Paige Hutto speaks on resignation from Chamber

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Inevitable. The decision to move home was coming sooner or later for Paige Green Hutto. The recently married President/CEO of Gilmer Chamber said she knew when she got married that she eventually wanted to move home to Alabama with her husband and family.

“Family” is more than just the husband and kids. It is parents, too. Hutto’s mother and father live in Alabama as well. Going home to that much was most definitely a major part of the decision.

From Left to Right, Lisa Salman, Paige Hutto, Ellen Grant, and Caitlin Neal pose for a photo at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Gilmer Chamber.

Yet, it wasn’t something that she has worried about and fretted over. It was a feeling that she was waiting for, a sense of “the right time.” She explains that she wasn’t looking for a sign. Instead, she knew that when the time came, she would feel it and understand in her heart that the time had come.

She wasn’t going to abandon her friends, Chamber members, and colleagues in such a rough time period with so much facing them amidst the uncertainties of the virus.

And so she worked through the time until a few weeks ago. Hutto said, “I just realized that it would be selfish of me to stay because I could not give 150 percent like I always had.”

With a divided heart between two towns and a divided schedule as well, Hutto said the community deserved better. It was a Friday that she finally decided. That Monday, she shared her decision.

She also stated that as she made her decision to go home, she was prepared that it wasn’t a quick change. She shared her decision and her resignation openly ready to stay on for the transition if the Chamber Board asked.

And they did.

Paige Hutto, left, stands with Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, right. whom she worked alongside on many projects throughout her tenure with the Gilmer Chamber.

Hutto is still in Ellijay, for now. She is still leading the Chamber, for now. It is the last responsibility she is taking on as Gilmer’s Chamber President. Transitioning to a new leader, a new President.

The process, she estimates, should take about 90 days to find that replacement, with only a few days of overlap as she hands things off to the Chamber’s new leader.

Looking at the next chapter, there isn’t exactly a lit path ahead for her. She said going home and being with family is the main focus. As for continuing in the tourism business, she said it would take the right opportunity to come along to return to the industry. Gilmer is a special place and Hutto said she has loved it here.

“I’m really looking forward to finishing out my time in Ellijay. I’m really focused on that,” said Hutto.

To accomplish that, she is working through the issues of the day as the Chamber handles all of the details of the recently cancelled Apple Festival. However, a lot of work will also involve transferring her knowledge and the accumulation of the years. Getting the staff ready and the office ready for the coming adventures.

 

 

 

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Gilmer will cancel the 2020 Apple Festival

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EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – An email has gone out today with an official statement from the Georgia Apple Festival Board of Directors cancelling the October event for this year, 2020.

Confirming that they will allow vendor fees to rollover to next year’s event or offer refunds upon request, the Festival will be skipped in light of CDC Guidelines and rising numbers in Coronavirus cases. Though they do say they had considered holding the event under those guidelines, the extra costs and restrictions would be too much.

Read the Board of Directors’ full statement as follows:

It is with a heavy heart that the Georgia Apple Festival board of directors announces that the 49th annual Georgia Apple Festival Arts & Crafts show has been cancelled for October 2020. The difficult decision was made following the guidance of the local healthcare community, after consultation with local officials, and with extensive feedback from vendors, volunteers, and local citizens.

The health and well being of all concerned including our volunteers, vendors, and guests was paramount in the decision process. The board also weighed the additional costs and undertaking of trying to produce the event under the current CDC guidelines. It is our belief that the integrity and spirit of the event would suffer and not be profitable for vendors nor provide the type of experience that our guests have come to expect.

All vendors and other stakeholders will receive direct communication from the festival management in the coming days. We ask your patience and understanding as we proceed. Moving forward the board will explore various opportunities to celebrate the fall apple season and that safely enhance and promote Georgia’s apple capital.

We understand the far-reaching impact that this decision will have on the economic well being of our artists, our local businesses and community at large. The impact will also be felt by the two sponsoring agencies, the Ellijay Lions Club and the Gilmer Chamber. The Georgia Apple Festival is the largest fundraiser for both entities and the loss of revenue will be felt deeply by both in their effort to meet the charitable needs of the community supported by the Ellijay Lions Club and the needs of the Gilmer County business community supported by the Gilmer Chamber.

