Americana and bluegrass singer Shannon Whitworth will perform at the Historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome this Friday, March 2nd at 8 pm. Whitworth, the daughter of Darlington School’s headmaster Tom Whitworth, is performing as a part of the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation’s concert series to raise money for the restoration of the theatre. Thunderbolt Patterson will serve as the opening act for the show, which is being sponsored by Living and Giving in downtown Rome.
Super Tuesday is one week from today. March 6th is the day that Georgia voters (and voters in numerous other states) will go to the polls for the Presidential Preference Primary election in which Republicans will chose their presidential nominee. In addition, voters in Floyd County will also determine the fate of the 2012 SPLOST. The proposed SPLOST is a continuation of the current one cent sales tax that would take effect in June 2013 and raise $32.4 million in sales tax revenue. Voters in the city of Rome will also decide whether or not to allow for Sunday alcohol package sales. Early voting is now being offered daily from 8 am until 5 pm at the Floyd County Elections Office inside the Floyd County Administration Building on East Fourth Avenue in downtown Rome and at the Rome Civic Center. It continues thru Friday, March 2nd.
Speaking of election season, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be campaigning in Rome today. The GOP hopeful will make a stop at the Tillman Hangar at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport at 3 pm. Layla Shipman with the Floyd GOP is coordinating Gingrich’s visit to Rome today. She will be a guest on WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome this morning at 7:50 am.
The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors has unanimously pledged its support of the 2012 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), according to a Chamber media release.
The Rome Noon Optimist Club held its 9th annual Student of the Year Awards Banquet last night at the Palladium. The program recognizes the top seniors in the community for their accomplishments during high school.