Buzz: New spin on Chieftains August barbecue. Ribbon cutting set for indoor tennis courts. Armuchee High student competes in state 4-H conference.

Buzz: New spin on Chieftains August barbecue. Ribbon cutting set for indoor tennis courts. Armuchee High student competes in state 4-H conference.


Since 1942, State Congress has been the premiere competition and recognition event for high school age Georgia 4-H’ers. This year, it was virtual for health reasons. 4-H’ers across the state competed by submitting a video of their project presentation.  There were 50 project winners that will receive Master 4-H’er status and will be invited to attend National 4-H Congress.

Mason Daniel of Floyd County 4-H and Armuchee High School participated in a very competitive project of History.  Mason took his love of history and kept a one year portfolio that included main project work, helping and sharing, leadership, community service and other that was submitted and judged.  For his presentation, he followed another passion of history and concentrated on Walt Disney, his life and accomplishments through the Disney parks.

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will host a new fundraiser in August: The Chieftains BBQ to Go Sale. It will feature smoked baby back pork ribs and whole hens as well as a cake raffle to raise money for this National Historic Landmark in our community.

The BBQ to Go Sale will take the place of the museum’s annual Low Country Boil and BBQ held annually in August in order to follow public health mandates and CDC guidelines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chieftains BBQ to Go Sale will allow customers to pre-order whole racks of baby back pork ribs as well as whole hens through the museum’s website at or via phone at (706) 291-9494 from Aug. 1-8. Racks of ribs will sell for $35 each with whole hens selling for $25 each. Customers may drive by to pick up their smoked meats at the museum in three shifts on Saturday, Aug. 15. Customers may choose their time slot for pick up when ordering online.

The museum has partnered with Honeymoon Bakery to provide 10 cakes for the museum’s online cake raffle as part of the Chieftains BBQ to Go Sale. Each cake is 8 inches and will feed 10 to 12 people.

All proceeds going directly towards maintaining the museum. For more: or 706-291-9494.

The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College has set a ribbon cutting for the indoor tennis courts for Monday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear masks for this indoor event.  There will be ample room to allow for social distancing.

The new indoor court facility holds six standard USTA tennis courts with seating for more than 400 spectators. The completion of the facility enhances opportunities to bid on major tournaments, particularly collegiate tournaments that mandate an indoor facility.

The indoor courts are at the northwest corner of the tennis complex and were funded by the city of Rome for $4 million to $5 million. The courts were finished earlier this year.


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