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Development Authority of Jones County Josh Lurie / chairman Chap Nelson / vice chairman Alan Childs • Francis Adams Dottie Walker • Greg Mullis T. J. Heath

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478.986.1123 Griswoldville Park >> Available Acres: 972 >> Zoning: Industrial >> Electricity Provider: Tri-County EMC >> Natural Gas Provider: Atlanta Gas Light, El Paso Gas >> Water: 2.3 million gal. capacity in storage 2,100 gal per min. >> Sanitary Sewer: 10,000 gal. per day available within 9 months with expansion available

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Chamber Member Benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Chamber Board Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Welcome to Jones County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Leadership Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Chamber Member Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Membership Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-17 Economic Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Development Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Gray Downtown Development Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Les Dames Magnifiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Main Street Gray Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Jones County Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Jones County Board of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Jones County College & Career Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 City of Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Gray City Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Jones County Commissioners News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Jones County Board of Commissioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Jones County Administration Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-39 Family Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Macon-Area Residents Can Benefit from HELOCs & Land Loans . . . 41 Understanding Taxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Newcomer Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-47 Map & Tourist Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-51 Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52-53 Event Spaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54-55 Entertainment & Fairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56-59 Rising Star Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Member Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 4

P.O. Box 1538 • 102 Stewart Ave. Gray, Georgia 31032 478.986.3929 • 478.986.1935 fax

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For more information on this publication and/or rates, call 478.986.3929 or email josh@jcnews.com This publication was produced exclusively for the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce by The Jones County News, copyright 2018. Reproduction, in whole or in part, of this publication without express written consent of the publisher is prohibited. Violators of this copyright notice will be prosecuted. All claims, materials, and photos furnished or used are, to the publisher’s knowledge, true and correct. Hence, liability cannot be assumed by the publisher for errors or omissions. Advertisements and editorial information, published in this or any other publication produced by The Jones County News, are subject to unrestricted right to edit of, and by, our editor/publisher. OCONEE SINCLAIR MEDIA LLC PO BOX 4027 • EATONTON, GA 31024

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Member Benefits PROMOTIONAL, EXPOSURE & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES • UNLIMITED BUSINESS EXPOSURE: Sharing of information through social media accounts, online membership directory and display of literature in Chamber office. • E-NEWSLETTER: Members can display events and information in our e-newsletter, which has over 500 subscribers. • LISTING IN CHAMBER DIRECTORY: Members are also featured in our yearly Welcome Magazine and can place promotional items in our welcome bags. • UNLIMITED BUSINESS REFERRALS: As a Chamber member, the Chamber will refer your business to anyone who calls, emails, or stops by our office. • JOB OPENINGS: Post company job openings for FREE on the Chamber website, Chamber e-newsletter and the Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page. • GEORGIA CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP: Small-business members of the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce receive complimentary membership in the Georgia Chamber. • WINDOW DECAL: Members receive a yearly decal to display on their businesses. • DISCOUNTS: “Members only” discounts to Chamber events/programs. • CALENDAR: Members can place an event which is happening at their business on the Chamber’s community calendar. • SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: A member can sponsor an event, program or the Chamber itself and receive more promotional benefits. • NETWORKING NIGHT: This event is a member-hosted event. The event is a great opportunity to meet other business owners/employees in the area, make connections, win door prizes and give an “elevator” speech about your business. • RIBBON CUTTING/GRAND OPENING: Host an official community ribbon cutting to announce and promote your business. The Chamber of Commerce promotes the ribbon cutting on all social media, the e-newsletter and on the marquee board in front of the Chamber. A press release goes in The Jones County News. Ribbon cuttings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. For more information on how to host a great ribbon-cutting event, contact the Chamber at (478) 986-1123. • COFFEE & CONNECTIONS: If you’re unable to make the Networking Nights, please feel free to join us for a Coffee & Connections event which is held in the morning. Same great opportunities to network, make connections and give an “elevator” speech about your business. • BISCUITS & BUSINESS: This event is held in January, March, May, September, and November; each day will present a different topic of public interest and give the community and businesses an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns. • PASSIONATE STAFF: As a business owner and a member, we value your opinions. More than anything, the Chamber understands that we are here to serve our members. If there is something a member feels passionate about, or they have an idea, we love to hear from them. We are always willing to listen and help in any way we can. Contact Haley or Miranda at (478) 986-1123 or email us at jonescochamber@jonescounty.org. • CONNECTIONS: Communicate directly with ALL Chamber members with a one-time complimentary set of printed

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mailing labels for other member’s businesses and primary contact (available upon request). • BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS: Members are invited to attend monthly board of directors meetings. Please advise staff before planning to attend, so you can be provided with meeting packets. • NOMINATIONS: Members are able to nominate board of directors for the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce as long as the Chamber’s bylaws are followed. • PARTNERING OPPORTUNITIES: The Chamber of Commerce is here to help make connections. If you would like to host an event with another member or have a great opportunity for your business and another business combined, please contact us. The Chamber is here to help you and can point you in the right direction or introduce you to other members.

EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP • BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING SEMINARS: The Chamber provides businesses’ tips and in-depth seminars on coaching, executive leadership, customer service, team building, management, social media, and more that will help your business be more competitive. • BUSINESS COUNSELING: Professional FREE business counseling with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center. Call the Chamber at (478) 986-1123 and ask Haley how. • CONFERENCE ROOM: Have a business meeting or training session at the Chamber for FREE; our conference room is available to members during office hours. Please call (478) 986-1123 to schedule use of the conference room.

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS & INSURANCE • CANDIDATE FORUMS: The Chamber conducts legislative forums for local, state and federal government. These are great opportunities to ask candidates questions before you make a decision and vote. • EGGS & ISSUES: Come eat breakfast with current local and state government officials. Members benefit from this opportunity by being able to express their concerns and recommendations on matters that are important to their business. • CONNECTIONS WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT: The board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce is by many non-profit organizations and businesses in Jones County. The chairman of the Jones County commissioners and the mayor of Gray have a seat on the Chamber’s board. • INSURANCE: The Chamber membership can offer a 7.5 percent savings on a business’s workers’ compensation insurance premium through the Drugs Don’t Work program.

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Jones County/Gray

Chamber of Commerce Jones County offers an environment where both the business sector and the local community are allowed to grow and prosper side by side.

CONTACT INFORMATION 161 W. Clinton St. • P.O. Box 686 • Gray, GA 31032 • Phone: (478) 986-1123 • Fax: (478) 986-1022 Email: haley@jonescounty.org • Website: www.jonescounty.org HALEY WATSON – Executive Director • MIRANDA GODFREY – Administrative Assistant

Will Horkan

Kim Broun

Tracy McSwain

Casey Gallagher

Debbie Lurie-Smith

Tuquester Carlise

Mary Murray

Joy Carr

Eulanda Wilder

Ashley Roberson

Shana Johnson

Viki Bilderback

Bill Mathews

Chuck Gibson

Ed Barbee

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Haley Watson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TREASURER

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

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Miranda Godfrey ADMIN. ASSISTANT

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Welcome to Jones County Truly the Heart of Central Georgia!

Joyful Jones Under the partnership of the Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Main Street Gray, Jones County Board of Education, the City of Gray and Jones County Government, the county is going through a revitalization process. This process will result in a new College and Career Academy, new event space, new foot traffic and business to the downtown area, and businesses in the county’s industrial park.

Welcome to Jones County, part of Georgia’s Historical Heartland. Home to luscious farmland, a phenomenal schoolsystem,beautifulantebellumhomes,friendlyfaces, adeephistoryandaradiatingsenseofpride,JonesCounty is located approximately an hour and a half from Atlanta, twohoursfromSavannah,and20minutesfromMaconand Milledgeville. Day trips are easy and fun but you will find that coming home to Jones County is even better. JONES COUNTY LAND AREA:

395 SQUARE MILES COUNTY SEAT:

GRAY

Jones County has several businesses, ranging from boutiques, gyms, hair salons, medical facilities, restaurants and other retail stores, that are already taking advantage of Jones County’s growing population and economic development. The entire community is excited to take part in the revitalization of our downtown area and enticing businesses to inhabit our industrial park. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Jones County.

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Jones County

Leadership Jones WHAT IS LEADERSHIP JONES? Leadership Jones is a leadership development program designed to inform a corps of committed and qualified individuals about the community — its past, present, and future, as well as its problems, challenges, and directions. Program participants are considered capable of fulfilling leadership positions in the Jones area, the region, and the state. The Leadership Jones program seeks to: identify highly motivated leaders and potential leaders to participate, examine and challenge participants to respond to the needs of the community and the dynamics of social and economic change, develop an esprit de corps among the participants, which will provide a common ground for working together on community needs, and create a dialogue and sense of teamwork between the participants and community leaders.

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class members have an opportunity to meet community leaders in each of the areas, hear from the experts on various topics, and take trips throughout the county for a firsthand look at the organizations that relate to each topic. The program begins in May with an orientation and ends in November with a graduation celebration.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Leadership Jones is appropriate for any of the following:

• A business person wanting to develop leadership skills for use in the workplace or the community

• A volunteer or board member of a community organization looking to lend greater support to the organization’s development

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM FORMAT?

