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Perry signs one-year contract as Pickens school superintendent


            At a called meeting Wednesday, Dr. Lula Mae Perry was hired to a one-year contract as the superintendent for Pickens County schools.

            Previous discussion by the board had indicated that Perry, who served 12 years as the superintendent in Jeff Davis County before retirement, would only get an initial six-month interim contract.



            At the meeting Wednesday, the board expressed their pleasure with bringing the veteran superintendent to Pickens County.

            Dr. Perry responded saying that she looked forward to working with the board and appreciated their show of support.  See previous story on this.


Summer zero tolerance DUI campaign launched

DUI Offenders to Be Targeted During the Fourth of July Holiday




July 4th remains one of the most dangerous holidays on Georgia roads and to combat that, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is joining a national impaired driving enforcement effort to get drunk drivers off the roads and inside a jail cell.


Why? Because alcohol-impaired crashes still account for 23 percent of all traffic fatalities in Georgia and in the last 2 years, the state has averaged 88 alcohol-impaired crashes for the July 3 to July 5 travel period. To help reverse this trend, GOHS will be partnering with law enforcement agencies across the state to launch the annual Operation Zero Tolerance campaign where drivers are warned that if they’re over the limit, they’ll be under arrest.


Tax Digest in the works


     Continuing to work on the values of property in the county for the 2013 digest, the tax assessors’ office anticipates no problem meeting the state deadline for submission, which is August 1, but did not indicate it would be ready any time significantly sooner.
    Despite school officials regular public comments that they can’t finish their budget until the digest numbers are released, Chief Tax Assessor Roy Dobbs points out (and the state Dept. of Revenue confirms) that digest numbers are not due to the state until August 1.

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Pickens sheriff investigating death of Woodstock K9 unit

Pickens sheriff officers are investigating the death of the Woodstock Police Office's K9 dog that died at its handler house in Pickens County.

According to a news release from the Woodstock Police Office, the canine, Spartacus, a Belgian Malinois, was found dead inside the patrol car around 9 p.m. Monday at the officer's home here in Pickens County. The apparent cause of death was heat stroke from being left in the car too long.

The handler whose name has not been released was known as a dedicate animal handler. His first K9 partner lived in retirement at his family home.

“Titanic violin” on display in Pigeon Forge

Famous violin survived historic RMS Titanic sinking and belonged to storied  Titanic bandmaster, Wallace Hartley 

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – For the first and only time in the United States, the iconic violin, depicted in Titanic-themed movies and actually used by Wallace Hartley on board Titanic, will be on display at the Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge, TN, and Branson, MO,  announces Titanic Museum Attractions’ owner, John Joslyn.

This storied artifact wase unveiled to the American public  at Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge earlier this year.  It will remain there until Saturday, July 27 before it travels to the Titanic Museum Attraction’s sister-location in Branson.  It will be on display in Branson, Thursday, Aug. 1 through Thursday, Aug. 15 prior to it traveling back to England where it will be auctioned off by Henry Aldridge and Son on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Widely regarded as the world’s leading experts in the sale of RMS Titanic memorabilia, Henry Aldridge and Son have unparalleled experience in auctioning the rarest memorabilia ever to be offered and describe the Hartley Violin as “the Holy Grail.”