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Jail shakedown uncovers only tobacco & energy/diet pills


The Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

Staff reports

    A full shakedown at the Pickens jail Thursday uncovered only a small amount of contraband tobacco and some convenience store (over-the counter) energy pills with no weapons or illegal drugs uncovered.

     The jail administrator, Capt. June Killian, said they had received information that hypodermic needles, which could be used for drugs or as a weapon, might be hidden in the jail but none were found. They were also conducting the full top-to-bottom search of all areas after two letters containing methamphetamine were intercepted and seized coming to an inmate.

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

School system requests $1million suit be transferred to federal court


     The Pickens County School System has requested a $1 million lawsuit concerning previous issues within the school basketball program be moved out of Pickens County Superior Court and heard in the federal court system in Gainesville, Ga.
    The original suit was filed by John Curry, father of a former PHS basketball player on July 29, 2016.
    In the suit, Curry requests punitive damages for five listed parties as a result of what he claims is the school system’s “willful misconduct, malice, fraud and a total lack of responsibility in protecting these children,” regarding the basketball team.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions. See John Curry's full statement on the schools system's request for the case to be moved to federal court below. 


The following is my official statement as it relates to the latest action in my suit against the Pickens County School System.

Construction activity here “moderate to good”

Home loans show steady uptick scattered across all price ranges, areas
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    Sharp Mountain Business Park off Highway 108 is one example of how commercial growth has increased at a slow, sometimes overlooked, but steady pace the past several years.

    Looking at loan information at Community Bank of Pickens County, President John Trammell called construction activity in Pickens County “moderate to good” Friday.
    With 50 percent of the market share (based on deposit figures), the loans held at the local bank show a solid, steady uptick in homebuilding scattered across all areas of the county and in different price ranges.

More details emerge in bizarre murder-for-hire case


Morgan Miles Morris

     Seventeen-year-old Pickens High student Morgan Miles Morris was arrested August 16th after meeting an undercover officer posing as a potential assassin to negotiate the murder of two PHS students.
     Morris is being charged as an adult with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Murder. He remained in jail with no bond set at press time. A mental evaluation has been ordered for him.

See full story, including comments from the head of the criminal investigation division, in this week's print or online edition.