• A community member wanting to be involved and make a difference in Jones County

Leadership Jones begins with a mandatory meet and greet. After the meet and greet, full day follow-up sessions are held once a month. Seven full-day sessions are held each subsequent month to focus on community sectors such as Area Economy, Education, State Government, Media, Arts & Culture, Civil & Criminal Justice, and Quality of Life. During the sessions,

Tuition for Leadership Jones is $300. The expense includes all costs associated with the meet and greet, follow-up sessions, meals, transportation, and graduation. For more information, please call the Chamber at (478) 986-1123 or visit our website at www.jonescounty.org.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

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Member Application

Member Application Form Member Application Form The Mission of the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce is to develop and support a vibrant business community while

enhancing our quality of life. The Mission of the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce is to develop and support a vibrant business community while enhancing our quality of life. To ensure that your listing is correct in in the Membership Directory, Chamber Website and all Social Media, please complete the information requested below: To ensure that your listing is correct in in the Membership Directory, Chamber Website and all Social Media, please complete the information requested below:

Business Name: ___________________________________ Phone: ______________________ Business Name: ___________________________________ Phone: ______________________ Fax: _____________________ Email: ____________________ Website_____________________

Fax: _____________________ Email: ____________________ Website_____________________ Physical Address: __________________________________________________________________ Physical Address: __________________________________________________________________ (City) (State) (Zip) (City) (State) (Zip) Mailing Address: __________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: __________________________________________________________________ (If different from Physical) (City) (State) (Zip) (If different from Physical) (City) (State) (Zip) Contact Person: _______________________________________________ Title: ________________ Contact Person: _______________________________________________ Title: ________________ Total Number of Full Time Personal: ______ Total Number of Part Time Personal: _______ Total Number of Full Time Personal: ______ Total Number of Part Time Personal: _______ Services Provided: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Services Provided: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Referred by: ______________________ Referred by: ______________________ General Business* 1-5 Employees: $190 General Business* 6-11 1-5 12-15 6-11 16-20 12-15 21-25 16-20 26-30 21-25 31-35 26-30 36-40 31-35 41-45 36-40 46-50 41-45 51+ 46-50

Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees: Employees:

$210 $190 $230 $210 $250 $230 $270 $250 $290 $270 $310 $290 $330 $310 $350 $330 $370 $350 $500 $370

Financial Institutions: $500 Universities/Colleges: Financial Institutions: $500 $500 Public/Private Schools:$500 $150 Universities/Colleges: Government: $500 Public/Private Schools: $150 Individuals/Elected Government: $500 Officials: $125 PLUS $25 for Spouse Individuals/Elected Officials: Student (must 21): $125 PLUS $25be forunder Spouse $50 Student (must be under 21): Civic/Non-Profit Organizations: $50 $150 Civic/Non-Profit Organizations: $150

*251+ Part-Time Employees Employees: $500Count as one Employee *2 Part-Time Employees Count as one Employee 100% of your Chamber of Commerce membership may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. However, Chamber membership investments are not a charitable for federal income tax purposes. The Chamber is not a charity, but serves as an advocate 100% of yourfor Chamber of Commerce membership may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. However, Chamber organization area businesses. membership investments are not a charitable for federal income tax purposes. The Chamber is not a charity, but serves as an advocate organization for area businesses.

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MEMBERSHIPDIRECTORY For information on joining the Chamber, call (478) 986-1123 or email Haley Watson, Haley@jonescounty.org

ADVERTISING & PUBLISHING Cumulus Media Inc 3280 Peachtree Rd NW. Atlanta, GA 30305

IHeart Media (478) 781-1063 7080 Industrial Hwy Macon, GA 31216

The Jones County News (478) 986-3929 102 Stewart Avenue Gray, GA 31032

AGGREGATES (ROCK QUARRY) Vulcan/Aggregates USA (478) 746-0244 1263 Lite-N-Tie Road Macon, GA 31211

Martin Marietta Aggregates (478) 986-3105 137 Pitts Chapel Road Macon, GA 31217

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APARTMENTS Dulles Park Apartments Gray (478) 986-1020 220 Old Clinton Road Gray, GA 31032

ATTORNEYS Bert King, Attorney (478) 986-6000 116 S. Jefferson Street Gray, GA 31032

Brodie Law Group (478) 936-9842 103 Atlanta Road Gray, GA 31032

Childs and Childs Attorneys At Law (478) 745-4712 165 First Street Macon, GA 31202

James-Bates-BrannanGroover-LLP (478) 742-4280 231 Riverside Drive Macon, GA 31201

Newberry and Newberry, LLP (478) 986-5141 101 Gordon Street Gray, GA 31032

The Sessions Law Firm (478) 254-2665 544 Mulberry St. Ste. 319 Macon. GA 31201

AUCTION L.W. Benton Co. Inc. (478) 744-0027 107 Oak Valley Drive Macon, GA 31217

AUTO SERVICE Hutchinson Automall (478) 757-2177 3989 Riverplace Drive Macon. GA 31210

Jackson Brothers Auto Parts and Service (478) 986-3183 240 Highway 22 East Gray, GA 31032

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O’Reilly Auto Parts (478) 936-0128 254 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Peacock’s Auto Salvage Inc. (478) 743-2484 919 Highway 49 Macon, GA 31211

Raffield Tire Master (478) 254-8517 600 Guy Paine Rd Macon, GA 31206

West Clinton Tire (478) 986-6556 4145 Gray Highway Gray, GA 31032

BANKS Exchange Bank of Jones County (478) 986-1800 4306 Gray Highway Gray, GA 31032

Magnolia State Bank - Gray (478) 986-2000 271 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Morris Bank (478) 986-2400 110 Bill Conn Parkway Gray, GA 31032

Robins Financial Credit Union (478) 923-3773 287 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

State Bank & Trust Company (478) 796-7200 282 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

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CHURCHES First Baptist Church (478) 986-3098 134 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Gray United Methodist Church (478) 986-3668 117 South Jefferson Street Gray, GA 31032

Greenwood Baptist Church (478) 742-1488 3400 Gray Hwy. Gray, GA 31032

St. Paul AME Church (478) 986-5325 127 St. Paul Church Circle Gray, GA 31032

The Body of Christ Church (478) 986-3447 4025 Gray Highway Gray, GA 31032

COMPUTER SALES AND SERVICES Gray Computers (478) 986-1213 250 W. Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

CONVENIENCE STORES/ GAS Old Clinton Gas and Groceries (478) 986-4622 4243 Gray Highway Gray, GA 31032

COUNTRY CLUBS

DENTISTRY Gray Dental Associates (478) 986-6821 242 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Kenneth E. Kay DMD, LLC (478) 986-1830 250 W. Clinton Street #5 Gray, GA 31032

Sanchez & Craig Orthodontics (478) 986-1556 197 W. Clinton St. Gray, GA 31032

DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Development Authority of Jones County (478) 986-1123 P. O. Box 686 Gray, GA 1032

EDUCATION Central Georgia Technical College (478) 757-3400 3300 Macon Tech Drive Macon, GA 31206

Central Georgia Technical College Adult Education Center (478) 221-3119 304 Old Clinton Road Gray, GA 31032

Central Georgia Technical College Jones County Center (478) 986-4370 161 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Canongate at Healy Point (478) 746-2411 293 River North Boulevard Macon, GA 31211 13


Jones County Board Of Education (478) 986-6580 125 Stewart Avenue Gray, GA 31032

Jones County High School (478) 986-5444 339 Railroad Street Gray, GA 31032

ENTERTAINMENT Gray-8-Skate LLC (478) 986-2111 4151 Gray Hwy Gray, GA 31032

The Family Business (478) 318-0236 154 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

FUNERAL DIRECTORS Collins Funeral Home (478) 986-6290 138 Dolly Street Gray, GA 31032

Harts Mortuary (478) 986-4278 307 Pecan Lane Gray, GA 31032

GOVERNMENT City of Gray (478) 986-5433 109 James Street Gray, GA 31032

Jones County Commission (478) 986-6405 Chairman Gray, GA 31032

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HEALTH & FITNESS Elite Fitness & Nutrition (478) 986-4640 228 W. Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Flex Fitness INC (478) 221-3300 260 W Clinton St Gray, GA 31032

Living Life Nourished (478)-986-0581 1401 Monticello Hwy Gray, GA 31032

Nutrition on the Go (478)-227-2043 228 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Daily Grace Adult Day Health Services, Inc. (478)-745-4700 868 GA Hwy 49 Macon, GA 31211

Ethica Health & Retirement Communities (478) 621-2100 1005 Boulder Drive Gray, GA 31032

Gray Family Health, LLC (478) 986-4743 260 W Clinton St Gray, GA 31032

Gray Health and Rehabilitation (478) 986-3151 156 Dolly Street Gray, GA 31032

Lynn Haven Nursing Home (478) 986-3196 747 Monticello Highway Gray, GA 31032

The Medical Center of Central Ga. Inc. (478) 633-6922 777 Hemlock St. Macon, GA 31211

HOME SERVICE Brooks Home & Lawn Care LLC (478) 808-9232 497 Dye Rd Gray, GA 31032

Greene’s Water Wells Inc. (478) 986-3192 3535 Gray Highway Gray, GA 31032

Peach Services Inc (478) 755-1792 Gray, GA 31032

Roof Truss Company (478) 986-5234 226 East Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Schell Acoustical and Drywall Co. (478) 743-6333 2949 Joycliff Road Macon, GA 31211

SERVPRO of Baldwin, Putnam and Jones Counties (478) 452-8000 110 Chase Court Milledgeville, GA 31061

INSURANCE/ FINANCIAL SERVICES Farnsworth Insurance, Inc. (478) 986-4000 191 W. Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

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Jason Barnes Allstate Insurance and Financial Company (478) 986-2100 300 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Jones County Farm Bureau (478) 986-6434 180 Eatonton Highway Gray, GA 31032

Kayda Insurance Services (478) 745-4074 123 The Masters Cove Macon, GA 31211

Sheets Insurance & Financial Services, Inc / State Farm Insurance (478) 986-4700 4130 Gray Hwy Gray, GA 31032

