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Protesters want private company out of Stone Mountain Park

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Friends of Stone Mountain Park, a grassroots group fighting the commercialization of Stone Mountain, is rallying protesters for a march from downtown Stone Mountain to Confederate Hall in the park.

"Citizens around here have been completely ignored from the very beginning, since 1996 when we got wind of the privatization," says rally organizer Jim Reddick.

The group's main beef is directed at the Silver Dollar City Company, which won the contract from the state to operate Stone Mountain Park. Silver Dollar City also runs Dollywood and several other theme and amusement parks, and Reddick and his fellow protesters are dead set against letting them turn Stone Mountain Park into another cheesy attraction.

"It's now time to stop being polite," he says. The rally will be held Dec. 9, starting at 11 a.m. at the Village of Stone Mountain gazebo, near City Hall.

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