An Armuchee man died early yesterday following a single vehicle wreck on Floyd Springs Road late Sunday night. Joseph Allen Norris, age 28 and of a Gazelle Dew Road address, had been traveling north on Floyd Springs Road about 11:30 pm when his Honda Civic hit a culvert and he lost control of the car. The car went down an embankment, and Norris was ejected from it. He had not been wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Norris was pronounced dead just after midnight late Sunday night/early Monday.
The Rome Braves lost to the Augusta Greenjackets 1-0 in the series opener between the teams last night in Augusta. The only run scored in the game came in the bottom of the fourth when Ben Thomas reached on an error. He was driven home on a single to left from Elliot Blair. Rome actually out hit Augusta 7-6, but wasn’t able to nab the win last night. Kevin Couture got the win and Cody Hall got the save for Augusta, while Rafael Briceno was tagged with the loss for Rome. Last night’s loss marks the 13th in a row for the Rome Braves; they have yet to nab a win in May and now have a 6-29 record for the season. The Braves will try, try again tonight as they face the Greenjackets in game two of their four game series at Augusta’s Lake Olmstead Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm. The game will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com. Rome Braves radio voice JB Smith will go on the air with the pre-game show at 6:50 pm.
A Rome sports legend has passed away. JM Culberson died yesterday at the age of 91. He was inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Culberson was signed to the New York Giants baseball team and played with minor league affiliates in Jacksonville, Florida and Jersey City, New Jersey before coming back to Rome to play in the textile leagues until they ended. He also served for 20 years as a football official for the Georgia High School Association.
Cancer Navigators will benefit from a Low Country Boil dinner to be hosted by Harvest Moon Cafe this Tuesday (tomorrow) night, May 15th from 5 pm until 9:30 pm at the Moon Roof in downtown Rome during Cancer Navigators Night. The after work event will feature the music of Scott Thompson at 6:30 pm.
An authentic brass Noble Cannon produced in Rome will present four firings this Thursday, May 17th. According to a release from the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau, the firings will take place at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7 pm at the Rome Floyd Visitor Center. The GRCVB-sponsored events are being hosted by the City of Rome and are free.
The Atlanta Braves lost to the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 last night at Turner Field. The Braves picked up what turned out to be their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a sac fly from Martin Prado that scored Michael Bourn to tie the game up.
Those in our area who are tired of major storms and were just hoping for a nice, soaking rain to hydrate the land got their wish this past weekend with steady showers that moved into Northwest Georgia late Saturday night and continued thru Sunday. The National Weather Service reported some 1.31 inches of rain at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field in the Armuchee community from late Saturday night/early Sunday morning thru early this morning. A chance of showers and thunderstorms hovers in the forecast thru the first part of this week, with skies expected to turn off mostly sunny by Wednesday.
The Chattooga County American Cancer Society Relay for Life is set for this Friday, May 18th at Dowdy Park in Summerville, beginning at 6 pm. Teams from around the county will be at the event, raising money for Chattooga County cancer patients thru a variety of means such as sales of foods, shirts and cakes and playing games. The Cancer Survivor Lap is set for 6 pm. The “Caregiver” Lap will follow the Survivor Lap. Cancer survivors are asked to be at the park by 5 pm to get your t-shirt provided by the American Cancer Society.