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Tractor trailer scalped by power line

Two trucks misled by GPS knock out power in last month


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A powerline on Indian Forest Road made this big rig’s roof look like a flimsy beer can. An employee of the trucking company*, left, and emergency workers survey the impressive damage. This was the second tractor trailer tangled up in the same exact spot this month. * Corrected from original where it listed him as the driver.


Indian Forest Road in Jasper, a curvy, somewhat hilly road behind Chattahoochee Tech is no place for full-size tractor trailers - but that hasn’t kept them from being led there by GPS systems only to get hung up in power lines. 

“This is the second one that’s done this in a month,” said Jasper Police Asst. Chief Jim Gleason who, along with a dozen or so other emergency workers surveyed the spectacle of a tractor trailer roof that had been ripped off by the power line Monday. “They’re not supposed to be back on this road.”

Rotary to dedicate Children’s Music Park May 30th

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By Max Caylor

Rotary member


“We are excited to announce the opening of The Rotary Children’s Music Park at Roper Park behind the Boys & Girls Club,” said Music Park Chair Kay Lawrence. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday May 30th at noon.

The Rotary Music park will be a unique outdoor attraction for children of all ages and levels to promote their musical talents and help them have fun.  All of the instruments will have concrete bases and sidewalks for being handicapped accessible.                       

Patricia Jones of Teacher Support Force, observed that the ease of playing Freenotes instruments: “Without question the best resource I have ever seen for nurturing the musician in every child are Harmony Park outdoor instruments and playgrounds by Freenotes.”  

Two brothers take on Great Wall marathon

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Alexander Goble, left, and his brother Taylor after completing a grueling half-marathon on the Great Wall of China.

By Alexander Goble

“Beijing is like a crucible in which one cannot but be transformed.” An apt description of the city where I've found a second home, attributed to Mao Zedong no less, but the saying works for any foreign city one might live in. I find it a more appropriate description for the Great Wall Marathon, a race that occurs each April, falling on April 15th this year.

The marathon bills itself as "the most beautiful great wall, the most difficult marathon", running through a mountainous area 125 kilometers Northeast of Beijing called JinShanLing. If my Chinese was right (it's often wrong) I heard that there were about 1,300 runners this year from all around the world. We all stood near the starting line waiting for the "game" (as the Chinese translate it) to start and watched with amusement as the government representatives gave stuffy announcements for almost 10 minutes following a

Rolling along - mountain bike park opens

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        An enthusiastic crowd of mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, bee keepers, birders and outdoor lovers were on hand to officially dedicate the first trails at the Talking Rock Nature Preserve Saturday.


The increasingly-popular mountain bike trails in the Talking Rock Nature Preserve were officially dedicated Saturday with a ceremony on a day that also featured guided hikes and demo bikes.

Jon’s Trail was named in honor of local cyclist Jon Hudgens who died last year; another section of trails was named Nitro North and Nitro South to recognize Ken “Nitro” Nix who led the trail-building work.

The event Saturday was a dedication of the trails, but not a ribbon cutting said Bill Jones, the executive director of Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land. Jones said there are still quite a few options being explored for the 211-acre tract on Carns Mill Road, across Highway 515 from Biguns Barbecue.

Economic growth emerges as top issue at candidate forum

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photo/Dan Pool

School board incumbent Byron Long’s response draws a laugh from challenger Tucker Green during the forum last week. Early voting is underway now.

        At the candidate forum hosted by the Pickens Progress Thursday, seven candidates from the three contested local races responded to questions from moderators and members of the public. 

If public officials and candidates’ family members are taken out of the count, attendance was disappointing as there were only a handful of people from the public present.   

Across the board, candidates expressed their love for the Jasper and Pickens County and desire for the community to be the best it can be. There were many overlapping platforms from candidates, who were all cordial during the forum.

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