Buzz: Rome Firefighters Memorial Plaza dedication is Oct. 20. ‘Bones of My Grandfather’ author to speak to Marine Corps League Saturday. CRBI annual fish fry is Nov. 10. Part of Leisure Drive to close Monday, Tuesday.

Buzz: Rome Firefighters Memorial Plaza dedication is Oct. 20. ‘Bones of My Grandfather’ author to speak to Marine Corps League Saturday. CRBI annual fish fry is Nov. 10. Part of Leisure Drive to close Monday, Tuesday.

The Rome-Floyd Fire Department and the City of Rome invites the public to the dedication of the Rome Firefighters Memorial Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. until noon. The memorial plaza honors all firefighters, past and present, in recognition of the public service these men and women provide to protect our community. The memorial is at the corner of West Sixth Avenue and West First Street. It is situated behind Rome City Hall at 601 Broad St. For more.

Please note: West First Street will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to about noon between West Sixth Avenue and Fire Station 1 at the corner of West Fifth Avenue.


 

Clay Bonnyman Evans, author,actor, reporter and lifetime adventurer, will present the program Saturday at the monthly meeting of the Puryear Detachment, Marine Corps League, in the Rome Floyd County Library.  The group will meet for coffee and doughnuts at 9 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:30 a.m..   Commandant Tom Beavers said guests are welcome.

Of particular interest to League members will be Evans’ recounting of events leading to the 2015 discovery of the remains of his grandfather, Alexander Bonnyman Jr., killed in the World War II battle of Tarawa on Nov. 22, 1943 and posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Bonnyman was the nephew of the late Martha Berry, founder of The Berry Schools, and was a frequent visitor to Rome in his youth.

Evans’ book, “Bones of my Grandfather”, released earlier this year, details Bonnyman’s early life and his heroic actions that led to the bestowing of the Medal of Honor.

Evans has always treated life as an adventure. A native of Colorado, he jumped the tracks of a carefully planned Ivy League education to become a cowboy around the American West for nearly seven years, subject of his 1999 memoir, “I See By Your Outfit” (Johnson Books).

After a colt busted him up, Evans decided to go back to his first love, journalism. He worked on the staffs of numerous papers, including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) for almost a quarter of a century, where he covered such high-profile stories as the visit of the Dalai Lama to the United States in 1996, the murder of JonBenet Ramsey (he was one of just two reporters to win interviews with the family in the first months of the case), the first ascent of El Capitan by a paraplegic climber and an investigation that exposed “the world’s youngest college graduate” as a fraud and abuse victim. He has earned high honors in both national and regional contests for feature and investigative reporting and wrote a weekly column from 1993 to 2007, continuing bi-weekly as a freelancer from 2007 to 2014.

A 1997 graduate of the Clarion West Workshop for fiction writing, he has published two other books to date, including a children’s picture book, “The Winter Witch” (Holiday House, 2005) and “Behind the Green Vest” (Prairie Mountain, 2015), a lively history of one of the west’s most iconic businesses, McGuckin Hardware. He also has published hundreds of freelance articles in such publications as the Denver Post, the Occidental, Marathon & Beyond, and New Mexico Magazine.

Evans has been a frequent public speaker, emcee and sometime performer. Among his stage and film appearances are the stage musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and the cult documentary hit, “Grandpa’s In the Tough Shed.” He is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has climbed almost all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks and walked both the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail (2016) and the 486-mile Colorado Trail (2015).


Coosa River Basin Initiative’s 17th annual Fish Fry and Catfish Kissin’ Contest returns Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rome First United Methodist Church. Tickets for the fish fry meal are $10 each or $7 for small fries and include catfish filets, hushpuppies, cole slaw and cheese grits.

This year’s edition event will feature live music from the Barbaric Yawps and a silent auction to support CRBI river protection projects.  Live music and the silent auction will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Eleven local celebrity contestants are now vying for the opportunity to kiss a Coosa River catfish in the Catfish Kissin’ Contest by raising money for the non-profit river protection organization. The top three fundraisers kiss the fish, and the contestant who raises the least (the bottom feeder) also must kiss the fish.

Those competing this year include John Graham, professor of biology at Berry College; Erica Simpson, communications professor at Georgia Highlands College; graphic artist and Knitterati founder, Melissa Rutledge;  Kristy Agan, personal trainer and owner of KA Athletics; James Lossick, owner of Cedar Creek Park RV & Outdoor Center in Cave Spring; Brad Reeder, assistant vice president for Finance at Berry College; Dr. Trent Prault, Harbin Clinic vascular surgeon and Rome City Brewing Co. brewmaster; Thunder Pinard, a local Navajo and restaurant entertainer; Austen Earp, musician and musical producer; and Allison Terry, hair stylist at Wiyanna’s Salon.

Supporters can make donations online on behalf of Catfish Kissin’ contestants at https://coosa.org/fish-fry/  Fish Fry tickets may also be purchased at that website and at the following locations: Kroger in Rome, Lavender Mountain Hardware in Armuchee, Cedar Creek Park in Cave Spring and CRBI’s office at 5 Broad St.

Also, at the event, CRBI will announce the winner of a new kayak in the Cedar Creek Park RV and Outdoor Center raffle. Tickets are available at CRBI and will be sold at the Fish Fry.

Proceeds from the event support CRBI’s mission of protecting, preserving, and restoring one of North America’s most biologically unique river systems, the upper Coosa River basin.


From Floyd County Public Works: Leisure Drive will be closed to through traffic on Monday and Tuesday in the area of #16 Leisure Drive. This closure will be in effect both days from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  to allow crews to replace a culvert. During this time, traffic utilizing this area can detour using Lake Park Drive to Atwood Drive

Air show closings: 

  • Jones Mill Road will be closed to through traffic this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Hatfield Remote Site also will be closing early on Friday and Saturday,  at 11 a.m. The Hatfield Remote Site will be closed all day Sunday.
  • These closings will be effect because of the air show at Russell Airport.
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