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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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Guest speaker Sarah Rogers sent a message on the importance of knowing, standing up for and sharing your beliefs in God

Message of 9-1-1: Remember the fallen, move forward as Christians and don’t forget those who gave their lives for our nation

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer As the bell tolled last Saturday afternoon in remembrance of all those who fell 18 years ago at the World Trade Center Towers giving aid to the injured, the silence was deafening. The 11th Annual Regional 9/11 Awake America Prayer and Memorial Service sent a message of “I believe” […]

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Speaker David Ralston Thanks Senator Johnny Isakson

Speaker David Ralston Thanks Senator Johnny Isakson

ATLANTA – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) issued the following statement on the news that Georgia’s senior United States Senator Johnny Isakson will resign from office at the end of the year: “The loss of Johnny Isakson from public life will leave a void in Georgia which is beyond comprehension. While I respect his reasons, […]

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GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in McCaysville

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in McCaysville

By Elaine Owen, Editor McCaysville, GA (August 30, 2019) – McCaysville is a small town in Fannin County that sits along the Tennessee-Georgia state line. Not much happens there but everyone enjoys the beautiful scenery, the river, the revitalization that is happening and the new restaurants. That changed Friday August 30, 2019, at around midnight, […]

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Remembering 9/11: Eighteen Years Later

Remembering 9/11: Eighteen Years Later

By Elaine Owen, Editor Those born after 2001 are familiar with the strict air travel rules that forbid taking even water past security gates. However, airports were not always like that. Eighteen years ago, passengers were not only allowed to carry on board liquids, but also “dangerous” items such as baseball bats, box cutters, darts, […]

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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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Author Malcolm Mitchell, left, joined Director of Instructional Service & Policy Sarah Welch on stage as they took questions from Fannin County students.

Malcolm Mitchell kicks off literacy for young readers

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer “The dreams that are within you brings out the magic in these books. Follow your dreams and it will take you where ever you want to go,” Malcolm Mitchell said. Hundreds of preschoolers, kindergarten, first and second graders filled the Performing Arts Center Aug. 22 for a once-in-a-lifetime experience […]

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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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The State Transportation Board new executive leadership team. (L-R) Secretary Emily Dunn, 9th Congressional District; Chairman Tim Golden, 8th Congressional District; and Vice Chairman Rudy Bowen, 7th Congressional District.

New Leaders Elected at State Transportation Board

Golden, Bowen, and Dunn elected to one-year terms ATLANTA – The State Transportation Board elected its new executive leadership team at their Board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 15. Tim Golden was named chairman; Rudy Bowen was named vice chairman; and Emily Dunn was named secretary. The new positions are effective immediately. Board elections are held […]

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