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State parks still open despite shutdown

State parks still open despite shutdown

ATLANTA -- The government shutdown has closed a number of national parks and historic sites, but Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will still be open this weekend.

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The state parks located on the local Corps of Engineers lakes are open to visitors. They include Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier in Gainesville; Red Top Mountain State Park on Allatoona Lake in Cartersville;and Tugaloo State Park on Lake Hartwell in Lavonia.

"We've already had a number of campers check into our state parks because they had to leave Corps of Engineers campgrounds which had closed," State Parks Assistant Director Wally Woods said in a statement. "We have plenty of cabins, yurts and campsites available this week."

Hometown Christmas brings holiday spirit to Bartow

Hometown Christmas brings holiday spirit to Bartow

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A Hometown Christmas celebration will be held in downtown Cartersville this weekend.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and includes choral performances, arts and crafts, refreshments and pictures with Santa.

Hometown Christmas also sponsors holiday-themed coloring and essay contests for Bartow County students. Kids in grades K-5 may enter the coloring contest, while middle school students are eligible to participate in the essay contest.

Learn more about the requirements for the respective contests in Adairsville, Bartow County and Cartersville.

Bartow County Health offering flu shots at Civic Center

Bartow County Health offering flu shots at Civic Center

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The Bartow County Health Department will not offer flu shots for students in the county school system during school hours this year.

However, flu shots will be given on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Call the Bartow County Health Department at 770-382-1920 for more information.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

America Is Your Park campaign urges families to get out, discover fun ways to get active in the park while helping their favorite park win big

 

ATLANTA, July 10, 2011 – If you’re reading this, you should get to your favorite park – STAT! Coca-Cola is calling all families to go out and play this summer as part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign.

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.