Beginning Jan. 16, Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will present “Of Influence: Portraits of Cherokee People,” a traveling exhibition on loan from the Oklahoma History Center and funded by a grant from the Rome Area Council for the Arts. Ranging from 1845 to the 1960s, this portrait collection presents people of influence in the Cherokee tribe. From Cherokee leader and Confederate Colonel William Penn Adair to photographer Jennie Ross Cobb, these photographs illuminate Cherokee individuals and their roles within their tribe and communities. Many images in this exhibit show the actual size of the original photograph alongside an enlarged version. The exhibition will be open to the public and available with the purchase of regular admission through Feb. 28 during museum operating hours, Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The traveling exhibition is the first in a series of programs to be presented by Chieftains Museum in 2019 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Major Ridge coming to the house that is now the museum. For more: 706-291-9494 or chieftainsmuseum.org.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College alumnus and 2017 SkillsUSA welding national champion Ryan Fincher has added an additional accomplishment to his long list of achievements in Welding and Joining Technology. On Saturday, Dec. 8, he was selected as one of three finalists to become the U.S. representative in an elite international competition against the best welders from around the world. The announcement was made at an awards program hosted by the American Welding Society at Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Tanner, Ala. “The Welding and Joining Technology program at GNTC helped prepare me not only for these competitions, but also for the real world,” said Fincher. A resident of Cedartown, Fincher has been competing in the American Welding Society U.S. Invitational Weld Trials for the past several months. The competition is a four-stage process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. By advancing to the final three, Fincher enters the final stage of the competition to select the American representative. The WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27. “Ryan is the first person in the State of Georgia to make it to the final three in this competition,” said Matt Hayden, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology at GNTC. Hayden is also an instructor of Metals and Welding at Cedartown High School and has been coaching Fincher since he was high a school student.
Rome’s Downtown Development Authority board meeting set for Thursday has been canceled.
At Tuesday’s Floyd County Commission meeting, commissioners appointed Commissioner Wright Bagby to Vice Chair and Vice Chair Scotty Hancock to chair for 2019. Hancock replaces Commissioner Rhonda Wallace who served as chair for the past two years. Wallace won a new four-year term on the commission in November.