Tomorrow is the big day – the Fourth of July! Looking for something fun to do to celebrate the occasion? Opportunities abound in Rome and Floyd County.
The annual Salute to America at Ridge Ferry Park is scheduled for tomorrow night. Gates will open at 6 pm. Music will be provided by the Eighth Regiment Band of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry, beginning at 7 pm. The presentation of flags and colors is set for 8 pm and will be followed by music from the Rome Sympony Orchestra at 8:30 pm. Fireworks will begin after the Symphony performance, around 9:30 pm. The event is being sponsored by the Harbin Clinic and the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority. Get details at www.harbinclinic.com.
The Rome Braves picked up a 6-4 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators last night in game four of a five game series at State Mutual Stadium. The Braves held on for the win in spite of a three run rally from the Intimidators in the top of the ninth.
The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to terms with the (former New Jersey) Nets to send All-Star Joe Johnson to the Nets in exchange for five players, including Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Shawn Stevenson and Jordan Williams, as well as a Nets draft pick. Johnson would actually be playing for the Brooklyn Nets, as the team will play its first season in Brooklyn in 2012-2013. The Hawks have also agreed to trade forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz in exchange for point guard Devin Harris. Trades can’t be made official until the end of the NBA moratorium on July 11th.
Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks is about as American as apple pie. But the Rome Fire Department is urging local residents to watch a professional display rather than shooting off your own fireworks, even though some fireworks are legal in the state of Georgia. Fire safety educator Daniel Carpenter says that the risks associated with fireworks, such as the ever-popular sparklers, are just too great.
There will be a number of closings tomorrow for the Fourth of July. Those include Rome City, Floyd County, state and federal offices, banks and the US Post Office (and no mail will be delivered tomorrow). The Rome Transit Department buses will not run tomorrow. And the Rome Floyd County Library will be closed.
The Atlanta Braves lost to the Chicago Cubs 4-1 last night in the series opener between the teams at Turner Field.
The deadline to register to vote in the July 31st primary election is today. A number of state and local offices are up for a vote in this election, as well as the T-SPLOST referendum. The one cent regional transportation sales tax has been a hot topic of discussion in recent days, one that the Rome TEA Party explored with their TEA Party T-SPLOST Town Hall meeting on Saturday morning at Burk Farms. Speaker panelists provided educated answers to the questions of TEA partiers and others in attendance.
The Rome City Commission will meet in regular session this evening. They’ll meet in a caucus session at 5 pm, which will be followed by their regular meeting at 6:30 pm at City Hall on Broad Street in downtown Rome. Take a look at their agenda online at www.romefloyd.com.