Health benefits discussion ends in Jasper’s March meeting

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JASPER, Ga. – On the agenda since January, Jasper City Council has been discussing self-funding for medical insurance versus insuring normally as they have been for years. They have had both Matt Bidwell, of MSI Benefits, and Kevin Godfrey, of Godfrey-Downs, looking through their contacts and markets to bring forth proposals to the council for insurance.

The city ultimately went with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) recommended by Bidwell and MSI Benefits. Though the original recommendation was a $1,500 deductible plan, the council’s motion approved an alternate plan with a $1,000 deductible. The new plan’s premiums for the city would come to $1,104,163.00, around a $52,000 increase, which is far less than the near $300,000 increase the city was originally looking at during the beginning of the year. According to Bidwell, this plan is just above a 4 percent increase over the $1,500 deductible plan for the city.

The plan also allows, according to Bidwell, for any employee receiving compensation in the form of workman’s comp or a salary from the city to be covered under the insurance. This covers the issue the city had with their current insurance preparing to drop an officer from coverage who was injured in the line of duty.

The city may be closing down North and South Main street once a month in favor of a recurring Chamber event. Setting the events as May through August, the Chamber is attempting to establish the Saturday Social in the Mountains as a tourism event. The issue came before council to close South and North Main Street for the social events. While representatives had no set point of exactly what every event would entail, they did suggest they could include live music, children’s events, food, and other activities. Ultimately approved, the item passed with two votes, as Dr. Sonny Proctor and Anne Sneve abstained due to their involvement with the Chamber.

The council also approved a number of previously budgeted expenses including $14,000 to swap out the Cove Well emergency generator, $11,900 to rebuild pump four across from Shiloh Church, and the previously discussed 3 percent raise for city employees.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
 
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Business After Hours- RESCHEDULED DUE TO CHANCE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

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Rescheduled due to chance of inclement weather!!
New date:
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Over 1,000 Jeeps Expected This Weekend

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Jasper, GA – From Thursday, August 31, to Sunday, September 3, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will hold their annual JeepFest on Highway 53 East in Marble Hill, GA.

The event has miles of trails and obstacle courses for those attending. All of the trails have different difficulty levels. Those wishing to participate by riding the trails must check-in and register their Jeep first.

Even if you don’t have a Jeep you can still attend the event. Different vendors will be set up, along with live music, and the Pig Pen Family Mud Park.

Pig Pen will have obstacles running, mud to play in, a drag racing strip, and camping.

JeepFest raises money for a variety of charities such as Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, The Joy House, Special Olympics in Pickens County, The Boys and Girls Club, and the Jasper Youth Sports Association.

The event is staffed by volunteers from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, other public safety offices, and local Jeep Clubs from all over North Georgia ensuring a safe and well organized event in a family-friendly environment.

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Community Breakfast from Pickens County Chamber

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Pickens County Chamber of Commerce
500 Stegall Dr
Jasper, GA 30143
About Us Events Marble Festival Tourism
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
7:00 am – 8:30 am

Chattahoochee Technical College
100 Campus Drive, Jasper, GA 30143

The Chamber’s monthly Community Breakfast offers both current and future Chamber members the opportunity to kick start their morning with networking, a delicious catered breakfast, meeting new members, and staying informed. It is $15 for Chamber Members and $20 for Non-Chamber Members.
Everyone is encouraged to register online in advance, even if pre-paid for the year, in order to minimize the waste of food. Please register before Wednesday, August 2.
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Solar Eclipse Moves Through Georgia

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Jasper, GA – Today, August 21, North Georgia will have prime visibility of a national solar eclipse that will begin around 1:05 P.M.

Pickens county will experience 97% of coverage allowing citizens to have an exceptional view of the event. At 2:36 P.M., the event will be at its peak before ending between 3:30 and 4:00 P.M.

USA map with eclipse path

With the Georgia Emergency Management Agency expecting over 100,000 visitors to travel to North Georgia for the event, the local school board wants to ensure the safety of all students, teachers, and parents.

Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson made the decision to make today a holiday due to the event occurring the same time school would be dismissing.

Public Information Officier Kris Stancil spoke on how the Sheriff’s Office is preparing for the event,

We have brought in additional staff to assist in the expected heavy traffic areas like the look out on Highway 515 and the one on Burnt Mountain Road.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent out the following saftey precautions:

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Fetch Your News is a hyper local news outlet that covers Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns and Murray counties as well as Cherokee County in N.C. If you would like to follow up-to-date local events in any of those counties, please visit us at FetchYourNews.com

Sports Car Event Coming To Jasper

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Jasper, GA – At this month’s Jasper City Council Meeting, Paul Poore of Jasper Merchants Association discussed the idea of having a new downtown event on November 4, 2017.

Poore has been working with Georgia Z Club and Fair Lady Alliance of Atlanta to arrange the event. Together the groups would bring 70 new model sports cars to the event, for a car cruise-in, in downtown Jasper.

Main Street would be blocked off from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. to allow different musicians to play, sponsored by Mountain City Auto Parts, and the variety of sports cars.

Poore also explained to the council that the groups coming to town plan to book local hotels and have a wine tasting on Sunday at local vineyards. This would allow both groups to see what Jasper has to offer, being that they are looking to use Jasper for one day of their National Convention next year.

The City Council made the decision to approve the event.

FYN will have more details on the event as it progresses.

Fetch Your News is a hyper local news outlet that covers Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns and Murray counties as well as Cherokee County in N.C. If you would like to follow up-to-date local events in any of those counties, please visit us at FetchYourNews.com

Serve Saturday

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Serve Saturday is one of many ways a church can go out and help our community. Revolution Church hosts the project called Serve Saturday. The projects vary from month to month in order to provide help in a wide range of locations. The event allows people to come together and participate in different odd jobs to make our town better.

Revolution Church of Jasper has been working over the past four months in our community. Most of what they have accomplished so far is high impact/high visibility projects such as painting cemetery walls on Church Street. However, these projects are only leading to more from the church, such as their event this Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. the church will be cleaning up the intersection around the Walgreens and Rite Aid, along with the intersection at Hwy 53 and Main Street. Around 46 people signed up to participate in this event.

On their website they commented,

The Mayor and his staff are thrilled that we have been caring for the city!

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