State Farm InsuranceBrandon Spivey (478) 986-6435 103 B Atlanta Road Gray, GA 31032

Stone Insurance Agency INC (478) 757-9225 3319 Northside Drive Macon, GA 31210

LOGGING Roberts Timber Company Inc. (478) 986-5179 151 Industrial Blvd Gray, GA 31032

MANUFACTURING DeLong’s Gizzard Equipment (478) 743-9134 152 Garrison Road Macon, GA 31211 Membership Directory & Newcomer Guide

MEDICAL SERVICES Middle GA Chest & Medical Center (478) 314-7862 104 Arnold Road Gray, GA 31032

NGMT Ambulance Service (478)-986-6820 4191 Gray Hwy Gray, GA 31032

Gray Health and Rehabilitation (478) 986-3151 156 Dolly Street Gray, GA 31032

Family Counseling Center of Central GA, INC (478) 936-0043 300 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Community Health Care Systems, Inc. (478) 552-7384 4292 Gray Hwy Gray, GA 31032

Your Doctor’s After Hours (844) 810-9324 260 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

MUSIC AND ACOUSTICAL SERVICES Wesley Music (478) 986-4572 107 Atlanta Road Gray, GA 31032

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Boys and Girls Club Jones County Unit (478) 986-0284 P. O. Box 701

Milledgeville, GA 31059

Friends of Jarrell Plantation (478) 986-5172 711 Jarrell Plantation Road Juliette, GA 31046

Gray Jaycees (478) 954-7519 P.O. Box 464 Gray, GA 31032

Jones County Extension 4-H (478) 986-3958 166 Industrial Blvd Gray, GA 31032

Jones County Family Connection (478) 319-8209 P. O. Box 733 Gray, GA 31032

Jones County History & Heritage (478) 390-3478 129 Gladys PL Gray, GA 31032

Jones County Public Library Board of Trustees (478)-986-6626 146 Railroad St. Gray, GA 31032

Keep Jones Beautiful Commission (478) 986-5861 161 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Book Mobile of Jones County (478) 607-9393 161 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Kiwanis Club of Jones County (478) 986-4395

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Les Dames Magnifiques (478) 234-4443 P.O. Box 66 Gray, GA 31032

Lions Club of Jones County (478) 447-2397 P. O. Box 876 Gray, GA 31032

Main Street of Gray, Inc (478) 954-0247 109 James Street Gray, GA 31032

Middle Georgia Consortium (478) 953-4771 124 Osigian Blvd. Suite A Warner Robins, GA 31095

Old Clinton Historical Society Inc. (478) 986-6383 154 Randolph Street Gray, GA 31032

River North Communities Association (478) 743-1406 103 River North Boulevard Macon, GA 31211

Rotary Club of Jones County P. O. Box 1269 Gray, GA 31032

Sonrise Ministry (478) 305-7702 3378 Gray Highway Gray, GA 31032

Veterans Day Committee (478) 986-3986 Gray, GA 31032

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Litho Press, Inc. (478) 746-5932 2947 Joycliff Road Macon, GA 31211

REAL ESTATE Conn Realty and Appraisal Service (478) 746-1421 3386 Gray Highway Gray, GA 31032

Fickling & Company (478) 757-9600 2960 Riverside Dr. Macon, GA 31204

Yarbrough & Company (478) 745-2240 852 High Street Macon, GA 31201

(478) 986-9800 115 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Mama’s Que, Stew and Country Cafe (478) 986-7839 241 Highway 22 east Gray, GA 31032

McDonald’s of Gray (478) 986-3636 286 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Old Clinton Bar-B-Que House Inc. (478) 986-3225 4214 Gray Highway Gray, GA 31032

Zaxby’s (478) 986-4822 198 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

RETAIL AND GIFTS Ace Hardware of Gray Inc. (478) 986-9200

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Brands (478) 952-1780 147 Ga Highway 18 E Gray, GA 31032

Miss Dottie’s LLC (478) 986-4270 155 Bill Conn Pkwy Gray, GA 31032

S.S.L. Beauty Supply and More (478) 221-2219 250 West Clinton Gray, GA 31032

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TRUCKING Grant Industrial Transportation (478) 361-7270 117 Hickory Ridge Drive Macon, GA 31211

Hazel Trucking Company Inc. (478) 986-3711 1355 Highway 49 North Macon, GA 31209

UTILITIES Georgia Power Company (888) 660-5890 1840 North Columbia Milledgeville, GA 31061

Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation (478) 986-8100 310 West Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Windstream (478) 452-6161 116 Dolly Street Gray, GA 31032

VENUE/EVENTS Gray Gables (478) 491-4003 115 East Clinton Street Gray, GA 31032

Heartland Farms (478) 221-4512 810 Round Oak Juliette Rd Round oak, GA 31038

VETERINARY SERVICES Gadd’s Animal Doctors of Gray (478) 986-3784 300 Bill Conn Parkway Gray, GA 31032

Piedmont Animal Hospital (478) 986-9301 4298 Gray Highway Gray, GA 31032

Appling Brothers Company (478) 745-9095 2763 Old Gray Hwy Macon, GA 31211

Womack Paving Inc. (478) 986-3374 128 Liberty Ridge Gray, GA 31032

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Jones County/Gray

Economic Development

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HE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF JONES COUNTY is currently working to get Griswoldville Industrial Park GRAD certified. The achievement would place Jones County among Georgia’s top 60 sites for industrial development. The work has been funded in partnership with the Jones County Board of Commissioners and the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority. A project to bring sewer to the industrial park is scheduled for completion in 2018. Other assets of Griswoldville Industrial Park include: Available Acres: 972 Zoning: Industrial Electricity Provider: Tri-County EMC Natural Gas Provider: Atlanta Gas Light, El Paso Gas Water: 2.3 million gal. capacity in storage, 2,100 gal. per min. Sanitary Sewer: 10,000 gal. per day available within nine months, with expansion available Learn more about the Development Authority at www.developmentauthorityofjonescounty.org. 18

ABOUT GRAD The Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Program offers 60+ industrial sites that are ready for fast-track construction projects through advance due diligence.

To qualify for GRAD status, available sites must meet the program’s due diligence standards, be reviewed by a third party and earn the final approval of a steering committee comprised of public and private sector economic development professionals. Categories of due diligence include: • Phase I environmental assessment • Preliminary geotechnical investigation • Cultural and endangered species investigation • Zoning designation • Utility service assessment • Wetlands and stream delineation

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Jones County

Development Authority BOARD OF DIRECTORS Josh Lurie

T.J. Heath

Dottie Walker

Alan Childs

Francis Adams

Chap Nelson

Greg Mullis

Bill Mathews

CHAIRMAN

VICE CHAIRMAN

TREASURER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Contact the Jones County 478.986.1123 • fax 478.986.1022 • 161 W. Clinton St., Gray 31032 • Development Authority developmentauthorityofjonescounty.org

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Gray Downtown Development Authority 2017 WAS A GREAT YEAR! 2017 PROVED TO BE A YEAR OF major prog ress for t he Dow ntow n Development Authority of Gray (the “DDA”). Years of preparation enabled the DDA to move forward on administrative issues, such as completion of design guidelines and assessment of certain downtown buildings. Following the assessment, DDA was fortunate to be provided the opportunity to acquire several downtown properties. The progress on downtown development began in late 2016 with the approval of design guidelines. The design guidelines were drafted to provide assurance that changes made to existing buildings and the design of new structures meet specific standards to ensure that the “hometown” look and feel of downtown is maintained. Shortly after approval of the guidelines, the DDA was offered the opportunity to acquire the building housing the former Kitchens Barber Shop, Pitts Sporting Goods and Gray Electronics. Following the acquisition, the DDA installed a new sign and awning for Gray Electronics and provided a fresh coat of paint. A new door will soon be installed in the back entrance and tenant “Mr. Joe” is doing some additional changes inside to create a lobby and work area. The former Kitchens Barber Shop has a new tenant, local attorney Nancy Atkinson. Repurposing the building from a barber shop to a law office was quite a feat with the installation of new heat, air conditioning and flooring. New doors and windows were also installed and the DDA managed to keep the “vintage” feel of the building while making it comfortable and functional for a current day business enterprise in downtown Gray. A new sign and awning to complement the Gray Electronics improvements completed the makeover project. The former location of Pitts Sporting Goods received a window cleanup, new paint and a new awning to tie in nicely with its neighbors. Many local citizens donated time, material and money to help with all 22

the remodeling work of the DDA acquisition project approved by Gray City Council and funded by the City of Gray. The DDA also led the purchase of the former Butler’s Garage building and surrounding parking area on Ross Street. Cleanup and renovation of the garage began in November with Main Street Gray and Leadership Jones serving as excellent partners in this project. The building cleanup included the windows and entire inside area of the building and the removal of unusable equipment. The installation of a new electrical system and new lighting highlight tasks completed to date. City of Gray employees participated in the repurposing efforts of the Butler’s Garage project by leading the cleanup of the entire outside area, including clearing out all brush and vines along the property line between the garage and the front entrance to the courthouse. Following the cleanup, anyone taking a walk to the Veteran’s Monument located at the courthouse has a clear view of Butler’s Garage. The big trees along the property line are beautiful and the building looks incredible after painting, windowpane replacement and repairs were finished. Most exciting for the DDA and the community, the Butler’s Garage building was used for Main Street’s first Christmas on Main this past December. Vendors were located inside and outside the building and attractions included bouncy slides and houses in the back parking lot, food trucks and holiday music. Lighting the Christmas tree at the train depot highlighted a great event for downtown Gray. The final 2017 DDA project was the acquisition of the former Haskins Furniture building on the corner of West Clinton and South Jefferson streets. Mr. Haskins decided to downsize his business to include only appliance repair and was looking to dispose of his building. The DDA assisted Mr. Haskins in the transition to a smaller location so that he could continue his business serving the

citizens of Gray. In connection with the move by Haskins Furniture, the DDA was able to raze the corner building, creating a large green space and providing a beautiful view of the Veteran’s Monument, the Jones County Courthouse and Butler’s Garage. The DDA has great hope that 2018 will see a continuation of the progress made in 2017. The Downtown Development Authority of Gray plans to continue its efforts to identify projects to facilitate the growth and development of downtown Gray and promote the City of Gray on behalf of its citizens. A hearty thank you to everyone involved in helping the Downtown Development Authority complete projects and continue progress in the downtown area.

