The Rotary Club of Jasper will hold a dedication ceremony for its Peace Pole on May 24, 2017

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On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., the Rotary Club of Jasper will dedicate our Peace Pole. The dedication ceremony will be held at Rotary Peace Park located behind the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper.  The GPS address is 101 Freedom Way, Jasper, Georgia.

One of Rotary Internationals primary areas of focus is the promotion of peace throughout the world.

Peace Poles are recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument for peace. They symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace.

Peace Poles bear the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the different languages of the world.

In considering a Peace Pole for their park, the Rotary Club of Jasper recognized the unique opportunity available to us as the home of Georgia Marble. Our Peace Pole was manufactured locally by Blue Ridge Marble and carved from the same marble as was used in Washington, DC to build the Lincoln Memorial.

Placed on a marble base, our monument totals ten ft. in height. On each of the four sides of the pole, two different languages will display the Peace Pole message of, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” for a total of eight different languages. Our Peace Pole displays English, Cherokee, French, Esperanto, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian languages.

2017 will also mark the 100th year of the beginning of the Rotary Foundation. This Peace Pole will serve to commemorate that event for the Rotary Club of Jasper.

We invite you to join the Rotary Club of Jasper in this celebration of peace. A light lunch will be served immediately following the dedication.  For planning purposes, please RSVP to jaspergarotary@gmail.com. For further information, call or contact:

Steve Lawrence, Public Image Chair
Steve@stevelawrencerotary.com
Mobile: 770-289-6685

 

Jasper City Council Talks Costs and Purchases

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Meeting on April 2, the Jasper City Council revisited its Vehicle/Equipment Purchases as well as two additional purchases.

As the Jasper City Council continues discussing their purchases for Vehicles and Equipment, David Buchanan brought another vehicle before the Board with the request. The City of Jasper recently lost one of its trucks in an accident. Receiving just under $17,000 from the other parties insurance, the City was not at fault in the accident, Buchanan requested the City add replacement for the truck as a part of the vehicle purchases.

However, the City was planning to buy a new truck, fully equipped, for $46,200 with the insurance payment and a left over balanced between the current request as it stands and what the City budgeted for the purchases originally. As discussion continued, Mayor John Weaver came to realize that the insurance and remaining budgeted funds combined would only reach approximately $37,000, short of the needed $46,200.

With that knowledge the county moved forward approving the purchases totaling $521,322. As said, this comes in below the budgeted $540,000.

The Council also approved $4,450 to purchase an Automatic Switch. Although the purchase was higher than expected, the need of a 200-amp plug for the switch at the station and a few extra parts drove the costs up.

Another purchase the City approved came for the Police Department whose speed detection lasers are in need of replacement. Chief Greg Lovell informed the council that the older devices are becoming to0 expensive to continue sending off for repair. Instead, Chief Lovell requested the Council’s approval for $3,099.99 each for two Pro Laser 3s. Lovell informed the council that purchasing two at once would incur a discount as each laser alone originally costs $3,599.99. Additionally, Chief Lovell said the purchase would come out of its Tech Fees and would not require digging into the budget.

For more information, check out the recorded meeting below.

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Pickens County Board of Education April 13th 2017 meeting

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PEACE POLE DEDICATION AT JASPER ROTARY PEACE PARK

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On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., the Rotary Club of Jasper dedicated its Peace Pole. The dedication ceremony was held at Rotary Peace Park located behind the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper. The GPS address is 101 Freedom Way, Jasper, Georgia.

One of Rotary Internationals primary areas of focus is the promotion of peace throughout the world.

Peace Poles are recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument for peace. They symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace.

Peace Poles bear the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the different languages of the world.

In considering a Peace Pole for their park, the Rotary Club of Jasper recognized the unique opportunity available to us as the home of Georgia Marble. Their Peace Pole was manufactured locally by Blue Ridge Marble and carved from the same marble as was used in Washington, DC to build the Lincoln Memorial.

Placed on a marble base, the monument totals ten ft. in height. On each of the four sides of the pole, two different languages will display the Peace Pole message of, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” for a total of eight different languages. Our Peace Pole displays English, Cherokee, French, Esperanto, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian languages.

2017 will also mark the 100th year of the beginning of the Rotary Foundation. This Peace Pole will serve to commemorate that event for the Rotary Club of Jasper.

