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Dept of Health warns of potentially deadly ‘herbal incense’

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Submitted by Jennifer King
Public Information Officer and Risk Communicator
    The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has become aware of a dangerous, potentially lethal substance surfacing in convenience stores and smoke shops. DPH has issued an emergency communication to about 40,000 licensed physicians and physician’s assistants in Georgia. When ingested

Courthouse parking impacting some Main Street businesses

City looks at enforcing two-hour parking limit
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ANYBODY THERE? The new parking lot behind the Pickens County Courthouse sits empty mid-afternoon on a Friday.

The lot is open but has yet to see much use.

    Have you been having trouble finding a parking spot on Main Street, particularly on North Main Street around the newly renovated courthouse?
    According to some North Main Street business owners, parking has become a problem since the courthouse reopened and in some cases the lack of spaces has negatively impacted the bottom line.

Boil water advisory issued following waterline repairs

 

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     Homes served by the City of Jasper water system on Cove Road (from 1840 Cove Road  east to Bent Tree Drive) have been without water this afternoon, Wednesday, Aug. 26, but according to City of Jasper Water Superintendet David Hall, service should be restored by approximately 5 p.m.

     Hall said as a precautionary measure the city is advising residents who experienced a water ourtage to boil water used for drinking and food preparation until the city gives the all clear, expected sometime on Friday.

     "Whenever you have a line that is completely out of water you want to issue a boil advisory as a precaution," Hall said.

 

 

 

Rolling Powerball boosts jackpot to $116M for Wednesday

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ATLANTA – The Powerball jackpot is on a roll and has climbed to an estimated $116 million to a single annuity winner for Wednesday’s drawing.

 

The jackpot has grown since Aug. 10 and has rolled five times.

 

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $116million annuity prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $64 million.

 

Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can add the Power Play feature for an additional $1 per play to multiply non-jackpot prize winnings.

 

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

 

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

 

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $116 million

Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $64 million

Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier feature

Drawings: Air at 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday in Georgia

Latest Time to Purchase Tickets: Until 10 p.m. on days of drawings; until 1 a.m. other days

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million

Number of Jurisdictions: 45 (43 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug. 10, 2013

Number of Rolls: 5

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 7, 2013 - $488 million jackpot

    (1 Minnesota winner; 2 New Jersey winners)

#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 - $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

 

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.com,www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com andwww.powerball.com

 

DOT crews plan patching on Hwy. 53 this week

Georgia DOT’s Maintenance crews will resume their work on repairing the deteriorating asphalt spots on State Route 53 in Gilmer and Pickens counties, SR 20 and SR 5 Business in Cherokee County, SR 20 and SR 101 in Floyd County.  Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. this week, weather permitting.

         It is the Georgia DOT policy to repair and maintain Georgia interstates and state highways promptly, efficiently and economically using well-planned activities such as deep patching, proper equipment, and skilled and dedicated employees. Prompt repair of small asphalt pavement defects has significant impacts on reducing maintenance costs. Deep patching which will be used in this maintenance operation is one of the methods Georgia DOT uses to repair deteriorated, settled, cracking and dislodged pavement. The technique is much less expensive than other methods. As used by GDOT, deep patching provides a reasonable measure of roadway repairs and reduces maintenance costs.