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That’s one expensive bed Spitzer lies in

I don't feel sorry for Eliot Spitzer. The now former governor of New York made his own bed and now he can lie in it.

March 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stay connected to neighbors, not Internet

I thought we had elected the less-government crowd to state government. If my memory serves me correctly, they ran for office on the premise that the government needs to focus on the basics, like having good roads and educating our children.

March 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Keeping time is for the birds

The idea of leap year was first proposed by a guy named Aloysius Lilius, who was also known as Luigi Lilio or Luigi Giglio. Whoever he was, he was a pretty smart guy.

March 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


True wealth doesn’t come from money

I have my doubts as to whether I'll ever have a big bank account.

March 06, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Years — and tattoos — separate Grammys

I watched a good portion of last week's Grammy awards on television. I'm still trying to figure out why.

February 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Blackwood: Take your pick of circuses in town

Right now, Georgia is engaged in a schoolyard fight with Florida and Alabama over water.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has stood his ground - or his water, as the case may be. Gov. Bob Riley of Alabama doesn't miss an opportunity to take a shot at Atlanta. He seems to think we're all up here with our faucets turned wide open.

February 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Garden’s economic impact expected to grow

An official of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is projecting the planned Smithgall Woodland Garden could have an impact of $1.5 million in the local economy during its first year of operation in 2010.

February 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business


Trade shows famous for their pluck, personalities

I love trade shows.

February 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Bids, please: Property auction yields slim sales

Going. Going. But not quite gone.

December 11, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville's sister city enchants Hall County visitor

Doug Hanson doesn't sound like an ambassador to Europe. His thick Texas drawl makes him sound more like a promoter of the Lone Star State.

December 11, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch man leaves lake authority for properties commission

Kevin Clark, who was named in July as executive director of the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority, has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue as interim state property officer and director of the Georgia Building Authority and State Properties Commission.

November 25, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lake lawsuit in federal court today

A dispute over water withdrawals from Lake Lanier moves to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today as oral arguments take place in a challenge to a 2003 agreement between Georgia, hydroelectric power customers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

November 20, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Pastors, Perdue to pray for rain

God knows we're dry.

November 17, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Endangered Species Act targeted during drought

It's man against mussel in the halls of Congress.

October 21, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Take an agritourism trip through Georgia

This may very well be one of the most glorious starts of a fall season. The weather has been beautiful with crystal-clear skies.

October 26, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


First ladies of Georgia to attend luncheon

Being the first lady of any state is an interesting job.

October 19, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


A rose by any other name may not smell as sweet

Corporate America often spends loads of money finding the right name for a product.

October 12, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Della Ruth provides the soundtrack at First Baptist

In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote his wedding march. It's the one many people use as the recessional at weddings. Felix died in 1847.

October 05, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Fairs find the kid in everyone

I remember the days when posters started going up about the arrival of the fair. The poster was in bright neon yellow with a drawing of a big Ferris wheel. Just seeing the word "fair" in big bold letters let you know the big show was coming to town.

September 28, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Flipping the switch to autumn

At 10:29 p.m. Monday, summer comes to an end.

September 21, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Lessons from Chick-fil-A Truett Cathy

Truett Cathy lived an incredible life. It began with a hardscrabble start in Atlanta's West End. It ended with him listed as one of the wealthiest people in America.

September 14, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Stories written in stone

MOULTRIE ­- For some people, an out-of-town trip is not complete without a visit to a museum or art gallery. For me, it could easily be a visit to a cemetery.

August 31, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


Music is good for the spirit

Several books of music claim to be "The Great American Songbook."

August 24, 2014 | Harris Blackwood | Harris Blackwood's column


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