With property taxes on everyone’s minds lately – and the December 4th deadline looming over our heads like a menacing rain cloud – here is a list of the county’s top 25 taxpayers. The figures were provided by the tax commissioner’s office. Listed above are the top 5 taxpayers.
For the full list see this week's online or print edition.
Construction has begun on New Hope Acres, Habitat Pickens’ first neighborhood project.
By Wayne Tidwell
A groundbreaking ceremony for New Hope Acres, Habitat Pickens’ first neighborhood construction project, was held near the construction site on Lance Road on a rainy October 15 afternoon with over 40 people in attendance.
Jasper fire crews began testing hydrants in the system this week as part of an every-other-year requirement to maintain insurance rates.
The City of Jasper has 579 hydrants inside the city limits. They also have a number of hydrants that are on city of Jasper water lines, but are in the county fire service area. The city crews will test hydrants in both areas this year. The testing could last several weeks, depending on the number of calls and other work.
With the test above, fire fighter Trevor Beavers uses a defuser to interrupt the gush of water. The defuser, a new piece of equipment for the department, will prevent the powerful flows from blasting away landscape materials or doing other damage when hydrants are opened for the test.
“Operation MasqueRAID” Targets People Trading Child Pornography
Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release
Decatur, GA – As a result of a three month proactive investigation coordinated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, 44 search warrants were executed in 31 counties today. Law enforcement officers conducting the searches were looking for evidence of distribution of child pornography using the internet.
This state-wide endeavor, known as Operation MasqueRAID, began in July 2014 and centered on GBI agents, along with local and federal Georgia ICAC Task Force affiliates, detecting child pornography images being shared using the internet. The purpose of the operation was to arrest persons who possessed, produced, or distributed images of child pornography using the internet. The targets of Operation MasqueRAID were the most prolific offenders of child pornography laws.
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Updated -- Sheriff office has identified the body, Billy D. Roberson, age 40, of Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Mr. Roberson was reported missing from Fannin County on October 20.>>
The body of a middle-aged man was found in the edge of the woods near Worley Crossroads earlier this evening.
Sheriff Donnie Craig said they have identified the man but are not releasing his name until family is notified. He said the man had been previously reported missing from another county.
The body was found by friends who were searching the area where he was last reported seen.
Sheriff Craig said they had no idea on the cause of death at this point. He said there was nothing apparent, such as a visible injury. The GBI crime scene unit was on the scene Tuesday night.>