Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome to the (gold) Dome on Thursday. High school, local college basketball scores, schedules. Berry economist questions Super Bowl impact.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome to the (gold) Dome on Thursday. High school, local college basketball scores, schedules. Berry economist questions Super Bowl impact.



General Assembly honors Rome High on the 5A football championship. Senate resolution, other meeting highlight the trip to Atlanta on Thursday. Expanded report at RHS

Rome High School’s Swimming and Diving squad hits the pool for the Georgia High School Association State Swimming and Diving Championships through Saturday. The Wolves bring 24 qualifiers across a slew of events to compete at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech. Senior Mason Hunter helps highlight the strong Rome contingent. Hunter, a senior who has already signed to swim for the University of Michigan, is set to defend his state title in the 100-yard breaststroke. Hunter sits as the top seed in the event and is seeded high in the 200 individual medley.  Junior Samson Mumber also enters the meet with a top seed, as he ranks number one in the 100 backstroke. Mumber and Hunter along with Kent Shirmacher and Kenta Davis sit high on the seed chart for the 200 medley relay as well.  On the girls’ side, the 200 medley relay squad of Sarah Baker, Anna Waguespack, Emma Rose Bailey and Viola Hasko also have a high seeding. The Wolves also have two divers competing in the event, a first for the school.

Berry economics expert among those raising questions about the economic impact of Super Bowls:. In last Monday’s New York Times, the news organization posted a story headlined, ‘Windall for Super Bowl hosts? Economists say it’s overstated’ — a prelude if you will to Sunday’s Patriots vs. Eagles showdown in Minneapolis. Among those quoted was Dr. Frank Stephenson, Chair of Berry College’s Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance. Here’s how it was set up:

Frank Stephenson
Dr. Frank Stephenson

“But if the Super Bowl were not in town, many of those hotel rooms would have been filled anyway, by business travelers, convention goers and — yes, even in Minnesota in the dead of winter — tourists. It is the net occupancy gain, not gross occupancy, that matters, said Frank Stephenson, an economist at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga.

“Stephenson has studied hotel occupancy extensively, using a source of daily data that includes things like the number of rooms rented and the daily rate. This allows him to estimate how many hotel rooms in a region would usually be booked and for what price, and compare that with when the Super Bowl comes to town.

“In a forthcoming paper, Stephenson examines the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl, which generated 224,000 hotel stays, according to its economic impact report. Actually, in the week leading up to the Super Bowl and the three days afterward, Indianapolis hotels rented an additional 49,000 rooms compared with what would be expected, less than a quarter of the estimate.

“‘The rooms cost more than they otherwise would, generating about $28 million in additional revenue. But Stephenson cautioned against assuming that the money had stayed in Indianapolis; in fact, there was heavy leakage.

“ ‘They don’t give it to the housekeeper or bellboy or front-desk person. A lot of it just flows to whoever owns the hotel,’ he said.”

On radio: Friday at 7:40 a.m.,  Dr. Frank Stephenson, Chair of Berry College’s Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, joins us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and online at to discuss his comments in the New York Times.



Boys: Pepperell 57, Rockmart 54.

Girls: Rockmart 50, Pepperell 44.

Girls: Rome 56, Hiram 43.

Boys: Hiram 48, Rome 44.


Boys, girls: Rome at Villa Rica Friday.

Boys: Pepperell vs. Coosa Friday.

Boys, girls: Armuchee vs. Rockmart, Friday.

Boys, girls: Darlington at Christian Heritage, Friday.


Rome Braves‘ 16th season opener on Thursday, April 5, vs. Hagerstown at State Mutual Stadium.

Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2017 season (and all the way back to 2008).


The Georgia Highlands College men’s and women’s basketball teams will be playing to raise cancer awareness with a benefit game on Feb. 7 in Rome at the GHC gym. The women will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.  For more:

  • Georgia Highlands:  Women: Saturday at Snead State, tip off 4 p.m. EST. Men: Monday at home versus Albany Tech, tip off 7:30 p.m.
  • Berry men: Home vs. Rhodes, 8 p.m. Friday. Next: At home vs. Hendrix, 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • Berry women: Home vs. Rhodes, 6 p.m. Friday. At home vs. Hendrix, noon Sunday.
  • Shorter women: Valdosta State defeats the Hawks 67-42. Next: At West Florida, 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Shorter men:  The Hawks fell to No. 12 Valdosta State, 104-98.  Next: At West Florida, 5 p.m. Saturday.


Berry Half Marathon / 10K / 5K / Fun Run returns March 10. Complete details here.

Super Bowl LII 

Teams: Patriots vs. Eagles. Latest updates: NFL.

Details: Sunday at 6:30 p.m., from Minneapolis. NBC has the broadcast.

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