The Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that assists low-
income households with their heating bill.

You may be eligible for assistance if your household’s total income is at or below:

1 person $23,776
2 people $31,092
3 people $38,408
4 people $45,724
5 people $53,040
6 people $60,356
7 people $61,727
8 people $63,099
For each additional
member add $1,372

Apply for assistance at your local Community Action Agency and

take with you the following documents:
1. Proof of Income for all household members for the past 30 days.
2 Proof of Social Security number for each person in the household.
3. Most recent Gas and Electric Bill for the household.
4. Proof of citizenship or legal immigrant status.

Call 706-692-6803 for additional information!


CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVER AREA EOA, INC. (CSRA) 706 722-0493; 706 722-2207
Counties served: Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven,
Taliaferro, Warren, Wilkes.
Counties served: Clayton, Fayette, Henry.
Counties served: Bryan, Camden, Glynn, Liberty, McIntosh
Counties served: Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, Turner
Counties served: Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether, Troup
ACTION PACT (formerly CONCERTED SERVICES, INC.) Reidsville 912 557-6687; Waycross 912-285-6083
Waycross: Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Pierce, Ware.
Reidsville: Appling, Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Evans, Jeff Davis, Long, Tattnall, Toombs, Wayne.
Counties served: Chatham
Counties served: Chattahoochee, Clay, Harris, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Talbot
FULTON-ATLANTA CAA, INC. 404 320-0166 or 404-320-6715

Counties served: Fulton

Counties served: Bleckley, Dodge, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler, Wilcox.
Counties served: Bibb
Counties served: Butts, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Peach, Pike, Twiggs, Upson, Spalding.
Counties served: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin,
Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White.
Counties served: Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, Walker, Whitfield.
OVERVIEW, INC. 478 453-4111
Counties served: Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Johnson, Morgan, Putnam, Washington, Wilkinson.
Counties served: DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, Walton.
Counties served: Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole,
Terrell, Thomas, Worth
Counties served: Bartow, Cobb, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk.
Counties served: Crisp, Dooley, Macon, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Taylor, Webster.

Pickens Report – August 2019

Community, News



The fall season is approaching and for locals we know that means the Georgia Marble Festival is coming soon! A local favorite that brings in travelers from all corners of life to the marble capital on the first weekend of October. The two-day festival will consist of art and craft vendors, a free children’s fun zone, delicious food, local art displays, musical entertainment, quarry tours, and much more. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 5th from 10am until 6pm and Sunday, October 6th from 10am until 4pm. On Saturday, the Road Race will begin at 8am followed by the festival parade at 10am on Main Street. If you’re interested in being a festival vendor, sponsor, volunteer, or parade participant contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-692-5600.

The month of September is National Preparedness Month. Pickens County Emergency Management encourages all citizens to have an emergency plan for your home. Make sure that everyone who lives in your home knows the plan. Have a small gathering of necessities on hand always like medications, first aid kit, small tool kit, flashlight, batteries, food, and bottled water. All citizens are encouraged to sign up for free Code Red Weather Warnings at and follow Pickens Emergency Management Homeland Security Agency on Facebook for updates. Also, the annual flu shot clinic for Pickens County residents 18 and up will be on Tuesday, October 8th 8:30am until 3:00pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

During the month of August, the 911 Operations Center received 1,746 total calls, 766 were medical responses or fire related. The Water Department installed 17 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 48 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 89 new animals, and 92 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal control responded to 13 cases. Subcontractor crews resurfaced Appalachian Court, Appalachian Circle, Johnson Road, Bethany Road, Upper Dowda Mill Road and Cagle Road. They will next resurface Parker Road, Keeble Creek, Quail Walk, and a portion of Bent Tree Drive to complete phase one of the paving projects. Bids are currently being accepted for phase two of paving projects. Phase two includes: Pleasant Hill Road, Hill Circle, Willow Lane, Pinhook Road, Ludville Road, Family Acres, Meadow Lane, Hillcrest Drive, Jay Moss Lane, Roper Road, Gibson Trail, Black Knob Church, and Upper Bethany Road. PCRD basketball registration is now open until October 13th. Instructional league (4-6 years old) costs $35, all other leagues (7-8 years old and above) costs $75. Late registration will be available October 14-16 for a $10 late fee. The Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working 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!


Pickens Report – July 2019

Announcements, Community


JULY 2019

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, Pickens County Public Works tar and graveled Martin Road and next plan to tar and gravel Mineral Springs South. They resurfaced Headstart Road and Smokey Hollow Road. Additionally, they patched and sealed Davis Road West and created a turnaround to accommodate school buses. Public Works will be resurfacing Pendley Road and resealing Monument Road in the coming weeks. Once the Grandview Dam project is complete, they will also repair Grandview Road. Subcontractor crews are currently working on phase one of the paving projects. They resurfaced Camp Road (from AW Lawson Blvd. to Hwy 53 W.), Mineral Spring Street, and Hobson Road. Next they will resurface Appalachian Court, Appalachian Circle, Johnson Road, Parker Road, Keeble Creek, Quail Walk, Cagle Road, and Bethany Road. Phase two paving bid will go out at the end of August. 

