The Georgia State Patrol and Towns County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a pedestrian fatality that occurred overnight Saturday on Highway 76 in Hiawawssee. At approximately 11:30PM a 22 year old female formerly of Hayesville North Carolina was struck by a vehicle traveling west on US HWY 76 in front of the Sand Bar & Grille. Details about the individual who was struck and killed are pending notification of family members. Towns county coroner Tamela Cooper, who was at the scene, tells WJUL WJRB that she has long been concerned about that section of Highway 76 where lighting and visibility is poor. And that the five lane highway is not intended for pedestrians to walk across which has has been a concern from day one; Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith believes visits to Hiawassee, Towns County and the surrounding areas are growing, and he has the data to back it up. Smith says the speed detection sign at the city limits also records the number of vehicles that pass it, proving traffic has increased dramatically in the past 10 months or so.
At the June meeting of the Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, the Board voted to reopen their monthly meetings to the press and members. The Board approved the Fiscal Year 2022 budget of more than $91 million, an increase of 8% over fiscal 2021. The Board also approved Graves Directional Drilling as temporary broadband construction provider. As with many industries, utilities are experiencing supply chain shortages and long lead times on some equipment. General Manager Alan Glidewell indicated some transformers have up to 38 weeks lead time and this may impact timely installations on the system.