Buzz: Caucus, closed meeting, regular meeting for Rome Schools on Tuesday. Retired federal workers to meet Thursday. Marines’ guest speaker has ties to the early days of the space program.


The Rome Board of Education will meet Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. in the boardroom. The caucus and a closed meeting will be held in the superintendent’s office at 4 p.m. Agenda

The Rome Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Civil Service Employees will have its monthly meeting at the Landmark Restaurant on Martha Berry Highway on Thursday, starting at 11:15 a.m. and lasting until about 1 p.m. The guest speaker at this month meeting will be Janet Burch, who will discuss “Heroes – Great and Small.” The local chapter is concentrating on member recruiting and retention efforts. The monthly luncheon meeting are open to all current federal civil service employees in Northwest Georgia who want to learn what NARFE stands for and the organization’s on-going fight for the right and benefits of current and retired federal civil service employees.

Service in the U.S. Marine Corps is a “family tradition” for James Thompson of Dunwoody, so it was only natural that he would author two books on the history of the Corps’ decorations, medals, badges and insignia dating back to the start of World Word II. Thompson will discuss his books and Marine Corps service at Saturday’s meeting of the Puryear Detachment 1020, Marine Corps League, in the Rome-Floyd County Library, 205 Riverside Parkway.  Coffee and doughnuts will be served beginning at 9 a.m. followed by the program at 9:30 a.m.  Guests are welcome, according to Tom Beavers, commandant. Thompson was the commanding officer of a rifle platoon that was detached to protect the Guantanamo Naval Base during the Cuban Missile Crisis.   He later was the executive officer of a Marine detachment aboard the USS Randolph assigned to the sea recovery area for the suborbital space flight of Astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom in July 1961, and for America’s first earth orbital flight by Astronaut John Glenn seven months later. Thompson’s son, grandson, son-in-law, brother and nephew are all Marines. He served seven years as chairman of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Georgia following a 33-year career with the Proctor and Gamble Co.

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