The Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced that due to rain, there have been some changes for the Christmas Candlelight Processional and Concert scheduled for tonight. The Processional that was to begin at 6 pm has been canceled. The Christmas Concert is still on for 7 pm at the Forum in downtown Rome. Doors will open at 6 pm. The Westminster Presbyterian Handbell choirs will provide pre-event music from 6:15 pm until 7 pm. The 7 pm concert will feature the Three Rivers Singers, the Shorter Chorus, Northwest Georgia Winds, New Horizons Band and Deborah Popham. Narration will be provided by Dr. Betty Siegel, Distinguished Chair of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character and President Emeritus at Kennesaw State University, and Marvin Williams, Superintendent of Polk County Schools. Musicians set to participate in the concert are asked to report to the Forum ballroom at 6:15 pm. For more information, call the GRCVB at (706) 295-5576.
More syringes have been discovered in clothing at the Wal Mart in Cartersville. Three more have been found in recent days, bring the total number to seven. An investigation continues by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. Shoppers are warned to check clothes from that store before trying them on.
Romans are mourning a beloved entertainer and historian that has passed away. Dan Biggers, who has acted in film and television and served as director of Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum, died yesterday at the age of 80. Biggers’ most notable role was that of Dr. Frank Robb in the television series “In the Heat of the Night”. A celebration of his life is set for Wednesday at 2 pm at the Miller Richards Funeral Home Oaknoll Chapel.
In spite of the cold last night and nasty weather prior to that, the Rome Christmas Parade went on as scheduled last night. The parade made its way down Broad Street, led by grand marshals Sam and Janet Baltzer. The highlight of the parade came at the end when Santa Claus lit the city’s Christmas tree. A tree near the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce is currently serving as Rome’s Christmas tree, after the one in front of City Hall was infested with beetles and was cut down earlier this week. According to parade co-chair Janet Byington, it will be replaced.
Members of the Cedartown-Polk County Hospital Authority, the Hospital Authority of Floyd County and Floyd Healthcare Management Inc. have signed a definitive agreement through which the Cedartown-Polk County Hospital Authority will lease Polk Medical Center to the Hospital Authority of Floyd County as of April 1, 2012. The boards had originally agreed to a January 1st commencement, but decided upon a three-month extension of the existing lease with Redmond Regional Medical Center with the intent of facilitating an orderly transition, according to a release from the Cedartown-Polk County Hospital Authority.