October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Often times having been seen as a private matter best hidden behind closed doors, domestic violence has become an issue of national concern.
We have changed our laws, transformed our culture, and improved support services for survivors and although we have made substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, one in four women and one in seven men in the United States still suffer serious physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at least once during their lifetimes.
As a joint effort, the Victim Advocates in the Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens District Attorney’s Offices, North Georgia Crisis Network and Appalachian Children's Center will host an event to raise awareness and honor domestic violence victims on Wednesday, October 1st at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard in front of the Pickens County Courthouse.
During this event, paper lanterns will be released in honor of victims of domestic violence. If you would like to purchase a lantern in memory of someone, in honor of someone, or to show support, the cost for each lantern is $5 and may be purchased at the District Attorney’s Offices in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties, the North Georgia Crisis Network and the Appalachian Children’s Center. All funds will be remitted to the Domestic Violence Task Forces serving our three counties.
Ga. Supreme Court reverses burglary conviction
of immigrant over deportation issue
Published Monday, September 22, 2014
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ENCARNACION V. THE STATE (S14A0690)
The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously reversed the burglary conviction of a man who is not an American citizen, on the ground that his court-appointed attorney failed to tell him in no uncertain terms that by pleading guilty to the offense, he would be deported.
Jasper, Ga (September 18, 2014) – Piedmont Mountainside Hospital is proud to announce its next dinner and discussion offered to the community on joint health and the latest treatment options for hip replacement. The discussion will be led by orthopaedic surgeon Russell Flint, MD on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Light dinner and refreshments will be provided.
The discussion will cover typical issues encountered with hip pain and solutions including advances in hip replacement and treatment options for hip pain and a question and answer segment.
The event will take place in the Education Room at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital at 1266 Highway 515 South, Jasper, Georgia.
To RSVP, call 706.705.5032. Seating is limited and registration is required.
Powerball jackpot hits $196M for Saturday’s drawing
A winning ticket worth $2 million was sold at West End Grocery in Jasper from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, according to the Ga. Lottery media relations. The winner had not come forward as of Friday afternoon. A lottery official said the winner has 180 days to claim their prize.
Powerball is on a roll as the jackpot reaches nearly $200 million for Saturday’s drawing. Saturday’s drawing is at an estimated $196 million to a single annuity winner, and the excitement is growing across Georgia.
The Powerball jackpot has grown since Aug. 13 and has rolled 11 times.
Powerball offers two payment options: the $196 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $116 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.
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.