Storms and strong winds moved through Rome and Northwest Georgia yesterday evening. The stormy weather ripped the roof off of Southern Pipe and Supply on Second Avenue in Rome. Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Scotty Hancock told WLAQ News/The Ridge Report that the business also had some windows blown out and that the storm took down some power lines around the area.
The 48th annual Atlanta Steeplechase will be held tomorrow at the Kingston Downs. Gates open at 9 am with the first race to start at 1:30 pm. Get tickets at the Rome Civic Center between 9:30 am and 5 pm today. Tickets and parking passes can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com through 11 am on race day. For more information, visit www.atlantasteeplechase.org.
The Atlanta Braves had the night off last night after completing a three game sweep of the Miami Marlins in Miami on Wednesday night. The Braves will be in Washington DC to revive their National League East rivalry with the Nationals in a three game series over the weekend.
The Masters Golf Tournament began with first round action yesterday at the Augusta National golf course. Sergio Garcia topped the leaderboard at the end of that first day of play. The Masters continues thru Sunday in Augusta.
The Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will hold its annual Herb and Plant Sale this Saturday, April 13th from 8 am until 4 pm and Sunday, April 14th from noon until 3 pm at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds in Rome. All proceeds will benefit the museum. Executive Director Heather Shores says that there will be a variety of items for sale ranging in price from $5 to $15.
The Rome Braves game scheduled for last night against the Savannah Sand Gnats at State Mutual Stadium has been postponed due to threatening weather. No make up date has been announced. The Braves will host the Sand Gnats tonight at 7 pm in a game that will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com. Rome Braves radio voice Ben Poplin will go on the air with the pre-game show at 6:50 pm.
In your NBA update, the Atlanta Hawks will host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in the fourth and final match between the teams this season. The Hawks currently lead the series 3-0. Tonight’s game is set to get underway at 7:30 pm at the Philips Arena and will be televised on Sport South.
Disc golfers from around the southeast will be in Rome this weekend for the Eagle Eye Open, the second tournament in this year’s Georgia Super Six Series. The tournament will be held at the Haywood Valley private disc golf course this Saturday and Sunday, April 13th and 14th.