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A town transformed: Hollywood comes to Cedartown

A town transformed: Hollywood comes to Cedartown

CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- There's a big change taking place in Cedartown. But for many long-time residents, the "new" face of downtown will look very familiar.

For the next few days, Cedartown will become a movie set for the cast and crew of "Jayne Mansfield's Car," a new film starring Billy Bob Thornton.

To fit the movie, Main Street has been transformed into a scene straight from the 1960s, and filmmakers used the town's own history to complete the look. Instead of imaginary places, they recreated the storefronts and shops in Cedartown 40 years ago.

The excitement is bringing people from all parts of Georgia, each hoping to catch a glimpse of a movie star. Their tourist dollars, combined with at least 40 crew members, are creating quite an economic boom.

"They're patronizing the stores. You go into a lunch establishment and they're going to be eating there," said city manager Robbie Rokovitz.

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.

Three more events added to Civil War commemoration

Three more events added to Civil War commemoration

ROME, Ga. -- Three new events have been added to Rome's Spirits of the Civil War tour series.

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The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau will team with Southern Paranormal Investigators to present evidence of paranormal activity throughout the former site of Fort Norton on Jackson Hill. This event will take place on Thursday, June 16.

Civil War enthusiasts will take to the water on Sunday, Oct. 23 to discover the significance of the waterways to Rome during the war.

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.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools. The outdoor pools usually open, soon, after Memorial Day and the indoor pools are open year-round. Daily passes can be purchased from $3.30 and monthly passes can be purchased for $18.00.

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.

Parkinson's 'Walk for Hope' this weekend

Parkinson's 'Walk for Hope' this weekend

CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- The Georgia Parkinson's Association will hold its annual Walk for Hope on Saturday, Apr. 16.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Cedartown Welcome Center (609 Main Street, 30125). The walk itself will begin at 11 a.m., moving north on Main Street before ending in Peek's Park.

A community festival and health fair, including live music from local bands, will take place at the park after the walk.

Funds raised during Walk for Hope will support the programs and services of the Georgia Parkinson's Association, which aims to improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson's Disease and their families.