And, of course, the winter weather has led to additional delays with region tournaments for area high school basketball teams. The Region 6-A and Region 7-AA tourneys are now set to start tomorrow. For more information about region tournaments and the upcoming state playoffs, you can check out the Georgia High School Association’s website at www.ghsa.net.
The Rome City Schools will end up having a whole week out of school, when it’s all said and done. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden made the decision to cancel classes on Thursday for the third day in a row following a briefing with emergency management officials in which a significant amount of snow and hazardous driving conditions were predicted through the morning. City schools had already scheduled off days for Friday, February 14th and Monday, February 17th, so their classes will resume on Tuesday, February 18th.
Wintry precipitation is on the ground, and more is anticipated. The Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 1 pm on Thursday afternoon, with additional rain, sleet and snow in the forecast. According to the latest from the NWS, the predominant precipitation type today will be snow, with up to 6-10 inches of accumulation possible and more than that in higher elevations.
The Rome City Commission is slated to approve the nomination of Sammy Rich to serve as the next City Manager at their next meeting on February 24th. He will succeed John Bennett, who will retire after 30 years in that position at the end of June.
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The Georgia Emergency Management Agency is urging motorists to stay off the roads as the threat of icy conditions increases throughout the day. According to GEMA, ice can be deceptively dangerous, difficult to anticipate and extremely difficult to drive on. Bridges and overpasses are expected to ice first. Motorists are cautioned to stay off the roads until conditions improve.
The film choices have been announced for this year’s Night at the Movies to be held next Tuesday, February 18th at the Rome Cinemas as a benefit for the Exchange Club Family Resource Center. That list includes three Academy Awards nominees – Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and August Osage County, along with three other blockbusters – Nebraska, Jack Ryan and About Last Night.