‘Tis the season for college football bowl games. WLAQ AM 1410 is Rome’s radio home for Georgia Tech football and will have all the action on New Year’s Eve as the Yellow Jackets take on USC in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Kick off is set for 2 pm on Monday, December 31st in El Paso, Texas.
A holiday classic will return to the airwaves of WLAQ AM 1410 this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Rome Little Theatre Senior Players Group’s radio drama production of It’s A Wonderful Life will be re-broadcast on WLAQ tonight at 8 pm and tomorrow at 3 pm. The radio show was staged live at the Historic DeSoto Theatre last Sunday, December 16th as a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, the Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.
Folks in other parts of the country may see their dreams of a ‘White Christmas’ come true this year, but it will be a wet Christmas for Rome and Northwest Georgia. The National Weather Service predicts a 100 percent chance of showers today, mainly before noon, with highs in the upper 50s. New precipitation amounts of between a quarter and a half an inch are possible. Widespread fog is expected for tonight with lows in the low 40s. A 100 percent chance of rain is in the forecast for Christmas Day.
The NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons improved to 13-2 and clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 31-18 win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night at Detroit’s Ford Field. The Falcons will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Kick off is set for 1 pm. The game will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge, Northwest Georgia’s radio home for Atlanta Falcons football.
The Christmas holiday travel period continues. The 102-hour period began on Friday evening at 6 pm and ends at midnight on Christmas (Tuesday, December 25th). As of early this morning, the Georgia State Patrol reported 298 traffic crashes with 124 injuries and five fatalities on the state’s roads so far during the Christmas holiday travel period. There have been eight total fatalities statewide. One fatality was recorded by the GSP in Rome. Michael Shane Hann, age 30, lost his life in a single-vehicle wreck on Abrams Road late Saturday night.
Planning on spending some time in the kitchen this Christmas Eve, preparing that big holiday feast? Be sure to do it safely. The main cause of house fires during the holiday season (and all times during the year) are cooking related, according to Daniel Carpenter, fire safety educator with the Rome Fire Department. Carpenter says you can prevent a holiday tragedy simply by being mindful. He indicates that activities such as frying, grilling and broiling should be closely attended. He says you can leave the kitchen from time to time if you are baking, boiling or simmering, but be sure to check on it frequently. Carpenter adds that simple reminders such as a wooden spoon in your back pocket can refresh your memory that you’ve got something cooking in the kitchen.
The 2012 Rome News-Tribune/Seven Hills Rotary Club Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament is on the books. The tournament concluded on Friday night at Berry College’s Cage Center. Darlington won the girls championship by posting a 44-41 win over Model, and Cartersville won the boys’ championship with a 64-55 victory over Model. Rome won the girls third-place game over Cartersville 62-57. Rome also took the boys’ third-place with a 61-48 victory over Darlington.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks split a pair of games over the weekend. They lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 99-80 in Philly on Friday night, which was followed by a 92-75 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the Philips Arena. The Hawks will take a brief break for Christmas and will return to action on Wednesday night as host to the Detroit Pistons.