International Paper announced at this morning’s Rome-Floyd County Development Authority meeting its plans to expand their paper mill in Coosa, leading to an investment of between $100 million to $150 million and the retention of over 460 employees.
This is National Preparedness Month. In honor of that, the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency will team with the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation to host a preparedness EXPO on Thursday, September 19th at 6 pm at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, 1 Maurice Culberson Drive in Rome. The line up of guest speakers includes Keith Stellman, meteorologist in charge with the National Weather Service out of Peachtree City, WSB-TV’s Ross Cavitt, and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. The EXPO is free to all who wish to attend and will provide local residents with an opportunity to learn how to organize a basic preparedness kit and how to prepare for an emergency. An interpreter will be available for those who are hearing impaired.
The national average price of gasoline is anticipated to surpass $3.00 per gallon today for the 1,000 consecutive day for the first time on record, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. The current streak began on December 23, 2010. AAA forecasts the national average to remain above $3.00 a gallon for at least another thousand days barring a major economic recession.
The Atlanta Falcons have announced that defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing are out for the remainder of the 2013 season. Both have been placed on the injured reserved list. Biermann tore his right Achilles tendon and Ewing separated his left shoulder in the Falcons’ 31-24 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Tragedy struck in our nation’s capital yesterday as 13 people were killed in a shooting incident at the Washington Navy Yard. The shooter has been identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis. He killed 12 people before he was shot and killed. Alexis was a former Navy reservemen. Officers are unclear as to his motive.
If you’re a geek, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Square Table wants to honor you this week. Geek Week Rome is officially underway with the intent to celebrate advancements in technology and innovation.
Tragedy struck in Washington DC yesterday and led to the postponement of the Atlanta Braves’ series opener with Washington Nationals at Nationals Park scheduled for last night. The Nationals made the decision to postpone the game in the wake of the shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard. The game will be made up as part of a day-night double header today and tonight. Game one is set for 1:05 pm, with first pitch of game two slated for 7:05 pm. The second game will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410, with 5:50 pm as the air time for the pre-game show from the Braves Radio Network. WLAQ will not broadcast the first game as we will be airing Rush Limbaugh at that time and, under contractual agreement, are not permitted to pre-empt Rush.
Area high school football teams will take the field for week four of the 2013 season this Friday night. Tune in for Northwest Georgia’s best high school football coverage on 95.7 FM The Ridge and WLAQ AM 1410.