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Berry Half Marathon Partners with Soles4Souls

Berry Half Marathon Partners with Soles4Souls

ROME, GA -- Soles4Souls, Inc., a Nashville-based organization that donates footwear to people in need, has partnered with the Berry College Half Marathon/10K/5K to reach its "11 IN 11" campaign.

Soles4Souls has set a goal to donate 11 millions pairs of shoes in 2011 to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters. The charity gives away approximately one pair of shoes every seven seconds, for a total of over 12 million pairs since its founding in 2005.

"With the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Chile, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we can use the estimated 1.5 billion shoes taking up space in the closets of ordinary people to change the world, one pair at a time," said Soles4Souls founder and CEO Wayne Elsey.

11 IN 11 reflects the growing need of the global community.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

ATLANTA -- The 119 Atlanta-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host a special Daddy-Daughter Date Night on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Fathers and daughters will be encouraged to spend the evening together, enjoying time in the restaurant and participating in activities.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," said Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage Atlanta community members to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their loved ones' company over a meal and celebrate the significant relationship in their lives."

Each Chick-fil-A will celebrate in its own way.

2010 Greater Rome Tourism Report Released

2010 Greater Rome Tourism Report Released

ROME, GA -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) released its 2010 Annual Report to the Board of Directors on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

The report showed a total economic impact of $9,334,215 in tourism expenditures to Rome and Floyd County.

Money made from sporting events totaled 65% of the figure at $6,112,597. This gain in the sports market countered a slight decline in the meetings and conventions market.

These figures represent only events, conventions, meetings and other activities where the GRCVB was directly involved.

Community Volunteer Fair Scheduled in Rome

Community Volunteer Fair Scheduled in Rome

ROME, GA -- The Northwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross and Rome/Floyd 211 Information and Referral Line is hosting a volunteer fair on Saturday, Feb. 26.

The "Volunteer Rome" fair will be at The Well (West Rome Baptist Church, 914 Shorter Avenue SW, 30165) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Volunteer Rome is a chance for residents and families to discover ways they can be involved in the community.

Greater Rome CVB Announces Schedule of Civil War Events

Greater Rome CVB Announces Schedule of Civil War Events

ROME, GA -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) has announced the 2011 schedule of events commemorating the American Civil War.

This year begins a five-year period of recognizing Rome's Civil War heritage during the Sesquicentenary of the War Between the States.

Two series have been planned: a Civil War Symposium series and a Spirits of the Civil War tour. Both will continue through 2015.

The symposiums are academic forums where leading historians from Rome and Floyd County will present research relating the region's involvement in the Civil War.

The Spirits of the Civil War tour series is modeled after the format of the GRCVB's popular cemetery and downtown tours.

Professor to Lecture On Media Use of Tweens, Teens

Professor to Lecture On Media Use of Tweens, Teens

ROME, GA -- Professor Carol Pardun, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, will discuss the impact of media use on tweens and teenagers at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3 at Berry College (2277 Martha Berry Highway NW, Rome, 30149).

The discussion, "Media Matters: What We Really Know About the Impact of Television, Music, Advertising and the Movies," will be in Berry's Science Auditorium.

From 2001 to 2006, Pardun was the co-principal investigator, with Jane Brown from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, for a $2.6 million grant investigating the impact of the media on adolescents' sexual attitudes and behavior, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

"Our study followed the media habits and subsequent attitudes and behavior of a group of young teens over a two-year period," said Pardun.

Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

WASHINGTON, DC -- Georgia has the nation's 7th strongest charter school law, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' (NAPCS) second annual ranking of state charter school laws.

Minnesota's charter law ranked first, and Mississippi's newly enacted charter school law ranked last.

"Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws" analyzes the country's 41 state charter school laws. Each state's law is scored on how well it supports charter school quality and growth, based on the 20 essential components from the NAPCS' model charter school law.

"Georgia was passed by four states, dropping from number four to number seven. This drop had more to do with aggressive changes made in other states than with any steps backward in Georgia," said Todd Ziebarth, vice president, state advocacy and support of NAPCS.