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Rep. Tom Graves Votes to Begin Obamacare Repeal Process

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     Washington, D.C.  Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed a budget for fiscal year 2017 (S. Con. Res. 3), which unlocks a fast-track procedure known as “reconciliation” that Republicans will use to repeal Obamacare.

 

 

      “This is a mission to rescue the families caught up in the death spiral that is Obamacare,” said Rep. Graves. “Georgia families are facing double-digit premium increases, fewer – if any – choices and deductibles so high it doesn’t even feel like they have insurance. That’s why we took the first step in repealing Obamacare this week.”

 

      “It’s important to understand that repealing Obamacare doesn’t mean we’re pulling the rug out from under anyone,” Graves continued. “We’re going to get rid of the mandates and tax increases, while putting in place market-based policies that give people affordable choices, including those with pre-existing conditions, such as allowing insurance companies to sell their policies across state lines. Above all, our policies will put families and patients first.” 
    

Former Ga. governor tapped for nation's Ag. Secretary

State Republicans congratulate Sonny Perdue

(Atlanta, GA) - Last night, President-elect Donald J. Trump tapped former Georgia Government Sonny Perdue to serve as the country's next Secretary of Agriculture. In response, the Georgia Republican Party issued the following statement: 

"Sonny Perdue is committed to our farmers, small business owners, and rural communities," said Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett.  "While in office, Gov. Perdue worked tirelessly to strengthen Georgia's economy by supporting our agriculture industry. I have the utmost confidence that his experience as a veterinarian, lawmaker, chief executive, and agribusiness giant will serve him well as he leads the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We are so proud of Sonny and wish him all the best as he takes on this important role in the Trump Administration." 

Governor Sonny Perdue is the second Georgian tapped to serve in President-elect Trump's cabinet. In November, Congressman Tom Price (GA-6) was appointed by Trump as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

 

Habitat volunteers frame walls on 17th Pickens house

 

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Volunteers enjoyed the food provided by Jasper Subway. If you think you might enjoy volunteering with Habitat for Humanity go online to www.PickensHFH.org or call 706-253-2393. You may also donate on line.

        Twenty-two volunteers signed in to work on Saturday, January 28, and framed the walls on the 17th build for Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteer Glenn Rasco was asked about his work with Habitat.  Retired from management at Chattahoochee Tech, Glenn says he learned to build from his uncle. He and his wife have worked on several mission building projects in the past and he enjoys building projects at his home.

When asked why he chose to join the Habitat project,  he said "I just like the work."  

 

 

Senior center cares for “God’s older kids”

 

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Even before the doors of the Pickens County Senior Center open in the morning s, a line begins to form. It’s just before 8 a.m. and the early birds are anxious for the day’s activities to begin. 

“They’re ready to get here,” said Kimberly Bolt, the center’s enthusiastic and gregarious director who has more than tripled enrollment since she came to the center three years ago. “They come in and immediately divide into three areas - what we call the ‘hens’ nest,’ the veterans, and the Rummikub players. Our daily activities begin at 9:30. Around 10:45 we get ready for lunch.”

  Pickens County Senior Center Director Kimberly Bolt keeps things lively with daily activities, field trips and other events.

Car rolls on railroad tracks in Jasper

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Wednesday afternoon crews were working to get a vehicle off the railroad tracks near the Pickens Medical Supply Building on Church Street. The crews had alerted the train operators of the vehicle on the tracks and no trains appeared to be in near vicinity.

   The vehicle apparently rolled onto the tracks even though the driver and a first responder confirmed the vehicle remained in park. An elderly passenger was in the car and was shaken but not seriously injured.