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Safety tips for downed power lines


Downed powerlines on Grandview Road Tueday morning. 


     Strong winds that blew through Pickens County last night, Monday, Sept. 11th and downed numerous trees and powerlines. Here are some safety tips from Georgia Power about what you should do if you see a downed powerline. 


Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed power line is live and life-threatening. Keep children and pets away from downed lines. Do not attempt to remove a person or animal caught in power lines. Call 911 for help. Do not attempt to remove tree limbs or any other object from a downed line. If you see a downed line, call your electric company or your police or fire department to have the downed line barricaded until it can be repaired. Warn others to stay away.


Never drive over a downed line or under a low-hanging line. Beware of downed lines touching a vehicle. Stay away from the vehicle and the line. If a power line hits your car while you're inside, stay put and wait for help. If the car catches fire, then jump clear without touching metal and the ground at the same time. Shuffle away keeping both feet on the ground.


Clean up underway after Irma



On Thursday Clean up crews continue clearing downed trees across the county this morning after Irma's high winds raged for much of Monday night. Schools remained closed Thursday and many areas of the county were still without power.

Reports from the County Emergency Operation Center was that east Pickens, along Cove Road (pictured above) took the worst of the damage, but that there was damage in all sections of the county.

Woodstock High student dies in Ball Ground crash


 Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

     Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a vehicle accident Friday, September 08, 2017 at 7:27 a.m. on Ball Ground Highway at the intersection of East Cherokee Drive.  When responding units arrived they observed a Buick Lacrosse had been struck by a Kenworth flatbed construction truck.   Preliminary investigation shows that the driver of the Buick Lacrosse, a 16 year old juvenile, was making a left hand turn from East Cherokee Drive onto Ball Ground Highway when they were struck by the Kenworth flatbed truck, driven by Jerymie Thurman 37 years of age of Cartersville, as the truck was traveling northbound on Ball Ground Highway.  The juvenile was declared deceased on the scene and the driver of the truck was transported to the hospital. The juvenile driver's name is Madilyn Phillips 16 years of age of Ball Ground.  She was a student at Woodstock High School.

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the accident.

Schools closed Monday and Tuesday due to hurricane concerns


School District statement on Hurricane weather closures --  Due to inclement weather conditions,the Pickens County School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 11th TWELVE MONTH EMPLOYEES REPORT AT NORMAL TIME. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12. Twelve month employees will be contacted late Monday as to whether they will be required to come to work on Tuesday. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be canceled.

Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website at, the Infinite Campus parent portal, district and school websites and social media sites, and sent to local media. 


Grand Jury also not convening tomorrow, Tuesday

Due to Pickens County Schools closing the Grand Jury set to convene on Monday September 11th will not appear Monday or Tuesday September 11th and 12th due to possible inclement weather. They will need to call the jury info line (which is our regular number 706-253-8763) Tuesday September 12th after 6 pm for their instructions for Wednesday jury service?
Juvenile Court also canceled for Monday
Pickens County Juvenile Court has been canceled for Monday, September 11th due to the possibility of inclement weather. All cases will be rescheduled at a later date when determined by the court. If you have an attorney please stay in touch with him/her. 

Harvey Relief efforts in Jasper



Volunteers are collecting supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims at Lee Newton Park in Jasper. Volunteers, headed by a group from Trinity Tabernacle, will be there today until noon taking donations and back every day but Sunday until the truck is full. They are hoping to expand hours if more volunteers to help load supplies come forward. "We want this to be a real community effort," said one of the volunteers Roger Jenkins.

Supplies needed include linens, clothing, school supplies, toys, bath products and more. 

Judd Voyles, who organized the efforts said, "Stand in your yard and look at your house and imagine water all the way up to the roof, that's what those people out there are dealing with."

Voyles has made contacts with churches in the affected area that will distribute the donated items. He is providing the trailer and will drive the load out himself.