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Photo contest seeks summer smiles

Photo contest seeks summer smiles

ROME, Ga. -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched its popular summertime photo contest.

The contest runs through Sunday, Aug. 21. Its theme for 2011 is "100 Days of Summer Smiles."

Submissions and voting will take place on the Georgia's Rome Facebook page. This year, all photos must include a person and/or pet, preferably smiling.

The GRCVB encourages candid photos in interesting locations, including downtown, Rome attractions and the many great outdoor activities throughout the area. All photos must be taken in Rome or Floyd County.

Over $500 in prizes are at stake.

For more information, call the GRCVB at 706-295-5576.

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.

Honor your 'Great American Mom' with Great American Cookies

Honor your 'Great American Mom' with Great American Cookies

ATLANTA -- Great American Cookies has announced that the brand has created its first ever nationwide search for the "Great American Mom."

The Great American Mom Contest is open for entries until Tuesday, May 10 and offers individuals an exciting way to spotlight their moms on Mother's Day.

"Moms spend a great deal of time caring for their families and very rarely are able to break away for a bit of rest and relaxation," said Jenn Johnston, chief marketing and operations officer for GFG Management, LLC, which manages Great American Cookies.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Neighborhood Eats

DINNERS ON A DIME: Neighborhood Eats

ACWORTH, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features favorite affordable, neighborhoods eats. Every Tuesday Where U Live will choose four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal, under $20.

Bring the entire family to Miss L’s Sandwich Shop for a handcrafted sandwich of your choice.  The shop is situated in historic downtown Acworth and has been there since 2001. Miss L’s only uses Boar’s Head meats and cheeses; they also serve soups, cookies, cakes and ice cream. The restaurant’s menu includes 24 sandwiches but owner Karen Littlefield says, the most popular is the Chicken Ruben served on marble rye. Every sandwich is served with a salad and a pickle for $7.75; all menu items cost less than $10. Miss L’s Sandwich Shop is located at 4817 South Main Street in Acworth.

If you want the “best pizza and Italian food in Georgia”, go out to Sal’s Pizza on Main Street in Dallas.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

ATLANTA -- The 119 Atlanta-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host a special Daddy-Daughter Date Night on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Fathers and daughters will be encouraged to spend the evening together, enjoying time in the restaurant and participating in activities.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," said Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage Atlanta community members to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their loved ones' company over a meal and celebrate the significant relationship in their lives."

Each Chick-fil-A will celebrate in its own way.

Woodstock Goes Wild

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Woodstock Goes Wild, an annual fundraiser event that honors foster children and families, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188).

Woodstock Goes Wild is a fun-filled evening where children can meet and touch wild animals, enjoy musical acts and participate in other family-friendly activities. Ticket sale proceeds benefit Rome's Open Door Children's Home, a safe house for abused and neglected children.

This year will mark the 9th annual Woodstock Gone Wild and will host several special guests, including Mary Perdue, First Lady of Georgia and an advocate for foster children. Wildlife expert Pete Gros will be in attendance, along with a number of his animal friends from Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.