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Downtown Alliance asks Jasper to fund transportation study

downtown-aestheticsThe new Downtown Alliance wants to improve Jasper's downtown with organized community planning.
    What would increase tourism in Jasper? How can connectivity be improved in the city? How can Jasper businesses be supported and the quality of downtown be improved? 
    These are questions the new Downtown Alliance, an initiative of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, have been charged with answering.
    The group is only five or six meetings deep but according to members - which include business and property owners in Jasper’s central business district  - excitement is high. Group co-chair Jack Dunn,  owner of Jasper Drug & Gifts,  told council this initiative is a chance to encourage and prepare for growth  and “bring Jasper’s business district to the next level.”    

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Future of “marble building” gets heated


Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer

    The 2016 fiscal budget and what to do with the “marble building” were the main topics of discussion at the Nelson city council meeting on June 1, 2015.
    The 2015 budget was presented for the first time and is now available for the citizens to review.

Pickens unemployment drops to 5.3 percent


     ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region for April was 5.8 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 6.2 percent in March. This is the lowest the rate has been since April 2008 when it was 5.3 percent. The rate in April 2014 was 6.7 percent.

Search launched for the Great American Tree


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From Ga. Forestry Commission


A nationwide contest is underway to locate the 2015 "Great American Tree”. The American Grove is looking for trees that are community landmarks, have environmental or historic significance, or simply have a story that makes them extraordinary.

Nominations for the Great American Tree are due on June 30, 2015, and must include a photograph, a description of why the tree is special, its location, and its species and size, including height and/or diameter. Nominations may be posted to the American Grove website , Twitter (@plantyourlegacy; #greatamericantree), or as an attachment to an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Ga. Supreme Court reverses death sentence over "ineffective counsel"

Court also throws out sentence for man who pled guilty to kidnapping



Published Monday, June 1, 2015

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