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11Alive lunch event inspires random act of kindness

11Alive lunch event inspires random act of kindness

ROME, Ga. -- Last week, 11Alive employees joined forces with Action Ministries to prepare food for the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summertime lunch program.

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Two Walmart managers in Rome were so inspired by the cause that they decided to do their part to feed hungry children in the community.

The managers donated bread and other food supplies from their stores to Action Ministries -- enough goods to feed even more children who are missing the free and reduced-price lunches they rely on during the school year.

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

ATLANTA -- Do you want to help Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summertime lunch program?

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The program is always in need of several items, including:

* Sandwich bread
* Individual bags of chips, pretzels, cracker, trail mix, etc.
* Individual fresh fruit or bags of fruit snacks
* Water bottles and juice boxes
* Sliced cheese, ham and bologna
* Ziploc sandwich bags
* Brown paper lunch bags

Ga. Highlands College given funds for scholarship program

Ga. Highlands College given funds for scholarship program

ROME, Ga. -- The Rome Rotary Club has given a big gift to Georgia Highlands College.

Rotary Club president Susan Bracken Wright presented the school with a $1,500 check during this year's appreciation barbecue for law enforcement officers in northwest Georgia.

The school, along with the Rome-based Community Criminal Justice Foundation, plan to use the money to establish a criminal justice scholarship named for Judge Norman Fletcher, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, who retired in 2006.

The appreciation barbecue was held May 4 at The Forum in downtown Rome. In addition to great food, the hardworking men and women of northwest Georgia law enforcement were treated to music, door prizes and other fun.

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."

Rediscover Rome Photo Contest ends Apr. 19

Rediscover Rome Photo Contest ends Apr. 19

ROME, Ga. -- The popular Rediscover Rome Photo Contest is happening now through midnight on Thursday, Apr. 19.

To participate in the contest, submit your favorite photos of Rome and Floyd County's best assets -- everything from parks to people.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will be revealed during the Georgia Cities Open House at the Rome City Auditorium on Apr. 26.

More than $500 in cash and prizes is at stake.

"In the past three years, we've used well over 100 of the photos from our past photo contests in major ads and publications," Chris Cannon, director of communications for the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a statement. "There's a chance you could see your photo in Southern Living or Atlanta Magazine."

Partridge Restaurant server named Superstar of Service

Partridge Restaurant server named Superstar of Service

ROME, Ga. -- Danielle Roberson, a served at Rome's Partridge Restaurant, has been named the city's first Superstar of Service for 2012.

She was surprised with her award while working a lunch shift on what she thought was a typical Tuesday.

The Superstar of Service award is given four times a year to Floyd County workers who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day. The inaugural honor was given to Bridgett Montgomery, director of sales and marketing at Hawthorn Suites.

Roberson has been in Rome for 10 years. She began working at the Partridge Restaurant five months ago and was nominated for the Superstar of Service award by Rome resident Kevin Grueber.