The announcement was made as we headed into the weekend that Ben Poplin will serve as the voice of the Rome Braves on 95.7 FM The Ridge in 2013. Poplin is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University, where he was the voice of the Owls baseball team for the past three seasons. He also called games for other sports at KSU, including softball, basketball and soccer.
The observation of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia concludes today with a focus on Flooding Safety.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 23rd, at which time they honored employees for their contributions throughout 2012. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell and fellow Command Staff members applauded the hard work of these employees.
Severe Weather Awareness Week continues across the state of Georgia. Today’s focus is Lightning Safety. Tim Herrington, deputy director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, says if lightning appears imminent, seek shelter immediately.
Berry College’s basketball teams split a pair of games with Southern Athletic Association rival Hendrix yesterday afternoon in Conway, Arkansas. Berry’s women were narrowly defeated 68-66, dropping their record to 10-12 overall and 5-7 in the SAA. That was followed by the first road victory in nearly two years for Berry’s men, 63-60. The Vikings improve to 5-18 overall and 2-10 in conference play. Yesterday’s split at Hendrix followed a pair of losses for both Berry basketball teams at Rhodes on Friday night. The women lost by a final score of 71-46, while the men were defeated 67-47. The Berry women will host Oakwood tomorrow night at 7 pm at Berry’s Cage Center. That will be followed by men’s and women’s home games versus SAA rival Millsaps on Friday night (with tip off at 6 pm for the women and 8 pm for the men). All of those games will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410 and www.wlaq1410.com.
Progress continues on the development of downtown Rome. Rome Downtown Development Authority Director Ann Arnold says that recent work with the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute on a Master Plan for downtown Rome has rendered some very good input. Highlights include a need for more decoration of the medians on Broad Street and for more furniture stores downtown.
Shorter University’s basketball teams split a pair of games with Gulf South Conference rival West Florida last night at Shorter’s Winthrop King Centre. The Lady Hawks won their match by one point, 59-58, with just seconds left in the game. With the win, the Lady Hawks improve to 13-7 on the season and 8-4 in conference play. The Hawks lost by a final score of 75-73 to West Florida. The Hawks had a shot at a three-pointer that would have given them the victory when time expired and the ball failed to make it through the hoop. With last night’s loss, the Hawks fall to 14-6 overall and 8-4 in the GSC. More Gulf South Conference action is ahead of Shorter’s basketball teams tomorrow as the Hawks and Lady Hawks host Valdosta State. Tip off is set for 2 pm for the women and 4 pm for the men. The games will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com.
The Georgia Department of Corrections has announced that Rome native Rick Jacobs has been appointed as Acting Warden for Hays State Prison in Trion effective immediately. As Acting Warden, Jacobs will be responsible for overseeing approximately 350 staff members and approximately 1,460 male inmates, according to a DOC media release.