In a 3-1 vote, Jasper City Council has expressed their intent to hire councilmembrer Jim Looney as interim city manger until a permanant replacement for Mayor John Weaver can be found.
In what could be called the beginning of the end of an era, Jasper City Council has voted their intent to separate the roles of city manager and mayor.
The vote came during their January council meeting, where council member Jim Looney was selected to serve as interim city manager until a permanent replacement can be found. Looney was not formally appointed that night, but council said they plan to hire him next month after he tenders his resignation as a city council member.
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A ball drop on Main Street in Jasper thrilled party goers on New Years Eve.
Organizers of the downtown New Year’s Eve party said despite lows in the teens, the event turned out “better than expected.”
“It came together flawlessly,” said Jasper Merchant’s Association Vice President Kirk Raffield. “It ended up being a safe, fun, family-friendly event, which is exactly what we wanted. We had absolutely no issues and things went smoothly. Was the crowd smaller? Yes, but it was 14 degrees outside.”
On December 15th, a Pickens deputy used his issued naloxone injector to revive an overdose victim, likely saving his life. On December 16 this happened again with another deputy using the voice-prompts with the Evzio opiod emergency injection kit to bring around someone who had overdosed.
Deputies here, have been carrying Narcan (naloxone) injection kits since 2016 and have three uses where someone who had overdosed was brought back to consciousness, preventing what could have been three overdose deaths.
In the past month another two people (brothers) both overdosed on the same day with one brother being dropped off at the Hinton Fire Department unresponsive and the second brother found unresponsive in the parking lot of the QuikTrip on Highway 515. Both survived after being taken to the hospital.
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The basement of a Stafford Manor house was flooded when a water line busted. The carpet, walls and furniture had to be ripped out.
Midday Wednesday, Jan. 3, Pickens E-911 sent out a Code Red alert urging residents to take precaution against freezing pipes, as city crews were experiencing a high-volume of water loss due to busted lines.
“I’ve been at the water department since 1994 and I can only think of one other cold snap that hurt us this bad,” said Jasper Water Superintendent David Hall, who had crews all over the city handling leaks. “When you’ve got very cold weather before a low of seven degrees, then very cold weather after, that kills us. We’re seeing summer usage and it’s January.”
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What's worse than a major home maintenance disaster? Try several major home maintenance disasters at once. When a house's water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.
Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates, affecting a quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. It's all too common, especially considering this damage is largely preventable.