Pickens Chamber announces: Health Departments Reopen in North Georgia

Community, Pickens County Chamber
North, GA – Health departments in Gilmer, Murray and Pickens counties will begin reopening to the public during the week of Monday, June 8. Of the six county health departments in the North Georgia Health District, these three were temporarily closed as part of the districtwide concerted emergency response to COVID-19 and testing.
Only the most essential public health services are available at this time, and while public health staff in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties continue providing *free COVID-19 testing, health department days and/or hours of services will vary. Also, only the Cherokee County Health Department location in Canton is open to the public. Therefore, residents are required to call for an appointment prior to visiting their local health department.
*(Please refer below to the COVID-19 testing schedule for the w/o June 8 as provided by public health in North Georgia. This schedule will change weekly. Call 1-888-881-1474 to register.)
Calling ahead for an appointment will also help protect the public and staff from the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing. Additional protective measures include screening visitors for COVID-19 symptoms as they arrive, and all staff and visitors must wear a face mask when entering the building. Also, clients with appointments must enter alone. Children arriving at the health departments for services must be accompanied by only one adult.
Essential services at the county health departments include:
  • STD/HIV testing
  • All immunizations for children and adults, including, but not limited to, school required vaccinations, Tdap vaccinations for parents and grandparents of newborns, and Hepatitis A vaccinations
  • WIC vouchers – WIC services will continue to be available by phone at all county health departments in the North Georgia Health District. Call 706-370-4700.
Phone numbers for the county health departments are: Cherokee – (770) 345-7371; Fannin – (706) 632-3023; Gilmer – (706) 635-4343; Murray – (706) 695-4585; Pickens – (706) 253-2821; and, Whitfield – (706) 279-9600.
For information about opportunities for Free COVID-19 Testing by public health in North Georgia, go to bit.ly/FREE-COVID-19-Tests_NorthGA.
Pickens County Chamber of Commerce 500 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Jasper, GA
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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As we enter the winter months, Pickens County Government is taking proactive measures to prepare for potential inclement weather. The county constructed an inhouse brine operation last winter to increase efficiency and serviceability. This past month two satellite brine tanks were installed on the outskirts of the county. The west end tank is located at the corner of Henderson Mtn. Road and Jerusalem Church Road. The east end tank is located off Monument Road. Public Works houses a centrally located tank off Camp Road. All of the brine has been made and tanks are full. Additionally, all of the brine distributors are assembled and ready to activate when necessary. The new system allows Pickens County to sell brine to other entities. The Big Canoe community has taken advantage of this resource, and purchased a tank full of brine in preparation for the winter months. 

During the month of November, the Department of Planning and Development issued 26 new building permits. The Water Department installed five new meters. The 911 Operations Center received 1,725 total calls, 685 were medical responses or fire related. Public Works is performing routine road maintenance and prepping roads for the Winter months. Basketball season is in full swing at Pickens County Recreation Department. Additionally, PCRD will begin registration for Spring Baseball, Softball, and T-ball seasons on January 6th. The regular registration period will conclude on March 1st. A late registration period will be available March 2nd through March 4th. 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. On behalf of Pickens County government, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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

City addresses Adult Entertainment sign


JASPER, Ga. – Citizens are still in confusion about a sign appearing at the Shops of Jasper announcing “Adult Entertainment” coming soon.

According to City Manager Brandon Douglas, the City has no application or permitting for an adult entertainment business or signage at this location. He went on to note the property owner has also told him he has no intent to pursue this kind of business.

Douglas said that the City has reached out to the property owner about the sign and has received acknowledgment about the sign and it will be coming down. While no fine or official action is being taken because of this acknowledgment, Douglas said the city will be following up with the property owner if the sign does not come down.

As for the possibility of an Adult Entertainment type of business, the city does have zoning where it could be allowed, but Douglas said it is restricted to industrial areas and is also listed as a conditional use permit. This means that if a business like this would be created, it would have to go through zoning and come before the Mayor and City Council for approval. Douglas assures citizens that this type of business would be well advertised, as all conditional use permits are, well in advance of the business opening.


Community, News

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 Report – July 2018

Business, Community, News

Pickens County Government, like many other government entities is taking full advantage of the hot summer months to pave as many roads as financially possible. All paving projects are funded through LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) dollars. During the month of July, subcontractor crews repaved: Upper Grandview, Grandview Circle, Hickory Cove, Cove View Valley, Cove Hill Road, Old Cove Road, Scott Drive, Southbrook Drive, Eastwood Circle, Paradise Lane, East Eden Way, and West Eden Way. The 2018 paving contract is now roughly 65 percent complete with the remainder to be paved in the coming weeks. Pickens County Public Works repaved: Griffith Road and Tate Mill Way. Additionally, they completed a project to widen Pettit Road and plan to begin tar and graveling that road, along with Jordan Road, Thomason Road, and Evans Road. Public Works is continuing routine maintenance around the county while dealing with some inclement weather. Over the last few weeks, Public Works has cleaned up 95 trees downed by heavy rain and wind.

