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Burnt Mountain used for indie filming location

“It’s one of my favorite places,” director says

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Photo / Bryan Tan

The director of “Ends” selected Tate Mountain Estates on Burnt Mountain for its natural, isolated beauty and relationship to themes in the film. 

 

        Even though he’s never lived there, David Tabor has spent countless hours on Burnt Mountain inside the Tate Mountain Estates community. 

“I’ve spent so much time in that place and I fell in love with that world,” Tabor said, who used it as the sole filming location for his short  “Ends,” and who wants to use it and other areas in north Georgia for a full-length version called “Ends: Aliens & Old People.”

Jasper Merchants trying to salvage New Year’s party

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A shot from one of the downtown New Year's Eve celebrations hosted by the City of Japser. 

        The Jasper Merchants Association is working to salvage the New Year’s Eve celebration after the city council voted to not fund it at their last meeting. However, the volunteer group knows it won’t be easy to get the party started.

“It’s not a done deal,” said the merchant’s vice president Kirk Raffield. “I’m not going to say we are going to have one, but we will go before the council and petition them to let it occur.” Be sure to see our editorial this week, "Time is of the essence with New Year's Eve decision.

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Jasper bicyclist completes 13,000 mile trip around America

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       Mike McGhee on his touring bicycle after riding the perimeter of the nation.

Click here to follow along with McGhee's adventures on his blog.

 

Mike McGhee cruised back into town Thursday on his bicycle after a 13,334-mile trip around the perimeter of the United States, saying that it was mostly fun.

Arriving a month ahead of schedule after departing on January 1, the Jasper cyclist was on his third bicycle and had spent a month recuperating after being hit by a truck in Texas on March 6 (which destroyed bike #1). 

Looking back over the many days, McGhee described the trip as fun  - doing something he enjoyed and visiting towns where he could have the occasional beer and a good meal and find lodging when he needed it.

“I got to see stuff, talk to people,” he said. “It’s a simple lifestyle; you know exactly what you are going to do the next day.”

Four unique drug cases in past month

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[Editor’s Note: The sheriff’s office asked us to delay reporting on particulars of these cases until now, so the drug task force agents could investigate connections, particularly involving the large meth trafficking case.]

 

Staff reports

 

A man traveling to Tennessee with a large amount of methamphetamine along Highway 515 made the mistake of poor driving in front of a sheriff’s deputy in October.

This was the first of two cases that developed recently from traffic stops. Deputies have also made cases against two students who they believe intended to sell marijuana at the high school campus.

Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil said it was a lucky break that Lt. Chris Tucker spotted the motorist swerving into the other lane as he was passing through Pickens County. After Tucker pulled the driver over, one kilogram of methamphetamine was seized along with the vehicle.

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Elementary school scores plummet in latest statewide assessment

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       Results of the 2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) recently released by the Georgia Department of Education show gains at the middle and high school levels, but significant decreases at three of the four elementary schools in Pickens County.

The CCRPI is an annual assessment of Georgia schools and systems to determine if they are preparing students for college and career readiness. The scores are awarded on a 110-point scale and are based on a variety of indicators, the largest being the Georgia Milestones test administered to 3rd through 12th graders. Other indicators include student achievement, progress, state test scores, reading ability, attendance and graduation rates.