Rome Braves have something special cooking in January: The 2016 season of the Rome Braves couldn’t have had a happier ending. The team won the second South Atlantic League title in franchise history (the first was in 2003). Plus last week, Rome was named the top minor league team in the country — that’s better than more than 175 teams scattered across the country. What’s more, Rome was the first team in the Atlanta Braves’ farm system to earn that honor as well as the first team to do so in the South Atlantic League. So how do they follow that up? Look for an announcement on Dec. 13, says General Manager Mike Dunn, a guest on Friday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM.
The latest anchor at Main Street Marketplace in Cartersville opens today: Panera Bread. The shop is on one of the outparcels of the development off Main Street in Cartersville just before the intersection with I-75. In addition to its stand alone venue, the shop also has a drive-through line. It is the latest to open at the Ledbetter Properties’ development, also home to Kroger Marketplace and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. Panera’s hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
Merry Christmas from OPEC! Media release: Fuel prices are still rising after members of OPEC agreed to reduce crude oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day. Since Wednesday’s announcement, gas price averages rose 9 cents in Florida, 4 cents in Georgia, and 6 cents in Tennessee. “AAA forecasts that gas prices could rise a total of 10 to 15 cents based on the recent surge in crude oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “How the market responds this week could send prices even further. It’s unclear how much more upside momentum oil prices have, but some analysts believe they could eventually reach $54 a barrel. If that happens, the rise in pump prices could reach a quarter.”