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Red Cross suggests what to do when bad weather hits area
By Gordon May
American Red Cross
Special to

(Editor's Note: with the severe weather season approaching, we asked the American Red Cross to provide information on how each family should prepare for such emergencies. -eeb)

MARCH 8, 2005 -- Spring brings thunderstorms, lightening, flooding, and tornadoes. The Red Cross provides the following tips to help people safely weather severe weather.

Thunder and Lightening: If you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning. Find shelter in a building or car. Listen to radio or television for information. Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or running water. Draw blinds and shades to protect from shattering glass.

If outside, seek a low-lying, open place that will not flood and is away from trees, poles, or metal objects. Squat low placing your hands on your knees with your head between them. In the woods, take shelter under short trees. If boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately!

Flood: When a Flood "Watch" is issued, move furniture and valuables to higher floors and fill your car's gas tank to prepare for evacuation. If a Flood "Warning" is issued, listen to radio or TV for information. If told to evacuate, do so quickly.

If there is a Flash Flood Watch, watch for signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate quickly. In case of a Flash Flood Warning, evacuate immediately moving to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

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Tornado: In case of a Tornado "Watch,", listen to radio or TV for updates. Be alert to changing conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. If there is a Tornado "Warning" and you are inside, go quickly to a place that will protect you from glass and other flying objects. If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area. If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety.

After the tornado passes, be alert for fallen power lines, stay out of the damaged area and listen to the radio for information. Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage, but never use candles.

Get Prepared: make a Disaster Plan and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit. Discuss with your family the types of disasters that are most likely to happen and what to do in each case. Pick two places to meet including one close by for sudden emergencies, like after a fire, and another outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Be sure everyone knows the addresses and phone numbers. Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact," someone who other family members can call to keep in touch. Be sure everyone knows the phone number. Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.

Assemble a disaster supplies kit including a first aid kit, essential medications; canned food and opener; three gallons of water per person; protective clothing, bedding, battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries. Also include items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members, and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.

Local dentist treks back to site where moonshine still found
By Elliott Brack
Editor and Publisher

MARCH 8, 2005 -- The 700,000 people who live in Gwinnett these days don't realize that just a few years back, the county was far different, mostly rural, the law enforcement was somewhat lax, and some people made their living from illicit operations.

We're talking right here in Gwinnett. For instance, off Pleasant Hill Road, between the railroad and just-opened Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, about 1983, there was an area mostly undeveloped. It was among places in Gwinnett where moonshine was made.

Recently a local dentist, Dr. Slade Lail, and I went looking for a still he remembered having found when a teenager and camping in the area. We went right to the spot, in a ravine between Tree Summit apartment buildings 4200 and 3200 (on the other ridge).

Dr. Lail remembers the place well. "My parents used to put us boys out on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, when a cassette tape warehouse was being built. We would hike in and pitch our tent under a big rock that overhung the area, and spend the night. That's where we stumbled on to the pot of the still, maybe 50 feet from the rock."

Today three story apartment buildings ride the ridges of the area, but down in the gulley, where a very small stream trickles, we found remnants of a busted-up liquor still. The banks of the gulley are steep, 60 degrees or more. Few residents of the apartment complex, we suspect, have ever ventured down to the creek. It took some switching-back-hiking to get down the steep banks.

Pot for old still found near Duluth

Today you can see the corrugated metal pot, but with obvious slashes where no doubt "revenuers" cut into the pot with an ax. The stream barely trickles from its source maybe 300 feet back to the start of the ravine. There was an indication, from building blocks, that the stream was once damned, to provide water for the still. The deep banks of the ravine meant that whoever made the illicit whiskey had quite an uphill hike to get the booze to a roadway.

While moonshine was being made in Gwinnett, it was also passing through Gwinnett from the North Georgia mountains. One prominent Duluth resident, who shall remain nameless, was a youngster who grew up where Satellite Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road intersect. He remembers Duluth as a "drop off spot" for moonshine from the Georgia mountains.

"These cars would drive down Buford Highway from the mountains, then take Pleasant Hill to the drop-off point. The house was near where Old Norcross Road crossed what is now Davenport Road. The guy living in the house was doing the hauling to Atlanta and was a good citizen of the Pleasant Hill community. He didn't do it on a regular basis, but from time to time he would haul it the rest of the way into Atlanta."

It was during this time that a person known as Fats Hardy was convicted for selling moonshine that caused the deaths of dozens of Georgians. Word leaked out about it, and made the headlines.

The Duluth resident remembers those times. "Rumor had it that this member of our community had done hauling for Fats, and was worried that he might be pulled into the deal with the Hardy investigation. But he never was, though we understand that he was nervous about it."

While members of the Pleasant Hill community in general knew of the rumors surrounding the house and the individual, "We knew where it was and drove by there. But we asked no questions."

All this took place not that many years ago, right here in Gwinnett County. Who would have thought that viewing booming Gwinnett today?


