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Jasper mayor discusses downtown plans


The mayor believes making Main Street one way only,  going north, will create more of a friendly, shopping environment in downtown.

     Many downtown business owners in mid-June voiced opinions on potential plans to improve Jasper’s traffic flow, a project currently on the drawing board with paid consulting firm Kimley-Horn.
    Missing from that presentation, however, was a plan advocated by Mayor John Weaver, who vocally complained at the meeting that some of the displayed plans were impossible to build.
See full story with comments from Jasper Mayor John Weaver and a full map in the print and online editions.

Beaver opens 4th Bojangles restaurant Friday

"I’m thinking about biscuits all the time. Every day except Easter and Christmas I think about biscuits," said franchise owner


     Beaver is set to open her fourth Bojangles restaurant this Friday in Towne Lake. Beavers is pictured with her family and management team at her flagship Jasper location. From left - Trent Holden, sister-in-law and training manager; Kasea Mashburn, sister; Roger Stroupe, district manager; Kristal Beaver; Peige Payne, field marketing manager; and Dusty Mashburn, brother and training manager.

    “It’s a miracle story and I just want Him to get all the glory,” said Kristal Beaver, owner of the Jasper Bojangles and who this Friday will open her fourth restaurant, this one in Towne Lake. Beavers, who credits all of her success to God, has additional locations in Riverstone and Hickory Flat.

Publisher plans to file civil suit in open records case


Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver

     Per the request of Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver, the district attorney has dropped three felony charges against Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and his attorney Russell Stookey in a case that has drawn criticism from media and First Amendment rights groups across the nation. 

See full story in this week's print or online edition, which includes comments from Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason.

Canning plant needs preservation

Get the lowdown on putting up your produce
canning-plant-buildingThe Pickens County Canning Plant: This non-descript building behind Jasper Middle School has served thousands of customers since it was built in 1967. 

    The Pickens County Canning Plant ledger from 1965 - now a yellow-paged antique with entries written in a dying cursive hand – shows one customer who processed 188 cans of green beans in a single visit. Total cost: $16.92.
    Joe Wright, the current high school agriculture teacher who runs the facility during summer months, crunched the numbers. 

100-year-old Herbert Brimer says “stay cool, you’ll live longer”


    Albert Hamrick, of the Palace Barber Shop, gives Herbert Brimer a haircut on his 100th birthday.

    Herbert Brimer of Bent Tree crossed the century mark last Wednesday by getting a haircut at the Palace Barber Shop, Mark Whitfield Street, and then having lunch with children and grandchildren.
    While barber Albert Hamrick worked on his hair, Brimer took a few questions on the wisdom he has picked up in his 100 years.