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Wings Over North Georgia Air Show to debut in Rome

Wings Over North Georgia Air Show to debut in Rome

ROME, Ga. -- Another world-class aviation event is coming to north Georgia.

The inaugural Wings Over North Georgia Air Show will be held at Rome's Richard B. Russell Regional Airport next September, joining Peachtree City's Great Georgia Airshow and Marietta's Wings Over Atlanta.

Wings Over North Georgia officials announced Monday that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team will headline the first show. In their nine distinctive red and white jets, the Snowbirds serve as Canadian Forces ambassadors and demonstrate professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication.

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.

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon


Expect road closures on Sunday as runners discover Atlanta one mile at a time at the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The 26.2 mile urban course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station taking participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known Atlanta sites and neighborhoods such as Georgia Tech, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Center, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and the famous Peachtree Road.

Below are some important resources for spectators and residents / businesses located along the course.

Berry to add football, track and field

Berry to add football, track and field

ROME, Ga. -- Hey, Berry College -- are you ready for some football?

Berry President Steve Briggs announced Saturday that Berry will join the NCAA Division III in offering football as a varsity sport in 2013, and track and field shortly after that.

"We believe that the addition of football will be an enhancement to our campus life," Briggs said in a statement. "Football games will offer more opportunities for energetic engagement by students and will allow more social activities for alumni and friends."

Other members of the Southern Athletic Association, which Berry will join, include Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College and Sewanee: The University of the South.

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."

Shorter runner qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

Shorter runner qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

ROME, Ga. -- Last year, Oscar Ogwaro set a goal for himself: to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

Now he is making plans to travel to Texas, because he has accomplished that goal.

Ogwaro, who attends Shorter University in Rome, completed the 117th Olympic Trials Marathon in 1:04:49 on Oct. 2, eclipsing USA Track & Field's maximum time of 1:05:00. He will now move on to run the U.S. Olympic Trials in Houston on Jan. 14.

The 25-year-old Los Angeles native transferred to Shorter from Queens University in 2010 and quickly established himself as one of the top distance runners in the country.

But his journey to the Olympic Trials came with its share of ups and downs.

Last January, he ran a disappointing 1:09:00 at the USA Half Marathon Championships, missing the mark for the trials.

LOCAL PROFILE: NFL Linebacker Rennie Curran

LILBURN -- Former Brookwood High School football standout, Rennie Curran is patiently waiting for a new jersey. Over the past two years, Curran went from the University of Georgia to LP Field in Nashville and now he's back at home.

 Curran was released shortly after this year's NFL pre-season, despite leading the team in tackles during the pre-season. 

Since being cut, Curran has been training at Catalyst and other gyms to ensure that when he does get a call, he wont miss a step. Curran is pretty confident he'll be wearing someone's jersey soon.