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Shooting the Breeze with Will Roland


(Will is a 13-year-old racer who recently won first place racing adults at the Rome Speedway, the south’s fastest half mile dirt track. He is the son of Mark and Salena Roland of Jasper. He attends North Georgia Christian Academy in Ellijay where he will enter 7th grade this fall.)

How long have you been driving and what type of cars do you race?
    This is my first full year. Crate late model. (Crate late model is the same car they run on the professional level, Lucas oil series, except it has a spec engine produced by General Motors that has around 400hp.)

How did you become interested in racing cars?
    My dad started to take me to the quarter midget track when I was about 3.  And I started liking them after that.

What's the best thing about racing? The worst?
    The best is when you win one and the worst is when you know you have a great car and get in a wreck and tear a lot up.

Have you ever flipped during a race or in training?
    Not in the Crate late model.

How many races have you been in? 
    Around 20 in the Crate late model.

You recently took first place at the Rome Speedway, the South's fastest half-mile dirt track. What was it like to win the race?
    It felt pretty good. I would of never thought that would of been my first win.

If you had a super power, what would it be?
    To cure sicknesses.

Last movie you watched?

Do you have a favorite professional NASCAR racer?
    Kasey Kahn

Update on power outages -- many still without electricity

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From Stacey Fields, Director of Public Relations

Amicalola EMC

Crews are working hard to make some good progress today. At this time, we have 5653 members without power. Lumpkin has 3460, Dawson, 1656 and Cherokee and Pickens counties both under 300 members.

We have multiple crews working in the following areas: Cherokee/Pickens/East Dawson: Clayton Community, Lower Bethany, Fate Conn, Lower Burris. The Four Mile area, Chumbley Road, Cowart Road, Kelly Bridge, Yellow Creek and Amicalola Church area.  In Dawson and Lumpkin: Cleve Wright/Hwy 136, Goldcreek, Gold Mine to Hwy 183, Amicalola Falls to Gilmer County, Mill Creek & Castleberry on Hwy 9, Auraria 9 South, Philipi, Cavender Creek, Turners Corner and Hwy 52 West near Forest Hills/Jay Bridge.

Ga. issues new policy for travelers from Ebola-affected countries

More aggressive monitoring procedures will help state manage risks of disease, protect citizens


Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia will increase Ebola monitoring for all in-bound travelers from affected countries.


“We are taking every necessary precaution to ensure that Georgia stands prepared to manage the risks associated with Ebola,” Deal said. “Because Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is one of five points of entry into the United States from affected areas, I have developed, in coordination with my Ebola Response Team, a policy to more aggressively monitor travelers from affected countries, symptomatic or not, and quarantine if need be. We are taking these proactive steps to protect the health of the people of our state, and this new policy is an altogether effective and appropriate response at this time.”


Travelers will be screened at the airport by quarantine station medical personnel. This screening will include measuring temperature and checking for symptoms of Ebola and history of any exposure to known Ebola patients. 


If travelers show symptoms, they will be isolated immediately and transferred to a designated hospital for evaluation. If the travelers show no symptoms, they will be divided into three categories for monitoring. Categories and associated procedures detailed below:


·         Category 1, high risk – Travelers with known direct exposure to an Ebola patient. Travelers in this category will be subject to quarantine at a designated facility.

·         Category 2, low risk – Travelers from affected area with no known exposure to an Ebola patient. Travelers in this category will sign a monitoring agreement with the Georgia Department of Public Health. This agreement requires travelers to conduct temperature and symptom self-checks twice per day and report results to Public Health once per day (electronic, email or phone contact acceptable). Travelers who fail to report during the 21-day incubation period will be contacted by Public Health and issued a mandatory quarantine order if necessary.

·         Category 3 – Medical personnel actively involved in treating Ebola patients returning to the United States. Individuals in this category will be issued a 21-day active monitoring order and will be visually monitored (video communications or home visit) by Public Health twice per day. Public Health will assess for the development of symptoms and adjust restrictions as necessary. Noncompliance will result in quarantine at a state-designated facility. 


The Ebola Response Team held a conference call this afternoon to analyze and endorse this new procedure. It will meet this Wednesday to continue evaluating state preparedness and making necessary recommendations.