Investigation files regarding the death of a 65-year-old man last week in the Bethany Moorings subdivision will be turned over to the GBI for review, but no foul play is suspected, though investigators concede there are some unusual circumstances.
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Church that met at old Bargain Barn says this is a "set up for a step up"
Photo of Saturday night's blaze from Michael Womack/Footprints Fotography.
The pastor and a praise team member of the Gospel Outreach Church, which met in the old Bargain Barn, were watching fire investigators Monday, saying that they consider the destruction “a set up for a step up.”
The pair had already looked through rubble themselves, salvaging one guitar and one Bible, which had been stored in an old vault on the premises after a Saturday night blaze destroyed the building that once housed the famous sporting good store, the Bargain Barn, before it moved to the four-lane.
Above right, the Bible saved from a vault in the old sporting goods building shows scorched pages but was still readable. Photo/Pickens Progress
Dalton (GA) - The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed two
flu-related deaths in North Georgia. Of the current 19 confirmed
flu-related deaths in Georgia, these are the only two that have been
reported thus far for the North Georgia Health District, comprised of
Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties.
Both of the deceased were middle-aged, and there is no evidence in the
Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services that either
of them had received an influenza vaccination.
Health officials continue to stress the importance of getting a flu
shot and that anyone 6 months and older who has not yet gotten a flu
vaccination this season should get one now at their local health
department, through their healthcare provider or at a pharmacy that
provides flu shots.
Family asks for help with veterinary bills
Chili the boxer/mix that was injured in a Sunday fire.
"Chili" was released from Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic to her grandmother, Becky McElhenney, yesterday afternoon after 54 hours in ICU. She will continue her rehabilitation with Dr. Chester at Animal Medical Clinic of Jasper. Her rehab consists of medical management of burns to her esophagus, eyes, and skin. She is on oral and topical antibiotics, gastrointestinal protectant, ophthalmic antibiotics, and pain medication as well as humidification for her lungs.
Concerns for "Chili" at this point are that patients with smoke inhalation and thermal wounds can initially appear o.k. and then worsen. They are at risk for secondary pneumonia, fluid build up in the lungs, ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome). Wounds can initially appear o.k. and then become infected or necrotic (tissue can die).
Friends To The Forlorn has set up the Ucare account to accept donations for her medical expenses at:
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Chili, a boxer mix that was trapped inside her owner’s burning home in Nelson Sunday morning, is facing a long recovery after enduring thermal burns on her skin, eyes and to her lungs.
Chili was inside her Winchester Oaks home, trapped, before being rescued by her owner, Shane McElhenney.
A neighbor, Heather Jackson, said when she was awoken at 6 a.m. and saw the home engulfed in flames she also found Chili collapsed on her lawn. Jackson said McElhenney told her he heard his dog screaming and he ran back in to get her.
“I could already see she had thermal burns on her skin and her eyes and you could tell she had damage to her lungs because she was having difficulty breathing,” Jackson said.
Jackson works at the Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic and McElhenney asked her to have Chili treated.
Jackson described the 8-year-old Chili as a “very sweet dog who is now just very sad” because of her injuries.
“When you see her eyes they kind of have this - it’s almost like a plastic coating look to them like a white film on them at first,” Jackson said. “As the eyes try to heal they develop ulcers so she has those on her eyes now.”
Jackson said Monday the veterinarian is concerned about “esophageal burns from the smoke inhalation and thermal heat during the fire.” The good news, she said, is that radiographs of her chest on Monday revealed that her lungs are clear.
McElhenney’s mother, Becky, said Chili still has a lot of medical issues to face but “she’s part of our family”.
Chili is receiving 24-hour intensive care, continuous oxygen therapy, IV fluids, IV antibiotics, IV pain medications, oral gastrointestinal medications, eye medications, and external wound management for first and second degree burns.
“Her external wounds look worse today (Monday) which is to be expected. However, her eyes do look a little better,” Jackson said. “An initial attempt at weaning her out of the oxygen chamber failed Sunday night.”
Anyone wishing to help with a donation towards Chili’s care should visit
www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/chili-rescued-from-a-burning-home/126028 and go to the emergency vet’s PayPal link. Jackson said to list Chili’s name in the information area so funds are routed into her account.
“She does have a good chance of recovery - it’s just going to be a long road,” Jackson said.
Investigators were able to make an arrest late Friday for a bomb threat placed at Pickens Middle School earlier that day.
The sheriff’s office reported that they were able to trace back the phone call to a juvenile who has been charged.
Lt. Kris Stancil said they had initially suspected a juvenile and were able to find the source of the call even as they were searching the campus.
Details on whether the juvenile was a student at Pickens Middle school were not available.
A letter was sent home with students from PCMS principal Chris LeMieux stating the following, "This administrative letter is to inform you that the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department investigated a bomb threat phone call that was made from outside of Pickens County Middle School today. The building was secured by law enforcement, and school safety protocol was implemented. Students remained in a nonemergency lockdown while the school was searched and secured. Students resumed normal school activity after law enforcement and school officials were finished with their investigation."