CARTERSVILLE BOYS NO LONGER A THREAT, DARLINGTON GIRLS AIM FOR A THREE-PEAT IN 2014 CHRISTMAS TOURNEY
The Cartersville boys basketball team won’t pose a threat for a threepeat in this year’s Seven Hills Rotary Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament. The reason is because the Purple Hurricanes, winners of the tourney in 2012 and 2013, are not participating in it this year. Rome News-Tribune Sports Editor Jim Alred indicates that Cartersville and Adairsville have declined to participate in the 2014 tourney, though Calhoun has been added to the competition.
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 93-86 in NBA action last night at the Philips Arena. Al Horford led Atlanta in scoring with 21 points. Paul Millsap also added 17 points. The Hawks will return to action in Cleveland against the Cavaliers tomorrow night. Tip off is set for 7 pm.
Here’s a unique idea for a Christmas gift – a gift card from Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites. Public Affairs Coordinator Kim Hatcher says these gift cards are redeemable at any of Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites. They can be purchased at your nearest state park or by calling 1-800-864-7275.
The Atlanta Falcons fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-20 in NFL action yesterday at the Georgia Dome.
The New Orleans Saints have nabbed sole possession of the NFC South with a 31-15 win over the Chicago Bears in Monday Night Football at Chicago last night. Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Saints to victory. The Saints improved to 6-8, while the Bears fell to 5-9 on the season.
Motorists are saving an average of $10 for a tank of gas compared to this time last year, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group, which reports that gasoline prices inched closer to $2 a gallon last week and continue to drop. Domestic oil supply is at a three decade high and forecast to keep growing. Meanwhile, the price of oil fell to its lowest level in five years.
Chilly temperatures around Rome and Northwest Georgia in recent days have undoubtedly led to increased usage of heating devices, such as space heaters, fire places and other heating systems. Robert Owens, fire safety educator with the Rome Fire Department, urges the public to use caution with such devices as they can pose a fire hazard.
The 2014 Seven Hills Rotary Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament officially gets underway today! The tourney will continue through Friday, with games to be played at Berry College and Georgia Highlands College. Area high school basketball teams will compete for the coveted Gold Ball in the “Christmas tournament”, which enters its 61st year.