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Tourism up, but can we trust the numbers?

     On May 9th, 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. 

Rep. Graves: Trump’s Budget Is Impressive And Honest


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, A New Foundation for American Greatness
“The president’s budget proposal is impressive. He’s keeping his campaign promises, and also being very honest with Americans about what it takes to balance the budget. Many decisions are hard, but the president has offered new ideas and a fresh approach to solve our nation’s greatest challenges. 

“The president’s vision includes major middle-income and business tax cuts, and a $1 trillion public-private plan for national infrastructure projects. These proposals would open up new opportunities and good jobs in communities across Georgia.

“I support the proposal to build upon our spending cuts and further reduce the size of many federal agencies. The president rightly wants to have fewer bureaucrats around to regulate our lives in order to free up funding for border security and the military.

“Congress has about four months to dig into the plan, debate the merits and respond with a final spending bill. I’m excited to work with the president and his team to do big things and empower Americans to achieve their dreams.”

Library lecture goes radioactive

Standing-room-only crowd hears about nuclear site in Dawson County

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 Dr. James Mahaffey and his lecture on the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory drew a large crowd to the Pickens County Library. Click here for a previous local story about the nuclear site.  

       Dr. James Mahaffey, acclaimed nuclear engineer and author of the new book Atomic Adventures, hit a nerve with his lecture about the defunct nuclear testing site in Dawson County that, like most things in the world of nuclear history, is shrouded by rumor, myth and classified information. 

      During the presentation, held at the Pickens County Library on Thursday, May 18th, Dr. Mahaffey outlined the rise and fall of the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory that operated on part of a 10,000-acres tract in the Dawson Forest between 1957 and 1971. Today, ominous remains from the testing facility are still at the site – concrete foundations, an abandoned “hot cell” building, and a flooded underground control room. 

State Troopers Strictly Enforcing Seat Belt Laws and Watching for Impaired Drivers This Memorial Day Holiday


     ATLANTA— The Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the Memorial Day holiday travel period.  This year, the travel period is 78-hours long, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 26, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Memorial Day. “In the coming days, troopers will be on full patrols during peak travel times, strictly enforcing seat belt laws and keeping an eye out for impaired drivers,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “They will not only be patrolling the interstates but secondary roads as well,” he added.

Man who killed 2 year old and assaulted 4 year old to remain in prison for life



Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017


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