Woodland High Marching Band in today’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Coverage begins at 9 a.m. on NBC with the band scheduled to get some national exposure between 11:25 and 11:45 a.m. Some students, staff and chaperones made the trip to New York on Tuesday and they spent part of Wednesday touring the city and attending a peformance of “Wicked.” They’ll eat Thanksgiving Dinner at the Liberty Restaurant. You can follow the band at this Facebook page: Macy’s Day the Woodland Way
The 30th Annual Thanksgiving Love Feast returns to the Rome Civic Center from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until the food runs out. The dinner “is provided to assure that the needy, elderly, sick and shut-ins, homeless and homebound will have a hot traditional Thanksgiving meal as well as provide warming clothing (coats and jackets) to as many as possible,” according to the release from the organizer, the Rev. Terrell M. Shields.
On the road: The Thanksgiving holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ends at 11:59 a.m. on Sunday. During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 665 crashes that resulted in 373 injuries and 11 fatalities. Also, troopers arrested 278 people for driving under the influence, while issuing 11,184 citations and 15,507 warnings. So far this holiday, two people have died in accidents (Villa Rica, Cobb County). Track holiday accidents by clicking here.
- Georgia DOT has suspend lane closures in Northwest Georgia now through 5 a.m. Monday.
- Average gas prices across the state: $2.43 a gallon, almost eight cents a gallon higher than a year ago. Best bet: Fill up before you go. Rome in particular has among the lower gas prices in the state. Georgia Gas Prices
Weather: Mostly sunny skies with a high of 58 today following a morning low of 34. Normal for this time of year: High of 62, low of 39, so we’re a few degrees cooler on both ends. The rain associated with the next front isn’t due until Friday afternoon. Ware Mechanical Weather Center
Football on TV: Two college and three NFL games — including the Falcons vs. Saints at 8:20 p.m. — are on the tube. Click Sports
Dining out: Check with your local favorites’ Facebook pages to see who’s open.
Who’s closed: Just about everyone else, from government to financial services to most retailers. Again, check before you go.