Downtown Rome now offers a metered parking lot. The East First Street parking lot was previously reserved for permit holders or downtown employees, but has been converted to a public pay lot. The multi-space parking meter is located directly behind Harvest Moon Cafe. A black and white “PAY HERE” sign is placed at the lot. Rates are $1 per hour with a $10 maximum every Monday thru Saturday from 8 am until 6 pm. Multiple payment methods are allowed, according to a release from Rome’s Downtown Development Authority. The meter will accept credit cards (including Visa and MasterCard), debit cards and cash. In the coming weeks, customers will be permitted to pay via smartphone by creating an account at www.ParkMobile.com. Those using the lot are asked to identify their parking space number and enter it upon selecting payment options at the pay station.
The Tellus Science Museum has officially placed its Moon Rock on display! Plans were for the lunar sample to be established as part of the museum’s Apollo exhibit by the end of this week; it was put on display yesterday. The rock was given to the museum by NASA and was retrieved by Tellus curator Julian Gray at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas last month.
The Shorter University men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the University of North Alabama in a pair of Gulf South Conference matches that will air on 95.7 FM The Ridge tonight. The women are slated to play at 6 pm, followed by the men at 8 pm at Shorter’s Winthrop King Centre. Coverage will also be provided online at www.theridge957.com.
Georgia Highlands College’s basketball teams split a pair of GCAA conference matches with Central Georgia at home yesterday afternoon. The Lady Chargers won by a final score of 80-61 to improve to 11-4 overall and 6-1 in their conference. The Chargers lost 93-86 and fell to 4-10 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
In spite of a game-high 21 points from Hunter Smoak, the Berry College men’s basketball team lost to Shenandoah 60-52 last night at the Daytona Shootout in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was the fifth straight loss for the Vikings, who dropped to 3-6 on the season. They’ll close out play in the Daytona Shootout tonight with a 6 pm match against Gettysburg.