Buzz:  Hear history of Georgia’s gold rush tonight at 7. Rome commission meets this evening. Pig Out applications being accepted. Gas price update.

Buzz: Hear history of Georgia’s gold rush tonight at 7. Rome commission meets this evening. Pig Out applications being accepted. Gas price update.

Reminder: Tellus Science Museum Executive Director Jose Santamaria will speak about the Gold Rush in Georgia tonight at 7 at the Sarah Hightower Library in Rome. Guests will learn about the first gold rush in the country as part of the monthly meeting of the Rome Georgia Mineral Society. “Everyone knows something about the gold rush in Georgia,” said Santamaria, “but there’s a lot of legends and misconceptions mixed in with the facts.” In addition to sharing history about Georgia’s gold rush, Santamaria will also have a gold nugget specimen from Georgia to show visitors. Admission for this lecture is free and the public is invited to attend. For more: 770-606-5700 or visit www.tellusmuseum.org or www.facebook.com/tellusmuseum.


Rome City Commission meets at 6:30 this evening. For the agenda — and to watch a live webcast of the meeting — please click here.


Cave Spring Pig Out, set for Sept. 22, is accepting applications for barbecue teams and vendors. Sponsored by the Cave Spring Dontown Development Authority. Details


Gas prices in Georgia increased 3 cents since last week. So far, motorists are finding the most expensive summer gas prices in four years, according to AAA.  Since June 1, Georgia gas prices averaged $2.75 per gallon – an increase of nearly 60 cents compared to the average price last summer. However, current pump prices remain 12 cents below this year’s high, set during Memorial Day weekend.

Average Summer Gas Prices
2014 2015 2016 2017 Today
National $3.57 $2.71 $2.23 $2.31 $2.87
Florida $3.50 $2.58 $2.19 $2.25 $2.72
Georgia $3.48 $2.57 $2.11 $2.18 $2.72
Tennessee $3.35 $2.45 $2.03 $2.08 $2.61

“Reduced global oil supplies have caused summer travelers to pay a higher price at the pump this year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Fortunately, domestic gasoline production remains strong, which should help prevent major swings in summer gas prices. However, pump prices will pop if a major hurricane threatens refineries along the Gulf Coast. Last year, Hurricane Harvey caused a 40 cent spike.”

Click here to view AAA’s state and metro gas price averages

  • The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Atlanta ($2.79), Athens ($2.74), and Gainesville ($2.72)
  • The least expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Warner Robins ($2.56), Albany ($2.58), and Columbus ($2.59)
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