The Cedartown Polk County Hospital Authority is scheduled to break ground on a new 25-bed hospital next Tuesday, July 23rd. Upon completion, the 73,000 square foot facility will replace the current Polk Medical Center, originally built in 1944.
The Rome Braves were off last night and return to action tonight with a seven game homestand that will bring the Lexington Legends to town for three games, which will be followed by four games with the Lakewood Blueclaws at State Mutual Stadium. First pitch of tonight’s series opener against the Legends is set for 7 pm. The game will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com. Rome Braves radio voice Ben Poplin will go on air with the pre-game show around 6:50 pm.
Here’s a heads up from the Georgia Department of Transportation – Burnett Ferry Road at its intersection with Mays Bridge Road will be closed for two weeks, starting Monday, July 22nd. The closure is intended to accommodate work on realigning Burnett Ferry Road with the West Rome Bypass currently under construction.
Do your goals for the summer include getting in shape? Let modern technology lend you a hand. USA Today Tech Expert Marc Saltzman recommends the FitBit Flex, a wearable, wireless bracelet which keeps track of your activity. It even works while you’re asleep!
Major League Baseball’s best and brightest converged upon Citi Field in New York last night for the 84th annual All Star Game, which was played at the home of the Mets of the National League. There was no home field advantage there as the American League blanked the National League 3-0. With the win, the American League takes home field advantage in this year’s World Series. New York Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera nabbed the Ted Williams MVP Award.
Many of the players that participated in the 2013 MLB All Star Game last night will one day end up in the Baseball Hall of Fame. There is one baseball star of old that is not a fixture in Cooperstown, though many say he should be. Shoeless Joe Jackson was a part of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team accused of throwing that year’s World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Though acquitted of the charges against them, then Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned Jackson and seven other players from baseball after the 1920 season, and consequentially, they were deemed ineligible for entry into the Hall of Fame.
Governor Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of June totaled $1.58 billion. That marks an increase of $37 million, or 2.4 percent, compared to June 2012. For the year-ended June 30, net tax revenue collections totaled $17 billion for an increase of $951.5 million, or 5.9 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues edged above $16.05 billion.
Tonight’s the big night of the 2013 MLB All Star Game! First pitch is set for 8 pm at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The game will be televised on FOX, with their coverage to begin at 7:30 pm.