Echoes of rock legends past have been filling the air in Austin, Texas with the South By Southwest Music Festival, which got underway a week ago and continues through this weekend. The late Jimi Hendrix, who is widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, was honored last night at the festival with the release of a limited edition postage stamp by the US Postal Service. Jimi’s younger sister, Janie, was on hand for the event. Janie Hendrix, who indicates that her brother was old enough to be her father, says that the stamp is ‘really beautiful’.
The Rome Floyd Recycling Center will host a free electronics recycling event on Saturday. The public is urged to call ahead of time to schedule an appointment to drop off their unwanted items. The phone number is (706) 291-5266. Those items can be dropped off at the recycling center at 405 Watters Street between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm.
A brief winning streak came to an end for the Atlanta
Braves yesterday as they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 11-0 in Spring Training action in Jupiter, Florida. The Braves will host the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon at 1:05 pm at Disney.
The Floyd County Police Department is celebrating its 100th anniversary. As a part of that celebration, the department is having a contest among its officers to design an emblem to represent the anniversary. The winning emblem will be placed on shirts that will be made available to current and former members of the department, according to an FCPD media release.
The Valley and Ridge Gem and Mineral Show opens today at The Forum
in downtown Rome. Its hours are 10 am until 6 pm today and Saturday and from 11 am until 5 pm on Sunday. The event is hosted annually by the Rome Georgia Mineral Society.
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-97 last night in NBA action at the Philips Arena, spoiling the return of former Hawks coach Larry Drew and player Zaza Pachulia to Atlanta. Jeff Teague led the Hawks
in scoring with 22 points; Paul Millsap added 17 points. DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver each contributed 15 points to the Hawks’ victory.
The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that metro Rome’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent in January, down from 7.7 percent in December and from 10.3 percent in January 2013. Rome was one of three of the 14 metro areas in which the rate declined in January.
The seventh annual St. PETrick’s Day Pet Parade is slated for this Saturday, March 15th. The parade, which is being hosted by
the Rome-Floyd Humane Society, will make its way down Broad Street beginning at 11 am. Registration is slated to start at 9:30 am at Bridgepoint Plaza. The registration fee is $20 (which includes a t-shirt); forms are available online at www.rfhs.org. A blessing of the animals will precede the parade at 10:30 am.