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Read Across America Day at Pickens schools      Pickens County District Commissioner Becky Denney reads to students Renee Walker's Fourth Grade Class at Harmony Elementary for Read Across America Day, a celebration held on or near Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2. 

     "Literacy is the foundation of every child's education. It opens doorways to opportunity, transports us across time and space, and binds family and friends closer together," President Barak Obama said in a recent statement about Read Across America Day. "When parents, educators, librarians, and mentors read

Ga. High court upholds axe-murder conviction


From Supreme Court of Georgia

 Jane Hansen, Public Information Officer

The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a man in Lowndes County for killing his girlfriend with an axe in 2010 on Christmas Eve.

            In this high-profile Valdosta murder, Kenneth Brown, 58 at the time of the murder of 47-year-old Charlotte Grant, argued on appeal that the judge erred in refusing to instruct jurors that they could consider whether he was instead guilty of the less serious crime of voluntary manslaughter.

   In today’s opinion, however, Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines writes that the evidence presented did not support a voluntary manslaughter jury charge, and that the “evidence authorized the jury to find Brown guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes of which he was convicted.”

            According to evidence at trial, Brown and Grant lived together, along with her adult son, Keith Medley, and her disabled bed-ridden daughter. The couple recently had been arguing and sleeping in separate bedrooms, according to briefs filed in the case. In the early morning hours of Dec. 24, 2010, Brown found Grant in the living room talking on the phone to her estranged husband, from who she had been separated for five years.

Groom charged for fatal wedding day crash

See related -- Attorneys for Ryan Quinton issue statement


  The groom whose bride died in a wreck after their wedding reception December 29th will be charged with first degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence (alcohol), reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane and “laying drag,” according to information from the Ga. State Patrol.

   Ryan Quinton, 28, was driving a borrowed vintage Pontiac Firebird from the reception in Ball Ground when the crash happened on Highway 5 just a couple of miles away from where he and Kali Shay were married.

 Kali Shay Quinton was killed after being ejected from the car when it rolled after leaving the roadway on a steep embankment. Mr. Quinton was injured and taken by ambulance from the scene. He had walked back up the embankment and summoned help from a passerby who stopped and called 911.

   The Ga. State Patrol special accident reconstruction team investigated and brought the charges in Cherokee County courts. 

         Quinton turned himself in to the Cherokee jail yesterday and was released on bond.

According to information from the Ga. State Patrol public information officer, "The blood alcohol result from the GBI Crime Lab was 0.114."

 From a GSP press release, "Warrants were taken on Monday by GSP. The driver, Ryan Patrick Quinton, turned himself in to the Cherokee Co. Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning.

He is charged with DUI, first degree vehicular homicide, laying drag, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane."


Attorneys for Ryan Quinton issue statement

From Ross D. Grisham and Scott T. Poole



Grisham & Poole, PC, is a criminal defense law firm with offices in Canton and Jasper, Georgia, and we have been retained to represent Mr. Ryan Quinton in all criminal matters stemming from the tragic accident that resulted in the death of his bride, Kali Quinton, on December 29, 2013. 

We appreciate both the Cherokee and Pickens County DA’s Offices and the various law enforcement agencies involved working with us to get Mr. Quinton quickly processed through their detention facilities and back home to his loved ones.  The families have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they have received throughout this ordeal and ask that you continue to keep them in your thoughts.

That being said, Mr. Quinton’s arrest only compounds the anguish he has already experienced in dealing with the loss of his wife.  As his lawyers, we have advised Mr. Quinton not to discuss the case with anyone, including members of the press.  Likewise, the family does not wish to be contacted by members of the media and will not be taking questions regarding Mr. Quinton’s arrest.  This release is the only statement which will be issued on behalf of Mr. Quinton and his family. 

The Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit us from commenting on the evidence of the case or how Mr. Quinton will plea to the charges.  Like all persons charged with a crime, Mr. Quinton is presumed to be innocent and we will make every effort to protect his rights and the integrity of the judicial system as the case progresses.






State bill aims to prevent drug overdose deaths by offering medical amnesty to 911 callers


By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    With only three legislative days left until ‘Crossover Day’ (the last day for a bill to pass either the state house or senate, or cease to be considered), Justin Leef, a recent UGA graduate and first year law student, just heard some good news: HB965 had passed the rules committee and would be heard on the House floor the following day.