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One killed, four injured in Blairsville camper explosion

 Blairsville Explosion Picture


photo/Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner 

 Press Release Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner   

 ATLANTA The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a Union County woman was killed and four others were injured in an accidental fire at 545 Vista Circle in Blairsville around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.

Read more: One killed, four injured in Blairsville camper explosion

Thrift Store closed for two weeks over COVID-19 case


photo/Pickens Community Thrift Store website


       The Community Thrift Store will be closed for two weeks due to the possibility that volunteers were exposed to a person infected with COVID-19. 

A member of the Timothy House, a non-profit that assists with much of the manual labor at the thrift store, tested positive. The person who tested positive has never been to the store, but because residents at the Timothy House live together it was decided it was in the best interest of safety to close, according to a statement from founder Don Russell. 

The store will be closed to donors, customers and workers for an estimated 14 days. 

An email sent to volunteers and media on September 19 alerting of the closure said all Timothy House clients will be tested, and recommended volunteers get tested as well.  

Deputy kills man trying to harm family


Derek Cooper of Acworth was killed in an officer-involved shooting at a Twin Mountain Lakes home where his wife and children were hiding. Cooper had recently been released on bond and had a restraining order against him. 

Statement from a family member present during Saturday’s fatal shooting:

     "Without the heroic actions of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Deputy, this traumatic event could have ended very differently, with the loss of an entire family. We are forever grateful for the deputy’s quick actions and the support from the entire Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. We hope that anyone in an abusive relationship finds the strength to seek help before it is too late."

     A Pickens Deputy shot and killed an armed man trying to break into a Twin Mountain Lakes home where his wife and children were hiding Saturday. The man had been arrested last week  in Bartow County on domestic violence charges including threats to kill his wife.

According to the GBI investigation the man, Derek Cooper, 52, of Acworth, had a restraining order against him and brandished a gun and shot at the deputy who gave a verbal command for him to stop in the yard of the home where relatives of the wife lived.

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

Jasper man dies in north Cherokee crash


Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office     

     Cherokee County, Ga. September 16, 2020Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-car, injury accident Wednesday morning at approximately 7 a.m. on Interstate 575 just north of Riverstone Parkway in Canton. A Kia Sportage, driven by Kierra Holder, 24, of Forest Park, struck a Toyota Tacoma from behind, driven by Robert Schroeder, 61 of Jasper, causing both vehicles to lose control and strike the guard rail. After striking the guard rail, both vehicles ended up on their sides.

Read more: Jasper man dies in north Cherokee crash