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2006 Index of Winners

Best Local Blogger BOA Award Winner

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Rodney Ho
Entertainment blogger for the AJC

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

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Andre 3000
Member of OutKast and actor

Best Local Do-Gooder BOA Award Winner

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Jimmy Carter

Best Local Do-Gooder BOA Award Winner

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Clark Howard
WSB-AM (750) www.clarkhoward.com

Best Local Do-Gooder(s) BOA Award Winner

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Carol and Boake Moore, Chelsea Butler, and Stan King
After the killing waters of Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and Mississippi, Atlantans reached out to help. Among them were CAROL AND BOAKE MOORE, who welcomed 30 Katrina evacuees into their expansive Roswell home overlooking the Chattahoochee. CHELSEA BUTLER, founded a group called Weekendmore...
After the killing waters of Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and Mississippi, Atlantans reached out to help. Among them were CAROL AND BOAKE MOORE, who welcomed 30 Katrina evacuees into their expansive Roswell home overlooking the Chattahoochee. CHELSEA BUTLER, founded a group called Weekend Atlanta Rescue Effort and took weekend trips to New Orleans to bring evacuees to metro Atlanta and helped them navigate the relief system. And STAN KING, a Marietta retiree-turned-woodworker, drove to Mississippi to collect debris from the storm to build birdhouses. He sells them at $100 a pop and donates the proceeds to help Gulf Coast residents rebuild their homes. The Moores, Butler and King are among hundreds (if not thousands) of Atlantans who share this award. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

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Judith Curry
When Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast, it created a perverse, but tempting, chance to make a point about global warming. Scientists had long figured a hotter atmosphere would agitate the storm cycle, creating more or bigger storms, or both. Was Katrina an example? Just after the storm hit,more...
When Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast, it created a perverse, but tempting, chance to make a point about global warming. Scientists had long figured a hotter atmosphere would agitate the storm cycle, creating more or bigger storms, or both. Was Katrina an example? Just after the storm hit, JUDITH CURRY, along with other atmospheric scientists at Georgia Tech, happened to co-publish a landmark study on hurricanes and global warming. They concluded the strongest hurricanes are getting even stronger as the Earth gets hotter. At a Washington briefing where Curry was asked to describe the research, a congressional aide with ties to the coal industry tried to portray her work as out-of-step with mainstream science. It didn’t work. Reporters at first concentrated on the aide’s trumped-up controversy. But the well-timed research eventually sunk into the public’s mind as yet more evidence of the costs of climate change. Curry has walked a difficult tightrope for scientists: While she’s been candid about the evidence for global warming, she’s steered clear of pontificating on issues outside her expertise. She and her Tech colleagues have kept their eyes on their own work, which is just what we need if we wish to understand what we’re doing to this planet. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

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Shirley Franklin

Best Locally Produced Podcast BOA Award Winner

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"Mostly ITP," Georgia Podcast Network

Best Local Place To Commune With Nature BOA Award Winner

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Chattahoochee Nature Center

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

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Nan Orrock
Georgia has no lack of bad politicians. Linda Schrenko, Bill Campbell, Ralph Reed. You name ’em. What’s often missed is that we have some damn fine people in public office. Among them are Herhonner Shirley Franklin, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the Fulton Commission’s Karen Handel.more...
Georgia has no lack of bad politicians. Linda Schrenko, Bill Campbell, Ralph Reed. You name ’em. What’s often missed is that we have some damn fine people in public office. Among them are Herhonner Shirley Franklin, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the Fulton Commission’s Karen Handel. But this year’s pick for Best Politico is NAN ORROCK, a state House member since 1987 and a shoo-in to win the Eastside’s District 36 state Senate seat in November. What makes Orrock special? Consistency, for a start. She marched for Civil Rights in the ‘60s, has been a factory worker and union organizer, and helped found The Great Speckled Bird underground newspaper. As a legislator, she’s been tireless in working for real family issues. But Orrock’s also the rare Georgia politician who’s managed to increase her influence while holding true to progressive principles. She rose in the state House to minority whip, one of the top-ranked Democrats. Her smarts, energy and guts will quickly make her a force to reckon with in the Senate. less...