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3/8: Wall Street would be beneficiary of Social Security reform

Editor, the Forum:

President Bush says the Social Security system is failing. Why did he wait until after the massive tax cuts for the rich to go into panic?

Wall Street investment firms have disseminated for years the imminent shortfall of Social Security.

Why the sudden interest? Servicing the accounts would net the investment firms billions of dollars.

-- Ralph Greene, Snellville

3/8: Even a developer recognizes HB 218 is bad legislation

Editor, the Forum;

So Elliott, how do you really feel about House Bill 218? Even as a current economic developer, I say you are right on target! HB 218 is very bad public policy. And didn't Governor Barnes get defeated partially due to the "closed door flag deal?" Interesting politics!

-- Pat Mitchell, Jefferson N.C.

(Dear Pat: Bet you had a smile on your face writing this! -eeb)

3/8: Feels House Bill helps keep state of Georgia competitive

Editor, the Forum;

I respectively take issue with your piece on HB 218. I co-chaired a sub-committee for two years with Georgia Municipal Association, Association County Commissioners of Georgia and Georgia Economic Development Authority. Our work helped produce this bill.

You have attempted to make it political when it is not. This bill is good for Georgia and will allow our State and GEDA to be more competitive while negotiating with potential companies interested in relocating to Georgia.

Former Gov. Roy Barnes himself admitted that the current Open Record Laws that he authored made an error with this specific area. It was an unexpected outcome of the Open Records Legislation.

I would be happy to discuss further.

-- Nick Masino, Mayor, City of Suwanee

(Dear Nick: Fire away with more information, if you would like. We fail to see how such secrecy can protect a homeowner from having some development he opposes (and must help pay for in incentives) from locating next door. That's what could happen according to our understanding. So yes, please, give us more insight into this.-eeb)

Deadline approaching for two Chamber leadership programs

Deadline is approaching for nomination for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's two leadership programs. Leadership Gwinnett and Senior Leadership Gwinnett provide a diverse group of existing and emerging leaders with a unique opportunity to experience many of the challenges facing Gwinnett.

Leadership Gwinnett is a nine-month program that includes a series of seven one-day sessions, two retreats and monthly study group sessions.

Senior Leadership Gwinnett is designed to offer a variety of opportunities for mature adults, aged 55 years and older, who are seeking new learning experiences and want to make a positive difference in their community. The program will enhance leadership skills of senior adults whether employed or retired.

The Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2005-2006 class of Leadership Gwinnett until March 15, 2005. If you know of a qualified candidate that would benefit from this worthwhile experience, please use the following link for nomination:

  • Nominate someone

For Senior Leadership Gwinnett, deadline for applications is April 1. Contact Meghan Beard at the Gwinnett Chamber for information.


  • An invitation: What Web sites or books have you enjoyed? Send us your best recent read along with a short paragraph as to why you liked it, plus what book you plan to read next. --eeb

3/8: Bobby Jones was great amateur golfer; founded Master's

The greatest amateur golfer ever, Bobby Jones (1902-1971) dominated his sport in the 1920s. In the eight seasons from 1923 to 1930, Jones won 13 major championships, including five U.S. Amateurs, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and one British Amateur. On September 27, 1930 he became the only man to win all four major titles in one season, completing the "Grand Slam" of golf. Then, while still in his athletic prime at the age of 28, he retired from competition to devote more time to his family and his law practice.

His career is all the more remarkable considering that he competed as an amateur rather than as a professional. Always displaying a sense of modesty, Jones regularly reminded his fans that some things were more important than winning. He became famous, for example, for calling penalty strokes on himself, even when it cost him a championship. Moreover, Jones never accepted prize money, did not play as often as most professionals, and chose to focus on the national championships.

Those choices allowed him time to pursue other priorities, including his education and family. In 1922 Jones graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in engineering. Two years later he added a second bachelor's degree, this one in English literature from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Then in the fall of 1926, Jones enrolled in Emory University's law program. After just three semesters, he passed the Georgia bar exam and began practicing law at his father's firm early in 1928.

His most outstanding project in retirement was the creation of the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta and the annual invitational tournament it spawned, the Masters. First played in 1934, the Masters became recognized as one of the four major tournaments in golf.


Keep looking at the closed door and you'll never succeed

"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."

-- Inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

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Number 4.95, March 8, 2005

TODAY'S ISSUE: Bad Weather Emergencies: Red Cross Recommendations
Moonshine Site Found Among Today's Apartment Complex
More on Social Security and Legislative Bill About Secrecy
Deadline Approaches for Two Chamber Leadership Programs
Georgia's Bobby Jones Greatest Amateur Golfer Ever
Alexander Graham Bell on Looking at a Closed Door

STILL NEAR ROCK. It was a different Gwinnett not many years ago. And some 22 years ago, Dr. Slade Lail and friends camped under this rock off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth. Note the creek on the right. Just a few yards downstream, the young campers found a broken-up moonshine still, in a gulley down from today's Tree Summit Apartments. See Elliott Brack's column for more details.

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"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."

-- Inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

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