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Speaker Ralston opposes cigarette tax hike

By Bill Nadler, Associated Press Georgia House Speaker David Ralston moved Thursday (Jan. 10) to extinguish talk of a cigarette tax hike during the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session. The chairmen of the tax-writing committees in both the Senate and House had raised the possibility of major increases on cigarette and smoking products this session. […]

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Kemp wants $3,000 raises for teachers

By Elaine Owen, Editor Gov. Brian Kemp made a substantial down payment on his campaign promises Thursday (Jan. 17), recommending that teachers get a $3,000 raise and state employees a 2 percent pay hike. If the budget Kemp proposed in his State of the State message is approved, the raises will put more money in […]

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Flu level High in Georgia, 5 Deaths Reported

Flu level High in Georgia, 5 Deaths Reported

By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia is one of 30 states where the flu is now considered widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Friday, Jan. 11, the CDC reported the first week of 2019, three children died of flu-related causes nationwide and five deaths have been reported to date in Georgia. […]

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Changes in Federal tax deductions

Taxpayers can no longer claim these 4 deductions

TurboTax Tips As Americans get ready for the upcoming tax season, sweeping changes are going to affect how individuals and families file this year—including which deductions and credits they can claim. While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the standard deduction for both individuals and married couples filing jointly–meaning fewer people are expected to […]

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Doctor says make sure kids understand risks of vaping

Doctor says make sure kids understand risks of vaping

SPECIAL TO THE FANNIN SENTINEL Vaping, with its fun flavors and easy accessibility, may seem like a good alternative to smoking for many teens. According to the latest data, about one fourth of the youths polled in the United States have tried the electronic cigarettes. “Way more have said they’ve tried vaping than smoking,” says […]

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The tank that was removed from under the sidewalk which may be the source of the substance leak into the Toccoa River in November.

Chemical spill found in Toccoa River

Ongoing investigation to find cause By Maria Kidder, Sentinel Staff Writer A chemical spill in the Toccoa River is raising concerns as to the potential damage it may have caused. The substance, which appears to be some type of petroleum, was first spotted upriver in the Ocoee River. Sources state Ducktown Fire Dept. was first […]

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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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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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Social Security scam calls

Social Security warns of new ‘Spoofing’ Scam

Fraudsters are using caller ID to make you think the agency is calling SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION Yet another Social Security scam is surfacing. This time the Social Security Administration (SSA) is warning that fraudsters are imitating the agency’s phone number to lure people into answering the phone. If you receive any phone call with the […]

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Medicare changes

Changes to Medicare 2019

The program’s 60 million members, primarily 65 and older, are expected to enjoy additional improvements beginning Jan. 1. Medicare just keeps getting better with age, expressed AARP in September. Improvements are expected in 2019 for the 53-year-old federal health insurance program. Medicare already receives a high satisfaction rate. Yet, the program’s 60 million members, primarily […]

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