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Sound tests too loud in Talking Rock

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Lee  Heisman shows a group from Talking Rock where the proposed range would be.


By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


In an unusual example of open government/business, a company seeking to locate an executive firearms training facility in Talking Rock invited local residents and government officials out for a sound test Thursday.

And, when complete, the spokesman for Executive Firearms said they could tell noise from their range would be too loud at several residences and withdrew their application.

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Bent Tree now top-rated fire station

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Captain Trevor Beavers, Fire Chief Steven Atkins, Firefighter Asia Payne of the Bent Tree Volunteer Department.

From Bent Tree Public Safety


The Bent Tree Volunteer Fire Department has received the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating of Class 2. This is an improvement over the former rating of Class 4. This rating has been achieved by only 1,597 of the 50,000 fire departments nationwide that are rated by ISO. This puts Bent Tree in the top four percent of fire departments in the United States and makes them the top-rated department in Pickens County. The new rating will become effective October 1 for Bent Tree residents who should see lower insurance bills.

Read more: Bent Tree now top-rated fire station

20th Anniversary of Farmers Market to be celebrated July 13

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       Featured vendor Michael White has a variety of hand-made items for sale - some that are perfect for the Fourth of July.

        Hang on to your hats! A lot of info in this report. It was a great market day with good weather, lots of customers, and lots of veggies, crafts, baked goods, and information available. 

First up is the PAR, Pickens Animal Rescue, tent with plants, art, magnets, butterfly houses, and even a bat house for sale - 100 percent of proceeds go to PAR. And they really need it. (See below)

The PAR volunteers brought two great dogs, Pumpkin and Kendra, hoping to find them a forever home. Pumpkin has been featured before in the Progress. Pumpkin has been with PAR for a long time and is really very ready for a permanent home. 

Read more: 20th Anniversary of Farmers Market to be celebrated July 13

Largest heroin bust in Cherokee history at “heroin processing facility”

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Agents wore protective gear at the "heroin processing facility" discovered on Trickum Road.


Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office


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Agents with the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad discovered a "heroin processing facility" at a residence off Trickum Road in Woodstock Thursday afternoon, seizing the largest amount of heroin at one time in Cherokee County history.  Agents were preparing to execute the search warrant at 300 Wauchula Way when a suspect pulled into the cul-de-sac near the home and spotted law enforcement officers. The suspect briefly fled in a vehicle before jumping out of the car and running away on foot. The suspect, Jerome Allen, 26, of Marietta, was located walking on Trickum Road a short time later and taken into custody.

Agents then executed the search warrant at the Wauchula Way home and discovered large quantities of heroin and fentanyl inside the home. Evidence inside the home indicated the primary purpose of the residence was to process narcotics.  Due to the dangers associated with fentanyl, the Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services Hazardous Material Team was called to the scene.

Haz Mat confirmed there was fentanyl inside the home. Agents wearing protective gear collected evidence inside the house, which included approximately 1 pound of heroin mixed with fentanyl, 13 ounces of methamphe

photo/Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

Gun (zoning) fight at Talking Rock

Residents invited to second sound test for proposed gun range

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An executive training gun range could be coming to lots 10.2 and 10.3 off of Highway 136 between Talking Rock and the Jones Mountain Road  intersection, but may hinge on the results of an upcoming sound test the whole community has been invited to witness.

By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


The Talking Rock Council held their first meeting in their new chambers to an overflow crowd. The residents came out in mass for the public hearing on the proposed firearms training facility. It appeared that more than 60 people were in the room.

The public hearing began with town attorney Jeff Rushbridge explaining the procedures and rules for the hearing. Lee Heisman of Executive Firearms Training was the first to speak. He gave the residents a shortened version of the original presentation given to the council in May. He presented a noise study done by an independent company. Once he finished his presentation, three residents spoke in favor of the proposal. They cited that this project could bring other businesses to the town. Whitney Bennett, a neighbor of the proposed facility, told the crowd that she was there when the first sound tests were done, and she could not hear anything.

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