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Christmas winds howled, but no serious damage reported here

 

            Pickens county personnel manned the emergency operation center (EOC) Christmas night, but no calls other than downed trees and power outages were reported.

            County Fire Chief Bob Howard was on hand in the EOC starting late in evening on Christmas ahead of reports of damaging storms in Alabama. “We kept it open as a precaution, but the only reports were downed trees, mainly in Bent Tree, and power outages," he said

            Howard said almost all power should have been restored in the county by 9 a.m. Wednesday.

 

A statement issued from Amicalola EMC stated, "Winds swept through our service area last night leaving downed trees and broken poles. After a peak of approx 3200 members out of power, currently there are approx 2000, primarily in Gilmer County. Crews have worked through the night and will continue until all power has been restored. Visit www.amicalolaemc.com to view current outages. Report all outages to the following numbers only: 706-253-0359, 706-276-0359, or 706-864-0359. Please stay away from all downed power lines and always assume they are still energized." 

 

Tips on avoiding the ER during the holiday season

 

 

Atlanta, Ga. (December 21, 2012) – The holiday period, including the New Year's Eve period, is the busiest time for hospital emergency rooms. Last year at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, thousands of patients sought treatment at the ER during the holiday season.

 

Here’s how to avoid the emergency room this holiday season:

 

1.     Know when a trip to the ER is really necessary. Many health issues that arise during the holidays are not medical emergencies. Those that should be treated immediately include chest pain, stroke symptoms (numbness on one side of the body, face, arm or leg; trouble walking, speaking and seeing in one or both eyes), excessive, uncontrolled bleeding and difficulty breathing. Severe stomach pain that is accompanied by other symptoms such as coughing up or vomiting blood, dizziness or fainting and vision changes should also be treated immediately in the ER.

Ga. unemployment declines to 8.5 percent


ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent in November, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in October. The rate was 9.5 percent in November a year ago. 

“This is the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly four years, since it was 8.5 percent in January 2009,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.  “Once again, the rate dropped because of continued job growth and fewer new layoffs.” 

The number of jobs increased to 3,984,000, up by 9,600, or two-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,974,400 in October. The monthly growth came mostly in trade, transportation, and warehousing, up 12,400; educational services, up 1,700; information services, up 1,600; local government, up 1,300; financial services, up 1,200; and manufacturing, up 600. The overall job growth was strong enough to offset some losses in some sectors. Construction was down 4,000; leisure and hospitality, down 2,700; professional and business services, down 2,100; and other services, down 1,100. 

 

Updated:CFO Faye to stay

Harvey to remain County CFO       alt   

 

 

Commissioner Rob Jones announced Monday afternoon that County CFO Faye Harvey will remain on the job. Harvey had earlier given her resignation but was persuaded to take time to think about it over the holidays.

Jones and Harvey met on Friday and talked over the situation. Harvey informed Jones that she would would decide by Monday. 

 

Jones said this takes a lot of pressure off the county to find a new CFO and work to achieve additional budget cuts at the same time.

 

The exact reason Harvey initially resigned is not known. Jones said in an earlier story that it had caught him by surprise as he wasn't aware of any specific issue.

Harvey's resignation letter contained no specifics and she has not publicly discussed the situation.

 

See updates later on this website.

 

 

Earlier story

 

 

Faye Harvey at the December commissioner's meeting. Last week Harvey announced her resignation as

Pickens County CFO but is reconsidering.

       It was announced at the December Commissioner's Meeting that Faye Harvey, who was hired by the county in October to replace Mechelle Champion, sent a resignation letter to Commissioner Rob Jones last week stating she would resign effective Wednesday, Dec. 26.

     At the meeting Jones said Harvey gave no specific reason for her resignation, but in a follow-up interview Jones told the Progress the new CFO was reconsidering her resignation.

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Kids helping kids at Christmas

“It just warms my heart to see children who will do something like this,” says Toys for Tots director

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    These cousins spent four weekends raising money for the local chapter of Toys for Tots. Pictured are Brooke Huffman, Johnathan Koonce, Lexie Wright, Bryce Wright and Braden Huffman with Toys for Tots Director Richard Wilson.

    Most children think about what they can get at Christmas. But five Pickens children have thought, instead, about what they can give.
    “I just wanted to help out other kids and Toys for Tots,” said elementary student Brooke Huffman, who originally thought of raising money for the Jasper-based Toys for Tots program before getting her brother and cousins to help out.    

Grandmother Renee Pettitt said her grandchildren started collecting donations after Brooke came home one day and asked where the balloons were.
    “It’s like those balloons you make animals out of,” she said. “Before I knew it she was outside with her brother at the end of my sidewalk selling them to cars that passed by to raise money for Toys for Tots, which I have helped with in the past.”
    That first weekend it was just Brooke and her brother exchanging balloons for donations, but for the next three weekends their cousins joined in and, all totaled, managed to collect over $100 that they delivered to the Toys for Tots center off North Main Street in Jasper.