Officials with voestalpine auto group joined with area leaders to celebrate the opening and future expansion of voestalpine Automotive Body Parts, Inc. in Cartersville on Tuesday. The automovie parts group is manufacturing ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers.
The Floyd County Prison was chosen by the Georgia Department of Corrections to be one of three pilot sites in the state’s Re-entry Initiative. The initiative is intended to enable offenders to become more employable and hopefully reduce the rate of recidivism by providing employment opportunities and cognitive and rehabilitative training to eligible inmates, according to a Floyd County media release. Eight state prisoners participated in the program yesterday at the prison.
The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia continued their observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the annual Take Back The Night Speak Out and Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday night in the courtyard of the First Baptist Church of Rome.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. A recovering alcoholic from Minneapolis, Minnesota aims to share her story and relay the message that a sober life is most certainly not a boring life. Amber Leone Murphy had struggles with alcohol from her youth. A series of events, including the receipt of a DUI at age 19, eventually led her to hit rock bottom and motivated her to get sober. She has not had a drink since November 6, 2005.
The Paradise Garden Foundation has announced its plans for Finster Fest 2014 in Chattooga County. The event is set for May 31st and June 1st and will include art and live music at Summerville’s Dowdy Park. It is anticipated to host over 50 juried artists in addition to visitors from around the world. Highlights of Finster Fest will include the Man of Vision After Show on the evening of Saturday, May 31st.
The Georgia Department of Education released the state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index yesterday, based on data from the 2012 and 2013 school years. Georgia’s elementary schools experienced a one-year increase in scores from 74.9 to 78.5, middle schools saw an over-the-year increase in scores from 73.9 to 75.0, and high schools one-year decrease from 73.0 to 72.0.
The Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville will celebrate Earth Day with a variety of offerings today. The public is invited to join the museum for solar viewing in the Observatory, demonstrations in the Solar House, kid’s activities in the Great Hall and a pair of special planetarium shows about the sun and the sea – Oasis and Space and Enchanted Reef. In addition, videos intended to shed more light about Earth will be presented in the museum’s theater. Admission is free to members and included in the cost of regular admission for non-members.
Georgia’s outdoor burn ban will be reinstated on May 1st. So if you have something that you need to burn, you’d better do it between now and then.