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Construction began on a $50 million expansion at Plant Hammond this week in 1967; Georgia Power intended to add a fourth generating unit to the plant; the new unit would give Plant Hammond an 8000,000 kilowatt generating capacity, making it the second-large...

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Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 6/12/1967 to 6/18/1967
The Rome Board of Education approved a change in the marriage policy for high school students. For several years, the rule had required that a high school student receive permission from his or her principal to marry 30 days prior to the wedding date, or el...

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Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 6/5/1967 to 6/11/1967
Two fifteen-year-old juveniles were arrested and charged with larceny after they broke into newspaper racks at the Johnny Reb Food Store on Shorter Avenue. The youths successfully made off with a total of $9.20 in cash. Based on statements made by one of th...

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Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 5/29/1967 to 6/4/1967
This was the final week of the 1966-1967 school year—and it was a full week for most students, since Rome City Schools didn’t observe Memorial Day as a holiday in the 1960s. The only exception were seniors, who finished up their final exams on Wednesday, Ma...

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Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 5/22/1967 to 5/28/1967
West Rome announced that 138 seniors would take part in graduation exercises on June 6th at the Rome City Auditorium. Atlanta television announcer Jerry Psenka was chosen to be graduation speaker (I remember Jerry Psenka--or at least his name--but had no id...

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Remembering Mom
Because I'm in the comic book business, not a week goes by without someone telling me a personal horror story about the incredible comic book collection they had before their mother threw it away. It always makes me appreciate Mom, whose unwavering support ...

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Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 5/15/1967 to 5/21/1967
Two Chieftains took first place in the annual Georgia State Physical Fitness Contest held in Atlanta on May 15th. Charles Murphy was the pushup champ with 88 pushups in two minutes, while Jerry Hill took first in setups with 86 in two minutes. The West Rome...

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Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 5/8/1967 to 5/14/1967
The Chieftains won 4-0 against Cass on Tuesday, May 9th, thanks in large part to pitcher Steve Harwell’s three-hitter. Then, on Wednesday, West Rome defeated Chattooga 7-2, led by the pitching of Charlie Williams. The twin victories pushed West Rome’s overa...

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Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 5/1/1967 to 5/7/1967
Apparently those Garden Lakes folks were hard to please: a week after voting down the proposal to annex Garden Lakes into the city and make them part of the Chieftain family, a delegation of Garden Lakes residents went to the county to complain about the co...

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Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 4/24/1967 to 4/30/1967
The votes were counted, and the residents of Garden Lakes turned down their chance to become West Rome Chieftains, voting 794-333 to remain in the county rather than being annexed into the city. The deciding issue seemed to be the fate of Garden Lakes Eleme...
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