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Still shots/video released from deputy's vehicle

Updated -- Video released on accident


The dashboard camera footage shows the green light and speed which is beside the P at the top. It shows the officer had slowed prior to the light but was speeding up after going through the intersection.

            Captain Frank Reynolds noted the car beside the deputy may have partially obscured the pedestrian from the deputy.

            Reynolds said the footage shows it was just an accident, with the pedestrian crossing out of any crosswalk on the dark road.

            Reynolds confirmed that the deputy was off duty and driving home at the time of the accident.




The Pickens sheriff’s department released some still shots this afternoon from the dashboard camera of a deputy’s car that hit a pedestrian in Ellijay December 2. (see original story)

Burnt Mountain Road closed for work on rail crossing near Piggly Wiggly

Major road closure needed for work on railroad



            It was announced this morning that the City of Jasper will close a portion of Burnt Mountain Road to work on the railroad tracks in front of Piggly Wiggly starting Monday morning and it may remain closed through Wednesday.

Plane makes emergency landing on I-575


From Cherokee County Fire Press Release

   Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services received a call Tuesday evening, shortly after 7p.m., regarding a small airplane that made an emergency landing on I-575, near Ball Ground.

   Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a small Beachcraft Sundowner Airplane had landed on the northbound lane of I-575 just north of Airport Road.

Racing pigeons make beeline for home sweet Jasper


Damon Howell / Photo

The Bird Whisperer? Ed Brackin among his flock of racing pigeons in “Bouncer’s Loft” behind his Jasper home. The roost serves as the finish line for the birds, who race up to 500 miles from different drop-off points.

          The 125 pigeons that call Bouncer’s Loft home move in flourishes and waves, back and forth inside the small outbuilding. The sound and wind kicked up by their flight are amplified by the confined space, an exhilarating atmosphere for people who venture inside.

Thomas Fountain takes two top Georgia Country Award titles




 Pickens resident Thomas Fountain with Overall Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year awards at the 2014 Georgia Country Awards.
     Pickens musician Thomas Fountain was recently named “2014 Overall Artist of the Year” and “2014 Male Artist of the Year” by

The 2014 Georgia Country Awards ceremony was held Saturday, Nov. 15 at The 120 Tavern & Music Hall in Marietta.