Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law yesterday legislation that requires drug testing for welfare benefits. According to a release from the Governor’s office, the law is intended to safeguard the public purse. The legislation requires applicants to pass a drug test in order to qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. Florida passed similar legislation back in 2010, decreasing their welfare applicant pool by 48 percent and saving their state $1.8 million.
The Rome Braves lost a heartbreaker to the Savannah Sand Gnats 6-5 in 12 innings last night at State Mutual Stadium in the series opener between the teams that was delayed nearly an hour due to rainy conditions. Rome Braves radio voice JB Smith has the wrap up.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 109-87 last night in Toronto (after losing to the Raptors at home on Sunday night). The Hawks will return to their home court at the Philips Arena in Atlanta to host the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night at 7:30 pm.
Local organizations continue their efforts to raise awareness of child abuse during the month of April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Child Abuse Prevention Partnership is a conglomeration of local organizations joining forces to provide the education and support necessary to prevent child abuse in our community. Sue Lagermann co-chairs the organization. She is also the director of Floyd County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). She says that one thing that many folks don’t know about victims of child abuse is that the children really just want to be at home.
It was a big day for Berry College athletics yesterday as Tony Kunczewski (pronounced “Kun-chesky”) was named the school’s first-ever head football coach. Kunczewski comes to Berry from LaGrange College, where he served as defensive coordinator and head strength and conditioning coach since 2005.
The Atlanta Braves fell to the New York Mets 6-1 in the teams’ series opener at Turner Field last night.