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Southern Gone podcast shines light on the missing, past and present

southern gone podcast

        Southern Gone is a new podcast by Kristi Bryant of Talking Rock. Every other week the podcast will feature a story about a missing person from the South. 

Bryant invites everyone to “grab a chair, a glass of sweet tea and get gone with Southern Gone.” The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.


A new podcast from a Talking Rock woman called Southern Gone focuses on stories of people who’ve gone missing throughout the South. The podcast is a passion project for founder and host Kristi Bryant who spent three years in the early 2000s working for a private investigator and developing a passion for mysteries and finding missing people.

Double jeopardy could keep murder case from being retried, says Supreme Court



Published Monday, April 16, 2018


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Under an opinion today by the Georgia Supreme Court, a young man whose first trial ended in a mistrial may not be retried for murder on the ground it would violate his constitutional right against double jeopardy.

According to the facts of the case, in February 2014, Damion Bernard Clayton was shot and killed in a baseball park in Macon. A Bibb County grand jury indicted Jedarrius Treonta Meadows, who was 17 at the time of the crime, and two co-defendants with murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault. Meadows and one of the co-defendants were also indicted for Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Meadows’ trial was severed from that of his co-defendants, who agreed to testify for the State. The trial began Sept. 8, 2015 when a jury was sworn and impaneled. The jury heard testimony

Man dies in Ball Ground crash

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 photo/Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

 A motorcycle accident took the life of a Ball Ground man on Thursday. 


   Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office


   Cherokee County, Ga. April 13, 2018. Canton Police Department was dispatched to a motorcycle accident at 1:05 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 on the I-575 NB off ramp to Riverstone Parkway.  CPD requested the Cherokee Multi-Agency Crash Investigation Unit respond to the scene of the accident.  It was determined the motorcyclist, Brandon Auzenne 36 years of age of Ball Ground, was unable to negotiate a curve and struck the guardrail.  Auzenne was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident.  The Cherokee Multi-Agency Crash Investigation Unit is conducting the investigation into the cause of the accident.  

Updated: Final Draft of comprehensive plan available

The updated final draft of the plan is now available at the county's website.



The long in the works comprehenisve plan update has produced a first draft copy of the work, that was sent to those who had attended stakeholder meetings for the update of county plans.

The draft of the comprehensive plan compiled by the state is a starting point, said county planning director Richard Osborne. Osborne cautioned there are quite a few areas where it is important to remember this is still in rough draft form. He said there was some copy/paste by the state that will be fine-tuned on several points to reflect accurately the status quo of Pickens County.



Please review the earlier attached draft comprehensive plan which includes the 2013-17 list of accomplishments and 2018-22 community work programs for each jurisdiction. If you would like to review a hard copy, come see me in the county admin building at 1266 E. Church St or call me 706-253-8852 and I’ll be glad to print out a copy for you.

Progress writer Larry Cavender publishes fiery political book

cavender book

    The cover of Cavender's new book depicts an upturned world in the center with flames encroaching upon the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the American Flag. The book is written from the perspective of an average, everyday, middle class American, or "forgotten man."

     In our nation, where once scholars roamed the halls of academia, we now have socialists, anarchists, and even avowed terrorists donning professor's robes. In our nation, where people were once innocent until proven guilty, they are now found to be guilty, despite their innocence, by the prosecutorial