Dan Solla, a combat veteran who suffers from PTSD, said when he was in full blown crisis mode, time was not a luxury he had.
“The VA has lists that are two months long for vets with PTSD,” said Solla. “I didn’t have time to wait for that. I needed help right then.”
Solla, who now works for the Atlanta Chapter of PTSD Foundation of America helping other combat vets by telling his own story, had spiraled out of control. At his lowest, he said even though he may not have been thinking about putting a gun to his head, “I was doing a lot of self-harm. I didn’t care what happened to me. I was on the road to killing myself that way.”
Members of the planning commission agreed Monday that the county should work with the Department of Community Affairs to create new categories for land use, further define some standards, and “get ahead of the curve” with land use planning.
County attorney Phil Landrum asked the commission their views ahead of a discussion by the board of commissioners to update/overhaul the land use standards used by the county. The appointed planning board members all agreed that updating and refining is needed.
For the thirty-seventh time, the Sassafras Literary Exchange is about to begin its annual Creative Writing Contest for Youth. This long running challenge is for middle school and high school students who live in and are educated in Pickens County. This contest gives students an opportunity to test the writing skills they have been taught during their years of schooling. Students from public schools, home school and alternate educational programs have an equal opportunity to compete in this contest.
"There is nothing harmless about what is occurring," says DA Sosebee on risks of teens vaping
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Appalachian Judicial Circuit
September 6, 2018: Within the last week, several teens in Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties have experienced medical emergencies as a result of "vaping," by use of electronic cigarettes.
These medical emergencies necessitated treatment by both EMS and treatment at hospitals. The number of incidents within such a shmt time frame in our area is alarming.
Photo from Cochran’s Facebook page
Bradley Justin Cochran was out on bond for child molestation when he kidnapped and assaulted women before hanging himself.
A man authorities say hung himself after kidnapping and sexually assaulting women in south Georgia was a former PHS student also facing child molestation and drug charges in Pickens County.
Bradley Justin Cochran, 40, had been released on bond from the Pickens County Adult Detention Center last September. Under conditions of his bond in a 2017 child molestation case, Cochran was required to enroll in a program at Journey to Sober Living, a “recovery residence” in Statesboro, Ga.