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AAA: No relief in sight at the pumps

ATLANTA — Motorists hoping for a break at the pumps shouldn’t hold their collective breaths. “Motorists can expect prices to increase well into spring, however year-to-date price trends mirror that of 2011. If the trending continues like last year, we could see pump prices peak in May and then start to retreat,” Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, said in a news release earlier this week. At the start of the week, gas prices in Georgia averaged

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Feds: JetBlue pilot charged

A JetBlue pilot from Georgia faces a federal charge of interference with a flight crew after telling his colleagues “things just don’t matter” and leaving the cockpit mid-flight. Clayton Frederick Osbon, 49, of Richmond Hill, on Tuesday was assigned to JetBlue Flight No. 191 from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to Las Vegas. However, according to federal authorities, Osbon was late arriving to JFK and missed a crew briefing. According to an FBI

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Famed Disney songwriter, Robert B. Sherman, dies at 86

Robert B. Sherman, half of the acclaimed and prolific Sherman Brothers songwriting team, passed away in London, England, on March 5 at The London Clinic, from an age-related illness. He was 86 years old. In collaboration with his brother, Richard M. Sherman (who survives him), Robert wrote some of the most memorable and beloved songs in the history of modern family entertainment. Personally selected by Walt Disney to write songs for his films, television shows,

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AAA: Gas prices stabilize

ATLANTA — Finally, some relief. The national average price of a gallon of regular retail gasoline remained relatively stable last week for the first time in almost six weeks, according to AAA. Prices increased for 39 consecutive days, before stabilizing last week, the organization said. “We have equal bullish and bearish pressures weighing on the market at this time from lagging demand numbers to U.S. job growth,” Angie LaPlant, director of public relations for AAA,

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Clarksville forever linked to railroads

Davy Jones, the lead singer of the 1960s group, The Monkees, died recently. Thanks to The Monkees, Clarksville’s name will forever be linked with railroads. “Take the last train to Clarksville, and I’ll meet you at the station,” the group sang on their 1966 single, “Last Train to Clarksville.” On the surface, it might seem as though the group was singing about the decline of the city’s railroad transportation. But the song is a Vietnam

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Officials urge safety this St. Patrick’s Day

DUNWOODY, Ga. — State officials are urging motorists to stay safe when celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day. “St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s days in the world, but all too often, it shares that distinction with a far less impressive one. Too many people are driving drunk and killing themselves or others on the road as a result,” Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, said in

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Southern Museum to Unveil Rare Civil War Regimental Flag

KENNESAW, Ga. – A rare 65th Georgia Infantry Flag recently returned home to the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History following a thorough conservation process in West Virginia. The rare Army of Tennessee regimental flag, complete with bullet holes and blood stains, is now being prepared for display within the Southern Museum. Textile Preservation handled the conservation process. “As part of the conservation treatment, the flag was flattened to be framed for display

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When the gold rush came to town

Photos by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011, 2012 DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The city’s fortunes changed forever in 1828 when gold was discovered in the area. It was nearly two decades before the famous California Gold Rush took place when gold was discovered. Exactly who discovered the gold — and where and when — is open to some debate. But, what’s not subject to discussion is the impact gold had on the city. The U.S. Mint

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Park recalls bloody battle at Ringgold Gap

Photos by Todd DeFeo (c) 2012 RINGGOLD, Ga. — After Union troops defeated Confederate forces at Missionary Ridge near Chattanooga, Tenn., Confederate forces retreated. Union soldiers pursued. Rebels under the command of Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne on Nov. 27, 1863, took up positions at Ringgold Gap near the Western & Atlantic Railroad pass through Taylor’s Ridge. Meanwhile, Union Maj. Gen. Joseph B. Hooker sent 12,000 troops after the fleeing Rebels. Cleburne ordered his 4,100 troops

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Hart County Courthouse monuments pay respects to nation’s wars

Photos by Todd DeFeo (c) 2012 HARTWELL, Ga. — The Hart County Courthouse is among the more modern additions to the roster of courthouses in the state of Georgia. Built in 1971, the courthouse replaced the 1902 courthouse that was destroyed by fire in 1967. The 1902 courthouse, the county’s third, replaced a building that stood from 1856 until about 1900. The first Hart County Courthouse was a wooden structure erected in 1854. Here’s a