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Rockin’ the Green 5K is among March 14’s activities in downtown Braselton


Untitled-1Registration is open for the annual “Rockin’ the Green 5K” race in downtown Braselton.
The popular fitness run begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 14.  A $25 registration fee is required by March 1 and guarantees runners an event tee shirt.  Registering after March 1 is $30.  Runners may register online at  or by contacting the downtown office at 706-684-0369.
Tracey Shelton was last year’s race winner in the 30-39 female category.  She said “what a great way to kick off spring – a little running and lots of fun with friends and neighbors taking in the sights of our beautiful downtown.”
The run will begin a day of fun festivities for families including tours of the historic grist mill, a sidewalk chart art contest, painted benches and chairs for purchase and food vendors.

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Arbor Day event in Jefferson postponed to March 6


Jefferson-Heritage-Tree-CouncilThe Jefferson Heritage Tree Council is set to hold the city’s annual Arbor Day recognition at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 6.
While the date had originally been announced for Feb. 20, freezing ground temperatures and the threat of rainfall prompted the Tuesday decision for the date change.
The public is encouraged to join in the tree-planting event on Kinney Hill at the Jefferson City Park.  The ceremony begins first with an Arbor Day proclamation read by Jefferson Mayor Roy Plott.
The event activity will then move to the end of Memorial Drive at Highway 11 where five newly-planted cherry trees will be dedicated to the five Jefferson Mill workers who died in World War II.  These soldiers were PFC Willard H. F. Doster, PFC Lammoth Joe Hanson, PFC Francis Marion Hollis, PFC Ostell Franklin Jarrett and Lt. Bassford Redd.

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Winter weather worries returning but actual forecast still uncertain


monitoring-station-DSCF0633Eyes are cautiously looking back to the skies Wednesday as another band of winter storm  activity was pushing toward the Northeast Georgia area. School systems announced early release times or closures as some governmental entities took direction from Gov. Nathan Deal and also closed their doors early in anticipation that additional snow or ice may be in store. As much as 4 inches of accumulation is possible in the Jackson County area although a shift in the front could bring just rain instead, according to some predictions. This comes after a blanketing of snow on Monday morning. During last week’s winter weather, Jackson Electric Membership’s system control center was ground zero of tracking and managing the outages experienced in the Gainesville, Jefferson, Lawrenceville and Neese districts which impacted 85,000 customers. A total of  92 broken poles were replaced. Learn more about how outages are managed at


RB expanding in Jackson County; relocating into larger distribution center


JEFFERSON – United Kingdom-based RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) will expand its Logistics Center Operations by moving into a brand new 750,000-square-foot building to be located in the Prologis I-85 Jefferson Industrial Park. The facility currently employs 75 full-time associates.
RB will move from their 350,000-square-foot facility in the Walnut Fork Industrial Park once the new building is completed.
Along with providing distribution of their products to retailers in the southeast, the new facility will also have new packing capabilities for some of their products.

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After-hours painting party at the museum is March 5


MasterpiecesThe Crawford Long Museum will hold a Thursday, March 5, after-hours Painting Party “Museums, Merlot and Masterpieces” from 7-9 p.m. with instruction from Masterpiece Mixers.

Uncork your inner artist and create a 16×20 canvas with step-by-step instructions while enjoying a glass of wine and appetizers. No experience necessary. This is fun art, not fine art. The painting will be a spring theme of abstract field flowers.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. All supplies, food and beverage included. Cost is $40 for museum members and $45 for non-members.

For further information and to make reservations, contact the museum at 706-367-5307. Regular museum operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.