The Atlanta Braves were also off last night. They’ll be back at Turner Field tonight to open up a nine game homestand that will include three games each with the Cleveland Indians, Miami Marlins and New York Mets. Former UGA baseball standout Alex Wood is slated to get the start in tonight’s interleague series opener with the Indians. First pitch is set for 7:10 pm. The game will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410, Rome’s original home for Atlanta Braves baseball. Air time for pre-game programming is 5:55 pm from the Braves Radio Network.
Retail gas prices this Labor Day weekend are expected to remain below last year’s holiday average of $3.83 nationally, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Close to 33 million Americans traveled last Labor Day weekend. More than 34 million are expected to travel this year, as the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is about 30 cents less than last year.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held today for the new Anna K. Davie Elementary School. It is set for noon at the school’s site in South Rome. Rome City Schools officials have invited numerous local leaders to be on hand for the occasion. Attendees are asked to park at the Floyd County Health Department at 16 East 12th Street and take a shuttle bus ride to the side.
The Rome City Commission will meet in regular session this evening. They’ll gather for a caucus session at 5 pm, which will be followed by their regular meeting at 6:30 pm at City Hall (the City Auditorium) on Broad Street in downtown Rome. Take a look at their agenda online at www.romefloyd.com.
In news from Shorter University athletics, former Lady Hawk Kelly Ellison has been named assistant coach for the Shorter women’s basketball team.
Qualifying begins today for posts that will be up for a vote in the November 5th general election. The Ward Two seat on the Rome City Commission will be on the ballot, along with all seven seats on the Rome City School Board. The qualifying period opens at 8:30 am this morning and continues thru 4:30 pm on Friday at the city clerk’s office at City Hall (the City Auditorium) on Broad Street in downtown Rome. Positions are also available on the Cave Spring City Council. Their qualifying will be held from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm today thru Wednesday at Cave Spring City Hall at 10 Georgia Avenue.
The school shooting at an Atlanta area school last week has undoubtedly left school officials, first responders and other emergency officials concerned for the safety of their students. Robert Owens, fire safety educator with the Rome Fire Department, believes that it brings attention to the importance of regular safety drills at local schools. Owens emphasizes that fire drills are to be conducted at schools on a monthly basis, according to the law.
The Atlanta Braves avoided being shut out by the St. Louis Cardinals in a four game series with a 5-2 victory in the closer yesterday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.