The deadline for candidates to qualify for races in the July 31st primary election is today.
Memorial Day is coming up this Monday. There will be a number of closings that day, including Rome, Floyd County, state and federal offices. No mail will be delivered on Monday. The City of Rome’s Solid Waste Collections Department will be closed that day. Monday’s garbage and recycling will be collected on Tuesday. Tuesday’s route will go on as normal. All banks will be closed on Monday, along with the Rome Floyd County Library and the Department of Drivers Services (which is normally closed on Monday and will also be closed on Saturday). The Rome Transit Department buses will not run on Monday.
State troopers are anticipating a busy weekend on Georgia’s roads over Memorial Day weekend. The 78 hour holiday period begins this evening at 6 pm and ends at midnight on Memorial Day, according to Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. During last year’s Memorial Day holiday travel period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 312 traffic crashes that resulted in 236 injuries and 13 fatalities.
Congratulations to Shorter University head softball coach Al Thomas and his Lady Hawks, who are the winners of the 2012 NAIA Softball National Championship!! The Lady Hawks captured the title with a 1-0 win over Oklahoma City in the championship game yesterday in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced that the preliminary unemployment rate for metro Rome declined to 10.1 percent in April to its lowest level since March 2009, when it was also 10.1 percent. Metro Rome’s jobless rate stood at 10.3 percent in March of this year and at 10.2 percent in April 2011.