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

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Shirley Franklin

Best Local Television Anchor BOA Award Winner

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John Pruitt
Because he’s sat next to a shining star such as Monica Kaufman for all these years, it’s been too easy to overlook JOHN PRUITT. But as a news reader, he’s the local version of the late Peter Jennings — authoritative, fatherly and never rattled. Pruitt started out asmore...
Because he’s sat next to a shining star such as Monica Kaufman for all these years, it’s been too easy to overlook JOHN PRUITT. But as a news reader, he’s the local version of the late Peter Jennings — authoritative, fatherly and never rattled. Pruitt started out as a reporter, covering stories as varied as the funeral of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle and Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. Despite a mid-career 15-year run at WXIA-TV/Channel 11, Pruitt will always be associated with WSB-TV/Channel 2 and Kaufman, his longtime broadcast partner. He’s been giving Atlantans their news for nearly 40 years. Between Monica’s ever-changing hairstyles and wardrobe, and Pruitt’s ability to remain steady and ageless, they are the yin and yang of Atlanta television news. less...

Best Local Troublemaker BOA Award Winner

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Joe Parko
Meet JOE PARKO, and you think “ordinary guy.” The retired Georgia State professor is anything but. Behind a gentle smile and shock of white hair is a firebrand. Parko, a Quaker, has been among Atlanta’s most indefatigable critics of George Bush and his Iraq misadventure. Inmore...
Meet JOE PARKO, and you think “ordinary guy.” The retired Georgia State professor is anything but. Behind a gentle smile and shock of white hair is a firebrand. Parko, a Quaker, has been among Atlanta’s most indefatigable critics of George Bush and his Iraq misadventure. In November 2002, before the war began, Parko began an all-American exercise. He tried to confront one of his U.S. senators — unhinged hawk Zell Miller — with questions about the war: Will we face more terrorism if we attack Iraq? How many people will be killed? Parko and four other activists refused to leave the senator’s Colony Square office until Miller agreed to meet with them. Instead of setting up a meeting with his constituents, Miller’s minions called the police. The activists, now dubbed the Atlanta Five, were busted for “criminal trespass.” Two years later, a judge threw the case out of court. Since then, Parko’s exported his fight for peace from Midtown to such far-flung lands as Iraq and Palestine. He uses letters, speeches and demonstrations. He’s a gentle but dogged hell-raiser. less...

Best Local Troublemaker BOA Award Winner

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Cynthia McKinney
Congresswoman for Georgia's Fourth District www.house.gov/mckinney

Best Local TV or Newspaper Reporter BOA Award Winner

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Clark Howard
WSB/Channel 2 www.clarkhoward.com

Best Local Website BOA Award Winner

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AJC.com

Best Morality Tale BOA Award Winner

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Bill Campbell
If you didn’t believe BILL CAMPBELL was a crook when he was mayor, then you weren’t paying attention. A puzzling jury verdict acquitted the slickster on racketeering charges. But Hizzoner still will be sporting prison scrubs for the next couple of years, because he couldn’tmore...
If you didn’t believe BILL CAMPBELL was a crook when he was mayor, then you weren’t paying attention. A puzzling jury verdict acquitted the slickster on racketeering charges. But Hizzoner still will be sporting prison scrubs for the next couple of years, because he couldn’t escape the tax evasion charges. Even though Campbell’s high-profile trial, conviction and incarceration gave Atlanta a black eye, letting him get away with his skullduggery as he ran the city into the ground would’ve tarnished our reputation all the more. Perhaps as much as the verdict, justice was served by the courtroom revelation of the former mayor as a petty, vindictive philanderer who spent as much time playing blackjack and taking vacations on other people’s dimes as he did at City Hall. And when he gets out of the slammer, maybe he can run for mayor of Tunica, Miss. less...

