News from Pickens Chamber – Governor Kemp’s updates on the state’s response to COVID-19.

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Governor Kemp’s updates on the
state’s response to COVID-19.
Here are a few relevant highlights:
  • Governor Kemp extended the executive order keeping live performance venues, bars, and nightclubs closed through May 31, 2020. The continued closure of government-operated public swimming pools was not extended in this order.
  • Regarding the safe reopening of state agencies, the Department of Administrative Services is taking the lead.
  • Guidance will be issued to employees, contractors and constituents – and more detailed announcements will be made in the coming days on how the state will be phasing into limited, in-person operations at state agencies.
  • All Georgians must continue to follow social distancing, and gatherings of more than 10 people remain banned unless a space of least six feet can be maintained between each person.
  • The gatherings ban applies to all non-critical infrastructure businesses, local governments, and organizations of all types, including social groups, informal get-togethers, and recreational sports, just to name a few.
  • The list of requirements for non-critical infrastructure has been extended to also include a 22nd provision regarding those establishments that use volunteers. The list has been updated in Category 3 here.
  • Do not put off health care appointments. Please follow a regular screening and vaccination schedule to stay healthy.
  • Georgians and visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings in public, per CDC recommendations.
  •  Additionally, COVID-19 testing is available for all Georgians, regardless of whether you have coronavirus symptoms. Anyone can call their local health department to get scheduled for testing. They can also download the Augusta University ExpressCare app, visit, or call (706) 721-1852.
Click here to see the entire Executive Order.
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Nechvatal named as Chamber Executive Director

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Jasper, GA – The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Gerry Nechvatal to lead the Chamber as Executive Director, effective Thursday, September 1, 2016.

From Board Chair Amberle Godfrey: “Gerry is a known commodity in our community. He brings a vast amount of experience and needed stability to the Chamber and its members.” The position had been vacant since the May resignation of the former Chamber president.

Gerry has served as the Pickens County Economic Development Director since 2008. He has worked diligently to bring new industry to Pickens County and the City of Jasper. His efforts have also benefited local small business favorites such as Mary Ann’s where he helped facilitate their initial lease agreement. Gerry’s work supporting Georgia Department of Economic Development initiatives earned Pickens County the Georgia Work Ready designation, as well as the awarding of the ‘Camera Ready’ title enabling the community to participate in the recruitment of film and entertainment based economic development opportunities. Gerry will continue to serve in this Economic Development role with the full support of City and County officials, all Development entities, and the Chamber Board.

Nechvatal attended the University of Georgia where he majored in Marketing and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration. His civic activities include serving on the Chattahoochee Technical College Local Board as the Chair-elect, functioning as the County appointee to the Workforce Development Board, and participating on the Pickens High School CTAE Advisory Committee. Gerry and his wife Anne have two children, Olivia and Evan.


Denise Duncan sends statement – no longer President of Pickens Chamber

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According to the Board of Directors of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Denise Duncan is no longer the President of the Pickens Chamber.  Below is a statement sent late this afternoon, May 23rd:

Statement from the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors – Denise Duncan resigned as President of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce effective Friday, May 20, 2016. The Board of Directors would like to express our appreciation for Denise’s service to the Chamber, its members, and our community and we wish her well in her future endeavors. Members of the board will work with current staff on an interim basis to handle the day-to-day operations and to ensure that members’ needs are being met. A committee will be formed to begin a search to fill this position. We ask for the patience and the support of our members during this transition, and we pledge to take this opportunity to make the Chamber developed by Denise’s leadership even better.

FetchYourNews  placed a call to Denise Duncan and she spoke with us and sent us the following statement:

As your Chamber President the past 9 years, I was dedicated to my Chamber Members striving to support their businesses through our programs, events and community partnerships.  I’ve always tried to be community minded, realizing the importance of collaboration and hard work.

There are so many who helped with the many accomplishments the Chamber celebrated during my time as your Chamber President.  A special thank to the “Chamber Chicks” past and present (and Gerry) who worked diligently by my side.   I will forever thank you for believing in me and allowing me to serve you and Pickens County.  Denise Duncan


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Pickens County Annual Winter Ball

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Pictured L-R  Tina Williams, Pickens County Chamber President Denise Duncan, Lexi Hardman, June Ash, & Melinda Jarrett


The Pickens County Chamber held its Annual Winter Ball Saturday evening, January 16th at the Tate House.  The evening included dinner, entertainment, and dancing.  A great time was had by all in attendance. The Winter Ball is a time of celebration and recognition.

The Business of the Year, sponsored by Community Bank, was awarded to Salon 84 (Amy Leake).

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The Ambassador of the Year goes to a well deserving Stephanie Ray.

Winter Ball Stephanie Ray


This year’s Citizen of the Year goes to Thomas Harrison.  It was a great evening of fun and fellowship.

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The 2015 Annual Auto Giveaway Winner



Pictured L-R Jamie Mundth of Shottenkirk Ford, Jennifer Galligan, Denise Duncan President of Pickens Chamber, and June Ash of Pickens Chamber

Saturday evening, August 23rd, the annual auto giveaway was held by the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce.  Denise Duncan, President of the Pickens County Chamber was very excited to let us know it was the 9th Auto Give Away since she began her career with the Chamber and only one other time had they ever sold all 500 tickets prior to the event.

Saturday night anxious ticket holders gathered in anticipation of the announcement of the winner.  Waiting with excitement until the last ball was drawn.   The winning ball belonged to one of the 500 who purchased their tickets and were entered to win one of several door prizes or the GRAND PRIZE of $20,000 or a new Ford (courtesy of Shottenkirk Ford of Jasper) or a new Chevrolet (courtesy of Day’s Chevrolet of Jasper)!

The event is a lot of fun and there were several giveaways in the reverse raffle and finally the big winner was announced.  The winning ticket belonged to Junktiques Jasper and no one was present, which was not necessary to win.  Jennifer Galligan Walked away with the $500 cash for second place.

Junktiques Jasper

CONGRATULATIONS to Junktiques Jasper for having the winning ticket.   They chose to take the $20,000 and the Chamber presented them the check this afternoon, August 24th.

The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce wanted to give a special thank you to Shottenkirk Ford of Jasper, Day’s Chevrolet of Jasper, the Board of Directors, and every volunteer and others involved for making it such a special event.





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