THE PICKENS REPORT – OCTOBER 2018

Community

The holidays are approaching; the season is a time for family, fellowship, friends and giving.
While this time is a bright one for many, it is important to remember those in our community that
are not as fortunate. Every year in Pickens County various civic groups, organizations, and
helpful neighbors come together around the holidays to assist those struggling in our community.
There are many ways you can contribute to those in need during the holiday season. On Saturday
November 10 th, “A Taste of Pickens” fundraiser will occur between 11:30-1:30 at Chattahoochee
Technical College to benefit C.A.R.E.S. (local food pantry). On Thanksgiving Day, Mary Ann’s
will host their annual community Thanksgiving. If you’re interested in donating or volunteering
for the community Thanksgiving meal, contact Mary Ann’s at 706-253-2225. If you would like
to assist in providing Christmas for a foster child, contact DFCS (Heidi Smith) at 706-692-4730
or heidi.smith@dhs.ga.gov. You can donate Christmas gifts to other families in need through
Toys for Tots or the Lion’s Club “Fill A Stocking” program. Additional opportunities to assist
are available throughout our community, be on the lookout to find the best way you can
contribute to our neighbors in need!

Construction on Pickens County Fire Station #12 off Carlan Road is coming along well. They’re currently finalizing the interior of the building and construction is expected to be completed at the end of the year. Equipment is scheduled to be moved in at the beginning of 2019. Additionally, the property was purchased at the NW corner of Old 5 and Worley Crossroads for the relocation of a new Tate Fire Station. Currently, plans for grading and building specifications are being put together. Construction is planned to begin in Spring of 2019. These are both SPLOST (Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales-Tax) projects and were outlined on the 2014 SPLOST plan.

During the month of October, the 911 Operations Center received 1,669 total calls, 698 were
medical responses and fire related. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 95 animals, and 92
animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 22 cases. The
Water Department installed three new meters. The Department of Planning and Development
issued 41 new permits. Basketball registration has ended at Pickens County Recreation
Department. A total of 347 kids signed up, making a total of 40 teams from instructional to 12-
year-old leagues. Games will start on December 1 st and run through the end of January. Public
Works resurfaced Lower Dowda Mill Road. They set a paving record resurfacing 31 miles of
roads this year. Currently, they are patching portions of several roads around the county. Overall
the Pickens County government departments are working hard for the citizens of Pickens
County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do a great job of leading these
efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of
these developments.

Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!

Georgia hits 4.5 million job mark in October

State & National

Georgia hits 4.5 million job mark in October

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia broke the 4.5- million jobs barrier in October, bouncing back from a job loss due to Hurricane Irma in September.

The state posted 4,510,100 jobs for the month. That preliminary number is higher than Georgia’s previous revised record of 4,497,700 set in August.  In September, Georgia had a temporary setback with a job loss of 3,400.

Georgia also set records in October for labor force and the number of employed residents.

“After the effects of the storm, this month’s numbers are much closer to what we are used to seeing,” Butler said. “All the indicators – job growth, unemployment claims, labor force and employed residents – are trending in the right direction.  October was a great month for a dynamic, growing state like Georgia.”

Monthly numbers can fluctuate due to short-term impacts like Irma and are subject to revisions. The story built over the year, Butler said, gives a clearer picture of the state’s economy and jobs picture because it smooths out short-term shifts seen in monthly reports.

Over the past 12 months, Georgia has added 87,800 jobs, a 2 percent growth rate. The state is outpacing the national job growth rate of 1.4 percent.

In October Georgia posted 15,800 new jobs. Growth came mostly in the private sector including, construction, 5,500 and professional and business services, 5,200. Georgia’s over-the-year job growth came mostly in the private sector. Jobs were added in professional and business services, 24,900; education and health services, 15,300; leisure and hospitality, 14,500; and trade, transportation and warehousing, 11,700.