It is our deepest desire that the current health crisis facing our county, state, nation and world will be behind us and that you will make plans to join us October 2021 as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary Georgia Apple Festival.

 

 

 

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Gilmer Fire puts students to the heat

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On August 1, 2020, Gilmer Fire had 7 in-training Firefighters participate in a Live Fire Exercise and Evaluation to allow trainees a hands-on experience.

According to Public Information Officer, Al Cash, “The purpose of this training is for the student to observe fire behavior – meaning its growth, spread-patterns, and heat radiation. The students also become more familiar with their turnout gear – protective clothing, backpacks, air regulators, and masks.

Cash went on to note that the more subjective part of the exercise was for the student to understand their approach to safe firefighting. “A fire can attack an individual’s mental and physical weaknesses. One must be constantly alert of their own condition, their surroundings, and that of their fellow firefighters.”

This type of training gave these fine trainees a small taste of a fire scenario and put them closer in touch with their skills, their fears, and their successes.

Cash said the event went off very well with a great job by the students, the instructors, and the safety team.

He said, “Gilmer Fire and Rescue salutes you all.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Up close and personal with Gilmer Fire and Rescue – Ron Cheslock

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Continuing our series of posts, “up close and personal” with the finest men and women in the Fire Service – the personnel of Gilmer County Fire and Rescue. Today we’re proud to visit with a member of our Community Paramedicine Team, Firefighter/EMT Ron Cheslock…

“My EMS career started shortly after high school, in Morrisville, Pennsylvania when I signed up for a CPR and Advanced First Class with our Fire/Rescue Unit. I was immediately hooked, and volunteered with the station for a few years as a First Responder while attending college and working full time.

I joined the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman (Medic) serving over half of my 11 years in the military as an Infantry Field Medic with Marine Corps battalions and Special Operation Units. I was responsible for providing medical care to Marines and Sailors attached to our units while deployed, both on shore and at sea.

Following my military service, I continued my professional career in healthcare, working primarily in management and information technology roles both in the public and private sector. However, I always missed the “rush” and drive for going back to patient care in an emergency/austere setting.

Shortly after moving to Ellijay in 2016, I joined the department as a member of the Search & Rescue Team with Gilmer Fire/Rescue, and enrolled in the Firefighter and EMT training courses. I enjoy being back in the fast paced environment and look forward to starting Paramedic school in late summer.

I am excited to have the opportunity to come back and work in emergency care, and serve the community where I call home. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with the family, hiking and camping. I also enjoy serving our local community as Cubmaster of our scout pack and serving on the Advisory committee for Keep Gilmer Beautiful.”

 

 

(article and photos provided by the Gilmer County Public Safety)

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GCSO Employee Spotlight Communications Officer Chris Prince

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Our Sheriff’s Office employs just over 100 people including sworn deputies, 911 dispatchers, detention officers, and civilian employees serving Gilmer County. While a lot of you know someone that works here, we are recognizing employees on our page to give more people the opportunity to meet “us.”

This week, we would like to introduce you to Communications Officer Chris Prince. Prince has been employed with GCSO for 3.5 years as a Dispatcher in the 911 Center since day one.

ChrisChris is a 2013 graduate of Copper Basin High School in Copperhill, Tennessee. His very first job was working at O’Reilly Auto Parts as a Parts Salesman.

Chris says his hobbies are spending time with his wife and children, hunting, fishing, and watching Nascar. He listed “anything BBQ” as his favorite food, “Remember the Titans” and/or “Days of Thunder” as his favorite movies, and said that Gatlinburg, Tennessee is his favorite place to vacation.

When asked what is one thing most people don’t know about him, he said he actually “writes amatuer sports articles for fun for a website called ‘Belly Up Sports.'”

Chris lists “the people I work with and helping the community” as his favorite part of his job here at GCSO.

Thanks for the difficult job you do for GCSO and Gilmer County citizens, Chris!

 

 

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President of the Gilmer Chamber, Paige Hutto tenders resignation

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GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – FYN has learned today that Gilmer Chamber President and CEO Paige Green has officially tendered her resignation to the Board of Directors.

