Members of the Rome Police Department’s Selective Enforcement Unit were recognized on Thursday at a Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Mothers Against Drunk Driving sponsored DUI enforcement awards banquet held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. According to a release from the Rome Police, officers Aaron Thacker and David McGuire, members of the RPD’s DUI Task Force, were recognized as Bronze Pin recipients for their efforts in DUI enforcement and arrests for the year 2014. The Rome Police Department was also recognized for its overall DUI enforcement efforts with the DUI Heroes Award for a Category Four sized agency (with 51-100 officers). The overall departmental award was due to the outstanding performance in DUI enforcement/arrests by both the Selective Enforcement Unit’s DUI Task Force as well as the Uniformed Patrol Division.
The Rome Braves opened their 2015 season with a loss to the reigning South Atlantic League Champion Asheville Tourists 4-3 on Thursday night at State Mutual Stadium. Opening Day was highlighted by an appearance by former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, who delivered the ceremonial first pitch. The Braves and the Tourists will go at it again tonight at 7 pm.
The victim in a late-night shooting that occurred on Tuesday night on Copeland Street in North Rome has been identified. Detavious Jamalcom Milner, age 22, was killed in the incident that left three others injured. The search is now on for suspects in the case. Those with any information related to the incident are asked to call 911.
The sale and regulation of consumer fireworks could become legalized in Georgia, if approved by Governor Nathan Deal.
The Atlanta Braves were off on Thursday night; they’ll play their first home game of 2015 tonight at Turner Field versus the New York Mets. Eric Stults will get his first start as a Brave. Jon Niese will be the starting pitcher for New York. First pitch is set for 7:35 pm. The game will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410, Rome’s original home for Atlanta Braves baseball. Air time for pre-game programming is 6:20 pm.
The 2015 Masters golf tournament is officially underway. Jordan Speith was at the top of the leaderboard at the end of Thursday’s first day of play in the tournament. The Masters continues through Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.
The 2015 Walk MS: Georgia will be held on the campus of Berry College this Saturday, April 11th. Registration begins at 9 am, with the walk to start at 10 am.
The Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 2-0 on Wednesday night at Marlins Park in Miami, allowing the Braves to complete a three game sweep of the Marlins to open the 2015 season.