Buzz: One Book Many Voices features authory Charles Frazier, Cherokee musician Tommy Wildcat on Oct. 22. Final John Wisdom Wagon Train, dance is Saturday. Job fair in Calhoun Oct. 30.

Buzz: One Book Many Voices features authory Charles Frazier, Cherokee musician Tommy Wildcat on Oct. 22. Final John Wisdom Wagon Train, dance is Saturday. Job fair in Calhoun Oct. 30.

Charles Frazier, author of 13 Moons.

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is partnering with One Book Many Voices in Rome as well as the Rome Area Council for the Arts, the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and Duke Hospitality to bring an evening of Cherokee culture and literary exploration to our community with Cherokee musician Tommy Wildcat and author Charles Frazier on Oct. 22 at the Rome City Auditorium.

The 2019 community read chosen by the local One Book Many Voices is the novel Thirteen Moons by Frazier. Set in the mountains of North Carolina in the 19th century, Thirteen Moons tells the story of Will Cooper, an orphaned “bound boy” who is given a map and a key to operate a trading post deep inside the boundaries of what was then the Cherokee Nation. Will’s experiences as an adopted Cherokee and his love of a girl named Claire drive a narrative that depicts the lives and culture of a people forced to deal with the constraints of the U.S. government who ultimately lose the battle to remain in their homeland. Published in 2006, Thirteen Moons was a New York Times bestseller.

The evening will begin with a performance by Wildcat at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by Frazier at 7. Tickets for this event are $5 each and are on sale at Chieftains Museum, the Rome-Floyd County Library and Dogwood Books in downtown Rome.

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The final year of the John Wisdom Wagon Train and Billy Puryear Ride — revisiting the heroic path of John Wisdom by lining Broad Street and cheering on participants of the Wagon Train — is set for Saturday. 

The parade will begin between 3 and 3:30 p.m. The route starts at the intersection of First Avenue and Broad Street and travels north down Broad Street to Rome City Hall. Nelle Reagan will serve as mistress of ceremonies; Mike McDougald is grand marshal.

The day continues with a cowboy dance and concert featuring Scott Thompson & Friends at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. Tickets are $5 each and are available at the gate. The event will be held at the Mather Payne Special Events Building from 7:30 until 11 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and the event is BYOB.

Wagon Train participants in the parade will follow at 16-mile course that revisits a portion of the path of John Wisdom, known as “Georgia’s Paul Revere” who warned Rome of impending attack by Union forces in May of 1863. To participate in the ride, proof of completing the Coggins Test must be provided to representatives of the Georgia Department of Agriculture at the entry gate. The admission fee for adults is $10, children 12 years old and under is $5. A collector button is proof of paid admission and must be worn at all times during the event.  Admission and collector buttons are available exclusively at the Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center and Gift Shop at 402 Civic Center Drive.

The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. and will depart from the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds at 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Rome. The ride, with a police escort, will be within Floyd County lines and contains the following roads: Barron Road, Ward Mountain Road, Highway 53 South, North Avenue, Church Street, Riverside Parkway, Glenn Milner, First Avenue and Broad Street. For more: 706.295.5576.

The Georgia Department of Labor is partnering with LG Hausys to host a job fair on Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Gordon County Agricultural Center, 1282 Highway 53 Spur, Calhoun. LG Hausys will be looking to hire mixing material handlers, mold processors, polishing operators, and mixing operators. Job seekers interested in attending the event may visit to create an account so you can prepare and submit a résumé. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process. Applicants are encouraged to bring their résumés, driver’s licenses and dress business casual to improve their chances to be hired.

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