• Mass Shootings: Guns, Games, or God?

    Why is it that every time there is a shooting in this country, my feeds get flooded by blame. All I see is article after article on who or what I should be blaming for the latest shooting. “It’s because of video game violence!” “No, it’s the gun control laws!” “It’s about religion.” “Blame the […]

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  • Pickens opens Fire Station 12

    JASPER, Ga. – Representatives from all across Pickens County met Thursday, July 25, to cut the ribbon and officially open Pickens Fire Station 12. Pickens’ Board of Commissioners Chairman Rob Jones, Post Commissioners Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes, Jasper City Councilmember Dr. Sonny Proctor, Jasper City Manager Brandon Douglas, Jasper Fire Chief Steve Roper, and […]

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  • CORE receives grant and state office at ribbon-cutting

    ELLIJAY, Ga. – “This is the kind of project that will spread prosperity throughout our entire region. It is the kind of skin-in-the-game project that deserves support…” Georgia Speaker of the House, David Ralston praised the CORE Facility in Ellijay who hosted their official ribbon-cutting today. Nestled just off Maddox Drive on the banks of […]

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  • Pickens flooding in the storm

    JASPER, Ga. – Parts of Pickens are falling victim to the heavy storms and rain as water levels rise. Citizens are sending in photos of the damage during the storm. Already cancelling the “Piggin in the Park” event Lee Newton Park, event planners are still trying to look at possibly continuing the event tomorrow at […]

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  • Water issues resolved at city council

    JASPER, Ga. – Water issues are turning up in force with Jasper dealing with new dump fees and a new leachate site. The council approved new dump fees for the water pollution control plant. While these new fews do not open the city to new vendors, according to City Manager Brandon Douglas, because of the […]

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  • Ordinances and Zoning changes in July Council

    JASPER, – The City Council is moving forward with ordinance changes and zoning issues in July with approvals for 2nd readings and zoning parcels. The second reading for the new cruelty to animals ordinance and a second reading for changes to definitions and uses for Vape Shops were both approved in July’s meeting. As the […]

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  • New fines set for leaving animals in cars

    JASPER, Ga. – The Jasper Police Department is asking the city for more guidance and direction on its cruelty to animals ordinance as the agenda item came up this week during the council’s meeting. According to Lonnie Waters of the City of Jasper, the city has already received calls this year about animals locked in […]

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  • Jasper receives Audit for city and chamber

    JASPER, Ga. – Jasper saw the presentation of the 2018 Audit for both the City and Chamber during the June City Council meeting with reports for each. Presented by Rushton and Company, CPA’s, the Audit held an unmodified opinion for the city, meaning Rushton did not have to change or alter anything with their opinion […]

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  • BOC considers vending contract in Recreation Dept

    JASPER, Ga. – The Pickens County Board of Commissioners began considerations for their vending contracts at the Recreation Department. During their monthly work session, the commissioners listened to details presented proposals from Coca-Cola Company and Pepsi Co. While Pickens has used Pepsi for the last few years, this year’s bid packages were presented to the […]

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  • City addresses Adult Entertainment sign

    JASPER, Ga. – Citizens are still in confusion about a sign appearing at the Shops of Jasper announcing “Adult Entertainment” coming soon. According to City Manager Brandon Douglas, the City has no application or permitting for an adult entertainment business or signage at this location. He went on to note the property owner has also […]

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  • Sheriff’s Office responds to rumors of officer injury

    JASPER, Ga. – Rising concerns from citizens and added confusion over incidents tonight have prompted the Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office to respond with details and assurances that there was not an officer involved in a shooting. According to the Sheriff’s Office, earlier tonight deputies received a call of shots being fired near the area of Big […]

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  • Piedmont Hospitals Support National Drug Take Back Day

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    PRESS RELEASE FROM PIEDMONT MOUNTAINSIDE Jasper, Ga. (April 16, 2019) – From 1999 to 2010, opioid-related deaths in Georgia increased by 500 percent. In 2016, there were close to 1,000 deaths involving opioids in the state and those numbers are continuing to increase. Facing those statistics and knowing that all healthcare systems need to play a […]

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  • County finds funding for Jones Mountain Road slide

    JASPER, Ga. – The citizens of Pickens County breathe a sigh of relief today as County Commission Chairman Rob Jones shares information on funding for repairs of the damage that has shut down Jones Mountain Road close to two months ago. Citizens have been avoiding the area since February 22, 2019, when the county closed […]

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  • Cove Road Reopens to single lane traffic

    JASPER, Ga. – The City of Jasper has officially reopened Cove Road after rock slides have had it closed for nearly a month. However, with yesterday’s reopening of the road, there is a catch. Today will see only one lane of traffic available to citizens as clearing, repairs,  and stabilization of the area begins in […]

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  • Deputy dies in Pickens training facility

      (Photo from Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Social Media)   JASPER, Ga. – Two families mourn today after the sudden death of Deputy Sheriff II Spencer Englett, 29, during training in Pickens County. Englett was recently married and had just begun his first day of training in Pickens, but served as a deputy of Forsyth […]

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