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.

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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 Meets with President Trump, Other Oovernors on Criminal Justice Reform

Deal meets with President Trump, other governors on criminal justice reform

Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday met with President Donald J. Trump, other governors, state attorneys general and federal leaders to discuss criminal justice reform, including the successes and results of initiatives implemented in Georgia.

“Smart on crime is not the same as soft on crime, which our results bear out,” said Deal. “In Georgia, we are addressing barriers to successful reentry through job training programs, ban-the-box legislation and operating a charter school in our prison system. We have implemented such initatives while making our communities safer, with a 10 percent decrease in the violent crime rate and a 20 percent decrease in overall crime, all while saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. We have also seen the African-American percentage of our prison system drop significantly since 2009, as incarceration rates for black males have dropped almost 30 percent and incarceration rates for black females have dropped 38.2 percent. Overall African-American commitments to our prisons are at the lowest level since 1987. I am pleased to share any information that might be helpful for a national model of reforming criminal justice.”

Additional results of Georgia’s criminal justice reform initiatives include:

  • The recidivism rate for an individual who graduates from an accountability court is just 2 percent.
  • There has been a 24 percent decrease in recidivism for those who complete vocational training programs while incarcerated.
  • Recidivism rates for those who earn a GED while incarcerated have decreased by 19 percent.
  • Total commitments to the Department of Juvenile Justice are down 46 percent since 2014.

“Our first duty is to our citizens, including those who have taken the wrong path but are seeking redemption and a new beginning,” said President Trump. “We’ve passed the First Step Act through the House, and we’re working very hard in the Senate to refine it and pass it into law. We think we’ll be successful in that regard. The bill expands vocational educational programs to eligible federal inmates so that more of them can learn a trade. And that’s what we’re doing. We’re teaching them trades. We’re teaching them different things that they can put into good use, and put into use to get jobs.”

Watch the full roundtable here.

SAFE Commission to Meet in Columbia County on August 30

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and State Representative Barry Fleming will co-chair the Secure, Accessible, & Fair Elections (SAFE) Commission’s second meeting on August 30, 2018 at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown. Yesterday, the state published a Request for Information for vendors on options to replace Georgia’s current voting machines, electronic poll book system, election management software, precinct scanners and tabulators, and election night reporting website.

At this meeting, commission members will review vendor responses to the state’s Request for Information (RFI) issued on August 8. Responses are due by August 24. Commission members will engage in panel discussions and host vendor demonstrations. There will be a public comment portion at the end of the day. A court reporter will transcribe the proceedings.

WHO: Co-chairs Brian Kemp and Barry Fleming; members of the SAFE Commission; support staff; and interested citizens
WHAT: SAFE Commission’s second meeting
WHEN: Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM
WHERE: Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive
Grovetown, GA 30813

Parking is available on a first come, first served basis next to the facility. All members of the public are invited to attend.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders. For more information about the office, go to