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LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

CARROLLTON, Ga. – If you enjoy the water and the sun, come out and swim in the “largest sand swimming beach of any Georgia state park”. The park offers swimming, boating, hiking and miniature golf for under $6. The park is named for local businessman John Tanner, who previously owned the park.

The park features fun for the entire family and visitors can swim and boat in the expansive Tanners Lake from sunrise until sunset. For those visiting the park on a fishing trip, the lake allows private boats and those with electric motors, only.

The campground has 31 campsites, six motel units, and a pioneer camp. Most camp goers take advantage of the camping, miniature golf, volleyball and horseshoes. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The park is located at 354 Tanners Beach Road in Carrollton.

'Dare' to ride the newest Six Flags coaster

'Dare' to ride the newest Six Flags coaster

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The countdown has begun as Six Flags Over Georgia prepares to launch its 11th roller coaster later this month.

The all-new Dare Devil Dive sends riders plummeting over a 10-story vertical lift at a spine-tingling 95 degrees: beyond vertical.

"We wanted to provide our guests with a truly unique, thrilling experience here at Six Flags Over Georgia," said park president Melinda Ashcraft. "The introduction of Dare Devil Dive continues our tradition of building innovative attractions that entertain the thrill-seekers in every family."

The ride includes three inversions, zero-gravity hills and high-speed turns on the world's first v-shaped trains fitted with lap bar restraints and stadium seating.

Enter the 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest

Enter the 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- As you are out enjoying Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs facilities and activities, be sure to bring your camera and capture the fun and memories.

The 7th annual "Fun in the Park" Photo Contest will be accepting entries throughout the summer.

Cobb County residents may enter up to 10 snapshots for fantastic prizes and recognition.

For more information, including rules, eligiblity and the official entry form, visit the "Fun in the Park" website.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the Douglasville can take their furry children to the Deer Lick Park for some off-leash exercise. The park is fenced and smaller dogs and larger dogs have separate play areas. The park is located at 2105 Mack Road in Douglasville.

Burger Park in Smyrna is, also, an off-leash park and is moderately sized, for its type.

Six Flags' Christian Music Weekend begins Friday

Six Flags' Christian Music Weekend begins Friday

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia is celebrating spring with Christian Music Weekend, a two-day event that will rock the park with eight exciting concerts.

The concert line-up includes:

Friday, Apr. 22 at 3:30 p.m.
* Disciple
* Revive
* Kutless
* Newsboys

Saturday, Apr.

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech track star Andrew Archer officially finished his eligibility as a Golden Eagle at the NJCAA National Indoor Meet at Texas Tech University in early March.

But this doesn't mean that the 22-year-old Bahamas native is done as a collegiate runner or contributor to the CTC program.

Archer posted a school record time of 50.21 in the 400 meter dash at the Texas meet, breaking the mark that he set earlier in the indoor season.

Though he cannot officially compete during the spring outdoor schedule, which began on Thursday, Mar. 24 at Emory University, Archer will travel with the team to several meets as an unattached runner in order to gain more exposure to four-year programs.

He will also maintain his leadership role.

"I'll still train with the team," Archer said.

Spring Break rocks at Six Flags

Spring Break rocks at Six Flags

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia, the largest regional theme park in the Southeast, is hosting a fun-filled week for Spring Breakers to enjoy dance parties, free concerts, early ride times and much more.

The park will welcome a number of special guests during the week.

Rising country music star Corbette Jackson will give a live concert on Wednesday, Apr. 6.

Jungle Boogie Crew from season 5 of MTV's hit show "America's Best Dance Crew" will perform its jaw-dropping dance routine on Friday, Apr. 8.

The week ends with a Saturday, Apr.