• Silencing the Citizens for Public Safety

    Opinion – Is it possible to get accurate citizen input at a town hall meeting and ban the citizens from attending? Unlikely. Regardless, the City of Blue Ridge is forging ahead with their “town hall” meeting to get resident input on the annexation of portions of Hwy. 5 and Hwy. 515. I guess we are […]

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  • Tennessee lifting restaurants and retail capacity restrictions

    Nashville, Tenn. – As Tennessee continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the state’s Economic Recovery Group announced today it will lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and retail to instead focus on social distancing best practices effective May 22 and issue guidelines to facilitate the safe reopening of larger, non-contact attractions on or after May 22. […]

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  • Tenn. issues new guidance for non-contact sports, summer camps, and higher education

    Nashville, Tenn. – Governor Bill Lee’s Economic Recovery Group issued new guidelines today for noncontact sports, camps, and higher education under the Tennessee Pledge. Since the state began its measured reopening in late April, nearly every industry is now able to resume business in some capacity with specific recommendations to preserve and protect the health and safety […]

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  • Georgia 14th candidates talk about Second Amendment

    One issue that voters in the Northwestern Georgia district feel passionately about is the Second Amendment. Although the short amendment was ratified on Dec. 17, 1791, the interpretation of it splits politicians. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, […]

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  • Georgia’s 14th Congressional candidates speak on abortion

    One issue that voters in the Northwestern Georgia district feel passionately about is abortion. Here is what the candidates for Georgia’s 14th Congressional seat have to say about abortion. The following snap-shot is compiled from candidate interviews and their websites. Kevin Cooke I’m the only one who has actually voted on these issues. Being a […]

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  • Georgia’s 14th Congressional candidates talk hot topics

    Georgis’a 14th Congressional race is now in the hands of voters as early voting begins today. The candidates were unable to hit the traditional campaign trail due the global pandemic and guidelines that crippled gathering in large crowds, making hand-to-hand contact ill-advised and face masks all the fashion rage. Still, candidates found ways to connect, including […]

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  • Optimists show signs of care for Gilmer Graduates

    EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County’s 2020 graduates have had more than a few setbacks in their senior year due to COVID-19, from missing half a semester, one quarter of their entire  senior year, to cancellations of their graduation and prom before rescheduling. Many school districts in Georgia are trying their best to provide a […]

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  • 2020 White County Sheriff Republican Party Debate

    BKP moderates the debate you do not want to miss. Between Jail, Drug Problems, Budgeting and Work Release Programs, the Sheriff Candidates cover it all. These wonderful 5 candidates help you better know them and their stances. Do not forget to vote June 9th!    

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  • DPH Release – Expanded Testing For COVID-19 In Georgia

    Revised Testing Criteria and Increased Number of Test Sites Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is increasing the number of specimen collection sites statewide for COVID-19 testing, and is revising the current testing criteria to accommodate more testing of Georgia residents. Effective immediately, all symptomatic individuals will be eligible for COVID-19 testing. […]

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  • Candidate Announcement: June Krise-Georgia State Senate, District 51

    June Krise

    June Krise, RN, has qualified with the Democratic Party of Georgia to run for State Senate District 51, which includes White, Dawson, Gilmer, Fannin, Lumpkin, Union, half of Pickens, and a small part of Forsyth Counties. She is moved by all she has learned from residents within this district and is seeking the office of […]

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  • New Data Supports Social Distancing Now More Than Ever

    Department of public health

    News Release from the Department of Public Health – April 2, 2020 Atlanta – As Governor Brian Kemp and DPH Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., finalize the details of the Executive Order requiring Georgians to shelter in place, it is important to emphasize why these measures are needed now to keep all Georgians healthy […]

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  • President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Georgia


      WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for the state of Georgia to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on Jan. 20, 2020, and continuing. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis […]

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  • Fighting COVID-19 in Georgia

    From Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King: While the COVID-19 outbreak started as an international story that felt distant to many of us, this global pandemic has clearly become an issue impacting Georgians in every corner of our state. On Wednesday evening, we eclipsed 1,387 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia – […]

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  • Volunteer for COVID-19 Response

    Volunteer for COVID-19 Response Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 response. An effective response relies on volunteers who are pre-credentialed and organized. Georgia Responds is Georgia’s health and medical volunteer program which matches the skills […]

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