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EMC crews standing by

From Amicalola EMC


With the threat of a winter storm approaching, our crews are standing by.  As always, we will respond quickly to power outages and will restore all outages as soon as is safely possible.

Our automated outage reporting system is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The most effective way to report an outage is by following these steps:

1.     Call 706-253-0359 OR 706-276-0359 OR 706-864-0359. 

2.     Listen carefully and follow the prompts.

3.     If the system does not recognize the number you are calling from, please enter the phone number that is associated with your account.

4.     You may leave a detailed recording if necessary. Please speak clearly and slowly and give the following information: Exact name as it appears on the bill (not the name of the caller), account number if available and 911 physical address of the outage.

5.     One call is all this is needed to record the outage. 

Please remember to stay away from any downed power lines and always assume any downed line is still energized.

Snowjam part II bearing down on Georgia

 State mobilizes resources ahead of winter storm

cove road snow

A secene from the first taste of snow this winter. All forecasts indicate we are in for a second helping Tuesday.


Updated: Deal declares state of emergency for 14 counties

Order targets North Georgia; governor will expand scope as Winter Storm Warning spreads

Following the Winter Storm Warning, Gov. Nathan Deal this morning declared a state of emergency for 14 North Georgia counties: Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks and Jackson counties.




With the National Weather Service issuing a Winter Storm Watch for Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Nathan Deal today put emergency response agencies on alert and began significant preparations.

    “I have directed the State Patrol, Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources to begin moving assets toward areas where the snow and ice are expected, and I have issued a ‘warning order’ for the National Guard -- an advance notice to personnel of the possibility of a ‘call up’ for a state mission,” said Deal. “At the moment, local meteorologists are advising us to expect a ‘major storm’ that could bring significant levels of snow and ice. We have passed along this latest weather information to school superintendents and local emergency management agencies.”


Doug Collins most conservative Georgian in Congress

Northeast Georgia’s Congressman is #16 Nationally

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 – In its annual rating of Congress released today, National Journalidentified Congressman Doug Collins (GA-09) as the most conservative member of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation and the sixteenth most conservative Member of the House of Representatives overall.

STAR students & teachers to be recognized at banquet


L-R seated STAR students – STAR teachers standing behind them:
    Katie O’Shields - Tony Young; Richlan (Richi) Hutchins - Andrea Yates; Silas Lott - Adam Wharton; Jimmy Lee - Rodney Martin; Will Avant - Kelly McArthur; Kaleigh Watters - Susan Anderson; Jacob; Stephens - Lynn Cantrell; Jeremy Thornton - Gail Culbreth; Haley Matthews - Mary Land; Will Lawson - Clara Pantazopoulos


Submitted by Reeder Burch

    Kaleigh Watters has been named the 2014 STAR Student of Pickens High School and she selected Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher.

Statutory Rape Arrest at Pickens High


Sheriff Office Press Release

Pickens County Georgia, February 6, 2014: On Wednesday, February 5th, at approximately 5 p.m., the Pickens Sheriff’s Office responded to the Pickens High School regarding a possible sexual assault. Deputies arrived and learned a 15-year-old PHS student had informed a teacher she had been assaulted at the school. The teacher quickly alerted school administrators and school resource officers of the incident.

Pickens Sheriff’s Office detectives worked alongside the Georgia Bureau of Investigation through the night to determine and verify the reported information.