The Floyd County Republican Women will hold a GOP Candidates Debate Forum this evening from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm at the Charles Parker Senior Center on the Kingston Highway in Rome. Some 15 local and state GOP candidates have been invited to attend. Those include Mark McAllister – Clerk of Superior Court and Cary Cooper – Floyd County Sheriff, along with Floyd County Commission candidates Irwin Bagwell, Garry Fricks, Jerry Lee, Larry Maxey, Nathan Roberts, Roger Wade and Rhonda Wallace, Georgia House candidates Christian Coomer, Katie Dempsey and Eddie Lumsden and Georgia Senate Candidates Hayden Collins, David Doss and Chuck Hufstetler. Those seeking more information can call Elaine Watson, President of the Floyd County Republican Women, at (706) 266-6112.
Congressman Tom Graves is working on getting to know the people of Rome and Floyd County as it and he will be moving to the new 14th Congressional District in this election year. Graves currently serves the 9th district. Due to Georgia’s new Congressional Redistricting Maps, he will be running for election this year in the new 14th district. Floyd County will be a part of that new 14th district; it is currently part of the 11th district, which is represented by Congressman Phil Gingrey.
A group of four Harbin Clinic physicians, including Dr. Charles Baggett, Cardiology; Dr. Brad Bushnell, Orthopaedics; Dr. Jonathan Pewitt, Dermatology; Dr. Andy Stevens, Neurosurgery; and Jeff Holloway of UCS Crossfit, placed first in their division in the 178 mile Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run. According to a Harbin media release, Harbin Clinic Sports Health Foundation sponsored the relay team along with Blue Sky Outfitters and Team 360. The Harbin Clinic physicians’ team placed 12th overall out of 250 teams. In honor of the win, Dr. Andy Stevens made a financial contribution to Cancer Navigators in tribute to three of his patients who are currently facing the disease.
The Rome Braves’ series opener with the Augusta Greenjackets scheduled for last night in Augusta has been postponed due unplayable field conditions because of heavy, persistent rain in the area. The game will be made up as part of a double header this evening at 5:05 pm, which will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com. JB Smith will go on the air with the pre-game show live from Augusta’s Lake Olmstead Stadium around 4:50 pm.
The Rome Braves currently have a 17-46 record so far for the 2012 season (which will soon reach the mid-way point). The Braves are still in last place of the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League, 26 and a half games behind the division-leading Asheville Tourists. The Braves’ series in Augusta will continue thru tomorrow. They’ll return to Rome for a four game series with the Savannah Sand Gnats this Thursday thru Sunday. Then, it will be time for the 2012 South Atlantic League All Star break.
The Atlanta Braves lost to the New York Yankees 3-0 last night in the opening game of an interleague series between the teams at Turner Field. Braves starter Randall Delgado was tagged with the loss; he gave up five hits and three runs in five innings of work. And the Braves’ offense was unable to back him up with any runs.