Rome, Georgia played host to a couple dozen consular and trade officials from 23 countries who were in town yesterday as part of Georgia’s 27th annual International VIP Tour. Their agenda for the day included stops at Darlington School, Suzuki Manufacturing of North America and Berry College.
A young local filmmaker is working on a documentary about South Rome and will promote her project tonight during a special event at the Rome Area History Museum. Xaivier Ringer is a 2004 graduate of Darlington School and a 2008 graduate of Georgetown University. She hopes relay the rich history of the South Rome community through her documentary. Ringer says that she’s had commitments from some notable people in the community to contribute to the project. Those notables include Darlington School headmaster Tom Whitworth, Rome City Commissioners Jamie Doss and Bill Collins and former Commissioner Duane Reid, Heart of the Community recipient (and the proclaimed “Mayor” of South Rome) Shirley Denmon and more.
US Senator Johnny Isakson yesterday joined fellow members of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus in hosting an event to kick off their “I Hire Veterans” initiative. According to a release from Isakson’s office, the initiative encourages members of the Senate and American businesses to show their commitment to hiring veterans by displaying a simple logo – “I Hire Veteran” – in their offices.
The world will be in Rome, Georgia’s own backyard this Saturday, March 31st at the ninth annual Rome International Festival. The festival will be held from 11 am until 3 pm at Bridgepoint Plaza downtown. One of the event’s organizers, Ann Pullen, says it will be a musical and culinary extravaganza with offerings from around the world.
Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Famer Wayne Minshew isn’t just a fan of sports, he’s also a supporter of the arts. He is looking forward to a flurry of activity this spring at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun, which will kick off on Saturday, April 14th with the opening of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition on the early traditions of American music which will tour the state thru November 26, 2013. Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal will be among those in attendance for the grand opening of the exhibit, which will be making its first stop in Calhoun. Minshew says he’s looking forward to it. He says that the exhibit will be among many musical offerings to be held over a six week period at the Harris Arts Center.