US Senator Johnny Isakson is working on a project that will benefit Georgians statewide – the Port of Savannah. Isakson says that the project is important to the economic development of the state, as some 300,000 jobs in Georgia are dependent on it. Isakson worked with Senator Saxby Chambliss and the Senate Appropriations Committee to get the money into the fund for the Corps of Engineers to begin the harbor and channel deepening for the project, which will take about four and a half years to complete. It will allow giant tanker ships (Pana-Mex ships) that will be coming in thru the new Panama Canal to dock in Savannah and off-load cargo as well as load-up cargo for US exports going overseas. He says that upon getting a few lawsuits out of the way, the project will start.
The 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly officially got underway last week. State Senator Barry Loudermilk, who represents the 52nd district, is in his second year of serving as a Senator. Prior to that, he spent a number of years as a State Representative for the 14th district. He says he has noticed some differences between the two positions during his first year as a Senator last year, as well as some similarities. The main difference is that Senators serve bigger districts, therefore increasing their responsibilities.
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The MLK Commission of Rome and Northwest Georgia has been honoring the slain civil rights leader all weekend long with a variety of activities, which will culminate with the annual Freedom March in downtown Rome today. Alvin Jackson, chairman of the Commission, says that those interested in participating in the March are asked to assemble at 11 am at the corner of Broad and First Streets. The march will begin at 11:30 am and will make its way down to the Rome City Auditorium, where the Martin Luther King Celebration will be held at noon. The speaker for the celebration will be the Reverend Dr. Timothy McDonald. A free lunch will be offered at the Rome Civic Center following the celebration.
The theme for this year’s local celebration to honor Martin Luther King Jr. is “United We Serve”.
There are a number of closings today for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, other than local schools. Those include Rome city, Floyd County and state offices, banks and the Rome Floyd County Library. No mail will be delivered today. The City’s Solid Waste Collections Department will be closed today; today’s garbage and recycling will be picked up tomorrow, tomorrow’s route will stay on its regular schedule. The Rome Transit Department buses will not run today. Per usual for a Monday, the Department of Driver Services offices will be closed today.