The ninth annual Rome International Film Festival is just around the corner. The festival opens on the evening of Thursday, September 6th and, as always, will feature films from all over the world. It will continue all day and into the evening on Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th. New Executive Director Ryan Simmons says that films will be shown at the Historic DeSoto Theatre and the Rome Area History Museum. He expects it to be a big draw for Rome’s downtown area.
Today marks the first day of Georgia’s Sales Tax Holiday. It began at 12:01 am and continues thru midnight tomorrow night. Shoppers get to shop tax-free on select items just in time for back to school. For a list of items that will be exempt from sales taxes during Georgia’s Sales Tax holiday, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue’s website at www.etax.dor.ga.gov.
The Rome Braves lost to the Greensboro Grasshoppers for the second night in a row last night by a score of 9-8 in game two of a four game series at State Mutual Stadium.
The NFL pre-season kicked off on sort of a down note for the Atlanta Falcons last night as the Falcons lost to the Baltimore Ravens 31-17 at the Georgia Dome. Pre-season action continues for the Falcons as they host the Cincinnati Bengals next Thursday night at the Dome.
Governor Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of July totaled $1.32 billion for an increase of $91 million, or 7.4 percent, compared to July 2011. For the month-ended July 31, gross tax revenue deposits totaled $1.8 billion – an increase of $53.5 million, or 3.1 percent, compared to July the previous year.
UNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL HEAD FOOTBALL COACH JOE CURTIS TO JOIN MATT D AND SCOTT ON SPORTS TALK SATURDAY
Sports fans, tune in for tomorrow’s edition of Sports Talk Saturday with Matt D and Scott from 10:30 am until noon on WLAQ AM 1410. Their special guest will be Joe Curtiss, head football coach/Athletic Director at Unity Christian School. High school football is just around the corner! You can listen to Sports Talk Saturday with Matt D and Scott online at www.wlaq1410.com. They welcome your sports commentary, so give them a call at (706) 232-7767.
The Atlanta Braves were off last night and return to action with a three game series in New York against the Mets over the weekend. First pitch of tonight’s game one is set for 7:10 pm at Citi Field. The game will be broadcast on the AM 1410 WLAQ, Rome’s original home for Atlanta Braves baseball. Air time for the pre-game show is 5:55 pm from the Atlanta Braves radio network.
The Bayou will come to the Rome Civic Center on Thursday, August 23rd as the Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home hosts their annual Low Country Boil and Barbecue. Doors will open at 6:30 pm with dinner to be served at 7:15 pm. A live auction will begin at 8 pm. A silent auction will also be held. Chieftains President of the Board Ruth Demeter says some excellent items will be on the auction block. Those include posters of Amelia Earhart and John Towers donated by the Smithsonian Museum, a flying lesson with Earl Tillman, a week stay at a Napa Valley resort, and more.