Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Press Release
Just after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle accident on Conns Creek Road near Moody Road in Ball Ground.
A Jeep Wrangler driven by Danny Barnes, 56 years old of Ball Ground, struck a deer causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and roll down an embankment. Barnes died from injuries sustained in the accident after being partially ejected from the Jeep Wrangler.
There were no passengers in the vehicle. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the accident.
Dr. Carlton Wilson
In a surprising 3-2 vote, Dr. Carlton Wilson has been selected as sole finalist for the Pickens County School Superintendent, beating out an unprecedented 48 candidates for the position.
See this week's print or online editions for Dr. Wilson's response to concerns from school board members Byron Long and Delane Lewis, who voted against his approval as finalist. Also see a full statement from Dr. Wilson on his selection as the sole finalist.
17 deaths this year attributed to synthetic opiods
Decatur, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is issuing a public safety alert regarding illegal synthetic opioids. In the last four months, 17 deaths have been caused by the drugs U-47700 and/or furanyl fentanyl, equal to the number for all of 2016.
U-47700 and furanyl fentanyl are both Schedule I drugs and used in the same manner as heroin. U-47700 has a street name of “pink.”
Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical treatment use in the United States. The drugs are distributed in either powder or tablet form.
This story was originally printed in the October 13, 2016 edition of the Pickens Progress. This article has been referenced several times publicly, most recently at a Pickens Seniors for Change meeting and in a Letter to the Editor, which cited it as being inaccurate. We stand by the original story and are reposting it exactly as it was printed.
At a recent meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry referenced an article published in the AJC back in August titled “Teacher Pay in Georgia: Which Georgia school system pays teachers most?” The article ranked Pickens
with the ninth highest paid teachers in the state, on aver- age.
Dr. Perry and the board appeared pleased with the ranking and expressed their support for teachers. The Progress followed up with a few questions to find out a little more about why teachers here make about $4,000 more annually than the state average of $54,750, and to learn how teacher pay is calculated.