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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

ACWORTH, 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.

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

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools. The outdoor pools usually open, soon, after Memorial Day and the indoor pools are open year-round. Daily passes can be purchased from $3.30 and monthly passes can be purchased for $18.00.

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

CANTON, Ga. – Take a family trip and participate in a remote history lesson at the same time. Visit the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville to see the last standing artifacts from the Mississippian Native Americans. This group inhabited the area from 1000-1550.

According to Georgia State Parks, only about nine percent of this site has been excavated and examination of the surrounding artifacts revealed that the Etowah Indians were a society that was rich in ritual and habit.

Historians think, one of the mounds excavated was used as a “platform” for the home of the priest-chief. Seemingly, the priest-chief needed to live on a higher elevation than his tribe to “monitor” his people. Another excavated mound was a tomb for a nobleman in the tribe.  

Visitors are able to tour the museum, the ruins and listen to docents as they share their interpretation of what the community once was.

Registration open for Acworth summer camp

Registration open for Acworth summer camp

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Every year, the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department provides a safe and active camp environment for local children to enjoy the summer.

Camps include a variety of outdoor activities, such as swimming, canoeing, hiking and archery, as well as field trips to Stars and Strikes, Fernbank Science Center, Zoo Atlanta and the World of Coca-Cola.

The eight one-week camp sessions begin the week of June 6 and end on Aug. 5, with a break during the week of July 4. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended time available for working parents.

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.

Go fly a kite

Go fly a kite

DALLAS, Ga. -- Get a jump start on spring activities this weekend by flying kites with your friends and neighbors.

The Family Fun Flyers kite flying extravaganza will be on Saturday, Mar. 12 at White Oak Park (298 Mustang Drive, Dallas, 30132).

Sign-in begins at 12:30 p.m., with the actual event scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.

Fantastic prizes will be awarded to the oldest flyer, youngest flyer, highest flyer and most unique kite, so pray for wind and get ready for the weekend.

Register for City of Dallas Baseball

Register for City of Dallas Baseball

DALLAS, GA -- Beginning in 2011, the City of Dallas is offering baseball at Sara Babb Park (216 Recreation Drive, Dallas, 30132).

Early registration began on Dec. 1. Applications and uniform order forms may be printed and mailed to:

City of Dallas
129 East Memorial Drive
Dallas, GA 30132

On-site registration will begin on Monday, Jan. 3 and run through Monday, Jan. 31 at Sara Babb Park. Registration will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Baseball is for children ages three to 18.