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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 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 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 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.