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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 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 Billy Roper


You are a well known appalachian folk artist. Have you always been artistic/creative or was it something you really worked at cultivating? 


No, not much cultivating. Me and art was like a bird dog chasing chickens. From as far as back as I can remember I was pretty much what I am now. When I was little mama use to teach me to draw things, flowers and such. 

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. 


Shooting the Breeze with Sam Thompson



Thompson, an avid mountain and road cyclist, is shown here at a recent - and muddy - cyclocross race. Thompson, a husband and father of young twins, stays busy running a family business while still finding time to enjoy his hobbies. 



You run a family business. What's the name of the business, how long have you been a part of it and what's the best part of owning a family business? The worst?   


The company is called Blue Ridge Mountain Woodcrafts and it is in Ellijay. We manufacture plaques and award components and sell them to trophy shops and other companies all over the country.