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Pets die after saving owner from burning home

Pickens crews handle five house fires in less than 36 hours

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It was “all hands in,” said County Fire Chief Bob Howard, as fire crews battled five blazes since Monday.

Pickens crews had battled five unrelated house blazes in the previous 36 hours, County Fire Chief Bob Howard said in an interview early Tuesday morning.

Two occupants of a Highway 53 home in Marble Hill were transported to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation but were recovering without problem, according to a relative. No other serious injuries to residents or fire crews were reported. Howard said the crews did an outstanding job with the hectic pace.

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Jasper Old Fashion Barber Shop wins KPB's Green Ribbon

greenribbonoldfashionbarberKeep Pickens Beautiful is please to present the March Green Ribbon Award to Jasper Old Fashion Barber Shop, located at 630 East Church Street,  Jasper. Owner Mary Caraway has transformed the building  into an old fashion barber shop complete with a red, white and blue barber pole.

Inside you will find many reminders of yesteryear complete barbering tools and  antique barber chairs. Her shop is a real trip down memory lane inside and out. Mary has been open at this location one year next month and has three employees, including her daughter.

KPB would like to thank Jasper Old Fashion Barber Shop for bringing a new fresh clean look to an interesting old building.

L-R: Misty Sullivan, Mary Caraway, owner, Heather Butler and not pictured Crystal Pendley.

Thompson leaves Red Cross

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Andy Thompson, pictured above, is leaving the Red Cross after serving as director

of the local chapter for over 16 years.

In the time Andy Thompson served as director of the local Red Cross chapter, he has seen a lot. During those 16 years, the Tate resident has been up close and personal with nearly every natural or manmade disaster in the northeast region.

Thompson was there for the 1998 tornadoes that killed 12 people and affected nearly 200 homes in Gainesville. He was there for the floods in Ellijay that displaced hundreds of families. He has been on the scene for countless house fires, and many, many other tragic events.

Just before his last day as head honcho with Red Cross’ Northeast Georgia Chapter on Friday, March 16, Thompson sat down with us to talk about how things have changed with Red Cross in the time he has been there.

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Cash for Clunkers causing SUVs, trucks to retain higher tag values

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If you have an SUV or large truck, and you’ve already had your birthday this year, you may have noticed that you paid the same amount for your tag as last year despite your vehicle’s depreciation.

Ordinarily a vehicle’s value depreciates by a certain percentage each year, depending on the type of vehicle. But, Pickens Tax Commissioner Sharon Troglin explained, values on bigger vehicles like SUVs have stayed the same because of all the vehicles turned in during the government’s Cash for Clunkers program.

Deputies complete training on stopping fleeing vehicles -- dramatic video

Press Release from Sheriff's Office

On February, 28th, 11 deputies from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office attended Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) training at Six Flags over Georgia. The course was provided by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

See a video of a PIT manuever from the class.

 


The PIT maneuver is a method that can be utilized to end or prevent pursuits and protect the public.  The PIT maneuver is defined as a forced stop by a pursuing deputy where the side of a pursued vehicle is pushed by the deputy’s vehicle causing the suspect’s vehicle to rotate into a position where it can be blocked by law enforcement officers.