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GRAY DDA

MASTER PLAN Gray Downtown Development Authority BOARD MEMBERS

Sherri Rollins

Cecil Ethridge

CHAIRMAN

VICE CHAIRMAN

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Vickie Ethridge

Rick Childs

David Tufts

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Les Dames Magnifiques!

Les Dames Magnifiques (“The Magnificent Ladies”) is a business and professional women’s club. Organized in 1961, the club provides civic services and community activities in Jones County — such as providing aid and support for needy families and victims of disasters, presenting a scholarship to a graduating high school senior, contributing to Jones County Relay For Life, supporting the American Heart Association, contributing to the historically black colleges and universities, supporting the Boys & Girls Club, contributing to Central Georgia Technical College’s General Education Diploma Program in Jones County, and much more. The club’s membership is limited to 25 members. If you would like more information or would like to get involved, please call Evelyn Hill at (478) 221-4445.

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Main Street Gray Inc. What is Main Street? BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ashley Roberson Chairman

Casey Gallagher Treasurer Shana Johnson Jason Briley David Tufts

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E O R G I A’ S C L A S S I C MAIN Street program is a community-based development initiative that encourages public and private partnerships to create successful central business districts utilizing the nationally recognized 4-pointTM approach for downtown revitalization.

Working in the program areas of organization, design, promotion and economic development, Main Street communities utilize local business owners, property owners, citizens, non-profit organizations, and local governments to build a comprehensive approach to sustainable downtown development.

Main Street Gray works to help promote all local businesses with different events like Small Business Saturday and monthly newsletters that are distributed to the local businesses and put online. Main Street also works to help provide family friendly activities like the Daylily Festival, Tunes & Spoons, and Family Movie Nights to encourage community relations. For more information about Main Street Gray — and its role in community development — please visit them online at w w w.MainStreetGray.com or call the Main Street Gray office at (478) 954-0247.

Quality commercial real estate development & management Serving Jones County since 1969 Sherri Bridges Rollins President P.O. Box 697 Gray, GA 31032 OFFICE

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Jones County Schools Charles Gibson SUPERINTENDENT

Jones County has an excellent school system offering a multiplicity of opportunities to its students. This firstclass public school system has a proud tradition of academic excellence, and the community offers strong support toward that pursuit to excellence. Only resident students are eligible to attend Jones County Schools. All students must attend in their proper school district.

ADMINISTRATION A five-member elected Board of Education establishes policy for the school system, with the appointed superintendent serving as chief executive officer who provides initiative and leadership. Contact the Board of Education at: 125 Stewart Ave. • Gray, GA 31032 • (478) 986-6580

WEBSITE: www.jones.k12.ga.us.

SCHOOLS At present, the system consists of seven schools, with an enrollment of over 5,600 within its pre-K to 12 system.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN (PRE-K)

GRAY ELEMENTARY • GRADES K-5 365 Highway 18 East • Gray, GA 31032 Phone: (478) 986-6295 Principal: Leslie Poythress

TURNER WOODS ELEMENTARY • GRADES K-5 144 Willie L. Fluellen Drive • Gray, GA 31032 Phone: (478) 986-2222 Principal: Lance Rackley

WELLS ELEMENTARY • GRADES K-5 110 Mattie Wells Drive • Macon, GA 31217 Phone: (478) 746-7335 Principal: Teresa McCuen

CLIFTON RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL • GRADES 6-8 169 Dusty Lane • Macon, GA 31211 Phone: (478) 743-5182 Principal: Chip Lundy

GRAY STATION MIDDLE SCHOOL • GRADES 6-8 324 Highway 18 East • Gray, GA 31032 Phone: (478) 986-2090 Principal: Wes Cavender

JONES COUNTY NINTH GRADE CAMPUS

273 Railroad St. • Gray, GA 31032 Phone: (478) 986-3032 Principal: Keisha Pitts

110 Maggie Califf St. • P.O. Box 1419 • Gray, GA 31032 Phone: (478) 986-3046 Assistant Principal: Dr. Jeremy A. Dockery

DAMES FERRY ELEMENTARY • GRADES K-5

JONES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL • GRADES 10-12

545 GA Highway 18 West • Gray, GA 31032 Phone: (478) 986-2023 Principal: Leigh Ann Knowles

339 Railroad St. • P.O. Box 609 • Gray, GA 31032 Phone: (478) 986-5444 Principal: Mary Frances Stewart

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Jones County/Gray

Board of Education Back row, left to right

Mark Andrews District 4

mandrews@jones.k12.ga.us

Alfred Pitts District 2

apitts@jones.k12.ga.us

Ken Hamilton District 1

khamilton@jones.k12.ga.us Front row, left to right

Ginger Bailey Chair

gbailey@jones.k12.ga.us

Dr. Nancy Nash District 3

nnash@jones.k12.ga.us

Jones County Schools Purpose Statement: Success for All

through academic Achievement, responsible Behavior, and ethical Character.

Accreditation: AdvancED (SACS/CASI) District Accreditation Schools:

Pre-K Gray Elementary Dames Ferry Elementary Turner Woods Elementary

Mattie Wells Elementary Clifton Ridge Middle School Gray Station Middle School Jones County High School

Jones County Schools • 125 Stewart Avenue Gray, GA 31032

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ONSTRUCTION ON THE JONES COUNTY College and Career Academy began in early 2018, which will bring ninth-graders back to the main Jones County High School campus while expanding offerings of the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education program. The renovation will include new construction as well as renovation to existing structures. The new construction will be a CTAE building and a music/ ROTC building. The new buildings will sit in front of the gymnasium. Renovations will include four new science labs on the math hall. The science labs meet new Department of Education requirements. The current vocational building will be used to create more regular classrooms. Career Pathways will be expanded, thanks to a partnership with Central Georgia Technical College. For more information, visit http://jchs.jones.schooldesk.net.

Band/Choral/JROTC Addition

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE College & Career Academy Beginning April 2018 Athletic Facility Addition Beginning January 2018

Jones County Athletic Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony

Band/Choral/JROTC Addition Beginning March 2018 Renovated Front Entrance Beginning Summer 2018 Renovated Front Entrance/Meeting Room Addition

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Gray

Gray City Council ED BARBEE

Mayor Ed Barbee is the newly elected mayor for the City of Gray. Although 2018 begins his first term as mayor, he is not new to City of Gray government. Mayor Barbee served the past four years as mayor pro tem for the City of Gray. He grew up in Macon, graduated from Lanier Senior High School and attended East Carolina College. He served as a United States Marine and is a Vietnam veteran. Ed is retired from public safety. He spent 20 years as an EMT/ paramedic for the Medical Center and over 10 years as a deputy sheriff for the Jones County Sheriff’s Office. Ed and his wife Ruth have been married for 46 years and have lived in Gray for 35. They have three children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Mayor Barbee is serving as the second vice president of Region Six, Georgia Municipal Association. He is the past commandant of Middle Georgia Detachment 970 Marine Corps League, past board chairman of Main Street Gray, and past president of Lions Club of Jones County. Ed is also an active member of Gray/Jones County Chamber of Commerce, Veterans Committee of Jones County, Advisory Board for Jones County Extension Service, Jones County Library Board, Jones County Board of Health, Middle Georgia Regional Commission, and Governance Board for Jones County College and Career Academy. Mayor Barbee’s goals for the City of Gray over the next four years: “To continue the goals and programs that were started when I was mayor pro tem and to seek continued cooperation between the city, county and Board of Education.”

KEMA CLARK

Mayor Pro Tem Kema Greene Clark is the newly elected mayor pro tem for the City of Gray. January 2018 began Mayor Pro Tem Clark’s first term on City Council. She grew up on Greene Settlement Road in Gray, graduated from Jones County High School, and attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega. Kema worked for Ford Motor Company for over 26 years. After retiring, she opened her bookstore, Kema’s Hobby,

in downtown Gray. After 10 years, she closed the bookstore and now works with the schools to improve literacy in Jones County by offering Free Book Friday to kids, which is held every Friday at the W.E. Knox Civic Center. Mayor Pro Tem Clark’s family includes two sons, one daughter-in-law and two grandsons. She enjoys reading, visiting her family in Oregon, hiking, riding horses, taking pictures at local events, and writing articles for The Jones County News. She has been involved with many local organizations such as Main Street Gray, Daylily Festival, Downtown Development Authority, Jones County Library Board, Jones County Family Connection Team, Department of Community Affairs Housing Initiative, and Jones County Bookmobile. Mayor Pro Tem Clark’s goals for the City of Gray over the next four years: “I’m looking forward to helping develop training programs and increasing job opportunities for recent high school graduates and all residents. I want to launch new procedures for all social media related to city business, to ensure our residents have direct ways to communicate concerns with all City Council members. I will work with all city employees to identify ways to streamline processes. I plan to help residents clean up all overgrown or neglected properties in the city, plus continue to work with the DDA and Main Street Gray to renovate our downtown. I will support and help the mayor and City Council members in their goals, plus hope to develop a stronger partnership with all county commissioners and county employees to help with any improvements that benefit our citizens.”

seven children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Councilman Tufts enjoys playing golf in his spare time and is a member of Gray’s Downtown Development Authority and is also a 33rd Degree Mason with Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia. Councilman Tufts’ goals for the City of Gray over the next four years: “I would love to see the Downtown Development projects continue, as well as continue working to improve our water and wastewater systems, and to continue the City’s relationship with the county and the Board of Education. I would also love to see affordable housing for young working people in Gray. I will be working to help the CGBG projects in Gray.”

