Category Archives: Pickens

ADay for Reinhardt receives $3,000 from Georgia Power

The Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. has been a strong supporter of ADay for Reinhardt for more than 20 years, and the organization recently made its annual gift.

Vice President for Advancement & Marketing Tim Norton, Director of Development & External Affairs Dale Morrissey are pictured with Georgia Power Area Manager Joe Brownlee.
Vice President for Advancement & Marketing Tim Norton, Director of Development & External Affairs Dale Morrissey are pictured with Georgia Power Area Manager Joe Brownlee. Photo by Huitt Rabel.

ADay for Reinhardt is a successful scholarship program that has provided more than $4.8 million to students in Cherokee and Pickens County. Georgia Power Area Manager Joe Brownlee presented a $3,000 check to the University.

ADay is important because it keeps the local community involved and engaged with the University,” said Brownlee. “It provides the community with a way to support local students who, in all likelihood, want to live in this community after graduating. ADay provides the Georgia Power Foundation with the ability to partner with the University to support the hopes and dreams of Cherokee students. The hope is for a better way of life that comes with a quality education.”

These scholarships rely on support from community businesses, organizations and individuals to provide scholarships for Cherokee and Pickens County residents attending Reinhardt University.

“Georgia Power’s support for local students has made a significant impact on Reinhardt and the surrounding community,” said Dale Morrissey, director of development and external relations for Reinhardt University. “We are grateful for all they have done to improve our students’ educational experiences.”

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USDA Awards $480,000 Grant to Chattahoochee Technical College

Chattahoochee Technical College recently was awarded a $480,000 Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend educational opportunities in Gilmer, Paulding and Pickens counties through the use of advanced technologies.

“These funds, combined with matching funds of $487,340, will allow the College to purchase telepresence equipment for high schools in Pickens, Gilmer and Paulding counties,” said Dr. Trina Boteler, Chattahoochee Technical College Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives. “We will be using this equipment to provide credit courses and additional support and information for students and potential students who may have college access barriers due to their location in rural areas.”

Chattahoochee Tech has identified the need for distance learning to expand health program opportunities for students in rural areas, according to Boteler, including any prerequisite coursework needed for admission into health programs. Equipment funded by the DLT Grant also will be used to support Dual Enrollment and teacher professional development.

The DLT Grant is a competitive, national grant program administered by the Rural Utilities Service unit of USDA.

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Car Seat Mini Grant Awarded to County Health Departments in North Georgia

County health departments in the North Georgia Health District were awarded the 2018 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield County Health Departments and local collaborative partners work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.

And it works! Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the mini grant prevented serious injury or death and saved 344 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.

“The Car Seat Mini-Grant helps us meet the responsibility of keeping our children safe here in North Georgia,” said Marie Smith, RN, BSN, North Georgia Health District Nursing Director. “It provides us the opportunity to work with partners in each of our communities to help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”

In Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties, the health departments and their collaborative partners, including county EMAs, Georgia State Patrol representatives, local fire departments and law enforcement agencies, educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families.

Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 130 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.

For more information about the car seat program at health departments in North Georgia, log onto and click on the LOCATIONS tab to find contact information for each county health department in the North Georgia Health District. If you would like information regarding other Georgia counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at or by calling 404-463-1487.