The Labor Day holiday travel period continues thru tonight at midnight. The Georgia Department of Public Safety has reported 11 total fatalities on the state’s roads since the holiday travel period began on Friday evening, August 30th, at 6 pm. According to totals from the Georgia State Patrol only, there have been 286 traffic crashes with 154 injuries and eight fatalities. There has been one traffic fatality in Troop A, which covers Northwest Georgia. It was reported by state troopers in Cartersville.
Nasty weather has been forecast for the Greater Rome area on this Labor Day. The National Weather Service predicts an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for today. Some of those storms could produce heavy rainfall; new rainfall amounts of between a quarter and a half an inch are possible. Highs will be near 90. Areas of fog are expected before 10 am. That chance of showers and thunderstorms falls to 60 percent tonight.
The 24th annual Running Water Pow-Wow Cherokee Homecoming and Ripe Corn Festival will be held this weekend at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome. It will be open from 10 am until 10 pm on Saturday, August 31st, with grand entry at 1 pm and 7 pm, and from 10 am until 6 pm on Sunday, September 1st, with grand entry at 1 pm.
The United Way of Rome and Floyd County kicked off its 2013 fund raising campaign earlier this week. They hope to ‘knock one out of the park’ and demonstrated as much by having the campaign kick off at the Rome Braves game on Tuesday night. Volunteer Coordinator Brooks Smith is pleased to announce that Frank Pinson is serving as this year’s campaign chair.
September is National Preparedness Month. It is a time for individuals to consider how they prepare for potential disasters, weather related and otherwise, according to Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Scotty Hancock. Hancock adds that there is an element of personal responsibility when it comes to emergency situations.
ROME BRAVES TO WRAP UP 2013 SEASON THIS EVENING FOLLOWING VICTORIOUS SUNDAY OUTING IN CHARLESTON, SC
The Rome Braves will play their final game of the 2013 season this evening in Charleston, South Carolina against the Riverdogs. The Braves beat the Riverdogs 5-4 yesterday evening at Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Rome staved off a late rally from Charleston to emerge victorious in their second-to-last game of the season.
SHAW INDUSTRIES TO BUILD CARPET TILE FACILITY IN ADAIRSVILLE, INVESTING $85 MILLION AND CREATING 500 NEW JOBS
Governor Nathan Deal announced yesterday that Shaw Industries Group, Inc. will build a new facility in Bartow County to manufacture modular carpet tiles. The $85 million facility will mean the addition of 500 new jobs.
Today is the final day for qualifying for local posts that will be up for a vote in the November 5th general election. It continues thru 4:30 pm at the city clerk’s office at City Hall (the City Auditorium) on Broad Street in downtown Rome. Positions are open in Ward Two of the Rome City Commission and on the Rome City Schools Board of Education. Two people qualified to run for the City School Board yesterday, Sundai Stevenson and Michael Howell.