During the month of July, the 911 Operations Center received 1,809 total calls, 753 were medical responses and fire related. The Water Department installed 10 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 37 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 101 animals, and 100 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 7 cases. The Recreation Department concluded another successful year of Summer Camp with an average of 55 kids a day. Pickens County Fire Station #12 off Carlan Road is expected to be completed in approximately two months. The exterior of the structure is nearly complete with now the focus on the interior construction. Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working hard for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do an excellent job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments. To stay up to date like us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our website www.pickenscountyga.gov.   

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


Pickens Animal Shelter news


A Home for the Holidays

On Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Animal Shelter of Pickens County is waiving the adoption fee on dogs and cats.  There are many wonderful adult dogs, cats and kittens just waiting for you to provide them with the warmth of your home and hearts.  We have extra volunteers available that day to assist you with finding your “perfect match”.   Take some time to get acquainted with one of the dogs off-leash in the separate play yard or take them for a walk around the property.  Our friendly, loving cats and kittens welcome your tender touch so you can see how purrfectly they’re willing to join your family.

Our shelter pets are available for you to see online.  We have them posted on Petango.  Take a look at our website www. http://pickensanimalshelter.com/ and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pickenscountyanimalshelter/.  You’re going to fall in love!

We are also currently conducting a “WISH LIST” supply drive and have teamed up with Presents For Pets, a new 501(c)3 organization that specifically supports donation drives benefiting homeless pets.  Look for these donation boxes located at Walmart, Kroger, Community Bank of Pickens County and Parish Lowrie State Farm.  Our suggested items are listed on each box, and there are small tear-off shopping lists that you can take with you.

In a holiday hurry?  Saturday, Dec 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., more volunteers will be set up to accept your supply donations at both locations of the Community Bank of Pickens County and Parish Lowrie State Farm.  To make it more convenient during the hectic holiday shopping season, you’ll be able to “drive up – drop off” your purchased donations and our volunteers will be happy to help unload them from your car.

If you are available to volunteer for the supply drive or the adoption event on Dec. 16, please call Julie at 706-273-0355.  We welcome your support.  Pickens County Animal Shelter is located at 3563 Camp Rd. Jasper, Georgia 30143.

Short Takes – DACA and US Citizenship

Opinion, Politics

DACA and US Citizenship

American citizenship should be earned not awarded for simply being here. That’s what laws are for, to give applicants a fair shot at getting in. There is a pathway to citizenship available for those outsiders who apply. Yes, it’s hard and lengthly but, so what? On top of that, Democrats defending Obama’s DACA Executive Order is unconscionable because it’s not law, but opinion only, and that’s the argument Democrats want to hang their hats on, Illegals over Americans.


So far, the really stupid visa programs initiated under a Democrat regime and supported by “Compassionate Conservatives,” who do not want to be smeared as racists or bigots, have swept aside the rule of law, in the name of “fairness.”  America must atone for its undeserved prosperity by welcoming in the worlds great flood of unwashed, without conditions. Whoa!


The Democrats unrestricted illegal invasion program has met strong resistance in the form of Donald Trump who has said “No more!” meaning the unfettered importation of third world denizens from S__thole countries will end. For the present America is faced with solving the problem of the many Dreamers who arrived here years ago when our guard was down.


Here’s what I would accept concerning any DACA plan that attempts to legalizes the 800,000 “Dreamers,” kids who were brought here illegally by their criminal, gate crashing parents. Understandably they had no choice but like kidnap victims, they must be returned to their home country.


Democrats cite the unchanging DACA numbers at 800,000 because that’s how many Dreamers, more or less, who actually signed up for Obama’s ‘amnesty’ program. There is in fact over three million, but for purposes of negotiations, let’s stick with the Democrats number of 800,000, most of whom have matriculated into adulthood.


First, eliminate, out of hand, those who have failed to learn English, those with MS-13 and other gang affiliations, and any “dreamer” with one or more felony or firearms convictions. A few have matriculated through college and are employed in good jobs. Save them. Some have found low level jobs, started families and avoided accumulating police records. Save them too. Of the 800,000, only around 900 have entered military service on the promised path to citizenship. Save them. Chain migration must be eliminate. Assimilation does not occur when old family units are attached to and influence, accepted immigrants.


