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A Dawsonville, Ga., man died accidentally Sunday afternoon while rappelling at Cullasaja Falls in Macon County.

Macon County 9-1-1 received a call at 4:17 p.m. advising that a  person had fallen an estimated 150 feet near the top of Cullasaja Falls near Highway 64 East. The man was identified Monday afternoon, following notification of his family, as 19-year-old Gregory Cooper.

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Video sweepstakes machines are back yet again–and with Governor Beverly Perdue now officially eyeing them as potential revenue outlets for North Carolina–they could be here to stay.

No decision has been made by the governor on whether the governor will support legalizing the industry, according to Perdue’s communications director Chrissy Pearson, who said with potential revenue streams for the state being scarce, all options are being considered.

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Macon County’s Board of Commissioners recognized more than three dozen county employees for their years of service to the people of Macon County. A total of 37 employees were awarded a personalized plaque and pin during a presentation preceding the commission’s regular scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.

Chairman Brian McClellan opened the ceremony with a few words of praise for the county's dedicated employees. “We are here today to honor our county employees,” he said.

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In 2009, a federal judge ruled that the City of Atlanta had been illegally tapping drinking water from Lake Lanier. The city, which has been facing a water shortage crisis for years, was given until 2012 to apply for a legal permit or to find an alternative solution. According to Jenny Sanders of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association, the thirsty giant with a population of almost six million has recently turned its gaze to northeast Georgia and the headwaters of the Little Tennessee River in Rabun County.

This week Sanders paid visits to both the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen and the Macon County Board of Commissioners to lay out the threat posed by a potential “interbasin transfer” from the Little Tennessee. Sanders also reported on the activities of elected officials in Rabun County who are seeking protection from such a possibility, whether the water is taken from the Little Tennessee or from Lake Burton at the headwaters of the Tallulah River.

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