The Georgia Mountains Hospice, The Ellijay and Jasper Councils of the Knights of Columbus, and The Rotary Club of Jasper invite you to the 2019 Mardi Gras in the Mountains!
Enjoy a spectacular evening with fine dining, a great band, silent auction
and coronation of the 2019 King and Queen and Honor Court.
When? Saturday – March 2, 2019, from 6:30pm – 11:00pm (black tie optional)
Vote for the Dawson King & Queen by clicking on the donate button below or visit mardigrasinthemountains.org. Each dollar equals one vote.
Dawson Queen ~ Andrea McKenzie
Andrea grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia with her four younger siblings. After high school graduation, she moved to Montgomery, Alabama where she graduated in 1997 from Auburn University with a bachelor degree in business. She began to work for a public accounting firm in Montgomery while preparing to take the CPA exam. During that time, Andrea gained experience in audit and tax with a focus in banking and non-profit entities. She became a CPA in the spring of 2001 and continued her career in public accounting. Andrea moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the fall of 2001 to be closer to family and joined a regional CPA firm. Over the past eleven years, she has continued to work in public accounting focusing on assurance services for nonprofits subject to government auditing standards, government proprietary funds, fraud and forensics engagements, employee benefit plans audits, broker dealer audits and construction company audits. Andrea and her husband, Michael, moved to Dawsonville in the fall of 2005. She is a member of Dawson County Rotary Club, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of CPAs. She serves as treasurer for Dawson County Rotary Foundation. She also served as treasurer of the Dawson County Humane Society from 2010 to 2015, Dawson County Wee Books Program from 2014 to 2017, Dawson County Rotary Club from 2017 to 2018 and for The Bowen Center for the Arts from 2015 to 2017. Andrea’s hobbies include boating on Lake Lanier, traveling, volunteer work, and spending time with family and friends.
Dawson King ~ Bob Alman
North Georgia – Ready to quit? You can do it for at least one day this Thursday, November 16th during the Great American Smokeout®! Every year on the third Thursday of November, many Georgians join tobacco users across the nation in giving up using tobacco and electronic cigarettes for the entire day during this Great American Smokeout® event, initiated by the American Cancer Society. Quitting for just one day is an important step toward a healthier you, especially if that one day can lead to many more.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and in Georgia. Over 11,500 Georgians die each year from tobacco-related diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Quitting tobacco and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke are two proven ways to decrease the risk of tobacco related death and disability.
The Georgia Smokefree Air Act, passed in 2005, has reduced exposure to secondhand smoke by prohibiting smoking in all enclosed facilities, including buildings owned, leased, or operated by the State or local governing authorities.
Now, it’s your turn to reduce tobacco-related health hazards by quitting the use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes during the Great American Smokeout®.
Here in Georgia, we can help. The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is a free resource that can help tobacco users reach their goal of quitting. The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line (1-877-270-STOP; Spanish speakers call 1-877-2NO-FUME; TTY: 1-877-777-6534 for the hearing impaired) provides counseling for Georgia tobacco users ages 13 and older. Callers speak with tobacco cessation counselors who help to develop a unique quitting plan for each person.
North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health, health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counites, Drug Free Cherokee, Cherokee Focus, and the Cherokee Youth Council encourage Georgians to go tobacco-free during the Great American Smokeout®, and beyond!
North Georgia – The North Georgia Health District office in Dalton and our health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will close early to clients and visitors on Monday, August 21st in the interest of public safety during the solar eclipse. The health departments will close at 12:00 p.m. and the district office will close at 1:00 p.m. This closing applies to all public health services in the district, including Environmental Health, WIC and Children’s Health services.
If viewing the solar eclipse, residents are urged to follow these safety precautions:
- Do not look directly at the sun
- Sunglasses do not provide sufficient protection
- Only look at the sun through an approved solar filter
- For even safer viewing, observe indirectly by projecting the sun’s image onto a blank sheet of white paper with a pinhole camera or with binoculars
For more safety information, log onto NASA’s website.