The Fourth of July holiday travel period is officially underway. It began yesterday evening at 6 pm and continues thru midnight tonight. So far, no fatalities have been reported on the state’s roads, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The GSP recorded 13 fatalities during last year’s 78-hour Independence Day travel period, along with 320 accidents and 286 injuries.
Chipper Jones’ five hit night in the Atlanta Braves 10-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs last night was preceded by the news that Jones will join the National League roster in the 2012 MLB All Star Game in Kansas City on July 10th. He will fill the spot vacated by injured LA Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. This will be Jones’ eighth and final All Star appearance, as he will retire at the end of this season.
Braves fans can now focus all their attention on getting Michael Bourn to the All Star Game in the NL Final Vote.
State and local fire officials are urging Georgia residents that want to see some fireworks this Fourth of July to see a professional display. However, there are some fireworks are that are legally available for purchase in the state of Georgia. State Fire Marshall Dwayne Garris runs through the list of legal and illegal fireworks. He says that sparklers and fountains that stay on the ground are among those that are legal. He says that anything that goes in the air, explodes or emits fire balls (like Roman Candles) is illegal.
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 Rome Braves defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 7-4 last night in front of just over 5,000 fans at State Mutual Stadium. Highlights of the game included a two-run homer from William Beckwith in the first inning that gave the Braves an early lead. Ryan Weber ended up with the win for the Braves, while Ian Thomas got the save. Matthew Lane took the loss for the Intimidators.
Atlanta Braves fans definitely saw some fireworks last night at Turner Field as the Braves picked up an explosive 10-3 victory from the Chicago Cubs. It was an All-Star kind of night for Braves veteran Chipper Jones. Jones learned prior to the game that he has been picked to participate in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and went on to have a five hit game for only the third time of his career.
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.