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Jasper man builds snow-making machine


                                                                                                                               Damon Howell / Photo

     One Fitts Road  family made the most of this week's arctic cold snap with their very own homemade snow-making machine. Kenny Lyman built the machine after his third-grade daughter Samantha begged him for snow.

County to take out $6 million TAN

Budget overages led to diminishing fund/cash balances, according to report




     At their January work session, the board of commissioners accepted a bid from Regions Bank for a $6 million Tax Anticipated Note, or TAN, to help fund 2014 operations. 
    TANs are short-term loans, which for several years have been used by the Pickens government to cover operating expenses. They have also been the subject of much public criticism the past two years.
    TANs are typically originated in the beginning of January and must be paid off no later than December 31 of the same year.

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We’ve had low temps, but not record breaking


By William Dilbeck
Progress Weather Contributor

    As you can imagine I've had several calls about the low temperatures that we have encountered and people are wondering what’s the lowest we have ever had in Jasper.
    Well it happened not so long ago in January of 1985. It was -14, on January 21, 1985.

Move over 706, there's a new area code in town


   “Hello? Hellloooo?”
    If you’re a new customer trying to get a 706 telephone number, time is running out, because the North American Number Planning Administration recently announced that they have assigned the last of 706 numbers to service providers.
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Flu season getting started



From North Georgia Health District


Dalton (GA) - The New Year is just beginning, and with the holidays
behind us, many people think the time has also passed to get a flu shot.
However, the peak of the flu season is still ahead and according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity continues
to increase across the nation

The predominant strain of the flu virus that is now circulating in the
U.S. is the influenza A (H1N1) virus that created a pandemic in 2009.
Protection against that strain of the flu virus is included in this
season’s influenza vaccine - the vaccine also protects against
influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B viruses.