The 2018 general election which includes races for every major state-wide elected office and
several congressional and state representative races is approaching. The early voting period will
begin on October 15 th and run through November 2 nd (weekdays 8am-5pm) at Pickens County
Board of Elections off Pioneer Road. There will also be a Saturday availability to early vote on
October 27 th from 9am until 4pm. Election day is on Tuesday, November 6 th polls will be open
from 7am until 7pm at your local precincts. For information on your voter registration status or
to locate your precinct go to sos.ga.gov.
Also, approaching in the coming weeks is the 2018 Public Safety Day at Jasper Home Depot.
This free event will take place on Saturday, October 27 th between 10am and 2pm. Pickens
County Fire/EMS, Emergency Management Agency, Sheriff’s office, Jasper Fire and Police, and
others will all be on hand to provide safety demonstrations and tips. All citizens are encouraged
to attend this great event.
During the month of September, Public Works completed resurfacing Harrington Road, Pea
Ridge Road, and a portion of Fortner Road. They also completed tar and graveling Rocky Ridge
Road. Subcontractor paving crews completed the final phase of the 2018 paving contract. They
resurfaced: Nalley Drive, Poole Avenue, Solomon Avenue, Jones Avenue, Griffith Avenue,
Lanier Avenue, Little Avenue, Wood Street, Spring Place Drive, Beth Avenue, White Oak
Drive, Sweet Gum Circle, East Holly Lane, West Holly Lane, Dogwood Trail, Red Oak Lane,
Popular Lane, and Charles Avenue. The Water Department installed eight new meters. Planning
and Development issued 40 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 75
new animals, and 67 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control
responded to nine cases. The 911 Operations Center received 1,681 total calls, 744 were medical
responses and fire related. The Pickens County Recreation Department is still offering basketball
registration until October 14 th . A late registration period will be available October 15-17. The
basketball skills evaluations will take place on October 22 nd , 23 rd , and 25 th , practices will begin on
October 29 th . Overall the Pickens County government departments are working hard for the
citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continue 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!
The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce is proud to give you an update of some of our most recent
developments. First of all, we are very excited to announce our new board members. This fine group will
serve you and the Chamber for 2019-21, which are shaping up as key years for the future of Jasper and
Pickens County. These new members and their organization are Joanna Kearns, Century 21 Realty; Dale
Morrissey, Reinhardt University; Kay Lawrence, Renasant Bank; Jody Weaver with the Pickens County
Sheriff’s Department, Stephanie Ray, R & R Body Shop; and Denise Ray from Piedmont Mountainside
Hospital. We also have three previous board members who are serving extended terms: Sheryl Messner,
C.P.A. from Sheryl Messner, P.C., Lonnie Waters, the City of Jasper, and Diane Hales, Synovia Bank.
Returning board members include Todd Payne, Donna McDonald, Anne Sneve, Carrie Roland, Angie
Jones, Daniel Lopez, Davis Kelley, Tony Young, Melisa Jordan, Angie Jones, myself, and ex officios
Commissioner Rob Jones, PCS Superintendent Carlton Wilson, Sheriff Donnie Craig, District Attorney
Alison Sosebee, and Mayor John Weaver.
Next, we would like to announce that on September 28, the board unanimously decided to engage
Anissa Starnes from Swingbridge Consulting to assist us in our position development and search for our
new Executive Director. The search committee has been formed, and we hope to have our new director
in place no later than January 1, 2019. The Chamber is very fortunate to have Amberle Godfrey currently
serving as interim which has made this transition time much more easy and productive. Amberle has
shown such a selfless commitment to our community in true servant leader style: I know this upcoming
move will take us to the next level!
Finally, we would like to announce our 2018 Board Retreat coming up on November 30 and December 1,
at Brasstown Bald. We will be reviewing board responsibilities and taking a look forward with the aid of
the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development as our facilitator. Each and every one of these
steps reflects the recent successes of our chamber and our community, and we look forward to serving
our membership and our community in the coming years. The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce is
on the move to even better things!
