Free Application Week Coming Up at GNTC

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will host a Free Application Week, Nov. 8-12, to help those who are seeking to enroll in the spring semester.

During Free Application Week, GNTC will waive the $25 application fee for all new applicants. The admissions deadline for the spring semester is Nov. 30. Classes are scheduled to begin on Jan. 10.

GNTC is available through our call center Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at (866) 983-4682. For more information on applying for the spring semester, visit GNTC’s main webpage and click “Apply Now.” For any questions about GNTC’s Free Application Week, contact the Office of Admissions at (866) 983-4682 or via email at

Leaf Watch

The great 2021 “Leaf Watch” is on. The fall peak is expected to start near the end of October and run through the first part of November.

Georgia State Parks say, “sunny days and cold nights are just what we need to jumpstart vibrant fall color. Right now, only a few trees and vines are starting to pop, but it won’t be long before gorgeous autumn hues blanket our forests. Only Mother Nature knows when leaves will peak, but the best color usually begins toward late October into early November. Dogwoods and sourwoods, typically among the first to turn, are just now showing muted red. Poplars are mostly green, with some yellow and brown leaves falling. You may find a few red maples or Virginia creeper.”

Two state parks in Northwest Georgia have made the state parks’ list as a great place to see fall colors.  Cloudland Canyon State Park on Lookout Mountain in Dade County was named the third-best place to see fall foilage and James H. Sloppy Floyd State Park in Summerville was named a “hidden gem” for fall color.

You can access the Georgia State Parks’ Leaf Watch 2021 here.

It’s Columbus Day – Here’s What Is Closed Today

Today is Columbus Day, a Federal holiday and because of that, there are several closings that you need to be aware of.

  • Federal offices are closed. Columbus Day is the eighth of 11 federal holidays in 2021, with Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas remaining.
  • Most banks and credit unions are closed, check with your local branch.
  • U.S. Post Office will not deliver mail, post offices are closed.
  • UPS and FedEx are open.
  • Some Georgia state government offices will be closed today

Columbus Day is set aside to remember Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, believed to be the first European to reach the Americas.  The day is not without controversy, with many states – including neighboring Alabama – designating the day to honor indigenous Native Americans.

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GNTC Fall Mum Sale To Be Sept. 21 – 23

The Horticulture program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will hold a Fall Mum Sale outside of Building L located across from GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome Tuesday, Sept. 21, through Thursday, Sept. 23.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on each day.

The mums will cost $4 each and there will be a variety of colors available.

The plants are located in a fenced area outside of Building L and buyers should stop by Building L if no one is outside with the mums, said Nick Barton, director of GNTC’s Horticulture program.

“Our yellow mums are already in bloom. We have other colors as well and the buds on those are just starting to flower. They should be in full bloom in a week or two,” said Barton

The sale is a way for GNTC to contribute to the community that also gives Horticulture students real-world experience.

“The program has taught me everything I need to know; lighting, soil quality, how the business structure works and more” said Jennifer Clark, a resident of Kingston and owner of Royal Roots.

All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the Horticulture program at GNTC. Purchases may be made with cash or check and credit cards are not accepted.

Georgia Baptist Mission Board Will Offer Free Dental Work in Rossville

The Georgia Baptist Mission Board will offer free dental work and cleanings in Rossville, this Thursday through Saturday.  The location is Peavine Baptist Church, 100 Spring Street in Rossville.
Phone registration beforehand is required… call 706 764 6368.  Appointments will be on a first-come basis.  Services are only for those without insurance… must be 18 or older.


Chattanooga Times Free Press Going Mostly Digital

The Chattanooga Times Free Press will cease printing a daily newspaper in the middle of next year, converting subscribers to a mostly digital format.
The newspaper publisher has bought thousands of Apple iPads to give to subscribers.  Only the Sunday edition will continue to be printed and delivered on paper.
The publisher said that digital conversion is necessary for the newspaper to remain profitable and continue to serve the Chattanooga area.  iPad training sessions will be offered… and subscribers will be converted in phases and notified in advance when their conversion phase is coming up.


Labor Day Car & Motorcycle Show Planned at LaFayette

The Labor Day Car and Motorcycle Show will be held next Monday at the Civic Center… benefiting the Al Millard Memorial Stocking Full of Love in Walker County.
You can register entries online this year, at “”.
Awards will be offered in many classes plus “best of show” and “top motorcycle”.
Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 6th at the Walker County Civic Center at Rock Spring.