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Miller moved to Cobb jail after filing numerous complaints


       Mark Miller, a well-known local attorney accused of taking as much as $2 million from client accounts, was shipped to the Cobb County jail April 13th after filing numerous complaints against conditions at the Pickens jail.

     Miller had remained in the Pickens jail since June 2016. He was initially denied bond as Senior Judge Richard Winegarden said he didn’t feel comfortable releasing him. In December he was granted a bond, but one so high his defense counsel said at the time it was effectively still no bond. 

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Public wanted at county planning session

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Members of the public are invited to the kickoff meeting for an update to a state-mandated plan intended to be a “vision statement” for county.

The Pickens County Joint Comprehensive Plan must be completely revised every 10 years, and updated every five years. The last update was in 2013. 

Pickens County Planning & Development Director Richard Osborne said, “This is a locally, citizen-driven plan. We want business owners, farmers, residents to be involved, and they can be involved in the area of their interest. Say you’re interested in downtown Jasper, you can focus on that.”

Burn ban in effect May 1


Staff reports

Pickens Fire Marshal Curtis Clark reminds Pickens County residents that the state-issued outdoor burning ban goes into effect on May 1 for this county.

Clark said it will fall on local fire departments and his office to enforce it. The ban will last through September 30. It Includes all outdoor burning except campfires.

According to the Ga. Forestry website, “Who is responsible for the burning ban?

The open burning ban is under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Air Protection Branch.

Four injured in Freehome crash



      Cherokee County, Ga. April 26, 2017. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a tractor trailer that had left the roadway on Highway 369 near Yellow Creek Road in the Freehome Community at approximately 2:30pm Tuesday. As deputies approached the tractor trailer a three car accident occurred at the intersection. A vehicle, driven by Martha Spriggs, 58 years old of Canton, was traveling east on Hwy 369 and was stopped at the intersection waiting to make a left turn onto

Mountain Wisdom Camp offer chance for kids to grow in natural setting

Young women’s empowerment camp coming to Pickens County;

Young men's camp held in backcountry




Camp Wisdom mixes fun with self-growth for kids, discussing questions like what makes a hero with young men and addressing self-image issues with the separate girls camp.



With 26 years working with teens and 14 years leading camps for young people, Ellijay resident Jay Zipperman believes now more than ever, kids need an opportunity to be in nature to grow, gain confidence and detox from the digital world.

Zipperman’s Mountain Wisdom Camp offers a Young Mens’ Ultimate Adventure, July 10-15, on Tray Mountain, near Hiawasee for boys 12-17. And a Discover You, Young Women’s Empowerment Journey, July 18-23, for ages 12-17. This year the young women’s camp will be at 12-Stone Farm in Talking Rock.