Buzz: Forum on Ice returns Sunday with ice slide. GNTC board elects new chair, vice chair.  Tree Walk canceled. Berry lecture to bridge healthcare and cultural differences with Hispanic communities.

Buzz: Forum on Ice returns Sunday with ice slide. GNTC board elects new chair, vice chair. Tree Walk canceled. Berry lecture to bridge healthcare and cultural differences with Hispanic communities.


Preparations are under way for Rome’s second annual Forum on Ice that debuts Sunday. The Ice Rink inside the Forum River Center is coming back to Rome for a second season with a new feature, a 100-foot long ice slide for inner tubes as well as a 4000 ,square foot ice skating rink that was such a hit last year. This year’s season starts on Sunday and continues until Jan. 6.

Programs for all ages are planned for the 2019 season. “With establishing indoor ice skating in Rome as a new seasonal downtown attraction we see ourselves as a connecting point among businesses, our community and tourists. We want to get everybody involed,” said Thomas Kislat, Sales Manager of the Forum River Center.

Once again, the plan is to create an enchanted winter wonderland complete with uniquely themed areas, snow machines, numerous of Christmas trees, thousands of spectacular lights, ice-skating, ice sliding, pictures with Santa, live entertainment, savory treats and hands-on family activities.

There will be separate or combo packages for those who only want to skate or slide or do both. Ice skating is $10 and unchanged from last year. The ice slide is $5 and the combo package is $12. Season passes also will be available for $49.99. The rink will be open seven days a week, with family friendly operating hours for seven weeks.  A complete listing of programs and promotions will appear on the Forum River Center’s website www

The Georgia Northwestern Technical College Board of Directors has elected a new board chair and co-chair for the 2020 fiscal year.

Rhonda Beasley of Rock Springs has been selected as chair out of the 15-person board with Dr. Michele W. Taylor of Calhoun serving as vice chair. The GNTC Board of Directors is comprised up of representatives from its nine service areas.

Beasley currently works for the Roper Corporation and was recently featured in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s faces of Manufacturing in Georgia. Beasley holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Berry College as well as a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Taylor is the current superintendent for Calhoun City Schools, a role she has held for the past 13 years. She was selected as Georgia Superintendent of the Year in 2014 and was also a finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year. Taylor holds several degrees including a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Shorter University, a master’s degree from West Georgia College and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from Sarasota University.

The board meets monthly to ensure quality technical education and workforce development opportunities are being supported throughout the communities of northwest Georgia.

Listed are members of GNTC’s Board of Directors showing (left to right) the Board member’s name, county, place of employment, and title:

  • Chair Rhonda Beasley, Walker, Roper Corporation, manager of Human Resources
  • Robert L. (Bob) Berry, Floyd, Brinson Askew Berry
  • Robert Bradham, Whitfield, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO
  • Vann Brown, Whitfield, Brown Ox Ventures, Inc., president
  • Dr. James Cantrell, Dade, Dade County Board of Education, director of School Operations
  • James “Jay” Henry, Catoosa, Shaw Industries, director of Operations Support
  • Albert “Al” Hodge, Floyd, Hodge Consulting
  • Paul Meredith, Chattooga, Mohawk, director of Manufacturing
  • William “Terry” Nesbitt, Gordon, U. S. Army, retired Major General
  • Robert “Bob” Owens, Floyd, OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc., chief financial officer
  • Brittany Pittman, Murray
  • Kenna Stock, Floyd, Harbin Clinic, chief executive officer
  • Vice-chair Michele Taylor, Gordon, Calhoun City Schools, superintendent
  • John Thomas, Whitfield, Dalton Utilities, chief energy services officer
  • Cassandra Wheeler, Floyd, Georgia Power, northwest regional director
  • Dr. Phillip Williams, Chattooga, Trion City Schools, superintendent

The Floyd County Master Gardeners have canceled today’s Tree Walk because of the cold.

Berry lecture to bridge healthcare and cultural differences with Hispanic communities: Dr. Deborah L. Arteaga of the Department of World Languages and Culture at the
University of Nevada Las Vegas will present the discussion from 6 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Krannert Ballroom A/B. It is open to all.
What’s planned: “In order to successfully interact with patients in a healthcare setting, it is necessary to have an appreciation of their cultural background. This talk gives an overview of the cultural context needed to interact with patients from a variety of Hispanic countries. It touches upon the importance of family and friends, folk medicine, the importance of establishing a personal relationship with patients to develop trust, and aspects of the American healthcare system that are different from those in Hispanic countries. The talk will be of interest to current and future healthcare providers and those seeking to be medical interpreters.”
It is sponsored by Berry’s World Languages & Cultures Department and Bonner Center for Community Service
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