F&P Georgia has announced plans for yet another expansion. The announcement was made at the Rome Floyd County Development Authority Meeting. It is the company’s fifth major expansion in 11 years. The machinery expansion will mean a $31 million capital investment and 100 new jobs.
The Rome TEA Party Lunch Bunch held their final straw poll prior to the July 31st primary yesterday during their regular meeting at Fuddruckers. Some 70 people weighed in on the candidates and the T-SPLOST referendum. Many candidates were in attendance at the meeting.
The Atlanta Braves saw a seven game winning streak come to an end last night as they were blanked by the San Francisco Giants 9-0 in the opener of a three game series between the teams at Turner Field. Tough loss for starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens, who exited the game early after allowing eight earned runs and eight hits in three and a half innings. The Braves will go at it with Giants again tonight at 7:10 pm at “The Ted”. The game will be broadcast on the AM 1410 WLAQ, Rome’s original home for Atlanta Braves baseball. Air time for the pre-game show is 5:55 pm from the Atlanta Braves radio network.
The Shorter University women’s basketball program has picked up a No. 2 ranking in the NAIA division of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2011-2012 season. According to a Shorter sports release, the Lady Hawks, who ranked fourth in the Honor Roll following the 2010-2011 season, compiled a 3.601 team grade point average this season to finish just under six hundredths of a point behind the top-ranked Northwestern from Iowa. This year’s ranking was the third time the Lady Hawks have made it to the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll.
The July 31st primary election is now less than two weeks away. Even now, early voters are deciding the fate of local and state races. Also on the ballot is the T-SPLOST. Some are for the transportation referendum, stating that it will bring jobs and boost local economies. Some are against it, for fear of yet another tax. Many are still undecided. Political consultant Adam Clemons, owner of ABC Design political consulting firm, says that the 411 connector is the main highlight of the T-SPLOST where local voters are concerned. He also says that if it doesn’t pass this time around, it will come up again in two years.
The Rome Braves lost to the Asheville Tourists 3-1 in the final game of a four game series between the teams (and of an eight game home stand) yesterday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium.
Tennis pro John Isner paid a visit to Berry College yesterday to visit with participants in the 2012 John Isner Tennis Camp. Some 60 children and teens from around the Southeast witnessed his award-winning techniques at the camp. Isner took photographs, signed autographs and fielded questions from campers about playing professional tennis.
A new non-profit hospice care facility has opened in Cartersville. Kathy Cares is an inpatient hospice house, according to the organization’s Redonna Branton.