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Safety, liability concerns at jail

Lack of manpower & mental health resources for inmates make tough job even tougher

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    The unmanned tower at the Pickens jail. Outdated control software and lack of manpower keep this guard post closed.

     Due to budget constraints, lack of experienced staff, outdated features and scarce resources to handle mentally ill inmates, the Pickens jail has reached a point where safety and liability are major concerns for the sheriff’s office.
    Top officers, including Sheriff Donnie Craig, Chief Deputy Jeff Hall and Training Officer Jim Koury all said in recent interviews that something must be done before detention officers, prisoners and taxpayers are left to face the consequences of a facility where close calls happen too often due to manpower shortages.
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Does town’s alcohol policy discourage growth here?

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     The city’s longstanding policies regarding alcohol have come under fire from one council member, who said they are putting Jasper at a competitive disadvantage to surrounding counties.
    “We’re losing money left and right,” said council member Anne Sneve  after the Monday, Aug. 1 council meeting. “We’re not saying we have to lose that family atmosphere, but everything around us is growing and we’re just stagnant. We want to look into this more and see what the liabilities would be and see what we can do.”
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Padgett gets Green Thumb award

    Keep Pickens Beautiful is proud to announce that July’s Green Thumb award has been presented to Troy Padgett and his Man Cave.
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    Troy Padgett displays his antique cars in a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper. Keep Pickens Beautiful has awarded him the Green Thumb Award.
     Troy is a long-time Jasper resident who has returned to us after a short stay in Calhoun and added a lot of beautification to Church Street by way of his “Man Cave.”
    Troy has taken the closed shop next to Last Catch and turned it into a beautiful piece of nostalgia. Troy displays his antique cars among a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper. 

Nothing set at old NAPA building

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     The ongoing addition of a deck to the renovated building at the corner of Church Street and Main Street in Jasper (formerly called “Big Blue”) had the rumor mill in full force.
    Speculations were that the building had been sold by owner Luke Copeland and would soon house a new endeavor such as a steakhouse or micro-brewery, but Copeland stuck a fork in the conjectures when asked.
    “Nope,” he said. “We’re just getting ready to put it up for sale. I don’t know where that stuff gets started.”

Wildwood Christian closes doors

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The private school in Marble Hill has closed following a decline in enrollment over the summer.

Wildwood Christian Academy announced its closing in an e-mail to parents August 1. The private school in Marble Hill that stressed strong academics was scheduled to open this year on August 17, but will close permanently due to a financial shortfall from a decline in enrollment.

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