By Lawton Baggs
The Old Tate Gym, now on the National Registry of Historic Places, was built in 1925. For many years, the gym served Tate school, and the community, as a recreation center. Later, the board of education deeded the gym and the property on which it sits to the Marble Valley Friends historic preservation organization. MVF now maintains the gym as a viable community resource. Appropriately, during the Tate Day Festival each November, the Old Tate Gym is again a center of activity.
One of the many business that have joined the Pickens landscape, construction at Twin’s Car Wash is in full swing. Other new businesses run the gamut from funeral homes to laser tag centers to an “old-school” weightlifting gym.
Over the last few months the city and county have seen some increased activity in the business sector, with several new businesses now open or in some phase of the permitting and construction process. Here is a list of recent happenings in Jasper and the surrounding areas. The following are businesses that came to our attention through city hall, advertising, and other sources, and is not a comprehensive list.
See list of some of the new businesses in town in this week's print or online editions.
The Drowning Girls, L-R: Katie Burdett, Hannah Hardison and Lila McArthur.
Come out and support the back to back region one act drama champions from Pickens High School Theatre this Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 20 at 9 a.m. The talented students will present the chilling true story of The Drowning Girls.
This gripping story unfolds as "the brides of the Bath," Katie Burdett, Hannah Hardison and Lila McArthur, reveal their tragic fates to the audience. The story is told from the perspective of the three victims of serial killer George Joseph Smith, played by Sean Little and is set in Victorian-era England.
At the most recent Ball Ground City Council meeting, City Manager Eric Wilmarth discussed in detail the plans for the long-anticipated Valley Street Streetscapes project.
By Larry Cavender
Bids have been awarded in the long-anticipated street scapes project for Ball Ground's Valley Street. The city received a federal grant for the project in 2011, but governmental red-tape delayed the project until now.
At the city council meeting on October 11th, and in what could be described as an understatement, Mayor Rick Roberts said, "All kinds of rules are involved when it comes to federal dollars." Because of the delay and resulting inflationary increases in project costs, some plans had to be scrapped.
In the nick of time with two developments on the horizon, the city will see their pumping capacity for water from these wells raised by the state.
The Environmental Protection Division has issued Jasper a permit to withdraw more water from its wells after it reduced water loss to a level suitable to the state agency.
Jasper’s Water Superintendent David Hall said the permit increase is crucial for the city, which uses nearly every drop of the 2 million gallons of water they are currently allowed to treat per day.