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Tiny home trend reaches north Georgia

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  People lined up to get a peek inside at the Tiny Home Mountain Festival in Ellijay on September 23 and 24. Tiny homes are gaining popularity across the country. 

Last weekend a slew of tiny houses descended on Ellijay in the aptly-titled Tiny Home Mountain Festival, the first of its kind in this area. 

Over the course of the two-day event, people were invited to get up close and personal with a trend that’s anything but tiny, now the subject of several popular television shows like Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Nation, and Tiny House, Big Living.

Festival goers, which included tiny house advocates and people there to feed their curiosity, toured tiny homes on wheels and tiny homes that could be built on foundations. Prices ranged from around $15,000 for a 500-square-foot shell, to models that were exquisitely crafted and fully-furnished with a price tag of over $100,000. The homes utilized innovative ways to save space, from folding wall tables, to pocket doors, to a machine that’s a washer and dryer in one. 

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Your local newspaper: The real deal

By Jim Zachary

 

While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.”

Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more valuable to readers and communities.

This week, newspapers across the nation recognize National Newspaper Week and the theme — Real Newspapers…Real News — points to the importance of accurate reporting, watchdog journalism, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and a free, open public forum that can be easily accessed by readers in more ways than ever before.

In print, on digital sites, via laptop, desktop and mobile devices, through SMS or social media, newspapers across the nation continue to be the leading source of reliable information in all the communities they serve.

In a world of fake news spread on social media and attacks on the media from people in power, it is important for the public to know the difference between legitimate reporting by credible sources and all the noise posing as “the media.”

Here are some of the reasons your local newspaper is the most trustworthy source for news and information:

• Newspaper newsrooms are staffed with real people — people you know — reporters, photographers, editors — gathering the news, conducting interviews, covering meetings, attending events, writing, editing, fact-checking and making sure every day you can trust what you read.

• Newspapers rely on recognizable sources. Quotes in the articles you read are attributed to real people and can be easily verified.

• Newspapers work hard to stay away from single source reporting, giving readers context and balance.

• Newspaper websites have legitimate URLs ending in .com or .org extensions, listing contact information, the names of staff members and the media organization’s leadership team on the website.

• Newspapers correct mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes at times, but there is a big difference between an error and intentionally and knowingly publishing a false report because of some political or social agenda. Spurious websites, blogs and social media do not correct errors. They thrive on them.

In the United States newspapers have a long and important legacy of holding the powerful accountable, defending the First Amendment and advocating for government transparency.

Democracy is protected when the newspaper provides checks and balances as the Fourth Estate of government from city hall to the courthouse to the statehouse to the White House.

Newspapers are committed to the neighborhoods, cities, counties, states and coverage areas they serve.

Straightforward news reporting and thought-provoking commentary give a voice to the voiceless and empower the powerless. Newspapers hold government accountable because at our very core we believe that government belongs to the governed and not to the governing.

Don’t be embarrassed because you shared some sensational, agenda-driven report on social media only to find out it is totally fake. Get your news where real news has always been found: Your local newspaper, the real deal.

 

[Jim Zachary, CNHI Regional Editor for Georgia and Florida newspapers, is the  director of the Transparency Project of Georgia,  and member of the board of directors of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.]

 

Drug sweep leads to one arrest

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         Law enforcement agents used four specially-trained drug dogs to sweep Pickens High School in an unannounced search Tuesday morning, according to a press conference held later that day.

The dogs “hit” on several spots inside the school, but no drugs were found there during the October 3 sweep. However, a misdemeanor amount of marijuana was found in a student’s car and he was arrested. 

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From guard-shacks to shorter school years

Superintendent chat covers broad territory

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        Though only one family (three members of the public) turned up at the first school superintendent chat Monday evening, Dr. Carlton Wilson spent an hour going over a wide range of topics that are on the radar.

Wilson, who was hired earlier this year, made it clear these were all issues they were studying, gathering information or discussing. All must go to the school board before being enacted if they determine the plans would suit the local system.

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Dam deal in home stretch

Work to begin on Grandview in spring

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        Repairs to the Grandview dam will begin next spring. In addition to repairs, a deal that has been struck between Grandview shareholders and Pickens leaders will bring the county its first reservoir.

       

By Angela Reinhardt

Staff writer

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     Details of the multi-million dollar Grandview Lake and dam project are in the final stages, with both sides calling it a “win-win.”

The Grandview Lake Company and the county government have been in discussions for several years about the deal, where the county would help arrange a loan for dam repairs in exchange for permission to pump up to 333,000 gallons of water a day from the lake. Grandview Lake Company has obtained a withdrawal permit from the Environmental Protection Division and will transfer that to the county to serve the water treatment plant that will eventually be built. Grandview Lake Company will use revenue from the water to pay for the dam repairs.

The deal is appealing to both the Grandview Lake shareholders (lake members) and the county. It provides the county with a much-needed reservoir and treatment facility. The regular revenue from water sales will allow Grandview shareholders to maintain their dam. 

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