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Most foster kids there because of parents’ meth abuse

Foster home numbers up some here, but more still needed   

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                Pickens DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole works directly with foster parents

                                                           and kids in the county.

     There are two notes hanging on Pickens County DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole’s office bookshelf, written in scribbled handwriting.
    One reads, “Ms. Carla, Thank you for helping me find my forever home.”
    The other, “Thank you for bringing me a brother.” 
    Right now there are 96 kids under the care of Pickens DFCS who want a stable home and family, whether it be one reunited with their biological parents or a new home with foster parents. Of those 96, a staggering 99.5 percent are from parents or caretakers who abuse methamphetamines.

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Ga. high court upholds sentence in child abuse murder case

State Supreme court gives opinion in complex

quiet title case



Published Monday, February 22, 2016


Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .




            In a 6-to-1 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled in favor of the Fulton County District Attorney and reversed a decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals that allowed a trial judge to impose a lighter sentence than the prosecutor had recommended as part of a plea agreement.

42 pounds of meth base powder seized in Woodstock



The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad seized 42 pounds of methamphetamine base powder found hidden in three fire extingisher tanks. Law officals believe the powder was headed to a lab where it would be turned into crystal meth. Street value is estimated at $546,000.



Four men, above, were arrested in the massive methamphetamine bust. 


Press Release - Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad


On January 26, 2016, Agents with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Emerson woman with possession of a trafficking amount of methamphetamine.  Bartow investigators believed that the drugs came from a group operating out of Woodstock, Georgia.  Based on information from Bartow County, Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) Agents were subsequently able to identify a group of individuals who were selling and importing drugs into Northern Georgia.

Film Day at the Capitol Shines a Spotlight on Georgia’s Film Industry


     ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2016 – The Georgia Film Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today celebrated Georgia’s thriving film and television industry at Film Day at the Capitol. Governor Deal, Speaker David Ralston, GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr and Georgia Film Academy Executive Director Jeffrey Stepakoff spoke during the celebration to recognize the industry and its importance to Georgia’s economy.

Fire destroys Whitestone Road home




Dan Pool / Photo The fire was too far along when it was reported for crews to save the structure.

        Flames quickly destroyed a rental home on Whitestone Road Thursday mid-morning.

Pickens crews were on the scene shortly after the fire was reported (Feb. 11th) but could do little to save the home where Mack and Betty Price lived.