Democrats whine about Trump wanting to spend a one time cost of $18 billion to build a wall but ignore the annual $99 Billion taxpayers cost to cloth, feed, house, educate and provide medical care to the flood of illegals spreading over our country. The Visa program, the one that allows entry on a lottery system, has proven deadly and must not even be considered in negotiations.


Some national figures should be considered in this negotiation as well. 97% of immigrants in the Dreamers grouping identify themselves as Hispanic. By the fourth generation that number falls to 50%. Only 7% describe themselves as Americans, but only 56%, in the third generation, believe they are Americans. Even the use of Spanish slowly declines. The Democrats have abandoned Americas working class base to chase what they choose to believe is a racial group in harmony with their dream of a socialist state, when what they were actually chasing is the momentum of unlimited migration.

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (24Jan18)

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Sex Offender Captured


Russell Jones, has been located in North Carolina and was captured June 22, 2017 by U.S. Marshals.

On April 26, 2017 Pickens County Sheriff’s Office asked for public assistance in locating an absconded sex offender, Russell Jones. He supposedly moved into the Pickens area from West Virginia.

The address he provided to West Virginia was not valid and was originally sent to Gordon County. Gordon County proceeded to reach out to Pickens Sheriff’s Office to check if he had registered as a local sex offender.

Pickens Sheriff’s Office joined with the U.S. Marshal Service to attempt to locate Jones, who was convicted in West Virginia for the crime of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault with a juvenile.

The Pickens Sheriff’s Office was asked for a comment on the capture of Russell Jones, but no response has been received.

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Hit And Run Update


Wednesday, June 28, Thomas Marlow had his first court appearance in Pickens County.

Judge Alan Morris set his bond at $100,000, cash only, and made the statement to Marlow:

“Leaving the scene of an accident shows you are not willing to stick around and makes you a flight risk.”

He will be applying for an attorney and will have to show proof that he isn’t a flight risk to consider his bond being lowered. Depending on paperwork, he may have a court date set in September.

Following the appearance, FYN spoke with Kim Fitts, daughter of the victim, Craig Wooten. When she was asked about her father’s condition and how she felt the court appearance went, she stated:

His surgery went as good as it could have went and should be able to go home at the first of next week. His goal is to be able to get back on his Harley. I believe in the justice system and feel like things went how they should today. We appreciate the community’s support.

Fetch Your News will be following this case as it progresses.

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Pickens County Board of Commissioners Holds Meeting June 15, 2017



Pickens County held its regular board meeting on June, 15 2017. The Board approved to accept the bid of $1,662,000 from Northwest Georgia Paving to go forward with the Asphalt Paving Project. For the project $536,000 will be from the state and Pickens County will be matching the rest with our SPLOST funds.

At today’s meeting the 2016 audit was presented. Expenditures decreased compared to 2015 due to finishing the Tate Project. Pickens County debt is 1.9 million, the debt is very low compared to other counties.

Normally a population like Pickens creates a debt of $8.6 million. Auditors noted that Pickens County funds balance was very steady. If you would like to view the full financial statement it is available here.

The Board approved to repair the Grandview dam and to begin construction on a treatment facility. The treatment facility will create a reservoir for Pickens County. It will be considered as an enterprise fund, therefore it will not be pulled out of the tax payers funds. The reservoir will give Pickens County its own resource of water and benefit the community. With this being approved today the repairs should go into effect very soon.

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Pickens County Board of Education Adjusts Start and End Times

Education, News

Pickens County Board of Education agreed last night to change all schools start and end times.

On May 23, 2017 The Board posted an online survey for the community to give their input on the subject. Before taking the survey there was a section above on information to consider before deciding.

Information To Consider:

  •         High school students involved in extracurricular activities will miss less academic time by not missing as much or  any of 4th block class period.
  •         Students who participate in work exit may go to work early and get home earlier.
  •         High school and middle school students will be home before elementary siblings.
  •         Elementary students will not have to be at the bus stop at 6:10 in the morning reducing the time they spend at the bus stop in the dark.

Current start and end times

Proposed start and end times

3,602 surveys were completed to either keep the current times or change to the proposed.

The results were 58.7% were in favor to change the school starts times and 41.3% were not in favor of the changes.

All of the drop off times will remain as they were in the current year. The high school end time was changed and will be 10 minutes earlier than the current end time. Only the middle school adjusted the start time so it will bring the day in sync with the other schools.

2017-18 Start and end times

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