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New Moon Gallery Exhibit Reflects Artist's Experiences

New Moon Gallery Exhibit Reflects Artist's Experiences

ROME, GA -- "Lore," an exhibit of drawings by artist Abbigail K. Israelson, will open on Monday, Jan. 24 at the Berry College Moon Gallery (2277 Martha Berry Highway NW, Rome, 30149).

In the spring of 2008, Israelson contracted Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and spent 18 days fighting for her life in a drug-induced coma. While in the hospital, she suffered from drug withdrawals that caused horrific hallucinations and psychosis.

During her many months of physical and emotional recovery, Israelson took comfort in creating the images in the exhibit. She embraces crude production values by using small paper cut-outs in her art.

"Lore" ends on Friday, Feb. 4. The Moon Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information, call Jere Lykins, Moon Gallery director, at 706-236-2289.

Tuition Hike Expected at Georgia Schools

Tuition Hike Expected at Georgia Schools

ATLANTA -- The head of Georgia's university system says students should expect to pay more for tuition next year. Governor Deal has proposed cutting funding by nearly 10 percent for the state's 35 public colleges and universities.

Testifying on Tuesday before a joint legislative appropriations committee, Chancellor Erroll Davis Junior said the Regents would need to boost tuition by 30 percent to completely replace the lost state funds. But Davis cautioned tuition would not rise that high and officials would look to make cuts.

University officials say that for the first time in recent memory, the state won't be funding formula growth driven by rising enrollment. That means the loss of $177 million to pay for some 19,000 additional students already in the system.

Shorter University Opera, Dinner to Benefit Music Scholarships

Shorter University Opera, Dinner to Benefit Music Scholarships

ROME, GA -- Shorter University will hold a lecture, dinner and opera performance on Saturday, Jan. 22 to benefit its Friends of Music program.

Friends of Music is a non-profit group that raises money for the university's performance and music programs, including scholarship funds, compensation for guest artists and entry fees for students who represent Shorter in competition.

The Jan. 22 event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a lecture and dinner at the Victorian Rose Tearoom & Café (510 Broad Street, Rome, 30161). The lecture will be conducted by Shorter Opera Theatre faculty member Dr. Deborah Popham.

Afterward, a special performance of Shorter's production of The Ballad of Baby Doe will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Mail Service Improves for North Georgia

Mail Service Improves for North Georgia

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Postal Service reports that nearly 100% of North Georgia residents received their mail over the past several days.

This is in spite of some of the most challenging weather conditions to impact the region in over a decade.

"Thanks to the many hardworking and dedicated employees, and with some cooperation from the weather, we were able to make more than 99% of all deliveries in ZIP Codes 300, 301, 302, 303, 305 and 306 over the past several days," said Atlanta district manager Kate F. Wiley. "There are some isolated areas where ice has not melted sufficiently to make it safe for delivery employees, so we have not been able to reach everyone. However, those locations are very few, and that situation is improving each day."

Wiley says to help get delivery options back on track, Postal personnel are making deliveries throughout Metro Atlanta on Monday, Jan.

Popular Jazz Quintet to Perform at Berry

Popular Jazz Quintet to Perform at Berry

ROME, GA -- Escape from the winter weather with an evening of soothing jazz music at Berry College.

Trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden and his jazz quintet will perform in the college's Ford Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 14 at 8:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

With eight solo albums and an international reputation, Gransden is a popular and established presence in the jazz world.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Rome Becomes a Winter Wonderland

Rome Becomes a Winter Wonderland

ROME, GA -- Patrice Shannon, interim director of Oak Hill & the Martha Berry Museum, sent 11Alive some beautiful photos of the historic building covered in snow.

Oak Hill was home to Martha Berry, founder of Berry College. It was also used as a filming location for the 2002 film Sweet Home Alabama.

Visit the Oak Hill Flickr page to see more photos of Berry College's winter wonderland.