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Pain pills in Pickens: The Numbers

Database tracks opioid use; Pickens above state average  


According to landmark data analysis recently released by The Washington Post, over 10.3 million opioid pills were legally sold in Pickens County as the deadly opioid epidemic surged between the years of 2006 and 2012.  

The data is part of a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that was made public after a year-long legal battle the media outlet had with the DEA and the U.S. Justice Department. The DEA was forced to release the database, which tracks every pain pill manufactured in the United States. 

The Washington Post’s victory in court and ensuing research and data analysis of the more than 380 million transactions showed that the volume of pain pills handled in the U.S. increased a staggering 51

Read more: Pain pills in Pickens: The Numbers

City qualifying runs through Friday


There are several local elections that will appear on the ballot this November. Here is the slate of candidates who qualified at the Pickens County Elections Office by press time Tuesday afternoon. 

Qualifying runs through Friday, August 23. 

Jasper: Mayor – Steve Lawrence; City Council – Jim Looney (seat currently held by Tony Fountain); City Council – Kirk Raffield (seat held by Kirk Raffield); City Council – John Foust, Jr. (seat held by John Foust, Jr). 

Read more:  City qualifying runs through Friday 

Celebrating 70 years of wedded bliss

70 anny


Larry Cavender / Photo

“We always put each other first,” Mr. Quinton said of their successful - and long - marriage.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


"There's a lot of folks with cameras taking pictures here." That was the observation made by Jim Quinton as he settled into a seat at a special event Monday at the Grandview Health Center nursing home in Jasper. There was a good reason for all the cameras, because friends and family were trying to record for posterity a very special occasion - the 70th wedding anniversary for Jim and his wife, Annette.

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New traffic signals spruce up downtown but extended curbs may create traffic problems


photo/Angela Reinhardt

     The extended curb in the foreground, part of a larger GDOT project that brings new traffic signals and mast arms to two Jasper intersections, has made right-hand turns at this corner more difficult for larger vehicles. 

        Motorists in Jasper have likely noticed construction along Highway 53 Business at the intersections of Main Street and Sammy McGhee Blvd. where the Georgia Department of Transportation is installing new traffic signals and poles. 

The new mast arms will eliminate overhead wires at those intersections and, according to city leaders, create a more unified and appealing aesthetic in Jasper. Although the project is an initiative of GDOT, city leaders chose to pay additional fees to upgrade the mast arms.

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

Both lanes open on Jones Mountain Road



Newly paved and stabilized section of Jones Mountian Road that collapsed ealier this year. 

By Tucker Green

Pickens County Government


Notice: The Jones Mountain Road stabilization project is now complete and both lanes are open to traffic. GSI (contractors) and EXP Services Inc. (project engineers) completed the project and final inspections have been approved. This project, which was caused by a natural disaster landslide earlier in the year, was declared a local emergency by the board of commissioners. The declaration allowed the county to receive emergency grants from the state to minimize the burdens on local taxpayers. 

Read more: Both lanes open on Jones Mountain Road