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



Published Monday, September 10, 2018


Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .

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

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. 

Read more: DA warns of vaping dangers after recent medical emergencies

Man who assaulted south Ga. women was on bond for meth and molestation charges in Pickens

Bradley Cochran

Photo from Cochran’s Facebook page

Bradley Justin Cochran was out on bond for child molestation when he kidnapped and assaulted women before hanging himself. 

        A man authorities say hung himself after kidnapping and sexually assaulting women in south Georgia was a former PHS student also facing child molestation and drug charges in Pickens County. 

Bradley Justin Cochran, 40, had been released on bond from the Pickens County Adult Detention Center last September. Under conditions of his bond in a 2017 child molestation case, Cochran was required to enroll in a program at Journey to Sober Living, a “recovery residence” in Statesboro, Ga. 

Read more: Man who assaulted south Ga. women was on bond for meth and molestation charges in Pickens

"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.

Read more: "The Second Time Around" opens this weekend

Senator Gooch appointed as chair of Senate study committee on evaluating the school year calendar

Sen. Gooch 2014

        Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) has been appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to serve as Chair of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools.

“As we celebrate Labor Day each year as the unofficial end of summer, most of our public schools have been back in full swing for nearly a month,” said Sen. Gooch. “Additionally, August is typically the hottest time of year when energy bills reach their peak and student athletes’ safety is a big concern. I

Read more: Senator Gooch appointed as chair of Senate study committee on evaluating the school year calendar