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Pickens County Development - Year in Review

By Richard Osborne
Pickens CountyPlanning & Development Director
Total Building Permits
2016    438*     
2015    332
2014    343
2013    325
2012    319
*(32% increase over 2015)
New Home Permits
2016    111*     
2015    62
2014    50
2013    58
2012    32
* (79% increase over 2015)
2016    1698   
2015    1193
*(42% increase over 2015)


Commercial / Institutional
    -Dunn Manor, a wedding & events venue on Hwy. 53 West, opened.
    -Foothills IGA (Hwy. 53 East) owner Jeff Downing obtained special event permits from the Beer & Wine Board for wine tasting events throughout the year. They hosted approximately seven events in 2016.
    -Huddle House (Hwy. 53 East) had a facelift in 2016, including a new parapet wall and new signs.
    -McDonald’s was completely renovated.
    -Northgate shopping center activity (Steve Tate Hwy.): County staff worked with representatives who renovated the restaurant and re-opened it as the Sourwood Café. A dentist office also opened in the center.
    -Old Twin Tanks General Store (Hwy. 53 West) opened at the site of the former Motorcycle Bob’s Store.
    -Pickens County Boys & Girls Club new building opened at Roper Park. In the new facility, staff has been serving over 200 youth.
    -Tate Meat Market (Tate 4-way) opened after renovation of the building that had been a restaurant and other uses previously.
    -Tate House complex (Hwy. 53 East) now includes a new 5,000 square feet pavilion completed this year.
    -Tatum Acres, a wedding & events venue on Cove Rd., opened.
    -Zoology, a health and wellness business, relocated to the Tate 4-way.
    -FRN: for this contents restoration specialist company, a new 6,000 sq. ft office and warehouse building was constructed in the Sharp Mountain Business Park off Hwy. 108.
    -Huber (Hwy. 53 East) has been expanding – work occurred in 2016 on a 6,500 sq. ft building addition, new 12,500 sq. ft. building, guard shack, silo, and truck wash.
    -Bent Tree: a building permit was issued for a new home.
    -Big Canoe: building permits were issued for 13 new homes. A land disturbance permit was issued for refurbishment work for the golf course driving range.
    -Crossing at Ball Creek (Hwy. 136 West): building permits were issued for two new homes.
    -Cove Lake (Cove Rd.): building permits were issued for two new homes.
    -Edgewood (off Grandview Rd.): a building permit was issued for a new home.
    -Fisher Creek Estates (Hwy. 136 near Burnt Mtn. Rd.): building permits were issued for two new homes.
    -Golden Acres (off W. Church St.): a building permit was issued for a new home.
    -Hampton Farms (Parker Rd.): building permits were issued for six new homes.
    -Hunter’s Ridge (Burnt Mtn. Rd.): a building permit was issued for a new home.
    -New Hope Acres (off Hobson Creek Rd.): building permits were issued for two new homes.
    -Outback (E. Price Creek Rd.): a building permit was issued for a new home.
    -Preserve at Sharp Mountain (off Pettit Rd.): building permits were issued for four new homes.
    -Salacoa Highlands (off Henderson Mtn. Rd.): building permits were issued for three new homes.
    -Settlers Ridge (Reavis Rd.): staff has been working with project reps on land development and platting matters in anticipation of obtaining permits for new houses in the next few months.
    -Talking Rock Valley (E. Price Creek Rd.): a building permit was issued for a new home.
    -Village on Blackwell Creek (Steve Tate Hwy.): in addition to working with representatives on platting and infrastructure matters in 2016, a permit was issued for the model home.
    -Village at Oak Creek (Hwy. 53 West): building permits were issued for five new homes.
    -Wild Timber (Worley Crossroads): building permits were issued for seven new homes.

Senator David Perdue: We Need A Health Care System That Works

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution that sets up the repeal of Obamacare:  


Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight. Since President Obama and his Democratic Super Majority crammed this bill through Congress without one Republican vote, we’ve seen premiums and deductibles increase and choices decrease. Many Americans, like me and my wife, had their insurance plans cancelled altogether. We were promised we could keep our doctors, and that wasn’t true. We were promised we could keep our plan, and that wasn’t true. The American people are fed-up and went to their polling booths in November to express their outrage.


“Make no mistake, this moment has been a long time coming and with President-elect Donald J. Trump in the White House and Congressman Tom Price leading our top health care agency, Americans can expect to see great improvements in our health care system. While I am concerned with the lack of direction we’ve seen in Congress, these important decisions that will directly impact Americans’ health care must not be rushed. We have to get it right. There are various common-sense Republican health care solutions that would provide greater coverage options, drive down costs, and improve continuity of care. These ideas have been studied and debated over the years, and it’s time we coalesce around a solution that will work.


“I promised Georgians I’d do everything I can to get rid of Obamacare, and we are now one step closer to getting some real relief from this disastrous law.”

Homeless vet and wife need help


Donations requested for temporary housing



It’s been about two weeks since John Naves received a text about a disabled veteran and his wife who were struggling with serious health issues and had no place to live. 

Since that time Naves, founder and chaplain of a new charity dedicated to serving the poor and hungry in Pickens, has worked exhaustively to help the couple. Now Naves and other Love thy Neighbors volunteers are reaching out to the community for donations to help the Johnsons.

Jasperse gives legislative session preview





  Representative Rick Jasperse speaks to the Rotary Club. Education, health care, cannabis oil, gun control, religious liberty and casino gambling to be center stage in Atlanta.


By Max Caylor

Rotary member


“Following Governor Deal’s Amendment 1 defeat by voters he will be rolling out Plan B to address failing schools in Georgia as one of his main agenda items,” said District 11 Representative Rick Jasperse speaking at Rotary last week highlighting the 2017 legislative session.

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood



The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.  

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. 

“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”