published Monday, January 13th, 2014

Whitfield County GOP meets Tuesday and other news from areas around Chattanooga

County GOP meets Tuesday

DALTON, Ga. — Sponsors of a state bill to prohibit implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act are the invited speakers for the Whitfield County Republican Party's January meeting.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mack Gaston Community Center, 218 N. Fredrick St. in Dalton.

The Republican lawmakers -- Scot Turner, of Holly Springs; Jason Spencer, of Woodbine; David Stover, of Newnan; Kevin Cooke, of Carrollton; Edward Lindsey, of Atlanta, and Michael Caldwell, of Thomaston -- will speak on the Georgia Healthcare Freedom and ACA Noncompliance Act, described in a news release as "a bill to prohibit the implementation of the (un)Affordable Care Act by any local municipality, state agency or political subdivision of the state of Georgia."

For more information, visit www.whitfieldgop.com or visit the Facebook page of the Whitfield County Republican Party.


History group plans event

SPRING PLACE, Ga. — The annual membership meeting of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church on Elm Street off Hwy 225 South. Officers will review the past year and plan events and activities in 2014. Dr. Jim Burran and Marvin Sowder from the Dalton Civil War 150th Commission will provide updates as well.

The society also will hold genealogy workshops Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 at its history center and archives, 715 Chattanooga Ave. in Dalton.

The Jan. 25 schedule is: Organizing records (beginning level), 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; finding census and other records on the computer (beginning/intermediate level), 1-4 p.m.

The Feb. 1 schedule is: Walking back on the paper trail (intermediate level), 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; finding women ancestors, beginning Cherokee genealogy research and rigor of proof-lineage societies (all levels), 1-4 p.m.

Sarah Roach and Jean Drew, DAR genealogists, will conduct the workshops. The cost is $35 for one workshop (half day), $40 for a full day, or $70 for two full days. Sack lunches are available for $6.

Email wmhs@optilink.us to enroll, and then mail checks to WMHS, P. O. Box 6180, Dalton, GA 30722.

For more information, call Jennifer Detweiler at 706- 278-0217.


Tennessee joins 'Geek the Library'

NASHVILLE — Tennessee is joining a national campaign to raise awareness about funding needs at public libraries.

The "Geek the Library" campaign encourages people to talk about subjects they are passionate about, ranging from engineering to superheroes. It stresses that public libraries have books and other materials on a wide range of interests.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett says that more than 170 libraries statewide are participating in the campaign.

State librarians plan to speak at public meetings, fairs and other civic events about the campaign, and host storytelling contests and other activities to raise awareness.

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