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Family plans community work day to modify home of young father paralyzed in wreck

Updated story November 13

Efforts to help paralyzed man stalls




The community is asked to help modify a home for a Marble Hill area father left paralyzed from an automobile wreck on September 6.

Donald Brown, who worked locally in construction, remains in the Shepard Spinal Clinic in Atlanta. He has two small children who both attend Tate Elementary. His wife is staying at the hospital as a caregiver and the children are staying with his sister-in-law. Before Brown can come home, many modifications will have to be made to his home. The family is planning a community work day later this month. One planned for November 15th has been postponed due to a lack in supplies and funds.

Comments from winning incumbents

Byron Long wins another term on the school board

Rick Jasperse re-elected to state house


In local races Tuesday Byron Long, above right, won a second term on the school board defeating Jennifer Galligan in the Post 3 race. In the other local race, Rick Jasperse, above left,  took a convincing win to continue serving this area in the state house District 11.

Jasper pharmacist awarded top national honor


Typical Jack Dunn story: The owner of Jasper Drugs and the National Independent Pharmacist of the year is at home on a recent Friday night.

Phone rings about 11 p.m., young mother has a prescription for a medicine and a nebulizer. Several other pharmacies have one or the other, but not both. Jasper Drug has both the medication and the breathing machine. 

Dunn goes to open up late night for one customer.

Another hitch, the woman doesn’t have the money to pay. No problem. When the situation calls for it, Dunn takes pledges for payment the following week – especially when someone’s child is involved.

Mega Millions serves up $321M; Powerball tops $178M



ATLANTA – Mega Millions and Powerball are posting triple-digit jackpots for its midweek drawings as Georgians continue to rake in large prizes. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $321 million to a single annuity winner. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $178 million to a single annuity winner.


Two tickets worth $5,000 were sold in Locust Grove and Winder from Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.


The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Aug. 26 and has rolled 20 times.


Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $321 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $194 million.


It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.


The Powerball jackpot has grown since Sept. 27 and has rolled 11 times.


Two lucky tickets worth $10,000 were sold in Warner Robins and Richmond Hill from Saturday’s Powerball drawing.


Powerball offers two payment options: the $178 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $111 million.


Powerball tickets are $2 per play.


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


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.7 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $321 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $194 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:40

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug. 26, 2014

Number of Rolls: 20

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 22, 2014 – $180 million (California) 

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million

(3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)



Draw Date: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $178 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $111 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Sept. 27, 2014
Number of Rolls: 11
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Sept. 24, 2014 – $229 million jackpot (California winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

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


Ga. Supreme Court rules on murder case appeals

Barrow County case reversed after lower court refused testimony on extramartial affairs in defense




Published Monday, November 3, 2014


Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .




            The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld Jill Adaire Smith’s convictions for murder and arson in the 2010 death of her husband, Michael Smith.

Justice Robert Benham writes for the Court that the evidence in this high-profile Forsyth County case, “was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to find appellant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes for which she was convicted.”

            Michael and Jill Smith married in 2008 and lived on Kennemore Drive in Forsyth County with her young son, Maize Smith. According to prosecutors, sometime around December 2009, Jill began having an affair with Peter Delaney. On Oct. 22, 2010, she invited Delaney to their home for dinner. At about 10:49 that night, Jill called 911 and reported a fire in the home. Four people were present at the time: Mike Smith, who was upstairs in the master bedroom, Maize, who was upstairs in his bedroom, and Jill Smith and Delaney, who were downstairs. Jill told the 911 operator she believed her husband had gone out the back.