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A pilot returning home to Tennessee Sunday evening made an emergency landing on the frontage road leading to the Jasper Walmart about 6 p.m. Amazingly no injuries were reported even though the plane was left crumpled after it struck the road shoulder and a fire hydrant.
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Talking Rock man to run across country for Alzheimer's
Jack Fussell has set a goal of running from Georgia to California beginning in January. He will use a stroller similar to this one on his journey.
Invoking the spirit of Forrest Gump, Terry Fox and Ashley Kumlien, Talking Rock resident Jack Fussell has decided he wants to run all the way across the country – by himself.
“I was an insurance agent and was on the road a lot and ate all the wrong things - fast food, McDonald’s. I was pretty heavy for 25 years,” Fussell said, who peaked at nearly 300 pounds before having a serious health issue that encouraged him to lead a healthier life.
Jerry Barnes easily won the west Pickens commission seat, while incumbent Sharon Troglin won a tight race for tax commissioner in the two local races on Tuesday’s ballot.
Barnes handily defeated democrat Sally Sue Bradley to join Becky Denney and Commission Chair Rob Jones as the first multi-member board of commissioners. Barnes took 84 percent of the votes from the western district.
Barnes said following the vote Tuesday, that the seven months of campaigning including the primary and this race had been tough, but he looks forward to getting to work. He cited the courthouse project and budget issues as top priorities.
“We’ll have folks with different ideas coming together,” he said. “I believe we can make a difference.”
In the other local race, Sharon Troglin, who ran as an independent, defeated former Nelson Mayor David Leister running as a republican, 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. Troglin finished with 6,235 to Leister’s 5,778.
Pickens voters showed a strong preference for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the presidential race with the challenger taking 83 percent of the 12,671 cards cast here.
Pickens voters also gave wide margins of victory to the the two Republicans in the congressional races here with Tom Graves and Doug Collins winning handily.
Pickens Fire Chief Bob Howard does not claim to be a weatherman. But, “I do listen to the professionals and the consensus is this could be a bad winter,” Howard said last week.
The meteorologists that Howard follows predict this winter could be similar to the snowy, icy and cold conditions the southeastern United States saw in the late 1970s.
For anyone too young to remember back that far, it would be like two years ago when Pickens County was hit with a series of winter storms – but slightly worse is expected this year.
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