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Ask the Times: Lack of sewer impedes growth in East Hall area
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If you've been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get it answered. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Why does the area to the east of Gainesville fall through the cracks when it comes to large grocery stores and convenience stores, such as the one like RaceTrac on I-985?

Tim Evans, vice president of economic development for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, noted that sewer infrastructure is lacking in this area of the county.

"A lack of sewer infrastructure does have an impact on quality development and where things go," he said.

Sewer infrastructure on Ga. 365 cuts off at the area of the YMCA and Race Trac and likewise for the area of U.S. 129 south of I-985.

"That's why you've seen Highway 365 not develop over the years," Evans said. "There's no sewer infrastructure, and that takes an investment, typically of (special purpose local option sales tax) dollars to install sewer. And it's not an inexpensive investment."

He did add that a large development is proposed for the intersection of Jesse Jewell and Limestone parkways. The New Holland Market development could bring half a million square feet of retail.

Carolina Holdings has been working on the project for a couple of years, and work is continuing on signing up tenants to anchor the development.

Why have no charges been filed against the son of former Rep. James Mills (for the Oct. 1 wreck that killed a Dahlonega man)?

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the investigation is still open and ongoing.

They have no estimate on when the case may be closed.

Secretary Amy Eubanks of the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team told The Times in mid-October that the team's investigations require thorough analysis and often take months to complete.

Basic accidents handled by the state patrol normally result in reports ranging three to four pages long, but SCRT reports usually exceed 200 pages.

Charges will depend on what is found in the investigation, a GSP spokesman said.

Once the SCRT work is complete, investigators will meet with local prosecutors about charges.

The wreck occurred about 8:20 a.m. Oct. 1 on Thompson Bridge Road at Price Road.

Steven Kyle Martin, 22, of Dahlonega was killed when his 1996 Ford Mustang was hit head-on by a 2006 Toyota Tundra driven by Micah James Mills, 21, of Gainesville.

Two witnesses - one traveling ahead of Martin and another traveling behind Mills - told authorities they saw Mills' vehicle cross over the center line before hitting Martin.

Following the accident, Mills told authorities he fell asleep and lost control of his vehicle.

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