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Journalist Cokie Roberts to speak at Berry

Journalist Cokie Roberts to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Veteran political commentator and senior news analyst Cokie Roberts will give a presentation at Berry College later this month.

Roberts' talk, "Insider's View of Washington, D.C.," will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at Berry's Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. Admission is free, but tickets are required; call 706-236-2226 to reserve a spot.

Roberts co-anchored "This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts" from 1996 to 2002. She has won three Emmys and countless other awards for her reporting, has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

2013 Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

2013 Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The ten finalists for the 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year were announced Thursday.

The teachers were chosen from a pool of 150 Teachers of the Year in districts across the state. They were selected by a panel of teachers, past winners, administrators and community leaders.

"I congratulate our ten Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "We have always had a very impressive group of teachers make up the top 10, and I know this year will be no different."

Award-winning columnists to speak at Berry

Award-winning columnists to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Two highly-regarded columnists will speak at Berry College in February.

Award-winning journalism Mark Harris will give two lectures on the environment.

Harris, a former environmental columnist for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, will speak on his speciality -- environmental burial -- at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. His lecture is titled "The Green Burial Movement: A Natural Return to Long Tradition."

The second talk, "One Last, Green Home: Changing Notions of Home, Place and Family," will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Harris also plans to spend the week meeting with classes and speaking to students and faculty. A frequent guest on national media programs, he is currently working on a book about the construction of a green senior-friendly home in Georgia.

Michael Goulian to perform at inaugural Wings Over North Georgia

Michael Goulian to perform at inaugural Wings Over North Georgia

ROME, Ga. -- A world-class aerobatic performer is scheduled to appear at the first-ever Wings Over North Georgia Air Show this fall.

Michael Goulian joins the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Black Diamond Jet Demonstration Team in the 2010 lineup.

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With nearly two decades of air show experience, Goulian and his state-of-the-art Whelen Extra 330SC have awed crowds nationwide. Goulian's challenging rotations and tumbles across the sky are accompanied by an upbeat soundtrack and always leave the crowd wanting more.

Bobby Cox to speak at Shorter baseball Meet the Team Dinner

Bobby Cox to speak at Shorter baseball Meet the Team Dinner

ROME, Ga. -- An Atlanta baseball legend will be the keynote speaker at Shorter University's 2012 Meet the Team Dinner.

The annual event, which raises money for the university's baseball program, will welcome retired Braves manager Bobby Cox in January.

"Having Coach Bobby Cox, a definite Hall of Famer, speak at this year's dinner far exceeds any expectations that we had," said Shorter baseball coach Matt Larry. "Coach Cox was gracious enough to accept our invitation, and we cannot wait to have him speak to the families of our players, as well as all members of the Rome community that wish to attend."

Cox retired in 2010 and was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame the next year. He will be eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 after an illustrious career that includes a World Series title, five National League pennants and 2,504 winning games.

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Rome CVB names first 'Superstar of Service'

Rome CVB names first 'Superstar of Service'

ROME, Ga. -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has rolled out a new program to recognize and reward the very best in customer service.

The "Superstars of Service" program will choose four winners every year from the many Floyd County workers who go above and beyond the expectations of visitors and residents.

"We want to recognize the very best in service across the county and have our front-line employees raise their standards to compete for this award," said Lisa Smith, executive director of the GRCVB.

The inaugural recipient is Bridgett Montgomery, director of sales and marketing at Hawthorn Suites in downtown Rome.