• VFW presents 9/11 officer of the year to K9 deputy and first responders

    VFW

    LOUDON, TENNESSEE – On what is one of the most sacred of days for first responders all over the United States, the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) held its annual 9/11 Remembrance and First Responder Recognition Ceremony outside the Loudon City Fire Department. During the ceremony, and in between pause’s for […]

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  • Sheriff’s office investigating human remains

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    MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said the Sheriff’s Office is investigating human remains that were found on private property late last week. The remains were taken to Knox County Regional Forensic Center for analysis and positive identification. The remains, which appear to be of an adult male, were located on private […]

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  • North Georgia Technical College President dies of COVID-19

    North Georgia Technical College

    CLARKESVILLE, Ga – On September 13 at 8:17 a.m., North Georgia Technical College announced on social media that its President Dr. Mark Ivester passed away from COVID-19 on September 12, 2020. Ivester, 57, battled the virus for several weeks before passing away late Saturday evening in a Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, Ga. The […]

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  • Union County lowers tax increase to 17 percent

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In a called meeting, Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris approved dropping the tax increase from 19.98 percent to 17 percent. “After hearing from constituents at the three public hearings, Union County has decided to reduce the proposed property tax increase to 17%. The school portion of your bill is about two-thirds of the […]

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  • District 50 recount confirms Hatchett win, Hall concedes

    recount Hatchett

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – The recount of the August 11 runoff confirmed the original results with Bo Hatchett winning the majority of the vote. He even picked up a few in some counties. Stacy Hall, who requested a recanvassing, announced that he had conceded the race just before 8 p.m. on social media. “With nearly 25,000 […]

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  • Secretary of State unveils new absentee ballot request portal

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    ATLANTA-Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger unveils a new online portal to make it easier for Georgia voters to request absentee ballots for the November elections. Georgia voters with a driver’s license or state ID card will now be able to request an absentee ballot entirely online. “Georgia is constantly searching for new and innovative […]

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  • State senate recount on Monday, Hall claims ballot mishandling

    hall vote recount recount ballot mishandling

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Georgia State Senate District 50 recount will occur on Monday, August 31, across all eight counties. The recount will include all ballots from the August 11 runoff with counties beginning at 9 a.m. District 50 includes Franklin, Habersham, Towns, Rabun, Stephens, and Banks counties and parts of Hall and Jackson counties. Secretary […]

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  • Governor Roy Cooper urges extension to the Census deadline

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    RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper joined a bipartisan coalition of governors from Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington to urge the US Census Bureau to extend the Census through October 31 to help ensure a complete count. In a signed letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Census Bureau […]

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  • Towns Board of Elections to recount sheriff’s race

    Towns County Board of Elections

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – After the Osborn campaign filed a petition stating cause and the Board of Elections consulted with the county attorney, Towns County will hold a recount of the sheriff’s race. On August 12, sheriff candidate Daren “Bear” Osborn issued his initial request for a recount. The same day, the Secretary of State’s Office […]

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  • Financial strain reason behind 19.98 percent tax increase

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – On Thursday, August 20, Union County Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris held two of three public hearings concerning a proposed property tax increase. In each meeting, the commissioner echoed the necessity to raise taxes to combat rising costs and maintain services.  Each hearing took place in a packed, socially distanced courtroom with a […]

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  • 2 positive students and 4 staff COVID-19 cases at UCS

    UCS COVID-19 positive cases food delivery immunizations

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County Schools (UCS) released coronavirus, COVID-19 numbers on Friday, August 14. Currently, two students and four staff members have positive cases. 27 students and 17 staff members are currently under quarantine for possible exposure. Students and faculty return to in-person instruction on August 17, and the students and faculty under quarantine […]

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  • Census Takers out in the community to complete the count

    Census Takers

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Census Takers have begun visiting homes of those who have yet to complete the 2020 population count. They will be out in the community conducting the count until late September. Citizens can verify if someone is working for the Census by asking for their valid ID badge. It will have their photograph, […]

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  • Greene calls out “fake news,” Dems, and Pelosi

    Greene Fake News

    ELLIJAY, Ga – Fourteenth District Republican Candidate Marjorie Greene compared the “fake news” media attacks against her to those hurled at President Donald Trump. She certainly didn’t mince words when talking about the media, Democrats, or Republicans following her election night win. Since easily winning her runoff with 56.75 percent of the vote, the majority […]

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  • Clyde “honored and humbled” by Ninth District support

    Clyde Ninth District

    ELLIJAY, Ga – Ninth District Republican candidate Andrew Clyde expressed his enthusiasm to represent Ninth District voters and has begun preparing for the race to November. Clyde told Brian Pritchard on Good Morning from the Office that he had an “amazing election night” and is feeling “pretty incredible.” He also took a moment to thank […]

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