Best Morning Drive-Time Radio Show BOA Award Winner

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Bert Show
WWWQ / All The HIts Q100 Weekdays 5:30 - 10 a.m. www.allthehitsq100.com

Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

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Chattooga River

BEST MOUNTAIN ESCAPE


In the early 1970s, the CHATTOOGA RIVER was officially dubbed one of the nation’s first “Wild and Scenic Rivers.” That remains an apt description for the river, which rises in North Carolina before forming the northernmost part of the Georgia and South Carolina border. Its awe-inspiring rapids (which non-experts should only attempt on trips led by highly qualified guides) cut a gorgeous gorge through verdant, unspoiled mountains. There are only a couple of road crossings and no buildings along the Wild and Scenic stretches: Section 3, which intersperses steep drops with scenic pools, and Section 4, where the rapids get steeper and more frequent. To really escape from civilization, set aside a whole weekend for an overnight trip on both sections.
Nantahala Outdoor Center, 888-905-7238, www.noc.com; Wildwater Limited, 800-451-9972, www.wildwaterrafting.com.

Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

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Blue Ridge Mountains

Best Nana-Na-Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye! BOA Award Winner

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Ralph Reed
We Georgians may be a little slow occasionally, but at least we’re not dumb enough to elect RALPH REED lieutenant governor. Reed cut his teeth at the Christian Coalition, and built his career as a take-no-prisoners GOP consultant who never let the truth stand in the way of a good campaign soundmore...
We Georgians may be a little slow occasionally, but at least we’re not dumb enough to elect RALPH REED lieutenant governor. Reed cut his teeth at the Christian Coalition, and built his career as a take-no-prisoners GOP consultant who never let the truth stand in the way of a good campaign sound bite. For reasons known only to him, he decided that becoming lieutenant governor of Georgia would be his first stepping stone to becoming president — yes, president of the United States. In the end, the scandal over his dealings with lobbyist Jack Abramoff (and his cynical exploitation of Christian activists in the campaign he waged against Indian casinos with money supplied by Abramoff’s casino clients) proved too much for even Georgia’s Republicans to swallow. The good news: He was stomped in last July’s GOP primary. The bad news: Reed’s a bit like a zombie — he’s likely to remain on Georgia’s political scene for decades. less...

Best Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Virginia-Highland

Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

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Inman Park Festival
We know it’s won several years in a row, and we like to vary our picks when possible. But the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL proves it’s special every single April. There’s no better place to browse booths filled with modestly priced rustic art, plants, handmade jewelry and kitsch. Themore...

We know it’s won several years in a row, and we like to vary our picks when possible. But the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL proves it’s special every single April. There’s no better place to browse booths filled with modestly priced rustic art, plants, handmade jewelry and kitsch. The neighborhood’s elegant Victorian homes make the scenery awesome. The crowd’s diverse. The music’s great, and very varied. And unlike most neighborhood fests, the three-day Inman Park event takes place under the leafy shade of narrow tree-lined streets. What really sets the festival apart, though, is its opening day parade, which features colorful floats, grinning politicos and, of course, the Feed and Seed Marching Abominable Marching Band.
www.inmanpark.org/festival.

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Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

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Inman Park Festival

Best New Building BOA Award Winner

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Terminus 100
TERMINUS 100 may not be quite finished yet, but when it’s completed in the spring, the 26-story glass-and-steel high-rise will bring a Fifth Avenue vibe to the intersection of Peachtree and Piedmont roads. The Buckhead tower, designed by Duda/Paine Architects of Durham, N.C., is the first ofmore...

TERMINUS 100 may not be quite finished yet, but when it’s completed in the spring, the 26-story glass-and-steel high-rise will bring a Fifth Avenue vibe to the intersection of Peachtree and Piedmont roads. The Buckhead tower, designed by Duda/Paine Architects of Durham, N.C., is the first of five planned by Cousins Properties on the 10-acre site. It will be anchored by two floors of retail space set up against the sidewalk, with a glitzy, Vegas-style restaurant plaza around the side. A stunning example of Atlanta’s mixed-use building renaissance, Terminus 100 is certain to bring a new jolt of energy to a rapidly changing part of town. The high-profile address and highfalutin architecture already has roped in a high-profile tenant: Cousins itself plans to move from the suburbs into the Buckhead building. That’s certainly making a statement.
www.terminus-atlanta.com


