One event that reportedly had a substantial economic impact on Rome and Floyd County in 2012 was the Wings Over North Georgia air show, which was held in late September at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field.
College basketball took center court for local teams over the weekend. In your local college basketball update, Shorter University’s Lady Hawks and Hawks were both handed their first Gulf South Conference losses by West Georgia in Carrollton yesterday. The Lady Hawks lost their match 61-55 in overtime. With the loss, the Lady Hawks fall to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Shorter’s Hawks also lost to West Georgia 78-63. The loss leaves the Hawks with a 5-2 record overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Lady Hawks will return to action this Thursday evening at Montevallo. Tip off is set for 6:30 pm. The Hawks will get back into action on Saturday at Clark Atlanta, with tip-off set for 4 pm. Both games will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com.
In your high school football playoff update, the Calhoun Yellow Jackets continue their hunt for a state title after beating Brooks County 49-14 in round three of the Class AA playoffs on Friday night. The Jackets will go on to face Lamar County in the semifinals this Friday night.
The teams have been set for the 2012 NAIA Football National Championship Game. Marian University from Indiana will face Morningside College from Iowa in the big game, which is set for Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 pm at Barron Stadium in Rome. For more championship details, visit www.naianationalchampionship.com.
Have you gotten your Christmas tree yet? Before you check out that Christmas tree lot, there are a few things to consider, according to Daniel Carpenter, fire safety educator for the Rome Fire Department. He says in order to ensure that you are getting the freshest tree possible, check things like the needles (which should not easily fall off) and the trunk (which should be sticky).
The Atlanta Falcons are the NFC South Champs! The Falcons clinched the division title with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss to the Denver Broncos yesterday. The Falcons will now be one of the top four seeds in the NFC and will host at least one playoff game at the Georgia Dome. The Dirty Birds nabbed their last NFC title back in 2010; they were also the top seed in the NFC playoffs that year.
Though the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets put up a good fight, they fell to the Florida State Seminoles 21-15 in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Jackets are Bowl game-bound; they’ll face the University of Southern California in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 31st in El Paso, Texas. The game will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410, Rome’s radio home for Georgia Tech football.
The 2012 Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament is right around the corner! The tournament will be held December 17th thru 21st, with games to be played at Georgia Highlands College’s Floyd County campus and Berry College’s Cage Center. The 2012-2013 season is already underway for area teams. Jim Alred, new media director for the Rome News-Tribune, says that based on what he’s seen so far, folks are going to see some great high school hoops action in the Holiday Festival.