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Pickens deputy hits pedestrian running across Hwy. 515

Press Release from Pickens Sheriff's office





On December 2, 2014 at approximately 7:00 pm, a Pickens County deputy sheriff was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a pedestrian in Gilmer County.


The incident occurred on Highway 515 and Maddox Drive in East Ellijay.  The deputy was traveling northbound in his assigned patrol car when a pedestrian attempted to run across the roadway in front of oncoming traffic.


A preliminary review of the patrol car’s onboard video indicates the deputy was traveling under the posted speed limit and had the right of way at the time of the accident.


The pedestrian was airlifted to Kennestone Hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.  The deputy was not injured.


The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.    


Plane makes emergency landing on I-575


From Cherokee County Fire Press Release

   Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services received a call Tuesday evening, shortly after 7p.m., regarding a small airplane that made an emergency landing on I-575, near Ball Ground.

   Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a small Beachcraft Sundowner Airplane had landed on the northbound lane of I-575 just north of Airport Road.

Burnt Mountain Road closed for work on rail crossing near Piggly Wiggly

Major road closure needed for work on railroad



            It was announced this morning that the City of Jasper will close a portion of Burnt Mountain Road to work on the railroad tracks in front of Piggly Wiggly starting Monday morning and it may remain closed through Wednesday.

Help sought identifying Cherokee convenience store robber

Cherokee County Sheriff Press Release




Picture from security camera at Acworth convenience store


Cherokee Sheriff’s Office investigators are asking for assistance from the public in identifying a man that robbed the Racetrac gas station located at 1135 Highway 92 in Acworth last night at approximately 11 p.m. The suspect was armed with a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store. The suspect is described as a black male, 20-25 years old, approximately 5’6” tall and weighed approximately 165 pounds. The suspect was wearing all black and left the area driving what appeared to be a silver Kia Spectra with heavy damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.

            Anyone recognizes the suspect or has any information related to the incident is urged to call 911.


Racing pigeons make beeline for home sweet Jasper


Damon Howell / Photo

The Bird Whisperer? Ed Brackin among his flock of racing pigeons in “Bouncer’s Loft” behind his Jasper home. The roost serves as the finish line for the birds, who race up to 500 miles from different drop-off points.

          The 125 pigeons that call Bouncer’s Loft home move in flourishes and waves, back and forth inside the small outbuilding. The sound and wind kicked up by their flight are amplified by the confined space, an exhilarating atmosphere for people who venture inside.