Georgia Highlands College has announced that Dr. Houston Davis, chief academic officer and executive vice chancellor for the University System of Georgia, will deliver the keynote address for GHC’s spring 2013 commencement exercises.
The Rome Braves beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 8-6 last night in the closer of a three game series in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The Braves scored four runs in the final two innings to wind up with the victory. Braves catcher and Charlotte native Tyler Tewell contributed to Rome’s win by going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant in the opening round of the NFL draft yesterday. The Falcons worked a trade with St. Louis to acquire the 22nd overall draft pick. That was in exchange for the 30th selection and Atlanta’s third- and sixth-round pick, while St. Louis also gave Atlanta a seventh-round pick.
In other news from the Georgia Department of Labor, the GDOL’s Rome Career Center will help Mohawk Industries recruit workers for a number of manufacturing and professional jobs in Northwest Georgia. The recruitment is set for tomorrow, Friday, April 26th, from 9 am until 12 pm at the Rome Career Center at 462 Riverside Parkway. For more information, call the Rome Career Center at (706) 295-6051.
WLAQ 1410 AM will have high school baseball playoff action today as the Darlington Tigers host Kings Ridge in a Region 6-A private school match up. First pitch is set for 5 pm. Matt Davis and Steve Conrad will bring you the play by play story of the game, which will also air online at www.wlaq1410.com.
The Atlanta Braves were off last night and continue their current 10-game road trip with a three game interleague series in Detroit against the defending American League champion Tigers over the weekend. Paul Maholm is scheduled to get the start for Atlanta in tonight’s game one; he’ll go up against Anibal Sanchez. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm at Detroit’s Comerica Park. We will join the Atlanta Braves radio network following our broadcast of Darlington playoff baseball on WLAQ AM 1410.
The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that metro Rome’s unemployment rate declined to 8.9 percent in March, down from 9.3 percent in February and from 10.3 percent in March 2012.
A light rain dusted the area yesterday, hopefully washing away some of the pollen that has left many sneezy, coughy and with itchy eyes. The National Weather Service reported .12 inches of rain at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Armuchee through about 8 pm last night. Today will turn off sunny with highs near 71. It will be a bit windy, with a light north wind increasing to 5 to 10 miles per hour and gusts as high as 20 miles per hour.