The 29-year-old man that was hit and killed by a train on Wednesday night has been identified. Donald Hicks, Jr. of Legion Drive in Lindale was struck by a Norfolk-Southern train at the tracks along Maple Road where it turns into Park Avenue. He and another person tried to cross the tracks about 9:30 pm Wednesday night. The other person made it across. Hicks was pronounced dead at Floyd Medical Center shortly after the incident.
The Shane Richardson Memorial Adult Spelling Bee was held last night out at Berry College. The Hive Talkin’ team won it for properly spelling “lagniappe”. The event raised money for the Harbor House, a local non-profit organization aimed at serving children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse.
This month, February, is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Amy Weaver, Executive Director of the Hospitality House for Women says that the statistics are staggering related to teen violence. She says that 71 percent of teens say that bullying is a problem in school. Weaver indicates that her organization will be working hard on a variety of activities this month to bring the issue to light.
The Hospitality House for Women assists victims of domestic violence and their families. For more information about the organization, visit www.hospitality-house.org or call their 24-hour crisis line at (706) 235-4673.
Congressmen Phil Gingrey and Tom Graves have expressed support of HR 1173: the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011. It is a bill intended to repeal the CLASS Act program of Obamacare.
The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce serves as the economic development arm for Rome and Floyd County. Where that’s concerned, Chamber President Al Hodge has a positive outlook for 2012. He said in a recent interview on WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome that while the community, like the rest of the nation, is still in economic recovery, there have been many developments in the past year that indicate growth. He points to things like the recent expansion announcement of Neaton Rome and the construction of the new Lowe’s Distribution Center in Rome that are expected to provide a boost to the local economy.