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Keep Your Ball. We’ve Got the Possum. – NYTimes.com

Ah yes, to live in the redneck hills of Georgia….gotta love it.

Keep Your Ball. We’ve Got the Possum. – NYTimes.com.

Yes, the annual New Year’s Eve Possum Drop, the one and only, inspired by the dropping of a certain illuminated ball 670 miles away.

On Thursday, at the stroke of midnight, at the exact moment that hundreds of thousands of people holler in the New Year at Times Square, with millions more tipping back champagne flutes and watching it on TV, a few hundred people will huddle at a Citgo station in this little Appalachian town, wearing hunting jackets and hats with dangling ear flaps, to cheer the descent of one confused marsupial.

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Life, Mr. Logan says, is full of possum-bilities. Over the years he has worked to promote Brasstown as the ”Possum Capital of the World,” not because it has an unusually large possum population but because Brasstown ”desperately needed something.”

The town, tucked in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains about two and a half hours north of Atlanta, survives on cattle farming, a few small tobacco plots and industrial jobs where people can find them. Brasstown became famous for 15 minutes a few years ago when townspeople were said to be sheltering Eric Rudolph, the abortion-clinic bombing suspect who was captured in May after five years on the run.

Mr. Rudolph grew up around here, not far from the Citgo gas station near Greasy Creek Road where Mr. Logan does a brisk trade in stuffed possum toys, cat-food-size tins of ”possum roadkill” (actually filled with dirt), and T-shirts that proclaim possum to be ”the Other, Other White Meat.”

As it says on his Web site, ”One man’s roadkill is another man’s icon.”

 

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