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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.

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

RELATED: Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

Take 'A Walk in the Park' at Six Flags

Take 'A Walk in the Park' at Six Flags

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia will open its gates early for a good cause this Sunday.

The Southeast's largest regional theme park is teaming up with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to host "A Walk in the Park," a family-friendly morning of raising money and making a difference.

Registration for the 3K walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, with the walk scheduled to start at 8:30.

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Six Flags Over Georgia opens a new coaster that goes beyond vertical

Six Flags Over Georgia opens a new coaster that goes beyond vertical

Austell, GA --  Memorial Day weekend is the opening of a new rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Georgia.  Dare Devil Dive will be the park’s first "euro fighter" coaster, with a rare 10-story vertical lift and first drop that dives beyond vertical as it plummets towards earth.

Media and "Coaster Enthusiasts" were treated to a rare preview event and were given the chance to try out the ride. 

Enthusiasts nearly all agreed that the beyond vertical drop was amazing, but the the coaster is 2nd place to the mammoth ride, Goliath.

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

CASCADE, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best summer camps for your children, this year.

YMCA Centers are the nation’s largest provider of child care services and there are a number of YMCA centers around the metro area. According to their website, YMCA’s provide “family-centered, values-based programs” and they support the “physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of children”. Camp charges vary depending on if membership. Check them out online and find your neighborhood center.

Camp Twin Lakes is a network of camps around North Georgia that “provides life-changing camp programs for kids with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges and various state-of-the-art locations throughout the state”.

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

ATLANTA -- The weather is finally getting warmer, which means it's the perfect time to visit one of the many pools in Metro Atlanta.

The 11Alive Web Team has compiled a list of public pools located throughout North Georgia:

* Northeast Metro
Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall Counties

* South Metro
Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and South Fulton Counties

* Intown and North Fulton
Also includes DeKalb County

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