Paige Green Hutto, President and CEO of the Gilmer Chamber

Green has worked in Gilmer’s Chamber for over 12 years and has worked in tourism for even longer since becoming Tourism Director in Eufaula, Alabama.

According to a release given to FYN since the announcement, Green is returning to her home-state for family including both her husband and parents. Her parents have always played a major part in her life. Hutto explained as much in a featured interview with FYN as she celebrated her 10-year anniversary with the Chamber.

Now, returning to her home state, coworkers are already beginning to speak about the loss that will be felt. However, Hutto will remain with the Chamber for the foreseeable future as the Board of Directors pairs with the Chason Group to find a replacement.

The full press release follows:

Following almost 12 years of service in which she helped build the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce to over 630 members, President and CEO Paige Green Hutto has submitted her resignation to the Board of Directors.

Hutto is making the change to join her new husband in Alabama and take the next step in her life with her new family.

“My love for this community and organization is only usurped by the love of my new husband and family in Alabama and it is time for that life to be whole,” she said. “It is because of that love that I tender my resignation with bittersweet feelings and a somewhat heavy heart.”

In her time at the Chamber, Hutto has presided over a period of exponential tourism growth in Gilmer County and an almost doubling of the organization’s membership. Her leadership has also been instrumental in the formation of the JDA, the Greater Gilmer Community Foundation and CORE- which grew out of a chamber-led trip to a business incubator in Carrollton.

“I hope above all that I will be remembered as someone who gave 100 percent and loved this community and organization and always worked for the betterment of both,” said Hutto.

Board Chair Chris Wang said Hutto will be missed.

“The Gilmer Chamber Board of Directors could not be more thankful of the extraordinary job President Paige Green Hutto has done these last 12 years,” he said. “Every chairperson has been able to walk in to a stronger organization year after year because of the tireless effort she contributed to this Chamber. Personally, Paige is one of the smartest and wisest leaders I have ever worked with. She will be missed greatly by this community and by those who worked beside her.”

Gilmer Chamber’s Board of Directors will work with The Chason Group to conduct a thorough executive search for the next leader of the organization. Hutto has agreed to remain during the search to enable a smooth transition.

“The incoming president not only has fashionable shoes to fill, but a highly competent mind to match. We wish nothing but the absolute best for Paige during this next chapter of her life,” said Wang.

North Georgia Senior Living: What Does Ready Look Like?

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BKP and Jessi Barton start the conversation for you this week about being ready. Looking at the “next transition” in life, the discussion becomes not if, but when. A next transition is always on the horizon at any stage of life.

With no end in sight for the pandemic, today becomes the time for many as they begin to think that now is the time to act. People also say that transitioning into Senior Living is something they wish they hadn’t waited on.

Jessi Barton touches on increases in Life Expectancy for people in Senior Living. Tales come from developing relationships to having more interactions through events and community supports. Studies show support for the idea of community as a major influence in that area.

Fear and uncertainty can be barriers there, and it can create a divide as maybe families are ready, but the senior isn’t. Jassi explains that the important question to ask is, “What does ready look like?”

Some may not have answers. Some may not have thought about it. If we focus so hard on the ‘what ifs’ and horror stories unintentionally. That only creates stress and anxiety.

Focusing on the memories, processing through the sentimentality. People want the feeling of “home.”

It comes back to an old cliche that still holds firmly true today. “You make a home, a house is just a structure.”

 

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GCSO Employee Spotlight Sgt. Gene Hefner

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Our Sheriff’s Office employs just over 100 people including sworn deputies, 911 dispatchers, detention officers, and civilian employees serving Gilmer County. While a lot of you know someone that works here, we are recognizing employees on our page to give more people the opportunity to meet “us.”

This week, we would like to introduce you to Sgt. Gene Hefner. Gene has been employed with the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office since 2010. Gene’s tenure here was briefly interrupted by a year-long stint in Kosovo in 2011 while serving with the National Guard.

Gene is a 2004 graduate of Cherokee High School in Canton, Georgia.

He honorably served with the National Guard for six years. His first job was as a Cashier at Kroger.

During his time with GCSO, he has served in the jail as a Detention Officer, Corporal, and Sergeant. He has been with the Uniform Patrol Division as a Deputy Sheriff, Corporal, and currently serves as a Sergeant since being promoted in August of 2018. In 2018, Gene was awarded a “Combat Award Certificate” at our annual awards banquet.

