The canning plant will not open this year due to not being inspected. The school system is planning to relocate the cannery to the new Pickens Junior High campus.
For the first time in decades, the Pickens County Canning Plant will not open during peak vegetable season.
The announcement came during the regular Pickens County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, July 20. The canning plant is owned by the school system and, like most canning plants in the state, is run by the system’s agricultural program teachers.
In a prepared statement, Dr. Carlton Wilson explained that it was brought to his attention the facility, located behind the old Jasper Middle School campus, had not been inspected by the state for several years. The cannery was originally slated to be inspected the first week in July, but that date was pushed back to late fall due to lack of inspectors.
“Due to this information, I am not comfortable opening our canning plant without the proper safety clearance. With the safety of our employees and customers at the forefront, we will not open our canning plant this year. We are exploring the possibility of relocating and updating our plant to the new Pickens Jr. High Campus. I know this may be a huge inconvenience to several of our citizens and for that I am truly sorry.”
The closest cannery is in Gilmer County at Clear Creek Middle School. Their hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday through the end of November from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Processing must begin by 11 a.m. Cans are available for purchase. Customers must provide their own glass jars. The facility is located at 465 Ellijay, Ga. They can be reached at 706-276-5095.
Family to tell story on WSB’s Care-A-Thon
Lisa and Ryker Lowe and their three sons. Harlan, center, was diagnosed with leukemia in March. The Lowes will help raise money to look for a cure by sharing their story live on the annual WSB Care-a-Thon on Thursday, July 26 at 11:10 a.m.
Ryker Lowe said if his four-year-old son Harlan wasn’t bald and thin from chemotherapy treatments, people would never be able to tell he has leukemia.
“He’s tough as a sack of nails,” said Lowe, who along with his wife Lisa received the devastating diagnosis in March of this year.
“He never boo-hoos, and has handled things so well. He brings so much life to our family. He’s happy and smart, and an old soul. You can talk to him like an adult.”
Republican voters in Pickens County will decide on the District 1 commission race between incumbent Jerry Barnes and challenger Amberle Godfrey in the primary runoff vote next Tuesday. This race for the District 1 seat has no Democratic opposition so the top vote getter next week will be the winner, without any November challenge.
Barnes took almost 48 percent of the vote in the May primary but with third candidate Bart Connelly in the race, the incumbent did not get the majority required to avoid the runoff. Connelly has since endorsed Godfrey in this race.
Goodman will be signing the books July 20th at noon at Jasper Drug Store on Main Street.
By David R. Altman
Books & Writers Editor
If you’ve ever been a fan of Elvis Presley or wondered what it would be like to a part of his inner circle, you’ve got to read the new book co-authored by former Jasper resident Diana Goodman. [You can catch Diana Goodman McDaniel at a book signing July 20th at noon at Jasper Drug Store on Main Street.]
Hollywood Lights Nashville Nights is an engaging new book by Goodman and former actress and colleague Victoria Hallman. It takes the reader on a magical ride through the intimacies of life in the high-energy fast lanes of Hollywood and Nashville.
Rock Of Christ will be among the many Christian musical sounds at CROSSFEST
CROSSFEST was created to be a community-wide Christian Festival for the whole family. One of the most important goals this year is for the Church to come together and provide an end-of-Summer blessing to our local families and communities.
This year's CROSSFEST is set to take place on Saturday, July 21st from 2 to 9 p.m. at Lee Newton Park in Jasper. The event is free admission for everyone. The only cost will be if you choose to buy from one of the art, craft or specialty item vendors at the event.