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Citizens update BOC on Cellular 5G Dangers

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Two citizens addressed the Board of Commissioners during the public commentary portion of the September 24 meeting. Jacqueline Howard began, “I am here today to express a great concern not only to myself, but to many Fannin County residents.” Howard then explained 5G stands for 5th generation wireless […]

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FDA alerts health care professionals and patients to voluntary recall of ranitidine medicines

9/26/19: STATEMENT The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients to a voluntary recall of over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine tablets (75 mg and 150 mg), labeled by Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite-Aid and manufactured by Apotex Corp. These medicines may contain low levels of a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodi- methylamine (NDMA). Con- […]

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Walmart Health’s first “super center for basic healthcare services” opened Sept. 13, 2019 in Dallas, Georgia.

Walmart’s First Healthcare Services ‘Super Center’ Opens

Walmart is opening its first 10,000 square-foot “Walmart Health” center that features an array of primary medical services, dental care, and behavioral health services as part of a new model expected to eventually be replicated in other markets. The first such “Walmart Health” brand center opened Friday (Sept. 13) in Dallas, Georgia, as a health […]

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Walmart e-cigs sales halt

Walmart To Quit Selling E-Cigarettes Amid Vaping Backlash

AP Report Walmart is getting out of the vaping business. The nation’s largest retailer said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. when it sells out its current inventory. The nation’s largest retailer said the move is due to “growing federal, state and local […]

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This photo shows destruction from Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, the Bahamas, Sept. 4, 2019.

Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of the Bahamas

The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas could cost “hundreds of millions, if not billions” of dollars to repair, according to the deputy prime minister, as aerial images showed whole neighborhoods destroyed. With at least seven reported dead and scores more still missing, helicopters operated by the U.S. Coast Guard among others were […]

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Red Flag Laws Explained to Mountain Patriots

Red Flag Laws Explained to Mountain Patriots

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Over fifty people attended the September 5 Mountain Patriots meeting in the Fannin County Senior Center. A light meal was provided. Sheriff Dane Kirby said Chairman Lane Bishop asked him to speak to the group about Red Flag Laws and Kirby replied, “Lane, I don’t know a thing […]

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FDA warns Juul for marketing with unproven safety claims

FDA warns Juul for marketing with unproven safety claims

By Elaine Owen, Editor U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned e-cigarette maker Juul Monday (Sept. 9) to stop marketing its vapes as much safer than other tobacco products without sufficient evidence this is true. Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a news release, “Juul has ignored the law, and very concerningly, has made […]

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Public Safety Complex Complete and Ready for Open House August 30

Public Safety Complex Complete and Ready for Open House August 30

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer EMA Director Robert Graham presented photographs taken from the air of the new Public Safety Complex. “We intentionally did not take any pictures of the inside because we want everyone to come out to the Open House on August 30 to see the facility for themselves,” said Graham. […]

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Teen vaping issues

State probes lung illnesses possibly linked to vaping

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News Georgia has joined other states in investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness that may be linked to vaping. Vaping is the use of e-cigarette devices, which mimic cigarettes but produce inhalable vapors instead of smoke. The devices are marketed as alternatives to smoking, but health experts say they […]

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GDOT gives grim statistics about Georgia roadways and drivers

GDOT gives grim statistics about Georgia roadways and drivers at Rotary meeting

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer According to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) a staggering 1,549 fatalities were reported on Georgia roadways in 2017, adding to an increasing call for action. District 6 Engineer Grant Waldroup, manager of the northwest Georgia region that includes Fannin County, spoke to the Rotary Club of Blue Ridge Aug. […]

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