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Knight’s barbecue celebrates 50th anniversary


The Rome Knights of Columbus Labor Day Barbecue will celebrate its 50th year of serving Rome’s best barbecue, Brunswick stew and sides September 4.

Plates will be available for $9 with your choice of beef, pork, ribs or a quarter of a chicken, each served with Brunswick stew, baked beans, chips and bread.  A pound of beef or pork to go will also cost $9 each.

The Knights of Columbus of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church contribute proceeds from the event to nonprofits serving Rome and Floyd County.  The organization has not kept up a formal spreadsheet but estimate that more than $200,000 has been spread around the community since 1967.

This year’s barbecues chairman Jim Powell said that more than 100 Knights are involved in the event.  They anticipate serving more than 2,000 people on Labor Day when the doors to the Civic Center at 10 a.m.  “There’s no better reward than opening the doors at 10 a.m. to see the guests anxious to join us, Powell said in a news release.

The event continues until 2 p.m.

The menu also includes a half rack of spare ribs for $18, a $5 sandwich combo, $7 for half a chicken or a quart of baked beans and $9 for a quart of Brunswick stew.

Tickets can be bought in advance from any member of the Knights of Columbus. They will also be available at the door.

The Knights are also attempting to put together a memory book of past barbecues and are asking people to share any old photos on their Facebook page or by contacting the organization through Saint Mary’s Catholic Church at 706-290-9000.


Rome-based shockwave technology riding wave of success in brewing industry

 The North Carolina-based Cabarrus Brewing Company is the latest brewery to take advantage of the Rome Hydro Dynamics Inc. ShockWave Xtractor technology in their Vanilla Coffee Blonde beer.

Cabarrus, out of Concord, North Carolina is able to extract flavoring 80 percent faster while at the same time providing superior flavor. The technology also allows the company to use 50 percent less hops to create the beer.

Cabarrus Brewing Company, located on the grounds of the historic Gibson Mill near downtown Concord, N.C. was founded in 2015.  

“In a short period of time, the team at Cabarrus has built a world-class brewery that is ingrained in the local Concord community and we’re excited to be part of it,” said Doug Mancosky, vice president of research and development at Hydro Dynamics.


Retiring from catering

Marie Bishop- Brinson has revealed her intention to retire from the Catering Company at the Palladium in November.

Brinson, former owner of LaMarie’s in downtown Rome, has been running the catering business out of the Palladium on the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds since 2001.

Charles Long, president of the Rome Exchange Club which owns the Palladium and has had its meals catered by Brinson for the past 16 years said the club is in the process of auditioning caterers now.  “They need to have a good resume,” Long said.  Whoever is chosen for the post will have full access to the large catering kitchen in the Palladium.

Long can be reached at 706-252-0610