Thousands of Georgians wrapped up their Thanksgiving meal and then hit the stores as Black Friday bled into Thursday evening this year. Shoppers lined up well before 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Berry Square Mall in Rome for deals on footwear, more than two hours before retailers opened their doors.
The Georgia Department of Transportation said Thursday it will work with federal authorities to reconsider a proposed route for Highway 411. The freeway would connect Rome to Interstate 75. Governor Nathan Deal said he received a letter from the National Highway Administration asking for the state to come up with alternatives.
Filming of a movie in the northwest Georgia city of Rome will involve a low-flying helicopter, several road closures and detours and a funeral scene in a local cemetery. Filming of the Dreamworks motion picture "Need for Speed" is set to begin Thursday and continue through Sunday.
The Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission and city officials last year rejected a proposal to allow residents to have up to four chickens, provided they were kept in some kind of enclosure. But citizens have pushed authorities to reconsider.
The biggest shopping day of the year comes as a mixed blessing for many Georgia-owned small businesses. Shoppers line for deals, for sure. But many are looking for the biggest sales on big ticket TV's and computers at big box stores, national chains and malls.
A collegiate athletic league and sports officials in Rome have agreed to contract changes, paving the way for the league's national championship football game to be moved out of the northwest Georgia city.
The young students at the Rebecca Blaylock Child Development Center have started learning letters, colors and other early skills on the Nook e-reader. Teachers started using the tablets a couple of weeks ago. They direct the lessons while students work in small groups with the touchscreen devices.
State regulators are proposing new rules for some types of landfills to try to limit their numbers. The rules would apply to unknown numbers of largely unregulated "inert-waste" landfills. However, some who own the dumps worry about the regulations’ unintended consequences.
Several members of the faculty at Shorter University in Rome are resigning rather than sign the Baptist University’s new lifestyle statement. It says employees must find premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality unacceptable.