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The new Old Mulehouse on the corner of Main Street and Highway 53 was originally a Chevrolet dealership operated by the Lawson family. The Lawson family did originally operate a mule house in Jasper, but not at this site.
By Blake Moss
The much anticipated opening of the Old Mulehouse on Main Street has finally arrived. It is in the nearly century old Lawson building that once housed automotive establishments Lawson Chevrolet and NAPA auto parts, where my grandfather, Wallace "Pop" Moss, worked for many years.
The name of the restaurant itself comes from a common building found in most small towns around the turn of the century called a mule house. It would be a large barn that when someone would ride into town to do their business, they could stow their mule there and not worry about it wandering off.
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Members of the Pickens County Board of Commissioners have proposed a millage rate of 7.779 for 2019, which will levy $11.29 million in taxes.
Last year’s millage rate was 7.846. At the commissioners’ work session, Pickens Finance Officer Faye Harvey explained that 7.779 mills is the “rollback” rate, which the county is able to use this year because of the $40.3 million net increase to the 2019 county tax digest.
Database tracks opioid use; Pickens above state average
According to landmark data analysis recently released by The Washington Post, over 10.3 million opioid pills were legally sold in Pickens County as the deadly opioid epidemic surged between the years of 2006 and 2012.
The data is part of a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that was made public after a year-long legal battle the media outlet had with the DEA and the U.S. Justice Department. The DEA was forced to release the database, which tracks every pain pill manufactured in the United States.
The Washington Post’s victory in court and ensuing research and data analysis of the more than 380 million transactions showed that the volume of pain pills handled in the U.S. increased a staggering 51
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The highlighted buildings will be the new location of Reinhardt’s Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences pending final Pickens school board approval. Reinhardt’s president announced the move at the Pickens Chamber breakfast Tuesday morning.
A proposed partnership between Reinhardt University, the Pickens County School System, and the Development Authority of Pickens County could relocate the entire Reinhardt nursing program to two buildings in downtown Jasper by next year.
As part of the agreement, some Pickens High School students would receive scholarships to the college’s nursing program. Local leaders believe the arrangement will also bolster Jasper’s downtown area by bringing students who will patronize restaurants and businesses on and around.
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After bogging down in JeepFest’s mudpit Sunday afternoon, this man decided to have a little fun when he surprised the crowd with a daring back flip off the bumper. Trey Barnes dazzled the crowd with a backflip off his front bumper going head over heels into the blog. See more photos of JeepFest on pages 11-12A.
The 9th annual Sheriff’s JeepFest saw the off-road event in Marble Hill with a modest increase in registered Jeep owners and what appeared to be smaller spectator crowds.
Organizers reported Monday that 2,340 owners registered Jeeps for events between the Thursday night ride and final day on the trails and obstacle course Sunday.
Spectators can park and watch the obstacle course and see other entertainment for free so there is no accurate way to get a total, but it was thought to be a smaller general public crowd this year.