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Royston employees complete event developed by former Green Beret
Marshall Dixon, far right holding flag, Kyle Frantz, second from right, and Adam Swartz, gray shirt kneeling on far right, were three in their team of 19. This photo was taken after they completed the challenge.
A patch. An unassuming black-and-white patch embroidered with “GORUCK Tough” was the prize three Royston employees received after completing the most grueling 17-mile trek of their lives.
But to Marshall Dixon, Kyle Frantz and Adam Swartz that little patch means a heck of a lot more than all the t-shirts, fancy medals and other swag you get at most physical endurance challenges.
Motorists will see improvements to over 30 Pickens County roads this year, thanks in part to the state’s Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG).
Every year the county and the city of Jasper apply for grant money from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s program, which will provide $120 million in resurfacing and other roads projects across the state in 2017. The local governing authorities are required to provide 30 percent matching funds.
See full list of roads in this week's print or online editions.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting in favor of the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), legislation to repeal and replace the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act:
“President Obama’s 2010 financial-sector takeover unleashed an avalanche of rules and regulations that killed countless jobs, and stifled the dreams of Main Street families and small businesses by limiting access to capital.
“Our Wall Street reform bill turns the page on President Obama’s misguided financial takeover. It strikes the right balance between protecting Americans’ financial future and eliminating unnecessary regulations so that more of Georgia’s families, entrepreneurs and businesses can grow and thrive.
“Importantly, our Wall Street reform bill also protects taxpayers. It ensures working families are never again asked to bail out any financial institution with their hard-earned tax dollars. It cuts the deficit by $24 billion and reforms the rogue Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and brings it under the regular government funding process. Currently, CFPB spends hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year without congressional approval.”
More than 1,900 community financial institutions disappeared after Dodd-Frank was enacted in 2010.
Decatur, GA – On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab received evidence related to the reported overdoses in the Central Georgia area. Preliminary results indicate a mixture of two synthetic opioids, with one of the drugs being consistent with a new fentanyl analogue. This fentanyl analogue has not previously been identified by the GBI Crime Lab. Due to the nature of the analysis, testing to confirm the full identity of the drug will require additional time. The GBI Crime Laboratory continues to make the analysis a priority.
The Georgia Department of Communications through their communications office issued additional information, “As of June 7, there are reports of six additional overdose cases possibly related to fake Percocet. None of these cases have been confirmed as overdoses related to the street drugs. Georgia Poison Center is currently working with the hospitals and gathering more information to determine whether these additional cases are connected to the cluster of overdoses reported in the past three days.
There are no additional reports of deaths possibly related to street drugs purporting to be Percocet.
The GBI has obtained evidence related to these overdoses and is performing drug analysis on the pills.
The critical message to the public is to call 9-1-1 immediately if they suspect someone may have taken the pills. Because the makeup of these drugs is still unknown, extreme caution should be used when dealing with an individual who may have overdosed or ingested the substance. Do not handle the pills. Opioid overdose is a very dangerous condition that can result in permanent physical and mental damage, even death, if medical treatment is not administered right away.”
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“What would we do if a Gatlinburg hit our community?” said Firewise coordinator
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Firewise Communities USA recommends homeowners in wildland-urban areas implement the “Zone Concept,” which offers tips for protecting the home in the “home ignition zone” that extends up to 200 feet in high hazard areas.
A May 4th fire that burned 100 acres in Gatlinburg served as an unwelcome reminder of the devastating, deadly blaze in the same Tennessee town last November.
The big Gatlinburg fire, a perfect storm of high wind, ample fuel and persistent drought conditions, destroyed over 2,400 homes and killed at least 12 people. Last fall, leaders of Wildcat Community, Inc. – a consortium of eight communities in the area off Burnt Mountain Road that straddles the Pickens/Dawson line – used the Gatlinburg fire and fires in north Georgia as momentum for revitalizing and restructuring their Firewise Task Force, which focuses on wildfire safety awareness, prevention and education.