Ellijay, GA

North Georgia business owner pleads guilty to dumping hazardous waste

Amin Ali, who directed the dumping of over 100 drums and other containers of chemicals, including hazardous waste, has pleaded guilty to a charge of disposal of hazardous waste without a permit. “Ali disregarded the health and safety of citizens by trying to conceal his illegal dumping,” said U.S. Attorney...
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Photo of the month: Mentor becomes iconic portrait

Mark Green is one of Big Canoe’s top photographers. In 1976, fresh out of high school in Houston, Texas, he had a chance to study with Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park, taking pictures and working in his infamous darkroom. This remarkable opportunity was more than just a memorable experience. It was life changing and set Green on an exciting career path in photography.

Waste and Recycling Workers Week Approaches

Dalton Whitfield-Solid Waste Authority announced today that it has joined with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Georgia Chapter in celebrating 2022 Waste & Recycling Workers Week. This year Waste and Recycling Workers week is June 12-18, 2022. This week-long awareness effort is focused on solid waste workers as superheroes.

Long-Anticipated New Fire Engine Comes to Big Canoe This Week

Looks like the celebrations during the Fourth of July weekend are coming a bit early. Big Canoe’s long-awaited new firetruck, something that the Public Safety Department has worked to securing since it began the acquisition process in 2019, arrives this week. While this isn’t the first time Big Canoe has ordered a new truck, this will be the first engine specifically been designed for Big Canoe’s needs.

Chase Elliott rings in Superspeedway victory

GLADEVILLE – The midnight bell tolled for Chase Elliott Sunday in the Dawsonville, Georgia, Pool Hall. In past decades the townspeople rang the poolroom bell to celebrate each racing triumph by hometown hero Bill Elliott – “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” – and in recent years the gongs have gone to his son Chase.

COVID-19: Dalton, GA Metro Area Among the Most Dangerous in America

The U.S. reported over 665,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending June 26, bringing the total count to more than 85.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 1,005,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country. New cases continue to rise, albeit at a slowing rate. […]

Artist Gallery

The Big Canoe Artists Club meets most first Thursdays of the month at 10 a.m. in the Broyles Community Center at the Big Canoe Chapel. Membership in the club is $25 per year, and is open to all Big Canoe property owners regardless of skill level. Members enjoy the camaraderie, educational and collective exhibit and marketing opportunities provided by association with the club. For information about club membership or club artists and their work visit

Chattanooga Area Food Bank aims to expand its footprint into Dalton

DALTON, Ga. — The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is making a move that emphasizes the second word in its name. Whitfield County Director of Communications Mitch Talley says the organization is seeking to raise the remaining portino of matching funds required by a $2.35 million grant that will allow expansion of services in nine Northwest Georgia counties.
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Murray Works Employment Academy sends first class into local workforce

CHATSWORTH — Ethan Dempsey was so impressed by the Murray Works Employment Academy he's already recommended the program to several North Murray High School students. "The 64 hours (in 10 days) is well worth it, and companies see your dedication," said Dempsey, one of the eight graduates — along with Olivia Brackett, Tyler Frazier, Jovanny Lopez, Paxton Morgan, Alex Patterson, Haley Prevette and Alexia Watkins — in the first class of the Murray Works Employment Academy. "It's free, too, (so) why not do it?"

Calhoun and Ware State Prison conduct 2-day shakedowns, more than 500 weapons confiscated

The Georgia Department of Corrections staff have been conducting unannounced shakedowns at its facilities. In a post to the Georgia Department of Corrections Twitter page, the agency announced that two local prisons confiscated a combined 700 weapons, 200 cell phones, and drugs, tobacco, and homemade alcohol. The Department of Corrections says they regularly conduct shakedowns with Tact Squads throughout the state.