Buzz: Annual Scouting for Food drive returns; how to help. Truett McConnell president to speak to Exchange Club Feb. 9. Open house seeks comments on I-75 bridge.

Buzz: Annual Scouting for Food drive returns; how to help. Truett McConnell president to speak to Exchange Club Feb. 9. Open house seeks comments on I-75 bridge.

Wyatt and Henry Thornton distributing Scouting for Food fliers.


Local Cub and Boy Scouts will be out the next two Saturdays promoting the annual Scouting for Food drive and collecting canned food items to benefit the Salvation Army and local food banks.

This Saturday, Scouts will be placing door hangers to remind residents that they will be back on Saturday, Feb. 10, to collect canned goods that will help replenish food banks and feed the less fortunate.  Residents then leave the items in plastic grocery bags on or near their door that morning where Scouts gather them and take them to be distributed.  Donations also can be dropped off prior to Feb. 10 at the Scout Service Center at 100 E. Second Ave. in Rome.

“Scouting for Food has two purposes.  First, we’re here to help those in need.  That’s the main thing.  Second, we want our Scouts to learn about service to others; it’s one of the values we try to instill in them.  This is an opportunity for the community to help others and Scouts perform a much needed service project.  Last year over 18,000 pounds of food was collected and we want to beat that,” said Jeff Brasher, Scout Executive of the Northwest Georgia Council.

Adds Mary Hardin Thornton, Scouting for Food Chair for the Northwest Georgia Council: “We’re very excited about partnering with the Rome Rotary Club on this year’s drive to benefit not only the Salvation Army in Floyd County but other food banks and agencies throughout our seven-county council.”

For more: or 706-235-5545.

The Exchange Club of Rome will present a special guest speaker, Dr. Emir Caner, President of Truett McConnell University, at their Friday, Feb. 9 noon meeting.  He was born into a Sunni Muslim family, the son of an Islamic leader, before becoming a Christian as a teenager.  After graduating summa cum laude from Criswell College in Dallas, TX he spent the next 10 years as a pastor before earning a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC and a Doctor of Philosophy in History from the University of Texas at Arlington. In  August 2008 Dr. Caner became the eighth President of Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, GA and since that time the university has quadrupled in enrollment and added more than 20 programs of study, including a new Master of Arts in Theology.  He is the first former Muslim to hold such a post at a Christian college or university.  Dr. Caner has written or contributed to 21 books on various topics, including Islam, persecution, religious liberty, ecclesiology, Baptist history and apologetics.  His book, Unveiling Islam, received the Gold Medallion Book of the Year award and has sold nearly 200,000 copies.  He is in demand nationally and internationally as a speaker and as a participant in television and radio programs.  On a mission trip to the Czech Republic in 2000, he met Hana Titerova, the daughter of the General Secretary of the Czech Baptist Union in Prague. They were married later that year.  They now reside in Cleveland, Georgia and are the parents of three children.  The Exchange Club of Rome meets at the Palladium at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 1400 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  The public is welcome to attend this presentation.  For further information, call 706/506-2499.

An open house to discuss the Georgia DOT’s proposed project to rehabilitate the bridge on Old Grassdale Road over I-75 in Bartow County is scheduled for Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Cass High School, at 1000 Colonel Way in the city of White. Bartow Countys residents interested in learning more about the proposed project and detour are encouraged to attend the meeting and express their thoughts and preferences. The proposed plans call for rehabilitating the bridge on Old Grassdale Road over I-75. The rehabilitation work will include raising the bridge structure to a minimum vertical clearance between 16’-6” and 17’0” feet; adjusting the roadway items to match the new bridge elevation, strengthening or replacing the caps, joint replacement, new polymer overlay on the decks, painting of the steel beams, repairing spalls and cracks in the substructure and all other maintenance items that are confined to the bridges, as neededThe Open House will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime between 5 and 7 p.m.  The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling Joseph Ciavarro, District Planning & Programming Engineer, at 678-721-5164.

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