From a road race to a health fair, from shooting sports for children to politics and an education fundraiser for adults, Rome’s got it all going on today.
The 30th annual Gary Tillman Clocktower Road race will run through downtown Rome at 8 a.m., about the same time gentlemen from Rome will be lined up for the Health Initiative for Men at the Floyd County Public Health office, 16 E. 12th St.
Later in the morning, kids will have the opportunity to learn more about shooting sports at the Ducks Unlimited Greenwings event at the Department of Natural Resources Lake Arrowhead complex, 2592 Floyd Springs Road.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the children will pick up BB guns, shotguns and bows at 10. That’s about the time Floyd County Republicans will be gathering at the Tillman hangar at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport for their annual meeting that features many of the state’s top GOP elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Congressman Tom Graves.
Tonight, the Model and Johnson Schools Foundation will host its annual fundraiser at the Model Middle School, 164 Barron Road. A spaghetti supper will kick off the Model and Johnson schools event at 5:30 followed by an auction at 7 p.m.
The Tillman road race is a benefit for the Exchange Club Family Resource Center, which works to prevent child abuse in the Rome area. On-site registration for the 5-kilometer race and 2-mile walk begins at Heritage Park at 6:30 a.m. There is a $30 fee for the race and $25 for the walk. The race will start on Second Avenue next to Barron Stadium.
The 100 Black Men of Rome-Northwest Georgia sponsors the Health Initiative for Men. It features a variety of health screenings including diabetes and cholesterol checks, prostate cancer checks and blood pressure examinations.
The Ducks Unlimited event is designed to introduce kids to sport shooting with a strong emphasis on safety when handling bows and firearms.
Participants will shoot at fixed targets and sporting clays. There is a $15 fee, which includes a T‑shirt and lunch.
The GOP gathering will open at 10 with a meet and greet followed by speeches around 11:15.
A barbecue lunch will be available at the GOP rally starting at 10:30 a.m. Meals will cost $10 per person, or $25 for a family of four.
Isakson will start the program followed by Graves, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and members of the Rome delegation to the General Assembly including Sen. Chuck Hufstetler and Reps. Katie Dempsey and Eddie Lumsden.
Leo Smith, minority outreach director of the Georgia GOP and Rob Lee, chairman of the Georgia Young Republicans will wind up the program around 12:30.
Floyd County GOP Chairman Layla Shipman said a highlight of the event is expected to be the announcement of two local Democrats making the switch to the Republican Party.
The Model and Johnson Schools Foundation was created in 2003 and since that year has returned over $125,000 in grants to teachers and scholarships for students to go on to college. Tickets for the event are $5.
This year, Foundation spokesman Terry Brown said the program would raise funds to provide a $1,500 competitive grant to a classroom teacher for special projects at each of the four schools, Johnson and Model elementary schools, Model Middle and Model High. Unrestricted grants of $1,000 will also be presented to each of the schools and the Foundation will provide four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors at Model High.