“It’s important that Georgia is adding jobs,” Butler noted, “but it’s more important that people continue to get them. And, we continue to see both happening.”

In October, the total number of employed residents rose by 20,634 to 4,865,859. There are 173,402 more Georgians employed now than in October 2016.

At the same time, the state’s labor force, which includes the total number of Georgians with jobs and those unemployed but looking for work, rose to 5,085,519, up by 15,123 in October.  The labor force is up by 123,441 since October 2016.

Butler added that the unemployment rate also continues to fall.

The unemployment rate in October was 4.3 percent, down from September’s revised number of 4.4 percent. That compares favorably to last October when the rate was 5.4 percent. The lowest jobless rate ever recorded for the state was 3.4 percent in November 2000.

Monthly unemployment claims were up by 9.6 percent to 27,040. Most of the increase came due to temporary claims filed in manufacturing. However, from October a year ago, unemployment claims were down by 7.9 percent from 29,355.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com, showed 59,231 new job postings statewide for October.

Visit dol.georgia.gov to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers and to connect with us on social media.

DATA FOR THE METRO AREAS ARE ATTACHED, TABLES AND GRAPHS REFLECTING LABOR MARKET DATA ARE AVAILABLE AT http://dol.georgia.gov/current-labor-force-data-and-graphs

NEWS MEDIA NEEDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY CALL (404) 232-3685

October Public Health Inspection Scores

Health

Biscuit Maker LLC (Food Service Inspections)
295 N MAIN STREET JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 23, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Burger King #12196 (Food Service Inspections)
34 SAMMY MCGEE BLVD JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 27, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Carrington Coffee (Food Service Inspections)
675 NOAH DR JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 25, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Davis BBQ (Food Service Inspections)
3958 REFUGE RD JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 27, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Hardees #1505957 (Food Service Inspections)
100 HAZEL MOSLEY DRIVE JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 17, 2017 Score: 89, Grade: B

Highland Rivers Health CSB (Food Service Inspections)
323 ROLAND ROAD JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 26, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Jasper Middle School (Food Service Inspections)
339 W CHURCH ST JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 24, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Little Caesar’s (Food Service Inspections)
938 W CHURCH ST JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 31, 2017 Score: 97, Grade: A

Mary Ann’s (Food Service Inspections)
408 E CHURCH STREET JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 26, 2017 Score: 91, Grade: A

Pickens Co Adult Detention Center (Food Service Inspections)
2985 CAMP RD JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 26, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Pickens County Middle School (Food Service Inspections)
1802 REFUGE RD JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 18, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Pickens High School (Food Service Inspections)
500 DRAGON DR JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 24, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Pig Pen Family Mud Park (Food Service Inspections)
865 PIG PEN ROAD BALL GROUND, GA 30107
View inspections:
October 20, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Pruitt Health Jasper (Food Service Inspections)
1350 E CHURCH ST JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 27, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Trident Holdings LLC dba Captain D’s (Food Service Inspections)
77 INTERSTATE DRIVE JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 18, 2017 Score: 96, Grade: A

Waffle House # 936 (Food Service Inspections)
56 TRAVELERS REST RD JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 25, 2017 Score: 92, Grade: A

Waffle House #1705 (Food Service Inspections)
239 INTERSTATE DR JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 31, 2017 Score: 91, Grade: A

Wildwood Health & Rehab (Food Service Inspections)
184 PIN HOOK ROAD TALKING ROCK, GA 30175
View inspections:
October 24, 2017 Score: 94, Grade: A

Zaxby’s (Food Service Inspections)
132 BILL WIGINGTON PKWY JASPER, GA 30143
View inspections:
October 27, 2017 Score: 92, Grade: A

11th Annual Paws in the Park presented by Humane Society of Blue Ridge October 21st 10am – 2pm Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

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Volunteer at the Marble Festival

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Humane Society of Blue Ridge Presents the 9th Annual Paws in the Park

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