Farewell to a friend — and a season: The last Saturday home game of the Rome Braves is a party. It was all there — sky divers, the Heavy Hitters band from the Atlanta club (dugout, video screen), fireworks, players tossing out freebies — everything. But making it emotional: Video tributes to Mike Dunn, the club’s departing general manager who’ll soon run the organization’s new spring training campus near Sarasota. Players, coaches, clubhouse personnel — all delivered heart-felt tributes and a few sucker punches. Dunn deserves them all and more after delivering 15 years of great baseball in Rome, Ga.
Prelude to perfection: The smokehouse at the Rome Civic Center — home to Monday’s 50th Annual Knights of Columbus Labor Day Barbecue is…. smokin.’ Since early Sunday, the Knights and their families have been preparing ribs, pork, beef, chicken, Brunswick stew, baked beans and other key parts of the annual fund-raiser where all the profits return to dozens of nonprofits in Rome/Floyd County. The doors open at 10 this morning with sales until 2 p.m. or sold out. Tickets for plates as well as bulk orders available at the door. Dine-in or carry out. For more
The word is winner — w-i-n-n-e-r. Winner: That’s the buzz we’re hearing from the just-concluded first weekend of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeat the DeSoto Theatre this past Friday-Sunday. First-time director Lillian Shaw delivered a winner. Even better: You have another chance to see it this coming weekend — Sept. 8-11. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Click Spelling Bee
Run Wright This Way: A great cause and turnout Saturday. ‘Run Wright This Way’ honored “Ginger Wright and her battle with cancer. A Rome resident, wife to Ricky, mom to two boys, and preschool teacher, Ginger was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer just before Christmas and soon after her mastectomy, doctors found non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While the mastectomy and chemo seemed to rid Ginger of breast cancer Ginger is undergoing radiation to battle the cancer. All proceeds from Run Wright this way will go toward medical expenses and to Cancer Navigators/Summit Quest, per Gingers request. ” Results
Speaking of racin’: Sunday was a huge night at Rome Speedway off Chulio Road, complete with a pretty intense fireworks display — and a flood of pictures on social media. The official word on the “Hoosier Race Tire South 100 presented by Sunoco Race Fuels … Congratulations to #R1 Riley Hickman, the winner of the $10,000 battle, and #58 Devin Dixon wins the war being the 2017 Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series National Champion and 2017 Cruise with the Champions Rookie of the Year as well.” Expanded details