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Commission Chairman Stan Helton

Commissioners, Assessors and GMASS discuss future of Fannin County Assessors Office

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Last week there was no county business to discuss, so BOC Chairman Stan Helton cancelled the regularly scheduled BOC meeting. Later he called a special meeting for Monday, Nov. 19 with all three commissioners, staff from Gmass, Board of Assessors and employees of the Assessors office. Tensions ran […]

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The White House announced that it was suspending Jim Acosta’s press pass on Nov. 7, accusing the CNN journalist of “placing his hands on a young woman.” (Reuters)

White House suspends Jim Acosta’s press pass

FACT: Video shows when Acosta is speaking with microphone in hand, young woman in red dress (Press Corps) gets up from seat, walks in front of Acosta and reaches for his microphone. Acosta uses left hand to shield microphone and backs away from her. (See screen shot below) By Kyle Swenson, Washington Post – Reprinted […]

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Senator David Perdue Congratulates Governor-elect Brian Kemp

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) congratulates Brian Kemp on becoming Georgia’s next Governor. “Georgians sent a clear message that they are committed to keeping our state on track. Despite liberal Democrats from outside Georgia spending tens of millions of dollars in our state, it still didn’t work. The people of Georgia flatly […]

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Macron denounces nationalism as a ‘betrayal of patriotism’ in rebuke to Trump at WWI remembrance

Macron: ‘Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism.’ AP NEWS BY David Nakamura, Seung Min Kim and James McAuley PARIS — In the shadow of a grand war memorial here, French President Emmanuel Macron marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I by delivering a forceful rebuke against rising nationalism, calling it […]

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference to announce a criminal law enforcement action involving China, at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Justice Department and FBI leaders announced criminal charges and an operation to thwart Chinese economic espionage. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

US charges China-controlled company in trade secrets theft

AP NEWS The United States has charged a government-controlled company in China with stealing trade secrets from an American semiconductor company, the Justice Department said Thursday as it outlined an initiative focused on what officials said was the growing threat of Chinese economic espionage. The prosecution comes amid heightened trade tensions between China and the […]

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Fannin Election 2018

Record turnout in Fannin County with more than 65 percent voting

Abrams refuses to concede governor’s race; Ralston, Collins, Gooch, Bearden, Cole, Patterson win By Elaine Owen, Editor Blue Ridge, Ga. – In Fannin County, there are 17,200 registered voters. In the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election, 11,233 of those voters—65.31 percent—voted. Almost half of those voters (5,355) voted early, in person at the Elections Office, […]

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Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman struggled to explain even basic details of their allegations--like the spelling of the accuser’s name.

Mueller smear pushed by pro-Trump activists falls apart at press conference

By Will Somner, Daily Beast–REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION A press conference intended to publicize sexual assault claims against special counsel Robert Mueller collapsed in spectacular fashion Thursday (Nov. 1) after the pro-Trump operatives behind the event failed to demonstrate a grasp of even basic details about their accuser or explain why they repeatedly lied about their […]

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10 Free Services Medicare Provides

10 Free Services Medicare Provides

These preventive checkups help you maintain control of your health care People who have had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months are eligible for a free wellness exam. The phrase “there is no free lunch” certainly applies to Medicare. While the federal program pays the lion’s share of medical costs, beneficiaries can still […]

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Troops - Border wall

Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities – officials

By Phil Stewart, REUTERS NEWS – Reprinted with Permission WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration discussed using the U.S. military to build facilities to house detained migrants as part of its new mission on the Mexican border but the idea was dropped after the Pentagon expressed doubts about it, U.S. officials said. The disclosure by […]

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President Trump

Trump says new proposal will lower some US drug prices

AP NEWS REPORT WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump on Thursday (Oct. 25) announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to pay much more than people in other countries for the same medications. “We are taking […]

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