This is a time of year when revelers spend time on our area’s waterways. While boating can be a leisurely activity, there are some measures that should be taken to ensure boaters’ safety, according to Rome Fire Chief Troy Brock. For instance, you should never drink and boat. Also, always wear a life vest.
The Atlanta Braves fell to the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in the finale of a three game series at Turner Field on Sunday, allowing the Cubs to take the series 2-1 over the weekend.
Tragedy struck in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday as a gunman opened fire on two military centers just miles apart. Four Marines were killed, and a Chattanooga police officer was injured. The shooter, identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, is also dead. His motive has not been determined.
The excise tax on gasoline in the state of Georgia has been in place for a little more than two weeks now. The tax is being imposed as part of the Transportation Act of 2015 passed by legislators earlier this year. State Representative Katie Dempsey believes that the tax is a viable way to fund much needed road improvements statewide, in the midst of dwindling federal funds for such projects.
Today is the 46th anniversary of a milestone in American (and even world) history – on this day 46 years ago, man first walked on the Moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface at 10:56 pm EDT on July 20, 1969 and was followed shortly by Buzz Aldrin, while Michael Collins stayed in lunar orbit.
The Rome Braves were crushed by the Lakewood Blueclaws 13-3 on Sunday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium. The Braves will close out their four game set with the Blueclaws (and a seven game homestand) this evening at 7 pm.
The Floyd County Commission will hold three hearings in the coming weeks for the purpose of accepting input from the public about a proposed millage rate increase. Commissioners convened for a called meeting on Thursday morning and voted 3-2 to advertise a millage rate increase of .833 mills. The measure is anticipated to raise nearly $2.2 million in extra revenue, according to this morning’s Rome News-Tribune. The public hearings on the matter are scheduled for July 28th at 6 pm, July 29th at 2 pm and August 4th at 6 pm; all will be held at the Floyd County Administration Building on East Fourth Avenue in downtown Rome.
The Rome-Floyd Recycling Center, 405 Watters Street, will host an Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, July 18th from 9 am until 1 pm. Those wishing to dispose of items at the event must make an appointment to do so by calling the center at (706) 291-5266. Computers and related accessories, televisions, cell phones and other household items will be accepted; hazardous waste will not.