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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun (or in an aquatic center).

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Douglas County

Boundary Waters Aquatic Park is located in Douglas County and it offers year-round swimming in an “8-lane, 25-yard heated competition pool, and a 4-lane, heated therapeutic/teaching pool”. The park offers $3.00 daily passes and $4.00 passes for non-residents. It’s is located at 5000 Georgia Highway 92 in Douglasville.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools.

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

CARROLLTON, Ga. – If you enjoy the water and the sun, come out and swim in the “largest sand swimming beach of any Georgia state park”. The park offers swimming, boating, hiking and miniature golf for under $6. The park is named for local businessman John Tanner, who previously owned the park.

The park features fun for the entire family and visitors can swim and boat in the expansive Tanners Lake from sunrise until sunset. For those visiting the park on a fishing trip, the lake allows private boats and those with electric motors, only.

The campground has 31 campsites, six motel units, and a pioneer camp. Most camp goers take advantage of the camping, miniature golf, volleyball and horseshoes. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The park is located at 354 Tanners Beach Road in Carrollton.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

WEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

Take your date on a trip to Sweetwater Creek State Park. On April 30, the park will hold a Twilight Canoe trip. This sunset ride is ranger-led and only open to adults who can swim and have some canoeing experience. $15 includes the canoe, paddle and PFD. The trip will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will return to shore around 9:00 p.m.

Go West, Go Green: UWG celebrates Earth Day

Go West, Go Green: UWG celebrates Earth Day

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia is pleased to mark Earth Day with a series of environmentally-conscious events that are free and open to the public.

The festivities are designed to get people involved in Going West and Going Green, cleaning and beautifying the land and river around UWG's scenic Carrollton campus.

Monday, Apr. 18
* Keep Carroll Beautiful ribbon cutting and birthday party
4:30 p.m., SCRAP Bin (105 Folds Drive, Suite 3, 30117)

* Movie Night: WALL-E
7 p.m., UWG Callaway Building, Room 145

Tuesday, Apr. 19
* Flower planting
12 noon, John Tanner State Park (354 Tanner Beach Road, 30117)

Wednesday, Apr.

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

ATLANTA -- April is Autism Awareness Month, and 17 North Georgia landmarks are letting their blue lights shine to raise awareness for this growing health crisis that now affects one in every 110 American children.

On the evenings of Friday, Apr. 1 and Saturday, Apr. 2, the buildings will illuminate special blue lights in support of Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign.

Over 700 iconic locations in 180 U.S. cities and 30 countries will glow blue on Apr. 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.

At dusk on Apr.

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Amateur athletes of every age, ability and passion can compete for medals again this year at the 2011 Georgia Games.

This year's edition of the state's largest multi-sport event will take place on various weekends throughout the summer.

Online registration is currently open for all 48 sports, listed below.

More than 8,000 athletes from 500 Georgia cities and town competed in the 2010 Games. The event is staffed by over 1,000 volunteers, who can also register online to help.

The Georgia Games is a festival for state citizens of all ages and athletic abilities, including physically disabled and Paralympic athletes.