ATLANTA HAWKS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON WITH WIN OVER DALLAS MAVERICKS AT PHILIPS, NOW READY FOR NBA PLAYOFFS
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks closed out the 2011-2012 regular season with a 106-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks last night at the Philips Arena. Tip off is set for 8 pm. Now, the Hawks are NBA playoff-bound. They’ll face the Boston Celtics in first round action. Game one is set for Sunday night in Atlanta. Tip off is set for 7 pm.
The Clocktower Classic handcycling race got underway yesterday with a Prologue Time Trial in Cedartown. It continues today with a 36 mile road race at the Rocky Mountain Recreation area. Activities tomorrow will include a Hill Climb up Lavender Mountain and the Downtown Criterium. The Clocktower Classic will conclude with a Time Trial on Technology Parkway on Sunday, April 29th.
Former Floyd County Commissioner Chuck Hufstetler has announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination for the newly created Georgia Senate District 52. According to a release from Hufstetler, he joined the race to give the district true conservative representation with proven leadership.
The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia will host a Speak Out Against Sexual Assault this evening at the First Baptist Church in downtown Rome in the church’s “Garden Area”. It is set to get underway at 7 pm and will feature guest speaker Jenny Lynn Anderson. Anderson will share the story of how she survived a brutal sexual assault and turned tragedy into triumph with the intention of helping anyone who has ever struggled with the question, “Why Me?”
SHORTER TO HOST 2012 MID-SOUTH TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NEWLY RENOVATED MADDOX TRACK AND BARRON STADIUM
Shorter University will play host to the 2012 Mid-South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships today and tomorrow at the newly renovated Maddox Track and Historic Barron Stadium. This is the first time that Shorter has ever hosted the championships. Shorter’s head track and field coach Scott Byrd says it will also be the last, due to the University’s becoming an NCAA Division II institution.
The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the preliminary unemployment rate for metro Rome decreased to 10.3 percent in March, down from a revised 10.8 percent in February. Metro Rome’s jobless rate was also 10.3 percent in March 2011.
The 24th annual Senior Inforum will be held next Wednesday, May 2nd from 9 am until 1 pm at the Forum in downtown Rome. Event organizer Redonna Branton invites area seniors to come out for an informative and fun event which will feature guest speaker Dr. Neal Schulman, author of “Doc Hollywood” which was turned into a movie starring Michael J. Fox.
The Rome Braves were demolished by the Hagerstown Suns 24-2 last night at State Mutual Stadium.