The Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition and the 100 Black Men of Rome have planned a Gathering Breakfast for this Saturday, June 9th at 8 am. According to a release from the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau, the program will focus on colon cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment and will be held in the Life Center of Love Joy Baptist Church at 436 Branham Avenue. The event and the meal is free; however, reservations are required and can be made by calling (706) 346-1748 by this Friday.
Tourism officials statewide are encouraging Georgians to stay at home and discover the wonders in their own backyard this summer. This was the mission of Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for the tourism division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, late last week as he paid a visit to Rome. Langston says that tourism has a significant impact on the local economy.
Cancer Navigators will take cancer survivors out to the ballgame tonight with Cancer Survivors Night at the Rome Braves game against the Greenville Drive at State Mutual Stadium. Executive Director Charlotte Atkins anticipates a special night for cancer survivors and their supporters.
Not quite two years after an electrical fire caused substantial damage to the DeSoto Theatre, another fire scare occurred at the theatre yesterday evening; fortunately, no damage was done to the historic structure. Paul Griffin, President of the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation (which owns the theatre), says that power pole wires crossed outside of the theatre around the Harvey-Given Company, which caused a small fire. He says the Rome Fire Department and Georgia Power came to the rescue; Georgia Power workers were replacing wire thru the evening. Griffin says that the incident did not cause any known harm to any of the buildings and that things are expected to return to normal today.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College is hosting the Young Scholars program for rising eighth-graders this week. Students are spending the week learning about the career opportunities available to them. This is the eighth annual Young Scholars program. According to a GNTC media release, teachers from the Rome City Schools have teamed with GNTC instructors to provide a quality, intellectually stimulating summer program for the students. Approximately 65 students from Rome City Schools are spending the week at GNTC engaged in various programs and tours of the college. The students that attend the program are nominated by their teachers or principal for their excellent academic performance, outstanding character and positive attitude. Program topics cover a portion of the curriculum that will be taught in eighth-grade physical science classes and how it relates to various careers. Activities this week include dissecting cow eyes, making edible atom models, creating candy Chromatography (a forensics activity using mystery powder) and the egg drop.