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Publisher plans to file civil suit in open records case

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Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver

     Per the request of Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver, the district attorney has dropped three felony charges against Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and his attorney Russell Stookey in a case that has drawn criticism from media and First Amendment rights groups across the nation. 

See full story in this week's print or online edition, which includes comments from Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason.

Canning plant needs preservation

Get the lowdown on putting up your produce
canning-plant-buildingThe Pickens County Canning Plant: This non-descript building behind Jasper Middle School has served thousands of customers since it was built in 1967. 


    The Pickens County Canning Plant ledger from 1965 - now a yellow-paged antique with entries written in a dying cursive hand – shows one customer who processed 188 cans of green beans in a single visit. Total cost: $16.92.
    Joe Wright, the current high school agriculture teacher who runs the facility during summer months, crunched the numbers. 

100-year-old Herbert Brimer says “stay cool, you’ll live longer”

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    Albert Hamrick, of the Palace Barber Shop, gives Herbert Brimer a haircut on his 100th birthday.

 
    Herbert Brimer of Bent Tree crossed the century mark last Wednesday by getting a haircut at the Palace Barber Shop, Mark Whitfield Street, and then having lunch with children and grandchildren.
    While barber Albert Hamrick worked on his hair, Brimer took a few questions on the wisdom he has picked up in his 100 years.

Charges dropped against publisher in open records case

   Per the request of Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver, three felony charges have been dropped against Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and his attorney Russell Stookey in a case that has drawn criticism from across the state.

   Thomason and Stookey both spent time in jail on June 24th after a Pickens County grand jury indicted them on identity fraud, attempted identity fraud and making false statements.

Ga. high court rules against evangelical runner in defamation suit

Kidnapper's sentence reinstated by Ga. Supreme Court in latest rulings

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COTTRELL V. SMITH ET AL. (S16A0013)

            A self-proclaimed marathon runner and Christian evangelist has lost his appeal of a Cobb County judge’s ruling that overturned a jury’s $635,000 verdict in his favor against five people he had sued for posting defamatory statements about him on the internet.

            According to the facts of the case, for a number of years, Stanley Cottrell, Jr. engaged in highly publicized running exhibitions that had a Christian evangelical and “friendship” emphasis. Cottrell gained public notice and his solo running achievements were often portrayed in movies, books and other media. He successfully parlayed his image as a “world-renowned ultra-marathon runner” into business endeavors, executive leadership roles, and motivational speaking.