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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 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.

Shooting the Breeze with Jarod Trammell

Jarod grew up in Pickens and now serves as Community Bank’s Business Development/ Marketing Officer.

Tell me a little about your background.
    I was born and raised in Pickens County. In fact, I was born at the old Mountainside Hospital (now known as the County Admin. Building).  My parents are John & Freda Trammell.  My wife is Callie Trammell. 

Shooting the Breeze with Stephanie Gooch


(Stephanie is a Pickens native and a 20-year employee in the county assessor’s office.)

Tell me a little about your background.

    As an only child, I was born and raised here and actually work in the same building that I was born in. My graduating class of 1991 was the last class to attend high school as an eighth grader because the following year

Shooting the Breeze with Jamie Hunter


(Jamie is a musician who lives in Jasper. He and his family attend Jasper United Methodist Church.)
   You're a musician who writes Blues music. It seems music has always been a part of your life from a young age, were your parents musicians?

    I haven't always written blues, but have always loved the slide guitar and the feeling and atmosphere it creates. It is hard to write about something you have not lived. So in 2004 after moving to Nashville, I teamed up