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.
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 www.pickenscountyschools.org, 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
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.
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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.