The deadline to register to vote in the July 31st primary election is today. A number of state and local offices are up for a vote in this election, as well as the T-SPLOST referendum. The one cent regional transportation sales tax has been a hot topic of discussion in recent days, one that the Rome TEA Party explored with their TEA Party T-SPLOST Town Hall meeting on Saturday morning at Burk Farms. Speaker panelists provided educated answers to the questions of TEA partiers and others in attendance.
Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks is about as American as apple pie. But the Rome Fire Department is urging local residents to watch a professional display rather than shooting off your own fireworks, even though some fireworks are legal in the state of Georgia. Fire safety educator Daniel Carpenter says that the risks associated with fireworks, such as the ever-popular sparklers, are just too great.
The Rome City Commission will meet in regular session this evening. They’ll meet in a caucus session at 5 pm, which will be followed by their regular meeting at 6:30 pm at City Hall on Broad Street in downtown Rome. Take a look at their agenda online at www.romefloyd.com.
Many wishing for rain in Rome and Floyd County got their wish last night as lightning and thunder moved into the area, accompanied by rain in some areas. A chance of showers and thunderstorms remains in the forecast for today and throughout much of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Otherwise, today will be partly sunny and hot with a high of 103. A heat advisory has been issued by the NWS that remains in effect until 9 pm tonight. Heat index values of 105 to 109 are expected.
The Rome Braves lost to the Kannapolis Intimidators 9-3 last night in game three of a five game series at State Mutual Stadium. In spite of the loss, the Braves maintain the top spot in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League.