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Tate Depot Project gathering steam again

tatedepotSide-railed since July 2011, the Tate Depot restoration project appears to be headed back onto the mainline.

"It's back on track," said Pickens County Commissioner Robert Jones. "The plan's being redrawn."

Signs pointed to a groundbreaking on the project in late summer 2011, when forward progress derailed. As drawn then, the project raised red flags with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division.

Historic Preservation Architectural Review Officer Dean Baker and other officials from his office met with some project principals at the depot site Monday, July 18, 2011. Baker communicated then how the planned project differed from Historic Preservation standards.

"The first thing you do [in historic preservation of an old structure] is try not to move the building," Baker said that day. "The second thing you do [if a building must be moved] is try to make sure the sun rises and sets on it the same way."

Talking Rock recognized for recycling efforts



Sharon Harp, KPB office manager, and Mayor Peter Cagle of Talking Rock.

     Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to announce that the Town of Talking Rock has received the Business Recycling Award for doubling their recycling efforts in one year. The  town recycled during the past year over 460 bags of plastic bottles, cardboard, aluminum and tin cans. With only 47 residents this is a great accomplishment.

KPB would like to thank Mayor Peter Cagle and the residents of Talking Rock for their efforts to make a difference.

     If you would like more information on how you can become involved in recycling contact the KPB office at 706-253-3600 and visit our webpage at


Pets die after saving owner from burning home

Pickens crews handle five house fires in less than 36 hours


It was “all hands in,” said County Fire Chief Bob Howard, as fire crews battled five blazes since Monday.

Pickens crews had battled five unrelated house blazes in the previous 36 hours, County Fire Chief Bob Howard said in an interview early Tuesday morning.

Two occupants of a Highway 53 home in Marble Hill were transported to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation but were recovering without problem, according to a relative. No other serious injuries to residents or fire crews were reported. Howard said the crews did an outstanding job with the hectic pace.

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Bomb hoax leads to Walmart evacuation

walmart2Walmart employees and customers outside in the retailer’s parking lot after being evacuated from the building on Monday, March 26.

Midday Monday, March 26 dozens of Walmart employees and customers were herded into the parking lot of the Jasper mega-retailer following a bomb hoax that is now under investigation.

According to City of Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell, a Walmart custodian found a note in one of the bathrooms that said a bomb was in the building. The note had a smiley face drawn on it, he said.

According to one shopper who had been evacuated, customers were instructed over the intercom to leave the building.

Trout streams open March 31


More than one million trout will be stocked by the end of this year, thanks to efforts by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In fact, many streams will be stocked by the end of March, just in time for the opening day of seasonal trout stream fishing, Saturday, March 31.

“Our goal is to replenish all of our stocked streams before Opening Day,” says John Lee Thomson, acting trout stocking coordinator for the Wildlife Resources Division. “The mild winter gave us great growing conditions for trout in our hatcheries, and good stream flows this spring will give us the opportunity to spread the fish out. It should be another excellent opening week of the Georgia trout season.”

Some popular seasonal streams include Cooper Creek in Union County, Sarah’s Creek in Rabun County, Dicks Creek in Lumpkin County and Johns Creek in Floyd County. Anglers should note that two popular streams, Boggs Creek in Lumpkin County and Wildcat Creek in Rabun County, will not be accessible to vehicles and will not be stocked with trout for an extended period. Tornado damage clean-up continues in the Boggs Creek watershed, while the Wildcat Creek Road, affected by a winter landslide, will undergo repairs. Trout stocking in these two streams will resume

when the public access roads can be reopened.

Anglers must possess both a current Georgia fishing license and a trout license to fish in designated trout waters and to fish for or possess trout. Licenses can be purchased online and at various local sporting good dealers. The daily limit is eight trout on general regulation trout

waters. Anglers are reminded to respect private property rights along streams flowing through private lands and to obtain permission before fishing on private property.

Where can you get a license? Buy it online or find a list of retail license vendors at or buy it by phone at 1-800-366-2661.

For those seeking additional county-specific trout fishing information, visit where current Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations, a complete list of stocked streams, a Northeast Georgia fishing guide and the award-winning Trout Streams of Georgia map are available. Printed copies of the regulations and trout stream map are available at all Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Management offices and at some official fishing license dealers.