Sonny Proctor, M.D.
Board of Directors
Pickens County Chamber of Commerce
Road improvements continue …On time, on budget…
JASPER, Ga. – Work could begin soon on an intersection improvement project on State Route (SR) 515 in Pickens County. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to Bartow Paving Company, Inc. of Cartersville, Georgia, valued at nearly two million dollars for a construction project to improve an intersection on the highway. The project includes improving the intersection of SR 515 with Antioch Church Road in Northern Pickens County.
This construction project is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2019, at a construction cost of $1,546,973. Information on construction and lane closure schedules on this project will be forthcoming before work begins.
More details on this and other projects in the Department’s most recent bid awards are available via the Award Announcement Download here.
The public is urged to “know before you go.” For real-time information on active construction, incidents and more, call 511 or visit www511ga.org before you get into your car.
Roadway work zones are hazardous for workers and for the public. In fact, most fatalities in work zones crashes are drivers or passengers. Obey the rules in work zones – Pay Attention – Slow Down – Watch for Workers. And always, expect the unexpected. It can make the difference between life and death. Remember – work zone safety is in your hands.
Margy Lohman, founder and former Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens, received the
Mark Chaffin Community Award for her 25 years of dedication to preventing child abuse in Pickens
County. The award was presented on September 13 by Julia Neighbors, Director of Prevent Child Abuse
Georgia at a luncheon attended by hundreds of workers in the field of child abuse during the annual
Georgia Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.
This award is given in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Mark Chaffin, who was a leader in
the field of child maltreatment research. This award recognizes an individual who has made
repeated, significant, and outstanding contributions and commitment to the prevention of
child abuse and neglect in Georgia. Among other criteria, the award acknowledges
consistent involvement and strong leadership in child abuse prevention; recognition by
colleagues and peers as an informed, passionate prevention leader; the ability to motivate
and bring together multiple individuals, groups, sectors in support of prevention strategies,
policies, and practices and has assisted in securing funding efforts or brought together
multiple funding sources that support activities. (source: Mark Chaffin Award Nomination
On presenting the award, Ms. Neighbors complimented Margy’s service, tenacity and
community leadership. Excerpts from her presentation speech include:
“Through endless hours of dedication, Margy has created a community support system that
has helped countless families address and overcome complex challenges.”
“Margy has been a role model for co-workers and families, showing them that with
persistence and hard work, anything is possible . . . “
“Through Margy’s dedication, PCA Pickens has been able to offer evidence-based child
maltreatment prevention programs to families in Pickens County such as First Steps (since
1995), Healthy Families (since 1996), and Parents as Teachers (since 2009).”
Tuesday, September 25th!
Jasper, GA – Fast, safe, convenient. . . drive through and beat the flu at the DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOT CLINIC in Jasper! Just roll in, roll up a sleeve and get the shot that will protect you all flu season, while seated in your vehicle. The Pickens County Health Department will conduct their annual Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, September 25th from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1036 North Main Street, Jasper. You’ll also be helping public health staff and community partners practice local Point of Dispensing operations for times of emergency. 4-in-1 Quadrivalent Flu Shots will be $25 and Fluzone High Dose Flu Shots for people 65 and older will be $65. Cash, checks, credit cards, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Coventry, Humana and United Healthcare Insurance will be accepted. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot each year. The fastest, most convenient way to get that shot is at the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic in Jasper! Call (706) 253-2821 for more information.
Reward offered for the safe return of 2 beloved missing pets in Gilmer County. A local family is missing their German Shepherd mix and also a 14 year old Boston Terrier, both neutered.
The dogs darted through the woods beside the family’s home in the Roundtop area between Old Hwy 5 and Hwy 382 in Gilmer county. The German Shepherd had just been groomed and shaved and unfortunately was not wearing his collar. They have been missing 2 days and the family is very worried. These are very loved family pets and greatly missed. They do not want to be lost. Please call 770.878.252 or 706.276.7740 if you have any info on either of these missing pets. Thank you for your help.