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Steamboat Dixie parts preserved


Remnants from the Dixie steamboat that sank at the confluence of the river have been moved from an exposed site in West Rome to covered space on General Electric property on Redmond Circle.

An informal group of history buffs have accessed the site, yet pending the completion of GE liability disclaimer. “At least the parts are now more secure,” said Dennis Nordeman.

At the same time the group has obtained estimates from a house mover for the relocation of the old Myra H riverboat from Lock and Dam Park where it is also decaying from exposure to the elements. The estimate is in the range of $24,000 just to move it from the Lock and Dam to the GE site.

Once the historic vessel is refurbished it would likely take that much again to relocate it to whatever permanent display location is decided on. There has been talk about putting it near the Rome Floyd ECO River Education Center along with talk about putting it at Unity Point near the confluence of the rivers.

Nordeman said there would also be a cost of building the display location. At this time however, the group leading the effort to save and display the elements of Rome’s river history has no money to work with.

Nordeman said the group plans to seek advice from a professional engineer to specify what kind support structure is necessary for the Myra H to insure storage for it to be worked on after relocation. The vessel weighs 19 tons and is about 30 ft. long.

The group plans to meet again Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Rome Area History Museum.

Fair housing workshop set for Tuesday

The City of Rome and the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority will host a workshop Monday, Nov. 13 and Tuesday Nov. 14 as part of an analysis of impediments to fair housing in the community.

The city’s Community Development office and housing authority are seeking to identify patterns of segregation; racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty; disparities in access to opportunity; and disproportionate housing needs. This is all a part of the required analysis of fair housing issues required by HUD known as the “Fair Housing Assessment”.

Both of the public meetings will be held at 5:30. The Monday night meeting will be held at the housing authority gymnasium off Division Street and the Tuesday night session will be held at the Sam King room in City Hall.

Both discussions will be moderated and lead by the Mosaic Community Planning staff.

Dr. Mumber to lead Walk With a Doc

Rome Radiation Oncologist Dr. Matt Mumber will lead the Harbin Clinic’s November Walk With a Doc Saturday, Nov. 18.

“I’m looking forward to taking advantage of cooler temperatures to get outside and get some exercise,” Dr. Mumber says. “I encourage everyone to come out, participate and experience the healthy benefits of walking.”

The walk will start at 9 a.m. at Bridgepoint Plaza in Downtown Rome and follow the Kingfisher Trail along the Etowah River and Silver Creek.