Get out your nerd glasses and pocket protectors – Geek Week is about to begin in Rome, Georgia! The community-wide celebration of innovation, technology and all things geeky will begin on Saturday with the 2nd annual Rome-Floyd County Cardboard Challenge in Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s aviation training hangar at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport. The event will be held from 9 am until noon; set up begins at 8:30 am.
Friday night lights are set to shine tonight as area high school football teams take the field for week seven of the 2015 season.
The Indianapolis Colts beat the Houston Texans 27-20 in Thursday Night Football, thanks to in part to a pair of touchdown catches from Andre Johnson. The Colts improved to 3-2, while the Texans fell to 1-4.
Fall’s Finest Festival, the 67th annual Coosa Valley Fair, continues today. It will be Senior Citizens Day at the fair. Free admission will be offered to those ages 55 and older, who will be treated to entertainment, games and prizes. The Ms. Senior Coosa Valley Fair pageant for those ages 50 plus will be held at 1 pm. This evening’s activities will be highlighted by the Junior Lamb and Dairy Shows, as well as the Little Miss Coosa Valley Fair pageant for those ages six to 17.
The 20th annual Trout Unlimited Chili Cook Off is scheduled for this Saturday at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome. Gates open at 10:30 am.
The Houston Astros have taken a 1-0 lead in their American League Division Series with the Kansas City Royals. Former Berry College pitcher Collin McHugh led the charge as the Astros posted a 5-2 victory in the series opener on Thursday night in Kansas City. McHugh allowed four hits, including a pair of solo home runs to Kendrys Morales, over six innings in a game that was interrupted by a 49-minute rain delay. He got the win, while Luke Gregerson was credited with the save. Yordano Ventura took the loss for Kansas City. The Astros and the Royals will go head to head again this afternoon at 12:30 pm.
College football will return to the airwaves of 95.7 FM The Ridge and WLAQ AM 1410 on Saturday.
The Rome chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is among many organizations nationwide observing Mental Illness Awareness Week this week.