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A Uniter, Not A Divider

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

In a time when Americans yearn for someone to bring them together, David Bakara knows who that someone is.

Curing Gnometropy: Rock City’s Statue Doctor

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

For over 80 years Rock City on Lookout Mountain, Georgia, has been surprising travelers with a mix of engineered/augmented natural beauty — and gnomes. And creepy fairy-tale figures in a one-of-a-kind black light cave.

Reb Landmarks Respected by Proposed Georgia Law

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

A bill introduced into the Georgia state legislature by Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) would make it illegal to “abuse contemptuously” any statue, plaque, monument, or historical marker honoring Confederate symbols, soldiers, or celebrities.

Follow The Wax Leaders — From Kentucky To Georgia

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

“Wax museums never die; they just move to another city,” said Mark Pedro, art director for Christ in the Smokies Museum. He was talking about his own museum, which replaced a wax museum whose dummies moved to Tampa, and whose own dummies came from a closed wax museum in Hollywood — but the sentiment is universal.

The Casket of Howard Finster

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

“Sometimes kids are creeped out by the casket,” said Jordan Poole, executive director of the Paradise Garden Foundation. Jordan was showing us around Paradise Gardens, an enclave built in the 1970s by folk artist Howard Finster.

A Peach Falls, A Savior Rises

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Call it serendipity, yin-yang, or an accident of timing, but on the same day that work began on the new Touchdown Jesus, the old Peach on a Pole fell.

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