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Execution date set for Georgia inmate


Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Brian Keith Terrell, who is currently scheduled to be executed on March 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of seventy-year-old John Watson at his Covington home.

Scheduled Execution


On Feb. 27, 2015, the Superior Court of Walton County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Brian Keith Terrell may occur to begin at noon, March 10, 2015, and ending seven days later at noon on March 17, 2015. Terrell has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.

Terrell’s Crime (June 22, 1992)

The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:

The evidence at Terrell’s last trial suggested the following facts. Terrell’s mother was a close friend of the victim, John Watson, and Watson had also been friendly with Terrell.

Foster parent classes to begin in March

By Angela Reinhardt

Staff writer

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Following a recent Progress article about the dire need for foster parents in Pickens, a handful of families have stepped forward with plans to attend upcoming orientation and training classes – but there’s still room for more.

“We’ve had five or six families call since that article,” said Pickens DFCS employee Carla Poole who works strictly with foster parents. “But it’s a long process so they haven’t been approved yet. They’ve got to attend orientation, IMPACT classes, which are once a week for eight weeks, then they need background checks and home evaluations.”

If all of those potentials are  given the stamp of approval by DFCS, it will double the number of foster homes in Pickens, which currently stands at six.

American Pickers coming to area



Mike Wolfe doesn’t just believe “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” No. Wolfe embodies dumpster diving. For him, garbage gleaning is an art; one he continues to perfect each week on HBO’s hit show “American Pickers,” which airs on the History Channel. And pretty soon, Wolfe and buddy Frank Fritz could be gracing the back roads and barns of rural Cherokee County, if we’ve got enough “rusty gold” to get them here!

Truck crashes into Hwy. 53 home

truck in house

See complete story with comments from those in the house and from Ga. State Patrol  in this week's print and e-editions.


Hwy. 53 East  is closed Monday morning after 18-wheeler overturned and slammed into a house along the route. Amazingly, there were no serious injuries. The truck driver was injured with a possible broken arm, according to an official on the scene.

  The truck ended up in the bedroom of person who had already gone to work. Other people were home but on a different side of the house.

  Cleanup is underway and is expected to last through mid-morning.





PHS wrestler Koby Milner wins state


Koby Milner took the 4A title at 106 pounds and he did so in dominating fashion.


Heading into this past weekend’s GHSA State Wrestling Tournament, it had been ten years since the Pickens County Wrestling Team had seen one of its wrestlers get his hand raised in the finals. That wait came to an end this past weekend at the Macon Centreplex as Sophomore Koby Milner won the Dragon’s first state championship of any kind in the last decade. Milner took the 4A title at 106 pounds and he did so in dominating fashion.

   Milner has had one of the great seasons in Pickens Wrestling history. He lost only three times all year. Two of those losses came to Bryce Davis of Creekview, who won the 106 pound state title for 5A. “He has consistently been our best wrestler all year,” stated Head Coach Grady Flanagan. “In addition to his ability on the mat, Koby is also very humble and willing to work with other wrestlers. He is like having another coach in the room.” Aside from his three losses, Milner racked up 43 wins this season and added to his already impressive list of medals six more individual tournament titles, an area championship, and now a state championship.

See complete story in next week's Progress.