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Suspicious fire under investigation; death at scene also being probed


Units from the fire departments of Jackson Trail, West Jackson, North Jackson and Arcade as well as the Jackson County Correctional Institute Fire Department responded to 394 Bell Wood Road in Jefferson just after 3:15 p.m. Thursday to a reported structure fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters found several structures fully involved with fire. The structures were a total loss.

During the incident, personnel found a dead male inside a vehicle parked at the scene. The death, which was not fire-related, is under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Coroner’s office. Initial reports suggest the man had been observing the fire-fighting activities.

The cause of the fire is listed as suspicious with the Georgia State Fire Marshals Office and the Jackson Trail Fire Department is investigating.

Tracy Jordan is Jackson County’s Businesswoman of the Year

Tracy-Jordan-with-awardCongratulations to Tracy Jordan, who was honored today as Businesswoman of the Year at the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business awards luncheon held at the Braselton-Stover House.
Holding her award, Tracy Jordan, owner and operator of West Jackson Medicine Center located at 3845 Highway 53 in Hoschton, is joined by Melissa Britt of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and Cindy Phillips of Cindy Phillips of State Farm, the award sponsor.
Jordan is also a real estate professional and a proud University of Georgia graduate.
See the Nov. 27 issue of The Paper for Farah Bohannon’s story and more scenes from the luncheon.

Ford F250 owners: Be alert because thieves like your ride


The Gwinnett County Police Department Motor Vehicle Theft Unit is investigating a series of car thefts.

Since June, there have been eight Ford F250s stolen from hotel parking lots in Gwinnett County. These thefts have occurred in all parts of the county and at different hotel chains.

Most of the thefts targeted construction workers from out of the area. It is likely this series extends into other metro jurisdictions.

GCPD detectives would like F250 owners and hotel management to be particularly aware of this series and take precautions. Very few of these vehicles have been recovered.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton with parade and festival


Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton Festival gets under way Saturday at 10 a.m. in Braselton Park with music and lots of vendors to enhance the festivities which continue until 5 p.m.

On the stage from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will be Three Bucks Shy with the Ron Kimble Band featuring Lisa Huff Martin performing from 2:30-5 p.m.

The Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Continue reading Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton with parade and festival

Gwinnett hosting Veterans Day ceremony


The public is invited to attend Gwinnett County’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial.

This observance is held each year to pay tribute to the men and women who have served honorably in the military, during wartime or peacetime, and to memorialize the fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation. No new names will be added to the memorial during this year’s ceremony. Continue reading Gwinnett hosting Veterans Day ceremony