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Challenges of finding good employees discussed

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A Workforce Needs Assessment panel discussion at Chattahoochee Tech let local HR people talk about the challenges of recruiting. A moderator from the Carl Vincent Institute looks on as (l-r) Joseph Simmons of Piedmont Mountainside; Keri Streicher, Royston; Lewis Williams of QSR; Judy Fowler, Amicalola EMC and Debbie Underkoffler, N. Ga. Staffing, discuss the issue.

       It’s a worker’s world when it comes to hiring and firing, according to a panel discussion as part of a workforce needs assessment at Chattahoochee Tech on April 13th.

Personnel directors at several of the largest local companies, and a staffing agency, all say that employers must do more to recruit employees and be more “flexible” when it comes to standards. The group was speaking as part of a Pickens County Needs Assessment conducted by Carl Vincent Institute of Government and hosted by Chattahoochee Tech as they look at what class offerings and other services the school should offer.

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School board presents information on senior tax exemption


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       School Board Chair Daniel Bell said he liked data, as he welcomed the public on April 17th to a forum looking at the economics/trends involving the senior tax exemption issue.

        Bell’s fondness for data, including, statistics, projections, graphs and demographic studies became evident as he presented a lengthy and detailed breakdown of the trends shaping north Georgia and how that could affect school finances. Bell began by noting that the school board, all five were present, had agreed prior to the meeting to waive their meeting pay and he had paid for the room out of his pocket to avoid any political impropriety.

Southern Gone podcast shines light on the missing, past and present

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        Southern Gone is a new podcast by Kristi Bryant of Talking Rock. Every other week the podcast will feature a story about a missing person from the South. 

Bryant invites everyone to “grab a chair, a glass of sweet tea and get gone with Southern Gone.” The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.


A new podcast from a Talking Rock woman called Southern Gone focuses on stories of people who’ve gone missing throughout the South. The podcast is a passion project for founder and host Kristi Bryant who spent three years in the early 2000s working for a private investigator and developing a passion for mysteries and finding missing people.

Path unclear for senior tax exemption proposal


       Seniors for Change leader Charlotte Williamson says they will not settle for watered-down proposals. The group seeks a “meaningful” change for exemptions.


By the end of the third and final meeting hosted by Seniors for Change Thursday, it appeared those calling for increased school tax exemptions were gaining ground but with a convoluted, confusing path ahead.

Seniors for Change spokesperson Charlotte Williamson responded that she herself was a “bit confused” about the process of taking a groundswell of support and really achieving lower property taxes for those over 62 years old.

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Double jeopardy could keep murder case from being retried, says Supreme Court



Published Monday, April 16, 2018


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Under an opinion today by the Georgia Supreme Court, a young man whose first trial ended in a mistrial may not be retried for murder on the ground it would violate his constitutional right against double jeopardy.

According to the facts of the case, in February 2014, Damion Bernard Clayton was shot and killed in a baseball park in Macon. A Bibb County grand jury indicted Jedarrius Treonta Meadows, who was 17 at the time of the crime, and two co-defendants with murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault. Meadows and one of the co-defendants were also indicted for Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Meadows’ trial was severed from that of his co-defendants, who agreed to testify for the State. The trial began Sept. 8, 2015 when a jury was sworn and impaneled. The jury heard testimony