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Berry farmers market returns Thursday

Berry farmers market returns Thursday

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's farmers market continues Thursday until 1 p.m.

The market will also return next Thursday, Aug. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It features some of the season's best vegetables and herbs, as well as milk, cheese, furniture and more.

The farmers market is located across from Berry's main gate in front of the Campus Safety office.

Action Dash brings superheroes to metro Atlanta

Action Dash brings superheroes to metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Action Ministries' annual 5K run/walk, the Action Dash, will be off and running again this Labor Day.

The event raises money to feed, house and educate Georgians in need.

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Five different cities will host the Action Dash: Athens, Atlanta (Midtown), Augusta, Gainesville and Rome. Runners are encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costumes. Children and pets are also invited to participate. (Pets are not allowed at the Gainesville race.)

Action Ministries hopes to raise $200,000 through the Action Dash.

Visit actiondash.org for more information and to sign up.

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.

9 Kroger employees to compete in 'Bag-Off'

9 Kroger employees to compete in 'Bag-Off'

SUGAR HILL, Ga. -- Nine Kroger employees from across Georgia are gearing up to participate in this year's division Bag-Off.

The annual event pits young grocery baggers against each other as they compete for scholarships and the chance to represent Kroger at the statewide Georgia Food Industry Association Bag-Off.

"Baggers from all over the state work hard to prepare for this unique action-packed competition," Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a statement. "The spirit and enthusiasm displayed by our contestants is what makes this a must-see event year after year."

The Kroger Bag-Off will be held Thursday, June 27 at the store on Cumming Highway in Sugar Hill. Contestants will be judged on their bagging speed, technique, weight distribution, appearance and overall style.

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.

Johnny Isakson to speak at Berry graduation

Johnny Isakson to speak at Berry graduation

ROME, Ga. -- Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will speak at Berry College's 2013 spring commencement.

Isakson has served the citizens of Georgia since 1974. He has worked in several areas, including local legislature and as chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. He has also been both a congressman and a senator, and was named to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance earlier this year.

About 400 students will graduate from Berry next week. Baccalaureate will be held Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the College Chapel, with graduation scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 on the Evans Hall lawn.

Visit berry.edu/webcast to watch a live stream of the commencement.

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.