2015 Jackson County Woman of the Year Jennifer Dees with Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and family members, including those who arrived from Alabama to surprise her.
Jennifer Dees, Jackson County’s 2015 Woman of the Year, said she was overwhelmed and humbled by her selection but she acknowledged she is rarely at a loss for words.
Dees took to the podium at the Nov. 19 Woman of the Year luncheon at the Jefferson Civic Center to thank the Women in Business committee, the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and the community for the special honor. Dees, who was joined by her family including her parents who drove in from Alabama for the occasion, was also surprised that the recognition was kept a secret.
Credit Women in Business committee chairwoman Tricia Massey, who didn’t even write her award announcement speech on her computer until the last minute because she feared someone would learn of Dee’s selection, and Braselton Assistant Police Chief Lou Solis, who put his military and law enforcement skills to work to coordinate communications with the honoree’s family. It was a logistical success story that involves text messages and coordination with co-conspirators.
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Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal encouraged purchase of “Memories of the Mansion” for holiday gift-giving and she welcomed tour-goers when she spoke at the recent Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of the Year luncheon.
Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal was the keynote speaker at the Nov. 19 Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year luncheon which honored Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees as the 2015 Jackson County Woman of the Year.
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Black Friday isn’t a day that shoppers should feel apprehensive about getting out and joining crowds of fellow deal-seekers, according to Lou Solis, assistant police chief of the Braselton Police Department.
Contacted about questions raised from Braselton area residents asking if they should be concerned about going shopping on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and threats that among the next targets will be the United States, Solis said people should go about business as usual.
Solis said a Nov. 20 classified briefing from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the Joint Terrorism Task Forces reported there is no direct threat to the United States when updating participants of the current threat climate. Solis has a top secret clearance and is part of the network of local, state and federal agencies working together to combat terrorism on a regional scale.
He said none of the area malls are large enough to attract the kind of attention that terrorists seek. Get busy stimulating the local economy with shopping.
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The Jackson County Certified Literate Community Program, the Jackson County Adult Education Center and Lanier Technical College offers GED prep classes, basic education classes, English As A Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes throughout Jackson County.
If you or someone you know needs any of these free classes, now is the time to take advantage of the programs. The GED prep class is designed to allow the student to work at his or her own pace. A minimum of six hours weekly class attendance is required.
For more information on any of these classes, call Gwenn Evans at 770-535-6277.
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Jackson County Community Outreach is hosting its 17th annual Achievement Awards Banquet on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Jefferson Civic Center.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ray Perren, president of Lanier Technical College. The honorary chairman for this year’s banquet is the Honorable Roy Plott, mayor of Jefferson.
For information or to purchase tickets, contact JCCO president Jim Scott at 706-335-3367 or secretary Anita Brown-Jackson at 706-367-8234. Tickets are $30 per person or $300 for a table for eight.
“We look forward to seeing you at the banquet,” said Scott.