DAVID TUFTS

TERRELL FULFORD

Councilman District 1 David Tufts is the councilman for District 1 in the City of Gray. Councilman Tufts has served on City Council for 29 years. He grew up in Gray, where attended Maggie Califf High School, and later Fort Valley State University. David is retired from the Georgia Department of Labor, where he worked as a unit supervisor for 32 years. He is licensed funeral director and co-owner of Samuel’s Memorial Funeral Home. He and his wife Norma have been married for three years. Together they have

BENNY GRAY

Councilman District 2 Benny Gray Jr. is the councilman for District 2 in the City of Gray. Councilman Gray has served on City Council since 1990. Benny grew up in Gray, where he graduated from Maggie Califf High School. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta. He is retired from Collins Funeral Home. He enjoys sports and spent many years officiating; he also enjoys dancing. Benny has two kids and nine grandchildren. Councilman Gray has been involved in NAACP and Jones County Concerned Citizens. Councilman Gray’s goals for the City of Gray over the next four years: “To continue working to grow the City’s water supply and increase capacity for the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.” Councilman District 3 Terrell Fulford is the councilman for District 3 in the City of Gray. Councilman Fulford has served on City Council since July of 2000. Terrell was born in Macon but has lived in Gray since 1963. He graduated from Jones County High School in 1967. His work history includes working with his father after high school at Fulford and Sons Construction; later he started Fulford and Willis Construction. He also worked at Georgia Power Plant Sherer, and in 1987 he bought Roof Truss, which is where he

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works today. He and his wife Shirley have been married for 22 years. Together they have six children and 11 grandchildren. Terrell enjoys going to University of Georgia football games. He is a member of the Jones County Lions Club and American Heart Association. Councilman Fulford’s goals for the City of Gray over the next four years: “To find a new water supply for the City, increase capacity for the Waste Water Treatment Plant, as well as get streets in the City repaved.”

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Councilman District 4 Terry Favors is the councilman for District 4 in the City of Gray. January 2018 begins Councilman Favors’ third term on City Council. Terry grew up in Macon, where he graduated from Southwest High School. Currently, he is a tax preparer for a company in Macon. He and his wife Jean have been married for 15 years. Terry has four children and five grandchildren. He enjoys beekeeping and gardening in his spare time and has been involved with Swim Macon and ARC. Councilman Favors’ goals for the City of Gray over the next four years: “Cleanliness, efficiency, and accountability.”

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Jones County

Commissioners News Jones County welcomed two new Board members in 2017. Chris Weidner became chairman of the Board and Sam Kitchens became vice chairman and District 1 commissioner.

The Jones County Board of Commissioners received a second term designation as a Plan First Community effective Jan. 1, 2018, which allows for savings on loans, yearly applications for Community Block Grants and extra points when applying for grants. The new Animal Control Facility is under construction and should be up and running in 2018.

The Highway 18 Recreation Park expansion opened for sports activity in August 2017. There is an official grand opening planned in 2018 prior to the official start of baseball. In addition, we have raised awareness and funds for a future inclusive playground at the Highway 18 Central Complex. The Jones County Board of Commissioners and the City of Gray entered into an intergovernmental agreement whereby the City offered $15,000 in support of the inclusive playground. We hired a new Water superintendent, Jeffrey Pehlke, and a new Human Resources director, Shannon Wagner.

We recently obtained the Certified Local Government Designation through the Historic Preservation Division of Georgia Natural Resources showing a commitment to preserving the history of Jones County.

success in offering assistance with improvements to homes in the south area of Jones County. We are in the process of completing a water improvement project to improve water capacity as a result of our third loan/grant through GEFA (Georgia Environmental Financial Authority) in recent years.

Jones County began a new GEFA Loan Agreement Project for sewer improvements in the Sun Valley area and for sewer lines to be extended to the industrial park.

We ran waterlines connecting to the Baldwin County Water System to bring additional water to the Haddock area in the event of emergencies. We are in the process of installing a waterline from Gray Highway at Joycliff Road to Gray Highway at Greenwood Drive. In 2017, the Jones County Board of Commissioners reduced the Capital Improvement Element Impact Fees to 0 percent to promote growth in the community. The Otis Redding Bridge and Veterans Memorial Parkway were officially named in 2017.

The Jones County Board of Commissioners are in the process of adopting a purchasing ordinance that will be in effect by year-end. ~ Margie Tyson

Jones County provided support for the Secretary of State Student Ambassador Program. The program is designed to encourage students in leadership and citizen involvement. In addition, Jones County applied for and was awarded a $2,000 grant for the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students. This program was developed by ACCG (Association County Commissioners of Georgia) and county officials to address the need for increased civic involvement and awareness among Georgia’s youth.

The Community Housing Improvement Grant is an ongoing Otis Redding Bridge

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Board of Commissioners Sam Kitchens

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Tommy Robinson DISTRICT 3

Daylon Martin DISTRICT 4

From left, District 1 Commissioner Sam Kitchens, District 2 Commissioner Jonathan Pitts, Chairman Chris Weidner, District 3 Commissioner Tommy Robinson, and District 4 Commissioner Daylon Martin.

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Local Government

Administration Offices COURTS

JONES COUNTY County offices are headed by County Administrator Jason Rizner and County Clerk Margie Tyson, who manage the day-to-day operations of county government. Their offices are located in the Jones County Government Center, 166 Industrial Blvd. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact info: P.O. Box 1359 • Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-6405 www.jonescountyga.org

SUPERIOR COURT

Jason Rizner County Administrator

The Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.

MAGISTRATE COURT The Magistrate Court of Jones County is located in the Jones County Courthouse. The office handles suits (small claims up to $15,000), dispossessions, garnishments, and criminal warrants.

Tim Pitrowski Zoning Enforcement Officer

Contact info: P.O. Box 1359 • Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-5117

CITY OF GRAY Management of Gray’s Water Department and Public Works is handled by the city superintendent. The city superintendent’s office is located at 109 James St. in downtown Gray. Contact info: Michael Lloyd, Superintendent • (478) 986-2020 Cindy Yancey, City Clerk • (478) 986-5433 P.O. Box 443 • Gray, GA 31032 www.grayga.us

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Bart Jackson

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Contact info: P.O. Box 39 • Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-6671 or (478) 986-6674

PLANNING & ZONING The Planning and Zoning off ice regulates land use and construction in Jones County and Gray by issuing appropriate permits for a ll new structures. Permits are required before construction begins, or before a business is opened. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tim Pitrowski is the zoning officer.

The office of the Jones County Superior Court maintains civil litigation records, criminal records, deed records, plats, notary public records, trade name affidavits, corporation records, soldier discharge records, and issues U.S. passports. The office is located in the Jones County Courthouse in downtown Gray. The clerk of the Jones County Superior Court is Bart W. Jackson.

Contact info: P.O. Box 1359 • Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-5113

PROBATE COURT The Probate Court of Jones County is located in the Jones County Courthouse. The probate judge is J. Mike Greene. Off ice hours are observed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This court handles all probate cases, such as wills and estate matters. The court also handles traffic violations, gun permits, marriage licenses, birth records and death records.

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Contact info: P.O. Box 1359 • Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-6668

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LAW ENFORCEMENT

GRAY MUNICIPAL COURT Gray Municipal Court provides a local forum for the resolution of traffic infractions, parking citations, and city ordinance violations issued within the city limits of Gray. Municipal Court Judge Lewis Patterson, appointed by the Gray City Council, oversees the operations and proceedings of the court. The majority of cases heard are traffic violations. This court does not handle civil or small claims cases.

JONES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Chandra Lowe Court Clerk

Contact info: Located at Gray Police Department 151 James St., Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-5431

Jones County Sheriff’s Department

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement services to all citizens of Jones County. The law enforcement complex, located at 123 Holmes Hawkins Drive, houses the 911 center which serves all of Jones County and the City of Gray. The Butch Reece Sheriff’s Department offers an array of Sheriff services, including background checks for employment and fingerprinting. The department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact info: P.O. Box 874 • Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-3489 Emergencies: 911

RECORDS Jones County is fortunate to have records dating back to the early 1800s for marriage and wills and birth records from 1924. Visitors are welcome to search county records, or requests for information may be directed to office personnel; however, there is a very small staff available to assist with research, which can only be done as time allows after regular duties are completed. This process, by necessity, will not allow for a quick turnaround. A search fee and a charge for copies will be imposed. Contact info: Margie Tyson, Clerk of the Board of Commissioners P.O. Box 1359 • Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-8229 • fax: (478) 986-6462 www.jonescountyga.org Gray Police Department

GRAY POLICE DEPARTMENT The Gray Police Department is located on James Street (Highway 18 East) just up the road from city hall. Gray Police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Officers are dispatched from the Sheriff’s Department. Contact Info: P.O. Box 443 • Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-5554 Emergencies: 911

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E BRING TOGETHER MORE than 3,000 local- and state-level partners in all 159 counties in Georgia, working toward measurably better outcomes for our children, families, and communities. Georgia Family Connection is the only statewide network of its kind in the country. This gives us a unique vantage point — not only to see the big picture, but also to operate effectively at a local level. AT THE LOCAL LEVEL We connect our partners to the resources they need, we help coordinate and manage efforts, and we empower our communities to craft local solutions based on local decisions. Bringing everyone together has helped us to better understand and address the most pressing concerns of communities and partners. This disciplined approach to collaboration allows us to extend much-needed locally based support and to make effective use of existing resources and services. We also connect creative solutions to expand, improve, and cultivate new efforts that work to eliminate service gaps. So, at our core, we advocate for system changes that eliminate the barriers and inefficiencies standing in the way of progress and positive outcomes.

