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Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau Seeking Calendar Submissions

ROME, GA -- As the weather cools down and the leaves begin to turn, the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau is already planning for the frosty days of the upcoming winter.

The GRCVB is seeking calendar submissions for all events through Feb. 2011. Approved events will be marketed by the GRCVB in publications, advertisements and submitted to the Tourism office of the State Department of Economic Development for the state calendar of events.

In order for a Christmas or winter event to be included in printed and seasonal promotions on the local, regional and state level, the GRCVB must receive the event submission by Oct. 22 for all events spanning from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28.

All events must be submitted electronically on the GRCVB website under the Event Submission Form.

The GRCVB also released new guidelines concerning the event calendar. Visit the website to review the new guidelines.

Rome Native, Wake Forest Basketball Player Suspended from Team

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Tony Woods, a Wake Forest University basketball player and Rome, Georgia resident, has been suspended indefinitely from the team, according to head coach Jeff Bzdelik.

Woods has been charged with assaulting a female in North Carolina. He pushed her hard enough to cause a spine fracture.

"We are suspending Tony Woods indefinitely in order to allow him to devote his time and effort to address the allegations that he is facing," said Bzdelik. "It is also important that Tony have the necessary time to maintain his good academic standing."

Woods is a junior at Wake Forest and a center on the basketball team. He played in all 31 games last season and helped WFU ascend to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field
position.

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

Final Request: In Lieu of Flowers, Donate to Obama's Opponents

ROME, GA -- About 50 people attended the funeral for Don Unsworth, a northwest Georgia businessman, father, grandfather and husband. Described by family as lively, humorous and politically conservative, Mr. Unsworth's newspaper obituary reflected all those qualities with the following request:

"In lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, or to the campaign of anybody who is running against President Barack Obama in 2012."

"He was not really a big Obama fan," said his daughter Donna Barnes.

Barnes says the US Air Force veteran disliked the costly stimulus and worried about unemployment. The obituary, and the donations, were Unsworth's family's idea.

"We just felt like it was the best tribute we could give to him," said Barnes.

"It was more like comic relief.  It was his last shot," said granddaughter MaKaylie Morris.

7 Georgia Schools Named 'Blue Ribbon' National Winners

ATLANTA (AP) - Seven Georgia schools have been named National Blue Ribbon winners by the U.S. Department of Education.

The award goes to schools whose students perform at high levels or who have made dramatic improvements in their achievement, particularly for low-income children.

The public schools are: Etowah High in Cherokee County, Gainesville High in Gainesville, Ila Elementary in Madison County, Johnson Elementary in Floyd County, J.S. Pate Elementary in Crisp County and Webb Bridge Middle in Fulton County. One private school, St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, in Hapeville also won the award.

About 300 schools were recognized nationally this year. The schools be honored November 15th to the 16th in Washington, D.C.

The award has been given out annually by the Education Department since 1982.

Floyd County School Among Blue Ribbon Winners

ATLANTA, GA -- Six Georgia public schools were named 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools today.

"These six schools are outstanding examples of how high expectations and hard work can lead to outstanding student achievement," said State Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant. "These schools show that, regardless of a school's size, geography or demographics, all students can achieve at high levels."

The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

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