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Thomas Fountain takes two top Georgia Country Award titles




 Pickens resident Thomas Fountain with Overall Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year awards at the 2014 Georgia Country Awards.
     Pickens musician Thomas Fountain was recently named “2014 Overall Artist of the Year” and “2014 Male Artist of the Year” by

The 2014 Georgia Country Awards ceremony was held Saturday, Nov. 15 at The 120 Tavern & Music Hall in Marietta.  

FERST Pickens receives national recognition for childhood literacy



By Max Caylor

Local Allstate Financial Services agent Steve Moranos presented a $1,000 check to Sue Appleton of the Ferst Foundation during a recent Rotary Club of Jasper meeting. Steve nominated the Ferst Foundation for the grant from The Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for their work with childhood literacy. 

Funeral benefits stolen from veteran’s widow

        It doesn’t get much lower.

Linda Brannon’s husband, Glenn, a veteran of the Vietnam war, died in February. Not long after, Mrs. Brannon was notified by the Veteran’s Administration that she would receive $1,034 for burial expenses. 

But the check never arrived - and it wasn’t due to red tape or procrastination. It was stolen. 

See this week's print and online editions for the full story.

Ga. Supreme Court issues ruling on private probation


Man who killed, dismembered victim over drug debt will get another day in court, says state high court


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Man indicted for sexual abuse of child won't go on sex offender registry, rules Supreme Court

And other summaries of recent rulings from Georgia's highest court



    Under a ruling today by the Supreme Court of Georgia, a man who pleaded guilty to a reduced charge after he was indicted for sexually abusing a little girl will not have to register as a sex offender.
    The high court is upholding the judgment of a Fulton County court judge, who ruled earlier this year that Mario Urbina of Muscogee County does not need to register as a sex offender because