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100 Year Anniversary of Georgia Hydroelectric Project

See it on Georgia Public Broadcasting at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 24th

Follow this link to view the trailer:

Power Play 100 Years:  Lake Burton & Georgia's Hydroelectric Revolution

News Release

In the latter part of the twentieth century’s second decade, an emerging Georgia Railway and Power Company was working around the clock to create what at the time would become America’s third largest hydropower project.  The events that followed the completion of the Tugaloo Power Plant in 1914 in Tallulah Gorge and the subsequent closing of the Burton Dam in 1919 would flood the pioneer town of Burton and help create, at the time, the nation’s third largest hydroelectric project and Lake Burton in 1920.  Those events are being celebrated with a television special on September 24th at 7 PM on Georgia Public Broadcasting (channel 8 in Atlanta). 

The film “Power Play 100 Years:  Lake Burton and Georgia’s Hydroelectric Revolution” will have its television premiere on every public broadcasting affiliate in Georgia.  Spanning over 160 years, the documentary will give viewing audiences an opportunity to learn about Atlanta and Georgia history pre and post civil war era through Atlanta’s successful 1996 Olympic bid and the role electric power played as the state developed and expanded over the decades.

Produced by digital content company, Project 360 Media in Atlanta, “Power Play” follows the effect of plentiful and affordable alternating current as it transformed the lives of millions through two world wars, Prohibition and the many other events that would shape Georgia and the south.  During the post civil war reconstruction era in Atlanta and the state of Georgia, we follow the journey through the decades and trace the little known historical facts of Georgia’s development of electricity and the people who made it happen.  The creation of Lake Burton and its  large reservoir capacity would become the lynchpin to supply the hydraulic water volume to create the huge impact that plentiful electricity would have on the growing city of Atlanta and Georgia’s economy through the 20th century.

Also commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the creation of Lake Burton is a book, expected out in the spring of 2020, by Lake Burton resident Mike Maffett, M.D., supported by the Lake Burton Civic Association, entitled, “Our Eden:  A Centennial History of Lake Burton and the Tallulah Basin”.  The book chronicles the history of the Rabun County area and the life, traditions and stories of the century old lake that is the largest reservoir on the Tallulah watershed.  We look forward to sharing additional information, including purchasing details, about the book in the near future.

28th Annual Golf Tournament

The 28th Annual LBCA Golf Tournament held on July 26th was a very successful, fun-filled event for the 120 participants at the Waterfall Club course.  Nearly $28,000 was raised to support our volunteer fire departments and other Rabun County charities - an all-time high!  After the spirited competition, the following foursomes came out on top:

1st Flight
1st Place:  -23, Todd Henningson, John Winter, Jared Ingley, Jim Roth
2nd Place:  -22, Walt Brooks, Marc Hammett, Jim Brock, Matt Mitcham

2nd Flight
1st Place:  -19, Steve Williams, Dave Culley, Jim Wallis, Mike Maffett
2nd Place:  -18, Randy Wortmann, Tom Foote, Tom Clement, Mike McGowan

3rd Flight
1st Place:  -16, Phillip Sadler, Steve Wray, Vernon O’Neil, Doug Bryant
2nd Place:  -16, Bruce Woodward, Stan Sands, Chip Davidson, Peter Pomeroy

4th Flight
1st Place:  -14, Jeff Von Hoene, Robert Smith, Paul Showan, Toni Showan
2nd Place:  -14, Woody Daniel, Teresa Liner, Bob McKechnie, Carrie Foster

5th Flight
1st Place:  -12, John Jerger, Justin Locke, Rick Jerger, Larkin Dixon
2nd Place:  -8, Mark Swiecichowski, Steve Peter, Chris Segal, Ian Ross Johnson

Prizes were awarded for 1st and 2nd place finishes in each flight, closest to the hole on par 3 holes, and longest drive.  All participants were rewarded with a delicious lunch prepared by the Waterfall Club staff.  Thanks to all the LBCA board members and their spouses, benefactors, sponsors, patrons, raffle donors, players, Waterfall Club, and all the others who helped make this year’s tournament another record setting success.  Special thanks to Becky and Tom Callahan, Janis and Jim Stapleton, Evelyn Heald, Bill and Jan Bomar, Randall and Martha Ramsey, Elizabeth Gill, and Sandi Majors for their tournament day help. 

View A Slideshow Featuring Highlights of Our Summer Events Here:


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