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Berry professor learns about African-American experience

Berry professor learns about African-American experience

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College communications professor is one of only 24 scholars selected to participate in a seminar on the African-American experience in Georgia's Lowcountry.

The two-week event, "African-American History and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry," was held in Savannah in June.

Brian Carroll was honored to be chosen for the program.

"I think every Georgian needs to learn about the important histories of the Gullah and Geechee peoples in and around Savannah," he said. "I'm grateful to have had such an immersive experience learning about an aspect of our nation's history that is often overlooked, and to have done it with such a rich learning community as that fostered by the Georgia Historical Society."

Young Actor's Camp begins next week

Young Actor's Camp begins next week

ROME, Ga. -- The Rome Little Theatre will hold a camp for budding actors later this month.

Young Actor's Camp will begin Monday, July 15 and run through Friday, July 26.

Participants will learn some of the essential skills for possible theater careers, including how to prepare an audition monologue, how to do a cold read, how to study a scene and how to develop a character.

Camp will end in a free performance for attendees' families and friends.

Young Actor's Camp is $195 for Rome Little Theatre members and $250 for non-members. Download a registration form.

The camp will be held at the Historic DeSoto Theatre, which is located at 520 Broad Street in downtown Rome.

Rome photographer to host show at visitor center

Rome photographer to host show at visitor center

ROME, Ga. -- Photographer Bill Bussey will host an art show at Rome's Last Stop Gift Shop this weekend.

The show will be held Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include never-before-seen vintage photographs of downtown Rome.

"Bill's photographs bring to mind precious memories to so many Romans, oftentimes capturing the community in glorious black and white," Last Stop Gift Shop manager Charlene Mathis said in a statement. "Bill has been equally successful at sparking interest in the younger generations throughout history."

Bussey, 85, lives in Rome and has been photographing the city since the 1950s. His show this weekend is free and open to the public.

The Last Stop Gift Shop is located inside the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center at 402 Civic Center Drive. For more information, visit romegeorgia.org.

Battle of the Bands to be held this weekend

Battle of the Bands to be held this weekend

ROME, Ga. -- This year's State Mutual Insurance Battle of the Bands will be held this weekend at the Historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome.

Everyone is invited to come out and watch five local bands duke it out for the title.

Tickets are $12 each. Money raised by Battle of the Bands goes to Cancer Navigators of Rome.

Battle of the Bands will be Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. The Historic DeSoto Theatre is located at 530 Broad Street.

Visit the Battle of the Bands Facebook page for more information.

Rome movie filming to involve chopper, road detours

Rome movie filming to involve chopper, road detours

ROME, Ga. -- Filming of a movie in Rome will involve a low-flying helicopter, several road closures and detours, and a funeral scene in a local cemetery.

Filming of the Dreamworks motion picture Need for Speed is set to begin Thursday and continue through Sunday.

The film stars Dominic Cooper, Aaron Paul, Michael Keaton and Imogen Poots in a story about a cross-country race framed by a massive bounty.

Filming will take place on the Rome bypass, Cave Spring Road and at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, where a funeral scene is to be shot Thursday.

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Officials say a helicopter will be used for filming and may be flown closer than 500 feet from the ground.

Berry student places in ethics essay contest

Berry student places in ethics essay contest

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College student placed third in this year's Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Contest.

Senior Alyssa Hollingsworth received $1,500 for her essay, "Naan in the Afghan Village." She will also get an opportunity to meet the prize's namesake, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

Hollingsworth lives in Hampton, Va., and is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. Her winning story is about a trip she took to Afghanistan in 2011. She traveled to the Middle Eastern country to visit her sister, who works for an organization that specializes in health classes and community development for Afghan women.

"I was so honored to receive this award," Hollingsworth said in a statement, adding that Berry visiting assistant professor Abigail Greenbaum proved invaluable in helping her craft the story.

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics challenges college students to write stories and essays on timely ethical issues.

Berry to host World Music and Dance Festival

Berry to host World Music and Dance Festival

ROME, Ga. -- The 8th annual Berry College World Music and Dance Festival will be held this weekend.

The fun will be Saturday, Apr. 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on the lawn in front of the library. It is free and open to the public.

Scheduled performance groups include Ogya, a Tennessee-based African tribal fusion group; Flying Mystics, a tribal groove band from Atlanta; classical guitarist Luther Enloe; local bluegrass band Saddle Mountain Blue Grass Boys; and Miwase, a Rome-based Afro-funk band.

Visit the Berry College World Music Festival Facebook page for more information.