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Launch of Atlanta PTSD chapter followed by Pickens motorcycle run



Dan Solla, a combat veteran who suffers from PTSD, said when he was in full blown crisis mode, time was not a luxury he had. 

“The VA has lists that are two months long for vets with PTSD,” said Solla. “I didn’t have time to wait for that. I needed help right then.” 

Solla, who now works for the Atlanta Chapter of PTSD Foundation of America helping other combat vets by telling his own story, had spiraled out of control. At his lowest, he said even though he may not have been thinking about putting a gun to his head, “I was doing a lot of self-harm. I didn’t care what happened to me. I was on the road to killing myself that way.”

City may privatize garbage service

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City employees Eddie Rey, Chad Miller and supervisor Jimmy Howard taking out the trash at a local business. 

        The approximately 600 Jasper residents who have city garbage collection could see changes to service, with a town hall meeting scheduled at the end of the month to discuss the service’s future. 

Council is considering privatizing trash pick-up, with local companies to possibly take over the routes and provide weekly pickup. According to an advertisement for the town hall meeting (on page 8A), changes could cause rates to increase, back-door pickup to be no longer available or to go up in price, and could cause daily garbage pickup to no longer be available.

        See full story in this week's print or online editions.

DA warns of vaping dangers after recent medical emergencies

 "There is nothing harmless about what is occurring," says DA Sosebee on risks of teens vaping



Appalachian Judicial Circuit


September 6, 2018: Within the last week, several teens in Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties have experienced medical emergencies as a result of "vaping," by use of electronic cigarettes.

These medical emergencies necessitated treatment by both EMS and treatment at hospitals. The number of incidents within such a shmt time frame in our area is alarming. 

Murder conviction upheld for 17-year-old, and other opinions released by Supreme Court



Published Monday, September 10, 2018


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"The Second Time Around" opens this weekend

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Laughs all around - The Tater Patch comedy, The Second Time Around, is sure to make you smile a little and laugh a lot. 

     The delightful comedy, The Second Time Around, by Henry  Denker,  opens this Friday for nine shows. The performances are September 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at the theater at 95 Philadelphia Lane. The eight cast members have been working hard to prepare and are ready to make you smile a little and laugh a lot. There is a dress rehearsal on Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.