A very rainy weekend has led to flood warnings and watches in the area. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for a portion of Northwest and West Central Georgia that remains in effect until 8 pm this evening. The watch encompasses communities such as Rome, Calhoun, Cartersville and Carrollton. Flood warnings are in effect for area waterways, including the Coosa River near Mayo Bar Lock and Dam (affecting Floyd County), the Armuchee Creek near Armuchee (affecting Floyd County) and the Oostanaula River (affecting Floyd and Gordon Counties).
Congressman Jack Kingston is among those who intend to throw their hat in the race for the US Senate post currently held by Saxby Chambliss, who announced earlier this year that he will not seek another term.
Kingston contends that if elected to the US Senate, he will do his part to curb spending in Washington.
The Rome Braves were slated to play a double header with the Hagerstown Suns yesterday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium, but the rain held off long enough for only one of those games. And Hagerstown put a damper on Rome’s eight game winning streak as the Braves fell to the Suns 5-4.
The Atlanta Hawks’ time in the NBA playoffs has come to an end. The Hawks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers, who took an 81-73 victory over the Hawks in game six of the first round of the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs on Friday night at the Philips Arena, allowing the Pacers to take the series 4-2. The Pacers beat the New York Knicks 102-95 in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals last night.
Torrential downpour did not stop a number of activities from going on as planned over the weekend. The rain held off just long enough for the Broad Street Block Party that kicked off the 15th season of the First Friday Concert Series on Friday night. Thousands flocked to downtown Rome for the concert, which featured the music of Curiosity Shoppe. And although the rains and high river levels led to the cancellation of the 13-mile Oostanaula River Race that was to be a part of the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Waterfest XIII, other Waterfest activities went on as planned (of course, in the rain), including canoe and kayak tug o wars, an Environmental Quiz Bowl involving area elementary school students and a live animal show from Southeastern Reptile Rescue.
The month of May is observed as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Fitness guru Denise Austin has joined forces with Rite Aid to encourage people to get fit during the month of May. The pair have introduced Forever Fit, a line of light home fitness equipment and products intended to maintain and improve consumers’ health and wellness.
The Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 9-4 yesterday afternoon in the closer of a weekend series at Turner Field that was abbreviated to two games due to a rain out on Saturday.
Rain or shine, get ready for splashdown this weekend during Waterfest XIII to be hosted by the Coosa River Basin Initiative at Ridge Ferry Park. The event will be open from 5 pm until 8 pm this evening, Friday, May 3rd, and from 10 am until 5 pm tomorrow, Saturday, May 4th.