Buzz: Household Hazard Waste/Electronics recycling event this Saturday; call for an appointment. Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation plans a ribbon cutting ceremony at Shag Williams Park on Sept. 21. Hancock sworn in. GNTC’s outdoor mum sale next week. Blood Assurance offering Sickle Cell tests.

Buzz: Household Hazard Waste/Electronics recycling event this Saturday; call for an appointment. Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation plans a ribbon cutting ceremony at Shag Williams Park on Sept. 21. Hancock sworn in. GNTC’s outdoor mum sale next week. Blood Assurance offering Sickle Cell tests.

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Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation plans a ribbon cutting ceremony at Shag Williams Park in Shannon on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 11:30 a.m. It officially opens several recently completed SPLOST projects.
The ceremony celebrates the completion of several amenities at the park and facility, including a new HVAC system for the Shannon Center and Scout Hut, a new tennis court with LED lighting and brand new signage for the 18-hole disc golf course.
“Shag Williams Park is really one of the best-kept secrets as far as parks go in the county,” RFPRA Director Todd Wofford says. “It has some great fields and facilities, and we want everyone to be able to come out and see the difference the SPLOST funding has made.”


The Horticulture program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will hold a Fall Mum Sale outside of Building L located across from GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome Tuesday, Sept. 21, through Thursday, Sept. 23. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on each day. The mums will cost $4 each and there will be a variety of colors available. The plants are located in a fenced area outside of Building L.


Blood Assurance is offering blood donors the opportunity to find out if they carry Sickle Cell Trait. The free and voluntary program, which takes place during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, will be available to blood donors until Sept. 30 at all mobile blood drives and fixed locations during Blood Assurance’s third Commit to Give event.

The process starts with a blood donation. From that donation, Blood Assurance will take a sample of the blood and perform a sickle cell screening test that will identify if the donor has the trait. If the result comes back positive, Blood Assurance will contact the individual by mail in about a month. Blood Assurance hopes to spread awareness of the disease and to encourage blood donation. They are hoping to see 6,500 donations during this event which runs now through Sept. 30.

For more information on Sickle Cell Disease, donors can visit bloodassurance.org/sickle-cell. To schedule an appointment to give blood, donors can visit bloodassurance.org/schedule, call 800-962-0628, or text BAGIVE to 999777.

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