Tuesday, March 25, 2008

NOW PLAYING: My Most Anticipated Albums

Scott Sowers' Most Anticipated Albums

“Rising Down” - The Roots
“Stay Positive” - The Hold Steady
“Evil Urges” - My Morning Jacket
“Viva La Vida” - Coldplay
“Album Six” - Weezer

Birthday Girl - The Roots featuring Patrick Stump

Stay Positive - The Hold Steady

Evil Urges - My Morning Jacket

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Monday, March 24, 2008

AUDIOLOUNGE: Slow Motion Crash

Artist: Slow Motion Crash
Song: Sweet Dreams

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hood wins Forsyth County 5K up Sawnee Mountain

Tyler Hood had never run a race before.

When his mother, Wendy, asked him to join her for the March 15 Run for Recover 5K up Sawnee Mountain to benefit the Abba House, he thought it would be fun.

"My mom always runs," he said, "so I thought I would do it."

Tyler might want to consider doing this more often. The sophomore at Forsyth Central High School won the race with a time of 28 minutes flat.

For the rest of this story and more local news, visit www.northfulton.com.

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VIDEO: Interview with Lynn Pugh from Cane Creek Organic Farm

Interview with Lynn Pugh who runs the Cane Creek Organic Farm with her husband in Cumming, Georgia. They also have a CSA, on-site farmer's market as well as classes on organic gardening.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Artist: The Whigs
Song: Right Hand on my Heart

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Forsyth pastor arrested on molestation charges

ALPHARETTA – A Forsyth County pastor has been arrested on charges he allegedly molested two young teens.

Derek Gillett, 38, of Alpharetta was arrested at his home in Cherokee County near the Forsyth County line March 7 on two counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of sodomy.

Read the rest of this story and more local news at www.northfulton.com.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

AUDIOLOUNGE: Collective Efforts

Artist: Collective Efforts
Song: Verseability

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2008 Tour de Georgia Stage 5 route revealed

From Suwanee's Town Center Park at Buford Highway riders will cycle up Brogdon Road to Tench Road past Level Creek Elementary school.
Then they will make their way to Suwanee Dam Road and back by Town Center Park as they finally head south on Buford Highway to McGinnis Ferry Road where they will go west and cross the Chattahoochee River.
Facts about stage five of the Tour de Georgia
The stage five course that begins in Suwanee and ends in Dahlonega is the longest course of the race covering approximately 133 miles.
As bikers cross the Chattahoochee River, they will have ridden about six miles through the city of Suwanee.
During stage six, riders will climb Brasstown Bald Mountain, which is 4,784 feet and is the highest peak in Georgia .
More details @ www.gwinnettherald.com

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

AUDIOLOUNGE: Garrett Moore

Artist: Garrett Moore
Song: Just Us

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Sky high project gets first OK in Forsyth

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Motorists entering Forsyth County on Ga. 400 might see a new skyline with 12-story buildings in the near future if a major mixed-use development is approved.

A zoning overlay for the 164-acre property on the corner of Union Hill Road and Ga. 400 was recently approved by the Forsyth County Planning Commission with a 3-1 vote. Commission member Bettina Hammond voted against.

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will vote on this proposal by Taubman Centers Inc. at a future regular meeting.

The rest of this story is available on www.northfulton.com.

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Tales of gold, murder

DULUTH – Older residents of Duluth know a secret. However, they may not be willing to share with you. They know where to find millions of dollars of buried gold. Actually, the gold is long gone, but they know where you could have found it if you were in the city more than a century and a half ago.

The Cherokee buried this gold under white birch trees all over this area before they were forced by the government to relocate to land west of the Mississippi River. To mark this location they carved symbols into the trees detailing the presence of gold.

Read the rest of this story at www.gwinnettherald.com.

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Artist: Snowden
Song: Time of the Season

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

AUDIOLOUNGE: Continue & Save

Artist: Continue & Save
Song: 7 Step Program

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

How an album from '77 relates to the '08 election

Tuesday night marked perhaps the turning point in this election season and could mean a turning point in the nation's history. The voters in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont have gotten us a step closer to determining the Democratic nominee to face off against Republican nominee John McCain.

This election cycle has been one of the most controversial and hotly contested in recent memory. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are fighting tooth and nail to come out of a primary season that has seen turnout and fundraising numbers markedly higher than in previous years.

I may be making a stretch here, but this primary season so far has reminded me of the content of my favorite album, Pink Floyd's "Animals." This Orwellian album showcases a bleak life in England where the populace is broken into several categories, the Dogs, Pigs and Sheep. Each animal has its role in perpetuating this society.

The album has been somewhat overlooked over the years, in favor of the equally brilliant (but oft-overplayed) "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall." This collection of five songs – two short pieces book-ending three long, sweeping tunes – is perhaps Pink Floyd at their finest.

Nowhere is David Gilmour's soaring guitar work, his patented technique of bending the strings to get every note possible out of them, better. Listen to the 17-minute opus "Dogs" to hear his many separate solos and try to tell me he is not one of the great guitarists.

Gilmour's touches are felt elsewhere on the album where he uses a vocoder on "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" to manipulate his voice and guitar much like Peter Frampton did on the well-known "Do You Feel Like We Do." Furthermore, my favorite riff of all time can be found right at the end of "Sheep." The music has reached its crescendo and Gilmour begins furiously strumming the chords as the epic part of the album comes to a close. The listener is taken to a pastoral sound scape of as the second part of the acoustic ballad "Pigs on the Wing" closes out the album.

