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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 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.

Shooting the Breeze with Emma Ingle


    A lifelong love of books and history brought Ingle to her work with libraries. Ingle said her next read will be The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours.
    (Ingle is the Library Manager at the local library.)
     You are the Pickens County Librarian. Tell us a little of your background and what you did before coming here.

Shooting the Breeze with Guthrie Turner

(Guthrie Turner is the owner of Deb’s Bakery in Jasper.)

How did you get into the bakery business?

    It's a family business. I was given the opportunity to take over and I took it. It's something I've been around for the majority of my life. It's something to be proud of.


Shooting the Breeze with Jeff Samuel

Jeff Samuel talks signs, faith, and the Virgin Islands


Jeff Samuel is the owner of Destination Signs in Jasper.

You were born in the Virgin Islands. How did you end up in Pickens?
Well, to be honest, my mother sent me to this country for the opportunity for a better life. However, I ended up in Pickens County when I got out of the Blairsville Detention Center. I had no residence so my counselor got me a room at the Jasper Mission which is no longer here.