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Local News Archives for 2020-10

Cherokee County issues state of emergency following Hurricane Zeta

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Harry Johnston declared a local state of emergency Thursday in response to the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Zeta.


The local state of emergency is in effect until Nov. 2, unless otherwise modified. A local state of emergency ensures that proper precautions and remedies are enacted to ensure the safety and health of the citizens of Cherokee County.


The storm system moved through Cherokee County with wind gusts of 60-70 mph in the early morning hours Thursday morning, causing downed power lines and trees, property damage and road closures. Despite continued efforts of local electricity providers, county and state roads crews, and public safety, many remained without power or unable to travel by Friday morning.


“Cherokee County public works, Sheriff’s Office and Fire personnel, Amicalola EMC, Georgia Power, Sawnee EMC and Cobb EMC, the storm system caused a significant amount of damage in a short time,” Johnston. “Declaring a local state of emergency provides an extra layer of protection for residents and property owners in the county.”


As of Friday morning, Cherokee Emergency Management Agency officials continued to assess storm damage across the county to report to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

Cherokee County EMA Director Craig Millsap said his team and local county departments and public safety, along with local electricity providers, continue to work around the clock to restore power and clear roads and other unsafe conditions caused by Zeta.

Fannin County Schools to close Thursday, October 29th due to Tropical Storm Warning

Weather forecasts indicate that our community will face severe weather from the remnants of Hurricane Zeta tomorrow morning.  Heavy rainfall, flooding, and high winds are expected with this weather event.  Safety is always the top priority; therefore, all Fannin County Schools will be closed tomorrow (Thursday), October 29.  This applies to both in-person and online classes; all FCSS classes are cancelled on October 29.


All 12-month personnel should plan to report later in the day on Thursday to check facilities.  More information about this will be shared with 12-month personnel.   

Cherokee County Schools to close Thursday, October 29th due to Tropical Storm Warning

PRESS RELEASE: On behalf of the Superintendent of Schools, this is to announce that due to the National Weather Service Tropical Storm Warning and likely associated hazardous wind and flooding conditions during the early morning hours tomorrow, Cherokee County School District will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.  This will not be a Digital Learning Day due to the likely event of expected widespread power outages throughout the morning.  A decision to allow Thursday extracurricular events will be made mid-day based upon local conditions.

Pickens County Schools to close for 2 weeks


October 23, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and based on guidance from the Department of Public Health (DPH), Pickens County School District traditional students will transition to distance learning starting Monday, October 26, 2020 through Friday, November 6, 2020. While our buildings are closed, we will perform deep cleanings. All buses will also be thoroughly cleaned.

We are making this decision with a heavy heart but with the best interest of everyone in mind. The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Please use this time to social distance and help stop the spread in our community. Staff members are encouraged to avoid entering buildings unless absolutely necessary. If you do need to enter a facility, please contact the building administrator.

Additional information will be posted later today on our district website, Facebook page, and through Infinite Campus.

NOTE: Tate, Hill City, and PJHS will still be polling places on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Buildings will be cleaned before and after Election Day.

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