General news and features
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.
For the rest of the story see this week's print or e-edition.
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.
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.
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.
Sgt. First Class Tim Nichols, a lifelong resident of Pickens County, now serves as commander of the local State Patrol Post.
Tim Nichols, a Talking Rock native with 22 years of service with the Georgia State Patrol, took over as the commander of the State Patrol post in Jasper this January.
Sgt. First Class Nichols comes to this post after serving as commander of a 26-trooper unit of motorcycle officers who patrolled mostly busy interstate roads inside I-285 in Atlanta. Nichols commanded that detail since its creation in May 2006.
Above, the JMS Future Cities team receives reconition. Numerous other groups were also saluted by the board during their monthly meeting. See all the students who were honored on Page 14A of our print or e-edition.
School Nutrition Director Emily Hanlin presented to the board slightly higher student meal prices next year as the school cafeterias work to remain a self-sufficient operation. They are also under obligation to meet state requirements that will require a hike in the prices.
The cost increase which would only affect the average student $30 over an entire school year were approved by the board.