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Commercial growth underway

The Progress looks at four different projects that will have an impact on the town


     Pickens County is a small community, so when dirt starts moving people notice and want to know what’s going on. This week we look at a few construction projects happening around town, including medical offices, a gun range, a church and an auto repair/tire shop. See the full story in this week's print or online editions. 


Rep. Graves supports rural job creators


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Supporting America’s Innovators Act (H.R. 1219), bipartisan legislation encouraging venture capitalists to invest in rural entrepreneurs:  

“Small businesses and the entrepreneurs that create them are the backbone of our nation’s economy. But the Great Recession and the overregulation that followed has made it harder for entrepreneurs to access the capital necessary to start or expand their business, especially in rural areas like Northwest Georgia. This bill makes reforms that encourage venture capitalists to invest in rural small businesses, which will help create good-paying jobs in rural communities throughout Georgia and across the country.”   

Read more: Rep. Graves supports rural job creators

Fatal wreck takes life of 17-year-old from Canton


Press Release from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office 

Cherokee County, Ga. April 3, 2017.  The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident early Saturday morning on Ball Ground Hwy near Evergreen Road.  The Jeep Cherokee, driven by Tyler Callahan 20 years old of Jasper, left the roadway and struck a tree.  A passenger in the vehicle, a 17 year old of Canton, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The 17 year old's name is not being released at this time.  The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the accident. 

Drivers: Lives are worth more than texts

 Drivers urged to put down their phones and give the road their full attention during "Distracted Driving Awareness" month
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety warns drivers to not be foolish enough to think they can text and drive as April is "National Designated Driving Awareness" month.
Distracted driving is any activity that takes the driver's focus away from the road including talking to passengers, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio and grooming. Of course, the biggest distraction for drivers is cell phones.  It is against the law in Georgia for drivers to text, e-mail or post on social media while their vehicle is on the road including when stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign.

Read more: Drivers: Lives are worth more than texts

Chris Wallace named PHS principal


Chris Wallace and family. Wallace has been appointed as PHS principal. 


      Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Wallace as Principal of Pickens High School, effective this summer. Mr. Wallace has served the district since 2008, most recently as Assistant Principal at Hill City Elementary. Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Principal and Director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) at Pickens High School. 

Read more: Chris Wallace named PHS principal