Georgia Magazine - July 2017 - 8
COMPILED BY JENNIFER J. HEWETT
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* Summer flavors. For a limited time
this summer, the World of Coca-Cola in
Atlanta is adding three new beverages
to its Taste It! beverage lounge, which
offers samples of 100-plus beverages
from around the globe. They are Honest
Sport, an organic sports drink launching nationwide this summer; Frestea
Green Honey, an Indonesian greentea beverage with a signature floral
flavor; and Country Club Merengue, a
sparkling sweet treat with a creamy
tropical-fruit taste from the Dominican
Republic. For info, visit worldofcocacola.com.
* Are you prepared? Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland
Security says that only 23 percent of
Georgians are fully prepared for an
emergency. Visit ready.ga.gov/
be-informed for preparation tips.
COURTESY GEORGIA FFA
* Music incentives. Gov. Nathan Deal
recently signed into law the Georgia
Music Investment Act (House Bill
155). Sponsored by Rep. Amy Carter
(R-Valdosta) and Sen. Jeff Mullis (RChickamauga), HB 155 is expected to
create thousands of job opportunities
in Georgia's music industry, which has
a $3.7 billion economic impact. The investments will encourage growth in the
music industry, much as tax incentives
have expanded Georgia's film, TV and
video game industries.
eorgia's electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) were wellrepresented at the 89th annual
Georgia FFA Convention April 27-29
at the Macon Centreplex in Macon.
More than 5,300 members and guests
attended the event.
At the convention's Career and
Trade Show, EMC volunteers talked
to students, let them try on lineman
gear and gave safety demonstrations.
Tri-County EMC, based in Gray, provided a bucket truck, Snapping Shoals
EMC in Covington coordinated the
PowerTown safety demos and Walton EMC in Monroe provided a utility-pole-style ring-toss game that was
very popular with the teenagers.
Nathan Ireland with Mitchell EMC
in Camilla represented the co-ops on
stage during the Wiring Contest award
presentation. Many other EMC representatives helped with judging or attended the awards banquet, which
was sponsored by Georgia EMC in
Tucker and the Georgia Farm Credit
Georgia FFA membership topped
41,800 for the 2016-17 school year,
which marked its 19th consecutive
year of membership growth. The 201718 state officers elected at the event
include new state President Tucker
Felkins, an Ocmulgee EMC (Eastman)
2016 Washington Youth Tour delegate.
More online at www.georgiamagazine.org
COURTESY DIANE MCCLEAREN
* See the Declaration of Independence! The Georgia Archives in
Morrow will exhibit Georgia's copy of
the Declaration of Independence for
visitors on July 1 from 8:30 a.m. to
5 p.m. in celebration of Independence
Day. Archives staff will be on hand to
answer questions. Learn more at
EMCs shine at Georgia FFA Convention
Diane McClearen with Oglethorpe Power
Corp. receives a 2017 Honorary State FFA
Degree from Georgia FFA.
COURTESY GEORGIA FFA
Willie Sizemore with Georgia FFA, left,
presents a 2017 Honorary State FFA Degree
to Planters EMC's Bobby Smith.
Bobby Smith of Planters EMC
(Millen) and Diane McClearen of
Oglethorpe Power Corp. (Tucker)
were among this year's recipients of
the Honorary State FFA Degree, which
is given to people who have rendered
outstanding service to agricultural education and the Georgia FFA.