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Survey of Carroll County Historic Sites Debuts at Co-op Annual Meeting

October 1, 2008

Carroll EMC members will be the first to view survey findings of more than 600 historic properties in Carroll County at their annual meeting in Carrollton on Thursday, Oct. 9. The Carroll County survey includes landmarks such as the W.E. Johnson Sweet Potato Curing and Storage building near Roopville and a Greek revival home near Tyus.

Carroll EMC is the first to publicly display the finding because of its close association with Georgia Transmission Corp. (GTC), a primary sponsor of the county-wide surveys which it uses to avoid displacing historical landmarks. GTC builds and maintains high-voltage power lines and substations for Carroll EMC and 38 other not-for-profit EMCs that provide power to 4 million Georgians. The FindIt! Historic Resource Survey Partnership includes the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the University of Georgia.

The university’s graduate students identified and documented the sites that are now part of SHPO’s inventory of identified historic and cultural properties. This data is used by many companies, agencies and other organizations involved with land development and conservation. Properties identified include historic districts, sites, buildings, structures or objects that meet state or National Register of Historic Places standards. Similar FindIt! surveys are being conducted in other high-growth counties throughout the state.

“We’re pleased to share the survey results with our members at our annual meeting. Identifying and preserving historical landmarks secures the county’s heritage for generations to come and serves as part of the rich history that makes us who we are today,” says Chip Jakins, Carroll EMC’s president and CEO.

“Participating in these surveys benefits GTC, because we’re ahead of the game when we prepare to build transmission lines and substations,” said Christy Johnson, GTC’s environmental and regulatory compliance coordinator. “By having this information readily available in a database, we are able to incorporate it earlier in our planning process and meet customer needs more efficiently and effectively.”

The Carroll County FindIt! display will be at Carroll EMC’s headquarters in Carrollton from October 10 – 24.

About Carroll EMC
Carroll EMC is a member-owned electric cooperative providing electricity and related services to more than 50,000 meters in Carroll, Floyd, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk and Troup counties.

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Contact: Terry Cullen
Phone: (770) 270-7207
Email: terry.cullen@gatrans.com