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Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Has Two New K9s

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit would like to announce we have purchased two new K9s, Volt and X-Ray, that have begun a new dog training program with their assigned handler.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit purchased two new K9s, Volt and X-Ray

This new K9 training school will last approximately 3 months long and upon completion the dogs will receive their title of K9.  The dogs will be trained in narcotics detection, patrol, tracking and evidence recovery.  While in training the dogs will be seen out in the community visiting schools and businesses.  The in-house training school will save Cherokee County approximately $10,000 per dog. The purchase of the canines was made possible by generous donations from our partners in the community as well as private donations.

Volt was purchased with the assistance of a donation from Cobb EMC.  Volt will be replacing K9 Amp, who was also purchased by Cobb EMC and will be retiring.  Volt will be handled by Deputy Jack Fulenwider.  A special thanks to Dan Carmichael, Manager of Corporate Security for Cobb EMC, and Chip Nelson, President/CEO of Cobb EMC.  Volt was imported by Kasseburg Canine Kennels from New Market, Alabama and is originally from Hungary.

X-Ray was purchased with the assistance of a private donation from the Mudd family.  This was an amazing gift from an amazing family.  X-Ray was named in honor of their daughter, Alexa Rae, who loved animals.  X-Ray will be replacing K9 Yoda and will be handled by Deputy Bryan Stark.  X-Ray was imported by Kasseburg Canine Kennels from New Market, Alabama and is originally from Holland.

Reinhardt University School of Nursing & Health Sciences to be Named for Retired Canton Physician Dr. John A. Cauble

Even before its first 27 nursing students begin classwork this month or conduct their first clinical round later this year, Reinhardt University nurses will now and forever be known as students, later graduates, of the Dr. John A. Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Reinhardt University School of Nursing & Health Sciences to be named for retired Canton physician Dr. John A. Cauble
Sara Jo and Dr. Jack Cauble, Sally Forest and President Kina S. Mallard met just before Christmas to sign scholarship agreements that will benefit Reinhardt University nursing students long into the future. Photo by Huitt Rabel

Dr. Cauble, a longtime, highly regarded Canton physician who practiced family medicine for more than 40 years, and his daughter, Sally Forest, have made a lead gift that will support operations, scholarships, and the growth and development of this, the sixth School at Reinhardt University.

“Few people in Cherokee County are more respected than Dr. Jack Cauble. All of us at Reinhardt are thrilled that he and Sally are making possible the naming of the Dr. John A. Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and we are hopeful that this lead gift will encourage additional support for this exciting, one-of-a-kind nursing program,” said Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard.

The gift from the Cauble family provides for immediate operational support and creation of new scholarships in support of nursing students. It may also provide for support of a planned new nursing building on the Reinhardt University campus in Waleska. Currently, the nursing program is located on the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper.

Dr. Cauble is providing the lead gift for the Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences, knowing that students need and deserve the best program for instruction, facilities and scholarship support as they pursue their dream of becoming nurses for the 21st Century.

“Reinhardt’s decision to establish a School of Nursing is certainly a timely one, for the medical community at this time does not have enough qualified nurses to meet demand,” Dr. Cauble said. “Furthermore, within the near future, demand for their services will be increased as a result of population growth and because more and more primary medical care will gradually but steadily be provided by these nurses.”

Dr. Cauble chose Reinhardt University for such a transformational gift because he sees what the institution is doing for the community for which he provided medical care for decades.

“I thought it was a great place for me to contribute something. Reinhardt has grown a great deal, and I would like to see them grow and graduate more students throughout the years,” he said.

His daughter, Sally Forest, now of Ellijay, grew up in Canton and also has witnessed what Reinhardt is doing for the community. When her father began talking about making a gift to Reinhardt, she strongly supported him.

“I thought the nursing school they are starting was a perfect fit for him having been a doctor for so many years,” she said. “It’s right there in the community where I grew up. They have done so much for the community.”

Dr. Cauble served as a general practitioner in Canton for more than 40 years, providing medical care to thousands of people in Cherokee County. He first practiced alongside another notable Cherokee County physician, Dr. William Nichols, and later opened a solo practice from which he served patients for 25 years.

Dr. Cauble attended Oxford College of Emory University and Emory School of Medicine where he received his Doctorate in Medicine in 1954. Before starting his 40-year practice of medicine, he served in the U.S. Army.

“All of us associated with the founding of this new school, are extremely grateful to Dr. Cauble for his service to this community, and as a professional nurse, I am thankful for his recognition of nursing and the collegial relationships of the multidisciplinary healthcare team,” said Glynis Blackard, founding dean of the Cauble School. “With this support, Dr. Cauble and his daughter, Sally, are creating a wonderful legacy for all of us associated with the formation of this new school.”

Car Seat Mini Grant Awarded to County Health Departments in North Georgia

County health departments in the North Georgia Health District were awarded the 2018 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield County Health Departments and local collaborative partners work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.

And it works! Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the mini grant prevented serious injury or death and saved 344 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.

“The Car Seat Mini-Grant helps us meet the responsibility of keeping our children safe here in North Georgia,” said Marie Smith, RN, BSN, North Georgia Health District Nursing Director. “It provides us the opportunity to work with partners in each of our communities to help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”

In Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties, the health departments and their collaborative partners, including county EMAs, Georgia State Patrol representatives, local fire departments and law enforcement agencies, educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families.

Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 130 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.

For more information about the car seat program at health departments in North Georgia, log onto and click on the LOCATIONS tab to find contact information for each county health department in the North Georgia Health District. If you would like information regarding other Georgia counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at or by calling 404-463-1487.