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Little Shop of Horrors equals big theater of humor

Tater Patch's latest opens Oct. 24


Tater Patch Players

By Nan Nawrocki

Tater Patch Players

When the Tater Patch Players gave me the responsibility to direct the eccentric Little Shop of Horrors, I wasn’t sure what to expect. First, in spite of its title, be assured, there is NO HORROR in this musical. It’s a spoof of a show, meant to poke fun the awful “B” Science Fiction movies of the 1950s and ’60s.  In fact, it is based on a 1960 movie of the same name directed by Roger Corman. The show is very firmly tongue-in-cheek, meant to amuse and entertain, not to scare.

The music is a kaleidoscope of styles - Doo-wop to Blues to Calypso.

Hefty drop at the pump -- gas prices could go as low as 2010 levels

gaspumpGeorgia, October 20- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 10.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.06/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.12/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 20.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 23.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 22.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 23.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

Ebola preparedness in Georgia -- Governor taps top team

Governor's Office press release

   Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he will sign an executive order to create an Ebola response team, which will assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia.

    “Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said. “The creation of this team is an additional step in the state’s response to this disease and will further our efforts to ensure the safety and quality of life for our citizens. By combining the expertise of the health and research communities with our state agencies, Georgia will be uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise. Those that have been chosen to serve on the panel are leaders in their respective fields – specifically Emory University Hospital, which has remained at the forefront of our nation’s response to this infectious disease. We are taking every necessary precaution to alleviate fear within our communities and make certain Georgia stands prepared.”

54 percent of dogs, cats overweight, obese


Wednesday is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are encouraging pet parents to pay attention to the serious problem facing more than half of America’s pets. 

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is a day to raise awareness about the growing pet obesity problem in the U.S. as well as an opportunity to gather more information during the Eighth Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey.

Beware of utility cutoff phone scam

FromCherokee County Sheriff Office


The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to be extremely careful of persons calling their home claiming to be with a utility company and threatening to cut off services if they do not make a payment over the phone.

Recently we have received information from citizens that explain they have received a phone call from a person claiming to be with Georgia Power threatening to cut off power if they don’t make a payment over the phone. This is a scam. Georgia Power does not contact customers by phone and request payment.

If citizens receive a similar call they should not provide the caller with any personal information.