A strong social infrastructure, coupled with evaluating our progress, is the best way to enable measurably better outcomes. Collaboration and collective effort yield collective impact. Any issue we’ve addressed, every action we’ve supported, all the success we’ve helped to achieve have been a shared effort. AT THE STATE LEVEL Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) represents and promotes the work of Georgia Family Connection. We support the Georgia Family Connection statewide network by providing expertise in planning and governance, and by administering the state-appropriated funds for the local collaboratives. We also set standards of excellence and help collaboratives evaluate their progress in addressing the challenges in their communities by bringing together:

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We believe that by working together we can nurture children and families who thrive in vibrant communities — everywhere. WHAT WE PROVIDE

The state’s designated KIDS COUNT grantee, GaFCP also provides state agencies and policymakers at all levels with current, reliable data they need to inform decisions about improving outcomes for the children, families, and communities they serve. Our value at GaFCP is in synthesizing and interpreting data into customized information and tools specific to our collaboratives’ and partners’ needs.

Georgia Family Connection has 25 years of experience grappling with thorny and complex issues, making sense of it all, and getting results. By listening, learning, and acting, we’ve gained wisdom along the way — wisdom we happily share through stories, resources, technical assistance and training, research and evaluation, and our statewide network.

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We envision a Georgia where all children are healthy, primed for school, and succeed when they get there; where families are stable, self-sufficient, and productive; and where communities are vibrant, robust, and thriving. OUR PURPOSE Georgia Family Connection connects and convenes key community members committed to improving the well-being of children and families. We connect our partners to the resources they need, coordinate and manage efforts, and empower our communities to craft local solutions based on local decisions. OUR CORE VALUES We believe in the power of connection — convening, collaborating, being inclusive, and bringing the right people with the right resources to the table for a common goal.

We believe all people have the ability to become productive citizens — helping people reach their potential by empowering the children and families of our communities, and the partners and stakeholders who support them. We believe in accountability — making things measurably better by forging relationships in trust, by learning from our successes and our missteps, and by being loyal stewards of our resources.

We believe that lasting change is local — lending support, knowledge, and partnerships to

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• develop standards that can be replicated nationwide. OUR STRATEGY We redef ined ourselves by intentionally questioning everything we believe and do to ensure that we’re innovative while remaining true to our mission the state charged us with 25 years ago.

The Theory-of-Change outcome map we developed, with input from our local, state, and national partners, is a strategy that clearly connects our work at the state level to our desired outcomes of improved conditions for Georgia’s children and families.

We follow this road map as we continue to foster collaboration at the local and state levels to ultimately bring into focus our vision for all Georgia’s kids to be healthy, primed for school, and to do well when they get there; for families to be stable, self-sufficient, and productive; and for every vibrant, robust community in the state to thrive — something we’ve always intuitively known and now are proving.

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Macon-Area Residents Can Benefit from HELOCs and Land Loans

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F YOUR HOUSE IS WORTH MORE THAN THE remaining balance on your mortgage, you’ve got equity. If you’re lucky — or smart — enough to be in that situation, you can turn that equity into spending capital through home equity lines of credit (HELOCs). In the greater Macon area, there has been steady and impressive growth in the housing market, with appraisals increasing throughout 2017. At State Bank and Trust Company (State Bank), we’ve seen many people use this rising equity to their advantage by taking out HELOCs to help with a variety of home improvements, debt consolidation, and more. The beauty of HELOCs can be found in their flexibility, benefits and competitive interest rates, especially when compared to credit cards. Flexibility comes in the many ways home equity lines of credit can be used by borrowers. A HELOC can be used around the house for important transformations like renovating the kitchen, bathrooms and every room in between, for finishing the basement, putting an addition on the house, or replacing that worn-out furnace and air conditioner. But the money also can be spent on important life events, such as weddings, new babies or a vacation, as well as to consolidate other debts, such as multiple car payments and credit card balances. Suddenly, with a HELOC, several payments can be consolidated CASEY GALLAGHER is branch manager and vice president of State Bank & Trust Company in Gray, Georgia. NMLS #XXXXX. The intent of this article is to provide additional information about State BankHELOCsandlandloansandperceivedbenefits according to its author.

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into one convenient monthly bill. The benefits of State Bank HELOCs can be considerable. For starters, the interest paid can be tax-deductible, similar to first mortgages*. Additionally, your payment is based on what you use; you can make multiple draws on your line of credit over time, and can pay down the balances at any time. Rates on HELOCs can also be attractive, particularly when compared to prevailing rates on credit cards and some other consumer loans. State Bank offers competitive rates on both variable and fixed rate HELOCs with several term options to choose from. Given the thriving bedroom communities that surround Macon — including those in Jones and Jasper counties and Gray — HELOCs represent a viable option for many homeowners. But you don’t have to own a home to benefit from State Bank’s services. Owning a piece of vacant land can also be beneficial — and there are lots of land owners in the greater Macon region. A new area of lending for State Bank is land loans, which use the land as collateral and offer borrowers valuable funds to develop the property or put toward other uses. These loans also feature competitive interest rates and loan terms*. As property values in the Macon area continue to grow, so too do the types of products and services offered by State Bank to home — and land — owners. HELOCs and land loans are, in the right situations, good options to explore when financing needs arise.

State Bank is an Equal Housing Lender NMLS #441508 and Member FDIC. *HELOCs, land loans, and other types of financing provided by State Bank are subject tocreditapproval. Additionaltermsandconditionswillapply. Consultyourtaxadvisor for further information about the deductibility of interest. Examples detailed in the article are for informational purposes only. Actual loan terms will vary.

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Understanding Taxes PROPERTY TAXES Property taxes are determined by tax rates and assessment ratios, which vary by location. The only realistic way to compare property taxes for different locations is to use “effective tax rates” (tax rate multiplied by assessment ratio). Effective tax rates combine city, county, school, and state tax rates into one convenient figure — the annual tax for each $1,000 (or one dollar for every $1,000) of property at its assessed value.

This rate applies to all property: land, buildings, machinery, equipment, and inventory. Fair market value for property is determined on the first day of January each year and assessed at 40 percent of its fair market value for tax purposes. The city millage rates are applied for the properties inside city limits to determine the city portion and the county and school tax, which is applicable to all properties located in the county. THE 2017 TAX RATES ARE AS FOLLOWS: Jones County (including school taxes): • Unincorporated (not in city limits) 16.197 mills • Board of Education 18.00 mills • School Bond 1.788 mills • Total County Unincorporated 35.985 mills • Incorporated (in Gray or Macon) 17.649 mills City of Gray: 9.500 mills

River North Special District: 0.502 mill

The taxes due on a fair market value (FMV) of $1,000 in the various locations are shown below. City residents pay city and county taxes. FMV x 40% x %Millage • Jones County unincorporated $1,000 x .4 x .035985 = $14.39 • Jones County incorporated $1,000 x .4 x .037437 = $14.97 • City of Gray $1,000 x .4 x .0095 = $3.80 plus incorporated county rate • River North $1,000 x .4 x .000502 = $0.20 plus regular county rate

County tax returns must be filed between Jan. 1 and April 1 each year. Brian S. Jackson is the Jones County tax commissioner. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, (478) 986-6538. The property tax deadline for payment is Dec. 1 of each year, and tax bills are mailed out by Oct. 1. If there is a change in property status, tax returns are filed in the Jones County Tax Assessor’s office at the Jones County Government Center, Industrial Boulevard off Highway 11. The Tax Assessor’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, (478) 986-6300. The property tax deadline for payment is Dec. 1 of each year, and tax bills are mailed out by Oct. 1.

SALES TAX

The city and county have a 1 percent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) and a 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The Board of Education also has a 1 percent SPLOST. These are in addition to the 4 percent state sales tax, making the total sales tax rate 7 percent.

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TAX OFFICES

TAX ASSESSORS The Jones County Board of Tax Assessors is located at the Jones County Government Center. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

T h is of f ice is c ha rged w it h t he responsibility of: the filing of homestead exemptions, maintaining propert y ownership information, deed and plat references, sales information, sketches Anthony George Chief Appraiser of houses and commercial buildings and square footage of buildings; valuation of real and commercial property, timber, mobile homes, business personal property, boats, and farm equipment for taxes; maintaining aerial photography and maps; processing appeals to the Board of Assessors; conducting specialized assessment programs. Board members: Chairman Donald Turner, Rose Holder, Geraldine Hogan, Mary Watts, and M. John Wood. Contact info: P.O. Box 1359 • Gray, GA 31032 • (478) 986-6300

TAX COMMISSIONER The Jones County tax commissioner is Brian S. Jackson. The tax office is lo c ate d i n t he Jone s C ou nt y Government Center at 166 Industrial Blvd. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Vehicle tags and registrations are handled by the tax commissioner’s office Brian Jackson and motor vehicle ad valorem taxes Tax Commissioner are collected. Applications for auto certificate of title (required on mobile homes, cranes, and all automobiles 1986 and newer, as well as some trailers dependent on weight class) are filed through the tax commissioner’s office.

