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Hamming it up at radio club field day


Dan Pool / Photo
    Jasper Radio Club members scan and listen for contacts in the competitive Field Day.
    Ham radio operators worked around the clock in Lee Newton park last weekend scanning dials, calling out lingo, sending Morse code and listening for other radio users around the world as part of a 24-hour competition.
    The Jasper Radio Club hoped to repeat past success (they have won in several previous years) by making contact with more people than any other group their size between 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

UPDATED: Mark Miller denied bond in theft, fraud case


   Jasper attorney Mark Miller was denied bond after a lengthy hearing today, Monday, June 27th in the Pickens County Courthouse.

See full story on bond hearing and Miller's defense attorney's comment in this week's Progress.


   Miller recently spent 10 days in the Gilmer jail on contempt charges and now faces a barrage of financial transaction card fraud charges, identity fraud, theft by deception, theft by conversion, and theft by taking charges here in Pickens County. He was also charged with exploitation and intimidation of disabled adult, elder person or resident. He is also accused of "racketeering activity" for the crimes. He was arrested Friday afternoon by Gilmer County deputies at his home and was being transferred to the Pickens jail, according to a statement from the Pickens sheriff about 3:30 p.m.

Bent Tree man survives Tennessee plane crash

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    Miraculously, pilot Theodore Owens is recovering after he crashed his plane in a field in Tennessee.    

Just before 1 p.m. Monday, June 20, Bent Tree resident Theodore Roosevelt Owens, 71, crashed his single-engine plane in Rhea County, Tenn. and was transported to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
    According to media reports in Rhea County, Owens was conscious when he was pulled from the plane, which went down in an open field. He sustained “serious injuries” in the crash, but he has since been upgraded to  “fair”

    See full story in this week's print or online editions.

Large crowd offers opinions on Jasper

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Dan Pool / Photo
    Jasper business owners and residents ponder plans presented to improve the town’s transportation and its effects on downtown commerce at a public forum last Thursday in the county admin building.

    One planning consultant commended Jasper with a “good job” for the tremendous turnout to offer input into the town’s roads, signs and appearance at a meeting Thursday at the county administration building.
    The room was indeed packed with more than 70 business owners, local officials, chamber leaders and residents providing their two-cents-worths on a number of topics concerning Jasper through the Downtown Transportation

Kids at Roper Park must have supervision under new policy

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When school is in session, many Pickens County Middle Schoolers walk through this culvert to get to Roper Park after they are dismissed from school --- but many of the kids are unsupervised and it has created a big problem, according to the rec director.

     Commissioners swiftly and unanimously voted to beef up rules regarding unsupervised minors at Roper Park, a situation the recreation director said was “spiraling out of control.”
    Beginning on August 1, all kids under the age of 16 will be required to have supervision at Roper Park by an adult 18 years or older. This includes all playing fields, tracks and the Pickens County Community Center. Signage will be placed around the park to alert park goers of the new policy. 

See the full story including comments from rec director Brian Jones in this week's edition.