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Drug sweep leads to one arrest

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         Law enforcement agents used four specially-trained drug dogs to sweep Pickens High School in an unannounced search Tuesday morning, according to a press conference held later that day.

The dogs “hit” on several spots inside the school, but no drugs were found there during the October 3 sweep. However, a misdemeanor amount of marijuana was found in a student’s car and he was arrested. 

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Dam deal in home stretch

Work to begin on Grandview in spring

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        Repairs to the Grandview dam will begin next spring. In addition to repairs, a deal that has been struck between Grandview shareholders and Pickens leaders will bring the county its first reservoir.

       

By Angela Reinhardt

Staff writer

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     Details of the multi-million dollar Grandview Lake and dam project are in the final stages, with both sides calling it a “win-win.”

The Grandview Lake Company and the county government have been in discussions for several years about the deal, where the county would help arrange a loan for dam repairs in exchange for permission to pump up to 333,000 gallons of water a day from the lake. Grandview Lake Company has obtained a withdrawal permit from the Environmental Protection Division and will transfer that to the county to serve the water treatment plant that will eventually be built. Grandview Lake Company will use revenue from the water to pay for the dam repairs.

The deal is appealing to both the Grandview Lake shareholders (lake members) and the county. It provides the county with a much-needed reservoir and treatment facility. The regular revenue from water sales will allow Grandview shareholders to maintain their dam. 

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Senator David Perdue: What Happened Today In Washington Was A Failure

“Georgians and Americans are fed up, and they should be.”
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     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on the Senate’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare:
      “What happened today in Washington was a failure. Let’s be clear, Obamacare was perpetrated on the American people by a Democratic supermajority and is collapsing under its own weight. Premiums have skyrocketed and middle-class American families cannot afford health insurance or have been priced out of the individual market. Georgians and Americans

Man who flipped pastor the bird has conviction reversed by Supreme Court

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS

Published Monday, October 2, 2017

 

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

 

FREEMAN V. THE STATE (S17A1040)

The Supreme Court of Georgia has reversed the conviction of a man arrested in Hall County for disorderly conduct after he “flipped a bird” at his pastor during Sunday church services.

In today’s unanimous opinion, written by Presiding Justice Harold D. Melton, the high court finds that the man’s behavior was protected speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and he could not be convicted under Georgia’s disorderly conduct statute. 

On Aug. 3, 2014, David Justin Freeman attended church with his family at the Flowery Branch campus of “12 Stones” Church, a large church with multiple locations in Gwinnett, Hall and Barrow counties. Pastor Jason Berry was conducting the service, and as it came to a close, the pastor asked any teachers present to stand and be recognized so the congregation could pray for them to have a successful year. Freeman, a homeschooling father who says he is a volunteer minister at the church, stood up in the back, raised his

Rep. Collin's statement on respecting the National Anthem

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WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement in response to the question of how NFL players and representatives choose to respond to America’s national anthem:

“The National Football League is home to some of the most talented athletes in the greatest nation of the world. While I respect their right to protest, I commend to them the examples of their colleagues Pat Tillman and Alejandro Villanueva. These men defended that freedom and their fellow citizens as Army Rangers, and their actions illustrate a patriotism that unifies Americans.