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Covington woman missing after car abandoned near Braselton


The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 4 p.m. on May 21 from a resident on who reported a suspicious vehicle was blocking her Georgia Highway 124 driveway near Braselton.

When a deputy arrived on the scene, the vehicle, a tan 2001 Toyota Camry, was completely blocking the driveway and the motor was still running.



An initial investigation determined the vehicle being registered to Julie Smith, 48, of Covington. The vehicle appeared to have recent damage including a missing rear tire. An immediate search of the area led to the discovery of clothing under a vehicle in a nearby neighbor’s driveway.

Information within the vehicle was obtained and contact was made with a friend of Smith who also lived in the Covington and that friend was able to supply Smith’s cell phone number. Her phone Smith’s phone was later located abandoned near the Beef O’ Brady’s Restaurant and Kroger in Jefferson.

A search on Thursday evening and Friday with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Aviation Section, Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) K-9 Unit, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement K-9 Team and other local agencies has thus far not produced any additional information about Smith’s whereabouts and her welfare remains unknown. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding Julie Smith to please contact the Sheriff’s Office through 911.

Smith is described as a white female, 5-foot-3 and approximately 200 pounds. She has blonde hair and green eyes and was last thought to be near the intersection of Georgia Highway 124 and Georgia Highway 332.

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 please 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.

Early morning fire at vacant house in Traditions under investigation


truck-DSC_0522Units from Jackson Trail Fire Department along with a Jackson County Correctional Institute Fire Department crew remain on the scene of an early morning fire in Traditions of Braselton which is under investigation.

Jackson Trail, West Jackson, Jefferson and the Jackson County CI Fire Departments responded at 4:15 a.m. Thursday to 5670 Meadow View Drive in Jefferson on a reported structure fire. As Jackson Trail firefighters left their station, Chief David Coholich said fire was visible.

“We knew we had an active fire,” said Coholich.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a three-story, single-family residence with heavy fire showing. The residence was vacant at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Heavy damage was evident as smoke was still rising from the charred remains.

A second house fire was also reported Thursday morning and is also being investigated by Jackson Trail Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals Office.

Units from Jackson Trail, South Jackson, Jefferson and the Jackson County Correctional Institute Fire Departments responded to 598 Lester Woods Road in Jefferson on a reported structure fire at 11:15 a.m. on May 21.

A single-family residence had heavy fire showing when firefighters arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The home sustained heavy damage.


Jackson County Chamber announces Marijuana & the Drug Free Workplace webinar


The next Small Business Series Event hosted by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will be a webinar, titled “Marijuana & the Drug Free Workplace” presented by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and conducted by Chuck Wade, Executive Director of the Council on Alcohol and Drugs. This event will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at the Chamber’s office in Jefferson and is presented at no charge.

On April 16, 2015, Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 1 into law making Georgia the 24th state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana. HB 1 allows qualified patients to legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of cannabis oil containing up to 5 percent THC. These changing state laws have created confusion and concern for employers regarding their drug free workplace programs.

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‘Give Burns the Boot’ drive continues by Barrow Emergency Services


The firefighters from Barrow County Emergency Services need your support during the 26th annual “Give Burns the Boot” drive on May 22 and 29.

Firefighters are asking that citizens donate as much as possible, no matter how big or small the donation. Proceeds help the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation fulfill its mission to educate the public in burn awareness and prevention, support medical facilities in the care of burns in Georgia and assist burn survivors in their recovery.

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Tr-County Amateur Radio Club offers study course, testing


The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club Ham Cram Committee will be giving a free five-hour study course on the ARRL/FCC Technician Examination om Saturday, May 23.

The session, to be held at the Braselton Administration and Police Building, consists of a review of the questions that may be on a 35 question test at the end of the session. Registration for study methods may be made at www.tricountyarc.com.

All candidates must register between 8-8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, unless they opt to be tested at 1:30 p.m. The training session is a free service of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club serving the surrounding counties near Braselton.

At 1:30 p.m., the Examination Committee of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club will give the Technician Test which has an administrative cost of $10 cash.  Participants or walk-ins must have a picture ID and driver’s license.

Former amateur radio operators who have expired licenses of any class may take the Technician Examination and will be reinstated to their former status if they pass.  Candidates must also provide a copy of their last expired license which may be downloaded from the FCC website.

Participants who pass the test will know their call sign approximately three working days later by email.  The license is good for 10 years and may be renewed for another 10 years with no cost.

Further information is available at www.arrl.net and www.tricou