The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that Metro Rome’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent in August, down from 9.0 percent in July and from 8.6 percent in August 2013.
The Floyd County Emergency Management Agency will host an Emergency Preparedness Expo tomorrow (Friday, September 26th) from 6 pm until 8 pm at The Forum in downtown Rome. It will feature presentations from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service, among others. Area first responders will also be in attendance to discuss their jobs and exhibit the equipment they use. Door prizes will also be given away.
The Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 in game three of a four game series last night at Turner Field, allowing the Braves to snap a five game losing skid.
A Trion man faces a murder charge following a shooting incident at the Callier Forest Apartments in Rome yesterday. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Dominique Alexander Spear. He was shot during an altercation in the parking lot of the apartment complex at 131 Dodd Boulevard by 20-year-old Kyle Timmons, who turned himself into police following the incident. Timmons has been charged with murder and aggravated assault. He was held in the Floyd County Jail without bail last night.
The Floyd County Republican Party, along with the Georgia Republican Party, will host an official ribbon cutting for their Downtown Victory Office with the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce this morning at 10:30 am. The Victory Headquarters office is located at 339 Broad Street in downtown Rome, across the street from Jefferson’s.
A benefit buffet dinner will be held this evening at the Forrest on Broad Street in downtown Rome for a pair of eight year old twin boys, Connor and Cameron Huff, who are diabetic and need of financial assistance with purchasing diabetic alert dogs. The dogs are very expensive, but can also save the boys’ lives. The country buffet dinner will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm and will be served on a drop-in basis. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (706) 584-7934.
The Berry College football team will play their home opener this Saturday at Barron Stadium against Rhodes College. It will mark the beginning of conference play for both Southern Athletic Association teams.
A Nobel Peace Prize winner is coming to Rome, Georgia. Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance, will deliver a keynote address to be hosted by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce this Sunday, September 28th at the Rome City Auditorium. His topic will be “Social Enterprise”, inspired by his latest book, “Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs”.