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“Healthy” and “holiday cooking” mix about as well as oil and water, but last Thursday the staff at Piedmont Mountainside Medical Hospital busted open that oxymoron with tips for a sugar-free, sodium-free yuletide meal perfect for diabetics or others with dietary restrictions.
The sounds and smell of cooking rosemary and garlic permeated the hospital cafeteria, where Chef “Sam,” along with a hospital dietician, physician and a local pharmacist were on site to demonstrate cooking and field questions from the room of Dinner and Discussion participants.
Georgia, December 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have not moved 0.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.28/g, according to gasoline price website GeorgiaGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 34.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 14.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 32.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"Gasoline prices remain in limbo across parts of the U.S. while oil prices continue to swing in different directions as traders digest changes in market sentiment," according to GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The national average remains subdued close to levels that we saw last week, but prices may soon move slightly higher as they follow a rising trend in wholesale gasoline prices," DeHaan added.
GasBuddy.com operates over 250 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including GeorgiaGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine's 50 best websites and to PC World's 100 most useful websites of 2008.
Sheriff Donnie Craig reported Sunday afternoon that Highway 53 at the Marble Hill General Store is closed and “may be for a while” after a tractor trailer overturned at that location.
No other vehicles were involved when the truck overturned. The driver was injured and transported to Piedmont Mountainside.
Craig said it may take some time to clean up the site.
Night of Lights Parade shines - The 5th annual Night of Lights parade wound along Main Street Saturday night as throngs of people were on hand for the arrival of the jolly old man from the North Pole. Ross Galbreath, president of the Jasper Merchants Association who sponsored the night's festivities, said three times as many people as last year showed up for entertainment that featured not only Santa and beautifully lighted floats but also the talents of several local choirs and musicians. "It was beautiful," Galbreath said. "This year we had a great turnout and the weather was amazing. Now next year if we can get it even better with no wind we'll be fine." Galbreath said the Jasper Merchants Association was pleased to have been able to showcase local talent. "We had the PHS chorus and the JMS chorus, a community gospel Christmas choir and a group called the Jasper Young Singers. We also had a great turnout as far as participation for the parade."
Best of Show and 1st Place went to Hollywood FX/North Georgia Acting Company/Get To the Point Dance for their float "Welcome Home for the Holidays". Second place was awarded to Green Heating and Cooling and featured a soldier coming home for the holidays. Third place went to the Pickens Chamber of Commerce and the "Chamber Chicks" for their float advocating shopping locally
Top county and judicial officials held a more than two hour meeting with architect Bruce Jennings Friday to go over plans for the massive courthouse project slated to begin within the next few weeks.
The exact start date for demolition of a portion of the downtown courthouse has not been set, but comments at the Friday meeting indicated plans are nearing completion.
Officials present, including Commissioner Robert Jones, Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver and Sheriff Donnie Craig, agreed to hold one more meeting between Christmas and New Year’s Day with all judicial department heads who will be housed in the new building. There was discussion that a number of other county/judicial officials might be on vacation at that time, but when all present said they could attend, Project Manager Thurman Slone was asked to arrange the meeting.
Architect Jennings said he requested that meeting so everyone involved could be in the same room to go through every detail presented on blueprints.