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Tech upgrades planned for Pickens campuses

“Just like adults, when students want to know something they google it. They don’t march down to the library,” says administrator


    JMS Math Team -- Pictured (l-r) Bethany Carver, parents Jacqueline and Mickey Carver; Olivia Fountain, parents Cynthia and Mark Fountain; Miles Gregg, parents Edie and Dennis Gregg; John Hendricks, parents Kaye and Joe Hendricks; and Garrett Thompson, parents Amy and Christopher Thompson. They are pictured with teachers Carol Wilson (right) and Tammy Duncan and Principal Neil Howell.
    Math team members not pictured: Katherine Densmore, parents Mary Katherine and Chris Densmore; Peyton Harrington, parents Suzanne and Donnie Harrington; Thomas Pinson, parents Judy and Brian Pinson 

     Pickens school campuses will see technology upgrades rolling out this spring based on reports given at the school board meeting Thursday.

Turkey shoot aims for a good cause


Turkey Shoots are in season. Look through this week's paper for ads about upcoming events.

     Talking Rock resident Isabella Brandreth takes aim off of Joseph Ellis’ arm as Turkey Shoot sponsor Appalachian Mountain Scottish Rite Association Vice President Greg Gibson looks on.
    What is she aiming for? Not a turkey, but a target about one hundred feet out. If she can come closer to the center of the target than the other nine competitors, she will earn her family a frozen turkey, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Pilot makes emergency landing on road near Walmart


See pilot's reaction in this week's print or online edition.

A pilot returning home to Tennessee Sunday evening made an emergency landing on the frontage road leading to the Jasper Walmart  about 6 p.m. Amazingly no injuries were reported even though the plane was left crumpled after it struck the road shoulder and a fire hydrant.

Ga. Hunting and Fishing App is here


The Official Georgia Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Guide, powered by
Pocket Ranger technology, is the official app of the Georgia Department
of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. This free, mobile
app gives both novice and seasoned sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts
essential information in the palm of their hand. 

Features include: 

Species profiles

Weather information

3,419 miles and counting

Talking Rock man to run across country for Alzheimer's


Jack Fussell has set a goal of running from Georgia to California beginning in January. He will use a stroller similar to this one on his journey.  

     Invoking the spirit of Forrest Gump, Terry Fox and Ashley Kumlien, Talking Rock resident Jack Fussell has decided he wants to run all the way across the country – by himself. 
    “I was an insurance agent and was on the road a lot and ate all the wrong things - fast food, McDonald’s. I was pretty heavy for 25 years,” Fussell said, who peaked at nearly 300 pounds before having a serious health issue that encouraged him to lead a healthier life.