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Green B. Suttles III selected as finalist for economic development position

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Green B. Suttles III


     Press Release from The Chason Group - (Jasper, Georgia) A joint committee of City of Jasper and Pickens County leaders has announced a finalist in  their search for an economic development professional. Green B. Suttles III will be presented for approval to The Development Authority of Pickens County, Mayor and City Council of Jasper and the Pickens County  Board of Commissioners at meetings in early January. His title will be President and CEO of The Development Authority of Pickens County.

“Our main focus has been on identifying a professional to lead a dynamic, cooperative-minded economic development program for the community,” according to Pickens County Commissioner Becky Denney, co-chair of the joint committee.

       “Green brings a level of experience to the position that we have been looking for. His background in working with the public and private sectors is right in line with the skills sets we established early on.”

Read more: Green B. Suttles III selected as finalist for economic development position

Mattress Mountain leveled, but will it rise again?


Using a track-hoe, county employees tackle the mound of mattresses  discarded next door to the Thrift Store when it is closed. The county says this situation must be brought under control, while the Thrift Store founder says it’s illegal dumping the county needs to address.

         A massive pile of discarded mattresses left beside the Community Thrift Store looks just as nasty as you think they would.

“Worse,” said Thrift Store founder Don Russell  of the mattresses that number somewhere between 200 and 400 in a mound on an empty lot on Samaritan Drive.

The mound was slowly eroding with the county employees using a track hoe to load the soggy mattresses one at a time into dumpsters and a county dump truck for removal to the Whitestone inert landfill, all at taxpayers’ expense.

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The Grandview Hotel, Pickens’ grande dame of lodging

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The Grandview Hotel was three stories high and had twenty-one rooms. After purchasing the hotel for $1,000 and restoring it, W. H. "Bill" Jones eventually sold the property to the Salvation Army, and for a time, the hotel structure was incorporated into part of Camp Grandview. Photo courtesy of Peggy Petty.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer


Ever since travelers stopped for overnight rests at taverns scattered along the Old Federal Road nearly 200 years ago, Pickens County has had a tradition of unique lodging establishments.

Among some of the more notable ones was Jasper's Lenning Hotel just north of downtown, which eventually became the Woodbridge Inn, and is recognizable to almost all Pickens countians. Then there are those lost to history that few people in this area can remember. There was, at one time, Pickens County's contribution to the new motoring hostelry industry of the 1950s and '60s, the motel. Archer's Court, constructed of flagstone, once stood at the corner of East Church Street and Burnt Mountain Road in Jasper where Walgreen's Pharmacy is today.

Read more: The Grandview Hotel, Pickens’ grande dame of lodging

Eight year tax dispute finally settled; costs county $160,000

        A tax dispute that stretches back eight years was settled in mediation November 14, with the total cost to the county exceeding $160,000 for legal fees and other costs.

The settlement is the culmination of years of back-and-forth between property owners Jack and Annette Williams and the Pickens County Tax Assessor’s Office. The Williamses, who own a large home on Firetower Road, have filed appeals on their property value every year since 2011.

Read more: Eight year tax dispute finally settled; costs county $160,000

Jasper man sentenced for 2017 preschool bomb threat

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Pickens Sheriff Book in photo of Vinh Bao Chau.


Press Release from

U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office


GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Vinh Bao Chau, 23, of Jasper, has been sentenced for communicating a bomb threat to a church preschool, cyberstalking of a woman who refused to date him, and interstate communication of a threat.

  Chau was arrested in March of 2017 at his home on Matthews Road in Jasper after calling a bomb threat to the preschool of the Jasper First Baptist.

The Progress reported at that time that when law enforcement identified Chau for the preschool threat, they found the  2015 Pickens High School graduate already had a warrant for terroristic threats in Gordon County.

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