The office is charged with the responsibility of billing and collection of taxes for real and personal property, timber, mobile homes, and heavy-duty equipment. For local tax information, refer to the Newcomer Information Section. Contact info: P.O. Box 417 • Gray, GA 31032 • (478) 986-6538

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Newcomer Information In Jones County, everything needed to provide a quality environment is either within the county or easily accessible. Jones County is within easy commuting distance of large industrialized areas, shopping and entertainment malls, and institutions of higher learning at Macon and to a lesser degree at Milledgeville. Some of the services provided within the county are outlined below.

NEWSPAPER MEDIA

VOTER REGISTRATION

Making a big contribution to the life of the county is the locally owned weekly newspaper, The Jones County News. Also available on a daily basis is The Macon Telegraph.

To be eligible to vote in state, county, city, and national elections, your name must be on the Voter Registration List in the Elections and Voter Registration Office at the Jones County Government Center.

THE JONES COUNTY NEWS 102 Stewart Ave. • P.O. Box 1538 • Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-3929 • Fax (478) 986-1935 www.jcnews.com THE MACON TELEGRAPH 120 Broadway • P.O. Box 4167 • Macon, GA 31208 (478) 744-4343 or 1-800-679-6397 (subscribe) www.macon.com

MOTOR VEHICLE TAGS Every motor vehicle and trailer in the state must be registered with the State Revenue Department and a license tag must be obtained for that vehicle. The law also requires an owner of a motor vehicle to obtain a certificate of title for the vehicle, except for vehicle age exemptions (1985 or older).

Application must be made for the title before purchasing a tag. Non-residents who move to Georgia permanently must make application for a title and tag within thirty (30) days. Application is made through the Jones County Tax Commissioner’s office. Title taxes are paid at a rate of 7 percent of market value on any vehicle, whether purchased at a dealership or as a private party sale.

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER, YOU MUST BE: 1. Eighteen years of age or older 2. A citizen of the United States and a resident of Jones County 3. Not convicted of a felony or declared mentally incompetent

The Elections and Voter Registration Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may register up until thirty (30) days prior to an election. Telephone 986-3222 for information regarding registration, absentee voting, or how to contact your elected representatives.

Voting for City elections is held in the W.E. Knox Civic Center. County elections are held at various precincts around the county.

PRECINCTS & VOTING LOCATIONS GRAY: Government Center lunchroom, 166 Industrial Blvd., Gray, GA 31032

DAVIDSON: James Fire Department, Station 4, 132 James Road, Gray, GA 31032 POPE: Haddock Fire Department, Station 2, Highway 22 East, Haddock, GA 31033

SANDERS: E. Juliette Fire Department, Station 3, 1822 Round Oak Juliette Road, Juliette, GA 31046 FINNEY: River North Fire Department, Station 6, 3849 Upper River Road, Macon, GA 31211

HAWKINS: Rock Creek Fire Department, Station 8, 304 Rock Creek Road at Gray Highway, Gray, GA ETHRIDGE: W.E. Knox Civic Center, 161 W. Clinton St., Gray, GA 31032

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ROBERTS: Jones County Fire Station 1, 449 GA Highway 49, Macon, GA 31211

BARRON: Tri-County Fire Department, Station 5-A, 1105 Greene Settlement Road, Gray, GA 31032 CLINTON: Former Jones County Senior Center, 304 Old Clinton Road, Gray, GA 31032

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UTILITIES Call each utility for deposit information.

ELECTRICITY GEORGIA POWER COMPANY 102 Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Gray, GA 31032 Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.) 24-Hour Customer Service Center Residential (888) 660-5890; Business (888) 655-5888 Local Payment locations include: Harveys, Ingles, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Dollar General GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: • Jones County inspection required on new services. • Deposit will be requested if applicable. • $30 account establishment charge is on first bill.

TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC MEMBERSHIP CORPORATION 310 W. Clinton St., P.O. Box 487, Gray, GA 31032; (478) 986-8100 or toll free in Georgia 1-866-254-8100; www.tri-countyemc.com Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 24-Hour Customer/Emergency Service — (866) 254-8100

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: Call customer service for details on requirements for new construction and for information on a variety of programs and services for members. $20 connect fee and $5 membership fee. NOTE: These fees must be paid within 14 days of application for service. Minimum deposit for commercial account is $400. The minimum new residence fee for a homeowner is $200, and the minimum renter fee is $75. These are the minimum fees listed; please check with Tri-County EMC for your specific fees.

TELEPHONE/INTERNET WINDSTREAM 215 Dolly St., P.O. Box 1509, Gray, GA 31032 Repair Service — (800) 501-1888 Customer Service Residential — (800) 501-1754 Customer Service Business — (800) 501-1776 Action Line for Unresolved Complaints — (800) 336-4699 Call Before You Dig/Buried Cable Location – (800) 282-7411 GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: Call customer service for details and current information.

WATER CITY OF GRAY WATER DEPARTMENT The business office is located in City Hall; (478) 986-2201 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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GENERAL INFORMATION: Water service for residents living within city limits is provided by the City of Gray. A water deposit is required. JONES COUNTY WATER DEPARTMENT The business office is located on Highway 49. (478) 743-3211 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed from 11:30 - noon for lunch)

GENERAL INFORMATION: A water deposit is required. There is also a charge for a new meter. Please note that county water service is available only in specified areas.

GAS

Natural gas may be purchased from the following sources: EATONTON NATURAL GAS P.O. Box 3820, Eatonton, GA 31024 A deposit is required and there is generally a one-day notice for service. The company is located at 201 N. Jefferson Ave., Eatonton. For information, call (706) 485-3311 for inside the city of Gray service. MONTICELLO NATURAL GAS P.O. Box 269, Monticello, GA 31064 A deposit is required and there is generally a one-day notice for service. The company is located at 123 W. Washington St. in Monticello. Call (706) 468-8834 for outside the city service.

POSTAL SERVICE GRAY: The Gray zip code is 31032. The Gray Post Office is located at 235 W. Clinton St. They are open to the public Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 - 11 a.m. The office may be reached at 1-800-ASK USPS or locally at (478) 986-4085. Other communities served by this zip code include Clinton, James, Bradley and Wayside. HADDOCK: The Haddock zip code is 31033. The Haddock Post Office is located at 1355 GA Highway 22 East in downtown Haddock. They are open to the public Monday - Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This office may be reached at 1-800-ASK USPS or locally at (478) 932-5790. OTHER ZIP CODES: Round Oak, 31038; East Juliette, 31046; Macon addresses in Jones County, 31211; and Griswoldville, 31217. 45


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The Gray/Jones County Recycling Center is located on Industrial Boulevard in Gray. This is a 24-hour drop-off for recyclables only. County dumpsters are provided at locations throughout the county for household garbage. Within the county, there are six convenience centers which accept both trash and recyclables. HADDOCK 119 Bowen Hill Road 932-1072

OVERLAND 153 Overland Way 986-1274

GRAY HIGHWAY 280 Rock Creek Road 745-9172

GARRISON 315 Garrison Road 746-9033

BRADLEY-WAYSIDE 1025 Monticello Hwy. 986-5597

WALNUT CREEK 3378 Upper River Road 741-7252

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JULIETTE 1823 Round Oak Juliette Rd. 986-2041 Closed Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

HILL TOP INN Hill Top Inn Road 986-5810

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HIGHWAY 18E 1587 Highway 18 East 986-2043 Closed Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD 24-hour dropoff. Plastics, cardboard, cans, phonebooks, magazines, newspaper. No garbage accepted.

NO DUMPING OUTSIDE OF GATES. VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED.

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SEWAGE/GARBAGE CITY OF GRAY – Sewer connection service is provided through the City of Gray. There is a fee for connection and an inspection fee. Garbage collection is provided through cooperative arrangement with Advanced Disposal with a collection fee charged. “White Goods Pickup” is provided by the City as a service for disposing of old furniture and appliances. Yard pickup is every third Saturday; call City Hall for the next scheduled pickup. Contact the business office at (478) 986-2201. JONES COUNTY – Advanced Disposal Services, Southland Waste Systems of Georgia, and Clean Rite Sanitation also provide some residential garbage pickup within the more populated areas of the county. Weekly service is provided with the company furnishing a 95-gallon cart for curbside pickup. Billing is done quarterly. You can contact Advanced Disposal at (478) 405-5000; Southland at (478) 746-7230; or Clean Rite at (478) 994-4233. Advanced Disposal and Southland provide commercial waste collection, also.

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Tourist Attractions

FIND THESE ON THE MAPS USING THEIR MARKER Old Clinton Historical District (Gray B3) – oldclinton.org Jarrell Plantation (County B3) – gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation Jones County Courthouse (Gray D2) – jonescountyclerkofcourt.org Griswoldville Battlefield (County E6) – gastateparks.org/item/153653 Sunshine Church (County C2) – 2135 Monticello Hwy. • Hillsboro Otis Redding Memorial Marker (Gray D2) – mainstreetgray.org Lake Jonesco Golf Course (County E3) – 478-986-3206 Healy Point Golf Course (County C5) – 478-743-1495 Oconee National Forest (County E1) – fs.usda.gov/conf Hitchiti Experimental Park (County B3) – 478-751-3485 Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge (County C2) – fws.gov/piedmont Miller Creek Lake (County E2) – 706-485-7110 Hillsboro Lake (County C1) Ocmulgee River (County A2–C6) – ohtmacon.com Javors Lucas Lake (County C5) – maconwater.org

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Parks & Recreation PARKS

CAROL’S PARK

Located adjacent to the Jones County Courthouse in downtown Gray, this park offers picnic tables, benches, and a gazebo.

CLINTON HISTORICAL PARK

Located on Pulaski Street in Historic Clinton, this park provides a picnic area, historical markers, and information about the historic community.

