2019 Gilmer MECHS Scholarship Winners

Mountain Education Charter High School

Pictured above are the 2019 MECHS Albert E Harrison Scholarship Winners: Kayla Alred, Alexus Fisher, Karol Garcia, Alexis Holloway, Paige Millbocker, Haley Miller, Alexis Newton, Emily Powell, Dakota Radford, Summer-Lee Rose, Avery Sanford, Mazzy Walker, Also Pictured: Mr. Nathan Collier ETC representative

 

Kaitlyn Bryan, recipient of the Pearson’s Learning Scholarship, is pictured with Gina Nichols, Gilmer MECHS Scholarship Coordinator.

Gilmer MECHS’s 2019 Faculty and Staff Scholarship recipient is Karol Garcia. She is also pictured with Gina Nichols, Gilmer MECHS Scholarship Coordinator.

 

Ellijay Lion’s Club scholarship recipients: Elodie Frezier, Autumn Holt, Christian Jackson (Not Pictured)

 

Not present for pictures were the following:

RaeAnn Hadden Scholarship recipient,  Alexis Newton

Chief Master Sargent Bill Collins Scholarship recipient,  Cloie Jean Jenkins

What Did The Oscars Portend?

Opinion

What Did The Oscars Portend?
The 2019 Oscars, in the final analysis, was the second lowest viewed Oscars event in it’s history. We know why. The movie industry no longer celebrates a positive America but dwells in revealing a racist America. The skinny little director, Spike Lee, in his plum purple suit, matching soft cloth cap, and weird jewelry, was the very epitome of uncontrolled racism and hate.

We’re told Spike is a “Hollywood celebrity.” What makes him one? Because he’s black and makes movies or because he’s loud, flashy with an anti-American agenda and serves well the Hollywood left’s propaganda message? It’s hard to tell really.

I did not watch the awards ceremonies from beginning to end but, to escape inane Progressive car insurance ads, pleas for monetary gifts for this needy organization or that, I would flip to the Oscars and did so just as Spike Lee won his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. I missed his bitter tantrum when his movie, Black Klansman didn’t make the cut for best picture.

Watching his acceptance performance, talking about love not hate, diversity and blah, blah, while spewing racist hate in nearly every sentence, convinced me that Spike Lee is not a real celebrity, just a faux one, a ridiculous Hollywood character that the liberals who are Hollywood, consider to be only an appendage to celebrity, barely tolerable because of his dissimilarities.

Spike is tolerated because he is a boorish, loudmouthed, brash, flashy fellow who can condemn others and reject criticism because he can safely hide behind the shield of racism. Actually, do we really think that anybody outside the Hollywood film industry really cares what Spike Lee, or any of the other anti-American leftists entertainers really think? Mostly, Hollywood is all about themselves, that’s why the industry is moving out, some here to Georgia.

The one movie I shall take the time to watch is the Best Picture Oscar winner, Green Book. with black actor Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar for best supporting actor and white actor Viggo Mortenson, who didn’t. They did a masterful job! I’ve watched trailers of the movie and it’s one I look forward too not because it has a theme overcoming racism but because I heard some real good dialog, saw some great acting and I am sufficiently acquainted with that era of Southern history to know what it was all about and not be conned into believing otherwise.

I enjoyed driving Miss Daisy some thirty years ago too, for exactly the same reasons. Unlike Driving Miss Daisy, the driver in Green Book was a tough white guy, a bouncer from New York who need the job and was ambivalent about who hired him. He certainly recognized the racial differences but his passenger was the better man at least professionally. It all works out.

So, why the vitriol about this movie? There were three other movies in Oscar contention that addressed racism: Black Panther, a feel good cartoon about a black Super Hero in a blacks only dream world of good guys; Roma, about the labor travails of poor Latina’s, and Spike Lee’s Klansman. I believe what really got Spike’s racist goat in a tither was the fact that the Green Book, about racial reconciliation in a Jim Crow south, was directed by a white guy. Ouch!

All the rest of those artistic categories I could care less about. Doubtless they were well deserved and good on them but, if the Spike Lee train of thought permeates deeper into the conscious fabric of what is left of Hollywood, the whole shebang could soon die. Americans want to see good movies, not Leftist propaganda. Why can’t they understand that?
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!

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TVA River Management Continues to Address Above Average Rainfall in 2019

Announcements, Outdoors

TVA River Management teams are preparing Valley reservoirs for above normal rainfall forecasted to continue over the weekend and increase next week.

