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Rash of overdoses shows heroin could be gaining foothold in suburbs

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On December 15th, a Pickens deputy used his issued naloxone injector to revive an overdose victim, likely saving his life. On December 16 this happened again with another deputy using the voice-prompts with the Evzio opiod emergency injection kit to bring around someone who had overdosed.

Deputies here, have been carrying Narcan (naloxone) injection kits since 2016 and have three uses where someone who had overdosed was brought back to consciousness, preventing what could have been three overdose deaths. 

In the past month another two people (brothers) both overdosed on the same day with one brother being dropped off at the Hinton Fire Department unresponsive and the second brother found unresponsive in the parking lot of the QuikTrip on Highway 515. Both survived after being taken to the hospital.

Don't let pipes freeze - and steps to take if they do

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Submitted by Justin Tomczak 

Issues Management/Media Relations

State Farm


What's worse than a major home maintenance disaster? Try several major home maintenance disasters at once. When a house's water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates, affecting a quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. It's all too common, especially considering this damage is largely preventable.

Doc Severinsen to perform at Falany Performing Arts Center Jan. 9


Doc is a Grammy ward-winning trumpeter known both for his time leading the famous Tonight Show with Johnny Carson band (and his notoriously flashy outfits) as well as his own prolific recording and touring. Joined by trumpeter virtuoso Byron Stripling and his quartet, Severinsen performs a tribute concert entitled Trumpet Kings, celebrating the greatest jazz trumpeters of the 20th century. Guests will enjoy hearing the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and of course, Doc. 

Severinsen will perform on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center. Adult tickets are $50-$55, seniors $45-$50, and children $20-$25.

For more information contact the Falany Performing Arts Center Box Office at 770-720-9167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Big Move down Main



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          A giant blue autoclave rolled down Main Street on a transfer truck Thursday. It was made at American Autoclave Company, Pioneer Industrial Blvd. in Jasper. AAC President Robert Stack says this is the fourth one they have produced since the company relocated here 10 years ago. This particular one will be used by a manufacturer of airplane parts in Dallas, Ga. 

The trailer used had a rotary mechanism which allows easy manueverability, aptly demonstrated as they turned right in front of Jasper Drug Store.



Veterinarian wants to privatize animal shelter

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   Veterinarian Dr. Craig Chester talks at the meeting about the animal shelter.

At their December meeting, Veterinarian Dr. Craig Chester, owner of Animal Medical Clinic in Jasper, gave a presentation to county commissioners regarding his proposal to take over operations at the Pickens County Animal Shelter.  

Pickens resident William Bell began the presentation. He said, “In the spirit of the American Humane Society that does such a good job in the country, we want to do something in that fashion for the citizens and animals of Pickens County.” 

Bells’ daughter Jessica Bell, a former employee at Animal Medical Clinic, is 16 months away from completing veterinary school and would come on board as an employee of Dr. Craig’s at the shelter if a deal is hammered out between the two entities.