The Rome City Commission will meet in regular session this evening. They’ll meet at 6:30 pm at City Hall in downtown Rome. Commissioners are expected to fill the Ward Two post vacated at the end of February by Duane Reid. Candidates for the job include: George Anderson, Ralph Davis Jr., Shirley Denmon, Mike Finnegan, Tyrone Holland, Pete McDonald Jr., Steven McDowell Jr. and Detrick Redding.
Georgia’s burn ban is back in effect for 54 counties, including Floyd. It went into effect on May first. Fire safety educator Daniel Carpenter with the Rome Fire Department says that the ban helps to make the air safer in the summer time.
A Rome man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Horseleg Creek Road yesterday evening. Matthew Sean Warren, age 38 and of a Rosland Drive address, was pronounced dead at Floyd Medical Center just before 6 pm. His 19-year-old son, Justin Matthew Warren, was injured in the incident. The pair were reportedly riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles west on Horseleg Creek Road as a woman was backing her Buick out of a driveway she was using as a turn around. The Warrens could not stop in time and slammed into the rear of the vehicle. Both were taken by ambulance to Floyd Medical Center. The younger Warren was released later in the evening. An investigation into the incident continues.
Another tragedy has befallen the Masters family as David Masters has been sent into a medically induced coma following a two-vehicle wreck in Gulf Shores, Alabama over the weekend. The wreck occurred on Saturday night. Masters was taken to Pensacola Baptist Hospital in Florida, where he remains in the intensive care unit. Masters’ younger brother, Ben, sustained a spinal injury from a wreck on Fosters Mill Road in August 2011. He resumed classes at Coosa High School back in February. David Masters was an athletic star while he was a student at Coosa. He is now a sophomore at Shorter University.
The City of Rome and Rome’s Downtown Development Authority will host a town hall meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday, May 8th) from 6 pm until 8 pm at Georgia Highlands College’s Heritage Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input from the community for future development in downtown Rome.