The Bayou will come to the Rome Civic Center on Thursday, August 23rd as the Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home hosts their annual Low Country Boil and Barbecue. Doors will open at 6:30 pm with dinner to be served at 7:15 pm. A live auction will begin at 8 pm. A silent auction will also be held. Chieftains President of the Board Ruth Demeter says some excellent items will be on the auction block. Those include posters of Amelia Earhart and John Towers donated by the Smithsonian Museum, a flying lesson with Earl Tillman, a week stay at a Napa Valley resort, and more.
Rome High School has announced that 42 students have been named AP Scholars by the College Board for their performance on Advanced Placement tests for 2012. Rome had 28 students named AP Scholar (having passed three tests). Ten were named AP Scholar with Honors (for passing four AP tests), and four were named AP Scholar with Distinction (for passing five AP tests).
The Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-6 last night in the series closer between the teams at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. The Braves held a 6-1 lead thru the first part of the game, thanks in part to a two-run double from Tim Hudson in the second inning and a two-run homer from Michael Bourn in the fourth. A five-run fifth inning allowed the Phillies to tie the game up 6-6. The Braves came storming back with four runs in the seventh inning, including a tie-breaking three-run double from Dan Uggla. David Ross also notched the first stolen base of his career in the seventh inning of last night’s game. They added two more runs in the eighth to take the final victory, again, of 12-6 over the Phillies.
Today is the first day of school for students in the Floyd County School system.
Georgians will get to shop tax free this weekend with a Sales Tax Holiday set for August 10th and 11th. Items to be exempt from sales tax include clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100 or less per item. The exemption excludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches and watchbands. Also exempt are computers. This includes single purchases, with a sale price of $1,000 or less, of personal computers and personal computer-related accessories. The exemption excludes cellular devices, furniture and computer-related accessories designed for recreational use. And for all the parents with kids heading back to school, there’s good news for you – school supplies will be exempt from sales tax during Georgia’s Sales Tax Holiday. That includes general school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20 or less per item.
The Rome Braves lost to the Greensboro Grasshoppers 4-1 last night in the opener of a four game series at State Mutual Stadium.
The football team has returned to Shorter University! This will be the first year that the Hawks will play in the Gulf South Conference of the NCAA Division II, after years with the Mid South Conference of the NAIA. Offensive Coordinator Tim Mathis told the voice of the Hawks, 95.7 FM The Ridge’s Jim Bojo, that there’s tough competition ahead, but the Hawks are ready to fight.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, on behalf of Governor Nathan Deal, recently awarded a $59,366 hazard mitigation grant to Floyd County for the purchase of 1,300 NOAA All-Hazards weather radios to be distributed throughout the county.