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“Sticker shock” over Jones Mountain Road repair cost

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The washed out portion of Jones Mountain Road.


       With first estimates nearly double the price expected, commissioners say there’s no way around spending money to repair colossal damage to a portion of Jones Mountain Road from a landslide last month.  

Jones Mountain Road has been closed since Friday, Feb. 22. Traffic has been rerouted along narrow, gravel roads – the only alternative routes in the area – through Trout Farm and West Price Creek roads. At the commissioners’ work session on Thursday, March 7, Public Works Director Kim Quinton admitted the 4.7-mile detour is inconvenient, and asked the public to “bear with us” through the repair process. It is expected the road will be closed for several weeks, but Commission Chair Rob Jones said he wants to get the ball rolling on repairs as soon as possible. 

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In case where pit bull mauled woman, Supreme Court rules in landlord's favor



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The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled in favor of a landlord in this dog attack case, finding he could not be held liable for the injuries of a woman who was two blocks away when his renters’ pit bulls escaped a fenced-in yard and mauled her.

With today’s unanimous opinion, written by Justice Sarah H. Warren, the high court has reversed a Georgia Court of Appeals ruling that the case against the landlord could proceed to jury trial.

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Daffodil, Narcissus, Jonquil, March Flower - What’s in a name?

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By Dee Boggus

Pickens County Master Gardener


Daffodils are some of the easiest and most dependable flowers to cultivate in your garden and are readily available for purchase in our area. Because they are also environmentally adaptable, daffodils are ideal plants for the beginning gardener in our locale. The flower that we call daffodil is actually a perennial herbaceous bulb of the genus Narcissus. The two names are interchangeable. Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all daffodils and daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus.

Read more: Daffodil, Narcissus, Jonquil, March Flower - What’s in a name?

Wrecks, shooting equal "bizarre" night for local law enforcement

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The Cherokee-Pickens multi agency SWAT team was requested to execute entry and conduct a search warrant. photo/Pickens Sheriff


Pickens Sheriff Press Release

During a bizarre twist of events, an accident that deputies responded to on Highway 53 East in Marble Hill Georgia on March 7th at approximately 10:30 pm, turned out to be an Aggravated Assault case. Upon arrival at an accident, deputies found the driver of one vehicle to be suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Another vehicle, a motorcycle, was also found wrecked with no driver in site. 



Read more: Wrecks, shooting equal "bizarre" night for local law enforcement

Pilot dies in helicopter crash

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Angela Reinhardt / Photo Pickens County Sheriff’s Capt. April Killian of the Criminal Investigation Division documents the helicopter crash in Talking Rock Tuesday. The site is located alongside a stretch of large power lines where the pilot was trimming trees.


[Story Updated Wednesdsay, March 6 at 9:50 a.m.]

        A helicopter that was trimming trees in Talking Rock Tuesday, March 5 crashed in the woods off Ellijay Road. The pilot, Johnny Kent, was air lifted to Grady Memorial Hospital and died as a result of his injuries at 5:44 p.m. that day 

There were no other parties inside the aircraft at the time of the accident. A witness at the scene said the pilot appeared to be conscious when he was  being assisted by emergency workers, before he was sent to Atlanta.

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