Today, Tuesday: Shorter University and the 2017 Georgia Baptist Convention in Lawrenceville: It actually opened Sunday evening with a rally and continues with services tonight. Tuesday seems to be the day with the busiest agenda. Why we’re watching: Any potential movement on a series of rumors swirling from Shorter University. Staff, faculty and students continue to call, email and text with concerns about a potential merger, the loss of the football program and lingering financial concerns. A Shorter administrator also is being investigated by the GBI following criminal complaints of sexual battery and harassing communication. Plus the university dismissed a key alumni official last week (unrelated to the criminal investigation). We’ll have updates as they develop. Convention agenda
Today, Tuesday: Post-election updates from area governments. It’s a series of meetings this week, starting with the Rome City Commission tonight at 6:30 followed by the County Commission (2 p.m. caucus, 4 p.m. meeting) on Tuesday as well as Rome City Schools Board of Education (5 p.m. caucus, 5:45 p.m. meeting). As noted late last week, Rome Schools will not be wasting time when it comes to starting on projects approved by voters in the “ELOST” package. This also will be among the last meetings of four board members — two of whom lost re-election bids and two others who chose not to run again. That puts a 4-3 “newcomer” majority on the board in January. Click each of the governments for a look at meeting agenda.
Wednesday: It’s tax time. What you need to know, courtesy of Floyd County Tax Commissioner Kevin Payne’s website: “Taxes for real estate and business personal property are normally due in Floyd County on November 15th each year. Mobile/manufactured homes are due April 1 of each year and motor vehicles are due based on the owners’ birthday. After the due date, for real estate and business personal property, interest is charged monthly after Nov. 15. Additionally, a penalty of up to 20% will apply to all taxes that are not paid by the deadline. If the property taxes remain unpaid, the Tax Commissioner has the right and responsibility to levy on the property for non-payment. Of course we consider this a last resort for tax collection and prefer to use other collection methods. Tax bills are mailed to the homeowner, never to the mortgage company. You must forward your bill to your mortgage company if necessary.” Check your status here.
Saturday: The Rome Noon Optimist Club’s 57th Annual Pancake Breakfast, Rome Civic Center, 6 a.m.-noon. “This is one of the oldest fund raisers in our area and for a great cause. All proceeds will go to help fund local children services, performed by the Optimist Club.” Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door. Also on sale: “Our famous, secret recipe sausage for $5 per pound.” Details
Saturday: The ‘Super Bowl of Local Auctions’ as hundreds of items seized from the estate of Floyd County Schools theft suspect Derry Richardson are sold by Dempsey Auction at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds beginning at 11 a.m. Real estate, vehicles, household items, grills, Yeti coolers and weapons are part of the absolute auction. Funds will be returned to the county school system. Items will be on display Wednesday through Friday; please note the restrictions on the firearms. Click Dempsey Auction
Saturday: Berry College Vikings’ first football playoff series. After a 10-0 regular season, the five-year-old program….