A twin-engine six-passenger Piper Aerostar which may have thrown a rod in one engine was able to make a safe emergency landing at Rome’s Richard B Russell airport Tuesday.  The pilot radioed that he was in trouble a short time after leaving the airport in Anniston and needed to make an emergency landing.  Fire personnel were dispatched to the airport just in case but the plane was able to get down safely by the time the first engine company was on the field. The plane is registered to Metal Samples Company of Munford, Ala. and was apparently en route to York, Pa when it sounded the distress call with three people on board.WRGA