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Power being restored to Jackson EMC customers


Jackson EMC had restored power to all but 345 customers affected by this afternoon’s storm as of 4:10 p.m., according to Bonnie Jones, director of public relations and communications for the co-op. 

“These are scattered outages in western and southern Hall County,” said Jones. “Our crews will be working to restore power until the last customer is back in service.”

Previously posted:

With three circuits restored after storm downed trees and limbs, the number of Jackson EMC customers out of power is down to 1,819. 

“We continue to work to restore the remainder of our customers,” said Bonnie Jones of the electricity power which reported some outages in the Chateau Elan area as well as in Oakwood.

Jefferson Fire and Police units give all-clear at Kroger


The Jefferson Fire Department and Jefferson Police Department had been dispatched to the Loggins Corner Shopping Center on a reported bomb threat.

When The Paper staffer Charles Phelps arrived just before 4 p.m., public safety personnel were leaving the scene.

Some Jackson EMC customers without power after storm


As a result of the line of storms that just moved through Hall County, Jackson EMC currently has 4,476 customers without power, likely the result of damage from high winds bringing down trees and tree limbs, according to Bonnie Jones, Director of Public Relations & Communications for Jackson EMC.

These outages are centered around the Oakwood area near Highway 53 and Poplar Springs Road, northwest Hall County along Dawsonville Highway near the Dawson County line and the Braselton area of Old Winder Highway, Union Church Road and Chateau Élan.

Crews were dispatched to make repairs just after 3 p.m.

“We hope to have these customers back in service soon,” said Jones.

Meth trafficking arrest made in Barrow


Barrow County Sheriff’s officials conducted an undercover operation which netted the seizure of approximately 10 ounces of crystal methamphetamine on Aug. 19.  The street value for the seized narcotics is approximately $10,000.

The incident took place in the parking lot of Home Depot at 649 Carl-Bethlehem Road.

Domingo Vargas, 27, of Norcross, was arrested for the attempted sale of the methamphetamine.  He is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and is being held at the Barrow County Detention Center awaiting bond.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Arson arrest made in connection to Braselton residential fire


The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffrey Andrew Thornton, 35, of Braselton, on Aug. 15 following an investigation into a suspicious house fire at a Braselton residence.

According to witnesses, Thornton allegedly set the fire after an argument with a female associate.



The Sheriff’s Office has charged Thornton with one count of arson in the first degree and criminal damage to property in the second degree.

Thornton, who is also wanted by the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office for a probation violation, is currently incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail.

Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-367-8718. Also remember that you can provide information without being involved or identified by contacting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 706-367-3784 to report any criminal or suspicious activity.