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Shooting the Breeze with Tom Lindsey


(Lindsey is a native Pickens resident who spent years in  real estate as a broker with Century 21 Lindsey and Pauley before retiring a few years back.)

You are an avid collector of A.C. Gilbert erector sets/toys and will attend a convention in Atlanta next month for other connoisseurs. How long have you been interested in these specific vintage toys? And why?

Shooting the Breeze with Dawn Hause

Hause is the owner of downtown’s The Carriage House.

                                         She will mark her 11th year in business this month.
shooting-dawn-hauseHow did The Carriage House get started?

    I was the newest employee at The Carriage House 11 years ago, when I bought it from the original owners. I loved the people, the atmosphere and the hours still allowed me to be a mom. It is hard to believe it was 11 years ago.


Shooting the Breeze with Michal Brock

Sharprtop Art Association President Michal Brock talks art, inspiration and pet peeves.


    Sharptop Art Association president Michal Brock. Before taking a leadership role at Jasper’s 40-year-old non-profit Brock worked in marketing and advertising with major shopping malls and as director of special events for Neiman Marcus in the Dallas, Texas area. She also served on the board for the Dallas Special Olympics, organizing an event that raised $250,000 in one night, and later started her own business recruiting physicians for hospitals and private practices.

What brought you to Jasper?
The Pickens Progress, not to be patronizing. My husband and I were looking for a business opportunity to carry us into retirement, something we could manage together without having 9-5 hours.  The first issue of the Pickens Progress I purchased had a small ad, in the classifieds. We called the seller, met within an hour, and before sunset shook hands on a deal. That was December 2004.

Shooting the Breeze with Lenny Brown

Lenny Brown and his wife Shelby Roberts are professional dog handlers with clients all over the globe. Here Brown talks about German Shepherds, Westminster, and life as a new parent.


How long have you and Shelby been handling dogs and how did you get started on your career path?

Both of us have been doing it our whole lives. Shelby’s parents were professional handlers so she was born into it. I fell into it. I was 12. My dad had dogs and used a handler to show dogs. His handler had children so I would go along with them sometimes. He showed German Shepherds.

Shooting the Breeze with Andy Thompson


(Andy is the former director of the Northeast chapter of the Red Cross and currently works with Global Restoration.)

Tell me a little about your background - schools, family, time in Pickens?

    I’m from Gainesville, Ga. graduating from Gainesville High School. I attended and graduated from Stetson University in Deland, Florida with a BBA degree in Business Administration.