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Shooting the Breeze with Tommy Gartrell


Sports columnist and farmer, what else do you do in your spare time?


I work 50+ hours a week on my job in the transportation and logistics industry and at least that many more hours on our family farm which includes cattle, hay, grain, and seasonal garden vegetables, so I have very little spare time. When I have a chance to relax, I love spending time with my family and friends and traveling. The beach is my favorite spot. Occasionally, I still hunt and fish too.

Shooting the Breeze with Jacque Elwarner


What is your current position and how long have you been with Pickens Family Connection?  

I am the Coordinator and I have only been employed with the program for a few months.  I have been a member of the Pickens County Family Connection Collaborative for more than 15 years.

Shooting the Breeze with Shannon Brooks


    Brooks, a running back for PHS who recently signed to play for the University of Minnesota Golden Golphers, says he is looking forward to college ball next year. Brooks has rushed for more than 2,100 yards this year.


You’ve been a huge force in the Dragons’ winning season this year. Now a senior, how do you think you’ve developed as a player over the years?

    I broke my leg halfway through my freshman year and then after going through therapy I got stronger. My sophomore year I rushed 1,064 yards so I had a pretty strong recovery.

Shooting the Breeze with Darryl Payne


 You and your wife, Eileen, are local entrepreneurs. You run Hometown Home Health and have recently started up a new venture, Polar Vortex - a frozen yogurt shop, here in town. What's it's like running your own businesses?

    Eileen and I both have an entrepreneurial drive.  We enjoy hard work and serving others.  Hometown Home Health is in it's 15th year of business and has given us an opportunity to serve the north Georgia area with

Shooting the Breeze with Richard Wilson

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Richard Wilson is coordinator for the local Toys for Tots program.


    Pickens’ Toys for Tots Coordinator Richard Wilson at this year’s Toys for Tots hub at the corner of Mark Whitfield Street and Church Street in downtown Jasper. Donation boxes will go up in local stores the first of November. The hub will open on November 8 and be open through December 24. During that time hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Applications are avalable at the Jasper Police Department and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. For more information or to volunteer contact Wilson at 404-219-9624.