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Lucas executed for 1998 murder of father and two children


ATLANTA- The lawfully ordered execution of Daniel Anthony Lucas for the 1998 murder of eleven-year-old Bryan Moss, fifteen-year-old Kristin Moss, and their father Steven Moss, was carried out Wednesday evening at 9:54 pm at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Georgia. The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Lucas’ request for a stay of execution.

Information on Lucas’ crimes and case history can be found at

Graves votes to protect email accounts from warrantless searches


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), bipartisan legislation that updates privacy protections for emails maintained by third-party service providers, such as Google and Yahoo. Email privacy laws were last updated in 1986. 

“The last time Congress updated email privacy laws, I was a junior in high school, had a CB radio in my truck, listened to music from a cassette tape and longed for parachute pants,” said Rep. Graves. “The vast changes in how Americans use technology since 1986 require updates to federal privacy laws. This legislation ensures Fourth Amendment privacy protections are the same for email and other digital content as they are for traditional mail and physical documents. In other words, this legislation puts a stop to government creepers. No more reading your emails without a warrant.”
Rep. Graves is a cosponsor of H.R. 699. Additionally, during the 113th Congress, Rep. Graves developed and introduced the Email Privacy Act with Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS-03).

Fundraiser for man given less than a year to live


    Paul Poore has spent the last several years giving to the Pickens community through his volunteer work with Relay for Life and the Jasper Merchants Association. He’s been instrumental organizing events like Bark in the Park, the Zombie Walk and many others.
    Now, after being given a dire prognosis from doctors, it’s time to give back. Poore was told cancer in his brain and spine are incurable and he’s got less than a year to live.

Emergency workers to train for large animal rescue

Bent Tree Saddle Club makes donation to get service off the ground


Cherokee County emergency responders trained in large animal rescue help a horse named Chelsea who is unable to stand up on her own. After training this summer, Pickens emergency crews will offer large animal rescue services like the one pictured above.

    What if you owned a horse like Chelsea, who has severe arthritis in one of her knees? The arthritis is so bad Chelsea can’t bend her left leg, which means if she falls down it’s nearly impossible for her to get back up.
     This scenario is one of many that could mean a bad day for people who have large animals like cows or horses. But later this summer, Pickens residents will be able to call 911 and have local emergency workers help them get big animals back on their feet. Thanks to donations from the Bent Tree Saddle Club and the Cherokee County

Dragons and 'Nettes dominate at Region 7AAAA Championships

   TrackField Dalton Gasaway (center) and Dillon Gasaway (to the right) finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the 200 meter dash to help the Dragons to the region championship as well as qualifying for this Saturday's sectional meet.

The Track Dragons and 'Nettes knew they had talent, but expected to duke it out event by event in the Girls' and Boys' 7AAAA Region Championships hosted by Southeast Whitfield last Monday and Tuesday in Dalton. In the end, both the Dragons and 'Nettes bested the 7 other region schools by a convincing margin as both took home 1st