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Best New Building BOA Award Winner

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Georgia Aquarium

Best New Loft/Condo Development BOA Award Winner

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Twelve Midtown, Autograph Collection

Best New Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Beltline
Not a strip of sod or a splotch of asphalt has been laid for the BELTLINE. But only months after local governments gave it the go-ahead, Atlanta’s most ambitious public-improvement project ever is transforming our landscape. In June, Atlanta purchased the 300–acre Bellwood Quarry tomore...
Not a strip of sod or a splotch of asphalt has been laid for the BELTLINE. But only months after local governments gave it the go-ahead, Atlanta’s most ambitious public-improvement project ever is transforming our landscape. In June, Atlanta purchased the 300–acre Bellwood Quarry to turn it into the city’s largest park. And private developers already are announcing plans for projects that (mostly) complement the tighter, more transit-oriented development the Beltline is designed to encourage. More than that, the Beltline is giving city and civic leaders a powerful tool to reimagine how we’ll live in the future. The project — which envisions a 22-mile transit corridor, along with parks and new development around the urban core — is sure to test our ability over the next couple of decades to make the right choices. Already, bitter disagreements are breaking out: Buses or light rail? Skyscrapers or midrises? But that’s much better for the city than being mired in great dreams that never become reality. If we do the Beltline well, it could be the best thing to happen to Atlanta since the Civil Rights Movement. less...

Best New Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Georgia Aquarium

Best Non-Commercial Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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WRAS 88.5

Best Non-Commercial Station BOA Award Winner

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WRFG Radio
Back when RADIO FREE GEORGIA, WRFG-FM (89.3), went on the air in 1973, people who listened were like a secret society. The signal didn’t go far outside the perimeter — of Little Five Points, that is — and the uninitiated usually discovered the station by channel-surfing ormore...

Back when RADIO FREE GEORGIA, WRFG-FM (89.3), went on the air in 1973, people who listened were like a secret society. The signal didn’t go far outside the perimeter — of Little Five Points, that is — and the uninitiated usually discovered the station by channel-surfing or from a friend in the know: “Hey, have you checked out Radio Free Georgia?” Even the station’s name suggests its counterculture leanings. WRFG has the most eclectic playlist in Atlanta: blues, Zydeco, Americana, bluegrass, music from India, doo-wop, jazz, Latin and hip-hop. Today, Radio Free Georgia broadcasts at 100,000 watts, but it’s remained true to its roots of playing the kind of music you’ll never hear on commercial radio.
,a href="http://www.wrfg.org">www.wrfg.org.

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Best Old Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Oakland Cemetery
It’s tough to find much of anything in Atlanta older than OAKLAND CEMETERY, and arguably no place in this city wears its age more gracefully. Founded as a six-acre graveyard in 1850, Oakland exploded in size and, um, popularity as a result of the Civil War. Today, it serves as the final restingmore...
It’s tough to find much of anything in Atlanta older than OAKLAND CEMETERY, and arguably no place in this city wears its age more gracefully. Founded as a six-acre graveyard in 1850, Oakland exploded in size and, um, popularity as a result of the Civil War. Today, it serves as the final resting place for Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, Maynard Jackson and 70,000 of the famous and obscure, including legions of unknown Confederate soldiers. But you needn’t be a history buff or a goth geek to appreciate the cemetery’s collection of ornate mausoleums and endless cobblestone paths. In fact, Oakland is quite living-friendly; it’s open every day of the year to provide a cheerfully morbid spot for a picnic or a stroll. less...

Best Old Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Fox Theatre

Best OTP Park BOA Award Winner

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
The name Kennesaw comes from the Cherokee word “gah-nee-sah,” which means burial ground. Fitting, since the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain ended the lives of an estimated 4,000 men in the summer of 1864, with 62,000 others either captured or injured. Nowadays, the site of some of the heaviestmore...
The name Kennesaw comes from the Cherokee word “gah-nee-sah,” which means burial ground. Fitting, since the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain ended the lives of an estimated 4,000 men in the summer of 1864, with 62,000 others either captured or injured. Nowadays, the site of some of the heaviest fighting of the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign has become the 2,888-acre KENNESAW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK. Trek to this well-preserved site for a first-hand history lesson more interesting than anything they told you in class. There are more than 17 miles of trails for walking, and a 1.4-mile hike to the summit. Just don’t try to make off with any historical mementos of your own. Doing so could cost you $100,000 or even land you in jail. Plus, it’s just plain disrespectful. less...

