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Pickens native hired as Bent Tree general manager


 Bent Tree’s new GM Tom Fowler


        Tom Fowler, a Pickens native, has been hired as the general manager of the Bent Tree community, a place where he worked more than 20 years ago on the golf course.

Fowler began working on the Bent Tree golf course while in high school during the late 1980s and later worked as the assistant pro there during the 1990s.

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Tiny home trend reaches north Georgia


Angela Reinhardt / Photo

  People lined up to get a peek inside at the Tiny Home Mountain Festival in Ellijay on September 23 and 24. Tiny homes are gaining popularity across the country. 

Last weekend a slew of tiny houses descended on Ellijay in the aptly-titled Tiny Home Mountain Festival, the first of its kind in this area. 

Over the course of the two-day event, people were invited to get up close and personal with a trend that’s anything but tiny, now the subject of several popular television shows like Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Nation, and Tiny House, Big Living.

Festival goers, which included tiny house advocates and people there to feed their curiosity, toured tiny homes on wheels and tiny homes that could be built on foundations. Prices ranged from around $15,000 for a 500-square-foot shell, to models that were exquisitely crafted and fully-furnished with a price tag of over $100,000. The homes utilized innovative ways to save space, from folding wall tables, to pocket doors, to a machine that’s a washer and dryer in one. 

Two injured on haunted hayride

Owners “heartbroken” about accident, want to regain public’s trust


         According to a Pickens County Sheriff’s Office report, two people were injured in an accident at Devil’s Shadow Haunted Hayride at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. 

The report states that a trailer carrying passengers came loose from a tractor and crashed into a tree. The responding officer states that when he arrived the trailer was “sitting upright with the rear end sitting against trees,” and that a Charles Amos and Mary Amos Williams were sitting at the rear of the trailer. They were the only  injured persons noted in the incident report.

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Airport terminal on the horizon

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The runway at the Pickens County Airport. 

         A deal that could land a new terminal building at the Pickens County airport was introduced at the airport authority meeting Monday night.

The potential deal, as yet unstructured, was announced as a public/private partnership between Atlantic Coast Conservancy (ACC) and the county to replace the current airport offices with a modern,  green certified, terminal, or Fixed Base Operation (FBO) in aviation jargon.

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Two killed in Ball Ground crash


Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office / Photo


Cherokee Sheriff’s Office 

Press Release


Cherokee County, Ga. October 10, 2017. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an accident at 8:09 a.m. on Ball Ground Rd. east of Conns Creek Rd. at the bridge.  

The driver of the Nissan Maxima, Brent Burnette, 23, of Ellijay, was traveling westbound on Ball Ground Rd. and was passing a tractor trailer when he struck a Hyundai Genesis, driven by Robert McMullen, 39, of Ball Ground, traveling eastbound head on.  

Both drivers were declared deceased at the scene.  Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the investigation into the accident.