While Widespread Panic was wrapping up their winter tour with a killer performance at the Civic Center in Savannah, GA (Watch highlights here), it seems local police were working on a performance of their own. The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, as well as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, ran an undercover operation at the concert, ultimately arresting eight fans on felony drug charges.The agents actually attended the concert, where they were able to purchase controlled substances like LSD and heroin, as well as a cannister of nitrous oxide. The report in Savannah Now indicates that US currency and a vehicle were also seized in the operation. The report also features this damning parking lot photo:Naturally, the connection between drugs, law enforcement, and Widespread Panic conjures the memory of Troy Goode, who lost his life after being restrained by authorities outside of a WSP show last summer. More on that story can be read here. When law enforcement and live music cross paths, the result is never pretty. That’s why organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance exist, to get people help without damning them for their actions.If you’re heading to a concert, be safe!
Acomplete list of the businesses to be recognized with a Centennial BusinessAward is attached.2005 Centennial Business Award Winners Montpelier. On Tuesday, March 23rd, Vermont’s 24 oldest businesses will be recognized at an awards ceremonyto be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Billings Student Center on the UVM campus. TheVermont Centennial Business Awards recognize businesses that have operated in Vermontfor at least 100 years. This is a joint project of the Office of theSecretary of State, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. Special guestsinclude Governor Jim Douglas and UVM President Daniel Fogel. PRESS ADVISORY CountyYear FoundedOld Tavern at GraftonWindham1801Newfane MarketWindham1825National Life GroupWashington1848Rutland & Whitehall Railroad Co.Chittenden1848G.S. Blodgett CorporationChittenden1848Community National BankOrleans1851Hastings StoreCaledonia1853Denis, Ricker & Brown Washington1865Springfield Printing CorporationWindsor1870Greene Corporation Lamoille1872Harrington’s in VermontChittenden1873The Herald of RandolphOrange1874Union Mutual of Vermont CompaniesWashington1874A.C. Hathorne Co.Chittenden1875Randolph National Bank Orange1875Reynolds & Son, Inc.Washington1875The County Courier Franklin1878White River Paper CompanyWindsor1881Verizon New EnglandChittenden1883Factory Point National BankBennington1883Rutland Fire Clay Co.Rutland1883Lyndonville Savings BankOrleans1884Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad Co.Chittenden1885Granite City Tool of VermontWashington1885People’s Trust Company of St. Albans.Franklin1886 Business Contact Kathryn Mathieson: 802-828-2148For Immediate Release: March 22, 2005This press release is available digitally at http://www.sec.state.vt.us(link is external) Secretary of State ToAnnounce Vermont’s2nd Annual CentennialBusiness Award Winners Wednesday,March 234-7 p.m.Billings Student Center, UVM Campus #30