Buzz: Riley Green due at Forum River Center Jan. 10.  Georgia Power Foundation charges Y programs with grant.  Gas prices dip again. Floyd County Government earns wellbeing grant.

Buzz: Riley Green due at Forum River Center Jan. 10. Georgia Power Foundation charges Y programs with grant. Gas prices dip again. Floyd County Government earns wellbeing grant.

Riley Green returns to Rome headline the Forum River Center on Friday, Jan. 10. Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Friday. Concert: Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 8 p.m. Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $65 for VIP admission and access. Click tickets.

  • Background: Green was at Rome River Jam in June 2018, part of the ticket that also included Kane Brown.

Left to right:- Ryan Earnest, YMCA Board President as well as president and chief executive officer at Heritage First Bank; Cassandra Wheeler, YMCA Board Member and Regional Director for Georgia Power; and Scott McCreless, Executive Director of the YMCA. Y photo.
A grant from the Georgia Power Foundation will benefit the community and support the areas of focus at the YMCA, including Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The grant will help in the following ways:
  • From young to old, the Y encounters members of our community each day who cannot take full advantage of the enrichment activities that are offered at the Y and other generous community organizations.  
  • For the young, it may be a chance to learn the life-saving skill of swimming; be a member of an organized athletic team; have a nutritious meal when school is out; or attend a live production at a local stage.
  • For the disabled, older residents or the homebound, it may be the chance to take a physical rehabilitation class in the Y’s pool; attend a yoga class to improve mobility and balance; or attend a community event to ward off loneliness and depression.
The resources for this grant will help the Y meet the needs of the underserved community in Floyd County. The Y of Rome & Floyd County knows that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. (from a media release).

Georgia gas prices  dropped another 3 cents at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.40 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 3 cents less than a week ago, 16 cents less than this time last month, and 30 cents less than this time last year.

It now costs $36.00 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $6.60 less than what motorists paid in May of 2018, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.84 per gallon.

In Northwest Georgia, the average prices as of Monday (rounded off):

Floyd County: $2.30.

Bartow County: $2.33.

Gordon County: $2.36.

Polk County: $2.42.

Chattooga County: $2.28.

“Less expensive gas prices are a welcome relief to Georgia motorists,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Although stocks have tightened, amid robust demand — which grew by 250,000 barrels last week to 9.6 million barrels— low crude prices have helped to push down pump prices. The trend is likely to continue pushing pump prices lower this week.”


Floyd County was recently awarded the Group Health Benefits Program Health Promotion & Wellbeing Grant by Association County Commissioners of Georgia. Floyd County is one of 38 members to receive the grant based on its commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.

The grants are awarded statewide to members that are undertaking health and wellness initiatives to transform their living and working communities into healthier environments.  The grants are to provide assistance in promoting worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of county employees and family members.

As part of the grant process, the member designates a Health Promotion Champion to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and to attend the Health Promotion Champion training classed offered by Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS).  In addition, employees will be offered a confidential health assessment program using a Health Risk Appraisal, with blood pressure screening and health improvement feedback.

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