School Board Chair Daniel Bell said he liked data, as he welcomed the public on April 17th to a forum looking at the economics/trends involving the senior tax exemption issue.
Bell’s fondness for data, including, statistics, projections, graphs and demographic studies became evident as he presented a lengthy and detailed breakdown of the trends shaping north Georgia and how that could affect school finances. Bell began by noting that the school board, all five were present, had agreed prior to the meeting to waive their meeting pay and he had paid for the room out of his pocket to avoid any political impropriety.
A Workforce Needs Assessment panel discussion at Chattahoochee Tech let local HR people talk about the challenges of recruiting. A moderator from the Carl Vincent Institute looks on as (l-r) Joseph Simmons of Piedmont Mountainside; Keri Streicher, Royston; Lewis Williams of QSR; Judy Fowler, Amicalola EMC and Debbie Underkoffler, N. Ga. Staffing, discuss the issue.
It’s a worker’s world when it comes to hiring and firing, according to a panel discussion as part of a workforce needs assessment at Chattahoochee Tech on April 13th.
Personnel directors at several of the largest local companies, and a staffing agency, all say that employers must do more to recruit employees and be more “flexible” when it comes to standards. The group was speaking as part of a Pickens County Needs Assessment conducted by Carl Vincent Institute of Government and hosted by Chattahoochee Tech as they look at what class offerings and other services the school should offer.
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Southern Gone is a new podcast by Kristi Bryant of Talking Rock. Every other week the podcast will feature a story about a missing person from the South.
Bryant invites everyone to “grab a chair, a glass of sweet tea and get gone with Southern Gone.” The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
A new podcast from a Talking Rock woman called Southern Gone focuses on stories of people who’ve gone missing throughout the South. The podcast is a passion project for founder and host Kristi Bryant who spent three years in the early 2000s working for a private investigator and developing a passion for mysteries and finding missing people.
Seniors for Change leader Charlotte Williamson says they will not settle for watered-down proposals. The group seeks a “meaningful” change for exemptions.
By the end of the third and final meeting hosted by Seniors for Change Thursday, it appeared those calling for increased school tax exemptions were gaining ground but with a convoluted, confusing path ahead.
Seniors for Change spokesperson Charlotte Williamson responded that she herself was a “bit confused” about the process of taking a groundswell of support and really achieving lower property taxes for those over 62 years old.
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Several firefighters from Jasper and one from the county pull out all the stops (and colorful wigs) to teach about fire safety. Firefighters recently visited the Burnt Mountain Center, a non-profit that serves developmentally disabled adults. Jasper fire chief Steve Roper said the clown crew loves visiting the center “because they enjoy the show so much.” For the last five years, city and county firefighters have visited every school in the county to teach about fire safety in the home with fun skits.
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