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Fatal shooting on Hwy. 108 under investigation


No charges expected in fatal shooting,

investigators say it appears to be self defense.



GBI and sheriff investigators have not filed charges against a Highway 108 resident who shot a man at his home early Sunday morning, as the shooting appeared to be in self-defense according to information from the Pickens sheriff office. 

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Original story -- The sheriff’s office and GBI are continuing to sort out details of a fatal shooting that occurred Sunday (just after midnight Saturday) at a residence on Highway 108.


Heightened police presence at schools following incidents


Pickens Sheriff Press Release


Pickens County Georgia, August 21, 2013: The Pickens Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Pickens County Board of Education to increase a law enforcement presence in and around all local schools. In light of the recent shooting incident that occurred in Decatur, Georgia, our office is remaining diligent in protecting our students.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where incidents like this can occur.


To assist in relieving the anxiety that many parents may be experiencing, Sheriff’s deputies will have a stronger presence over the coming days. Deputies from other divisions within the office will be assisting School Resource Officers throughout school hours to deter the possibility of any similar acts occurring in Pickens County. In addition, the Georgia State Patrol and the City of Jasper Police Department will be assisting in having a presence at each school within their jurisdictions as well.

Please know that everyone with the Pickens Sheriffs Office, the Jasper Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol, the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, local school administrators, teachers, and all staff are working very hard to keep our children safe. 


Tax digest drops 1.3%

Values down $48M  from previous year
See the print or online edition to see proposed millage rate changes from the school board and county board of commissioners 

pickensseal      As members of the school board and county and city elected officials set millage rates to fund their upcoming budgets, they will be working with nearly $50 million less in taxable property this year than the previous year.


Incident reported at Canton school

Updated Press Release from

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office

 After being taken into custody this morning at the Cherokee Charter Academy on Sixes Road, Cherokee Sheriff’s detectives have charged Todd Christopher Grigg, 31 years old of Woodstock, with 4 counts of Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds, Carrying a Concealed Knife and Obstruction of an Officer.

            Grigg claims he was at the school, where two of his relatives attend, and was waiting for a ride. He further advised investigators that he ran from the deputies because he knew he was in a school zone and was armed.

            Grigg is currently in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with no bond.



Original Press Release from

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office

This morning at approximately 7:30am Cherokee Sheriffs deputies assisting with traffic at the Cherokee Charter School located at 2126 Sixes Road in Canton observed a suspicious male standing on school property. One of the deputies began to approach the male, later identified as Todd Christopher Grigg, 31 years old of Woodstock.  Grigg began to walk and eventually run from the deputies. Deputies caught up with Grigg and he was taken into custody.

                On his person, Grigg had a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun, three knives and leather gloves. Grigg is currently at the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office South Annex being questioned by detectives.


The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office is hosting a training conference conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the Bluffs in Canton. The topic of the seminar is Active Shooter and Mass Killings and the training is for Command Staff level personnel from law enforcement, Fire, EMS and School Administrators. The conferences’ objective is to share best practices and lessons learned from these types of incidents and to enhance our coordinated local, state, and federal response to large-scale events.


City of Jasper Police Officers and Pickens Sheriff deputies are in the training  in Cherokee County to handle school incidents and other public shooter situations. Look for reports and comments from local law enforcement on recent incidents in the metro area and about the training in the upcoming print edition.





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From gas masks to zombie supplies at X Military Stuff


    X Military Stuff owner Joe Kirk makes an effort to offer a varied assortment of military surplus items at his Jasper store. 

     The camel-colored building at the intersection of Depot Street and East Church Street is quiet and unassuming, so much so that passersby may not notice it now houses the military surplus store X-Military Stuff.
    The only signs are a modest banner hanging in the window and a small multi-colored display discreetly flashing “OPEN.”