MLK Day, January 20

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a Federal Holiday and banks and post offices along with most governmental offices will be closed today.  Also, Chattooga County Schools and Trion City Schools will be closed for the holiday.

Known as a “day of service”, MLK Day has seen a surge of volunteerism over the years.  However, Dr. King’s home city of Atlanta and home state of Georgia, rank rather low when it comes to volunteerism, that according to The Corporation for National and Community Service.  Barbara Stewart, the CEO of The Corporation for National and Community Service says Atlanta ranks number thirty-five in the nation when it comes to community service, and Georgia comes in at fort-four out of fifty states.

The Corporation for National and Community Service does encouraging people to look at MLK Day as a day “on” serving your community instead of a day “off.”

Yesterday, an ecumenical service was held at Cedar Springs Baptist Church in the Holland Community, honoring Dr. King.  There is a Freedom March scheduled for today in Rome with participants gathering at first street at 11 AM for the march at 11:30.  A program will follow at the Rome City Auditorium.