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Braselton’s $18 million GEFA loan for sewer expansion is formally announced

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The Town of Braselton’s award of a $1,842,250 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan was announced Monday by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA).

Braselton was one of the 19 Georgia communities receiving $72,680,313 in financing for water, sewer, solid waste and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

Braselton’s $1.8 million CWSRF loan will finance replacement the Mulberry Interceptor sewer, a 10-inch line constructed in 1986, and extend sewer service along Georgia Highway 53 North.

The project will allow Braselton to collect and treat wastewater flows from the city of Oakwood as well as extend sewer service to an area with a history of septic system failures. Along Highway 53, the expanded sewer service is expected to enhance economic development opportunities. For example, the sewer line will make it possible for Atlantic Engineering to create additional high-paying jobs.

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Nicholson resident checking mailbox is struck, killed by vehicle

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Units from Nicholson Fire/Rescue and Jackson County EMS responded to 1483 Old Kings Bridge Road in Nicholson just after 2 p.m. on Aug. 25 on a reported pedestrian hit by an auto.

Upon arrival, responders found an 80-year-old female had been hit by an auto in front of her home while checking her mailbox.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Georgia State Patrol, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office are investigating the incident.

One lane of I-85 closed for pothole repair work

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The Georgia Department of Transportation has closed the outside lane of Interstate 85 southbound for patching a long pothole has developed between the Jefferson exit at Highway 129 and the Braselton exit at Highway 53.

Between milepost 124 between Jefferson Exit 137 and the Braselton Exit 129, DOT maintenance forces will be removing the damaged asphalt and replacing it.

One of two lanes will be closed for the repair work.

“Delays will occur in the work zone so please avoid it if possible,” said Teri N. Pope, GDOT’s Communications Officer for District One – Northeast Georgia. “Please slow down and be patient as crews repair the interstate.”

Shooting under investigation by Sheriff’s Office, GBI

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An autopsy is being performed on the body of a 31-year-old Jackson County who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On Friday evening, Jackson County 911 received a call of a shooting at a Highway 124 address where they found Mary Kemp, who made the emergency call, had been shot in the back of the head. Her son, Brendon Kemp, was dead at the scene.

Mike Ayers, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge, said Mrs. Kemp was conscious and talking. She was transported to and Athens hospital where she went into surgery and was in critical condition.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in the investigation, with the GBI providing assistance.

Hero’s Ball honors public safety officers, military

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Daniel Britt was honored as the Braselton Police Officer of the Year at the fourth annual Hero’s Ball held Aug. 15 at the Braselton-Stover House. He is pictured with his wife, Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco and Assistant Police Chief Lou Solis. See more of Farah Bohannon's photo in the gallery below.

Daniel Britt was honored as the Braselton Police Officer of the Year at the fourth annual Hero’s Ball held Aug. 15 at the Braselton-Stover House. He is pictured with his wife, Shae, Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco and Assistant Police Chief Lou Solis. See more of Farah Bohannon’s photo in the gallery below.

By FARAH BOHANNON

fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Brian Perrin, West Jackson Fire Department Fire Apparatus Operator (FAO) Joel Keith and Braselton Police Department Officer Daniel Britt were honored as Public Safety Officer of the Year award winners at the fourth annual Hero’s Ball. The ball took place at the Braselton Stover House on Friday, Aug. 15.
The Hero’s Ball is a fundraiser for Operation One Voice, an organization that supports the families of wounded or deceased soldiers.  According to founder William F. Stevens, the Hero’s Ball serves two purposes: one, to raise funds for these families; and two, to honor the Braselton Police Department, West Jackson Fire Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Funds raised through the sale of tickets, alcoholic beverages, a gun raffle and silent auction will be used to support Operation One Voice.
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