Buzz: First responders, Blood Assurance again team up on Heroes Unified community blood drive on June 25. Likely credit to be included in June power bill. Litter task force seeks members.

Buzz: First responders, Blood Assurance again team up on Heroes Unified community blood drive on June 25. Likely credit to be included in June power bill. Litter task force seeks members.

The Third Annual Heroes Unified community blood drive is Tuesday, June 25, from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. A bloodmobile will be stationed at the Law Enforcement Center as well as the Floyd County Jail, and an inside set up team will also be taking donations on the bottom floor classroom at the Law Enforcement Center. Donors can schedule an appointment for either location online at:
  • by texting BAGIVE to 444999.
The local blood supply continues to be at urgent levels and this event strategically comes before the critical Independence Day holiday.
Blood Assurance is calling on the community to come out, support our local heroes, give in honor of one of these units, and save local lives. This year, a plaque will be awarded to the unit with the largest percentage of donors giving a usable unit.
Donors are also welcome to give now through June 25 at the Rome Donor Center off Shorter Avenue. The center is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m – 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1p.m. Donors can schedule an appointment at the center by calling the center at 706-235-9853.
Donors must be 18 years or older, 16 and 17 year olds can donate with parental consent, weigh at least 110 lbs. and be in good general health.
For more information and tips on blood donation, please visit

Likely credit to be included in June power bill: The second of three credits associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will be applied directly to Georgia Power customers’ bills in June. These credits are a result of the reduction in Georgia Power’s federal corporate tax rate from 35% down to 21%.

Georgia Power customers will receive the credit based upon energy consumption from September 2018 through April 2019. The typical residential customer using an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month would receive a credit of approximately $18 on their June Georgia Power bill. The actual amount of the credit will vary based on a customer’s specific energy usage.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act benefits were approved in March 2018 as part of an agreement with Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) Staff. In total, Georgia Power is providing three separate credits to customers that will total $330 million. The first credit of $131 million was issued in October 2018, the second credit, totaling $96 million is being applied this month and the third credit of $103 million is scheduled for February 2020.

Litter task force forming: At Tuesday’s Joint Services meeting, representatives from the Floyd County Commission and the Rome City Commission agreed to the formation of a citizen-led task force to address litter and blight in Rome and Floyd County.  The committee will be chaired by resident David Mathis.

The commissions acknowledged how litter and blight are significant problems in Rome and Floyd County, more than just an eyesore.  The group’s goal: eliminating blight, which includes intentional and unintentional littering and illegal dumping.  The task force will be charged with researching and developing programs to end littering, eliminate illegal dumping, and promote a sense of community pride among all citizens.

Both the County Commission and the City Commission will appoint three citizens to the task force.  To apply, citizens can log on to to find an application for appointment.  These applications can be submitted to the County Clerk’s office or to the City Manager’s office by Friday, June 28. For more:  County Clerk’s office at 706-291-5110 or the City Manager’s office at 706-236-4400.

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