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Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.

Rome Braves annual Hot Stove Gathering, Monday

Rome Braves annual Hot Stove Gathering, Monday

Rome - The Rome Braves annual Hot Stove Gathering is scheduled for Monday January 30th from 5:30 until 8pm at the Forum and leading the roster of guests is Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. Gonzalez is entering his second season as the Atlanta manager. He previously served as the third base coach under future hall of famer Bobby Cox in addition to managing the Florida Marlins. Proceeds from the event benefit the Braves Miracle Field of Rome which broke ground last August.

Early registration for Berry Half Marathon ends Saturday

Early registration for Berry Half Marathon ends Saturday

ROME, Ga. -- The early registration deadline for the Berry Half Marathon is quickly approaching.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the fee will go up $10 for the half marathon and $5 for the 10K and 5K. All three races will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Berry College, as will a one-mile fun run for children.

Last year, more than 2,100 runners from 25 states descended upon Rome for the race, and organizers expect an even bigger turnout in 2012.

Both the half marathon and the 10K are official qualifiers for the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers for the half marathon. All proceeds will go to Berry College Elementary and Middle School.

For more information, visit www.berryhalfmarathon.com.

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.

Trike-a-Thon raises $2K for St. Jude

Trike-a-Thon raises $2K for St. Jude

ROME, Ga. -- More than 60 of Berry College's youngest students burned some serious rubber in the Child Development Center (CDC) Trike-a-Thon this year.

The kids, all between the ages of three and five, brought out their trikes and bikes to ride and raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The event raised $2,000, far exceeding CDC director Ann Tankersley's prediction of between $500 and $700.

"St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is a worthwhile organization, and we felt it especially appropriate that they serve the needs of children," Tankersley said.

The money raised will go to a day's worth of chemotherapy, oxygen and medications for one child, according to St. Jude officials.

The Berry College CDC is a laboratory preschool and child care center serving kids in PreK3 and PreK4 classes.

For more information about how to help St. Jude, visit www.stjude.org.