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Jefferson city manager departing for job in Boone, N.C


Jefferson City Manager John Ward was approved Sept. 19 by the Boone, N.C. city council as the successor of the top administrator of that municipality.

Ward told the city council that Boonie was a good fit  for him to work and for his family to live.

Ward said, “I love how so many of the projects you’re working on match what I love doing.”

A large pool of applicants was narrowed to a small group that met with town staff and department heads with Ward being the top pick.

The Wards have already found a home and will be moving to Boone over the next several weeks.

Retiring Town Manager Greg Young will stay with the town until the end of December in an advisory capacity while Ward becomes familiar with the inner workings of Boone.




How to Train Your Dragon 2 is Braselton’s Saturday movie


Families will enjoy the next presentation of Braselton’s movie under the stars as it features “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The 3D-animated action adventure, released this year, is rated PG and runs 102 minutes in the Braselton Park in its historic downtown.  The feature begins at dusk.

Five years after Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk, they face a new enemy.  While an adventure leads to a secret ice cave, Hiccup and Toothless find themselves at the center of a battle for peace.  Fans will recognize the celebrity voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler.

Concessions are available as patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets for the free event.  Movies under the Braselton stars are presented by the Braselton Visitors Bureau.  Visit www.downtownbraselton.com for additional details and other opportunities.

Art in the Park is this weekend at Hurricane Shoals


Bluegrass and gospel and BBQ, corn fritters, tenderloin, sausage and beans will be among the sounds, smells and tastes to be enjoyed during the 24th Hurricane Shoals “Art in the Park Festival” taking place this weekend.
You can step back in time when you visit Hurricane Shoals for the festival which will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 12:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the historic treasure in Maysville which is being preserved and enhanced by the Tumbling Waters Society and other volunteers. All festival proceeds will be used to promote and improve Hurricane Shoals Park.
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Jackson Co. Commission OKs $2 million in roadwork


The Jackson County Board of Commissioners Monday authorized the award of its 2014 paving contract to  Pittman Construction Company in the amount of $2,102,461.90.
Pittman, headquartered in Conyers, was the low bidder on the proposal which also generate bids from ER Snell of Snellville, Stewart Brothers of Doraville, CW Matthew Contracting of Marietta and Allied Paving Contractors of Pendergrass.
County Manager Kevin Poe said the 20 miles of paving is being financed by Special Purpsoe Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST V) revenues as well as the county’s allotment of  road money under the state’s Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG) program.
In a motion by Commissioner Dwain Smith which was seconded by Commissioner Jim Hix, the paving contract was awarded. Commissioner Bruce Yates was not in attendance.
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Jackson EMC announces margin refunds at annual meeting

The kids' area at the Jackson EMC annual meeting provided a place to entertain the children. See LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

The kids’ area at the Jackson EMC annual meeting provided a place to entertain the children and for adults to sit down after enjoying their barbecue chicken boxed meal. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

At the 75th Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) annual meeting held Sept. 18, the Board of Directors announced that in December the cooperative will mail $6 million in margin refunds to more than 207,000 members who received electric service in 1989 and/or 2013.

“Jackson EMC is a not-for-profit cooperative. The board of directors is able to return a portion of the revenue left over after all the bills are paid, funds which we refer to as ‘margins’, to our members at the end of each year,” said board Chairman Otis Jones.  “After this December’s refund, Jackson EMC will have returned nearly $102 million in margin refunds to its owner/members since the cooperative was founded in 1938.”

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