Flu shots available at county health departments

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DALTON, Ga. – Flu Shots are now available at NO COST to residents at public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties. Healthcare plans will be billed on behalf of clients who have coverage, and there is no charge to anyone who is not under a healthcare plan. No appointment is necessary – “Walk-ins” are welcome. Residents are urged to take advantage of these no-cost to client flu shots while supplies last.
It is not too late to get a flu shot. In fact, the time is crucial. Georgia, along with 48 other U.S. states, is experiencing widespread influenza activity, with 37 flu-related deaths currently reported in Georgia, including four in north Georgia – and those numbers are expected to increase since the flu season has not yet peaked.

The current flu vaccine effectively protects against three of the four influenza virus strains that are circulating.

Locations and phone numbers for the participating north Georgia county health departments are:

  • Cherokee County Health Department: 1219 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115, 770-345-7371 and 7545 North Main Street, Suite 100, Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-928-0133;
  • Fannin County Health Department: 95 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, 706-632-3023;
  • Gilmer County Health Department: 28 Southside Church Street, Ellijay, GA 30540, 706-635-4363;
  • Murray County Health Department: 709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705, 706-695-4585;
  • Pickens County Health Department: 60 Health Way, Jasper, GA 30143, 706-253-2821; and
  • Whitfield County Health Department: 800 Professional Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30720, 706-226-2621.

Health officials also remind the public that flu is extremely contagious and can spread easily from person to person; therefore, anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms – such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue or nausea – is urged to stay home during the severest symptoms and for at least 24 hours after fever is gone. More information about preventing the spread of flu, such as frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes, is on the North Georgia Health District website at http://nghd.org/pr/34-/938-widespread-flu-in-georgia.html.


Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Georgia DOT Continues Cable Rail Repair Along I-575 in Cherokee

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Georgia DOT Continues Cable Rail Repair along I-575 in Canton, GA

CANTON Ga. – A Georgia DOT Maintenance crew resumes today its work on repairing the cable rail along Interstate 575 in Cherokee County.  Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

It is Georgia DOT position that guardrail and cable rail maintenance and repair are essential to keeping our roadways safe for the traveling public.  Our maintenance workers do their best to keep track of the damage to guard/cable rails and make repairs as quickly as possible in order to preserve road safety.

Each day, hundreds of Georgia Department of Transportation employees and contractors work on dozens of highway, bridge and intersection improvements throughout the state.  Their work often brings them and heavy machinery in close proximity to travel lanes. Fifty-seven Georgia DOT personnel and many more motorists, passengers and contractors’ workers have been killed in highway work zone accidents since 1973.  Please help us prevent these tragedies by slowing down; being especially attentive and cautious as you pass through construction work zones; and always driving responsibly.  Safer Driving; Safer Work Zones; For Everyone.  For information on the Department of Transportation, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov.  You also may follow us on (www.facebook.com/GDOTNW) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GDOTNW).

GDOT Continues Asphalt Repair in Cherokee County

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For almost 80 years, since the end of World War II, the United States has been more or less free of the threats of our loss of freedoms that our citizens have enjoyed for close to 250 years. But a new and ominous threat is now raising its ugly head. “THE THREAT OF ISLAMIC JIHAD: THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD & THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT”. That is the subject of our program for the June 27 th meeting of the Pickens County GA Tea Party.

Our speaker is Lt. Col. David Bores (USA Retired). David Bores retired from the United States Army after twenty-three years with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Col. Bores held numerous commands in the US Army Military Police Corps and Criminal Investigation Division Command where he served with distinction in all aspects military law enforcement to include command, operations, planning, investigations, training, management consulting, and equipment procurement.

After his military career, Mr. Bores entered civilian law enforcement where, over a period of nineteen years, he served in various command staff positions with the Cherokee County, (GA) Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Bores was appointed the Police Chief of Woodstock, GA in 2009 where he remained until his retirement from law enforcement in 2012.

Col. Bores currently serves as the Director of Intelligence for the Defender Group. He is a subject matter expert in the area of international terrorism and radical Islam and is an adjunct instructor on those topics at the Center of Security Policy, Georgia Police Academy, and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. In addition, Col. Bores previously served as an adjunct college instructor at Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Georgia College and State University, Reinhardt University, and Central Texas State College.

David is the past chairman of State Law Enforcement Certification Committee, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police; Past Executive Board Member, Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition, and a current member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Mr. Bores holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University, a M.S. in Public Administration from Georgia College, and a B.A. in Government from Norwich University.

Mr. David Bores has made this subject the core of his retirement years—speaking to many Georgia and USA organizations that are concerned about the Islamic threat to the free world. What he has to say is of vital importance to all Americans. Please join us at our next monthly meeting to discuss the Islamic issues with David: Tuesday, June 27, at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper—6:30PM Meet and Greet, 7:00PM Meeting and Program begins. For more information, contact penny.barker22@gmail.com.


Body Found on I-575 North Bound under bridge in Ball Ground, GA

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According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office a woman’s body was found this morning, May 27th, under Sharpe Mountain Creek Bridge, under I-575 in Ball Ground, GA.

According to Lt. Jay Baker the police received the call at 6:42 am and arrived a few minutes later.  Upon arrival the authorities discovered a body of a 35 year old female deceased under the structure.  The deputies found a vehicle parked on the bridge on the north bound lane of I-575.    The bridge at Sharpe Mountain Creek is located between Exit 24/Airport Drive and Exit 27/Howell Bridge Road.

The deputies were able to speak with a motorist driving by who witnessed the woman jump from the bridge.  The Sheriff’s office is conducting an investigation however  Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office said, “There’s no indication of foul play.”   The identity of the woman has not been released at this time.


Early morning fire ousts family from home

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A fire in the Winchester Oaks subdivision of Nelson woke neighbors with a start this morning. FYN is attempting to determine who made the call to the Pickens 9-1-1 but Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather stated they were notified of the structure fire at 5:47 a.m. (more…)

Nelson Considers Cutting Mayor Position

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Will Nelson eliminate the office of mayor? (more…)


Gun Control Group Sues Nelson Over Gun Ordinance

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The City of Nelson is being sued over its Home and Family Protection ordinance. (more…)


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