Category Archives: Cherokee

Fourth Annual Born to Run 5K set for Sept. 15

WALESKA, GA – The fourth annual Born to Run 5K supporting Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m., in downtown Canton’s Cannon Park.

Pre-registration is $25, and registration after Sept. 6 will be $30. Registration for runners age 12 and under will be $15. If unable to attend or run on race day, you can support a student runner for $25. Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

Early registration packet pickup will be Sept. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Northside Hospital Cherokee, 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd., Canton.

For more information, visit or contact Dale Morrissey at or (770) 720-5506

Henson Captured After Being Wanted A Week

by Jay Baker,  Director of Communications and Community Relations | Cherokee Sheriff’s Office

In the early morning hours Monday, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an accident on Little Refuge Road in Waleska. Deputies arrived just after 3 a.m. to find a vehicle still running but unoccupied. The vehicle had been reported as stolen from Dawson County Sunday night.

Jacob Hole Henson Captured and Muddy

Due to similar incidents occurring in Cherokee and nearby counties, deputies shut down both ends of Little Refuge Road and established a perimeter around the accident scene. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators began searching for Jacob Cole Henson, 25, of Canton, who had been wanted by law enforcement for over a week.

At about 12:30 p.m., deputies spotted Henson driving a dirt bike on Little Refuge Road. After a short chase, Henson crashed the dirt bike and fled into the woods.

Deputies began searching the woods and heard shots fired nearby. Sheriff Frank Reynolds and other deputies who were in the woods near where the shots were fired discovered a citizen who had Henson at gunpoint. Henson was taken into custody and charged with burglary, obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, reckless conduct, no license plate, theft by taking (felony), theft by taking (misdemeanor) and two counts of felony criminal damage. Several additional charges are expected.

Henson was taken to Northside Hospital Cherokee to be evaluated for injuries from the dirt bike accident.

Townsend Bridge over Lake Mullenix Dedicated on Reinhardt Campus

The Reinhardt University community gathered under a near perfect, blue-sky afternoon around Lake Mullenix on April 5 for a dedication and naming ceremony for Townsend Bridge.

Photo credit: Jeff Reed

Local resident and Reinhardt Board of Trustees member, Dr. Austin Flint, responding to a birthday wish last summer from Reinhardt President Kina S. Mallard, set out to raise the necessary funds to build a bridge across the lake and the result is a stunning addition to Reinhardt’s “University in a Park.”

Townsend Bridge, named in honor of lifelong Waleska residents Stanley and Dottie Townsend, bridges the divide between the main academic core of the campus and the Falany Performing Arts Center.

“We think of it as a real bridge across the campus that students can use and one that will symbolically bridge students together, bring the world closer together so to speak,” said Dr. Flint.

Townsend Bridge was another step in growing and nudging Reinhardt University’s campus beautification forward, as well as providing students with a practical and relaxing path between Falany Center and main campus.

“Not only does this bridge the two parts of campus, but also will bridge people. I can’t say enough about the importance of aesthetics and the importance of creating a community,” said President Mallard.

“We talk a lot about this being the Reinhardt community and the Reinhardt family, but you have to have to have a space for community to happen.”

With the addition of the Townsend Bridge, and the completion of the new Reinhardt Black Box Theater Building later this year, Reinhardt’s “Arts Around the Lake” initiative will be one step closer to completion. To see more about ongoing campus construction projects, see