Category Archives: Gilmer

Collins Talks Ag Policy with Gilmer Farm Bureau

ELLIJAY, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) met with the Gilmer County Farm Bureau this week to ask about their perspectives on local agriculture issues and update them on the policy landscape in Washington. As the House Committee on Agriculture prepares the 2018 Farm Bill, Collins and Farm Bureau members agreed that the meeting was a productive and encouraging opportunity for them to hear from one another.

Rep. Doug Collins & Gilmer County Farm Bureau

“Farmers throughout Gilmer County and northeast Georgia bring a diversity of products to consumers, and I’m thankful that Farm Bureau members shared their afternoon and insight with me. The experience that these local farmers bring to the agriculture industry can’t be overestimated, and hearing from them allows me to work effectively with my colleagues in Congress to shape federal policies to better reflect the priorities of Georgia’s farming community,” said Collins following the event.

The group discussed the issues inherent to family and smaller-scale operations, including a serious lack of available labor. In both Washington and Georgia’s Ninth District, Collins has emphasized the need for an effective guest worker program to allow growers to produce and harvest the nation’s food supply. The roundtable also discussed the potential need for more agriculture education in schools in order to prepare the next generation of American farmers.

After talking through a spectrum of challenges from country of origin labeling to poultry processing speeds, Collins encouraged the Gilmer Farm Bureau members, “Do not grow weary of doing good.” 

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.