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Riverfront event facility plan gets stream of Sandy Springs criticism

Reporter Newspapers

Date: 8/29/2016 9:14:00 PM

It includes a 5,000-square-foot observation deck overlooking the Chattahoochee River and a kitchen for use by caterers, but no restaurant. The facility could hold events hosting around 400 people, Odrey said. The plan includes 40 parking spaces that Pete

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Carnival company cited for collapsed coaster

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Date: 8/29/2016 8:04:00 PM

CARTERSVILLE, GA. - The roller coaster that collapsed with two children on board has been dismantled, and is no longer in service. The company running the carnival was cited for operating an unsafe ride and making "uncompliant repairs". The children's

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2016 Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup Volunteers Needed

Date: 8/29/2016 11:35:00 AM

Mark your calendars, it’s time to give back. The Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup is coming up and volunteers are needed. The Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup and its partners promote environmental stewardship of the watershed through education, preservation

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It ain’t just hype: The first weekend is legitimately great

Date: 8/29/2016 4:00:00 AM

On August 9, several hundred people turned out in Cartersville, Ga., when broadcaster Wes Durham and I talked football for The Etowah Scholarship Foundation. It was just a random Tuesday night, but those folks couldn’t wait for football to get here

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Bystanders hold up collapsing roller coaster, save 6 kids


Date: 8/26/2016 9:54:00 PM

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) – Fire officials say several bystanders held up a kiddie roller coaster that had begun to collapse in Georgia, allowing six children and one adult to escape. Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner spokesman Glenn Allen says

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• River: Etowah River
• Surface Area: 20,486 Acres
• Volume: 367,500 Acre Feet
• Maximum Depth: 145 feet
Lake Allatoona is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir in Georgia, located in northwestern metro Atlanta. Red Top Mountain State Park is located on its shores, on the peninsula between the Etowah and Allatoona arms of the lake. Allatoona also supplies much of the drinking water for the three counties it is in. The lake is supplied mostly by the Etowah River, and its major tributary the Little River (which joins the lake at Bell's Ferry), and in turn Noonday Creek. The other major arm of the lake is Allatoona Creek, extending down to Acworth, where pre-existing Lake Acworth now empties directly into Allatoona at Lake Acworth Drive (Georgia 92). Other significant streams include Kellogg Creek and Rose Creek.
The Allatoona Dam holding back the lake was completed in 1949 on the Etowah, which in turn merges into the Coosa River downstream (northwest) at Rome. The basin upstream (mostly northeast) of Allatoona covers about 1,100 square miles. This is nearly as large as the basin of Lake Lanier (Atlanta's biggest water source), but since the Allatoona is smaller, it drains and fills more rapidly than Lanier during droughts and floods.
The lake's summer level has averaged 840 feet above mean sea level. During major droughts it has dropped as much as 13 feet below this, exposing old tree stumps and former hills which are normally submerged at depth safe for navigating boats. Its maximum capacity or flood stage is +23 feet [863 feet AMSL (Above Mean Sea Level], though it has never been known to reach this level, and flooding of boat ramps and other lakeside facilities begins to occur well below it.
Hydroelectric power generation at Allatoona returns more than $3.5 million to the U.S. Treasury annually.
The Corps of Engineers has 662 campsites on Allatoona.
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