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Celebrate the apple during festival

In the early 20th century, cotton was king in Gilmer County – just as it was in so many parts of the state. But, thanks to the boll weevil, the area is today known as the “Apple Capital of Georgia.” The county, which is located about 80 miles north of Atlanta and home to 18 apple orchards, produces 600,000 bushels of apples every year. In celebration of its heritage, the area holds the Georgia Apple

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Resolution disapproving of union rule change fails in Senate

The U.S. Senate last week voted down a resolution opposing the National Mediation Board’s decision to change a rule that makes it easier for airline and railroad employees to unionize. The measure failed by a 56-43 vote. “The recognition of a union under the Railway Labor Act is essentially permanent and irrevocable, and now a minority can organize the entire bargaining unit,” U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said in a statement. “This administration simply refuses

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Southwest buying AirTran for $1.4B

PRNewsFoto/AirTran Airways ATLANTA – Southwest Airlines said it is buying AirTran Airlines for $1.4 billion. “Both companies have dedicated people with kindred Warrior Spirits, who care about each other, and who care about serving Customers. We will continue to enhance our award-winning Customer experiences and high-quality operations,” Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines’ chairman, president, and chief executive officer, said in a statement. The cash and stock deal is pending regulatory and AirTran stockholder approval. The purchase

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Southwest to buy AirTran

ATLANTA — Southwest Airlines said it is buying AirTran Airlines for $1.4 billion. “Both companies have dedicated people with kindred Warrior Spirits, who care about each other, and who care about serving Customers. We will continue to enhance our award-winning Customer experiences and high-quality operations,” Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines’ chairman, president, and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We believe this deal can benefit all Stakeholders through an expansion of low fares for customers,

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Park recalls Savannah’s role during Revolutionary War

Battlefield Park (Photos by Todd DeFeo) SAVANNAH, Ga. — By the end of 1778, the southern port city of Savannah was in the hands of the British. In the following months, the British built a number of fortifications around the city, including the Spring Hill redoubt, located near the modern-day intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Louisville Road. Starting on Sept. 16, 1779, American troops and their allies started a siege of the city,

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New book highlights Georgia’s Civil War sites

ATLANTA – A new book detailing Civil War sites statewide is a must-have for heritage travelers and history buffs looking to see the places that made history a century and a half ago. “Crossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia,” written by Barry L. Brown and Gordon R. Elwell, features information about more than 350 Civil War sites throughout the Peach State. The book, released just a year before the 150th

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Travelocity names top fall hot spots

Travelocity has named its top fall hot spots. Travelocity’s most recent fall data report shows that while certain cities like Las Vegas, Orlando and New York are perennial customer favorites, other destinations are jumping in the ranks and headed up the “most popular” list. Many of these destinations are also offering great travel deals, making an autumn getaway affordable. “With autumn officially here, we thought it was time to take a look at the destinations