Some nasty weather is headed our way in Rome and Northwest Georgia.
The Coosa River Basin Initiative held their Annual Membership Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration last night at the Rome Floyd ECO River Education Center. The event provided the group with an opportunity to reflect on their work in 2012 and look ahead to their objectives for 2013. In addition, the organization commemorated its past 20 years of service with a special presentation entitled 20 Years of Protecting the Coosa.
The City of Rome and Floyd County have scheduled a dedication and ribbon cutting for the new Rome/Floyd County Fire Department Administration and Fire Prevention Office and Emergency Management Office and Operations Center.
The Rome Braves held their 2013 Hot Stove Gathering yesterday at The Forum in downtown Rome. Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel, the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year and a former Rome Brave, was the guest of honor. He was joined by Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren, Braves prospects and coaches, Atlanta Braves radio voice Jim Powell and the Rome Braves’ 2013 field staff.
Local baseball fans got a chance to discuss their favorite sport at the Rome Braves’ 11th annual Hot Stove Gathering yesterday. This year’s event, a lunchtime affair for the first time ever, was a sell out. Hundreds turned out to talk baseball with Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher (and 2011 National League Rookie of the Year) Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves broadcaster Jim Powell and other Braves players and personnel. Members of the Rome Braves’ 2013 field staff were also in attendance, including field manager Randy Ingle, pitching coach Derek Lewis and hitting coach Bobby Moore. Among the familiar faces returning to Rome was Atlanta Brave Jordan Schafer, a former Rome Brave who is back with the Braves organization this year after spending time with the Houston Astros.
It’s that time of year again, folks – tax season. Trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will once again provide free help and free electronic filing for low to middle income taxpayers starting this Saturday at the Rome Floyd County Library. It will be offered every Saturday through April 13 from 10 am until 2 pm and on Mondays from 1 pm until 4 pm from February 4th thru April 15th. Tax help will also be offered at the Charles C. Parker Senior Adult Center at 1325 Kingston Road on Wednesdays from 1 pm until 4 pm from February 6th thru April 10th.
It may be late January, but it certainly won’t feel like it today in Rome and Northwest Georgia. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 68 today with a 20 percent chance of showers. Areas of fog are expected through 11 am. A 30 percent chance of showers tonight will turn into showers and thunderstorms after 4 am tomorrow with overnight lows of 59. Windy conditions are anticipated with winds possibly gusting as high as 35 miles per hour tonight. Severe thunderstorms are expected for tomorrow.
College basketball will take to the airwaves of 95.7 FM The Ridge and WLAQ AM 1410 later this week.