Best OTP Park BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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WRAS 88.5
Year after year, as other radio stations fall in and out of favor and change formats and call letters, ALBUM 88 never seems to change. Year after year, it just plays great, cutting-edge, alternative music. The only drawback is that the Georgia State stalwart, WRAS-FM (88.5), doesn’t broadcastmore...

Year after year, as other radio stations fall in and out of favor and change formats and call letters, ALBUM 88 never seems to change. Year after year, it just plays great, cutting-edge, alternative music. The only drawback is that the Georgia State stalwart, WRAS-FM (88.5), doesn’t broadcast on the Web — it’s been trying since 2003, but refuses to comply with federal regulations that would threaten the station’s fierce independence to play exactly what it wants to play. Thankfully, the station has a booming 100,000-watt signal. You first heard R.E.M. and U2 and the Police on WRAS. Today, it is where you’ll first hear tomorrow’s stars: Jennifer O’Conner, Sufjan Stevens and Silversun Pickups. We don’t know what the institutional formula is for Album 88’s success, but we hope the station’s managers never lose it.


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Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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WBZY-FM (105.3) The Buzz

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

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Clark Howard
He’s corny and occasionally hokey. His sincerity seems too good to be true. He’s too nerdy to be cool. But WSB-AM (750)’s CLARK HOWARD has earned his reputation as the most trusted public figure in Atlanta. He genuinely does care about the people who call his show with theirmore...
He’s corny and occasionally hokey. His sincerity seems too good to be true. He’s too nerdy to be cool. But WSB-AM (750)’s CLARK HOWARD has earned his reputation as the most trusted public figure in Atlanta. He genuinely does care about the people who call his show with their consumer problems (or at least their spending habits), and he offers them sound advice. He’s already filthy rich and doesn’t need the gig; he does it because he loves it. As a college student, Howard worked for Ralph Nader, an experience that has informed him ever since. He’s not afraid to take on the powers-that-be (his contract specifies there will be no sacred cows on his show). Although it pains us to admire a guy who eats bargain meals at Burger King and scrounges for bargains, Howard’s a rare treasure: If he says it, you can take it to the bank. less...

Best Person You Hate To Love BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz on WSB-AM (750)

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

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Neal Boortz
Well, if it isn’t our own John Sugg, then it has to be Atlanta’s contribution to big-league talk radio, NEAL BOORTZ. Whether Boortz is trumpeting his Flat Earth Society views on global warming (yeah, sure, Neal, it isn’t happening), frothing up generalized hatred against Muslims,more...
Well, if it isn’t our own John Sugg, then it has to be Atlanta’s contribution to big-league talk radio, NEAL BOORTZ. Whether Boortz is trumpeting his Flat Earth Society views on global warming (yeah, sure, Neal, it isn’t happening), frothing up generalized hatred against Muslims, or demagogue-ing the idea of a national sales tax to rip off middle-class Americans, he’s still an essential listen ... if only to know what the other side is thinking. We’ll at least give Boortz points for his willingness to tackle sacred cows and to bandy about big ideas — no matter how wrongheaded he is about them. Unlike most talk-radio blowhards, he’s had an impact on at least one policy debate by doggedly advocating the sales tax (which he incongruously calls “Fair Tax”). Besides, if we couldn’t hear this particular Cox Enterprises employee bloviating each morning on AM radio, our blood pressure might drop to an unhealthy level. less...

