyd County Commission has chosen Irwin Bagwell to once again serve as its Chairman in 2014. This will be his third year to serve in that capacity. He was elected to the post by a 3-2 vote. Larry Maxey will serve as the Commission’s Vice Chairman. Yesterday’s meeting was the first of this year for the Commission. It also included a heated debate related to the placement of a cell tower near Christian Way, a measure that was unanimously approved by Commissioners.
The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce has announced that Mitch Free will be the keynote speaker for the second day of Confluence, Rome’s innovation and technology conference. The event is set for February 20th and 21st at the Historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome.
The Berry College women’s basketball team beat Agnes Scott College 59-46 last night in a non-conference match in Atlanta. Megan Walsh was Berry’s top scorer for the second straight game with 14 points. With the win, the Vikings improved to 7-6 on the season. Both Berry’s women’s and men’s basketball teams will be back in action this Saturday night against Southern Athletic Association rival Oglethorpe University, also in Atlanta. The women will play at 6 pm, followed by the men at 8 pm. The games will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410 and www.wlaq1410.com.
The Atlanta Hawks are in London, England for their NBA Global Game against the Brooklyn Nets! Tip off is set for this afternoon at 3 pm at the O2 Arena. This will be the second meeting between the teams this season; Brooklyn won the first game of the series 91-86 in Brooklyn earlier this month.
Slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream of equality among men (and women), and that dream will be celebrated locally this weekend with a full slate of events hosted by the MLK Commission of Rome/Floyd County and Northwest Georgia. The theme for the 2014 MLK Celebration is “A Call to Consciousness”.