Category Archives: Lumpkin

Resurfacing to Begin Soon on Highway 60 in Hall and Lumpkin

Work could begin soon on resurfacing State Route (SR) 60 in Hall and Lumpkin counties. Georgia DOT has recently awarded a contract to C.W. Matthews Co. Inc. of Marietta, Georgia, valued at over three million dollars for a construction project to resurface a 10-mile portion of the highway. The project includes 10.278 miles of milling, plant mix resurfacing, and shoulder rehabilitation on SR 60, beginning north of Lodge Drive in Hall County and extending to SR 9 in Lumpkin County. This section of SR 60 needs resurfacing because the existing pavement has been deteriorating.

This construction project is scheduled to be completed by the end of February 2017, at a construction cost of $3,016,382.   Information on construction and lane closure schedules on this project will be forthcoming before work begins.

More details on this and other projects in the Department’s most recent bid awards are available via Award Announcement Download at:

In their 2015 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers addressed the state’s critical transportation infrastructure needs with passage of House Bill 170, Georgia’s transportation funding bill. Transportation Funding Act (TFA) of 2015 is expected to generate an estimated $870 million in the first fiscal year. This sustained annual revenue will be used to fund much-needed routine maintenance and capital improvements.

It’s The Journey, Inc. Awards Nearly $45K to Northside Hospital Breast Cancer Program

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, receive a 2016 It’s The Journey grant
(l-r) Astrid Wilkie-Mckellar, community outreach coordinator; Adriana Andrade, community health advocate; and Dale Israel, disparities outreach coordinator, all of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, receive a 2016 It’s The Journey grant from Laurel Sybilrud, chairman of the organization’s grants committee.

In 2015, approximately 776 underinsured women received breast cancer screening and diagnostic services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.  Five breast cancers were detected.

More cases of breast cancer are diagnosed and treated at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute than at any other community hospital in the Southeast.  Early detection of breast cancer saves the lives of thousands of women each year.  However, medically underserved and uninsured women often lack access to care.

On Monday evening, March 7, It’s The Journey, Inc. awarded grants totaling $821,661 to 28 breast cancer programs across Georgia to help them reduce barriers to breast care.  Just over $44,900 of that total went to Northside Hospital to allow the hospital to continue to provide funding for screening mammograms and other breast diagnostic procedures such as ultrasounds, biopsies and more for women who cannot afford them.

“Northside Hospital is so grateful and fortunate to, once again, have the generous support of It’s The Journey,” said Patti Owen, director of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.  “Their commitment to our patients has been continuous and their financial support of Northside’s Breast Care Program has allowed us to screen more women for breast disease and educate them about the importance of early detection.”

It’s The Journey, producer of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, provides grants annually for Georgia programs that focus on breast cancer screening, diagnostics, genetic counseling and testing, and research.  The funds for these grants were raised during the 2015 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer by over 1000 walkers and tens of thousands of donors.

“We are proud to facilitate the increased reach of these incredibly impactful breast health organizations,” said Kimberly Goff, executive director of It’s The Journey.  “Their efforts extend across the entire state, reaching over 16,000 Georgians in need of breast health services in nearly 90 counties.  We are particularly proud of our partnership with Northside Hospital, which will benefit citizens in Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin, and Pickens counties.”

This program will provide no cost screening mammography and diagnostic services to financially eligible women, particularly those that are uninsured. Services are provided at any of Northside’s 16 imaging centers or 21 mobile mammography sites.

Of the grant money awarded to Northside, $5,000 was a special award given by one of the 2015 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer’s highest fundraising teams, Circle of Friends.  Circle of Friends raised more than $53,740 for the event.

When asked why they chose Northside Hospital, Team Captain and Dahlonega resident Diane Turner said, “Our Circle of Friends team is honored to be able to give back to the communities that have faithfully supported us year after year.  These folks have given generously at every team fundraiser that we have had over the years including cow patty bingo games, wine tastings, motorcycle poker runs, concerts, golf tournaments, and live auctions.  Most of our longtime teammates have deep roots in Dawson, Lumpkin and Hall counties, so we are thrilled that our special grant will go to fund mammograms in those counties.”

For a more detailed listing of all 2016 It’s The Journey grant recipients including a brief description of their programs, visit

To learn more about receiving services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s breast cancer screenings grants, call 770-667-4400.  Applicants must meet eligibility requirements.  Services are available at select Northside locations, as well as aboard Northside’s ScreenAtlanta mobile-mammography unit.  Interpretation services are available upon request.

For more information about supporting patients at Northside Hospital, visit


Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner, Russell McMurry proudly announces the Winter Weather Response Teams were honored at this year’s District Employee Appreciation Day with the 2015 Commissioner’s Merit Award. The Area One and Area Four Winter Weather Teams responded boldly in Dawson, Lumpkin and White Counties February 16, 2015 to open access in spite of winter precipitation.

Monday, February 16th winter weather isolated Dawson and Lumpkin Counties. Ice began to accumulate at 6 p.m. and within 30 minutes trees were falling into the roadway bringing down utilities and shutting off access to all state routes in Dawson and Lumpkin Counties. Motorists were stranded in their vehicles trapped by fallen trees and utility lines.

McMurry said, “Maintaining access on our network of state routes during emergency weather situations ensures the safety of our Citizens and Families. These GDOT Teams worked 18 hour shifts to plow snow, spread salt and remove debris. The trees had to be cut and pulled from the roadway by hand, one at a time. This backbreaking work in frigid temperatures was a heroic response to me. Georgia DOT opened our routes for use allowing emergency responders and utility companies into the area within 24 hours of the start of icing. Join me in congratulating these Teams for their outstanding work despite the dangerous conditions in Dawson and Lumpkin Counties.”

Members of the Winter Weather Team:

Bryan Addis
Jerry Allen
Travis Bennett
Robert Berry
Anthony Boggs
Frank Boggs
Robert Bradshaw
Jody Bridges
Robbie Brittain
Danny Broome
Shane Brown
Johnny Cantrell
Eli Cash
Jesse Chamblee
Robert Chappell
Jimmy Chester
Will Cole
Bryan Corazzini
T.J. Cowart
Danny Crane
Timothy Davenport
Jerry Davis
Rex Edwards
Michael Eller
Justin English
Scott Frederick
Greg Free
Daniel Freeman
Slade Gabriel
Mitch Garmon
Rodney Gilreath
Jerry Gilreath
Darren Gilreath
Glen Gosnell
Andy Goss
Andrew Goss
Doug Grizzle
Lamar Grizzle
Toby Hammonds
Tim Henry
Farrell Henslee
Robert Hodnett
Sam Holden
Henry Houck
Greg Houck
Paul Jackson
Max Jananeh
Greg Johnson
Steve Jones
James Lovell
Robert Lunsford
D.J. McClure
Terry McDonald
Bobby Miller
Bryan Morgan
John Newberry
Frank Nichols
Jody Norton
Ryan Osborne
Charlie Painter
Sam Panah
Scott Parker
Kris Phillips
Michael Pierce
James A Plott
Joel Posteen
Mike Reems
Ricky Richardson
Phil Satterfield
Dwayne Sexton
Michael Sheppard
Lynn Shook
Ken Simpson
Steven Singleton
Jimmy Smallwood
Ethan Stephens
Chad Stewart
Danny Stover
Jerry Thomason
Steve Thompson
Roger Toney
Mark Turpin
Derek Wade
Todd Watson
Josh Welborn
Don Welborn
Charles Wilson
Doug Wood
Reggie Wright
Shaun York

The Commissioner’s Merit Award honors exceptional service and high quality work that resulted in a positive impact for the People of Georgia.