If you enjoy basking in the beauty of nature, you’ll want to head to Mentone, Alabama this weekend for the Rhododendron Festival. The event is held annually by the Mentone Area Preservation Association during the third weekend in May. MAPA President LC Moon says that the event will kick off with a fish fry tonight. The festival will be highlighted by music, art, delicious food, and more.
Home sweet home was just the thing that the Rome Braves needed to breathe new life into the team as the Braves snapped a three game losing streak with an 11-4 win over the Asheville Tourists last night in the opener of a seven game homestand at State Mutual Stadium.
The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.2 percent in April, down from 8.4 percent in March and from 9.1 percent in April 2012.
The next few days will be very exciting for Rome and Floyd County as filming takes place for a major motion picture entitled “Need for Speed”. A helicopter will hover over the Myrtle Hill Cemetery today as a funeral scene is filmed there. That will lead to the closure of the cemetery, along with a section of Pennington Avenue between Myrtle Street and Branham Avenue from noon until 6 pm.
Showers and thunderstorms are moving back into this area as we head into the weekend. The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for today and on into tonight, with daytime highs around 83 and overnight lows around 63. There’s a 70 percent chance of showers on tap for tomorrow, with a thunderstorm possible and a high near 81. Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast thru the duration of the weekend.
The Atlanta Braves took a day off yesterday; they’ll be back home sweet home at Turner Field tonight to open a six game homestand that will include three games each with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minnesota Twins. Paul Maholm is scheduled to get the start for the Braves in tonight’s series opener with the Dodgers. Also, Jason Heyward is expected to be activated from the disabled list tonight after recovering from an emergency appendectomy on April 22nd. First pitch is set for 7:35 pm at “The Ted”. The game will be broadcast on the AM 1410 WLAQ. Pre-game programming will begin at 6:20 pm from the Atlanta Braves radio network.
Floyd GOP Chairwoman Layla Shipman is headed to Athens today for the Georgia Republican Party’s 2013 State Convention, which is being held over the weekend at the home of the Georgia Bulldogs. Shipman says that as a member of the state committee, she will be voting on statewide issues today.
The Rome Braves lost to the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4 last night at Augusta’s Lake Olmstead Stadium, allowing the Greenjackets to complete a three game sweep of the Braves.