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NAIA Spirit Spreads Through Rome

ROME, GA -- The spirit of the NAIA Football National Championship game will be spread throughout historic downtown Rome in the month of December, thanks to two new contests.

The City of Rome, Downtown Development Authority, the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau and the NAIA Host Committee have created spirit competitions to enhance the appearance of downtown Rome and welcome visitors.

The first competition is designed for active businesses in downtown Rome. Establishments are encouraged to share their best NAIA spirit by decorating their windows with welcoming messages to the two teams competiting in the championship, which will be determined on Saturday, Dec.

Lighthouse Retreats Aid Cancer Families

Atlanta- - It is a remarkable idea that helped more than 700 families families deal with childhood cancer.

The Lighthouse Family Retreat founded in 1999 serves children with cancer and their families at Seaside and other beaches along 30-A.

Lighthouse has a simple directive helping kids and their parents to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in spirituality.

The 2010 Patron's of Hope Dinner was held inside the Doubletree Buckhead-Atlanta Hotel.

Entertainer Jeff Foxworthy was among those in attendance.

The event also recognized the efforts of Atlanta businessman Charles Renfroe who has been a driving force behind the organization.

Each retreat is comprised of approximately 12 retreat families and 30 volunteers who serve the families by cooking, cleaning and taking care of daily responsibilities so that the retreat families can focus on having fun together. 

Rome Grandfather Ready for Holidays with $180,000 Lottery Win

ROME, GA -- A Rome resident is anticipating the holidays, especially after winning a prize from the Georgia Lottery.

Exmas Myers, 78, matched all five winning numbers in the Monday, Nov. 8 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the $180,162 jackpot.

"We'll have both families gathered for the holidays," said the grandfather of two.

Myers' winning numbers were 5-6-36-37-38. Rome Food Mart #0005 (4970 Rockmart Road SE, Silver Creek, 30173) sold the winning combination.

"I could hardly believe it," Myers said. "These are numbers I've been playing for several weeks."

In addition to their two grandchildren, Myers and his wife Patsy have four adult children.

"I've got a few bills to pay, and I want to buy new clothes for myself and for my wife," he said. "She thinks it's wonderful.

Berry College Students Beautify Silver Comet Trail

ROME, GA -- A group of Berry College students recently participated in the nationwide "Make a Difference Day" and proved to be great examples to all volunteers.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the students headed to Polk County and spent the morning cleaning up the Silver Comet Trail. Working together, they helped remove 72 tires from the Van Wert Trailhead.

Part of Berry's mission is to "challenge students to devote their learning to community and civic betterment," and the majority of students spend multiple hours per semester serving and investing in their community.

For more information about Berry's volunteer services, contact them either via email or at 706-238-5848.

Berry College Symphony Orchestra Performs Fall Concert

ROME, GA -- The Berry College Symphony Orchestra will perform a Fall Concert on Monday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ford Auditorium on Berry's campus.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Directed by Mirna Ogrizovic-Ciric and comprised of string and wind players from the college and the community, the ensemble consistently performs great orchestral literature. This performance will include Mikhail Glinka's "Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila," Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" and selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite."

For more information, call the Berry College Fine Arts Department at 706-238-7847.

Georgia High School Football Playoffs: Single-A Preview

CLASS Single-A

Favorite: Clinch County

Predicted Final Four: Clinch County, ECI, Darlington, Wesleyan

Easiest Draw: Wilkinson County. Holy Innocents' may be a tough four seed to deal with and the Warriors will most likely face a tough Bremen defense in Round Two, but there are certainly tougher draws in the Single-A bracket.

Toughest Draw: Mitchell County. In the first round, the 9-1 Panthers play 9-1 Savannah Christian School - the best four seed in Single-A. If they survive that game, Mitchell County plays the winner of Hawkinsville-Charlton County. Then, they most likely get Darlington, whose only loss is to Cartersville, a 3A playoff team. If not Darlington, they will probably play perennial powerhouse Lincoln County.

Berry College Concert of Americana Embraces Rich Heritage

ROME, GA -- The Berry College Choir will present a "Concert of Americana" on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the College Chapel.

The concert will include folk songs, American spirituals and sacred pieces that reflect the rich heritage of music sprung from the heartland of America.

Student conductors Ashton Singletary and Michele Miller will lead the choirs in numbers, and the singers will be accompanied by assistant professor of music Kris Carlisle. Arrangers represented include William L. Dawson, Alice Parker, Stan Pethel, Robert Shaw and Luigi Zaninelli.

Guest artist Scott Thompson will join the Men of the Concert Choir for a featured number. Thompson is one of the most popular singer/songwriters in the region.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.