Election Day is here again! Today is the day of the runoff election in the state of Georgia. Polls in Floyd County opened at 7 am and remain open until 7 pm. A low voter turnout is expected; Floyd County Elections Supervisor Evonne Billups told the Rome News-Tribune this morning that she anticipates that eight to ten percent of Floyd County’s registered voters will cast their ballots in today’s election.
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp has reported that some 159,152 voters across the state cast their ballots early for today’s runoff election. Early voting ended on Friday. Kemp says that while mail-in absentee ballots can still be cast until the polls close this evening, the majority of early votes have been cast.
Pro Performance has officially moved! The Rome-based gym began training new clients yesterday at its new facility at 100 Broad Street, the former location of Christie’s Office Supply, which moved at the end of last year to a new location on Redmond Circle.
Georgia Tech’s President is slated to pay a visit to Rome today. Dr. GP “Bud” Peterson will be joined by State Representative Katie Dempsey and State Senator Chuck Hufstetler to discuss the Georgia Institute of Technology’s impact on this community. The MyJourney Compass project implemented by Georgia Tech, Floyd Medical Center, Harbin Clinic, Redmond Regional Medical Center, Cancer Navigators and the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition will be highlighted. According to a release from the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition, MyJourney Compass is a federally funded pilot project intended to put healthcare information in the hands of patients through mobile technology. A demonstration of the project will be made today at 1:30 pm at Redmond Regional Medical Center.
The body found at Weiss Lake late last week has been identified as 20-year-old Sarah Jane Ortiz of Valley Head, Alabama. Her body was discovered in the lake by a fisherman last Friday. It was positively identified at a forensics lab in Huntsville yesterday. Ortiz was initially reported missing by friends and family on July 16th after failing to return home on July 14th.
The Rome Braves fell to the West Virginia Power 9-8 in 10 innings last night at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia. With the loss, the Braves settled for a 2-2 split in their four game series against the Power.
In some good news from the Rome Braves, infielder Ross Wilson has been named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for July 14th thru 20th. During that time, Wilson hit .500 in five games with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, nine RBI and seven runs scored.