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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.

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.

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

Pickens native named commander of Jasper State Patrol Post

 

Sgt. First Class Tim Nichols, a lifelong resident of Pickens County, now serves as commander of the local State Patrol Post.

 

Tim Nichols, a Talking Rock native with 22 years of service with the Georgia State Patrol, took over as the commander of the State Patrol post in Jasper this January.

Sgt. First Class Nichols comes to this post after serving as commander of a 26-trooper unit of motorcycle officers who patrolled mostly busy interstate roads inside I-285 in Atlanta. Nichols commanded that detail since its creation in May 2006.