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Bull riding returns to Forum River Center

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4L Rodeo of Summerville and the Forum River Center will host the annual Three Rivers Invitational Bull Riding event at the Forum River Center in downtown Rome Friday and Saturday January 5-6.

4L Rodeo Company was founded by legendary Summerville cowboy Charlie Lowry more than three decades ago. His farm in Chattooga County has produced numerous world-class bucking bulls over the years.

Lowry started a partnership with Diamond S Rodeo out of Texas eight years ago and the two have continued to provide champion bucking bulls for the professional cowboy circuits for the past decade.

Advance general admission tickets for the event start at $15, with VIP tickets available for $20. Tickets are available at numerous locations including the Forum River Center.

Public hearing set for natural gas marketers

Dalton Utilities, Atlanta Gas Light and city-owned gas utilities in Cartersville and Adairsville will conduct a public hearing in Rome, 1515 Veterans Memorial Highway January 4 at 6 p.m. to detail plans for the exchange of natural gas customers.

The exchange is being proposed to facilitate the Floyd County-Wide Safety Plan which is pending before the Georgia Public Service Commission.

The plan proposes the exchange of two customers from Dalton Utilities to the city of Adairsville, 14 from the city of Cartersville to Atlanta Gas Light, three from AGL to the city of Cartersville, 17 from Dalton Utilities to AGL and 20 customers from AGL to Dalton Utilities.

Customers of the city of Summerville gas service into northern Floyd County are not impacted by the proposed changes.

Mall losing another tenant

Sienna & Bellini, one of the relatively new tenants in Mount Berry mall, is in the throes of a closeout sale. Employees at the store indicate that the current plan is to close by the end of January if the stock is not sold out before then.

Sienna & Bellini is a boutique style fashion shop with European-inspired women’s clothing.

The inventory ranges from blouses and tank tops to jeans, leggings, cardigans and earmuffs. The fashions are offered in three primary sizes: small/medium, medium/large and large/extra large.

The shop is located in the northern wing of the mall in about 3,000 square feet of space.

Adairsville Bojangles’ almost ready

Developer Wayne Robinson hopes to open his new Bojangles’ drive-through on U.S. 41 in Adairsville by the end of the second week in January. “It’s about 99 percent finished,” Robinson said. “I’m ready for it to be open.”

The restaurant will provide between 25 and 30 jobs, many of them part-time jobs to cross the different shifts. Training is expected to get underway any day now.

The restaurant will have an entirely different look from the Bojangles’ drive through restaurants on Redmond Circle in Rome and U.S. 41 in Cartersville.