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Black Friday-Cyber Monday Subscription Sale

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We couldn't resist offering a Black Friday through Cyber Monday deal (but hey, at least we didn't start on Thanksgiving Day).

Black Friday through Cyber Monday Subscription sale details:

 

 

Buy a one year subscription for yourself and we’ll give you a 6-month subscription for a friend or neighbor or any second address for free. Good for both print and e-editions.

Fill out subscription as normal on our website and we’ll e-mail you on Monday (November 27th) to arrange second subscription. You can also call us Monday and talk to a friendly, real human and we can set this up for you, 706-253-2457.

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Jasper bicyclist completes 13,000 mile trip around America

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       Mike McGhee on his touring bicycle after riding the perimeter of the nation.

Click here to follow along with McGhee's adventures on his blog.

 

Mike McGhee cruised back into town Thursday on his bicycle after a 13,334-mile trip around the perimeter of the United States, saying that it was mostly fun.

Arriving a month ahead of schedule after departing on January 1, the Jasper cyclist was on his third bicycle and had spent a month recuperating after being hit by a truck in Texas on March 6 (which destroyed bike #1). 

Looking back over the many days, McGhee described the trip as fun  - doing something he enjoyed and visiting towns where he could have the occasional beer and a good meal and find lodging when he needed it.

“I got to see stuff, talk to people,” he said. “It’s a simple lifestyle; you know exactly what you are going to do the next day.”

State Troopers Encourage Safe Driving During Thanksgiving Holiday

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        Atlanta, GA—Thanksgiving is fast-approaching and the Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the Thanksgiving travel period. This year’s travel period is 102-hours long and begins at 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 22, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 26.

In 2016, during a similar travel period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 648 traffic crashes that resulted in 347 injuries, and 16 traffic fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations last year, troopers issued 10,652 citations and 15,207 warnings.

Dude, where’s my meth?

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This stash of meth was found and turned in by an observant walker. The meth had been packaged in several smaller bags inside the ammo can before it was logged into evidence.

        If anyone has lost 8.5 ounces of methamphetamine packed inside an ammunition can, they can claim it at the Pickens Sheriff’s office.

An observant dog-walker near the mountain bike trails under construction on Carns Mill Road spotted an ammunition can lying near the road on November 8. When he opened it, he found individual packages of white powder suspected to be methamphetamine.

He immediately drove to the sheriff’s office and turned the can over to a Pickens detective.

      See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Local reps. discuss house passage of tax bill

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Collins Statement on House Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, issued the following statement in response:

Read rest of Collins statement and see statement from Tom Graves below.