In your Spring Training update, the Atlanta Braves lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 in Jupiter, Florida yesterday. Braves starter Mike Minor put in a strong performance thru the first four innings, but gave up four runs on five hits in the fifth which proved to be costly for the Braves.
The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the unemployment rate in metro Rome rose to 10.2 percent in January, up from 9.4 percent in December. The rate stood at 11 percent in January 2012.
Opening day of the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Championships is on the books. The Shorter University men’s basketball team continues on to the semifinal round and the Lady Hawks’ hopes for a national title have been dashed after the first day of play in the tournament, which continues thru Saturday at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.
In your Spring Training update, the Atlanta Braves took a 2-1 victory from the Miami Marlins under the lights last night in Jupiter, Florida. Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings, though he was hit by two line drives; he is reportedly “ok”. Last night’s game was highlighted by a solo home run from Freddie Freeman in the second inning.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks will welcome the Phoenix Suns to town tonight. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm at the Philips Arena. The game will be televised on Sport South.
This time 20 years ago, Rome was mired in snow that resulted from the Blizzard of ’93. Local historian Ken Studdard says that the Blizzard was likely the worst thing that ever happened weather-wise in this area. He says there are a couple of weather events that come close, such as the ice storm of 1960. Studdard believes that emergency officials are better prepared these days to handle emergencies like the Blizzard of ’93.
The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament is officially underway in Nashville, Tennessee. Local resident Doug Shows is serving as a referee for the tournament, which concludes with the championship game on Sunday.
Shows has served as an NCAA referee for more than 20 years. He says the past season has been ‘incredible’. He indicates that it has been a very competitive season.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks beat the LA Lakers 96-92 last night at the Philips Arena. The victory improves the Hawks’ record to 35-39 overall and 20-11 at home.