Ryan Keeter, a 19-year career employee, succeeds President and CEO John Trammell
The Board of Directors of Community Bank of Pickens County announces the promotion of Ryan Keeter to president. Keeter, an employee of the bank since its inception in 2000, began his career as a loan officer and most recently served as chief credit officer and executive vice president. Ryan was elected to serve on the Board in January 2018.
“Ryan Keeter has the deep experience and caliber to lead this institution,” said Board Member Phillip Landrum, III.
Due to heavy rainfall last week, a portion of Jones Mountain Road washed away during a mudslide. Pickens crews were on the scene Friday taking note of many trees that had slid down the hill, wiping out the hillside and a water main.
Damon Howell / Photo
A landslide from the frequent heavy rains over the past week took down trees, earth and a portion of Jones Mountain Road Friday, closing it for at least a month and likely longer.
Commission Chair Rob Jones said, “When the trees gave way, it took out everything.”
No homes are in the section where the landslide occurred but a water line running beside the road was ripped apart. The county was originally alerted to trees down in the road, but when crews arrived, they saw the extent of the damage and immediately closed the route.
Pickens Sheriff’s Office / Photo
Meth, Xanax, marijuana, a firearm and a load of cash were seized at the traffic stop.
In what is possibly the first traffic stop of a taxi in Pickens County, a deputy found the passenger in possession of drugs, scales commonly used for selling drugs, a handgun, two knives and $1,432 in cash Feb. 23.
See full story in this week's print or online editions.
Last week, the Progress reported that multiple deer carcasses had been illegally dumped on a road behind the commercial area off Highway 515 – a problem spot for animal carcass dumping in the county.
After the article was published, a nearby resident who has complained about deer carcass dumping on the same road in the past called the Progress and weighed in on the gravity of the situation. The man, who wished to remain anonymous because of potential backlash, said he had personally counted 138 deer carcasses on the road in the last four years.
On May 9th, 2017 the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that Georgia’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $61.1 billion in business sales in 2016, up 3.5 percent over the previous year and 34 percent higher than its pre-recession level in 2008.
Visitor spending was estimated at $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenues.
The state department gets its data from the U.S. Travel Association, which they pay to conduct annual Travel Economic Impact studies for Georgia. This study presents estimates of travel and its economic impact on Georgia at the state, region and county levels.