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Fatal workplace accident in Ball Ground



      Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. June 26, 2015. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to 2300 Airport Industrial Dr. near Ball Ground Friday morning at approximately 9:15 am for a work place accident call. Workers were installing a new roof on a new building for Custom Floral Design when one of the workers fell approximately 20 feet on to a concrete floor. He was transported to Northside Cherokee Hospital where he later died from his injuries.


      The worker has been identified as Thomas Williams, 22 years old of Tennille, Ga. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office as well as OSHA is investigating the incident.


Congressman Collins releases statement on same-sex marriage ruling

dougcollins      WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Doug Collins today issued the following statement in response to the ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges from the Supreme Court:
      “I am disappointed that the court has overstepped its boundaries once again. Many states have already voted to keep the definition of marriage to one man and one woman, and the court’s decision is a gross infringement on American democracy. The court should not have circumvented the will of the people, but as we saw with the King V. Burwell decision yesterday, they are more interested in legislating from the bench than letting the will of the people determine what our laws are going to be. Because this decision has robbed the American people of their freedom of choice, I strongly support a constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman.”

Chair lift scam exposed in Cherokee County

High potential for other victims throughout area

From   Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

In April, Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies took a report in which a white male, later identified as Samuel Mark Ellis, 58 years old of Dawsonville, scammed an Acworth woman out of $345.00. At one time Ellis legitimately installed stair lift chairs in homes all over the metro area.



Ellis had installed a lift chair in this Acworth home approximately 5 years earlier. When Ellis contacted the victim concerning a recall with her chair and that Ellis would be conducting the work, she wasn’t concerned at all. Ellis arrived, claimed to have replaced the part, charged the victim $345.00, and advised her the manufacturer would reimburse her for the repairs.



The homeowner quickly learned that the entire incident was a hoax and she had been scammed. She reported the incident. Fortunately, detectives were able to locate and arrest Ellis in Gwinnett County.


Ellis was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on May 20th charged with Exploitation and Intimidation and Theft by Deception. He remains in custody and his bond is set at $12,245.


Information discovered during this investigation reveals a high potential for additional victims in the metro Atlanta area, specifically in Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. If Samuel Ellis has contacted you in recent months about a recall on your lift chair please call Cherokee County District Attorney Investigator Bert Love at 678-493-6318.


Hot and dry for much of June


Jerry Poole waters a row of beans at his family’s Grandview Road garden. Poole said they try to work in the garden only early morning and evening as the mid-day heat makes it almost unbearable.

            He has added a wide-brimmed hat in recent years as standard attire for sun protection when outside.

Tatum Acres events have nearby residents up in arms

Updated -  See response from Tatum Acres owners in the July 2 e-edition.tatum-acres



Screenshots of Tatum Acres website. While saying the venue is simply a barn and cabin for rent, the website of Tatum Acres boasts wedding and gathering images. Neighbors are not happy with the noise from the property.

     For residents who live near Tatum Acres an east Pickens farm that was denied the permits to host commercial gatherings last year, the music can’t die a day too soon.
    At least a dozen Big Canoe residents and others with property adjacent to the farm attended Thursday’s commissioners’ meeting to air their grievances about noisy events they say are being held at Tatum Acres without appropriate permits and licenses.

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