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Cherokee the fastest-growing county in Atlanta region

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CTL Script/ Top Stories of August 15 tuesday

Publish Date: Aug. 14 monday


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From the Ingles Studio Welcome to the Award Winning Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast

   Today is tuesday, August 15th, and happy 51st birthday to actor Ben Affleck


I’m Brian Giffin and here are the stories Cherokee is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia

  1. Cherokee the fastest-growing county in Atlanta region
  2. Amicalola EMC to issue $2.7 million in refunds to members
  3. And CCSD Teacher of the Year wins statewide award

Plus Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets is here to talk with Bruce Jenkins about foods for swollen feet



We’ll have all this and more coming up on the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast, and if you’re looking for Community news we encourage you to listen and subscribe!


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Story 1. growth


Cherokee County exhibited the highest percentage growth rate among the 11 counties in the metro Atlanta region from April 2022 to April 2023, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission's annual population estimates. Cherokee County's growth was 2.5%, second only to Atlanta's 2.8% increase. Other counties with significant growth include Forsyth, Henry, and Rockdale at 2.1%. Although Cherokee's growth rate has slowed compared to the early 2000s, it added 20,340 residents from 2020 to 2023. The overall region added 66,730 residents during the same period, driven by robust employment growth, with Atlanta's job base expanding by 5.4% since the pandemic's onset.

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STORY 2: emc


Amicalola EMC is set to issue refunds to its customers who were members in 2003, with a total refund allocation of $2.7 million. As part of the nonprofit electric cooperative's practice, members receive refunds of excess monies collected beyond operating costs. This marks the 63rd consecutive year of capital credit refunds, covering the years 1940 through 2003. Refunds will be provided based on the amount of electricity purchased in the specified year. Active account holders from 2003 will see credits on their September electric bills, while others will receive checks if their mailing addresses are on record.


Story 3: ccsd


Lara McDonald, the Cherokee County School District Teacher of the Year from Etowah High School, has received the 2023 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Georgia. Presented by the National Association of Biology Teachers, this award recognizes exemplary middle or high school teachers based on teaching prowess, community engagement, and positive student-teacher relationships. McDonald, with 14 years of experience, stands out for her dynamic teaching methods, including creative lessons, costumes, and songs. She also leads various after-school clubs and sponsors the competitive Envirothon team. The award grants McDonald national association membership and will be formally celebrated at the annual conference in November.


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STORY 4: ffa


Etowah High School's FFA agricultural education program has received the prestigious 2023 3 Star Chapter designation from the National FFA Organization. This is the highest rating given in the National Chapter Award Program, acknowledging the chapter's commitment to providing educational experiences, growing student leaders, engaging in community service, and promoting the importance of agriculture. Additionally, the program was awarded a $3,000 Grants for Growing award, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, which will support the creation of "Book Barns" containing agricultural-related books in local libraries. The chapter will be honored at the 96th National FFA Convention and Expo in November.


Story 5: tax


The Ball Ground City Council has taken the initial step to implement a 5% hotel/motel tax aimed at funding infrastructure improvements, city events, and tourism promotion within the city. During the first reading of the ordinance, the council unanimously approved the tax, with 3% designated for downtown district infrastructure and events, and 2% allocated to promote city events and tourism. The tax would also apply to short-term rentals like VRBO and Airbnb. The city foresees generating an estimated $8,000 to $12,000 annually through this tax. The ordinance will undergo review by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs before a second hearing is scheduled.


Story 6: pta


Former NFL cornerback Buster Skrine, known for his time with the Cleveland Browns and other teams, was arrested in Canada on fraud charges. The 34-year-old is accused of using fraudulent checks exceeding $100,000 at various Canadian banks, collecting funds before the checks cleared. Skrine had intended to return to the U.S. but was arrested at Toronto Pearson International Airport by a joint effort from multiple agencies. He faces fifteen charges, including making false statements, fraud, and possession of unlawfully obtained property. Skrine played 11 NFL seasons and had stints with teams like the Jets, Bears, 49ers, and Titans.


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Story 7: LEAH


And Nowe, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets is here to talk with Bruce Jenkins about foods for swollen feet




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