A black bear was spotted in Rome today around Turner McCall Boulevard at Riverside Parkway near the Rome-Floyd Library and Ridge Ferry Park. The bear, which is said to weigh around 350 pounds, has now apparently fled into to the woods. It was first spotted around the Law Enforcement Center in downtown Rome. Law enforcement officers, animal control officials and the Georgia DNR were on the scene investigating the incident. The walking trail at Ridge Ferry Park was closed for a time as a precautionary measure. More information is to come…
The Floyd County Board of Education has approved a revised calendar for next school year that changes the start date for students from August 1st to August 8th. According to a Floyd County Schools media release, Superintendent Dr. Lynn Plunkett made a motion to change the start date for the school year in order to save jobs and important school programs, a motion that was unanimously approved by the school board. The change will also remove three additional work days from the calendar for employees that will be taken from teacher planning days in the calendar. Local schools will determine which days will be taken for the three additional reduced work days at the local schools.
The Rome Braves beat the Augusta Greenjackets 4-2 last night in the series closer between the teams at Augusta’s Lake Olmstead Stadium, allowing the Braves to take victories in two of three games from the Greenjackets – the Braves’ first winning series of the season.
In a high school baseball playoff update, the Calhoun Yellow Jackets 2012 season has come to an end as they lost to Lovett 6-5 in game 3 of the third-round playoff series between the teams yesterday at Calhoun.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the ninth straight month in April to 8.9 percent, the first time in more than three years that the rate has dropped below nine percent. The rate was down from 9.0 percent in March. Georgia’s jobless rate stood at 9.8 percent in April 2011.
Berry College Communication Professor Kathy Brittain Richardson has been named “Teacher of the Year” by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Small Programs Interest Group. According to a Berry media release, Richardson will be honored in August at the Association’s annual meeting in Chicago.
The Atlanta Braves fell to the Miami Marlins 8-4 in the first meeting between the teams for 2012 last night at Turner Field.
The Eighth Regiment Band will team up with members of the Cherokee Artillery this Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th to perform at the reenactment of the Battle of Resaca. It is a part of regional events to commemorate the 150th anniversary (or sesquicentennial) of the Civil War. John Carruth, Director of the Eighth Regiment Band, says that the Battle of Resaca was an important one. It took place in Resaca, which is just outside of Calhoun. Carruth says the Battle of Resaca was the biggest of the Civil War in the state of Georgia, in terms of the number of participants.