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Cancer survivors invited to celebration dinner


    (Jasper, GA ) ⎯ The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pickens County encourages cancer survivors and their caregivers to attend a dinner in celebration of life and hope on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
    The Annual American Cancer Society Survivors’ Dinner will take place at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in the Mountain Tyme Café.  Piedmont Mountainside Hospital will offer a complimentary meal to each cancer survivor and his or her guest.  Space at the Survivors’ Dinner is limited to

Man commits suicide on Hwy 575 near Holly Springs

    A standoff between an armed man and police on Hwy 575 near Holly Springs ended in suicide the morning of Sunday, April 14.

    Officers responded to a man armed with a gun at I-575 southbound, according to Holly Springs police . When officers arrived they found a man in body armor holding a gun to his head.

     Traffic was shut down in the southbound lane of Hwy 575 and officers attempted to talk the man into surrendering his weapon, but the man took his life.

     The man as since been identified as James Allen Woods, Jr, age 30, of Toccoa, Georgia.  Holly Springs Police detectives were able to locate and notify Mr. Woods’ family late Sunday evening.  Detectives are still working to try to piece together what prompted Mr. Woods to take his life Sunday morning

Tate Depot “back to square one”


    Despite the Federal Highway Administration awarding reimbursement grants for renovations,

no progress has been made at the Tate Depot off Hwy. 53 East.

    If you’ve driven by the old Tate Depot in the last seven years, you’ve likely noticed a banner touting a Transportation Enhancement grant received in 2007 to fund its relocation and renovation. 
    The banner is gone now, but the Tate Depot still sits with busted windows, rotting wood and dislodged shingles like it has for years. 
    “It’s like rowing a boat with a rope,” Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones said of the project, which has frustrated local leaders by derailing time and time again.

Storms produced no serious damage here


     According to Pickens County Fire Chief Bob Howard, the severe weather that swept across Georgia overnight left no significant damage in Pickens.
    “We were very lucky,” Howard said, who reported that two counties to the west suffered significant hail damage. “We had probably less than six trees down and two structure fire calls from lightening, but those produced nothing major, just smoke.”
    Howard said a cloud with an upper atmospheric rotation capable of producing a tornado traveled through Pickens at one point in the evening, “but it never produced anything,” he said. “This cloud started near the Alabama line and traveled through Pickens, then it died in Gilmer.”
    No power outages were reported.

For some, fire insurance rates skyrocket


    Fire Chief Bob Howard points to the Tate fire district on a map that outlines the different fire districts in Pickens County. The blue dots represent fire stations. Pickens has two districts with residents that are considered “unprotected” by ISO, the fire preparedness rating agency.

     Some Pickens residents, especially those in the west, may have had to do a double take when they opened their latest home owners’ insurance bill.
    According to Pickens County Fire Chief Bob Howard, that’s because insurance providers are cracking down on rules they’ve already had in place. This action has translated to increased premiums – double, and sometimes triple – for homeowners.
    “I’m getting complaints every day. With all the losses insurance companies have experienced in the last few years, they are getting very strict about their policies,” Howard said.

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