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Tea: The house wine of the South

Tea trumps coffee at local restaurants


    Speed Burger employee Camille Johnson stirs up a batch of sweet tea before the restaurant opens.
    Once upon a sweet time there was tea.
    Not sweet tea or half and half, just tea – and it was always sweet. Our Southern heritage, like our tea, has been diluted a bit but many of us still consider tea – that brown drink served from a big pitcher and sweetened with good old-fashioned cane sugar – the epitome of a classic drink. 


After 17 years, Main Street Clothing packs up


    After 17 years, Main Street Clothing will close in July. Owner Bobby Mullinax (above) says the loss of local shoppers to new retail areas in Cherokee and Dawson counties forced his single location store out of business.

     Citing a barrage of business challenges, Main Street Clothing owner Bobby Mullinax announced he will close his doors for a final time in early July.
    A 57-year veteran of retail clothing, Mullinax wasn’t sure exactly when the last day of Main Street Clothing will be as he is also caring for his wife who was injured in a fall that happened after he decided to close the shop.
    Mullinax operated Main Street Clothing on Jasper’s Main Street for 17 years, catering to both men and women for business and casual attire.

    Find out more about this Main Street staple and why owner Bobby Mullinax finally gave up the ghost in our print and online editions.


Eagle, quail, trout featured on new license plates



Three new wild license plate designs are available in local tag offices, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division announced today. And thanks to a new license plate process, the new, rich-colored images cover the entire plate – making an even bolder statement for supporting




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.