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AthFest: A great way to explore Athens’ music scene

ATHENS – Perhaps the only thing more synonymous with Athens than college football is music. The home of R.E.M., the B-52s and many more, live music is still very much a part of present-day Athens. But, AthFest might just be the best way to experience the Classic City’s music scene. The three-day festival, held annually in downtown Athens, launched in 1997. The festival’s mission is to educate people about the city’s music and arts community.

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Reports: Georgia Music Hall of Fame to close in June

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Ga., is closing June 12, The (Macon) Telegraph newspaper reported Tuesday. The hall’s authority voted 4-3 in favor of shuttering the financially strapped museum, the newspaper reported. Most of the museum’s collections will move to the University of Georgia Special Collections Library, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. Macon and three other cities — Athens, Dunwoody, Woodstock — have been vying to host the museum, but state officials have

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FMCSA, GSP to conduct bus safety inspections in Athens

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Georgia State Police will conduct bus safety inspections at the Greyhound Bus Lines terminal in Athens on Wednesday. The strike forces are part of FMCSA’s year-around, nationwide safety enforcement efforts designed to strengthen commercial bus and driver safety, officials said.

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Athens trestle a music landmark

ATHENS, Ga. — To most passersby, the old, abandoned railroad trestle off Poplar Street near Dudley Park probably wouldn’t garner much of a reaction. But, to music fans, especially those of Athens native R.E.M., the trestle is a landmark. Gracing the back of the band’s 1983 album “Murmur,” the bridge is best known today as the Murmur Trestle. The trestle was built in 1883 and served the Georgia Railroad and later CSX Transportation, according to the

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A one-stop guide to Athens, Ga.

Athens is home to a lot more than the University of Georgia. The Classic City is a wealth of attractions, culture and history. What’s more, Athens is the perfect one-tank trip from Atlanta. Yet, it offers enough that it could also be a nice weekend getaway.

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History is a short drive away from Athens

ATHENS, Ga. – There’s a lot of history in Northeast Georgia within a short drive of Athens. About 25 miles from downtown is the Crawford W. Long Museum in the Jackson County city of Jefferson. On March 30, 1842, Long stepped into the history books when he used Ether as a surgical anesthesia. His legacy lives on at the museum that bears his name, which can be visited Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Op-Ed: Georgia’s southern hospitality is key to growing tourism

As autumn approaches, the North Georgia Mountains are gearing up for a busy fall season. Our beautiful mountain communities play host to a variety of activities in the fall, from the Ellijay Apple Festival, Oktoberfest in Helen, Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega and of course my personal favorite, the Dawsonville Moonshine Festival. These experiences are made all the more unique with Georgia’s touch of southern hospitality.