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Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 7.4 percent in June

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in May. The rate in June of last year was 8.4 percent.

Pickens school gets pre-k classes

Elementary grades fail to meet state math standards

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By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress Contributor
     The Pickens County school district has been awarded two lottery-funded prekindergarten  classes for the 2014-2015 school year.
    Although the school district requested eight pre-K classes, it was announced at last week’s board of education meeting that two were granted. Both classes will be housed at Hill City Elementary, which was determined by Bright from the Start, the state agency in charge of pre-K.

Piedmont partners with MD Anderson Cancer Network

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    Hans Rueffert, one of the 700 Georgians treated at MD Anderson Cancer Network in Texas each year, is going to have one less thing to worry about now that Piedmont has announced its partnership with what many consider to be the best cancer treatment facility in the nation.

Pickens man arrested for child porn

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GBI agents in numerous unmarked vehicles executed a digital forensic search of computers in the home of west Pickens man, finding images of child pornography.

 

   A Pickens man has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after a special unit of the GBI executed a search warrant on the computer at his Pickens West Estates home Wednesday.

   Thomas Rodriguez, 36, of West Destiny Drive, is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children - possession of child pornography after agents found images of suspected child pornography on his computer during a “forensic preview,” according to Director of Public Affairs for the GBI, Sherry Lang.

North Georgia Pregnancy Center hosts community baby shower

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    Patti Page (right), Executive Director of the center poses with volunteers.

By Meagan Hurley
Staff Writer 

     The North Georgia Pregnancy Center of Jasper held a community wide baby shower  July 10, encouraging people to donate infant necessities.