Three new members will be inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame during a special ceremony this evening at Berry College’s Krannert Center. This year’s honorees include Jerome Webb in the category of Professional Athlete and Jerry James and John Sapp as Amateur Athletes. The winners of the John Pinson, Jr. Student Athlete Awards will also be honored tonight; two students are selected for the scholarship award from among male and female candidates nominated by each local school.
US Congressman Phil Gingrey has been hitting the pavement in support of his campaign for US Senate. He is running for the post currently held by Saxby Chambliss, who is not seeking re-election this year. Gingrey is among seven candidates vying for the Republican party’s nomination in the May 20th primary election. The winner of that race will advance to the general election in November.
Governor Nathan Deal has announced that President Barack Obama has approved his request for a major disaster declaration for 39 counties that sustained damage during the February 10-14 winter storm, allowing for the federal government to reimburse 75 percent of eligible expenditures and damage costs.
The Atlanta Hawks will close out their current five game road trip out west tonight in Salt Lake City with a match against the Utah Jazz. It will be the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The Hawks won the first outing at home back in December.
Qualifying ends today at noon for those hoping to run for state and local offices in this election cycle. Two candidates qualified for local offices yesterday, while one announced the withdrawal
of his candidacy. R. Jay Driskill, a Democrat, has thrown his hat in the ring for Floyd County Commission, Post 5. Another Democrat, Deboria “Bo” Arrant, has qualified for Post 4 of the county commission. Rickey Underhill has withdrawn his bid for the Floyd County Board of Education.
Governor Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of February came in at almost $42 million, or 5.3 percent, compared to the month-ended February 2013. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $11.74 billion, marking an increase of nearly $560.5 million, or 5 percent, compared to the same time last year.
The Calhoun High School boys’ basketball team hopes to nab their first-ever state title today as they face Greater Atlanta Christian in the Class AA State Championship Game. The Yellow Jackets will face a formidable opponent in that GAC is undefeated on the season with a 31-0 record. Calhoun currently has a 26-2 record. Today’s tip off is set for 4:45 pm at the Macon Coliseum.