Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones has announced his retirement from baseball at the end of the 2012 season. Jones, who will be 40 years old on April 24th, has been with the Braves throughout his entire career. Jones’ career highlights include seven All-Star games, the NL MVP award in 1999 and an NL batting title in 2008. Jones was signed by the Braves in 1990 and has been a part of the major league team for the last 19 years.
College baseball is on tap this weekend for local teams. Shorter University will host the University of Mobile in a three game series at Shorter’s Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex. The teams will play a double header tomorrow at noon, which will be followed by a solo game on Sunday at 1 pm. Berry College’s Vikings will be on the road to take on Birmingham-Southern. The teams will play a double header tomorrow at 2:30 pm, followed by a single game on Sunday at 2 pm.
College softball will also be going on this weekend. Shorter University’s Lady Hawks will host Brewton-Parker in a double header today at 5 pm, which will be followed by a double header with Truett McConnell tomorrow at 1 pm at the Alto Park Softball Complex. Berry College’s Lady Vikings will host Centre in a double header tomorrow at 1 pm at Berry’s South Ford Field.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February has declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent, the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent. That number is down from a revised 9.2 percent in January. Georgia’s jobless rate stood at 9.9 percent in February 2011.
Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual 95.7 FM The Ridge/Rome News-Tribune Battle of the Bands. The top five finalists in the online voting portion of the competition will perform on Saturday, March 31st at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center. Brothers and Sisters has already won the People’s Choice Award with the most online votes of 949. They will go on to perform as the opening act for one of the Cedartown Performing Arts Center’s Legends in Concert Series events, in addition to getting an evening recording session with Shane West of Stephens Music Company. The same prize will be bestowed upon the winner of the Judges Choice Award, to be determined at the March 31st show. Other top five finalists in the Battle of the Bands are Clint Sansing with 740 votes, Nosecone Prophets with 578 votes, Shawn Aris with 518 votes and Five 40 with 507 votes.