General news and features
Ricky Maddron, an “outstanding young man” was killed on his way to work Monday on Highway 515.
[Click here to read our editorial on the need for Highway 515 dangers to be addressed.]
Hwy. 515 was shut down for five hours Monday morning following an early morning wreck that killed Ricky Lee Maddron, 34, of Ellijay. This marks the second fatal wreck along the Pickens County stretch of the highway this month.
Maddron was killed when his 2010 Chevy Impala crashed into a concrete truck on Hwy. 515 around 5:24 a.m. Maddron was driving south along the highway. Georgia State Patrol authorities say speed was likely a factor in the accident.
Heat Exhaustion, Hot Cars and Overexposure to Sun Pose Significant Threats
ATLANTA – With temperatures expected to be in the mid 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun and to limit strenuous outdoor activity to prevent heat related illnesses.
Pickens veterans of the Vietnam war being recognized (l-r): Robert Reitz, Russell Pendley, Michael O'Rear, Ron Caraway, Kiriko Kondos, James Reid, J.T. Swisher, Gene Teague, Daniel Fink, James Hefner, Charles Gillette, Joseph Ledbetter, and Eddy Washington.
By Hank Hollensbe
On March 20, the effort by Pete Wheeler, Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Service, to recognize the services of veterans of the Vietnam war culminated in the proclamation by Governor Nathan Deal that each of the 234,000 Georgia veterans of that war should be honored with a Certificate of Honor for meritorious services and that organizations throughout the State should assist in the holding of appropriate presentations.
Screenshots of Tatum Acres website. While saying the venue is simply a barn and cabin for rent, the website of Tatum Acres boasts wedding and gathering images. Neighbors are not happy with the noise from the property.
For residents who live near Tatum Acres an east Pickens farm that was denied the permits to host commercial gatherings last year, the music can’t die a day too soon.
At least a dozen Big Canoe residents and others with property adjacent to the farm attended Thursday’s commissioners’ meeting to air their grievances about noisy events they say are being held at Tatum Acres without appropriate permits and licenses.
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Pickens Sheriff Press Release
Pickens County Georgia, June 19, 2015: On Thursday, June 18th, shortly after 1:00 pm, Deputy Chris Tucker and K-9 Flash had the opportunity to track through the woods of the Twin Mountain Lake area in search of an individual who had fired a weapon during a Domestic Dispute.
Around 1:00 pm, Deputies responded to the area of Twin Mountain Lakes Circle after the 911 center had received a domestic dispute call. According to the caller, 2 men had been arguing and fighting and one had fired a handgun. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies learned that the individuals who had been fighting were Tommy Voyles and Tony Childers. Speaking with numerous witnesses, deputies were able to determine that Voyles was the individual that had fired the handgun into the air while threatening Childers.