Romans woke up to a rainy Wednesday, and more rain is predicted for today. The National Weather Service has predicted an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for today, which will move out this evening and leave the area with mostly cloudy skies. More rain is in the forecast for this weekend.
Local organizations continue their efforts to raise awareness of child abuse during the month of April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Child Abuse Prevention Partnership is a conglomeration of local organizations joining forces to provide the education and support necessary to prevent child abuse in our community. Sue Lagermann co-chairs the organization. She is also the director of Floyd County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). She says that one thing that many folks don’t know about victims of child abuse is that the children really just want to be at home.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law yesterday legislation that requires drug testing for welfare benefits. According to a release from the Governor’s office, the law is intended to safeguard the public purse. The legislation requires applicants to pass a drug test in order to qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. Florida passed similar legislation back in 2010, decreasing their welfare applicant pool by 48 percent and saving their state $1.8 million.
The Rome City Commission will meet in regular session this evening. They’ll convene in a caucus session at 5 pm, which will be followed by their regular meeting at 6:30 pm at City Hall on Broad Street in downtown Rome. Take a look at their agenda online at www.romefloyd.com.