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Haygood named STAR student at Pickens High


2015 STAR Student Andrew Haygood with selected STAR Teacher Michael Oubre. Going to the banquet? Reservations are required. When: March 5 @ 7 p.m. Where: Chattahoochee Tech Cost: $22 per person. For reservations, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Submitted by Reeder Burch

Andrew Haygood has been named the 2015 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR program.  

Development authority increases debt to save jobs

“We decided the risk was worth the jobs,” says Development Authority Chair Tom Lindsey

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Commercial Interiors CEO Ken Pint at the 77,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Pint is optimistic that with financial controls in place the business, which supplies remodeling contractors for restaurant chains, is posed to get back on track.

In September 2013, Restaurant Interiors, a Jasper company producing solid surface counter-tops and other products primarily for restaurants across the country, received the “Small Business Rock Stars” award from a state economic developers’ group.

Less than a year later, the company went into bankruptcy. 

        See what happened and what the development authority has done to get this company back on track in the print and online editions


PHS honors the 2014-2015 class of the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame



Linda McAfee Hunter, Alonzo Hampton and Cay Roland Reece. 

 On January 15th, 2015, The PHS Athletic Department and the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame Committee inducted the 2014-2015 Class of the Hall of Fame. After a meal, provided by FATZ Restaurant of Jasper, Pickens High School Athletic Director Kyle Rasco gave a brief history of the

Business uptick in Jasper



Hibbett Sports is scheduled to open this spring in the new retail area on Old Philadelphia Road in Jasper.

        The following are recent or ongoing developments in Pickens’ retail and industrial business scene:

•Fatz Café on Noah Drive in Jasper sold in June of 2014 for $1.76 million to a John B. and Georgette S. AS Narguizian of Sherman Oaks, Calif. The Narguizians purchased the building and accompanying 2.48 acres from Store Capital Acquisitions, LLC. In March of 2014 Store Capital

Ga. Marble worker killed by falling stone


Updated Story -- Investigation follows death at marble plant (Jan. 22 Progress)



  Kevin Voyles with his wife Kim. Kevin was killed by falling marble slabs Monday night. A fund has been set up to help his wife and two small children.


[Fund established to help Voyles family] Donations may also be made at United Community Bank.


Pickens emergency crews responded Monday evening to a 911 call at the marble plant, 200 Georgia Marble Lane, in Tate where a worker had been hit by falling slabs of stone.