Fourteen people lost their lives on Georgia’s roads over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, which got underway on Wednesday at 6 pm and ended last night at midnight. During that 102-hour period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 556 traffic crashes that resulted in 244 injuries and 10 fatalities. Additional fatalities were reported by Macon Police, DeKalb County Police and the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (which reported two fatalities). One fatality was reported by the GSP’s Troop A, which covers Northwest Georgia; it came from state troopers here in Rome.
The estimated 40 million motorists that traveled for Thanksgiving this year experienced some relief at the pump as the national cost for a gallon of regular gas averaged $3.28, 13 cents less than 2012′s Thanksgiving average of $3.41. However, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group, not all motorists enjoyed lower pump prices over the holiday weekend.
The holiday shopping season officially got underway over the weekend as shoppers across the nation hit the stores in search of Black Friday weekend deals. Scores of shoppers demonstrated their support of local business with the observation of Small Business Saturday this past Saturday. Today, online sales are expected to get a boost with Cyber Monday.
A rainy morning greets Romans as they arise to a new work week. The National Weather Service predicts a 50 percent chance of rain today, mostly before 3 pm, with highs near 57. A slight chance of rain remains in the forecast for the first part of the week and will increase as the week progresses.
The Atlanta Falcons ended a five game losing skid with an exciting 34-31 win in overtime over the Buffalo Bills last night in Toronto, Canada.
The Berry College women’s basketball team took an 88-76 victory from Piedmont College in the second and final day of the SAA-USA South Challenge yesterday at Berry’s Cage Center. Three Vikings surpassed 20 points. Megan Walsh scored a game-best 23 points, while Mel McLean and Chanlir Segarra each contributed 22 points.
The Shorter University Lady Hawks will host Clark Atlanta University in non-conference women’s basketball action tonight. Tip off is set for 6 pm at the Winthrop King Centre. Coverage of the game will be provided by Jim Bojo on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com.
The Atlanta Hawks will be in San Antonio, Texas to take on the Spurs in NBA action tonight. It will be the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The game is scheduled to get underway at 8:30 pm and will be televised on Sport South.