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John Isner Tennis Camp to return next summer

John Isner Tennis Camp to return next summer

ROME, Ga. -- Tennis professional and University of Georgia alum John Isner will host another summer camp in Rome in 2012.

Isner and UGA tennis coach Will Glenn will hold the tennis training camp for children ages 10-17 from Sunday, July 15 to Thursday, July 19 at Berry College.

MORE: The 2011 John Isner Tennis Camp

"John Isner and Will Glenn were pleased with their experience in the Rome community and feel that they can grow their camp with our superb tennis programs and the future of the Tennis Center of Georgia," said Lisa Smith, executive director of the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Lindale author to hold book signing at visitor center

Lindale author to hold book signing at visitor center

ROME, Ga. -- Local author and historian Mike Ragland will hold a book signing for his latest novel at Rome's Last Stop Gift Shop next weekend.

Ragland will sign copies of Bertha, a true story of Alabama native Bertha Gossett Hill, whose parents and husband all mysteriously died within one year. The story takes place in Floyd County from the 1940s to the 1960s, and includes a final trial that is both thrilling and captivating.

The book signing will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 12.

A Lindale native, Ragland served in the Navy before working for the Rome Police Department for more than 40 years. He is now a full-time writer whose work is regularly featured in the Rome News-Tribune and the Summerville News.

Music professor earns Argentinean medal

Music professor earns Argentinean medal

ROME, Ga. -- An associate professor of music at Berry College was recently awarded the Argentinean Music Medal in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The medal was presented to Glenn Garrido by the Argentina Social Action for Music Foundation. Garrido earned the honor for offering a conducting seminar to young conductors from Argentina, Chile and Paraguay. He also conducted a concert with Argentina's National Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Garrido was educated by El Sistema, a system of youth orchestras in his native Venezuela. He now gives of his time and skills to perpetuate music education to children from poor families in South America.

"I came from a low income level family and thanks to . . . 'El Sistema,' I could develop professionally to the point I received a PhD from the University of Florida in May 2000," Garrido said. "I firmly believe I should give back to the youth orchestra system that gave me the opportunity to be who I am today."

Watts named interim president of Georgia Highlands

Watts named interim president of Georgia Highlands

ROME, Ga. -- Rob Watts has been named interim president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome.

Watts will assume the presidency in January after current president Randy Pierce retires. Watts served as interim president from 2000 until Pierce was appointed in 2001, back when the school was called Floyd College.

"Rob is one of the University System's most experienced leaders, given his responsibilities at the System Office as well as leadership roles at three other institutions," said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. "We are extremely fortunate to be able to call upon his skills in this important assignment at Georgia Highlands."

Diabetes advocate and former Miss America to speak at Berry

Diabetes advocate and former Miss America to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999, will speak at Berry College about lessons learned from living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Johnson has served as an international consultant and advocate for diabetes issues. She has helped raise more than $28 million for research and programs over the past 12 years and works tirelessly to promote awareness, prevention and early detection of the condition she has lived with since 1993.

In addition to winning several national awards for her work, Johnson is also a Telly-winning journalist and avid writer. She holds master's degrees in journalism and public health, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health from the University of South Florida.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.

 

Berry business students organize charity golf tournament

Berry business students organize charity golf tournament

ROME, Ga. -- Two students at Berry College in Rome are spearheading a golf tournament designed to raise money for a local boy.

The two management majors -- Cameron Rich of Peachtree City and Thomas Johnson of Adairsville -- hope to use the funds raised by the Viking Charity Classic to pay for hospital costs and a car wheelchair system for Ben Masters.

Masters, a student at Coosa High School, suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident earlier this year. He was an athlete, as are Rich and Johnson, both of whom play for Berry's baseball team.

"[Ben] has a huge heart and had his whole life ahead of him," Rich said. "An injury like this really puts the important things in life into perspective, and I want to do all I can for him and his family."