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Padgett gets Green Thumb award

    Keep Pickens Beautiful is proud to announce that July’s Green Thumb award has been presented to Troy Padgett and his Man Cave.
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    Troy Padgett displays his antique cars in a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper. Keep Pickens Beautiful has awarded him the Green Thumb Award.
     Troy is a long-time Jasper resident who has returned to us after a short stay in Calhoun and added a lot of beautification to Church Street by way of his “Man Cave.”
    Troy has taken the closed shop next to Last Catch and turned it into a beautiful piece of nostalgia. Troy displays his antique cars among a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper. 

Does town’s alcohol policy discourage growth here?

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     The city’s longstanding policies regarding alcohol have come under fire from one council member, who said they are putting Jasper at a competitive disadvantage to surrounding counties.
    “We’re losing money left and right,” said council member Anne Sneve  after the Monday, Aug. 1 council meeting. “We’re not saying we have to lose that family atmosphere, but everything around us is growing and we’re just stagnant. We want to look into this more and see what the liabilities would be and see what we can do.”
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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 Outdated control software and lack of manpower keep this guard post closed.

     Due to budget constraints, lack of experienced staff, outdated features and scarce resources to handle mentally ill inmates, the Pickens jail has reached a point where safety and liability are major concerns for the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.