I usually listen to music while I'm at home. When I'm at a loss of what to put on next, I can always turn to this album, one that was made in defiance to punk rock's claim that Pink Floyd was a dinosaur band. This album and is loud and angry and can always get the adrenaline going when it's turned up.

So the other night while using this album as a bit of background noise to CNN's election coverage on TV, it really struck me how well this album meshes with our current political situation.

Much like in George Orwell's communist satire "Animal Farm," the pigs are the rulers of all, becoming fat and happy on their way to the top. When thinking about Washington politics these days, people often envision the fat cats, getting rich off of lobbyist money while at the same time claiming to represent the people.

This election has seen "change" thrown around as a buzzword by not only Obama, but McCain and Clinton as well. These politicians want to see the end of special interest groups that help fund campaigns and get politicians in their back pocket.

Everyone agrees on the album that the Pigs need to be removed, perhaps nowhere better expressed than by Roger Waters on "Dogs" when he sings "Gotta admit, that I'm a little bit confused, sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used."

But the Dogs are seen as cutthroat people, stopping at nothing to get what they want.

Throughout Clinton's political career, both she and her husband, Bill, have been accused of firing up the so-called "Clinton Machine" to use scare tactics and dig up dirt on people that stand in their way. And we've certainly seen that happen over the last few months with Obama.

Finally we are brought to the Sheep. As has been perpetuated for a long time, sheep follow blindly whomever is in charge and will do all they can to support them. This election has seen this happen on both sides of the Clinton and Obama races.

Bolstered by what they believe would be an easier target to defeat, conservative talk show pundit Rush Limbaugh urged his listeners to act as "suicide voters" and cast their ballot for Hillary in order to help swamp the Obama momentum. I don't believe the ploy will work , but surely some of Rush's listeners are impressionable enough to cater to his whims without realizing the repercussions. I suppose that's representative democracy at its finest.

On the flipside, both people on the right and left (namely Hillary supporters) have accused Obama's base of being sheep-like in that they are part of a following that has some cultish attributes. Many Obama supporters have been decried for simply following the young senator from Illinois without knowing much about his policies. It is a popular belief -- again on both sides of the American political divide -- that voting for Obama is the "cool" thing to do.

I don't know how this election will end up seven months from now, when we (assumingly) will know our 44th president. But it just strikes me that an album painting an ugly scenario for English life in the late '70s -- itself based partly on a book published in 1945 -- can come back to be an allegory for politics in the United States during this troubled time. And it makes following this election roller coaster all the more enjoyable.

from NorthFulton.com

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Salmonella possibly tainted Aunt Jemima products

Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is alerting Georgia residents to the recall of some pancake and waffle mixes.

The Quaker Oats Co. is recalling some packages of Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix: Original, Original Complete and Buttermilk Complete, which may have potential salmonella contamination. No other Aunt Jemima, frozen Aunt Jemima or Quaker products are affected.

The products, sold in 2-pound and 5-pound boxes with Best Before dates of FEB 08 09 H through FEB 16 09 H stamped on the top, contain the following UPC codes:

30000 43272: Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete, 5 lb.
30000 05040: Aunt Jemima Original, 2 lb.
30000 05070: Aunt Jemima Original Complete, 2 lb.
30000 05300: Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete, 2 lb.

Salmonella is a foodborne illness that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The affected products were shipped to 17 states including Texas, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, New Mexico, Kansas and Utah.

Consumers who have these products with the indicated UPC codes and Best Before Dates should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company by phone at 1-800-407-2247 or at www.auntjemima.com.

“Our sanitarians will be looking for these products during their routine inspections of grocery stores and food warehouses to make sure they have been removed from sale,” said Commissioner Irvin.

from northsidewoman.com

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Area businesswomen join to raise funds for child cancer

Area businesswomen have joined together to create the "Celebration of Courage" relay and festival, a fundraising event that allows children battling cancer and blood disorders to relay the "Torch of Life" through Centennial Olympic Park."Celebration of Courage" will begin at 8:30 a.m. April 12 and will begin with a relay where participants, including children and their sponsors, carry the "torch of life" and pass it to other participants along a festive route within Centennial Olympic Park. The celebration continues with a carnival featuring entertainment, food and more.

Read the rest of this article at www.northsidewoman.com.

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Win tickets to see My Little Pony Live!

Got kids? Enter our new online contest for your chance to win 4 ticket vouchers to see the upcoming My Little Pony Live! - The World's Biggest Tea Party beginning April 11 and running through April 13 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

The return of the Force

The Georgia Force returned to the Arena at Gwinnett Center March 1 in front of a energized crowd.

The Dallas Desperadoes spoiled the homecoming by winning 51-41.

The Force returns to action next week when they take on Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. The next home game will be March 15 versus Los Angeles at 7 p.m.

For more photos, visit www.northfulton.com and www.gwinnettherald.com.

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Jane Seymour returns to Roswell

ROSWELL -- British-born actress and artist Jane Seymour is returning to North Fulton to visit her old friends and make new ones as she presents a rather new dimension to her talents.The Golden Globe award-winning Seymour has also gained fame as an artist and will be in town March 7, 8 and 9 at the Elegant Attic in its new location at 1105 Canton St. in Roswell's Historic District for a personal showing of her latest paintings and line of home furnishings.

The rest of this story is available at http://www.northfulton.com/

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