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Thompson leaves Red Cross

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Andy Thompson, pictured above, is leaving the Red Cross after serving as director

of the local chapter for over 16 years.

In the time Andy Thompson served as director of the local Red Cross chapter, he has seen a lot. During those 16 years, the Tate resident has been up close and personal with nearly every natural or manmade disaster in the northeast region.

Thompson was there for the 1998 tornadoes that killed 12 people and affected nearly 200 homes in Gainesville. He was there for the floods in Ellijay that displaced hundreds of families. He has been on the scene for countless house fires, and many, many other tragic events.

Just before his last day as head honcho with Red Cross’ Northeast Georgia Chapter on Friday, March 16, Thompson sat down with us to talk about how things have changed with Red Cross in the time he has been there.

For the rest of the story see this week's print or e-edition.

Cash for Clunkers causing SUVs, trucks to retain higher tag values

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If you have an SUV or large truck, and you’ve already had your birthday this year, you may have noticed that you paid the same amount for your tag as last year despite your vehicle’s depreciation.

Ordinarily a vehicle’s value depreciates by a certain percentage each year, depending on the type of vehicle. But, Pickens Tax Commissioner Sharon Troglin explained, values on bigger vehicles like SUVs have stayed the same because of all the vehicles turned in during the government’s Cash for Clunkers program.

Pickens job situation better than counties to the north

 


Northwest Georgia’s jobless rate increases to 9.8 percent in January

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced this week that the preliminary unemployment rate in Northwest Georgia rose to 9.8 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.5 percent in December. The jobless rate in Northwest Georgia in January a year ago was 11.3 percent.

Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 7.1 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.7 percent.

See full size chart on following page

Deputies complete training on stopping fleeing vehicles -- dramatic video

Press Release from Sheriff's Office

On February, 28th, 11 deputies from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office attended Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) training at Six Flags over Georgia. The course was provided by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

See a video of a PIT manuever from the class.

 


The PIT maneuver is a method that can be utilized to end or prevent pursuits and protect the public.  The PIT maneuver is defined as a forced stop by a pursuing deputy where the side of a pursued vehicle is pushed by the deputy’s vehicle causing the suspect’s vehicle to rotate into a position where it can be blocked by law enforcement officers.

School meal prices going up as lunchrooms remain self-sufficient

Non-resident students, finances, bus driver training,  among other subjects discussed

Above, the JMS Future Cities team receives reconition. Numerous other groups were also saluted by the board during their monthly meeting. See all the students who were honored on Page 14A of our print or e-edition.

School Nutrition Director Emily Hanlin presented to the board slightly higher student meal prices next year as the school cafeterias work to remain a self-sufficient operation. They are also under obligation to meet state requirements that will require a hike in the prices.

The cost increase which would only affect the average student $30 over an entire school year were approved by the board.