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Month: February 2019

Chris Carr, Georgia attorney general (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

5 Plead Guilty in $3.7M WIC Food Voucher Scheme

Five people have now pleaded guilty to racketeering for their role in a scheme that siphoned $3.7 million from the program that provides milk, cheese and basic subsistence to poor mothers and babies, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said Wednesday. “I applaud the cooperative work of our prosecution division, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and […]

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Teachers retirement

Lawmakers again try to change the state teacher retirement system

Associated Press News After pouring nearly $600 million into Georgia’s teacher pension system in recent years to make it more financially stable, lawmakers are making another big push this session to make changes in a program that they say is unsustainable. This year’s retirement legislation–which has been written and rewritten–ensures two things that will likely […]

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Pope Francis

Vatican summit: ‘We must repent’

ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS Pope Francis made it clear: He expects more than talk from the historic summit he’s called to deal with the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse crisis. He wants “concrete and effective” results. Francis started things off by floating some proposals, including creating a kind of handbook church leaders could use when abuse […]

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Speaker David Ralston

Georgia House Speaker Ralston addresses rumors and accusations

By Elaine Owen, Editor David Ralston takes to the well during Morning Orders Monday, February 25, 2019. This transcript is the Speaker’s words so no quote marks are used. The words in (parens) denote inflection in his voice or expression. The emotional speech was just over 19 minutes, leaving no doubt as to Ralston’s sincerity […]

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At Right: These ladies and gentleman enjoyed the eighth annual Snack in a Backpack Bringing the Blues event Feb. 23 at Mercier Orchards, Front, Cindy Pack, Sherry Walden, left, and Sherry Berry chat while back, Bill Walden looks on at the Mardi Gras festivities.

Bringin’ the Blues to Blue Ridge brings support to Snack in a Backpack

The eighth annual Bringin’ the Blues to Blue Ridge Mardi Gras Celebration that brings support to Snack in a Backpack was held Feb. 23 and brought in over $18,000. Executive Director Angela Huffstetler said this year Snack in a Backpack is celebrating its 10th anniversary helping feed children of Fannin County. Ticket sales, table sponsors […]

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Heavy Rainfall Leads to Rising Water Levels on TVA Rivers, Reservoirs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– Multiple days of heavy rainfall across the entire Tennessee River watershed have led to rapidly rising water levels on rivers and reservoirs. Levels on most TVA reservoirs are expected to approach – and in some cases exceed – normal summer pool levels. Although the entire Tennessee River system is being impacted, the highest […]

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Representative Doug Collins

Collins statement on President Trump’s national emergency declaration

WASHINGTON – Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration: “The crisis at our southern border demands immediate action, and I support President Trump’s commitment to securing our border and protecting our citizens. Declaring a national emergency is a serious act with deep implications, and it’s disappointing […]

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Fannin County Board of Education members Lewis DeWeese, Terry Bramlett, Chad Galloway, Mike Cole, Bobby Bearden with Principal Erik Cioffi, Supt. Dr. Michael Gwatney, Benny Long and Resource Officer Darvin Couch at Board meeting.

Can one penny make a difference? Here’s how a one cent sales tax will help Fannin County schools

ESPLOST Referendum March 19 – Early voting Feb. 25 thru March 15 By Elaine Owen, Editor Some pennies are thrown in a jar on a counter. Some are found lying on the ground in parking lots. Some stay buried at the bottom of a purse or in a drawer. What if those pennies could purchase […]

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Office of the Governor Brian Kemp

Governor Kemp: The Patients First Act is the first step toward a healthier, more prosperous Georgia

The following op-ed by Governor Kemp appeared in the February 17th print edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Our state is a leader in FinTech, aerospace, and cyber security. Home to the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and Port of a Savannah, we are a logistics hub for international business. With peanuts, peaches, and poultry, our […]

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President Donald Trump

Trump’s Emergency Declaration is the First since 9/11 to authorize Military Action

Here’s how President Trump’s border wall fits on the list of emergency declarations. Feb. 15, 2019 Neither the White House nor the Pentagon had yet identified which projects may be shelved as a result, but Pentagon lawyers and other officials planned to work over the weekend to identify which construction funds would be diverted. The […]

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