The 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period continues through this Sunday night, December 28th at midnight, as designated by the Georgia State Patrol. So far, there have been four fatalities on Georgia’s roads this holiday travel period, which began on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th, at 6 pm. None of those fatalities were reported in Troop A, the outfit which covers Northwest Georgia.
Many people will continue their celebration of Christmas into the weekend. While it’s all well and good to enjoy the festivities of this special time of year, licensed counselor Dr. Laurie Johnson urges revelers to spend a little time reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas during this holiday season. She asserts that the birth of Christ offers a light in the dark.
The NFL enters the final week of its 2014 regular season this week. The Atlanta Falcons remain hopeful that they will secure a playoff spot before the regular season draws to a close. They’ll go head to head with the Carolina Panthers in a battle for the NFC South title this Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The winner of the outing will clinch the NFC’s fourth seed and host a first-round playoff game.
Showers and thunderstorms that have pelted this area over the last couple of days should give way to sunny skies on Christmas Day, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS has issued a Flood Watch that remains in effect until 8 pm tonight. Thunderstorms are likely on this Christmas Eve and will diminish to just a slight chance of showers tonight. Daytime highs will be in the low 60s with overnight lows in the upper 30s. Christmas Day is expected to be sunny with a high in the low 50s. Clear skies tomorrow night will be accompanied by lows in the low 30s.
The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the unemployment rate for Metro Rome declined to 6.7 percent in November, down from 7.2 percent in October and from 7.6 percent in November 2013.
AAA, The Auto Club Group, is preaching patience to the millions of travelers that are on the road this holiday season. Spokesman Mark Jenkins contends that highways and byways are loaded with traffic at this time of year, which often increases the potential for accidents to happen. Jenkins urges holiday travelers to give themselves plenty of time to reach their desired destination.
It’s that time of year again for college football bowl games! Here’s a reminder that Rome’s radio home for Georgia Tech football is 95.7 FM The Ridge, and, as such, will have all the action on New Year’s Eve as the 12th ranked Yellow Jackets face 7th ranked Mississippi State in the 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl. Kick off is set for 8 pm at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
If you’ve yet to check all those names off your Christmas shopping list, and you’ve got a rocker on that list, hop online or head to the box office at The Forum in downtown Rome and get him or her tickets to the Mother’s Finest concert. The Georgia Music Hall of Famers aim to usher in the year 2015 with a bang with a performance at The Forum civic center on the evening of Saturday, January 3rd. Showtime is 7:30 pm.