Downtown Rome is packed this Friday afternoon thanks to visiting tennis families as well as the start of the Jehovah Witness conferences at The Forum. Broad Street and the side streets are full and there’s a big crowd at Town Green as well. Not helping with the traffic: Continuing pipe work, now at Fifth Avenue and Broad Street. Part of Fifth is closed this afternoon. Look for even more people this evening for the Rome High-Pebblebrook game beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Barron Stadium.
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 http://downtownromega.us/parking/