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Aspiring Paralympian to hold book signing

Aspiring Paralympian to hold book signing

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College student Ryan Boyle will hold a book signing of his memoir, When the Lights Go Out: A Boy Given a Second Chance, at the Rome Barnes & Noble later this month.

The signing will be Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.

When Boyle was 9 years old, he was hit by a truck and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The accident put him in a coma for two months.

Now, Boyle hopes to overcome the obstacles in his path by making it all the way to a future Paralympic Games.

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Boyle wrote When the Lights Go Out during his freshman year of high school. It was published in 2012 and has since sold more than 1,000 copies.

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include:

Trail of Tears expert to speak at Berry

Trail of Tears expert to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- A nationally renowned author and expert on the Trail of Tears will appear at Berry College this week.

Brain Hicks will speak in the school's Krannert Center on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. His talk is free and open to the public.

Hicks is the author of five books, including Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, the Cherokees and the Trail of Tears. He has been featured on National Public Radio and on a number of television channels, including National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

In addition to studying the Trail of Tears, Hicks writes for South Carolina's Charleston Post and Courier. He was named the best humor columnist in the Southeast in 2008 by the Society of Professional Journalists.

One Book Many Voices to discuss 'The Night Train'

One Book Many Voices to discuss 'The Night Train'

ROME, Ga. -- The first of this year's One Book Many Voices community-wide book discussions will be held next Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Coosa Room at Rome's Sara Hightower Regional Library.

One Book Many Voices is a program designed to foster literacy and build dialogue in the community. This year's selection is The Night Train by Clyde Edgerton.

"The book focuses on the characters' personal transformation and evolving attitudes toward race, but in the process it sheds light on the impact of the civil rights movement on a national and local level," said Katherine Powell, who serves on the program's committee.

"We hope (the book) will encourage people who lived through that time to share their stories with each other and with those too young to remember," Powell added.

Berry College associate professor of English Christina Bucher will lead next Tuesday's discussion.

Grant-Lee Phillips to perform at Berry

Grant-Lee Phillips to perform at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Acclaimed musician Grant-Lee Phillips will perform at Berry College next week.

Phillips will visit the Rome college in honor of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears. He is a registered member of the Creek tribe and a direct descendant of Cherokee National Principal Chief John Ross.

The show will be Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in Berry's Ford Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Monday, Sept. 23.

Learn more at grantleephillips.com.

Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Team performs at Rome’s Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Team performs at Rome’s Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

JLC AirShow Management today announced that the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team has been approved and will be streaking through the beautiful Northwest Georgia skies in full afterburner during the 2013 Wings Over North Georgia air show being held in Rome, Georgia.  Along with the CF-18 Hornet, the fall air show will feature the Black Diamond Jet Team, GEICO Skytypers and Aerostars formation teams including numerous other aerobatic & ground show teams performing at Richard B. Russell (Tower Field) Regional Airport on October 12-13. In addition to the air show activities, the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned Smoke-n-Thunder Barbeque Classic™ and General Aviation Fly-In attractions will also be taking place.

Registration open for Rome 30K

Registration open for Rome 30K

ROME, Ga. -- Running enthusiasts are invited to participate in the River City Bank Rome 30K later this year.

The event is perfect for runners who hope to run more than a half marathon but aren't quite ready for a full one. (A 30K is 18.6 miles, while a marathon is 26.2).

The race will be held Saturday, Dec. 7. It will begin on Riverside Drive in Rome and end inside Ridge Ferry Park.

There are also 30K relay and 5K options for those who want a smaller challenge.

Registration is $65 through Oct. 31 and $75 after. The price goes up to $90 at the pre-race expo on Dec. 6. The 30K relay is made for four-person teams; it is $180 through Oct. 31, $200 after and $220 at the expo.

All runners will receive special commemorative hooded sweatshirts.

Learn more and sign up at rome30k.com.