HADDOCK COMMUNITY PARK

Located at 124 Old Milledgeville Road, this park provides a walking trail, playground, and a covered picnic area.

LIBERTY PARK

Located on Upper River Road between River North subdivision and the Bibb County line, this park has a paved walking path, picnic areas, and play equipment for kids.

MILLER LAKE

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PIEDMONT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Outdoor recreation is provided by the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, a 35,000-acre wildlife management area northwest of Gray off Highway 11.

Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge offers visitors the opportunity to see beaver, raccoon, opossum, turkey, deer, over 200 species of birds, and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

GOLF

Take the time to tee off right here in Jones County. We have two beautiful courses to choose from: Lake Jonesco Golf Course and Healy Point Golf Course.

LAKE JONESCO is an 18-hole, daily fee public golf facility owned and operated by Jones County Recreational Department. The facility is located on Gray Highway at 834 GA 22, Gray, GA 31032, is open seven days a week, with summer hours from 7:30 a.m. until dark, and tee times are not required. The course offers annual membership for singles, families and seniors. Golf lessons are available by appointment. Please call (478) 986-3206 if you have any questions.

A visitor center, hiking trails, a wildlife drive, environmental educational programs, fishing, and special programs for hunting are provided by the refuge. Visit the website at http://piedmont.fws.gov or call (478) 986-5441 for additional information.

OLD CLINTON

Old Clinton is one of Jones County’s prized possessions. It is architecturally significant for its collection of early 19th century homes and public buildings now on the National Register of Historic Places. Self-guided tours of Old Clinton are free. Advanced arrangements for tour groups may be made by contacting Earlene Hamilton at (478) 986-6383. General information can be found at the Chamber of Commerce office.

HEALY POINT GOLF is an 18-hole, daily fee private golf facility owned and operated by River North Communities. The facility is located in River North, 293 River North Blvd., Macon, GA 31211, and is open six days a week (closed on Tuesdays for events and maintenance). Golf lessons are available by appointment. For more information on how to become a member, or to tour facilities, please contact the course at (478) 743-1495.

JARRELL PLANTATION Nestled in the red clay hills of Georgia, this cotton plantation was owned by a single family for more than 140 years. It survived Gen. Sherman’s March to the Sea, typhoid fever, the cotton boll weevil, the advent of steam power and a transition from farming to forestry. Jarrell Plantation is located off of Highway 18 West at 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette, GA 31046, and is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Hours of operation are Thursday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; self-guided tours are $6.50 for adults; $6 for seniors; $4 for youth; children 4 and under are free; group rates are available. For more information on large group rates and tours, please call (478) 986-5172. Membership Directory & Newcomer Guide

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Event Spaces GRAY GABLES Built around 190 0, the Morton-Johnson House is the oldest standing house in Gray. The original owner, Addie Kate Morton Johnson, was known to host local high school proms in her charming backyard, as well as hosting DAR meetings, of which she was the founding member in 1922, the Oliver Morton Chapter. Gray Gables is now a locally owned event space available for rentals. Rentals include tables, chairs, dressing rooms, bathrooms, and use of the kitchen. For booking and pricing information, please contact Jennifer Davis at (478) 491-4003.

HEARTLAND FARMS Heartland Farms has a fully stocked 16-acre lake with couples cabin, boathouse, Gazebo of Grace, covered barn reception hall, and handicap accessible bathrooms. Heartland Farms can accommodate up to 200 guests with tables and chairs provided; covered barn area includes a kitchenette with sink and full-size refrigerator. Please view Heartland Farm Weddings & Events on Facebook, visit their website at heartlandfarm.net or call the office at (478) 936-9883 for booking information.

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JONES COUNTY CLUBHOUSE The Jones County Kiwanis Club, during its first year of existence in 1935, purchased 115 acres of land between Gray and Haddock for the purpose of building a community center and recreation area. In 1973, the Pilot Club of Jones County initiated a project to renovate the clubhouse to be revitalized as a community center.

Today, the clubhouse may be used for private parties, receptions, weddings, and other functions. Rules and fees for the use of the building have been set up by the commissioners. Reservations for the clubhouse can be made by calling the Commission office at (478) 986-6405.

W.E. KNOX CIVIC CENTER The W.E Knox Civic Center was dedicated in 1936 and educated students in grades one through 12; it served as a school until 1991. The civic center now holds offices for Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority, Jones County Family Connection, Keep Jones Beautiful, and Central Georgia Technical College; it also is the home of the Jones County Arts program. The civic center can be rented for private events, which includes the use of restrooms and an auditorium that can seat up to 300 attendees, with a stage, lights and sound systems. For rental information, please call Jones County at (478) 986-6405.

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Entertainment & Fairs

DAYLILY FESTIVAL Gray and Jones County are known for the Daylily Festival, which has grown in popularity since its inception in 2004. The next Daylily Festival will be held April 21, 2018. The festival is held in the Pecan Orchard on Cumslo Road and features arts and crafts, games, live entertainment, demonstrations, and plenty of food vendors. The festival is sponsored by Main Street Gray. To kick off the festival, there is a Miss Daylily Beauty Pageant the Saturday before the festival, April 14, 2018. Saturday features a full day of fun, shopping, and entertainment. The festival has a Lily Walk for younger children and a children’s area that includes horses, games, and inflatables.

If you would like more information, contact the Main Street Gray office at (478) 954-0247 or email MSGray@MainStreetGray.org.

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GRAY JAYCEES CHRISTMAS PARADE The Gray Jaycees have been sponsoring the annual Christmas parade through downtown Gray the first Tuesday in December each year since 2000 and the entries keep getting better. The parade is at capacity with 65 entries and more than 1,000 participants.

LIONS CLUB FAIR The Jones County Lions Club Fair is held in October at the Lions Club Fairgrounds on Highway 18. The fair has been an annual event for 38 years and is the major fundraiser for the Lions Club. In addition to the midway and customary fair cuisine, local businesses and civic organizations display their wares and distribute information. One of the biggest attractions at the event is the home-cooked food prepared by Lions Club members. Armbands are available.

WAR DAYS Old Cl inton is inc luded on Georgia’s Antebellum Trail and “Old Clinton War Days” is a re-enactment of the Federa l occupation of Clinton, sponsored the first weekend in May each year in conjunction with the 16th Georgia, Company G, Jackson Rifles of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Clinton is located 1 1/2 miles southwest of downtown Gray, just off Highway 129. Membership Directory & Newcomer Guide

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CHAPTACULAR CHAINSAW CARVING BASH Chaptacular Chainsaw Carving Bash was founded by Chap Nelson to raise funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Over 70 carvers gather for fun and fellowship for a few days in November. The public is invited on Friday and Saturday to observe the carvers; carvings are available for purchase; and food trucks are on-site. For more information, please contact Chap Nelson at chaptacular.org.

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION The Jones County Veterans Day Committee hosts the annual Jones County Veterans Day Celebration during the month of November, held at the W.E Knox Civic Center. The celebration includes 5K race, veterans march, souvenirs, food, and a car show. Over 200 veterans attend. This event celebrates and honors all of those who have taken an oath “To defend our nation against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, so help me God.� If you have any questions, please contact Richard Combs at (478) 986-3986.

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BEACH BASH Beach Bash, hosted by Main Street Gray, is Jones County’s goodbye to summer. This event takes place on the Saturday after school begins. The festivities include 100 tons of sand, water, beach balls, sweet treats, and a movie. The event is free to the public; lounge chairs and beach toys are welcome. Please contact Haley Watson at (478) 9540247 for more information.

CITY LIGHTS AND HALLOW NIGHTS City Lights and Hallow Nights is a communitywide trunk or treat held at First Baptist Church of Gray involving several organizations and churches, held in October. City Lights and Hallow Nights has inflatables, food, face painting, candy, and a costume contest. Trunk or treat lasts until 7 p.m., followed by Movie, Mummies and More in the park, featuring a spooktacular movie.

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Rising Star Program

In 2008, the Chamber of Commerce wanted to see Jones County students excel in academics. This vision sparked an idea to host a small luncheon that would reward middle school students, grades six through eight, who earned all A’s throughout the entire school year. In the beginning, 29 students were rewarded; 2009 showed a small increase to 54 students; 2010, 85 students; and 2011 saw 91 students. After 2011, the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce decided to host a program that would allow multiple family members to celebrate their child’s success. In 2012, the program celebrated 116 students, presenting each child with a $50 check. The success of the program continued to grow in 149 students in 2013, 192 in 2014, 198 in 2015, 204 students in 2016, and 160 in 2017. The Chamber of Commerce reaches out to the community each year for sponsorships for this event. There would be no Rising Star without the help of Jones County. The Chamber of Commerce would love to continue to encourage academic success in our students attending Gray Station and Clifton Ridge Middle schools, but we need your help. 60

A $50 donation will sponsor one student in their journey to success. We strive to create a vibrant community and it starts with our kids. The Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce cannot thank enough those who have generously donated to Rising Star over the years. In 2017, the Marine Corps League Detachment #970 donated $1,600, Brands donated gift certificates for a free pop-socket, and Gray8-Skate donated a free skating pass to each student. The Chamber’s platinum investors, State Bank & Trust and Morris Bank, generously donated money, and the Visa gift cards given to students and the Chamber had over 50 other sponsors throughout the community. In 2018, the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating 10 successful years of the Rising Star program, and we can’t wait to continue to see it grow. To donate and show your support for our rising Greyhounds, please contact Miranda Godfrey at (478) 986-1123 or jonescochamber@ jonescounty.org. This event’s triumph comes from you and we cannot thank you enough for donating.

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