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Casual Classics return with chamber music concerts

casual classics at fellowship church

     With the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Casual Classics Concert Series announces its 2021-22 season. Four exciting and varied chamber music concerts are scheduled for the 2021-2021 series of Casual Classics.      Monday, September 13, 2021: Atlanta Symphony Woodwind Quintet, featuring the first chair players in the woodwind section of the ASO. They are Christina Smith, flute; Elizabeth Tiscione, oboe; Laura Ardan, clarinet; Andrew Brady, bassoon; and Jaclyn Rainey, French horn. They will perform quintets from the Classical through modern periods and works focusing on each of the five instruments individually.

      Monday, January 3, 2022: Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program Stars, featuring violinist Gordon Meeks and cellist Brandon Leonard, accompanied by Dr. Jeffrey Meeks, piano. As one of the longest-running, year-round musical education diversity programs in the USA, the Talent Development Program (TDP) provides 25 young Black and Latinx musicians with the highest level of musical training each school year, studying privately with

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Friends of Pickens Library looking for good used books for annual book sale

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          Two young book lovers donating their used books at Community Bank of Pickens County.

Got books to share?


By Paula Adams,

Friends of Pickens Library


Each year, we have had many generous donations of books brought to the Pickens County Library. This year, however, we have been unable to take in books due to COVID and because our library is now in the process of being renovated. To remedy this, Community Bank of Pickens County will be accepting all books in good condition throughout the entire month of August, Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their Cove Road location. Chattahoochee Technical College will also be accepting books on Wednesday, August 11th from 2-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, August 18th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Cherokee Hall room. 

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270-home development off Philadelphia Rd. approved

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        A spokesperson for the development company explains the plans for the huge residential project on Philadelphia Road between Highway 515 and Talking Rock Highway. 

        A planned residential complex of 270 townhomes cleared three hurdles within six days last week on its way to becoming a possible reality. 

A request to rezone more than 49 acres of land off Philadelphia Road was recommended by the Jasper Planning & Zoning Board at a meeting on Tuesday, July 27th, and two days later, on July 29th, at a called meeting and work session of the full city council, the council endorsed the recommendation.

The final hurdle was cleared Monday night, August 2nd, when council officially approved the rezoning from R-A Residential to R-3 Residential opening the way for construction.

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New owner plans to keep hometown feel, but add RVs to Jasper Jeep location

       front Mike and Drew Tutton

        Mike Lowe (left) and Drew Tutton make the deal official for Jasper Jeep to change hands.

        On Monday, Drew Tutton, who wrapped up a  deal to acquire Jasper Jeep last week, was scrambling around his new “store”, dealing mainly with the IT side of running one of the most well-known Jeep dealerships in the world.

Now known as Tutton Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the new owner said oddly enough this latest investment - which joins two RV service/sales locations, part-ownership of another dealership, and his work as the general manager of three dealerships, and his work as the general manager of three dealerships in Cobb County - is partially about his “roots.”

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Georgia House Speaker Ralston proposes $75 million for law enforcement, mental health


By Dave Williams

Bureau Chief

Capitol Beat News Service


ATLANTA - Georgia House Speaker David Ralston will ask House budget writers this winter to earmark $75 million for additional law enforcement and mental health services.

Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, made the announcement Wednesday during a speech at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council Summer Training Conference on Jekyll Island.

“We owe it to our communities to bolster law enforcement and mental health services in a time when some areas of our state are seeing a dramatic increase in crime and the number of individuals in need of mental health care,” he said. “This proposal is one I am proud to offer and the House of Representatives will stand firmly behind when we consider it as part of our 2022 budget process.”

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