Best Person You Love To Hate BOA Award Winner

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Cynthia McKinney

Best Place to Bike BOA Award Winner

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Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Road / Nickajack Elementary Trailhead
Named after a passenger train that ran along the same route from 1947 to 1968, the SILVER COMET TRAIL is a gorgeous stretch of pavement with a pastoral feel that’ll make you wonder whether you pedaled through a time warp into bygone, rural Georgia. The path runs 60 miles west across three counties.more...
Named after a passenger train that ran along the same route from 1947 to 1968, the SILVER COMET TRAIL is a gorgeous stretch of pavement with a pastoral feel that’ll make you wonder whether you pedaled through a time warp into bygone, rural Georgia. The path runs 60 miles west across three counties. That’s right, 60 freakin’ miles. Bikers, runners and walkers are free to do their thing without dodging traffic, and the scenery is breathtaking. The rails-to-trails project is an ambitious undertaking: When it’s completed, Silver Comet will connect with Alabama’s Chief Ladiga Trail to form a continuous, 93-mile path from Smyrna to Anniston, Ala. If you try to ride the whole thing, just remember: You’ll either need someone to pick you up at the other end, or your trip length will have gotten 93 miles longer. less...

Best Place to Mountain Bike BOA Award Winner

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Yellow River Mountain Bike Trail
The beautiful part of the YELLOW RIVER MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL is its accessibility. No, we’re not talking about how close it is to town (although that’s another big plus). Whether you’re an expert rider hungry for a challenge or an eager newbie who’s just shed his trainingmore...
The beautiful part of the YELLOW RIVER MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL is its accessibility. No, we’re not talking about how close it is to town (although that’s another big plus). Whether you’re an expert rider hungry for a challenge or an eager newbie who’s just shed his training wheels, this place has what you’re looking for. The Creek Loop, which was designed by a mountain biker, consists of about five miles of tough climbs and exhilarating drop-offs. The River Loop, on the other hand, offers novices a far mellower ride. Some bikers say a recent trail makeover robbed the Creek Loop of some of its danger, but it’s still a hell of a ride. less...

Best Place to Mountain Bike BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Place to Road Bike BOA Award Winner

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Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Road / Nickajack Elementary Trailhead

Best Place To Splish-Splash BOA Award Winner

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Mazzy's Sports Bar & Grill (Marietta)

Best Place to Splish Splash BOA Award Winner

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Ocoee River
For continuous whitewater fun within a couple of hours of a major city, it’s hard to match the OCOEE RIVER. Just north of the Tennessee line, the Ocoee’s most famous as the site of the 1996 Olympics whitewater course. But it’s also an incredibly accessible stream for half-daymore...

For continuous whitewater fun within a couple of hours of a major city, it’s hard to match the OCOEE RIVER. Just north of the Tennessee line, the Ocoee’s most famous as the site of the 1996 Olympics whitewater course. But it’s also an incredibly accessible stream for half-day and full-day guided rafting trips. The Class III-IV rapids aren’t super dangerous, but you definitely don’t want to try them without an expert. An added convenience: The Ocoee’s dam-released flows ensure a good ride even in the driest days of summer.
Nantahala Outdoor Center, 888-905-7238, www.noc.com; Wildwater Limited, 800-451-9972, ,a href="http://www.wildwaterrafting.com">www.wildwaterrafting.com.

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Best Place to Spot Celebrities BOA Award Winner

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Lenox Square

Best Place to Spot Celebs BOA Award Winner

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Best Playground BOA Award Winner

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John C Howell Park
Across from Inman Park Middle School, JOHN HOWELL PARK features two playgrounds: one for tots and one for school-age kids. Though neither playground is particularly large, both age groups can find plenty to amuse themselves. Older kids can run across a wobbly bridge and crawl through tubes under much-covetedmore...
Across from Inman Park Middle School, JOHN HOWELL PARK features two playgrounds: one for tots and one for school-age kids. Though neither playground is particularly large, both age groups can find plenty to amuse themselves. Older kids can run across a wobbly bridge and crawl through tubes under much-coveted shade. The toddler set can run amok in a sandbox, experience bouncy rocking-horse-like rides, and find a fire engine suitable for climbing on, under and through. Best of all, high-tech rubberized flooring covers the entire playground, so if your kids fall you won’t feel as guilty. less...

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