The current forecast for an inch of rainfall through Saturday could ramp up to bring an additional 3-6 inches mostly during the middle of next week.

“After record rainfall in 2018, we are seeing much of the same so far in early 2019,” said James Everett, senior manager for TVA’s River Forecast Center. “With above average rainfall totals on already-saturated ground possible next week, we are moving lots of water through the system to create as much storage as possible in our reservoirs while also limiting flows to protect downstream areas.”

TVA has increased spill or sluice released at its tributaries through its Cherokee, Douglas, Norris, Melton Hill and Apalachia dams to create more storage capacity. Increased releases at all nine Tennessee River main stem dams are expected with the possible exception of Kentucky Dam in order to provide flood control operations on the Ohio River.

TVA river management activities – including spilling, sluicing, hydro generation, and reducing flows at some locations – will be ongoing at tributary and main stem sites across the valley, with release strategies being updated around the clock by TVA’s River Forecast Center staff as the rainfall forecast develops.

Impacts across the valley include:

The Tennessee River at Savannah, Tenn., is expected to reach flood stage by Friday tomorrow and continue rising several feet through late next week.

Continued TVA coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers to manage flows at Kentucky Dam and Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River to avert flood damage on the Mississippi River and Ohio River, which already is 10 feet above flood stage.

Possible closures of locks at Watts Bar and Chickamauga dams and commercial navigation through the Nickajack Gorge.

TVA also will be reaching out to the National Weather Service, farmers, marinas, local EMA’s and other groups across the Valley to provide advanced warning about rising river levels.

This weather event is a continuation of above average rainfall patterns which resulted in 2018 being the wettest year on record across the Tennessee Valley with a basin average of 67.0 inches of rain, about 16 inches above normal.

In an average year, TVA prevents about $250 million in flood damage in the TVA region and an additional $17 million averted along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers through the operation of its dams.

BOE asks for citizens to vote on 2019-20 Calendars

Bobcat's Corner, News

ELLIJAY, Ga. – With a few changes in details sparked from a recent state committee wanting state control over calendars, the Gilmer BOE is moving forward with its annual community vote.

Citizens are encouraged to visit the Gilmer County Charter School System website in order to participate in a vote over six possible calendars created by the schools in our county.

As educators and administrators have spent the last few months considering and creating the calendars up for the vote, Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs said they have actually identified which school created the calendar this year.

She said in February’s work session that she hopes this furthers peoples’ understanding that these options are not just thrown together, but planned and meticulously built by the schools for the school’s and student’s needs.

Downs is asking citizens to “Please review each of the calendars carefully, vote for the calendar of your choice, and remind others to vote as well.” The survey will be posted until March 8. After that, the results will be presented at the March 18 work session.

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BOC changes time for 2019 meetings

News

ELLIJAY, Ga. – An official release from the Board of Commissioners will see a small change in next year’s meetings.

Although the days will stay the same with work sessions on Wednesdays before the Regular Meetings, which are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month, the time of those work sessions will move from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Gilmer County Commission Chairman Charlie Paris told FYN the one-hour pushback is not to accommodate something new, but rather the ending of an accommodation. The Board has held there work sessions at 8 a.m., according to Paris, as an attempt to help complete their business and get Post 2 Commissioner Travis Crouch back to his business.

Since Crouch is now rotating off the Board of Commissioners, the time is resetting one hour later.

Work Sessions – 9 a.m. Regular Meeting – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Thursday, January 10, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Thursday, February 14, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Thursday, March 14, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Thursday, April 11, 2019
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Thursday, May 9, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Thursday, June 13, 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Thursday, July 11, 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Thursday, August 8, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Thursday, October 10, 2019
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019

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Forecasting the Budget Vote

News

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Questions are continuing about the Gilmer County 2019 budget. With a 2-1 vote to advertise behind us, it seems like another split decision will send the Board of Commissioners into 2019.

Citing concerns over the budgeting process, Travis Crouch answered a question in citizens wishing to speak at today’s, December 12, Commissioners Work Session that he believed he would be voting “no” on tomorrows Regular Session agenda item to approve the budget. He said that, though he felt the Chairman had done a lot of work on the budget, he did not feel the post commissioners had enough time with it and enough discussions with it before they voted to advertise.

Chairman Paris said he disagreed and noted that Crouch had even asked for one meeting. They set the date and held that requested meeting.

Despite his disagreement, Paris said he was open to further changing the budgeting process later, and even instructed the County Clerk to place the item on January’s agenda to set dates and hold more discussion on the budget process for next year.

 

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