PICKENS COUNTY RESTAURANT FIRE RULED ARSON

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ATLANTA – Fire Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office accompanied by their
K-9 have determined a fire that occurred just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5 at a Pickens County restaurant
was intentionally set.

“The arson occurred at Bee’s Home Cooking, located at 660 West Church Street in Jasper, Georgia. This is the
second fire at a Jasper restaurant in the last month,” said Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “Though there are
no confirmed links at this time, the possibility of the fires being related is not off the table. With that in mind, we
are making the apprehension of the individual or individuals responsible for these fires a top priority for our office.”
The 3,698 square-foot building suffered moderate damage. It was built in 1986, but has only housed Bee’s Home
Cooking since January. No one was inside at the time of the fire.

Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King is asking anyone with knowledge about this fire to call the Fire
Investigations Unit at 1‐800‐282‐5804. Rewards are offered of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest
and conviction of the arsonist(s). Calls are taken 24 hours a day and callers can choose to remain anonymous.
The City of Jasper Police Department and Fire Department are assisting with this investigation.

Cause of Fire at Mountainside Manor Apartments Still Unknown

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JASPER, Ga. – The cause of the fire at Mountainside Manor Apartments off of Bill Hasty Blvd. that occurred on Wednesday, September 24, 2019 is still currently under investigation.

The initial call for the incident came through at 2:49 pm.

Cherokee County Fire Department’s line truck appeared on scene to assist Pickens County Fire Fighters in extinguishing the fire.

No injuries have been reported at this time according to Fire Chief Sloan Elrod.

Once the cause of the fire is known, we’ll be sure to post this information, so stay tuned!

(Special thanks to FYN’s Lauren Souther for information on this story!)

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Tate receiving new fire department

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JASPER, Ga. – Tate will be receiving a new fire department at 58 Worley Crossroads Jasper, Ga 30143 (at the corner of Worley Crossroads and Old Canton Road).

New Tate Fire Department Groundbreaking (2019)

The groundbreaking was held on-site on Wednesday, May 30, 2019 at 9 a.m.

According to Tucker Green, chairman of the Pickens Board of Education, the fire department will be paid for with special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) funding, and is expected to be finished around Christmas of 2019.

This is not to replace any other fire departments in the area, according to Rob Jones, chairman of the Pickens Board of Commissioners, but will be utilized as an additional fire department for the community.

New Tate Fire Department Groundbreaking (2019)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Major Fire Dept issues rise in March City Council

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JASPER, Ga. – Several issues have mounted up on the Jasper Fire Department in the last month.

The issues are also mounting into a major budget issue for the city as they seek repair Fire Engine #2 from engine troubles and deal with an unbudgeted Fire Interface Purchase. Both of the issues come amid a new vehicle purchase for the Fire Department as well.

While the Council did agree that the engine repairs could be covered as Chief Steve Roper suggested he had a few projects that he could put off until next year in order to pay for the major issue of the repair, including a driveway repair and a painting project.

As the Fire Engine requires an “in-frame repair” as Roper called it, the need could cost nearly $30,000 if the engine block needs to be fully rebuilt. However, Roper also said there is a chance the issue could be a smaller issue needing a gasket replacement costing $7,500.

The council approved up to $30,000 for the repairs to come from the line items of the other projects.

However, this was not the biggest issue the Fire Department saw as the next item on the agenda listed a 911 Interface Purchase.

Roper informed the council that the department has been in process of establishing a Computer Assisted Dispatch interface since 2018 and has seen stalls throughout last fall and winter. This system was picked up again this year with a total cost of $18,120.

The interface, according to Roper, will allow all information that 911 has taken into the system and dumps the information into Ipads for users to instantly access the information, history, and conditions among other things. This not only accumulates and accesses this information, but cuts down on radio traffic and aids in reporting for the city as well.

However, the $15,120 has been spent to proceed with this project, but was not budgeted in the 2019 budget. Jasper City Councilmember Anne Sneve clarified in the meeting that it was budgeted at one point but postponed. Having never returned to the budget, the City is now facing the $18,120 unbudgeted expense and seeking a way to cover the cost.

Roper said that he had a conversation with the City Manager, Jim Looney at the time, earlier this year about the project and its importance to the city overall. He said, “He gave me the go ahead to proceed with the project, and that’s where I am right now.”

While Jasper City Councilmember Tony Fountain noted that if the engine issue comes in to cost $7,500, they could could use the remaining funds to cover the $18,120 for the interface system, he also questioned what the city would do to respond if the engine took the entire $30,000.

Mayor John Weaver offered his opinion saying, “I think we need to give a stern reprimand that we did not know that we had approval for a $18,120 item before this council.”

Jim Looney was present at the meeting and took responsibility for the mistake as he said his understanding was that it was budgeted, but has now discovered it was not.

As the council moves forward, they are still seeking funds to cover the expense in case the engine repairs monopolized the excess funds from the canceled Fire Department projects.

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Ground Breaking For Moss Fire Department

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Jasper, GA – Early Friday, August 18, citizens and county officials gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of Moss Fire Department, Pickens County’s twelfth fire station.

The station has been named after the Moss family, who offered to sell two acres of their property on Carlan Road to the county for the fire building.

 

County officials have been searching for a place to build the station since before December 2016.

Commissioner Chairman Robert Jones gave a huge thanks to the family for the acreage stating,

The family doesn’t know how much we appreciate this and I’m sure the community will pleased.

Plans are being made to hold an ambulance at the station along with adding a community tornado shelter to the property.

The station will be fully funded with our county’s SPLOST dollars. Officials say within the next three to four weeks bids will be taken, and between six to eight weeks construction will hopefully begin.

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