It’s almost time for area students to head back to school. Georgia’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Barge, encourages parents to not just be involved with their kids’ affairs as the curtain rises on the new school year. He wants parents to be engaged. Barge indicates that there’s a big difference between being involved and being engaged. He adds that expectations are greater this year in Georgia’s schools this year, particularly with the Common Core standards instituted last school year.
Record low temperatures were reported around Northwest Georgia as this Tuesday morning began. The National Weather Service reported 59 degrees at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Armuchee just before 5 am this morning. Those temps will start to rise as the day progresses, with today’s high expected to be around 90. Mostly sunny skies will grace the Rome area today, though thunderstorms are headed our way. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms has been predicted for this evening with mostly cloudy skies and a low of 69. That chance of showers and thunderstorms increases to 70 percent tomorrow (Wednesday).
Greater Rome’s tennis community will honor Elaine Hamilton for her service to tennis in the state of Georgia during a special reception today at the Coosa Country Club.
The Coosa River Basin Initiative is gearing up for River Revelry: A Biodiversity Bash. The event is set for Saturday, August 24th from 6 pm until 11 pm at Heritage Park in Rome.
The Free Clinic of Rome will benefit from the 1st annual Tomato Sandwich Supper, set for this Friday, August 2nd from 5 pm until 7 pm at the Rome Civic Center. Tomato sandwiches, BLTs, sides and desserts will be served. The cost is $10 for adults and $25 for families of three or more (which includes tomato sandwich, chips and a drink). The event will be highlighted by musical entertainment from the Georgia Mountain Music Club at 5:45 pm. There will also be drawings for door prizes, raffles and a tremendous tomato contest.
The Rome Braves posted a 9-6 victory over the Augusta Greenjackets last night in the opener of a three game series in Augusta, allowing the Braves to notch their third straight win.
Back to school time is right around the corner! The Georgia Department of Revenue seeks to help families save some cash on their back to school purchases with a “back to school” sales tax holiday set for August 9th and 10th, 2013.
The Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville is finalizing plans for Night at the Museum V, set for Saturday, August 10th from 6 pm until 10 pm. Area youngsters are urged to attend the event dressed up as their favorite figures from history and science fiction, according to marketing director Joe Schulman. Kids will have the opportunity to get autographs from the worlds of science and science fiction, including Amelia Earhart and Darth Vader.