The Coosa River Basin Initiative, along with Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful and the Rome/Floyd ECO River Education Center, will host the annual Polar Bear Paddle tomorrow (Saturday, January 11th). The six-mile paddle trip down the Etowah River will depart from Grizzard Park off the East Rome bypass and will end at Heritage Park in downtown Rome. Registration will begin at 9 am and will be followed by a safety briefing at 10 am. Boats are expected to launch by 10:30 am. Shuttle service will be provided by the CRBI at the end of the paddle. Those in attendance will be treated to donuts and hot chocolate. Motorized boats will be provided for safety.
The Shorter University men’s basketball team picked up a huge Gulf South Conference victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville 67-65 last night at Shorter’s Winthrop King Centre. The Chargers were actually leading at halftime by a score of 31-22, but the Hawks surged ahead in the second half to get the win. Brandon Pullman led the charge for the Hawks with 17 points, all scored in that second half. Dedric Ware was the top scorer for Shorter with 19 points. Last night’s win allowed the Hawks to improve to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the GSC.
Rome’s Charlie Culberson will discuss what it takes to become a Major League Baseball player as the guest speaker for the Shorter University baseball team’s sixth annual “Meet The Team” Dinner. The event is set for tomorrow, Saturday, January 11th, at Shorter’s Winthrop King Centre.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has chosen Rome to participate in Georgia’s Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) program. According to a DCA press release, the pilot program for Georgia’s Main Street network provides advanced technical assistance to communities who have been proven leaders in their field of downtown development.
Governor Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of December totaled $1.75 billion. That marks an increase of $64 million, or 3.8 percent, compared to the month-ended December 2012. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $9.09 billion for an increase of $442 million, or 5.1 percent, compared to the same time last year.
The Berry College men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in Memphis, Tennessee tonight for a pair of Southern Athletic Association matches against Rhodes College. The women will play at 7 pm, followed by the men at 9 pm. Coverage of the games will be provided on WLAQ AM 1410 and www.wlaq1410.com.
The Atlanta Hawks will host the Houston Rockets in NBA action this evening at the Philips Arena. It will be the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The Rockets won the first game of the set back in November.
The Exchange Club Family Resource Center invites the public to save the date for Tuesday, February 18, 2014. That’s when they will hold their 14th annual Night at the Movies at Rome Cinemas on Shorter Avenue in Rome. The evening will begin at 6 pm with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Ticket holders will get to watch one of six blockbuster movies (to be determined) at 7:30 pm.