GA INSURANCE AND SAFETY FIRE COMMISSIONER: CHANGE THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE ALARM WHEN YOU FALL BACK THIS WEEKEND
Don’t forget to fall back this weekend! The switch back to Standard Time will take place this Sunday at 2 am when people will set their clocks back one hour. Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens urges local residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks. He also recommends that you dust the device and test it to make sure that it is in proper working order.
Get ready to jam out to the music of some of the best guitarists in the state of Georgia as the Georgia Guitar Explosion takes the stage at the Historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome next Saturday night, November 8th. The concert will feature performances by the AJ Ghent Band, the Glenn Phillips Band and Tinsley Ellis. At the end of the show, Ellis will lead the group in a combined jam session. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, with the concert to begin at 7:30 pm. The Georgia Guitar Explosion is being hosted by 95.7 FM The Ridge and the Historic DeSoto Foundation and is a Venue Dog Concert Series event.
The Georgia Department of Education has released graduation rates for the state’s public high schools. The state’s rate rose from 71.8 percent in 2013 to 72.5 percent in 2014. The 2014 rate was up by 5.1 percentage points from 2011.
Many lovers of Halloween are rejoicing over the fact that the holiday falls on a Friday this year. And there will be plenty of things to do around Rome and Floyd County for the big day tomorrow and on into the weekend.
Local educators, sheriff’s deputies, physicians and business owners are prepping to pucker up to protect our rivers on November 8th at the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s annual Fish Fry and Green Expo, sponsored by WLAQ AM 1410 and 95.7 FM The Ridge. Sixteen local contestants are competing in the CRBI’s Catfish Contest this year. They are all vying for an ‘opportunity’ to kiss a live Coosa River catfish by raising money for the CRBI. Last year’s contest generated over $7,000. This year’s goal is $10,000.
The Federal Trade Commission has released a warning concerning a new method that scammers are using to fradulently obtain money from unsuspecting citizens, according to a news release from the Floyd County Police Department. The FTC aims to alert the public that scammers are creating and sending fake renewal notices purporting to be from their local newspaper, with an additional warning that the renewal notices have no relationship with the actual newspaper publisher or billing department. Any funds remitted to these fictitious notices end up in the hands of the scammers.
The 2014 Wings Over North Georgia air show was, on all accounts, a huge success. The air show was held October 18th and 19th at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field in Rome and was headlined by the US Air Force Thunderbirds. It drew more than 80,000 attendees, according to John Cowman, President of JLC Airshow Management, who indicates that the crowd on the first day of the air show was far greater than he had anticipated. He adds that the resulting traffic snarls were overcome through the cooperation of air show management and local officials and did not pose near as much of a problem on the following day.