The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that metro Rome’s unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in June, up from 7.9 percent in May but down from 9.4 percent in June 2013.
A curated exhibit of serigraph prints is slated to open tonight at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden. The Paradise Garden Foundation will host the exhibit of selected pieces from the Thomas E. Scanlin Collection thru October 19th. The serigraph prints will showcase reproductions made by a process that used Howard Finster’s original designs.
The downturn in the economy in recent years has had an impact on numerous organizations, including the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority. Board member David Mathis contends that something must be done to fund parks and rec programs, as they make major contributions to the quality of life for local residents. He adds that the authority’s budget has been cut by almost $900,000 since 2007.
Former Rome High School principal Mike Buck will seek a recount in the race for the Republican party’s nomination for State School Superintendent. Buck was narrowly defeated by Richard Woods in this past Tuesday’s runoff election. Woods received 199,260 votes, or 50.09 percent of the vote, compared to 198,535 votes for Buck, or 49.91 percent. The recount is expected early next week.
The July 22nd runoff election is on the books.
Voter turnout was a little better than expected in Floyd County for the July 22nd runoff election. Just over 11 percent of the county’s registered voters cast their ballots in the runoff; a turnout of 8-10 percent had been predicted.
The beginning of the new school year is just around the corner. And the Floyd County Schools will kick off the new school year by instituting a new initiative systemwide called Destination Graduation – for every child. The initiative will be launched by nationally known educator and author Ron Clark during a special event at The Forum in downtown Rome on Tuesday, July 29th at 8:30 am.