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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.

Important notice from Cherokee County Schools

Important notice from Cherokee County Schools

CHEROKEE CO., Ga. -- The Cherokee County School District has released a memo to anyone who plans to attend the June 16 school board meeting.

The 7 p.m. meeting will begin with student recognition. The District would like anyone who attends the meeting to discuss Cherokee Charter Academy to wait outside the building until the recognized students and their parents have been accommodated.

After the recognition wraps and the room clears, the meeting will continue with public participation and other agenda items.

For more information, contact Barbara Jacoby, director of public information, communications and partnerships, either via email or at 770-704-4228.

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

RELATED: Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

CANTON, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best summer camps for your children, this year.

YMCA Centers are the nation’s largest provider of child care services and there are a number of YMCA centers around the metro area. According to their website, YMCA’s provide “family-centered, values-based programs” and they support the “physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children”. Camp charges vary depending on if membership.

Avery Elementary celebrates the arts

Avery Elementary celebrates the arts

CANTON, Ga. -- Avery Elementary School in Canton recently celebrated Fine Arts Week in recognition of the importance of art and music in schools.

Throughout the week, students were treated to performances from "That Puppet Guy" Lee Bryan, Flash of Brass Southern Gospel group and the Avery Elementary School Chorus.

In addition, Community Canvas Artist Karen Mervis spent the week working with each Avery homeroom to create a huge canvas painting to be hung in the school's media center.

Fine Arts Week culminated with a Fine Arts Night in which various talented artists from throughout the Avery community displayed and demonstrated their talents for all to see.

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

ATLANTA -- The weather is finally getting warmer, which means it's the perfect time to visit one of the many pools in Metro Atlanta.

The 11Alive Web Team has compiled a list of public pools located throughout North Georgia:

* Northeast Metro
Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall Counties

* South Metro
Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and South Fulton Counties

* Intown and North Fulton
Also includes DeKalb County

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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.