Buzz: Visitors bureau offers new events calendar. PAWS starts pet food pantry. ‘Harry Potter Suite’ offered by Rome Symphony June 15. DOT suspends holiday road construction.

Buzz: Visitors bureau offers new events calendar. PAWS starts pet food pantry. ‘Harry Potter Suite’ offered by Rome Symphony June 15. DOT suspends holiday road construction.

New events calendar debuts: The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism has created a public event calendar to help visitors easily access a calendar of events for Rome and Floyd County. Event organizers are encouraged to submit their events to the new online calendar at

Submitting to the calendar is free and easy. Events can be added at any time but for optimal promotion, event organizers are encouraged to add events to the calendar  a year to six months in advance of the event date to help travelers who are planning stays in Rome and Floyd County.

The new event platform replaces the previous tool and offers expanded viewing functionality to include calendar view (view events by month), agenda view (view events in date order by most current) and pinboard view (view all events).

Events that are not permitted on the calendar include: yard sales, real estate events, ads, political events, business or professional training, television or streaming listings, meetings, and private events not open to the public such as family reunions, weddings and parties. The Office of Tourism reserves the right to remove and edit events that don’t align with the publishing policy.

For questions about submitting events, please contact the Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism at or 706-295-5576.

Public Animal Welfare Services  announces the opening of their Pet Food Pantry thanks to a $5,000 grant from Maddie’s Fund. This pet food pantry will be open to members of the public deemed to be within financial need. The goal of this program is to reduce the numbers of animals needing to be surrendered due to financial hardship.

P.A.W.S. accepted 3,136 animals between May 2018 and May 2019. A large percentage of these animals were owner surrendered. Many of these owner surrenders could have been avoided if infrastructure was in place at P.A.W.S. to help pet owners to overcome struggles they are having to be able to keep their pets.

Thanks to training provided to P.A.W.S. through the Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life Program, P.A.W.S. was able to craft a pet-guardian resource program that would work for our community. P.A.W.S. plans to continue addressing inequity and lack of access to pet resources for people experiencing poverty by establishing programs and services like the pet food bank that meet the needs of pet guardians.

P.A.W.S. will offer many basic supplies for both cats and dogs as well as limited supplies for other species. As this program grows, P.A.W.S. hopes to make other services accessible to underserved Floyd county residents as well. P.A.W.S. hopes to expand this program rapidly over the next three years, culminating in the creation of a veterinary program for underserved pets and pet parents.

“We see many animals surrendered by people who would love to be able to keep them, but their finances do not allow it. We hope that by offering this program, we will be able to see more pets stay with the people who love them the most-their owners,” said Jeffery Mitchell, PAWS director.

Rome Symphony Orchestra presents the “Harry Potter Suite” by John Williams with Maestro Jeffrey Sean Dokken, conductor. Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at The Cove at Darlington School. Come experience the magic of Harry Potter in concert under the stars at Darlington School. Costumes are encouraged. Bring your chairs, a picnic and favorite beverage and enjoy this great concert under the stars or you can rent a table and have a festive gathering of friends and food. Tables start at $30 for four people and up to $50 for 10 people. Details: 706-291-7967 or pops-al-fresco/

The Georgia Department of Transportation will scale back its construction work across Northwest Georgia – suspending construction-related lane closures on all interstate and major state system highways to ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion.  Beginning at noon on Friday, May 24,and extending to 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, there essentially will be no construction-related scheduled lane closures on any Georgia interstate highway or primary state route that directly serves Georgia’s major tourist and recreation centers.

“We hope this suspension of major construction work will allow motorists to get to and from their holiday destinations with less congestion and less aggravation,” said Grant Waldrop, district engineer at the DOT office in White. “We understand that a lot of people are hitting the road for Memorial Day, the first holiday of the summer travel season, and we would like to make it a little easier for them to go through Northwest Georgia.”

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