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Tom Cruise in Ball Ground scouting movie location

Two different residents of the small town told our Ball Ground reporter they saw Tom Cruise in town Monday to scout a location for an upcoming film “Mena." 
We reported in our March 19th edition that the city council had discussed a movie company's request to use their local scenery, possibly at some point between May and July.

One of the people showed our reporter a photo of them with the famous actor but said they were asked to not make the photo public.

Check out real falcons in Atlanta, live falconcam

FalconCam GaDNR
From Ga. DNR

 Atlanta’s fastest-flying family is online again.


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources camera is streaming live video of a pair of peregrine falcons nesting atop SunTrust Plaza Tower. Although the adults switched nest sites this spring, delaying the project, viewers can now watch as the raptors start a new family more than 50 stories above downtown Atlanta.


Half-naked man Tasered after ruckus at QuikTrip

    A wild scene unfolded early Sunday morning at the Jasper QuikTrip when a Dawsonville man took off his pants in the bathroom, threw food at employees, tossed merchandise into the aisles and knocked over kitchen equipment.
    The incident report notes that deputies used Tasers on the man twice before they could secure him, after he had jumped the fence in front of the store and raised concerns the half-nude perpetrator might dash into the four-lane.
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Third CVS robbed in Cherokee

Authories seek help finding suspect


Cherokee Sheriff's deputies responded to an armed robbery this morning at a CVS Pharmacy on Highway 92 at Woodstock Road in Acworth at approximately 7:30am. The suspect, who was wearing a ski mask and displayed a handgun escorted a CVS clerk to a back room and forced the manger to open the safe. Only two employees were in the store at the time and no customers. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken. The suspect

Bluegrass Festival will bring top bands here


By Suellen Reitz

True Bluegrass fans are anxiously awaiting the upcoming Bluegrass Charity Festival to be held here in Jasper on Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-10. Why?   Because this is anticipated to be one of the largest bluegrass gatherings in North Georgia, featuring some of the best bluegrass musicians known from the southeast. With only 6 weeks until show-time, we want to help those new to the bluegrass genre get to know our bands and the music they love to perform. 

This week, we meet one of the oldest continuing performing bluegrass bands from Georgia, Bullsboro. Now in their 44th year of plucking the strings, Bullsboro started as a bunch of young guys in Newnan Georgia under the name of  L&P Express. When members learned their home town of Newnan had originally been named Bullsboro, they changed the band’s name to Bullsboro Bluegrass Band, later shortening it to simply Bullsboro.