October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A Candlelight Vigil has been scheduled for tonight by the Hospitality House for Women of Rome, whose mission is to assist victims of domestic abuse. Tonight’s Candlelight Vigil will be held at Rotary Plaza in downtown Rome. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm, with the program to begin at 7 pm.
The Atlanta Braves’ hopes of beating out the Washington Nationals for the National League East title were dashed with a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 last night in the opener of a three game series in Pittsburgh. The Braves are now set to enter the 2012 MLB post season as the NL’s top Wild Card team and are on track to host the Wild Card game on Friday night at Turner Field.
The Atlanta Falcons are undefeated to start the 2012 season and hope to make it 5-0 this Sunday as they travel to Washington DC to take on the Redskins. Kick off is set for 1 pm. The game will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge, Northwest Georgia’s home for Atlanta Falcons football.
With the arrival of October, the state’s burn ban is being lifted for 54 counties in the state of Georgia. Daniel Carpenter, fire safety educator with the Rome Fire Department, says it’s important to get a permit before you burn. Those in the city of Rome can get one by calling the Rome Fire Department headquarters at (706) 236-4500. In Floyd County and other areas, call 1-877-OK2BURN. You can also get a burn permit online at www.GaTrees.org.
Rome, Georgia will be the host of a National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day event later this month at State Mutual Stadium, home of the Rome Braves.
The 2012 high school football season continues for area teams, though many will have this weekend off.
Fall’s Finest Festival, the Coosa Valley Fair, kicks off tomorrow and continues thru Saturday.
Hopefully the weather will clear out in time for the Coosa Valley Fair. Rain moved into the area yesterday and remains in the forecast for today. The National Weather Service reported just under an inch and a half of rain from yesterday evening thru early this morning. Today’s forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm with highs around 75. A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast for tonight with lows 63. The rain is expected to clear out tomorrow.