Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has passed away. Affectionately known by fans as “JoePa”, Paterno died yesterday at the age of 85 due to complications with lung cancer treatment. Paterno was fired from his head coach position with Penn State in November amid the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Stormy weather is expected to start the work week for Rome and Northwest Georgia. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch that remains in effect until 11 am for Floyd County, along with Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties. Occasional storms and showers during the early part of the day are expected to give way to showers this afternoon, according to the NWS. Some of the storms could be severe. Highs will be in the mid 60s. Tonight will be partly cloudy with an overnight low in the mid 30s. Sunshine will return tomorrow, with more showers forecasted for later in the week.
The Floyd County Commission is scheduled to meet in regular session tomorrow evening. They’ll meet in a caucus session at 4 pm, which will be followed by their regular meeting at 6 pm at the Floyd County Administration Building on East Fourth Avenue in downtown Rome. Take a look at their agenda online at www.romefloyd.com.
The Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum in Cartersville will present the next installment in its Lunch and Learn series this Wednesday. While you spent your Thanksgiving holiday perhaps traveling to see family or just staying at home, Tellus Marketing Director Joe Schulman was down in Florida for the Mars Rover Launch to participate in a Tweet-up with NASA. Schulman says it was quite an adventure, and he will discuss it at this Wednesday’s Lunch and Learn at Tellus. The lecture will get underway at 12:15 pm in the museum’s private dining room. Admission will be free to members and included in regular admission price for non-members.
Tax season is here. If you are in need of help with your taxes, trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will once again provide free help and electronic filing this year to low to middle income taxpayers. The tax help will be offered at the Senior Adult Center at 1325 Kingston Road in Rome on Wednesdays from 1 pm until 4 pm, beginning on February 1st and continuing until April 11th. It will also be offered at the Rome Floyd County Library at 205 Riverside Parkway on Mondays from 1:30 pm until 5 pm from February 6th through April 16th and on Saturdays from 10 am until 2 pm from February 4th through April 14th. Those seeking AARP Tax-Aide assistance are advised to bring last year’s tax return and all available information for this year.