US Representative Tom Graves issued the following statement yesterday concerning the fiscal cliff legislation passed by the US Senate:
The Atlanta Hawks beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-86 last night in NBA action down in New Orleans. With the win, the Hawks improve to 20-10 for the 2012-2013 season. They remain on the road to take on the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm. The game will be televised on Sport South.
The New Year’s holiday travel period continues thru midnight tomorrow night (Tuesday, January 1, 2013). As of early this morning, there have been two fatalities on Georgia’s roads over the 102 hour period, which got underway at 6 pm on Friday. According to totals from the Georgia State Patrol only, there have been 285 traffic crashes resulting in 122 injuries and one fatality. There have been no fatalities reported in Troop A, which covers Northwest Georgia.
There will be some changes among local legislators when the New Year begins. For one, State Senator Barry Loudermilk will no longer represent the 52nd district. He is being moved to the new 14th district, which encompasses half of Bartow County, most of Cherokee County and a small part of Cobb County. Loudermilk says that he has enjoyed serving the people of Floyd County and that he intends to ‘keep in touch’.
Local college basketball teams will hit the hardwood for the first time in 2013 toward the end of the week…
In college football bowl game news, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets pulled out an upset of USC 21-7 in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve in El Paso, Texas.
Planning on making fireworks a part of your New Year’s festivities? The Rome Fire Department always recommends going to see a professional display instead of shooting off your own fireworks, but there are no professional displays scheduled for the Rome area to ring in the New Year. Therefore, the RFD’s fire safety educators have some tips for those who will be using fireworks tonight. Daniel Carpenter says that, most importantly, you should use fireworks that are legal in the state of Georgia. He also says to pay close attention to children and teenagers while they are using fireworks, such as sparklers, which can burn at over 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Today is the final day for Blaine Williams to serve as Floyd County Manager. Starting tomorrow, Finance Director Gary Burkhalter will serve as interim county manager until a permanent replacement for Williams is found. Williams is leaving Floyd County to take the position of assistant county manager for Athens-Clarke County, which he will assume on January 7th. Williams took over as Floyd County Manager at the beginning of this year after serving about five years as assistant county manager.