Get Adobe Flash player


Reinhardt issues statement on sexual battery investigation

From Marsha S. White


Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Reinhardt University

In December 2014, Reinhardt University administrators received the results of an investigation performed by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office regarding a complaint of sexual battery, a misdemeanor, brought to the Sheriff by a former Reinhardt student.  The complaint alleged that a faculty member, Dr. Michael David Gregory, had inappropriate contact with the student. 

During the review by the University, Gregory submitted his resignation, and it was accepted.

Reinhardt University is committed to its values, and policies are in place which support appropriate and healthy interactions between students, faculty and staff. All necessary steps have been and will be followed in a timely manner to protect those relationships.


progress square

Development authority increases debt to save jobs

“We decided the risk was worth the jobs,” says Development Authority Chair Tom Lindsey

restaraunt-interiors 9382

Commercial Interiors CEO Ken Pint at the 77,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Pint is optimistic that with financial controls in place the business, which supplies remodeling contractors for restaurant chains, is posed to get back on track.

In September 2013, Restaurant Interiors, a Jasper company producing solid surface counter-tops and other products primarily for restaurants across the country, received the “Small Business Rock Stars” award from a state economic developers’ group.

Less than a year later, the company went into bankruptcy. 

        See what happened and what the development authority has done to get this company back on track in the print and online editions


Spring plant sale now underway


    Master Gardener volunteers stuff envelopes with plant sale particulars. If you haven’t gotten one, call 706-253-8840.

Submitted By Darla Huffman

      The always popular Annual 4H/Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale is underway. If you are interested in adding to your landscape or garden this year and are not familiar with this event, you might want to check it out. Each plant is chosen for its suitability to this area and purchased

Haygood named STAR student at Pickens High


2015 STAR Student Andrew Haygood with selected STAR Teacher Michael Oubre. Going to the banquet? Reservations are required. When: March 5 @ 7 p.m. Where: Chattahoochee Tech Cost: $22 per person. For reservations, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Submitted by Reeder Burch

Andrew Haygood has been named the 2015 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR program.  

New Ford dealership wants to be part of community

“I’d rather help make a deal than lose a customer” says manager


     For decades the local Ford dealership was run by the Jones family - first Vernie then his children Jim Sr. and Mary Bryant. Jim Jr. joined the ranks later. In December, Greg Shottenkirk purchased the dealership from the family. The veteran staff, pictured above, is joined by new general manager Jamie Mundth, far right. 

      The general manager at Shottenkirk Ford may be one of the only new faces at the dealership, formerly Vernie Jones Ford, but he plans to be more aggressive in making deals happen as the new auto dealership joins the Pickens community.