Buzz: I-75 express lanes open Saturday; tips on what to know (you’ll want a PeachPass). Recycling Center plans Sept. 15 Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling Event. Beer festival returns Sept. 22.   

Buzz: I-75 express lanes open Saturday; tips on what to know (you’ll want a PeachPass). Recycling Center plans Sept. 15 Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling Event. Beer festival returns Sept. 22.   

The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, which line I-75 into metro Altanta, are scheduled to open for southbound traffic mid-morning on Saturday, Sept. 8. The project adds approximately 30 miles of express lanes along I-75 from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road, and along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road. The first 14 days of operation will be free for motorists with registered Peach Passes. (How to get a Peach Pass). Gov. Nathan Deal will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Braves North Lot 29 on 3050 Circle 75 Parkway, Smyrna​.

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The Rome-Floyd Recycling Center is hosting a Residential Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, Sept 15, at the center in North Rome.  The address is 405 Watters St. Collection hours are from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and you must call 706-291-5266  to make an appointment.  Please call before 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept 14, for an appointment.  Please help keep these items out of our waste stream and our ground water.  They describe household wastes as anything liquid ‘that you would not want to drink.”  Items typically collected include paint, oil, herbicides and pesticides.  If you don’t know what it is, bring it on.  They will have a chemist on site to test, load, and remove all material on the 15. They also will  be collecting electronics such as computers (and all periphery) and televisions, cameras, recorders, etc. The schedule is limited to the first 360 to secure a slot.


The 11th Annual Rome Beer Festival, presented by the Foundry Growler Bar, returns to Heritage Park on Saturday, Sept. 22, featuring more than 100 types of beer from all over the globe. The sampling event will be from 1 until 5 p.m. and will also showcase local artists, vendors and live music.  Proceeds benefit the Rome Area Council for the Arts. The Foundry also is sponsoring the sixth annual Home Brew Competition, which will honor the best homegrown IPAs, Ambers, Stouts and Porters. Local musicians Bryan Mullins, Milky Sway, DynaGroove and Atomic Boogie will perform. Food from The Foundry and Mellow Mushroom will be available for purchase will cigars from Old Havana Cigar. General admission into the festival is $40 per person if purchased in advance, and includes a souvenir tasting cup. At the gate, general admission tickets will be available for $50. Two levels of VIP tickets are available as are VIP tickets. Designated driver tickets are $10 per person and include access to unlimited non-alcoholic beverages at the DD station. All tickets can be purchased online at romebeerfest.com. No one under 21 will be admitted t. All attendees must present a valid form of identification for entry. Pets are not allowed. For more: info@romebeerfest.com.

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