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Elephant tranquilizer tied to numerous overdoses among drug users

GBI sealDangerous new drug carfentanil showing up in

Georgia

 

GBI Press Release 

  Decatur, GA – Within the past week, the GBI Crime Lab’s drug identification unit received three cases from separate seizures of the synthetic opioid carfentanil.  Carfentanil is a fentanyl analog used as a tranquilizer on large animals such as elephants.  It is purported to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl and suspected of playing a role in hundreds of overdoses in the Midwest part of the country this past month.  It can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and very toxic in small quantities. 

   The cases that came in the lab were from the metro Atlanta area and were all suspected to be heroin.

Nechvatal named as chamber executive director

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Jasper, GA – The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Gerry Nechvatal to lead the Chamber as Executive Director, effective Thursday, September 1, 2016. From Board Chair Amberle Godfrey: “Gerry is a known commodity in our community. He brings a vast amount of experience and needed stability to the Chamber and its members.” The position had been vacant since the May resignation of the former Chamber president.

 

    Gerry has served as the Pickens County Economic Development Director since 2008. He has worked diligently to bring new industry to Pickens County and the City of Jasper. His efforts have also benefited local small business favorites such as Mary Ann's where he helped facilitate their initial lease agreement.

Candidates qualify for Jasper, Nelson council races

CANDIDATES QUALIFIED FOR THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016

CITY OF JASPER – SPECIAL ELECTION

 

 

For The Unexpired Term of Allison Boyle, Resigned

  

Susan Hayes Piantedosi

Sonny Proctor

 


 

CANDIDATES QUALIFIED FOR THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016

CITY OF NELSON – SPECIAL ELECTION

 

For The Unexpired Term of Jackie Jarrett and Thad Thacker, Resigned

 

 

Lamar Kellett

James Queen

Kelsey Riehl

 

6th annual Sheriff’s­ JeepFest this week

 


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Click here to see the Sheriff JeepFest 2016 magazine, filled with tons of info about this week's event.
    Like a vintage four-wheel drive approaching the top of a rocky climb, the annual Sheriff’s JeepFest will bump, bounce and rumble into Marble Hill this week with dust churned up and mud flying.
    The 6th annual event will kick off Thursday with the main events on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday (see event schedule on page 4B). This marks the second year the event has been on Highway 53 in Marble Hill, after moving from Jasper.

Jail shakedown uncovers only tobacco & energy/diet pills

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The Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

Staff reports

    A full shakedown at the Pickens jail Thursday uncovered only a small amount of contraband tobacco and some convenience store (over-the counter) energy pills with no weapons or illegal drugs uncovered.

     The jail administrator, Capt. June Killian, said they had received information that hypodermic needles, which could be used for drugs or as a weapon, might be hidden in the jail but none were found. They were also conducting the full top-to-bottom search of all areas after two letters containing methamphetamine were intercepted and seized coming to an inmate.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions.