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Sheriff's office gives $5K to Special Olympics

Sheriff's office gives $5K to Special Olympics

ROME, Ga. -- The Floyd County Sheriff's Office recently raised $5,000 for the local Special Olympics program.

This year's Cops for Kids softball tournament will pull in funds for Special Olympics as well as Camp Goodtimes, a three-week summer day camp for kids with special needs. The tournament will be held Saturday at Alto Park.

"We do this for the kids," Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter said in a statement. "It's a great feeling knowing we are able to help them with the Special Olympics and Camp Goodtimes."

This year's Special Olympics will kick off Friday at Darlington School in Rome. The $5,000 came from fundraisers throughout the year; the same events also raised $1,000 for Camp Goodtimes.

Atlanta-area residents win Publix Ga. Marathon

Atlanta-area residents win Publix Ga. Marathon

ATLANTA -- Sunday's Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon was an enormous success, with more than 16,000 racers running up and down the streets of Atlanta.

A local resident won first place in the marathon. Malcolm Campbell of Marietta earned a time of 2:26:11. He improved upon his time of 2:31:26 in the Atlanta Marathon last October, where he finished second.

"It was a tremendously challenging course," Campbell said after Sunday's race. "The weather was a huge help for the runners today."

Jill Horst of Rome won her second consecutive Publix Georgia Marathon women's first place with a time of 2:54:24.

Atlanta resident Andrew Heath placed first in the half marathon with a time of 1:09:55. Justyna Mudy of Rome won the women's half marathon at 1:18:50.

Registration open for Berry Half Marathon

Registration open for Berry Half Marathon

ROME, Ga. -- The sixth annual Berry Half Marathon, 10K and 5K will be off and running on Berry College's campus in March.

Registration is now open for all three races, which will be held Saturday, Mar. 23.

Entry into the half marathon costs $65 through Jan. 28. After that, it will be $75 until Mar. 17. Registration closes on Mar. 21.

Both the 10K and the 5K will be capped at 600 runners, and cost $25 and $20, respectively, through Feb. 27. After that, the price goes up to $30 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K.

Nearly 2,000 runners, some from as far away as Hawaii, participated in the 2012 Berry Half Marathon. The race raises money for need-based scholarships to the Berry College Elementary & Middle School.

Learn more at berryhalfmarathon.com.

NAIA FanZONE coming to Rome

NAIA FanZONE coming to Rome

ROME, Ga. -- The FanZONE, a street party held prior to this week's NAIA Football National Championship, will treat game attendees to some fun before the main event.

The FanZONE will provide music, games, food, a photo booth and even an outdoor Wii competition from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

This year's NAIA Football National Championship will pit Morningside College against Marian College at the Historic Barron Stadium in downtown Rome. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The FanZONE is sponsored by the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau.

NAIA football championship leaving Rome

NAIA football championship leaving Rome

ROME, Ga. -- A collegiate athletic league and sports officials in Rome have agreed to contact changes, paving the way for the league's national championship football game to be moved out of the city.

Rome has been the site of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football National Championship since 2008, and there were plans to continue hosting the game through 2015.

The Rome News Tribune reports that the NAIA sought to end the agreement after the 2013 game.

Rome Host Committee co-chair Bob Berry said Shorter University and Berry College have moved into the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the NAIA wanted to move the game elsewhere.

Rome officials agreed to modify the contract, and the NAIA will seek bids from other communities to host the 2014 and 2015 games.

Wings Over North Ga. needs volunteers

Wings Over North Ga. needs volunteers

ROME, Ga. -- The first-ever Wings Over North Georgia Air Show is almost here, but volunteers are still needed.

Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau spokesman Chris Cannon said volunteers will work the ticket booth and serve food to the performers on Friday. They will be compensated for their hard work with free parking, a meal voucher, a volunteer T-shirt and free admission to Aaron Tippin's Red, White & Loud concert.

Saturday and Sunday volunteers will also work the ticket booth, check tickets and work in the Chalet Village. Volunteering comes with free parking, a meal voucher, access to the volunteer break hangar with water and snacks, a T-shirt and free admission to the day's big event.

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

ATLANTA -- Become a superhero and run in support of a timely cause this weekend.

The Action Dash will be off and running in five North Georgia cities on Labor Day -- Monday, Sept. 3.

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The race, which is presented by Action Ministries, raises money for housing, education solutions and necessities for Georgians in need.

Runners are encouraged to dress in superhero costumes; prizes will be awarded to some of the most innovative getups. Pets, both in and out of costume, are also welcome to join the race. Participants will receive T-shirts.

Learn more about the Action Dash. The race will be held in: