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The August Pickens Report: the Georgia Marble Festival will be Oct. 5-6

By Tucker Green
Pickens County Information Officer

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 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. On Saturday, the Road Race will begin at 8 a.m. followed by the festival parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street in Jasper. 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 their homes. Make sure that everyone who lives in the home knows the plan. Always have a small gathering of necessities on hand, including: 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 www.pickenscountyga.gov and to 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, Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

During the month of August in Pickens County:

  • 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.
  • The 911 Operations Center received 1,746 total calls with 766 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.
  • Recreation Department registration is now open until Oct. 13. Instructional league (4-6 years old) costs $35, all other leagues (7-8 years old and above) costs $75. Late registration will be available Oct. 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!

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