On May 9th, 2017 the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that Georgia’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $61.1 billion in business sales in 2016, up 3.5 percent over the previous year and 34 percent higher than its pre-recession level in 2008.
Visitor spending was estimated at $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenues.
The state department gets its data from the U.S. Travel Association, which they pay to conduct annual Travel Economic Impact studies for Georgia. This study presents estimates of travel and its economic impact on Georgia at the state, region and county levels.
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A view of the work site, looking south towards the Antioch Church Road crossing on Highway 515 in Talking Rock.
By W. Grant Waldrop
District Six – Northwest Georgia
Some readers may be wondering about orange cones appearing on Highway 515 at Antioch Church Road in Northern Pickens County. They mark the start of construction work on a Georgia DOT intersection improvements project at that location. The department has recently awarded a contract for the project to enhance safety and improve mobility at this intersection by installing a Reduced Conflict UTurn intersection (R-CUT).
While construction activities are just beginning, the project has been in the making since 2005 when the need for this project was first identified in the Pickens County Transportation Study.
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County crews step in to keep a pond from rising and overtaking Bent Tree Drive last week with several inches of rain expected this week.
In an effort to keep water from flooding Bent Tree Drive due to heavy rains expected in the area this week, county crews helped a property owner drain water from a pond at the intersection Bent Tree Drive and Pendley Circle.
According to Pickens Fire Chief Sloan Elrod, the pond’s overflow valve had been crushed and the pond was not draining properly. The property owner contracted with a company to repair the pond, but the
Show Director Stephanie (Christin Evans), center, has her hands full trying to get Dolly (Audrey Kristen) at left, and Izzy (Sharon Young) to work together as cooking show hosts when all they want to do is zing each other. Dolly says to Izzy, "you look like a million ... every year of it!"
By Max Caylor
“You don’t know nothing about birthing no biscuits” is just one of the many lines which kept the audience laughing Saturday evening as Izzy and Dolly lived out their roles as the kitchen witches in Tater Patch’s latest production.
First time Director Gary Boyles, along with the cast and crew, achieved his goal of giving watchers a painting with live action and entertaining comedy as two middle-aged women struggle with their TV cooking careers and family secrets.
Race cars line the front straight and stretch through turns 3 and 4 at Dixie Speedway. The dirt track in Woodstock will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary, and under the ownership of racing promotor Mickey Swims, Dixie Speedway has thrived over the past four decades. The track still hosts stock car racing every Saturday night from the spring to the fall of every year. (Photo courtesy of Dixie Speedway.)
By Larry Cavender
With last week's running of the Daytona 500, NASCAR kicked off its 71st season. This week, NASCAR moves closer to home with a 500 mile race set for Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia just south of Atlanta.
Last week, the Pickens County Progress documented stock car racing's early rural, Southern roots, and although there are no superspeedways located in the immediate north Georgia area, racing also took root locally at about the same time NASCAR began to flourish.