State troopers expect heavy traffic on Georgia’s roads over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and are stepping up their patrols in anticipation of that. The 78-hour Memorial Day holiday travel period begins at 6 pm this evening and continues thru midnight on Memorial Day.
Recovery continues in Oklahoma where an EF-4 tornado struck the Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday. Volunteers are currently being recruited to provide help to the area affected by the tornado, according to Sarah Egan, Emergency Services Program Manager for the Northwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The Rome Braves beat the Asheville Tourists 6-1 last night in the opener of a four game series in Asheville, North Carolina.
The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that metro Rome’s unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent in April, down from 8.9 percent in March and from 9.8 percent in April 2012.
Tomorrow will mark the conclusion of the national observation of Emergency Medical Services (or EMS) Week. The observation has been made locally by Floyd EMS, who has been honoring its employees with special barbecue lunches all week long. Floyd EMS Director Bud Owens adds that EMTs have also been doing volunteer work around the community this week, something they do all year long.
Memorial Day weekend is commonly considered the unofficial start of the summer. As such, many people will be wanting to hit the water this weekend. If you want to go swimming, there’s good news for you! The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority will open the Northside Swim Center for the 2013 swim season tomorrow, according to an RFPRA media release.
The Atlanta Braves were off last night and will be in New York over the weekend for a three game series with the Mets. Kris Medlen is scheduled to get the start for the Braves in tonight’s game one. First pitch is set for 7:10 pm at Citi Field. The game will be broadcast on the AM 1410 WLAQ. Pre-game programming is set to get underway at 5:55 pm from the Atlanta Braves radio network.
With Monday’s tornado in Oklahoma, a question arises that often does when a tragedy occurs – how do we talk to our children about this? It’s a sensitive subject, one not to be taken lightly. Licensed counselor Dr. Laurie Johnson suggests that you use it as an opportunity to teach your kids that life is precious. She says it’s also a chance for you to take inventory of your own life and what you value most.