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GBI arrests Jasper man in child abuse case involving 8-week-old



Press Release Georgia Bureau of Investigation


     Jasper, Georgia (October 8, 2020) – On Thursday, October 8, 2020, Scott W. Waters, 20 of Jasper, Georgia, was arrested on multiple charges for injuring his 8-week-old infant. Waters was charged with two counts of cruelty to children, four counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated assault. Waters was booked into the Pickens County Detention Center.

     On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) was alerted to an infant that was life flighted to the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with critical injuries. The PCSO requested the assistance of the GBI to investigate the case. As a result of the investigation, warrants were issued on October 8, 2020 for Waters, the infant’s father.

     The investigation is ongoing and will be provided to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution upon completion.

Developers want to break ground on massive mixed-use project by year’s end

copeland mixed use plan

Design Plan presented to Jasper Planning Commission

Piedmont Village must gain a Planned Unit Development zoning, and be approved for land disturbing and building permits before construction can begin.

 Jasper Planning Commission paved the way for a large, mixed-used community behind Piedmont Mountainside Hospital with a recommendation for rezoning for the parcel at their September 25th meeting.

Read the rest of this story in our e-edition this week.

Pickens per capita income highest in region



     Recently updated data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows that per capita personal income in Pickens County grew by 4.35 percent from 2017, to $47,887 in 2018.

Per capita personal income is personal income divided by population and residents here saw their incomes grow by almost $2,000 in 2018 over the previous year. Ten years earlier, in 2008, Pickens County’s per capita income was $35,008.  

     Pickens’ $47,887 per capita personal income figure  leads our 15-county Northwest Georgia region. Murray County is the lowest in the region at $29,968.

Read more: Pickens per capita income highest in region

Free child dental care Feb. 2nd

dental health

       Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center is offering free dental care for kids this Friday, Feb. 2 as part of the nationwide American Dental Association Foundation’s Give-Kids-A-Smile event. 

Evaluations and treatments are given on a first-come-first-serve basis, but all children will at least be screened for a future appointment. 

“I’m going to do whatever I need to do based on the needs of the child,” said Good Sam’s Dental Director Dr. James Talbot. “That could be cleanings, fillings, we will assess the situation. All children will be screened though.” 

Read more: Free child dental care Feb. 2nd