During the month of July, the Water Department set 11 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 60 new building permits. The 911 Operations Center received 1,829 total calls, 771 were medical responses or fire related. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 86 animals and 77 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal control responded to 26 cases. The Recreation Department concluded another successful year of Summer Camp with an average of 60 kids per day. Currently, UFA Soccer is underway at PCRD. 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   

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

Current Closings and Delays for Public Health in North GA for Dec. 10

Community, Health


Due to the potential for wintry hazardous road conditions tomorrow, Monday, December 10, Pickens County Health Department will be CLOSED all day, and Fannin County Health Department will delay opening until 10 AM. Gilmer County Health Department will delay opening until 9:30 AM. This applies to all public health services in these counties.  Further updates will be posted to the North Georgia Health District website at and to our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Pickens Co. decision to train volunteer firefighters violates a 10-year agreement with Dawson County


County Manager David Headley

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – What has been a simmering disagreement between Dawson and Pickens counties for months, erupted into something far more serious Monday when it was learned that Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones plans to violate an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that has existed between the two counties since 2008.

Jones has made it clear Pickens County will take over training for the volunteer firefighters at Station 8 in the Wildcat Community, part of which lies inside both counties.

Dawson County Manager David Headley said Jones’ decision violates Section 5 of the IGA which states: “Dawson County shall provide training, equipment and workers compensation insurance for up to ten volunteer firefighters.”

It could also violate Section 12 of the IGA if Pickens plans to pullout of the agreement completely. Section 12 states: “The terms of the agreement shall be renewed automatically each year unless 180 days written notice of termination is provided by the other party.”

Pickens Co. Chairman Rob Jones

“I’m disappointed with the position (Jones) has taken,” Headley said Monday morning. “Dawson County has always been there for that community. Unfortunately the Pickens County Chairman has chosen not to adhere to the IGA.”

Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson said he has a training class scheduled for the volunteers at Station 8 tomorrow (Dec. 4) at 6 p.m.

Jones decision to violate the IGA places volunteers in the difficult position of deciding whether to attend training provided by Dawson or Pickens counties. Sources have told Fetch Your News the volunteers are being pressured to attend the Pickens training which won’t begin for several more weeks.

Fetch Your News reached out to Chairman Jones but he did not return our phone call.

Station 8 was constructed in 2008. Under the terms of the IGA, Pickens County assumed responsibility for acquiring the land, making improvements to the land, construction of the station, building and contents insurance and LP gas.

Dawson County’s responsibilities include operation of the station, providing fire apparatus, including a fire engine and tanker truck, training and equipping the volunteers as well as administrative support and leadership.

The agreement worked well until recently when a dispute arose over the need for an additional water tank. The existing tank at Station 8 holds only 45,000 gallons of water and once it is drained, it takes several days to refill. The need for an additional water source was driven home last month when a home on Burnt Mountain Ridge Road was destroyed by fire.

In a townhall meeting following that fire — which Headley said was meant to ambush Dawson County officials — Clayton Preble, president of the Wildcat Community, said there was a firm agreement that Dawson County would provide a tank and move it and that Pickens County would construct the foundation.

Headley said that is nonsense. “There was an informal discussion but it never went any further than that,” he said. “Something like that would have to be approved by the Board of Commissioners and the issue was never placed before them.”

Headley said former Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford located a tank the county could have obtained for the price of moving it, which Swafford estimated to be about $10,000. But the actual cost turned out to be much higher — between $50,000 and $60,000. Moreover, no contractor was willing to bid on moving it.

Headley and Thompson spent more than an hour being grilled by the residents of Wildcat Community during the townhall meeting while Jones sat in the back of the room and was never questioned.

“It seems like their refusal to adhere to the IGA is in retaliation for us not giving them what they want with regard to the water tank,” Headley said.



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Pickens Hosts Flu Shot Clinic!

Community, Health



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 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!

Construction to Begin Soon on Adding a Passing Lane to Hwy 53 in Pickens County 


JASPER, Ga– Work could begin soon on constructing one mile eastbound passing lane on State Route (SR) 53 east of Jasper in Pickens County. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to Vertical Earth Incorporated of Cumming, Georgia, valued at nearly seven million dollars for a project to reconstruct and rehabilitate the highway at that location.

The project includes 1.370 miles of widening and reconstruction for a passing lane on SR 53, beginning east of Four Mile Church Road and extending to east of Wilkie Road in Pickens County. It is intended to provide more passing opportunities in an effort to improve mobility and limit crash frequency and severity within the project corridor. The project corridor features rolling terrain and only minimum passing opportunities. With traffic expected to grow at 1.5 percent annually between now and 2037, the addition of a passing lane should improve the flow of traffic on the highway and make it safer.

“Upon completion, this project will improve the flow of traffic on State Route 53, make it safer and help the public get where they need to go in Pickens County,” said Grant Waldrop, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville.

This reconstruction project is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2020 at a construction cost of $6,818,725. 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 at:

The public is urged to “know before you go.” For real-time information on active construction, incidents and more, call 511 or visit before you get into your car.

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