The ongoing addition of a deck to the renovated building at the corner of Church Street and Main Street in Jasper (formerly called “Big Blue”) had the rumor mill in full force.
Speculations were that the building had been sold by owner Luke Copeland and would soon house a new endeavor such as a steakhouse or micro-brewery, but Copeland stuck a fork in the conjectures when asked.
“Nope,” he said. “We’re just getting ready to put it up for sale. I don’t know where that stuff gets started.”
Patrick Hall (right) and John Tinsley as guys bragging about their great dates.
By Nan Nawrocki
Tater Patch Players presentation of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a musical opens this Friday. There are only four actors in the cast: John Tinsley, Buffy Bezdek, Patrick Hall and Vanessa Stancil. But together they will introduce you to dozens of the funniest and most familiar folks you'll ever see on stage.
Keep Pickens Beautiful is proud to announce that July’s Green Thumb award has been presented to Troy Padgett and his Man Cave.
Troy Padgett displays his antique cars in a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper. Keep Pickens Beautiful has awarded him the Green Thumb Award.
Troy is a long-time Jasper resident who has returned to us after a short stay in Calhoun and added a lot of beautification to Church Street by way of his “Man Cave.”
Troy has taken the closed shop next to Last Catch and turned it into a beautiful piece of nostalgia. Troy displays his antique cars among a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper.
The city’s longstanding policies regarding alcohol have come under fire from one council member, who said they are putting Jasper at a competitive disadvantage to surrounding counties.
“We’re losing money left and right,” said council member Anne Sneve after the Monday, Aug. 1 council meeting. “We’re not saying we have to lose that family atmosphere, but everything around us is growing and we’re just stagnant. We want to look into this more and see what the liabilities would be and see what we can do.”
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Lack of manpower & mental health resources for inmates make tough job even tougher
The unmanned tower at the Pickens jail. Outdated control software and lack of manpower keep this guard post closed.
Due to budget constraints, lack of experienced staff, outdated features and scarce resources to handle mentally ill inmates, the Pickens jail has reached a point where safety and liability are major concerns for the sheriff’s office.
Top officers, including Sheriff Donnie Craig, Chief Deputy Jeff Hall and Training Officer Jim Koury all said in recent interviews that something must be done before detention officers, prisoners and taxpayers are left to face the consequences of a facility where close calls happen too often due to manpower shortages.
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