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Ga. Supreme Court rules in favor of Falcons stadium developers

Murder convictions also upheld in latest rulings from high court



Published Monday, March 16, 2015


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            Plans to build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons football team may proceed under an opinion today by the Georgia Supreme Court.

A group of Atlanta residents had challenged the financing of the proposed new $1.2 billion stadium as unconstitutional. But in today’s unanimous opinion, written by Justice Harold Melton, the high court has rejected all their arguments and found that the financing as structured does not violate the Georgia Constitution.

Rotary recognizes scouting


The Rotary club of Jasper  celebrated local scouts for their accomplishments and recognized local scouting at a recent meeting. Some of those persons were: Jennifer Clark, Girl Scout Unit Director, Patti Friedman Leader Troop 807, Jordan King, Atlanta Council BSA, Austin McCormick Eagle Scout, Savannah Friedman, Girl Scout Gold Award, Steve Moranos father of Eagle Scout Turner Moranos and Rotarian and former Scoutmaster Fred Snell.

See complete story in this week's Progress.

Bluegrass festival organizers prepare for big May event



Volunteers from the American Legion’s Bluegrass Charity Festival survey site plans for the May 8-10 event in Jasper, above.

The first annual weekend concert festival will be held at the field behind Ingles and will use a layout similar to the annual JeepFest. Plans are for the same stage setup to be used at this event as for the bonfire concerts during JeepFest.

School system’s upcoming decision on governance important but complicated




The Pickens school board, like all school boards in Georgia, has a very important decision to reach by June 30th.

Georgia school systems must officially declare which of three "flexibility options" (look at Issue #3) they will follow and implement. These options are also referred to as “district governance.” 

Meeting with Superintendent Lula Mae Perry Monday to discuss promoting an informational hearing on the subject March 19th, 6:30 p.m. at Pickens High School Performing Arts Center, I was immediately struck by how highly technical and complicated this process is.

Pickens native battled Ebola outbreak in Liberia




CDC / Photo courtesy

Laura Adams in the field in Liberia as part of the CDC’s Ebola response team.

Laura Adams has spent her career in public health and last fall traveled to Liberia as a member of a Centers for Disease Control team to battle the most prominent scare to global public health in some time - Ebola.