New ‘flag’ for U.S. 411 hotel: The Best Western Executive Inn got a name change and new sign over the weekend. As of Dec. 1, it is now the Red Roof Inn. The signage at 216 Highway 411 near the East Rome Walmart was changed Saturday morning. Here’s the new look as of Sunday afternoon. Rebranding is under way on the hotel’s Facebook page as well. Started in 1973, Red Roof Inn now has more than 500 locations. What’s odd: The Rome hotel switched to the new Best Western logo just a few months ago.
Talk about cheesy: Earlier this year, Ben Lord — a member of the Berry College Student Enterprises team — produced a rap video to help push a farmer’s market on the campus of Berry College. It was an instant hit, drawing more than 11,000 views. Lord, now general manager of the enterprises’ Jersey Milk brand, is back and better than ever pushing the favors of Jersey Milk Christmas Basket. Joining him is Milton Chambers, one of the supervisors and mentors to the growing Berry student business team. You can watch the video and track other Student Enterprise sales as part of a 12 Days of Christmas promotion by going to the group’s Facebook page.
Cartersville’s Purple Hurricanes don’t forget earlier opponent, hurricane relief: Justin Barney of the Jacksonville Times-Union posted the above item on his Twitter page about Bartram Trail — the team that Cartersville faced in that ESPN-televised showdown to open the 2017 football season (Cartersville won 52-45 ). Barney reports CHS raised and donated $4,700 toward hurricane relief — an effort that was noted at half-time in Bartram Trail’s semi-final football game. “Classy move,” writes Bartam. In a second Tweet, he adds, “Cartersville Ga., High School has zero ties to Bartram Trail other than a season-opening football game. Wanted to offer support in aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Sends check for nearly $5K. Not always about Ws and Ls in sports. What a gesture.” Bartram Trail plays Venice in the 7A Florida title game this Saturday.