Buzz: Downtown Rome loft tours return Sept. 23. Silver Creek woman pockets $25,000 lottery prize. Honors for Darlington’s Tara Inman. Hiring event for Hays State Prison set.

Buzz: Downtown Rome loft tours return Sept. 23. Silver Creek woman pockets $25,000 lottery prize. Honors for Darlington’s Tara Inman. Hiring event for Hays State Prison set.

Lottery winner Lillie Dean (right) and her husband. Details below


Rome’s Downtown Development Authority invites the public to take an exclusive look into downtown Rome’s newest live, work and play spaces including private residences, rental units and future living spaces.  The Downtown Loft Tours will be held Saturday, Sept. 23,  at 3 p.m.  Individuals will have the unique opportunity to view vacant and occupied lofts that would not otherwise be available for the public view. The Downtown Development Office has partnered with Heritage First Bank to make the event possible; proceeds will benefit the Rome Area Heritage Foundation. The event will showcase five different downtown properties. “Check-out downtown living at its finest,” said Downtown Development Director, Amanda Carter. “Our downtown residents enjoy an urban lifestyle filled with easy access to restaurants, shopping, art, events and nightlife.” Tour tickets are $20 and must be purchased online at  There is a minimal service fee. The walking tour is moderate and includes stairs. It will depart from Heritage First Bank located at 501 Broad St. at 3 p.m. Tour participants must be at least 12 years old.  Tickets are required for tour entry. All proceeds will benefit Rome Area Heritage Foundation, whose mission is to identify and to preserve historic sites and artifacts in Rome and Floyd County. For more information, contact the Office of Downtown Development at 706.236.4520 or email

Media release: Lillie Dean of Silver Creek has won a prize playing a Georgia Lottery Print n Play game. Dean recently snagged $25,000 playing the “Bling Bling Bucks” instant game. Southern Pride Food Mart, at 3124 Rockmart Road in Rome, sold the winning ticket. According to Dean, she was making a stop at the store with her husband when she decided to try her luck.  “I had a lucky feeling she said,” she said. “I just wanted to get some tickets.”  After purchasing two Print n Play games and discovering that one was a winner, Dean said that she was in disbelief. “I called my husband over to help me count,” she said. “I just needed to validate that I had won.” The 46-year-old certified nursing assistant said that she plans to use her winnings to pay some bills. “I was so happy,” she said. Dean claimed her prize last week at the Georgia Lottery’s Dalton District Office.

Tara Inman, Darlington’s dean of students for global education, is one of six educators from around the country to be named to the National Association of Independent Schools Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group. “This advisory role is affirming of the work that I’ve been doing in education for more than 20 years,” said Inman. “The more I’ve gotten into this position, the more I realize that there is so much more to learn about international students. As I connect with other educators at conferences and through organizations like NAIS, I realize that I am not alone. Being a part of this working group will give me an opportunity to help answer some important questions for independent schools as it relates to international students and education.” Expanded release

The Georgia Department of Corrections is hiring corrections officers for Hays State Prison during a job fair at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (Floyd campus) on Thursday, Sept. 14. The hours are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will be held in the A building auditorium at  Maurice Culberson Drive. There will be onsite interviews, PT, and Accuplacer testing. Eligible candidates will receive a hiring package on the same day. Attendees should bring copies of the following items:

  • Completed State of Georgia application – Available online at (blank copies will be available on site)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • High school Diploma/GED transcript
  • SAT/ACT/Compass/Asset/Accuplacer scores
  • If POST certified, a copy of his or her POST profile

Attendees should dress for their interview but bring loose-fitting/athletic attire for the physical fitness test. For more, see attached Flyer or visit

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