Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual 95.7 FM The Ridge/Rome News-Tribune Battle of the Bands. The top five finalists in the online voting portion of the competition will perform on Saturday, March 31st at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center. Brothers and Sisters has already won the People’s Choice Award with the most online votes of 949. They will go on to perform as the opening act for one of the Cedartown Performing Arts Center’s Legends in Concert Series events, in addition to getting an evening recording session with Shane West of Stephens Music Company. The same prize will be bestowed upon the winner of the Judges Choice Award, to be determined at the March 31st show. Other top five finalists in the Battle of the Bands are Clint Sansing with 740 votes, Nosecone Prophets with 578 votes, Shawn Aris with 518 votes and Five 40 with 507 votes.
The National Weather Service will hold a Severe Weather Storm Spotter Class at the Georgia School for the Deaf at 232 Perry Farm Road in Cave Spring on Thursday, March 29th at 6 pm. According to a release from the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, the class is expected to last about two hours and will cover the elements that make up severe weather, severe weather safety, and offers certification as a National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotter. The class is free and open to the public and will be held in the school’s auditorium. GSD will provide translators for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Executive Director Kevin Clark has announced the approval of a Georgia Fund loan of $2,500,000 to the city of Rome. The loan, which has been approved by the GEFA executive committee, will finance improvements at the Bruce Hamler Water Treatment Facility. The total project cost is $2,500,000 with GEFA providing the entire amount, according to a GEFA media release.
The 2012 election season continues. Mitt Romney picked up a win in Illinois yesterday. It’s been two weeks since Super Tuesday, when Georgia voters went to the polls along with voters in nine other states. While that was a big day where the race for the Republican nomination for president is concerned, more big days are ahead, according to Layla Shipman with Floyd GOP, who was a guest on WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome on Tuesday. Voters will go to the polls in Louisiana this Saturday, and elections have yet to be held in a number of other states.
The seismograph at the Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum in Cartersville picked up the earthquake that hit Oaxaca, Mexico yesterday afternoon. The earthquake was of a 7.6 magnitude and struck just after 2 pm. According to information from the Tellus Museum, that particular region has a history of large earthquakes as it is at a convergent tectonic plate boundary. The first seismic signal arrived at the Tellus seismograph about five minutes after the earthquake occurred. Annually, there are about 10 magnitude 7 or greater earthquakes worldwide. This is the third in 2012.