ROME, GA - Melvin Scott took the week off from his duties as a Rome police officer for good reason. He's expecting his entire extended family - some 50 relatives - to descend upon his home. All week, the New Orleans native has busily prepared for the population explosion, moving mattresses and readying supplies to feed and clothe his relatives.
Scott said he knew his family would be looking to him for refuge
after Hurricane Katrina sloshed a soggy path through the Gulf
Coast. But he expected a slightly smaller crowd to head to his
Scott says local Rome businesses, charities and agencies have
responded to his requests for food, housing, furniture and other
necessities.Lewis Tucker, Scott's uncle, has applied to work in the Rome school system as an adaptive physical education and social studies teacher. He's one of several evacuees hoping to make Rome his