Gene listed his hobbies as fishing, hunting, and golf. He says pizza is his favorite food, “Cool Hand Luke” is his favorite movie, and the beach is his favorite place to vacation.

What many people may not know about Gene is he and his wife became foster parents about one year ago.

When asked about his favorite part of his job here at GCSO, he states “my coworkers.”

Gene, we sincerely hope working here with all of us has not caused you to go bald in your 30’s!! THANK YOU for the job you do for GCSO and Gilmer citizens!

 

 

(article and photos provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department)

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Community Paramedicine meets students in schools offering

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EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – As many are beginning to talk about the possibility of returning to school, some are still attempting to wrap up the previous year.

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Members of Gilmer’s Community Paramedicine offer masks and informational flyers for students and parents in schools.

In Gilmer, part of that process occurred this week as students returned to the buildings to collect left-behind belongings. Planned in April, the Board of Education and Superintendent had the day set in order to offer a better sense of closure to the school year as the virus ended normal classes mid-semester. But as they returned, they were met by some unexpected people.

Gilmer County’s Public Safety offered a statement today saying. “It’s nearly school-time with many preparations underway. Part of those preparations is helping our kids understand the importance of good health practices. Gilmer County Community Paramedicine, with the generosity of Parkside Ellijay Nursing Home, paired together for a fun project this week at our elementary and middle schools.”

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Students returned to school this week to collect belongings, but were met with Gilmer’s Community Paramedics offering a community support service during this time of viral outbreak.

The project was to meet students in the schools and hand out face masks and flyers. According to Public Safety, the Community Paramedicine team visited three of our schools across the county supplied with the generous donation of 1,000 face-covering masks donated by Parkside Ellijay, and 1,000 informational flyers in English and Spanish.

The team handed out all the masks and 700 of the flyers to students and parents who arrived over the three-day period to collect their end-of 2019 school year belongings.

Public Safety was grateful for its partners in the endeavor, saying, “Many thanks to Michael Feist, Director & Part-Owner of Parkside Ellijay for the wonderful donation of the face covering masks, and to Dr. Shanna Downs, School Superintendent, for allowing our Community Paramedicine team to conduct this very successful service to our school children.”

 

 

 

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North Georgia Senior Living: Waiting To Press Go

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Jessi Barton joins the Friday show to discuss safe environments amid the virus. Cameron Hall is loosening some restrictions while adhering to guidelines. Despite not being back to “normal,” Jessi talks about their window visits and medical care. With a light of hope for the future, she talks about taking the small steps towards that, but residents are still waiting to press the go button on outdoor visits and in person visits without glass in between.

She touches on state guidelines and restrictions and how Cameron Hall in Ellijay is addressing state as well as local county issues while focusing on the five dimensions of wellness; physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social.

Focusing on wellness instead of care, Jessi takes us through the struggles of focusing on the dimensions of wellness in new ways and provide these needs for each individual resident. It is a balance as we all continue treating elders “like fine china.”

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GCSO Employee Spotlight Detention Officer Wilson Giorgione

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Our Sheriff’s Office employs just over 100 people including sworn deputies, 911 dispatchers, detention officers, and civilian employees serving Gilmer County. While a lot of you know someone that works here, we are recognizing employees on our page to give more people the opportunity to meet “us.”

This week, we would like to introduce you to Detention Officer Wilson Giorgione. Wilson has been employed with GCSO for just under one year and works in our Detention Center.

Wilson is a 2019 graduate of Sonoraville High School in Calhoun, Georgia. Landscaping was his very first job.

The only hobby Wilson has listed is “working out.” He says his favorite movie is “John Wick,” his favorite food is “grilled chicken and white rice,” and says his favorite place to vacation is Florida. He said his favorite thing about his job here at GCSO is his coworkers.

He didn’t have an answer when asked what is one thing most people don’t know about him, but one of his coworkers answered for him and simply says he is an “absolute 100% sweetheart.” We also learned that Wilson is named after his maternal grandfather, Darrell Wilson, who is a retired Asst. District Attorney from our Appalachian Judicial Circuit.

It is truly encouraging to see people like Wilson beginning their law enforcement careers at such an early age!

