You expect me to say "there are signs of Christmas," and certainly that is true. Retail establishments didn't wait until Black Friday to begin offering Christmas specials, and I hope we all remembered to "shop local businesses" on Small Business Saturday.
Individuals are putting away fall and Thanksgiving decorations and clothes and pulling out Christmas stuff.
In case you have been vacationing on the moon, you may have missed the news that the student-athletes from the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, came up a wee bit short in attaining the football championship of the Southeastern Conference.
That honor went to the young men of Louisiana State University who, having observed them in post-game interviews, are destined to become either, you know, great orators or, you know, quantum physicists.
Today, I ask for a moment of personal privilege. It was two years ago this week that I wrote about the Three Wise Men that have so greatly influenced my life: Roy Hodnett, a real estate magnate on Saint Simons Island; Dr. Raymond Cook, my college professor, now residing in Valdosta and John W. Jacobs Jr., a broadcast pioneer and philanthropist from Gainesville. All three in their 90s or close to it. All three a part of the Greatest Generation. All three family men of faith. I could not have asked for better role models.
Last week, John Jacobs died ...
Gov. Nathan Deal spoke to a large gathering of Republicans and Tea Party members on Nov. 22 in Dawson County. The event was sponsored by all three of the counties I represent as House District 9 Representative (Lumpkin, Dawson and Forsyth).
Deal covered a wide range of topics that would be looked at during the next Session of the General Assembly, as well as updating us on the budget situation.
Junior E. Lee is one of my most valued associates, but he can be a load to manage and a bit of a know-it-all. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield.
He has two primary responsibilities: First, keep as many bugs as possible out of Emanuel County - particularly Arveen Ridley's farm - and then to help us all to make better informed political decisions. The exterminating profession doesn't seem to have a lot in common with the democratic process, but when you have someone of Junior ...
Representatives from France and French firms met with American industry executives and academics at Georgia Tech recently where the discussion centered on how recycling in France reduces nuclear waste by more than 95 percent.
The procedure of refurbishing spent fuel rods is commonly called reprocessing in the United States and recycling in France.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
"Come in. Well, if it isn't Spiro Amburn, my favorite chief of staff. How are you, Spiro?"
In the last issue of "Panorama," The Georgia Conservancy's quarterly magazine, Conservancy President Pierre Howard eulogized former board member Ray Anderson, who had recently died.
Howard wrote about a speech that he heard Anderson give in 2005 at the Carter Center. He was dealing with the question "How could a living planet - the rarest and most precious thing in the universe - lose its biosphere, its essential livability?"
As you know, well as some of you know, on Nov. 8, there was an election held in the city to elect two council members and pass or reject alcohol sales on Sunday within the city.
But only 264 ballots were cast voting for city council members out of 1,104 registered voters within the city.
I see on the Web that some folks think that a reservoir is a dirty idea for Dawson County.
They oppose it saying that it will eliminate habitat for a protected species of fish and that it will harm downstream communities by using "their water."
As chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, I get many opportunities to see up close and personal what's happening in Georgia with all the energy options we have available. I had not realized that Atlanta has so many solar installations until I toured some of them recently.
Turner Enterprises has covered their Luckie Street parking facilities with 25 solar canopies that can provide 228,000 watts of electrical power annually. We were not told the cost of the installation, but these canopies are expected to provide 25 percent of the power needs at a savings of $30 ...
Oops! I left the "t" off the Rev. Bryant Wright's name in last week's column about the possibility of the Southern Baptist Convention dropping "Southern" from its name.
I was just so excited to learn that whatever the organization's future nomenclature, the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern (sic) Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., will continue to favor us with his observations on such critical theological issues as yoga and women preachers. (Al doesn't approve of either and I don't approve of Al, but that's a topic for another day).
As we enter November, we are concluding two of Dawson County's very successful programs for the year.
The third annual Dawson County Citizens Academy graduated 24 participants on Nov. 1. The 10 week program gives participants an in-depth look at how their local government operates.
I was struck by the irony of a comment attributed to Dawsonville Mayor Pro-tem James Grogan as to the reason the city passed an ordinance prohibiting pigs and chickens.
"To avoid having agricultural businesses that could be a nuisance to residents," was cited in a front page article in the Dawson Community News titled "Local farmer considers de-annexation from city."
I am hoping you will allow me to express my concern. I think people are forgetting how to drive. Two issues I see most often are confusion at roundabouts and failing to use blinkers. I would like to remind everyone that roundabouts require you to yield to traffic already in the roundabout (aka the vehicle that might wreck into you). Find a gap in traffic and enter the circle. You can only go right in roundabouts. Keep an eye out for pedestrians.
As for blinkers, I am not sure when it happened, but apparently we do not use them anymore ...
I appreciate Rep. Kevin Tanner's commitment to providing a forum for the public to ask questions and express concerns.
Fall of 2016 was a rough season.
Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...
As a former educator, an environmentalist, a Christian, and a (very) senior citizen, I have been concerned about a number of recent news items on ...
The specter of Elliott Field has resurfaced.
The City of Dawsonville is proposing that they buy an airport with everybody elses' money.
The Republicans in Congress are working towards repealing the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare. Unfortunately, although they always said they would "repeal ...
This week marked the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session and the end of week six here at the state Capitol. From committee meetings ...
We have experienced several periods this winter of above-average temperatures. If you've been outside, you may have noticed that these warm days have led ...
You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...
A new independent study from the Urban Institute found that repealing the ACA Law without a replacement would leave 30 million people, including 4 million ...
3-1 votes have cost the county thousands of dollars as Commissioners Julie Nix, Sharon Fausett and Jimmy Hamby, by coincidence and without public comment, vote ...
Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and ...
The past two weeks have been extremely busy at the Capitol.
First, I want to thanks to Rep. Kevin Tanner for meeting every Saturday during the legislative session with his constituents.