Graduation time is here. The Forum in downtown Rome is the site of many graduation ceremonies this time of year. Georgia Highlands College held their graduation there this past weekend. Rome High School’s graduation ceremony is set for this Saturday, May 19th at 10 am at the Forum. All of the Floyd County high schools will hold graduation ceremonies at the Forum the following weekend. The schedule is as follows: Friday, May 26th – Pepperell, 7 pm; Saturday, May 26th – Coosa at 10 am, Model at 2:30 pm and Armuchee at 7 pm.
An Armuchee man died early yesterday following a single vehicle wreck on Floyd Springs Road late Sunday night. Joseph Allen Norris, age 28 and of a Gazelle Dew Road address, had been traveling north on Floyd Springs Road about 11:30 pm when his Honda Civic hit a culvert and he lost control of the car. The car went down an embankment, and Norris was ejected from it. He had not been wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Norris was pronounced dead just after midnight late Sunday night/early Monday.
An authentic brass Noble Cannon produced in Rome will present four firings this Thursday, May 17th. According to a release from the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau, the firings will take place at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7 pm at the Rome Floyd Visitor Center. The GRCVB-sponsored events are being hosted by the City of Rome and are free.
Rome’s Downtown Development Authority is currently working with the Fanning Institute of the University of Georgia to develop a new master plan for the expansion and development of downtown Rome. The comprehensive study includes a town hall meeting that was held in conjunction with the City of Rome on Tuesday night, along with stakeholder interviews, intercept interviews and an overall evaluation of all aspects of downtown Rome.
Rome High School has been named by US News & World Report magazine as one of the best high schools in the nation for the third time in five years. According to a Rome High School media release, Rome High is a Silver Award Winner for 2012. In Georgia, RHS ranked 31st out of 446 schools. It earned a ranking of 1,679 out of 21,776 high schools in the US.