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Jasperse to participate in federal School Safety's Listening Session



ATLANTA – State Representative Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), Chairman of the House Study Committee on School Security, today announced that he will participate in the Federal Commission on School Safety's Final Listening Session on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. During the meeting, members of the public, along with representatives of local and state governments, will share their views on how to keep students and schools safe.

“I am honored to participate in the listening session,” said Rep. Jasperse. “Nothing is more important to parents than keeping our children safe. By sharing school safety ideas, we can find ways to improve security on our campuses.”

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Evidence must be suppressed in trial for woman accused of killing her baby, among Supreme Court's rulings




Published Monday, August 27, 2018


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The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled as unconstitutional the process for appointing members to the DeKalb CountyBoard of Ethics.

With today’s decision, the high court has upheld a superior court’s ruling that the appointment process created by a recent DeKalb County local law, which delegates to private entities the power to appoint four of the ethics board’s seven members, violates the Georgia Constitution’s requirement that public officials be held accountable to the people.

 “As these private entities do not answer to the people as required by our

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Appalachian Gun Range strives for comfort, confidence

Business-at-Hand: A look at Pickens County entrepreneurs

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“We knew if we made it comfortable and enjoyable for ladies, we’d be on target,” said Carlton Wilson, one of the owners of Appalachian Gun Range, on Highway 515 in south Pickens County.

Opening earlier this year, the range, located in the same building at Appalachian Gun and Pawn, is a combination of classic bare wood with the latest technology for shooters, including advanced video targets projected down the range, in addition to standard paper targets. 

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Bartow sheriff hoping to identify woman whose body was found in landfill through distinctive tattoos

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Composite sketch of the woman and tattoo.


Rome News-Tribune 

staff reports


The Bartow County sheriff is attempting to identify a woman whose dismembered body was found at a dump site earlier this week and says her distinctive tattoos may be the key.

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said the woman is a white female who was between the ages of 18 and 35 and had reddish or brown hair. She was between the heights of 5'2" and 5'6" and approximately 150 pounds.

She has tattoos of two Easter lilies with a sacred heart in between them as well as two names, one on each shoulder blade. Millsap said they're not releasing the names in the hope that will allow them to confirm the woman's identity.

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Age of new moms on the rise

Education, geography biggest factors in age for first time moms in Pickens, throughout country



Women in Pickens County become mothers at earlier ages than women in more affluent metro Atlanta counties but are similar in age to other north Georgia women and those in far south Georgia.

     If you are a typical Pickens County woman, the age at which you will likely have your first child is 23.6, according to an analysis of four decades of births from data from the National Center for Health Statistics. But for women here with a college education, the age rises to 28.7, a full five years later. The average age for married women here to have children is 25.

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