Jasper suspends dining-in, to-go only, starting Friday

Community, Press Release

The city of Jasper is suspending dining-in, requiring all restaurants to transition to carry out/drive through only beginning Friday, March 27. The ban on dining-in will last until Monday, April 27.

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According to a post on their website, “Beginning Friday, March 27, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. restaurants and establishments serving food and/or drinks within the City of Jasper will be restricted to carry-out/drive through service only. Restaurants with current alcohol licenses will be permitted to include an upopened alcoholic beverage with to go orders. Effective until April 27, 2020.”

Jasper voted on the restrictions at a special called meeting last week. They have also restricted public access to their facilities until further notice. Employees can come to work if they are not sick or showing signs of sickness. The City Municipal Court is postponed until further notice, possibly April 3.

As of 7 p.m. Monday, Pickens had three confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from two at noon, according to the Georgia Department of Health. Georgia has 800 total with 26 confirmed deaths.

Steve Lawrence, Mayor, posted on the website “During this time of uncertainty, please be aware that the leaders of this community are discussing matters of public health and safety daily and in some instances multiple times throughout the day and night. Your safety and wellbeing are of utmost concern. As such, I would like to remind all of us to adhere to the standards placed by our National and State leaders in regards to “social distancing” and taking necessary precautions of mitigating and eliminating exposure to COVID-19.”

Pickens County Schools are going to “hard lock-outs” starting Wednesday. Details here.

Community Bank of Pickens County Job Posting


March Chamber Community Breakfast

Pickens County Chamber


Pickens Chamber of commerce


March Chamber Community Breakfast

By: Jackson Leake


The Chamber Community Breakfast was held Tuesday, March 14th, 2017. Attendees arrived to a delicious breakfast catered by Chick-Fil-A and networked with over 100 people in attendance before beginning the program.

Donna Torres’ Welcome and the Invocation was followed by our new member welcome by Chamber Ambassador Matt Youngblood of WYYZ – 1490 AM and 102.7 FM – The Croc, which included: Higgins Party Rentals, Sunrise Veterinary Hospital, Law Offices of Brian Westbrook, and Serenity 7 Salon. We encourage the community to reach out to these new members and learn about the services they offer. In addition, March’s Large Business of the Month, a program sponsored by Community Bank of Pickens County, was awarded to Amicalola EMC.

The March Chamber Community Breakfast was sponsored by North Georgia Pregnancy Center and Pat Page spoke on their behalf. After the sponsor remarks, the program was concluded by giving away door prizes donated by: the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, Carriage House, A Love to Travel, Chattahoochee Technical College, North Georgia Pregnancy Center, Renasant Bank, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, ETC, Whitestone Valley Landfill, Bojangles, and Community Bank of Pickens County.

This month’s Community Breakfast also featured the Annual Church Showcases. The churches that participated were: Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Jasper United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, First Baptist Church of Jasper, Cool Springs Baptist Church, and King of Kings Lutheran Church.

The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly breakfast with the next scheduled breakfast on Tuesday, April 11th. This is a great opportunity for members to network and make great business connections. Registration can be found online at www.pickenschamber.com under the “Calendar” section. For more information about the breakfast or any other events hosted by the Chamber, please call 706-692-5600.

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(Church Showcase 2017)

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(Large Business of the Month – Amicalola EMC)

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(Sponsor: North Georgia Pregnancy Center and Speaker: Pat Page)

“Chamber Committee Actively Working to Benefit Schools in our Community”

Pickens County Chamber

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“Chamber Committee Actively Working to Benefit Schools in our Community”

By: Jackson Leake


The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Workforce Development Committee spearheaded by Dr. Folsom “Sonny” Proctor meets monthly with the Pickens County Board of Education to address educational issues facing our community.

At a recent meeting they discussed ways that they could potentially benefit students. Gerry Nechvatal, the Executive and Economic Development Director of the Pickens Chamber, recalled exploratory tours the middle school classes took to the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College, which were discontinued due to budget constraints. These trips were identified as extremely beneficial to students.

Daniel Bell, the chair of the Pickens Board of Education, advocated strongly for these trips, and the Superintendent acted quickly to insure that they were brought back through a collaboration with Chattahoochee Technical College.  Beginning January 19th, 2017, eighth grade students from both Jasper Middle School and Pickens County Middle School will have the opportunity to tour Chattahoochee Tech and learn about the different programs that they offer. This way, students will be able to plan their high school classes accordingly to be better prepared to go into the technical field, an area that is severely lacking in our nation. The Education and Workforce Development Committee hopes to extend this fantastic opportunity to both sixth and seventh grade students very soon.

At this committee meeting the elementary schools also expressed their need for additional hand sanitizers and tissues. Dr. Proctor and Geri Sauer of North Georgia Staffing began planning how the schools would receive the supplies they needed. North Georgia Staffing was going to lead the drive and use their facility as a drop off, but Gerry Nechvatal stepped in and offered to donate the tissue boxes.  It was decided that the Pickens Chamber would donate enough tissues that every elementary school classroom in Pickens County will receive at least one box.

