Pickens, Dawson continue mutual aid, eye utility work

Community, News
Pickens Board of Commissioners

Pickens County continued an agreement with Dawson County, allowing for mutual aid in case of a fire in the area of Monument Road.

This mutual aid agreement has been in place for several years, according to Rob Jones, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

“It was Dawson County Number Eight,” said Jones. “Now is Pickens County 10.


Pickens and Dawson county mutual aid agreement

Pickens County Fire Station 10, located on Monument Road provides services to both Pickens and Dawson counties.

Pickens initially leased the land and built the station, while Dawson County provided the fire truck. Both counties funded training for the volunteer fire fighters.


Passing lane update

The board also signed a utility aid contract with the state to move a waterline on State Highway 53 to allow for the creation of a passing lane.

Pickens County will pay $117,100 or 10-percent of the $1.171 million dollar project which will add a passing lane between Tate and Marble Hill.

“There will be a passing lane around Yellow Creek,” Jones said.

Budget numbers

Pickens County also came in 1.5 percent under budget for December according to a report given by Faye Harvey, finance director for the county.

The county spent $27,839,268 or 98.59 percent of the projected a budget of $28,238,243.

In other board news:

The board approved a cell tower application from Southern Link, which will be on McClain Mountain Road. The tower will provide coverage for part of State Highway 53 that currently does not have coverage.

The Tax Assessors also met Thursday. See what they discussed here.



Drug ring exposed by CMANS and PCSO

Featured, Police & Government

JASPER, Ga – On November 18, 2019, Pickens County deputies and Agents of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) executed search warrants at five locations in Pickens County. These warrants were based on a three-month-long investigation into the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in the Jasper area.

The investigation involves a loosely organized group of individuals who were importing methamphetamine into the Jasper area. As CMANS Agents began to follow leads and conduct surveillance on the targets of the investigation, they were able to determine that the criminal enterprise reached from Southern California to Jasper.


The three-month investigation located ring actively bringing meth into Pickens County.

Warrants were executed at 236 Martin Road, Jasper; 1186 Bethany Road, Jasper; 231 Salacoa Vista, Jasper; 915 Hill City Road, Jasper and 623 Fuller Mountain Road, Jasper. Officers recovered 7 stolen guns, small amounts of marijuana and pills and about seven ounces of suspected methamphetamine. Law enforcement officers arrested fourteen (14) people on charges filed in Pickens County.

Arrested were; Vicky Ponder, 55 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine;

Robert K. Privette, 55 YOA of Jasper for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO);

Angela Patterson, 39 YOA of Ball Ground for Possession of Methamphetamine;

Kevin Biermann, 64 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance and Violation of RICO Act;

Marvin Ray Waldroup, 51 YOA of Jasper for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Violation of RICO Act;

Tony Pettigrew, 53 YOA of Jasper for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Obstruction;

Diana Hamby, 48 YOA of Jasper for Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine;

Micheal Smith, 28 YOA of Canton for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute;

Hayden Howard, 28 YOA of Canton for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute;

Dakota Estes. 29 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine;

Amanda Estes, 27 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine;

JoAnn Flowers, 51 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony;

Barry Morgan, 59 YOA of Jasper for Violation of RICO Act;

Anthony Baker, 58 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Violation of RICO Act, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Trafficking Methamphetamine.


Additional warrants are outstanding for individuals in Cherokee County and in Tennessee.

The Pickens Sheriff’s Office has recently partnered the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) to conduct drug investigations in Pickens County. CMANS Agents are tasked with the goal of disrupting organizations and sources of supply in the Cherokee/Pickens Area.

The Pickens Sheriff’s Office, the CMANS, the Cherokee/Pickens Multi-Agency SWAT Team and the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit worked together to safely execute these warrants all across the county.

As always, all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Photos courtesy of Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

Pickens Halloween 2019

Community, Outdoors

JASPER, Ga. – Pickens County held their downtown Halloween event on Thursday, October 31, 2019 between the hours of 4 PM and 7 PM.

