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Trail of Tears Meeting in Ellijay, GA

The next meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Cartecay United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Ellijay, GA. Our speaker will be Don Wells, President of Mountain Stewards. Don will talk about the Indian Trails Project that was initiated in 2009. You may have heard Don talk to us in the past about the Trail Trees Project. You can read more about the work of Mountain Stewards at

The address of the church is 7629 Highway 52, East Ellijay, GA 30536.

The Trail of Tears Association was created to support the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail established by an act of Congress in 1987 and administered by the National Park Service. The TOTA is dedicated to identifying and preserving sites associated with the removal of Native Americans from the Southeast. The Association consists of nine state chapters representing the nine states that the Cherokee and other tribes traveled through on their way to Indian Territory.

Our meetings are free and open to the public. You need not have Native American ancestry to attend our meetings, just an interest and desire to learn more about this fascinating and tragic period in our country’s history. For more information about the TOTA, visit the National TOTA website at and the Georgia Chapter websites at and  For more information about the May meeting, contact Leslie Thomas at

New Running Series Highlights Georgia State Parks: Sponsored by Dirty Spokes Productions

Runners, prepare to get dirty in the great outdoors.  Dirty Spokes Productions is sponsoring a Georgia State Parks trail-running series throughout 2013.  Runners will explore trails at four state parks while earning points for awards.  Registration fees range from $25 to $45 and include chip timing, “dry-fit” shirts, post-race recovery drinks and fruit.

The trail running series covers four state parks in the northern part of Georgia:

Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville
9.9/3.1 Mile Trail Run
August 3

Unicoi State Park in Helen
10K/5K Trail Run
September 7

Fort Yargo State Park in Winder
8.55K/3.45K Trail Run
October 12

Victoria Bryant State Park near Lavonia
10K/5K Trail Run
December 7

Competitors will race along some of Georgia’s most scenic trails, enjoying lakes, mountains and streams.  To register and learn more, visit  Racers and spectators may want to stay overnight in the parks’s cabins, lodge rooms, yurts or campsites.  For reservations and to learn more about Georgia’s State Parks, visit

Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates 20th anniversary

The Georgia Lottery Corp. officially launched its 20th anniversary celebration during a special ceremony Wednesday in Athens. Gov. Nathan Deal and former Gov. Zell Miller were on hand to celebrate the milestone at the University of Georgia’s Zell B. Miller Learning Center.

“The Georgia Lottery’s 20-year anniversary is a milestone that all Georgians can celebrate,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “The lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs have impacted Georgia’s students and families tremendously in the past two decades. We remain committed to our mission of responsibly maximizing dollars for these important educational programs.”

While governor, Miller led the effort to create a state lottery with profits earmarked for specific educational programs.

Other special guests and dignitaries from around the state participated in the anniversary event, including: representatives from Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which administers Pre-K; representatives from the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers HOPE; and HOPE scholars.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.3 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

Debbie D. Alford
Debbie D. Alford
Zell Miller and Nathan Deal
Zell Miller and Nathan Deal and