Buzz: Georgia Highlands’ produce helping feed students in need. Dr. Peter Adams joins Harbin Clinic. Tennis tournament, religious conventions to pack downtown Rome this month.

Buzz: Georgia Highlands’ produce helping feed students in need. Dr. Peter Adams joins Harbin Clinic. Tennis tournament, religious conventions to pack downtown Rome this month.

Media release: A humble 160-square-foot plot of grow space split between a greenhouse and raised beds at Georgia Highlands College’s Cartersville location is responsible for 260 pounds of produce being donated to GHC’s Charger Food Pantry. The pantry was started in 2016 to meet the needs of food insecurity among college students. Says GHC Director of Student Support Services Angela Wheelus:  “Students are sometimes finding it difficult to focus or even stay in class, so if we can remove one of those barriers by providing access to food, then that’s what we need to do here at GHC. Many of our students are non-traditional, supporting families and working full-time while attending college. Food insecurity cuts across all demographics.”  Although the pantry is stocked with staple items like peanut butter, tuna, spaghetti sauce and other non-perishable food items, as well as personal items, students in need were unable to get fresh produce. And that’s where the faculty and staff of GHC’s Natural Science and Physical Education division stepped in. “Once we determined the ideal location, we started the design and construction process,” Dean Greg Ford said. “The goals of the project were always to support academic research opportunities for faculty and students as well as to address food insecurities and the needs of the Charger Food Pantry.” Ford plans to expand the produce program  to each of GHC’s locations (up next: the Floyd campus). To make non-perishable food donations, please contact Student Support Services at:

Dr. Peter Adams

Parents’ passion, example helps lead Harbin Clinic surgeon Dr. Peter Adams to his calling: At a young age, Dr. Peter Adams asked his father, an oncologist, why he was a doctor. “Why would I want any other job?” his dad replied, as if the idea of him not being a doctor wasn’t even possible. “I could see that my dad enjoyed the challenge of medicine and the difference he made in patients’ lives,” Dr. Adams says. Dr. Adams notes there was never any pressure from his parents to follow in their footsteps. But seeing the love his father and mother, a pediatrician, had for their work, along with an aptitude for science and math led Dr. Adams down the path to becoming a doctor. His journey to becoming a surgeon began early in his medical training. “They allowed the medical students do a lot of emergency room consults and wanted us to be really hands on,” Dr. Adams says. “There was a guy who was in a car accident and actually had his lip torn off. They let me sew his lip back on. I saw him a month later in rehab, and he was doing well. Being able to help that man was an awesome feeling.” The chance to make a dramatic difference in patients’ lives made a huge impression on him. Dr. Adams joins the practice  at Harbin Clinic General Surgery Rome at 1825 Martha Berry Boulevard. Expanded release.

Several events in town this weekend and during the month of August that will increase both pedestrian and vehicle traffic in and around Downtown Rome. USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis Championships will be held this Friday through Sunday at both the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College and the downtown tennis courts. About 1,000 people are expected in town for this tournament including the 700 junior tennis athletes expected to play. The Jehovah Witness Conference launches this weekend at the Forum River Center and will run for three consecutive weekends: Aug. 10-13, 24-27 and Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Around 2,500 people are expected to attend the conference each weekend for a monthly total of 7,500 conference attendees.  Downtown parking information is also available online at


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