A slideshow of the pictures taken by Fetch Your News may be viewed below!

Happy Halloween!

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The Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that assists low-
income households with their heating bill.

You may be eligible for assistance if your household’s total income is at or below:

1 person $23,776
2 people $31,092
3 people $38,408
4 people $45,724
5 people $53,040
6 people $60,356
7 people $61,727
8 people $63,099
For each additional
member add $1,372

Apply for assistance at your local Community Action Agency and

take with you the following documents:
1. Proof of Income for all household members for the past 30 days.
2 Proof of Social Security number for each person in the household.
3. Most recent Gas and Electric Bill for the household.
4. Proof of citizenship or legal immigrant status.

Call 706-692-6803 for additional information!


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Pickens Report – August 2019

Community, News



The fall season is approaching and for locals we know that means the Georgia Marble Festival is coming soon! A local favorite that brings in travelers from all corners of life to the marble capital on the first weekend of October. The two-day festival will consist of art and craft vendors, a free children’s fun zone, delicious food, local art displays, musical entertainment, quarry tours, and much more. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 5th from 10am until 6pm and Sunday, October 6th from 10am until 4pm. On Saturday, the Road Race will begin at 8am followed by the festival parade at 10am on Main Street. If you’re interested in being a festival vendor, sponsor, volunteer, or parade participant contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-692-5600.

The month of September is National Preparedness Month. Pickens County Emergency Management encourages all citizens to have an emergency plan for your home. Make sure that everyone who lives in your home knows the plan. Have a small gathering of necessities on hand always like medications, first aid kit, small tool kit, flashlight, batteries, food, and bottled water. All citizens are encouraged to sign up for free Code Red Weather Warnings at pickenscountyga.gov and follow Pickens Emergency Management Homeland Security Agency on Facebook for updates. Also, the annual flu shot clinic for Pickens County residents 18 and up will be on Tuesday, October 8th 8:30am until 3:00pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

During the month of August, the 911 Operations Center received 1,746 total calls, 766 were medical responses or fire related. The Water Department installed 17 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 48 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 89 new animals, and 92 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal control responded to 13 cases. Subcontractor crews resurfaced Appalachian Court, Appalachian Circle, Johnson Road, Bethany Road, Upper Dowda Mill Road and Cagle Road. They will next resurface Parker Road, Keeble Creek, Quail Walk, and a portion of Bent Tree Drive to complete phase one of the paving projects. Bids are currently being accepted for phase two of paving projects. Phase two includes: Pleasant Hill Road, Hill Circle, Willow Lane, Pinhook Road, Ludville Road, Family Acres, Meadow Lane, Hillcrest Drive, Jay Moss Lane, Roper Road, Gibson Trail, Black Knob Church, and Upper Bethany Road. PCRD basketball registration is now open until October 13th. Instructional league (4-6 years old) costs $35, all other leagues (7-8 years old and above) costs $75. Late registration will be available October 14-16 for a $10 late fee. The Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continue to do a great job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments.

Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!


Pickens Report – July 2019

Announcements, Community


JULY 2019

Pickens County Government, like many other government entities is taking full advantage of the hot summer months to pave as many roads as financially possible. All paving projects are funded through LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) dollars. During the month of July, Pickens County Public Works tar and graveled Martin Road and next plan to tar and gravel Mineral Springs South. They resurfaced Headstart Road and Smokey Hollow Road. Additionally, they patched and sealed Davis Road West and created a turnaround to accommodate school buses. Public Works will be resurfacing Pendley Road and resealing Monument Road in the coming weeks. Once the Grandview Dam project is complete, they will also repair Grandview Road. Subcontractor crews are currently working on phase one of the paving projects. They resurfaced Camp Road (from AW Lawson Blvd. to Hwy 53 W.), Mineral Spring Street, and Hobson Road. Next they will resurface Appalachian Court, Appalachian Circle, Johnson Road, Parker Road, Keeble Creek, Quail Walk, Cagle Road, and Bethany Road. Phase two paving bid will go out at the end of August. 

