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Month: October 2019

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter Is Out of the Hospital After Third Fall in Recent Months

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS (ATLANTA) — Former President Jimmy Carter is out of the hospital where he was treated after fracturing his pelvis in a recent fall at his home, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in a statement that the former president had been released from Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, was […]

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Maya-Cummings

Elijah Cummings’ Wife Maya Rockeymoore Expected to Run for His House Seat

AP PRESS RELEASE Late congressman and civil rights activist Elijah Cummings’ grave isn’t even cold and there’s already news swirling about someone gunning for his House of Representatives seat. It’s the nature of many businesses — especially politics — but the “who” tongues are wagging about is his younger, politically ambitious (and highly educated) widow. […]

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Tulsi Gabbard Drops the Congressional Race to Focus on the Presidential One

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says she will focus on her White House bid and not run for reelection to her congressional seat. The congresswoman from Hawaii made the announcement early Friday (Oct. 25). While lagging behind in a crowded Democratic presidential field, Gabbard has gotten renewed attention lately […]

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Federal Budget increase

2019 US federal budget deficit surges to nearly $1 trillion, the highest in 7 years

AP NEWS – CBO WASHINGTON — The federal deficit for the 2019 budget year surged to $984.4 billion, its highest point in seven years, and is widely expected to top the $1 trillion mark in coming years. The 26 percent surge from the 2018 deficit of $779 billion that the government reported Friday (Oct. 25) […]

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October 25, on the steps of the Veterans Conference Center, a check for $6,300 was presented to Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Project Manager Elaine Owen and Fannin County Veterans Commander George Pletcher by Tournament Director Mike Panter (Left) and Chairman of the Golf Tournament Bob Renneke (Right). Second from Right is Georgia Combat Vet Commander Rob Denison. The money was raised from the Veterans Annual Golf Tournament held October 5 at Copper Basin Golf Club and will be used to help pay expenses for bringing the Wall to Blue Ridge.

Veterans First Annual Golf Tournament Raises $6,300 to help bring Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Blue Ridge

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer To help raise money to bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Blue Ridge, Veteran Bob Renneke organized a community golf tournament at the Copper Basin Golf Club. Tournament Director Mike Panter and Renneke welcomed dozens of supporters October 5 as they gathered on the course that was built […]

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The Veteran’s Crisis Line -- available to veterans, troops and their families -- operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Zachary Hada/Air Force)

New veteran suicide numbers raise concerns among experts

By Leo Shane III, AIR FORCE TIMES Researchers this year changed a key metric in how they track veterans suicides in an effort to better explain the scope of the problem, but mental health advocates say it still doesn’t tell the full story. In the last four years, the official government estimate on the number […]

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Juul suspends all US sales of fruity e-cigarettes amid scrutiny

Juul dominated the e-cigarette industry, prompting the FDA to call teen vaping an “epidemic.” What does vaping do to your body? Vaping giant Juul Labs said Thursday (Oct. 18) that it will suspend online sales of its non-tobacco, non-menthol flavored e-cigarettes in the U.S. The company had already suspended retail-store sales of its mango, creme, […]

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A Reckoning at VA Atlanta hospital after years of problems

Shakeup long overdue, say military veterans, whistleblowers By Christopher Quinn, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Reprinted With Permission) Dawn Brys got an early taste of the crisis unfolding at the largest Veterans Affairs hospital in the Southeast. The Air Force vet said she went to the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur last year for surgery on […]

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Seaman Recruit Chase Trentham

McCaysville Recruit Earns Military Excellence Award at Recruit Training Command

By Alan Nunn, Recruit Training Command Public Affairs GREAT LAKES (NNS) — Seaman Recruit Chase Trentham, Division 387, graduated as the top Sailor from Recruit Training Command, earning the Military Excellence Award on October 18. T r e n t h a m , from McCaysville, Georgia, said he joined the Navy to serve others […]

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Deputy Dustin Carder receives the “Back The Blue Award” for exceptional service in the line of duty. From left is former police officer Mike Holloway of Coldwell Banker High Country Realty presenting the award, Deputy Carder and his canine partner, Lucho.

“Back the Blue” Award presented to Fannin County Deputy Dustin Carder

Coldwell Banker High Country Realty has begun a new program to publicly recognize the exceptional efforts of law enforcement officers in each of the five communities we serve. The new program is called “Back The Blue,” and is anticipated to be awarded up to three times per year in each community. The first recipient of […]

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