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Antique engine show brings old days back to life


Photo/Damon Howell

Charles Lones strolls through an impressively large collection of antique engines at the Georgia Antique Engine and Tractor Show was held at Lee Newton Park in Jasper. The free show continued through Saturday. There is homemade ice cream, using a steam engine to operate the ice cream maker, old fly wheel engines, old tractors, hand tools, and lots of old washing machines and other farm-related items.


Powerball jackpot swells to $149M for Saturday’s drawing



ATLANTA – The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing has grown, reaching an estimated $149 million to a single annuity winner.  The Powerball jackpot has grown since Aug. 13 and has rolled nine times.


Powerball offers two payment options: the $149 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $90 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.


As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.9 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $149 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $90 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug. 13, 2014
Number of Rolls: 9
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 9, 2014 – $90 million jackpot (Colorado winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

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Cove Road reopens after lumber truck overturns



Latest estimate from crews on scene are the S turn section of Cove Road could open this evening by around 6 p.m. but that was a "shooting for" time, subject to change.


Cove Road, a major thoroughfare for east/west commutes in Pickens County, may remain closed all day with a load of lumber and overturned tractor-trailer in the steep S curves section not far from Jasper.

No injuries were reported when the truck carrying the lumber overturned this morning. 

Pickens Commission Chair Rob Jones said that crews from out of the county are coming to assist in the cleanup, but the road could be closed until midnight Monday.

Allatoona drowning victim identified

Cherokee Sheriff Press Release

The female found deceased this morning in Lake Allatoona near the Kellogg Creek Day use area has been identified.  Sheila Ann Carlotta,  33 years old of Marietta was identified by family members and acquaintances who stated she was swimming in the area yesterday. Detectives continue to piece together the events leading up to her death but currently no foul play is suspected. No additional information is available for release at this time.


Original story

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Kellogg Creek Day Use area on Kellogg Creek Road near the bridge at approximately 11:38 am this morning after a boater reported seeing a body floating in Lake Allatoona. The body was that of an unidentified white adult female with red hair. The victim had multiple tattoos on her body. It is estimated she had been in the water less than 24 hours. She was located near the beach area in approximately 3 feet of water and approximately 20 feet from shore. There are currently no missing person’s reports that would match the victim’s description.

            The body has been taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy which will likely take place Tuesday.