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Winter weather worries returning but actual forecast still uncertain

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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

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RB expanding in Jackson County; relocating into larger distribution center

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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

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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

As potential for more winter weather looms, Jackson EMC restores power to all but 273 customers

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Jackson EMC had restored power to all but 273 customers, all related to 113 active outages, as of 3:30 p.m. Friday.

“Our crews will continue working until these last customers are back in service,” said Bonnie G. Jones, director of public relations and communications of Jackson EMC.

At the same time, close watch is being kept on weather forecasts for additional freezing rain beginning tomorrow morning, and making preparations in the event there are additional outages.

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Few take advantage of Barrow shelters during weather emergency

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The American Red Cross shelter in Barrow County closed Friday at 9:45 a.m., but the shelter equipment and staff is remaining on standby in case there is a need for this next weather system anticipated tonight.

The warming shelters were open on Wednesday from noon until 5 p.m. and only one person stayed at the Winder location. No one came to the Auburn location.

The Red Cross Shelter officially opened at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and remained open until this morning, and only two clients were served at this shelter.

Many thanks to the various agencies and volunteers who assisted in making these services available to our citizens, said Lt. Scott Dakin of Barrow County Emergency Services