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Matt Walbeck Named Rome Braves Manager for 2011

Matt Walbeck Named Rome Braves Manager for 2011

ROME, GA -- The Atlanta Braves have announced that Matt Walbeck will manage the franchise's Single-A (Rome Braves) affiliate during the 2011 season.

Walbeck, the 2010 Eastern League Manager of the Year, joins the Rome Braves coaching staff from the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he served as the organization's AA manager for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2008, he was the third base coach for the Texas Rangers, his only season as a coach at the major league level.

From 2004 to 2007, Walbeck was manager of the Detroit Tigers farm season.

"With a Servant's Heart -- a Day of Service", January 8th

"With a Servant's Heart -- a Day of Service", January 8th

On Saturday, January 8th, Governor-elect Nathan Deal will host his first inaugural event, "With a Servant's Heart -- a Day of Service". On this day of service, volunteers throughout the state will come together to give back to their communities.

 Governor-elect Deal, future first lady Sandra Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Attorney Gen.-elect Sam Olens, state Insurance Commissioner-elect Ralph Hudgens, state School Superintendent-elect John Barge, School Superintendent Brad Bryant, Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) and Congressman Austin Scott (R-Tifton) will be staged at different locations across the Metro-Atlanta area.

The schedule of appearances will go as follows:

9:00 a.m. Secretary of State Brian Kemp: FFA-FFCLA Center at 740 FFA Camp Road in Covington

Civil War Symposium Series to Debut this Month

Civil War Symposium Series to Debut this Month

ROME, GA -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has partnered with the Rome Floyd County Library to present a Civil War Symposium Series throughout 2011.

The series celebrates Civil War heritage during its sesquicentennial anniversary. Historians will present their research of the effect of the War Between the States on Rome and Floyd County.

Dan Roper, editor and publisher of Georgia Backroads, will present the first symposium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 in the Coosa Room of the Rome Floyd County Library (3 Government Plaza, 30161).

Berry College to Host Alum, Award-Winning Author

Berry College to Host Alum, Award-Winning Author

ROME, GA -- Berry College alum and ordained minister Lee Grady will discuss the global oppression of women at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.

Help 11Alive Support Curing Kids Cancer

Help 11Alive Support Curing Kids Cancer

ATLANTA -- Every day, thousands of kids fight a brave battle against childhood cancer.

Many doctors and researchers devote their lives and careers to treating and finding a cure for these devastating diseases.

Want to help? Join 11Alive's mission to raise money for Curing Kids Cancer.

On Friday, Jan. 7, we will be hosting an all-day telethon for this excellent cause. Tune in to 11Alive from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to find out how to donate.

Curing Kids Cancer is a local group started by parents who lost their son to childhood leukemia.

Rockmart Teen Fatally Shot, Suspect Arrested

Rockmart Teen Fatally Shot, Suspect Arrested

ROCKMART, GA -- Police in northwest Georgia are currently investigating the New Year's Day shooting death of a Rockmart teenager.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired found Rodney Arzez Mitchell Jr., 16, lying in the street around 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan 1.

Mitchell was taken to Floyd Medical Center in Rome, where he was pronounced deceased at 11:15 a.m. His body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Police subsequently arrested Jermaine Deon Ware, 34, in connection with the case. Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells says that the two men knew each other.

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

It's hard to believe that Where U Live is less than six months old. We've come so far in such a short amount of time.

And the sites are only going to get bigger and better in 2011.

I'd like to take the opportunity to give a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who has helped us build Where U Live. We are overwhelmed and extremely grateful at the positive and enthusiastic response we've received so far. Keep the story ideas, community events and "good news" coming!

Have a safe, happy and healthy new year. See you in 2011Alive!

Beth
esawicki@wxia.gannett.com