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Senior school tax topic gets heated

Officials say more exemptions for seniors

means more taxes for the rest of us at forum


Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs responds to a question during a contentious meeting Monday on senior school taxes as  Superintendent Carlton Wilson, center, and local Democratic Party Chairman David Robinson look on.

   Seniors demanding more relief from school taxes were undaunted by claims that new exemptions would cause the tax rate to rise as much as 30 percent on all other taxpayers during a  forum Monday.

They were similarly not persuaded by a photo of the 2017 Pickens High graduating class with Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs stating these are the real seniors who will change Pickens County, a riff on the group Seniors for Change, leading the effort to increase senior property tax exemptions.

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Lines and curves: Guitarist turns love of music into works of art


Mike McElwee has a collection of art pieces that embody his deep appreciation for the beauty of lines.


A menagerie of guitars line the walls in Mike McElwee’s workshop and music room in the barn next to his home. McElwee has been playing for decades, but these days the Jasper resident shifted focus from playing gigs to paying homage to guitars through multi-dimensional sculptures that reflect the power and literalism he admires in art and in life.

Outreach office opens for victims of domestic violence and sex assault


The North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network (NGMCN) will open an outreach office in Pickens County effective Monday, November 6. 

Margy Lohman, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens, and their board of directors have agreed to collaborate with the Crisis Network to offer space in their building located at 1222-C East Church Street in Jasper. 

Initially, the Crisis Network office will be staffed on Mondays and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offer services and resources to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include assistance with filing for Victim’s Compensation; Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs); referrals for counseling/therapy; support group; and more. 

Those in need of services can simply walk in during the hours of operation and receive assistance or call for a specific appointment. According to Mary Migliaro, executive director of the NGMCN, expanding the days and hours of operation is planned for the future to be based on the needs in Pickens County. For more information, call 706-632-8400.

Ga. high court upholds denial of popular podcast's request for audio recordings



Published Monday, October 30, 2017


Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .



            The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld a Floyd County judge’s ruling denying the request of the makers of a podcast series to copy a court reporter’s audio recordings made during a murder trial.

Undisclosed, the producer of the podcast about a Georgia murder, argued that under the Georgia Supreme Court’s 1992 ruling in Green v. Drinnon, a court reporter’s audio recordings are “court records” under Rule 21 of the Uniform Superior Court Rules and that Rule 21 provides the right to copy court records.

Growth dominates planning conversation


       The county held their third in the series of comprehensive planning meetings October 17 with an agenda of discussing goals for the community and land use.

Like the previous meetings in this series, however, the discussion quickly became a roundtable on growth. As one participant later described it, about half the people there were talking about how we could attract growth like we see in counties to the south and the other half were talking about how we could prevent growth like we see in counties to the south. [In our estimation the sides were not really even, with more speakers offering pro-growth opinions.]

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