 

Suspect arrested for bomb threat against the First Baptist Church in Pickens County

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On March 7th, the City of Jasper Police and Fire Departments received a call regarding a bomb threat being called into the First Baptist Church of Jasper. As they arrived and began the evacuation of the pre-school area, bomb dogs from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were called in to check the building. In addition, JPD Detectives began gathering information and opened their investigation.

Through their investigation, they were led to a suspect by contacting the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office. After learning of an already active warrant of the individual through Gordon County for Terroristic Threats and Acts, Detectives from the Jasper Police Department joined with Detectives from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office to serve the warrant on Mr. Vinh Bao Huynh Chau. Mr. Chau was located at his home on Matthews Road in Jasper, Georgia and was arrested without incident.

After further investigation, detectives were then able to charge Mr. Chau with the bomb threat on the First Baptist Church. He is currently being held at the Gordon County Jail on the previous Terroristic Threats and has numerous felony warrants from the Jasper Police Department.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office expressed its gratitude for all the hard work which led to the arrest: A huge thanks to our partners with the Jasper Police Department, Jasper Fire Department, Pickens County Fire and EMS, and the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office. Thanks to their hard work, the individual responsible was taken into custody on the same day the incident occurred.

 

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A Bomb Threat against the First Baptist Church in Pickens County.

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Six Arrested in Pickens County on suspicion of burglary

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Captain Kris Stancil with the Pickens County Sheriff’s office has confirmed the arrest of 6 individuals on suspicion of burglary.

A local patrol noticed unusual activity at Dunn’s convenience store located off Appalachian Hwy 515 in Talking Rock, GA.   The officer stopped two people leaving Dunn’s and later four more were apprehended and all six charged with attempted burglary.  The arrests were made at approximately midnight Sunday night, January 1st.   It is to early to know if there could be a connection with the other burglaries in the area.  Stancil said a statement would be released soon.

Several burglaries have occurred in the last few weeks including an armed robbery at the Waffle House where the robber upon discharged the weapon inside the restaurant.  There is an ongoing investigation with other agencies involved and more information will be forthcoming.

FYN will update as soon as more information becomes available.  See possible related stories below:

Bub-Ba-Q Burglarized Overnight

Waffle House Robbed by Masked Man

Jasper Police stop attempted robbery

 

Sworn in for second term, Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee

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Thursday, December 29th,  Pickens County Probate Judge David W. Lindsey administered the oath of office for Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee. Fannin, Pickens, and Gilmer counties make up the circuit. 

Sosebee, “I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the voters of Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties for being elected to another term as District Attorney of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.  Being sworn in to a second term is both an honor and humbling that the citizens of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit have placed their trust in me. In looking forward to the upcoming term, each criminal case will continue to be evaluated on its merits and this determination will be made without bias or prejudice towards any person.  I also look forward to continuing and expanding the community outreach and prevention programs supported and sponsored by the District Attorney’s office.”

B. Alison Sosebee is a lifelong resident of Fannin County and she is the mother of two sons, Nathaniel and Grahym Maloof. She is the daughter of Robert L. Sosebee, Sr., the general manager of Tri-State Electric Cooperative for several years and Barbara Payne Sosebee.

B. Alison Sosebee is a lifelong resident of Fannin County and she is the mother of two sons, Nathaniel and Grahym Maloof. She is the daughter of Robert L. Sosebee, Sr., the general manager of Tri-State Electric Cooperative for several years and Barbara Payne Sosebee.

The Circuit’s Chief Judge Brenda S. Weaver made some brief comments concerning accountability courts. Weaver stressed how important it is to have the support of the District Attorney for the accountability courts to be successful.  Weaver thanked Sosebee for the DA’s committed support to the speciality courts.  The specialty courts consist of Appalachian Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Adult Veterans Drug Court,  Family Drug Court,  & Juvenile Drug Court.

Sosebee will be starting her second term. She ran unopposed in both the 2016 primary and general election. Sosebee defeated incumbent Joe Hendricks and former superior court judge Harry Doss in the 2012 primary for her first term.

Watch the video below and meet DA. B. Alison Sosebee

Pickens Sheriff’s Office issues Update on missing person in Pickens County

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According to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office the missing person search has ended with sad news. The information was updated Dec 9th at approximately 8pm.

UPDATE ON MISSING PERSON

It is with great sadness that we report that Mr. Robert Joseph Petti was found deceased today near his residence.

This case is currently still under investigation, and we will provide additional information as soon as it is available.

Please keep Mr. Petti’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

 

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