Now that summer is (unofficially) here, are you ready to dance in the streets? You’ll have plenty of opportunities to do that in the coming months, thanks to the return of the ever-popular First Friday concert series. The series opened earlier this month with a Broad Street Block Party featuring Tinsley Ellis and Babe’s Bayou. Rome’s Downtown Development Authority Director Ann Arnold says that an estimated 6,000 people attended the Block Party.
The Atlanta Braves lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Thursday night in the finale of a four game series between the teams; it was the second outing of two at Boston’s Fenway Park. That allowed the Red Sox to sweep the series after losing 10 straight prior to the interleague set.
Berry College athletics has announced that nine student-athletes have committed to Berry’s women’s basketball program and will join the Vikings for their 2014-2015 season.
DEMPSEY JOINS EFFORT TO GET GEORGIANS TO ‘LOOK AGAIN’ FOR CHILDREN LEFT UNATTENDED IN CARS THIS SUMMER
State Representative Katie Dempsey of Rome participated in the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s (DECAL’s) “Look Again” campaign, launched by Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal and leaders of multiple state agencies on Tuesday. According to a release from the Georgia House of Representatives, “Look Again” is a public awareness initiative of DECAL that calls for parents and caregivers of children to have heightened awareness this summer about the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles.
Armuchee High School completed the first year of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) testing recently with a total of 76 MOS certificates earned by students and their instructors. According to a Floyd County Schools media release, Armuchee High now has the prestigious designation of being known as an accredited Microsoft IT Academy, which paves the way for students to earn industry recognized credentials in Word 2010, Power Point 2010, Excel 2010, Access 2010, Word 2010 Expert and Excel 2010 Expert.
The Rome Braves began a seven game road trip with a loss to the Savannah Sand Gnats, 3-2, in 12 innings on Thursday night at Savannah’s Grayson Stadium.
Three former Calhoun High School students were charged with aggravated sexual battery and underage alcohol consumption on Wednesday. The charges stem from an alleged case of sexual assault at a cabin in Gilmer County following the school’s prom nearly three weeks ago. Andrew Haynes, Fields Chapman and Damon “Avery” Johnson, all 18, turned themselves into the Gilmer County Jail and were released on $51,000 bond. The trio had been accused of rape by a Calhoun High School student, though officials say that there was not enough evidence to charge them with rape.
Finster Fest will make its grand return to Dowdy Park in Summerville this weekend. The festival, intended to honor late folk artist Howard Finster, will feature more than 50 juried artists, live entertainment and food. It will be open to the public on Saturday, May 31st from 11 am until 5 pm and on Sunday, June 1st from 1 pm until 5 pm. The “Man of Vision” aftershow is set for Saturday evening from 5 pm until midnight and will include music from Shenandoah, the Randall Bramblett Band, The Whiskey Gentry and the Travis Denning Band.