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Murder and mutilation shocks community, 1940

Pickens' Most Heinous Crime Revisited

    Juanita Jones was said to be "one of the most beautiful and most popular girls" at Tate High School. The 15-year-old was murdered by her husband less than six months after her marriage to J. M. Carney, pictured at top.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer 

   Seventy-five years ago this week, Pickens County citizens were stunned by what many people believe to be the most heinous crime ever committed in the county. The murder of a pregnant fifteen-

New details on shooting that left deputies wounded, man dead


GBI agents processing the crime scene at Carver Mill Road Sunday. The GBI is automatically called any time a Pickens County officer uses lethal force.


Updated from Press Conference on Sunday

New details released –

 Several more details have been released on the Saturday night incident on Carver Mill Road where two deputies were wounded and a resident of that area killed after shots were exchanged.

  Among the new details, there was a large contingent of officers from the Pickens Sheriff’s office and Ga. State Patrol on the scene as backup when the shots were fired.

New director at animal shelter

animal-shelter-Jerry-WatkinsJerry Watkins
    If Jerry Watkins’ work as director at the Pickens County Animal Shelter is anything like his first day, his house is going to get very crowded.
    Watkins started his new position last week and his very first day on the job he took home a calico cat. 

Real Men Wear Pink to Fight Breast Cancer


(l-r)Tony Pritchett, Gilmer County EMS director; Kirk Garner, Ace Hardware; Alan Davenport, ETC; and Allen Wigington, chief magistrate judge.


Submitted by Piedmont Mountainside

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital’s annual Real Men Wear Pink campaign promotes early detection of breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October

Four men make up the 2015 “Real Men” team, serving as ambassadors who advocate for women to schedule mammograms. Alan Davenport and Tony Pritchett, both community leaders in the business and public sectors, are two of this year’s ambassadors.

[See "5 Ways to Think Pink"

and show your support by using hashtag #PinkThereItIs (Instagram) and Twitter]