Storms moved thru Rome and Floyd County last night and left more than 5,000 without power, downed trees and a few damaged homes. Quarter-sized hail fell in some areas. The National Weather Service reported .63 inches of rain at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field in Armuchee overnight. A chance of thunderstorms remains in the forecast thru early next week.
The Rome Braves game against the Greenville Drive scheduled for last night in Greenville, South Carolina has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a double header today. The first of the two seven inning games will get underway at 5:05 pm. Catch all the action of both games on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com. Rome Braves radio voice JB Smith will go on the air with the pre-game show shortly before game one.
There was an abbreviated Fourth of July holiday travel period this year due to the holiday falling in the middle of the week. The Georgia State Patrol has reported one fatality on Georgia’s roads over the 30-hour Fourth of July holiday travel period, which began on Tuesday evening at 6 pm and ended last night at midnight. According to totals from the GSP only, there were 128 traffic crashes and 83 injuries and the one fatality.
Floyd County’s new Emergency Communications System and Emergency Operations Center are both expected to be fully functional before too long. Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Scotty Hancock says that progress is coming along with the 2009 SPLOST-funded Emergency Communications System. He says that the towers are up and the buildings are in place. He expects the system to be tested in December and that it will be ready to roll sometime next year.
If you’re looking for a little relief from the summer heat, don’t make plans to go to the Northside Swim Center today. The center will be closed as the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is in the process of repairing the broken motor on the pool pump. The center was closed yesterday as well and will reopen tomorrow for normal Saturday hours of 11 am until 5 pm.
A NIGHT OF HOMERS AT TURNER FIELD AS ATLANTA BRAVES CLAIM VICTORY OVER CHICAGO CUBS IN SERIES CLOSER
The Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 in the final game of a four game series between the teams (and of a 10 game home stand) last night at Turner Field. It was a night of homers at “The Ted”, as Brian McCann, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Juan Francisco all went deep for the Braves.
Mike Minor was credited with the win after allowing three runs (two earned) in six and a third innings of work.
Stormy weather did not stop the Fourth of July Celebration – A Salute to America – from going on as planned last night at Ridge Ferry Park. Attendees celebrated Independence Day with patriotic music from the Eighth Regiment Band and the Rome Symphony Orchestra and, of course, with fireworks.
Storms moved thru Northwest Georgia late yesterday afternoon and caused some power outages and downed trees.
The Rome Braves beat the Greenville Drive 13-6 in the opener of a five game series in Greenville, South Carolina last night. The Braves brought the Fourth of July fireworks to the field!