 

(article and photos provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department)

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GCSO Employee Spotlight Civil Clerk Eva Estes

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Our Sheriff’s Office employs just over 100 people including sworn deputies, 911 dispatchers, detention officers, and civilian employees serving Gilmer County. While a lot of you know someone that works here, we are recognizing employees on our page to give more people the opportunity to meet “us.”

This week, we would like to introduce you to Civil Clerk Eva Estes. Eva has been employed with GCSO for 6.5 years. Eva started as a Communications Officer in our 911 Center and worked there over three years. For over three years since, she has worked as a Civil Clerk. Her smiling face will be the first one you see if you ever apply for a Concealed Carry Permit and need to be fingerprinted. She is also a certified TAC (Terminal Agency Coordinator), enters warrants and civil papers to be served, and she handles anything to do with GCIC (Georgia Crime Information Center) and NCIC (National Crime Information Center).

Eva is a 1987 graduate of Cherokee High School in Canton, Georgia. Her very first job was in food service where she worked at the Burger Chief.

Eva says her hobbies are “being a grandmother, spending time with my family, and doing small projects around the house.” She told us her favorite movie is “The Notebook,” her favorite food is Italian, and her favorite place to vacation is Hilton Head, South Carolina.

When asked what her favorite part of her job is here at GCSO, she said, “I enjoy being a part of the puzzle that ensures criminal history information is correct for the safety of officers and community.”

When asked what is something people don’t know about her, Eva says, “I used to play drums.”

Eva, your dedication to the important job you do doesn’t go unnoticed. GCSO and your community thanks you for the service you provide!

 

(article and photos provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department)

Up close and personal with Gilmer Fire and Rescue – Daniel Kauffman

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We are beginning a series of posts to become “up close and personal” with some of the finest men and women in the Fire Service – the personnel of Gilmer County Fire and Rescue. Today we’re proud to visit with our outstanding Fire Chief, Daniel Kauffman…

“My fire service career started soon after completing high school in Auburndale, Florida. I attended the Florida State Fire College in Ocala, Florida for my firefighter compliance, and the College of Central Florida Emergency Medical Technician program. I volunteered briefly with the South Marion Fire Department before gaining full time employment with Marion County Fire Rescue in 1988. Throughout that 30 year career I have served in the positions of firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, District Captain, Battalion Chief (Safety Officer), and Battalion Chief (Shift Commander). I was also active in Special Operations, serving as the Hazardous Material Response Team Commander. I had a front row seat to rapid growth and I was able to be an active part of positive progression from a BLS department to an ALS department and eventually ALS patient transport. The career of a firefighter is that of a life-long student, always perfecting their craft. Over the years I have found the positive affect of continuing education not only on my fire service career, but also in my daily life. The completion of an Environmental Science, Fire Science, and Human Resource Management degrees better prepared me for the position of Fire Chief with Gilmer County Fire Rescue. Likewise, I would support and encourage all of our employees to continue their education and professional development.

“When the position of Fire Chief became available in Gilmer County, we were pleasantly surprised. Gilmer County Fire Rescue was one of the few places that could have brought me out of my 9 month retirement. While I really did not plan to start a second career in the fire service, I really feel that God opened a door here for us in Gilmer County. Our family had been vacationing in Ellijay since 2005 and loved the area with all the activities it presented. My wife Stephanie and our blended family of three girls (London, Hannah, and Neve) would make many trips from Florida during school breaks to enjoy the outdoor activities. Now that we are full time residents of Gilmer County, we usually can be found spending our weekends hiking with our rescue dog, Piper, who came from Homeward Bound Pet Rescue. We have recently purchased an RV and plan to venture outside of Gilmer County to see what else the beautiful North Georgia mountains have to offer. Our fresh start here has been met with new friends and great coworkers. The opportunity to work and play in an area we love has been such a blessing and we look forward to what our future holds here in Gilmer County.”

(article and photos of Daniel Kauffman provided by the Gilmer County Public Safety)

GCSO Employee Spotlight Detective Scott Camp

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Our Sheriff’s Office employs just over 100 people including sworn deputies, 911 dispatchers, detention officers, and civilian employees serving Gilmer County. While a lot of you know someone that works here, we are recognizing employees on our page to give more people the opportunity to meet “us.”

