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March 19 is next Life Choices program offered by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office


March-19-JCSO-Life-Choices-programLife & Reality is the next Life Choices program being presented March 19 by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Jackson County Comprehensive High School auditorium with a series of speakers on tap to share the realities of making poor choices.

Among the speakers will be an inmate from Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute and Fire Chief Tammy Ayers. A Jackson County Correctional Institute inmate will also speak.

Drug Enforcement Agency agent Chuvalo Truesdell, Danny Riddell of New Directions, Alfred Brooks of Respect Institute, Tony Sanchez and James Guffey of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and Pastor Wayne Norris of New Beginnings Church.

This program is part of an ongoing series of program presented by Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum to share information with youth of the community, their parents and other adults who could positively impact their lives about the possible outcomes of poor choices.

“We need to fill up the Jackson County High School Auditorium. Remember, if we make a difference in the life of one, it is well worth the time and effort put into this,” said Sheriff Mangum.

The Arena dedication and open house is Sunday afternoon


The-ArenaThe Arena, the newly-constructed sports complex at Jefferson High School, will be dedicated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

The ribbon cutting, dedication and open house event is open to the public. Those in attendance will receive a commemorative gift which is crafted from a piece of the new gym floor etched with “The Arena at JHS March 2015.” Special guests will be presented with a larger commemorative featuring the building’s exterior.

“All are welcome,” said Ronnie Hopkins, chairman of the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education.

The-Arena-commemorative-DSCF0563“We hope you all can join in on this proud and historic occasion,” said Superintendent Dr. John Jackson and Jefferson High School principal Dr. Kevin Smith.

The Jefferson School System Foundation is now selling commemorative engraved bricks which will be placed in the plaza in front of The Arena. The current plain bricks will be exchanged for the engraved bricks. There are approximately 2,800 bricks in the plaza.

Engraved bricks with three lines of text with 18 characters per line are $35 and bricks with added clip art with 14 characters of text per line will sell for $40. The text can be a family name and/or show of support for the alma mater and can be honorariums or memorials. They would make a great graduation gifts or a unique gift for an alum.

Informational brochures/order forms can be found at the offices of all the schools or downloaded on the school system website at http://main.jeffcityschools.org/index.html


Winter weather worries returning but actual forecast still uncertain


monitoring-station-DSCF0633Eyes are cautiously looking back to the skies Wednesday as another band of winter storm  activity was pushing toward the Northeast Georgia area. School systems announced early release times or closures as some governmental entities took direction from Gov. Nathan Deal and also closed their doors early in anticipation that additional snow or ice may be in store. As much as 4 inches of accumulation is possible in the Jackson County area although a shift in the front could bring just rain instead, according to some predictions. This comes after a blanketing of snow on Monday morning. During last week’s winter weather, Jackson Electric Membership’s system control center was ground zero of tracking and managing the outages experienced in the Gainesville, Jefferson, Lawrenceville and Neese districts which impacted 85,000 customers. A total of  92 broken poles were replaced. Learn more about how outages are managed at www.jacksonemc.com/news/jemco-news/2015


RB expanding in Jackson County; relocating into larger distribution center


JEFFERSON – United Kingdom-based RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) will expand its Logistics Center Operations by moving into a brand new 750,000-square-foot building to be located in the Prologis I-85 Jefferson Industrial Park. The facility currently employs 75 full-time associates.
RB will move from their 350,000-square-foot facility in the Walnut Fork Industrial Park once the new building is completed.
Along with providing distribution of their products to retailers in the southeast, the new facility will also have new packing capabilities for some of their products.

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Winter storm warning: GDOT asks motorists to limit driving to essential travel


Crews from the Georgia Deparement of Transportation will begin pre-treating Interstates and major state routes in north Georgia and metro Atlanta midnight on Tuesday in preparation for a hazardous winter storm warning expected to move into those areas by 10 a.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday. Some National Weather Service models show the storm could possibly include a significant amount of snow, as well as the formation of dangerous black ice.

Georgia DOT is asking motorists to limit driving to emergencies or essential travel only. Be patient. Be mindful. Be careful. Continue reading Winter storm warning: GDOT asks motorists to limit driving to essential travel