These are both great examples of multiple organizations working collaboratively to enrich the lives of the students in Pickens County. This tissue drive also demonstrates the Chamber’s goal to use committees to identify and solve issues in our community, thus fulfilling our mission statement “to actively promote Pickens County and its businesses to enhance the quality of life for its citizens.”

Pickens County Family Connection January Newsletter


SHARING YOUR NEWSPickens Family Connection

APPALACHIAN CHILDREN’S CENTER will be holding A Parenting Class Saturday, February 4, 2017, Free of charge, One day only, from 9:00am to 4:00pm for parents wanting to learn new parenting skills. This will count for parents who are court ordered to complete a parenting class. All participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the day. Breakfast and lunch included. Call 706.273.2225 to sign-up.

PICKENS COUNTY SENIOR CENTER is hosting Financial Classes during the month of February. The classes are open to everyone. Please call Kimberly Bolt at 706.299.1546.

CHATTAHOOCHEE TECHNICAL COLLEGE is seeking an Education/GED Volunteer Tutor: must be able to volunteer six hours per week at regular intervals teaching math, science, social studies, and language arts. Must be compassionate and able to manage paperwork and a caseload for a group of students. Must be willing to work on recruitment and retention as well. Education certification is not required. Please contact Amy at the Pickens Certified Literate Community Program at 678.314.4077.

PICKENS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is hosting the 2017 Annual Winter Ball at the Tate House on Saturday, January 21, 2017 beginning at 5:30pm for VIP admission and 6:00 for General admission. Please call the Chamber at 706.692.5600 for more information or to purchase a ticket.

Pickens Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for House of ZOO-OLOGY

Pickens County Chamber

By: Lexi Hardman

The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate House of ZOO-OLOGY for their Ribbon Cutting Celebration and brand new business.

Are you looking for a new and exciting way to revamp your workout routine? Gabe Northern, owner and new Pickens County resident, is the person to see. Gabe brings a fresh face to health and wellness. His years of experience playing college and professional football, as well as coaching professional football has prepared him for a career in motivating others to invest in their health. House of ZOO-OLOGY focuses on a combination of yoga, meditation, footwork, core, and football type drills.

Gabe believes in providing a family friendly atmosphere, where anyone from 4 years old to 84 years old can work out. This summer, he will be putting on summer camps for young boys to improve on their health, while also working on their behavior. In addition, he has begun working with the Pickens High School football team in their pursuit of a state title. Gabe wholeheartedly loves this community and asks for your continued support in making his dream of owning this business a success. Information regarding classes and price schedules can be found on their Facebook page (Zoo-Ology) or give them a call at 706-669-9908.

For more information on House of ZOO-OLOGY and many other businesses that are members of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, please give us a call at 706-692-5600 or visit our website at www.pickenschamber.com.

Chamber Breakfast touts Port Royal as THE place to be

Featured Stories, News

More than 400 guests filed into the Pickens Chamber breakfast yesterday morning to hear what investors and project managers had to say about the proposed water park that seems to be moving towards reality. With a ground-breaking tentatively planned for October and a completion date of Thanksgiving 2016, the resort is moving forward. (more…)

Chamber Ribbon-Cutting: Lil’ Momma’s Donuts


A long-anticipated ribbon-cutting for Lil’ Momma’s Donuts was held today at the store, located at 1187 E. Church Street in Jasper.


Pickens Chamber holds Membership Breakfast


The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce held their monthly breakfast to a very large crowd. The theme was “Partnering for Success.” (more…)

Global Company Bringing Jobs to Jasper

Featured Stories, News

Mayor John Weaver was all smiles when asked about the economic news that Orlaco, a camera solution outfit for large equipment, was choosing Jasper as it’s first American-based warehouse. (more…)

Pickens Chamber to Hold Membership Breakfast


The Pickens Chamber of Commerce is slated to hold their monthly membership breakfast at Chattahoochee Technical College Education Center on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 from 7-9 a.m. Speaker will be John Frech on “North Georgia’s Surprise.” Chattahoochee Technical College Education Center is located at 100 Campus Drive, Jasper. The event is sponsored by Bojangles Famous Chicken and Biscuits.

New Construction Behind The RaceTrac

Business, Featured Stories

Pickens County has another sign of an improving economy with construction going on behind the RaceTrack on Highway 515. (more…)

Marble Festival Bluegrass Schedule and Entry Procedures


Picnic In The Park


Join us for games and plenty of food! (more…)

Pickens Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Leadership Snowball Golf Tournament


Thanks to several businesses and community leaders in North Georgia, the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Leadership Snowball Golf Tournament at Arrowhead Country Club in Jasper held on Monday, March 19th, was a success, raising over $10,000! This is the most money ever raised for this tournament!

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