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Flu may be worst in past decade

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     Piedmont Mountainside Hospital has seen multiple admissions for flu this season and the severity of those cases are worse than in previous years, according to emergency room doctor Dr. Larry Simpson.
    “The consensus in the emergency room is we’re seeing more flu cases than usual and the severity is worse than usual,” Dr. Simpson said.
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Jasper man builds snow-making machine

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     One Fitts Road  family made the most of this week's arctic cold snap with their very own homemade snow-making machine. Kenny Lyman built the machine after his third-grade daughter Samantha begged him for snow.

We’ve had low temps, but not record breaking

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By William Dilbeck
Progress Weather Contributor

    As you can imagine I've had several calls about the low temperatures that we have encountered and people are wondering what’s the lowest we have ever had in Jasper.
    Well it happened not so long ago in January of 1985. It was -14, on January 21, 1985.

County to take out $6 million TAN

Budget overages led to diminishing fund/cash balances, according to report

 

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     At their January work session, the board of commissioners accepted a bid from Regions Bank for a $6 million Tax Anticipated Note, or TAN, to help fund 2014 operations. 
    TANs are short-term loans, which for several years have been used by the Pickens government to cover operating expenses. They have also been the subject of much public criticism the past two years.
    TANs are typically originated in the beginning of January and must be paid off no later than December 31 of the same year.

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Flu season getting started

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From North Georgia Health District

 

Dalton (GA) - The New Year is just beginning, and with the holidays
behind us, many people think the time has also passed to get a flu shot.
However, the peak of the flu season is still ahead and according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity continues
to increase across the nation
(http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm).

The predominant strain of the flu virus that is now circulating in the
U.S. is the influenza A (H1N1) virus that created a pandemic in 2009.
Protection against that strain of the flu virus is included in this
season’s influenza vaccine - the vaccine also protects against
influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B viruses.