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Shooting the Breeze with Charles Gillette


(Officer Gillette is a School Resource officer for the Pickens Sheriff’s Office. He teaches the Champs class to 5th graders at Hill City Elementary and is the inexplicably happy officer who directs traffic at the high school - even while loaded down in hot police gear when it’s 90 degrees out.)



How long have you been in law enforcement?


“In 1970 I joined the US military and became a military policeman. Originally from northern Pennsylvania in a small town near Lake Erie called Titusville, I spent 6 years active army as a military policeman.

Shooting the Breeze with Linda Barnes

Linda Barnes owns Namedroppers, a promotional products company based in Jasper.



What did you do before opening Namedroppers in 2008?

    I have always been in marketing or sales in one fashion or another. I started doing freelance graphics years ago, and I mean years ago before we had access to all of the computer graphics that we have today. A pencil and


Shooting the Breeze with Michelle Mumaw

(Mumaw is a Pickens native and hairstylist at EZ Hair.)


You've been in the hairstyling business for many years. How did you become interested in being a stylist?
I've been styling hair for 23 years! When I was a little girl, my aunt, Helen Padgett, owned a hair salon. I loved pretending I was Helen. I always wanted to cut and style hair.

Shooting the Breeze with Jacob Bryant


     Pickens native Jacob Bryant has been awarded the Georgia Country & Gospel Music Association’s Best Male Vocalist, Entertainer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. He has also received the North American Country Music Association’s International Male Vocalist of the Year.
    Bryant has performed with David Allen Coe, Kentucky Headhunters, Eli Young Band, Easton Corbin, Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Keith Anderson. His band Jacob Bryant & 151 also worked as the house band at Cowboy’s.

Shooting the Breeze with Debbie Rooker


(Rooker is the director of Burnt Mountain Center, a facility that advocates for and provides services to individuals with disabilities, specifically through work related support. She has spent 33 years working at the center.)


How did you get into this line of work?


My Mom and Dad were foster parents when I was growing up. Some of the children they cared for had developmental disabilities and remained with our family and are still with us after 45 years.