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Safety, liability concerns at jail

Lack of manpower & mental health resources for inmates make tough job even tougher

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    The unmanned tower at the Pickens jail. Outdated control software and lack of manpower keep this guard post closed.

     Due to budget constraints, lack of experienced staff, outdated features and scarce resources to handle mentally ill inmates, the Pickens jail has reached a point where safety and liability are major concerns for the sheriff’s office.
    Top officers, including Sheriff Donnie Craig, Chief Deputy Jeff Hall and Training Officer Jim Koury all said in recent interviews that something must be done before detention officers, prisoners and taxpayers are left to face the consequences of a facility where close calls happen too often due to manpower shortages.
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Pokémon GO hits Main Street

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Screenshots from Pokémon GO featuring local spots to find a Pokémon on the popular app.

 

By Caleb Lambert 

Contributing writer

 

   What are all of these kids doing on Main Street? They're playing Pokémon GO. 

   This new game is simply downloaded onto your smartphone just like any other app, and then boom, you can  walk around well-known areas such as cities or historical landmarks, like the Oglethorpe Monument or Old Jail in Jasper, and see virtual Pokémon through your phone’s camera.

In a press release, TDS Telecom described it like this, “What is it?
Think of it like a treasure hunt—only the treasure is Pokémon monsters.

White wins school board runoff

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     Challenger Katherine White won a seat on the school board in a landslide Tuesday defeating Mike Cowart, the board’s current chairman.
    White got 1,203 votes to Cowart’s 380.    
    In all 10 percent of the registered voters cast ballots in the primary runoff, a turnout believed to be worst ever in a Pickens election.

Traffic signals being upgraded

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Crews with World Fiber Technologies at the intersection of Highway 53 and Burnt Mountain Road are upgrading traffic signals at numerous intersections in the county. The new signals will include flashing yellow lights. The intersection of Highway 53 and Burnt Mountain Road is the ninth signal they have upgraded, including the intersection of Highway 515 and Philadelphia Road. 

Residents want help stopping Dollar General

“Come back with your shield,” spokesman tells board

dollar-general-meeting     It was a full house at this month’s commissioners’ meeting, where a large group opposed to a Dollar General on Cove Road came to ask for support from county leaders. Jeff Squires, standing, served as spokesman for the group.

     At least 100 upset Grandview-area residents showed up at the July commissioners meeting to ask for help stopping a Dollar General from being built at the corner of Grandview and Cove roads.
    Jeff Squires, spokesman for the group, outlined their concerns – traffic volume, safety, inappropriate land usage for the area, in addition to what they say are blatant violations to county codes at other Dollar General locations and possible destruction of a historical place of interest currently on the site.
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