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Travelers petition feds to require disclosure of airline fees

A number of organizations this week submitted signatures from more than 50,000 travelers on a petition urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to require airlines to share all of their ancillary fees through every booking channel in which they participate. “Only two weeks ago, we asked travelers to tell us how they felt about hidden airline fees, and we opened a floodgate,” Kevin Mitchell, chairman of the Business Travel Coalition (BTC), said in a

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UPDATE: Dawsonville’s colorful history serves as backdrop for festival

Dawsonville, Ga., has a colorful history, to say the least. During the first of the 19th century, the city grew as settlers and gold miners moved into the area in the wake of a gold rush in North Georgia. But Dawsonville earned its more storied, infamous reputation during Prohibition when the area became a focal point for moonshine production – considered by many local residents as more of a way of life than a crime.

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Georgia’s ‘Apple Capital’ set to celebrate fruit

Gilmer County, located about 80 miles north of Atlanta, is known as the “Apple Capital of Georgia.” The county produces 600,000 bushels of apples every year. In celebration of its heritage, the area holds the Georgia Apple Festival every October. The festival is complete with everything one would expect from a festival – from inflatable festival toys to arts and crafts to funnel cakes. Of course, there are also a number of apple delicacies, ranging

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Dawsonville’s colorful history serves as backdrop for festival

Dawsonville, Ga., has a colorful history, to say the least. During the 19th century, the city was an outpost for settlers and gold miners. But the city earned its true reputation during Prohibition when the area became a focal point for moonshine production. The so-called “trippers,” who transported moonshine, earned quite a reputation for their driving skills, and they eventually rose to the rank of folk heroes. They served as the precursor to modern-day NASCAR

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Fall means festivals in Georgia

Fall is festival time in Georgia, and this year’s lineup offers the opportunity to celebrate everything from apples to gold rush to moonshine. To help with planning, here are some festivals scheduled for October: Great Locomotive Chase Festival, Adairsville (Oct. 1-3) Cotton Pickin’ Fair, Gay (Oct. 2-3) Big Red Apple Festival, Cornelia (Oct. 2) Marble Festival, Jasper (Oct. 2-3) Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee (Oct. 8-16) Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay (Oct. 9-10, 16-17) Sorghum Festival,

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Georgia parks preparing to launch ‘Leaf Watch 2010’

Tallulah Gorge State Park (Photo by Todd DeFeo) CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Leaf peepers, get ready. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites are preparing to launch “Leaf Watch 2010” on Oct. 1. The partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission tracks the fall’s colors in Georgia. “Fortunately, there are no ‘bad’ years for fall foliage in Georgia,” Ken Masten, the Gainesville District Manager for the Georgia Forestry Commission, said in a news release. “With moderating temperatures and sufficient

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Asheville offers leaf peepers opportunity to scope ‘brilliant’ fall colors

Asheville, N.C., officials are making their pitch for leaf peepers looking for brilliant colors this fall. “A long spell of dry weather during the spring and summer could provide some of the most brilliant colors seen in several years for leaf-lookers headed to the mountains of Western North Carolina this autumn,” Katherine Mathews, an assistant professor of biology specializing in plant systematic at Western Carolina University, said in a news release. Because of its location

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Georgia parks offering free admission Sept. 25

Etowah Indian Mounds (Photo by Todd DeFeo) CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites are offering free admission Sept. 25 to celebrate National Public Lands Day. “Georgia’s state parks and historic sites wouldn’t be here without our visitors and supporters,” Parks Director Becky Kelley said in a news release. “Free Day in the Parks is our way of thanking the thousands of people who volunteer their time, spend their vacations in the parks, or