This week, we would like to introduce you to Detective Scott Camp. Scott has been working for GCSO for 16.5 years. During that time, he has worked as a Detention Officer, Patrol Deputy, and School Resource Officer. He has worked in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) as a Detective and Evidence Custodian since 2012.

The winner of MANY awards here at GCSO, he has been recognized as: Detention Officer of the Year in 2005, Deputy of the Year in 2011, Detective of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, and he also received the Sheriff’s Citation Medal in 2017.

Scott is a 1993 graduate of Alexander High School in Douglasville, Georgia. His very first job was at a Hardee’s in Douglasville.

Scott lists his hobbies as fishing, camping, anything outdoors, gardening, any sports, video games, and playing games. He says his favorite food is steak and shrimp, favorite movies he likes is anything James Bond, and his favorite place to vacation is Casey Key, Florida.

When asked about his favorite part of his job at GCSO, he says he enjoys helping people, and that he especially likes recovering stolen property.

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Detective Camp saves a puppy from a wrecked vehicle at the bottom of an embankment.

On the question to name one thing people might not know about him, Scott says he began losing his hair at the age of 17! As the post narrator, I’d also like to add that he once saved a puppy from a wrecked car that slid down the embankment next to the river!

GCSO thanks you for your outstanding service and the many years you have dedicated to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Gilmer County!

 

(article and photos provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department)

GCSO Employee Spotlight Deputy Sheriff Kenny Wiggins

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Our Sheriff’s Office employs just over 100 people including sworn deputies, 911 dispatchers, detention officers, and civilian employees serving Gilmer County. While a lot of you know someone that works here, we are recognizing employees on our page to give more people the opportunity to meet “us.”

KennyThis week, we would like to introduce you to Deputy Kenny Wiggins. As one of our longest employed, Kenny has been working for GCSO for the last 25 years! During that time, he has worked as a Detention Officer, Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant (Watch Commander), and his most recent position as School Resource Officer at Mountain View Elementary.

Kenny is a 1978 graduate of Gilmer High School. After graduating, he honorably served in the United States Navy from 1979-1993. His very first job was working at Gilmer Park & Rec in the early 70’s helping the maintenance crew with the upkeep of the ball fields.

Between the Navy and beginning at GCSO, Kenny worked two years from 1991-1993 on the base as Master at Arms Force of Fleet Combat Training Center (FCTCL), Atlantic as a Patrol Officer. He then worked one year as a Jail Officer with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office from 1993-1994.

Kenny lists his hobbies as trout fishing, Nascar, and studying history, especially American history and the history of Native Americans of the Southeastern U.S. He says his favorite food is southern cuisine, particularly cornbread, pinto beans, fried potatoes, corn on the cob, fried okra for dinner then biscuits and gravy with eggs and bacon or sausage with a big cup of black coffee for breakfast! When asked his favorite movie, he says: “Anything by John Wayne but if I had to choose one of his it would be “In Harm’s Way.” He also said one of the best westerns ever made is “Shane.” He lists “anywhere in southern Appalachia and Yellowstone” as his favorite place to vacation.

When asked what is something most people wouldn’t know about him, he said he is a “very tenderhearted person when it comes to animals,” wishing it was feasible that he could take in all cats and dogs that need to be loved.

Kenny says his favorite part of his job here at GCSO is “the people I work with. There is no better group of people to work with than what Sheriff Nicholson has assembled here at GCSO.”

We THANK YOU, Deputy Wiggins, for your lifelong service to your country, to the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Gilmer County citizens!

 

(article and photos provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department)

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue’s – Pets of the Week – A trio

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Meet the 3 amigos; Buddy, age 8 ½ , 14 lbs., Hannah and Jean Luc who are 5 ½ years old, 25 lbs.
brother and sister. The chiweenies’ mom passed away suddenly and they found themselves without a
place to go within the family. They are used to being in a fenced yard and have never been leash
trained. They still need booster shots, are spayed and neutered, and appear to be healthy little dogs.
Buddy, Hannah and Jean Luc are located at Homeward Bound Pet Rescue in Blue Ridge, GA. Apply
online: www.hbpr.org

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