Category Archives: Education

Fourth Annual Born to Run 5K set for Sept. 15

WALESKA, GA – The fourth annual Born to Run 5K supporting Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m., in downtown Canton’s Cannon Park.

Pre-registration is $25, and registration after Sept. 6 will be $30. Registration for runners age 12 and under will be $15. If unable to attend or run on race day, you can support a student runner for $25. Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

Early registration packet pickup will be Sept. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Northside Hospital Cherokee, 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd., Canton.

For more information, visit or contact Dale Morrissey at or (770) 720-5506

Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Welcomes Three New Trustees to Board

The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation recently welcomed three new trustees to the board that governs the Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to support the mission of Chattahoochee Technical College by making higher education an affordable reality for students through initiatives like scholarships, emergency funding and program support. These new trustees include Rick Kollhoff, of Bartow County, Trey Ragsdale, of Cherokee County, and Drew Tutton, of Cobb County.

Chattahoochee Tech Foundation
Meeting recently with the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation were, l-r, Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Ron Newcomb, Drew Tutton, Board Chair Jason Anavitarte, Trey Ragsdale and Rick Kollhoff.

“We are excited for these outstanding business and community leaders to join the board,” said Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Jason Anavitarte. “They each have a proven track record of success, and they offer the highest level of skilled leadership.” Anavitarte, of Paulding County, is the director of state development and advocacy for CareSource. He recently assumed the role of board chair for the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation, succeeding Don Barbour, who served as chair for the past three years.

Kollhoff is a vice president and commercial lender with Century Bank of Georgia in Cartersville. He is active in a number of civic organizations, serving on the boards of the Bartow County College and Career Academy as well as the Rotary Club of Etowah. He also serves as a member of the City of Cartersville Alcohol Control Board and the City of Cartersville Recreation Advisory Board. Kollhoff served previously on the board of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce and the Etowah Scholarship Foundation.

Ragsdale manages local government and community relations for Kaiser Permanente in Georgia. In this role, he is responsible for securing government and community support for Kaiser Permanente’s healthcare initiatives throughout the state. Prior to this role, Ragsdale served in leadership positions at MARTA, the U.S. Senate, King & Spalding law firm, the Coca-Cola Company and the White House. He also has served in top leadership roles for numerous service organizations, which include the DeKalb Housing Authority and Kiwanis International.

Tutton is the general manager of Ed Voyles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) where he leads an award-winning team of skilled professionals recognized for providing customers with the highest level of customer service. Tutton is also the owner and founder of Open Roads Complete RV, which has locations in Woodstock, White and Acworth. Tutton has been a staunch supporter of Chattahoochee Technical College, sponsoring the college’s 2018 Student Leadership Academy.

The three new trustees on the board of the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation will each serve three-year terms on the board, according to Stephanie Hubbell, Chattahoochee Technical College director for alumni and annual giving.

“Board members serve as champions for the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation in the six-county area that Chattahoochee Technical College serves,” said Hubbell. “They also provide valuable insight to development, engagement, management and strategic planning.”

The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Trustees was recognized as a Role Model Board by the Technical College Foundation Association (TCFA) in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. This distinction represents the board’s commitment to performing best practices while helping to advance the college. More information about the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation is available at

Deal: Georgia Lottery Transfers More Than $1.14 Billion to Education

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that the Georgia Lottery Corp. transferred its fiscal year 2018 profits, a total of $1,143,514,000, to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account. This is the largest annual transfer on record, bringing the total funding raised for education programs to more than $19.8 billion during the 25-year history of the Georgia Lottery.

“Since 1993, the Georgia Lottery has funded critical education programs to prepare today’s students to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow,” said Deal. “By providing more than $19.8 billion of total funding for education, the lottery has given millions of our youngest learners a head start in their education while also keeping the best and brightest students in Georgia after high school. With this year’s record-breaking profit transfer, the Georgia Lottery is continuing its exceptional work to help millions of children in Georgia attain a quality education from start to finish for a lifetime of opportunities.”

The Georgia Lottery celebrated its 25th anniversary in June, commemorating 25 years of funding Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program, Georgia’s Pre-K Program and capital outlay projects including technological upgrades for schools and universities across the state. More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

“Our achievements are truly a team effort,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin. “We are grateful to Gov. Deal and the legislature for their support. I also want to acknowledge our dedicated board of directors, employees, retail partners, business partners, and of course, our players. We remain focused on our mission to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K. We understand that our success means success for Georgia’s students, families and communities.”

Fiscal year 2018 marks the third consecutive year that the Georgia Lottery has surpassed $1 billion in profits for education and the seventh consecutive year of growth in profits for education.