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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools. The outdoor pools usually open, soon, after Memorial Day and the indoor pools are open year-round. Daily passes can be purchased from $3.30 and monthly passes can be purchased for $18.00.

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

CANTON, Ga. – Take a family trip and participate in a remote history lesson at the same time. Visit the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville to see the last standing artifacts from the Mississippian Native Americans. This group inhabited the area from 1000-1550.

According to Georgia State Parks, only about nine percent of this site has been excavated and examination of the surrounding artifacts revealed that the Etowah Indians were a society that was rich in ritual and habit.

Historians think, one of the mounds excavated was used as a “platform” for the home of the priest-chief. Seemingly, the priest-chief needed to live on a higher elevation than his tribe to “monitor” his people. Another excavated mound was a tomb for a nobleman in the tribe.  

Visitors are able to tour the museum, the ruins and listen to docents as they share their interpretation of what the community once was.

Woodstock Police Department offers information program for citizens

Woodstock Police Department offers information program for citizens

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Woodstock Police Department now offers the CAP program, which is designed to educate citizens on useful and precautionary information.

CAP, which stands for "Community and Police," is open to any resident who has a desire to stay informed on current crime information, as well as prevention tips and techniques.

Meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Community Center (110 Arnold Mill Road, 30188). They are led by officers and the volunteer-staffed Woodstock Police Department Auxiliary Unit.

There is no age limit or cost to attend. The classes being offered include:

Apr. 20: Internet Fraud & ID Theft
May 18: Social Networking
June 15: Domestic Violence
July 20: Gang Awareness

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Amateur athletes of every age, ability and passion can compete for medals again this year at the 2011 Georgia Games.

This year's edition of the state's largest multi-sport event will take place on various weekends throughout the summer.

Online registration is currently open for all 48 sports, listed below.

More than 8,000 athletes from 500 Georgia cities and town competed in the 2010 Games. The event is staffed by over 1,000 volunteers, who can also register online to help.

The Georgia Games is a festival for state citizens of all ages and athletic abilities, including physically disabled and Paralympic athletes.

'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest Winners Announced

'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest Winners Announced

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The "Fun in the Park" Photo Contest, hosted by the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is over for 2010.

This year marked the largest turn-out in the contest's history. Over 280 photos, all of which were taken in Cobb parks, were submitted in the three categories.

With so many great photos submitted, the panel of eight judges had a difficult time selecting the winners.

Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic in Cherokee County

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Tuesday, Oct. 5 is the best day for procrastinators to finally get vaccinated. The Cherokee County Recreation Center (7545 North Main Street, Woodstock, 30188) will host a walk-in flu shot clinic from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, courtesy of the Cherokee County Health Department.

The clinic is for people aged six months and older. Shots will be $20; Medicare, Medicaid and State Health Benefit Plan insurance (UnitedHealthcare and Cigna) will be accepted.

As an added bonus, TDaP (which guards against adult whooping cough) and pneumonia vaccines will be provided free to those who qualify.

For more information about the flu shot clinic, call the Cherokee County Health Department at 770-345-7371 or 770-928-0133.