Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in preparation for the severe storms moving into our area that have led to extensive damage in states to the west of us. This will free up all state resources needed for preparation and response to the counties that may be affected by the storm.
The Atlanta Hawks took a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series with the Indiana Pacers with a 107-97 victory in game five last night at Indy. Kyle Korver hit five 3’s in the game, while Shelvin Mack and Mike Scott combined for 37 points off the bench for the Hawks. Atlanta could clinch the best-of-seven series
with a win in game six on Thursday night at home.
The Rome Braves were also off last night; they’re on the road for the next seven games. That road trip begins with a three game series in Asheville, North Carolina against the Tourists tonight thru Thursday night. First pitch of tonight’s series opener is set for 7:05 pm at Asheville’s McCormick Field. Ben Poplin will have the play-by-play story of the game on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com. Air time for the pre-game show is 6:50 pm.
Stormy weather closed out the weekend for residents of Rome and Northwest Georgia, and more is headed our way, according to local emergency management officials. Heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds are in the forecast through Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch that will take effect at midnight tonight and will remain in effect through 2 am Thursday morning.
The Junior Service League of Rome will host their Rome in Bloom Garden Tour and Cocktail Party this Saturday, May 3rd. The garden tour is scheduled to take place from 10 am until 5 pm and will be followed by a “Cocktails in the Garden” Party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Bagley at 49 Bellemont Drive from 5 pm until 7:30 pm.
The Atlanta Braves were off last night and will return to action with a three game series in Miami against the Marlins tonight thru Thursday night. Alex Wood is scheduled to be the starting pitcher for Atlanta in tonight’s series opener, while Jose Fernandez will head to the mound for Miami. It will be a rematch, of sorts, of last Tuesday night’s pitcher’s duel at Turner Field in which the Marlins beat the Braves 1-0. In that outing, Fernandez matched a career high of 14 strikeouts and Wood set a career high of 11 strikeouts.
The Rome Braves are nearly a month into their 2014 season. For field manager Jonathan Schuerholz, it’s been a time of happy reunions as well as a time for change in responsibilities. Schuerholz, who is in his first year at the helm of the Rome Braves, is fondly remembered by many fans as a member of the 2003 team that gave Rome it’s one and only South Atlantic League Championship in their inaugural season.
Early voting begins today for the May 20th primary election. Republicans and Democrats will determine who will represent their party for state and local posts in the general election in November.