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Aug. 4 is opening day for NGPG West Jackson

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The new North Georgia Physicians Group West Jackson facility located at 26 West Jackson Commons Drive off Highway 124, will open Aug. 4 for Dr. Marissa Mercado. She will be joined by Dr. Scott Ellis and a grand opening will be held Oct. 11.  The interior of the 9,000-square-foot building echoes the hand-chiseled stacked stone, wood and colors of other new NGPG buildings as well as Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton which is under construction in south Hall County. The West Jackson practice is the first of the physician group’s branded look. Jennifer Nicholson is the practice administrator for the NGPG practices of West Jackson and Jefferson and Jonathon Hecht is the regional administrator for the NGPG’s south primary and urgent care facilities. See more scenes in the photo gallery below.

The new North Georgia Physicians Group West Jackson facility located at 26 West Jackson Commons Drive off Highway 124, will open Aug. 4 for Dr. Marissa Mercado. She will be joined by Dr. Scott Ellis and a grand opening will be held Oct. 11. The interior of the 9,000-square-foot building echoes the hand-chiseled stacked stone, wood and colors of other new NGPG buildings as well as Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton which is under construction in south Hall County. The West Jackson practice is the first of the physician group’s branded look. Jennifer Nicholson is the practice administrator for the NGPG practices of West Jackson and Jefferson and Jonathon Hecht is the regional administrator for the NGPG’s south primary and urgent care facilities. See more scenes in the photo gallery below.

Marissa Mercado, MD, will be moving her Hoschton practice to the new Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) West Jackson on Monday, Aug. 4.
According to Jonathon Hecht, who is the regional administrator for the 17 locations of the NGPG south area of primary and urgent care services,Dr. Mercado recently saw the new facility and selected her corner office.
The new facility, which took seven months to build with Jack Enloe as project manager, includes  12 exam rooms, a procedure room, on-site lab and x-ray  and separate waiting areas  for well and sick appointments. There is a even a space for pint-sized visitors complete with small tables and chairs.
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Jefferson comp plan listening meeting is Aug. 7

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On Thursday, Aug. 7, the City of Jefferson will conduct a public listening session to solicit input for the Comprehensive Plan update.

The Comprehensive Plan will be used as a guide for the development of the City over the next five to 10 years. The meeting will be held at the community room located in the Jefferson Station complex, between the Police Department and the Library, and will begin at 6 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to come and participate in this listening session.

Gwinnett police seek ID of ‘John Doe’

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Gwinnett Police are asking for assistance in the identification of a male that was found having a serious medical emergency on the side of South Old Peachtree Road near Lou Ivy Road on July 29.

Police and Fire responded to that location around 10:15 on July 29 and found a male, who is being called “John Doe,” in cardiac arrest. He was assessed at the scene and transported to Gwinnett Medical Center – Duluth where he remained in grave condition until he was pronounced dead at noon on Aug. 1.

The male, described as in his mid to late 50s, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a weight of 150-160 pounds, has a distinctive scar on his left arm that appears to be from a prior surgery. He was found wearing khaki cargo shorts, a white shirt, white Nike Tennis Shoes and a UNC white fitted cap. He was also wearing what appeared to be purple gardening gloves.

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Section of Highway 129 shut down for movie filming

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A helicopter hovered over Damon Gause Bypass near Galilee Church Road Thursday for filming of a scene for a movie, "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

A helicopter hovered over Damon Gause Bypass near Galilee Church Road Thursday for filming of a scene for a movie, “Goosebumps,” starring Jack Black. See more scenes from the filming captured by LeAnne Akin below.

Short delays were experienced on Damon Gause Bypass Thursday afternoon as filming for a movie, “Goosebumps,” starring Jack Black, took place.

Filming planned for Wednesday afternoon was postponed a day due to technical difficulties with the camera.

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Jefferson Police Chief serving on state association

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Police Chief Joseph Wirthman was sworn in as the new 4th Vice President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) on July 29.

The GACP is the organization that represents Chiefs of Police from across the State of Georgia and, as one of its duties, is responsible for the training and professional development of all Chiefs of Police.

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