The NFC beat the AFC 62-35 in the NFL’s Pro Bowl last night in Hawaii. The countdown is on to Super Bowl 47, which is set for this Sunday, February 3rd in New Orleans. The San Francisco 49ers will go head to head with the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s match up.
The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce held their 102nd Annual Meeting and Passing of the Gavel last night at The Forum in downtown Rome. The event offered chamber officials and members an opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past year and look forward to the year ahead. In addition, the gavel was passed from outgoing Chairman of the Board Angie Lewis to incoming chair Doc Kibler.
The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Justin Upton in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Braves also get infielder Chris Johnson in the trade, which will send infielder Martin Prado and pitcher Randall Delgado, along with three prospects, to the D’backs. Those prospects include infielder Brandon Drury, shortstop Nick Ahmed and pitcher Zeke Spruill.
A wintry forecast has had local residents flocking to stores to buy bread and milk and inquiring about school cancellations/delays once again. In the latest from the National Weather Service, a Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued for portions of North Georgia from 6 am this morning until 1 pm this afternoon. This area will get mostly rain, but some freezing rain as well. Accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch of ice are expected, possibly making for dangerous travel. Winds of 10 miles per hour are expected, with gusts as high as 20 miles per hour. Temperatures will be around 30 this morning, warming to around 40 by this afternoon.
The Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau has released its 2012-2013 Annual Report on Tourism, which reveal strong statistics for Floyd County. The report shows an increase of more than 41 percent in tourism spending throughout the county since 2002.
The Shorter University Lady Hawks picked up an 81-61 win over Albany State last night in women’s basketball at Shorter’s Winthrop King Centre. Shorter maintained the lead throughout the game to notch their second victory over Albany State this season. The Lady Hawks improve to 10-6 overall with last night’s win. They’ll be joined by the Hawks as host to Gulf South Conference rival Alabama-Huntsville tomorrow. Tip off is set for 2 pm for the women and 4 pm for the men. The games will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com.
The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Rome rose to 9.8 percent in December, up from 9.4 percent in November. Metro Rome’s jobless rate stood at 10.5 percent in December 2011.