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    Joe Earle

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    Extensive experience as a reporter, line editor, section editor and assignment editor. Have covered and directed coverage of government, politics, law and courts and crime and reported and edited articles on the arts and entertainment, business and other topics. Regularly designated rewrite man to combine multiple feeds during breaking news events. Self-starter with a good eye for stories. Have written, directed or edited watchdog reports, investigative reports, narrative stories, Web bursts and briefs, multiple-part stories and stand-alone features. Have taken management training courses, including courses on hiring staff, and have managed experienced reporters and rookies, directed “mobile journalists“ (known as "mojos“) and worked with writers based in distant bureaus or filing from the road. Specialties Coverage of courts, the law and crime. Coverage of the arts. Breaking news. Personality profiles and human interest stories.
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      Not your ordinary museums

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Sep 12, 2009
      Not your ordinary museums

      One person’s trash may become another’s obsession. That’s where collectors come from. And serious collectors — the ones carrying at least double doses of the pack rat gene — face a serious problem: Once you own a roomful or two of something, what do you do with all that stuff?

      One answer: Open a museum.

      You may know the Highs of Georgia’s museums — the furniture and folk art at the High Museum of Art, the mummies at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, the dinosaur skeletons at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the endless supply of weird foreign soft drinks at the World of Coca-Cola — but those just scratch the surface of Georgia’s monuments to collecting.

      The Castle

      by | 0, Add your Comment | May 31, 2009
      The Castle

      #8 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. Rudy McLaughlin’s home really is his castle. With four gray stone towers, castellated walls and a moat and drawbridge, his 1,700-square-foot suburban manor is the kind of place Snow White would find homey. Links: Waymaking, Dupont Castle, Roadside Georgia, Daily Dish, How to get there: It’s at the intersection of Arnold Mill and Cagle roads in north Fulton County View Larger Map

      Casey, the Giant Toy Robot

      by | 2, Add your Comment | May 30, 2009
      Casey, the Giant Toy Robot

      #8 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. The 40-foot-tall statue of a toy robot originally was built to stand guard outside an F.A.O. Schwartz toy store. When the store shut down, the metal giant was moved to the Hudgens Center for the Arts, where it now welcomes visitors to the Children’s Arts Museum. Links: Gwinnett Council for the Arts, target=”_blank”>YouTube, List of Recalled Toys, How to get there: Take I-85 to Exit 108 (Sugarloaf Parkway), turn left on Satellite Boulevard, then right into the Hudgens Center for the Arts View Larger Map

      The World’s Largest Peanut

      by | 6, Add your Comment | May 29, 2009
      The World’s Largest Peanut

      The Stone Mountain carving

      by | 1, Add your Comment | May 28, 2009
      The Stone Mountain carving

      #7 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. Sure, Atlantans take the big carving for granted and it honors the wrong side in the Civil War, but, come on, it’s something you won’t see anywhere else. Georgia’s own version of Mount Rushmore covers three acres on the side of the state’s most prominent monadnock. The 90-by-190-foot carving of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson towers 400 feet above the ground. The best view of it, of course, comes from the cable car that takes you to the top of the big rock (1,683 feet above sea level). Up there, on clear days, you can get […]

      The Statue of Liberty

      by | 1, Add your Comment | May 27, 2009
      The Statue of Liberty

      #6 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. To honor the centennial of the much better known (and much, much larger) statue in New York harbor, folks in McRae decided to concoct their own version of Miss Liberty. Lots of people chipped in. Someone carved the head from cypress. Sheets sprayed with fiberglass became the fabric-draped body. A light bulb set in a cement-filled glove became Miss Liberty’s torch. Once the statue was set up, nobody had the heart to get rid of it. So Miss Liberty still stands in a park in the center of McRae, her 100-watt torch held proudly aloft. Links: target=”_blank”>YouTube, Wikipedia, Georgia.gov, How Stuff Works, How to […]

      The Pig Hill of Fame

      by | 0, Add your Comment | May 26, 2009
      The Pig Hill of Fame

      #5 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. Back in 1989, Oscar Poole put up a pig-shaped sign to advertise his barbecue business. More signs soon followed. Then more. As they spread across the hill behind his restaurant, he thought about calling the place the Pig Hall of Fame. But Oscar Poole likes puns, so his hillside became the Pig Hill of Fame. He offered to erect a plywood pig with anyone’s name on it as long as he or she had “an honest face, good intentions” and paid $5 for the privilege. Links:Poole’s BBQ, Flickr, Wikipedia, Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Ellijay, How to get there: Take Ga. 515 through […]

      Pasaquan

      by | 4, Add your Comment | May 25, 2009
      Pasaquan

      The Littlest Church in America

      by | 1, Add your Comment | May 24, 2009
      The Littlest Church in America

      #3 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. McIntosh County grocer Agnes Harper thought travelers on U.S. 17, then the main highway to Florida from the north, needed a place to pause and pray. In 1949, she had Christ’s Memory Chapel built. Just 10-by-15-feet, the little church features stained glass and a steeple. One of many churches across the country claiming to be the nation’s smallest, this chapel offers room for 13 — just in case Jesus and his disciples show up as a group. Links: Wikipedia, Darien Tourism & Chamber, Flickr, Orlando Tribune, How to get there: Take U.S. 17 south from I-95 at South Newport. View Larger Map

      The Iron Horse

      by | 2, Add your Comment | May 23, 2009
      The Iron Horse

      #2 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. This towering metal statue of a horse now stands, aloof and alone, in field on a Greene County farm. But the horse once touched off something like a riot at the University of Georgia. When it was unveiled on campus during the 1950s, some students objected to the sculpture. They trashed the horse and even tried to burn it. University officials removed the offending beast and hid it away. A few years later, the Horse appeared on the farm miles outside town, its backside turned toward Athens. Links: Wikipedia, Greene County Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Info How to get there: Take Ga. 15 north […]

      The Georgia Guidestones

      by | 0, Add your Comment | May 22, 2009
      The Georgia Guidestones

      #1 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. The Guidestones stand as the ne plus ultra of Georgia roadside wonders. These granite slabs, often called Georgia’s Stonehenge, rose above Elbert County farmlands in 1980. Their creation is shrouded in mystery. About all anyone will say is a man calling himself “R.C. Christian” provided the design and payment for the construction of the monument. The stones make an astronomical observatory and offer carved greetings to passersby. Their message: a vision for the future that is vaguely New Age-y, slightly apocalyptic and certainly unusual (“Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.” “Be not a cancer on the Earth — leave room for […]

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