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Jasper residents to vote on Sunday alcohol sales in July




Jacobs honored by city – Pickens High Basketball Coach Kevin Jacobs was honored at Monday night’s city council meeting for achieving his 300th career-win. Jacobs was recognized for taking his PHS team to the state tournaments for the past two years. He began coaching 19 years ago at West Rome High School and has lead teams to state tournaments 10 times. While at Jefferson High School his team won the state class A championship. During his coaching career Jacobs has been named Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tip Off Club.
Jacobs holds 71 of his 300 wins with PHS.


     In a 4-1 vote with Councilman John Foust casting the sole dissenting vote, Jasper’s city council gave the go-ahead to allow residents to vote in the July referendum on whether they will allow Sunday alcohol package sales.

     After being approached by private citizens regarding the matter, Mayor John Weaver last month put the question to the council. The referendum will be placed on the July 31st ballot and could allow package sales on Sundays by retailers for malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits.

BRAG to bring 1,200 cyclists to Jasper

Chamber working to organize events



The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) will come through Pickens County on June 4-5 with 1,200 riders, many with families, spending the Monday night here.

This is the 33rd Annual BRAG. This year riders will start in Fort Oglethorpe and travel to Dalton on Sunday. On Monday, June 4, they will ride 50 miles from Dalton to Jasper. On Tuesday they will continue from here another 50 miles to Roswell. BRAG ends this year on June 9 in Tiger, Ga.

Tate Depot Project gathering steam again

tatedepotSide-railed since July 2011, the Tate Depot restoration project appears to be headed back onto the mainline.

"It's back on track," said Pickens County Commissioner Robert Jones. "The plan's being redrawn."

Signs pointed to a groundbreaking on the project in late summer 2011, when forward progress derailed. As drawn then, the project raised red flags with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division.

Historic Preservation Architectural Review Officer Dean Baker and other officials from his office met with some project principals at the depot site Monday, July 18, 2011. Baker communicated then how the planned project differed from Historic Preservation standards.

"The first thing you do [in historic preservation of an old structure] is try not to move the building," Baker said that day. "The second thing you do [if a building must be moved] is try to make sure the sun rises and sets on it the same way."

Governor's website lists 2012 bills signed into law

dealimmigrationGov. Nathan Deal now is going through the bill review process. Because of the high volume of bills under consideration, please reference the governor’s website for a complete list of signed legislation. There will not be a press release for every bill that has either been signed or vetoed.

“This is a great resource for all to stay informed on which bills Gov. Deal has signed,” said Brian Robinson, Deal’s communications director. “Our office will update this site frequently, keeping all Georgians up to date. The Governor’s Office will withhold comment on all legislation – except for bills that were part of his legislative agenda – until they are signed or vetoed.”

Find the list of signed bills here.


Talking Rock recognized for recycling efforts



Sharon Harp, KPB office manager, and Mayor Peter Cagle of Talking Rock.

     Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to announce that the Town of Talking Rock has received the Business Recycling Award for doubling their recycling efforts in one year. The  town recycled during the past year over 460 bags of plastic bottles, cardboard, aluminum and tin cans. With only 47 residents this is a great accomplishment.

KPB would like to thank Mayor Peter Cagle and the residents of Talking Rock for their efforts to make a difference.

     If you would like more information on how you can become involved in recycling contact the KPB office at 706-253-3600 and visit our webpage at