During the month of July, the Water Department set 11 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 60 new building permits. The 911 Operations Center received 1,829 total calls, 771 were medical responses or fire related. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 86 animals and 77 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal control responded to 26 cases. The Recreation Department concluded another successful year of Summer Camp with an average of 60 kids per day. Currently, UFA Soccer is underway at PCRD. Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working hard for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do an excellent job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments. To stay up to date like us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our website www.pickenscountyga.gov.   

Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!    

Current Closings and Delays for Public Health in North GA for Dec. 10

Community, Health


Due to the potential for wintry hazardous road conditions tomorrow, Monday, December 10, Pickens County Health Department will be CLOSED all day, and Fannin County Health Department will delay opening until 10 AM. Gilmer County Health Department will delay opening until 9:30 AM. This applies to all public health services in these counties.  Further updates will be posted to the North Georgia Health District website at www.nghd.org and to our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Pickens Co. decision to train volunteer firefighters violates a 10-year agreement with Dawson County


County Manager David Headley

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – What has been a simmering disagreement between Dawson and Pickens counties for months, erupted into something far more serious Monday when it was learned that Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones plans to violate an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that has existed between the two counties since 2008.

Jones has made it clear Pickens County will take over training for the volunteer firefighters at Station 8 in the Wildcat Community, part of which lies inside both counties.

Dawson County Manager David Headley said Jones’ decision violates Section 5 of the IGA which states: “Dawson County shall provide training, equipment and workers compensation insurance for up to ten volunteer firefighters.”

It could also violate Section 12 of the IGA if Pickens plans to pullout of the agreement completely. Section 12 states: “The terms of the agreement shall be renewed automatically each year unless 180 days written notice of termination is provided by the other party.”

Pickens Co. Chairman Rob Jones

“I’m disappointed with the position (Jones) has taken,” Headley said Monday morning. “Dawson County has always been there for that community. Unfortunately the Pickens County Chairman has chosen not to adhere to the IGA.”

Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson said he has a training class scheduled for the volunteers at Station 8 tomorrow (Dec. 4) at 6 p.m.

Jones decision to violate the IGA places volunteers in the difficult position of deciding whether to attend training provided by Dawson or Pickens counties. Sources have told Fetch Your News the volunteers are being pressured to attend the Pickens training which won’t begin for several more weeks.

Fetch Your News reached out to Chairman Jones but he did not return our phone call.

Station 8 was constructed in 2008. Under the terms of the IGA, Pickens County assumed responsibility for acquiring the land, making improvements to the land, construction of the station, building and contents insurance and LP gas.

Dawson County’s responsibilities include operation of the station, providing fire apparatus, including a fire engine and tanker truck, training and equipping the volunteers as well as administrative support and leadership.

The agreement worked well until recently when a dispute arose over the need for an additional water tank. The existing tank at Station 8 holds only 45,000 gallons of water and once it is drained, it takes several days to refill. The need for an additional water source was driven home last month when a home on Burnt Mountain Ridge Road was destroyed by fire.

In a townhall meeting following that fire — which Headley said was meant to ambush Dawson County officials — Clayton Preble, president of the Wildcat Community, said there was a firm agreement that Dawson County would provide a tank and move it and that Pickens County would construct the foundation.

Headley said that is nonsense. “There was an informal discussion but it never went any further than that,” he said. “Something like that would have to be approved by the Board of Commissioners and the issue was never placed before them.”

Headley said former Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford located a tank the county could have obtained for the price of moving it, which Swafford estimated to be about $10,000. But the actual cost turned out to be much higher — between $50,000 and $60,000. Moreover, no contractor was willing to bid on moving it.

Headley and Thompson spent more than an hour being grilled by the residents of Wildcat Community during the townhall meeting while Jones sat in the back of the room and was never questioned.

“It seems like their refusal to adhere to the IGA is in retaliation for us not giving them what they want with regard to the water tank,” Headley said.



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