• Winter Weather Preparedness Week
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    Don’t let warm weather fool you — Old Man Winter is right around the corner. As you begin to get into the holiday spirit, make sure you’re ready if the weather turns out to be more frightful than delightful.

    Winter Weather Preparedness Week focuses on a different preparedness topic each day. Learn about different ways to prepare throughout the week:

    • Monday, Nov 30: Winter Weather in Georgia
    • Tuesday, Dec. 1: Winter Weather Terminology
    • Wednesday, Dec. 2: Preparing for a Winter Storm
    • Thursday, Dec. 3: What to Do During a Winter Storm
    • Friday, Dec. 4: Winter Weather Outlook
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  • Jones County Board of Commissioners Celebrate Prescription Savings Success
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    The Coast2Coast Rx Card program has saved residents $194,819.79 dollars on their prescriptions since the launch of the Coast2Coast Rx Card. The program launched in July 2012 with the endorsement of the Jones County Board of Commissioners.

    “The Jones County Board of Commissioners is very pleased to have approved distribution of the Coast2Coast Rx Free Discount Prescription Card to assist Jones County residents with the cost of their prescription medications,” said Preston Hawkins, Chairman of the Jones County Board of Commissioners. “ We believe that this card will offer savings to our residents that are not insured, underinsured, or who have plans that do not cover a certain drug. In the 42 months that this Free Prescription Card has been offered, our citizens using the card have saved 71.2% on their prescriptions.”

    The free discount prescription card program provides residents and their families with a number of benefits that produce immediate discounts on prescriptions as well as dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services. The discount card also offers discounts on various lab and imaging services; diabetes supplies and equipment as well as pet prescriptions. Not only does the Coast2Coast Rx program facilitate discounts on healthcare resources for Jones County residents and their families — the program provides a royalty of $1.25 per prescription for Jones County public programs.

    “We are pleased to work with Jones County, which prides itself on providing programs that enrich the lives of its residents, in assisting its families with beneficial discounts on health related needs. It is of utmost importance to the Jones County Board of Commissioners and the Coast2Coast Rx program to help those in need of obtaining prescriptions and other health care related services,” said Martin Dettelbach, Chief Marketing Officer of the Coast2Coast Rx program. He added, “We look forward to continuing and growing our relationship with Jones County and maintaining savings on health services for Jones County families.”

    The Coast2Coast Rx card allows all consumers, regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. The program has saved cardholders throughout the nation an average of 65% in 2015 on the cost of prescription drugs. The Rx card is distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Florida and includes over 60,000 drugs in its formulary.

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  • GOLF “FORE” KIDS Saturday, September 26th @ Lake Jonesco
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    Jones County Parks and Recreation is hosting GOLF “Fore” KIDS on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 starting at 12 noon. All proceeds will be to benefit a Special Needs Playground to ensure all kids has a safe place to play. For more information, please contact the Jones County Parks and Recreation at (478)986-6075 or (478) 986-3206.golf4kidsGolf Flyer 2015 Proof

     

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  • 2015 National Preparedness Month
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    Theme: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

    September is National Preparedness Month.  This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.

    Weekly focused themes

    • Week 1:  September 1-5th            Flood
    • Week 2:  September 6-12th          Wildfire
    • Week 3:  September 13-19th        Hurricane
    • Week 4:  September 20-26th        Power Outage
    • Week 5:  September 27-30th        Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th )

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    • NPM Official Hashtag:  #NatlPrep
    • America’s PreapreAthon! hashtag:  #PrepareAthon
    • Social media accounts to follow:

    Congressional Co-Chairs

    Presidential Proclamation

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  • NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
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    NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

    The Jones County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 17.62% in the Incorporated tax district and 20.26% in the Unincorporated tax district.

    All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Jones County Government Center, 166 Industrial Blvd, Gray, GA 31032 on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 4:00pm.  A second meeting will be held that day at 6:00pm.   

    Please note the second meeting on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 6:00pm, and a third meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at 6:00pm at the same location.

    This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 17.649 mills in the Incorporated district, and 16.197 mills in the Unincorporated district, an increase of 17.62% and 20.26%, respectfully. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 15.005 mills in the Incorporated district and 13.468 mills in the Unincorporated district.  The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $110.00 and the proposed tax increase for nonhomestead property with a fair market value of $50,000 is approximately $55.00.

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  • FOOTBALL COACHES CLINIC
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    There will be a Football Coaches Clinic this Saturday @ 9am at the Jones County High School cafeteria.

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  • Blazing Heat Grips Jones County
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    With heat index readings reaching over 104° this week, here are some precautions and emergency procedures pertaining to heat related injuries.

    First, the best defense is prevention.

    •Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

    •Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

    •Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

    •Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

    •Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

    •NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

    •Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    ◦Infants and young children
    ◦People aged 65 or older
    ◦People who have a mental illness
    ◦Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

    •Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

    If you must be out in the heat:

    •Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

    •Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.

    •Try to rest often in shady areas.

    •Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

    Long-term exposure to heat can cause several emergency medical conditions which may progress or cause immediate life-threatening symptoms. If any of the following occur, treat the victim and call 911.

    Heat cramps:

    Heat cramps may be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke.

    Symptoms:
    Painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in the legs and abdomen
    Heavy sweating

    First Aid:
    Apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve spasm.
    Give sips of water unless the person complains of nausea, then stop giving water.

    Heat exhaustion:

    Symptoms:
    Heavy sweating
    Weakness
    Cool, pale, clammy skin
    Fast, weak pulse
    Possible muscle cramps
    Dizziness
    Nausea or vomiting
    Fainting

    First Aid:
    Move person to a cooler environment
    Lay person down and loosen clothing
    Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible
    Fan or move victim to air conditioned room
    Offer sips of water
    If person vomits more than once, seek immediate medical attention.

    Heat stroke:

    Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.

    Symptoms:
    Altered mental state
    One or more of the following symptoms: throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing
    Body temperature above 103°F
    Hot, red, dry or moist skin
    Rapid and strong pulse
    Faints, loses consciousness

    First Aid:
    Move the victim to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned, environment.
    Reduce body temperature with cool cloths or bath.
    Use fan if heat index temperatures are below the high 90s. A fan can make you hotter at higher temperatures.
    Do NOT give fluids.

    For more information on all these topics see all Jones County EMA Office at 478-986-6672.

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  • Smoke Detectors Available
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    PRESS RELEASE

    Junes 5, 2015

    Free Smoke Detectors Available

    Jones County Department of Fire Rescue

     

    Most people don’t realize that fire claims nearly 4,000 lives a year across the United States.  More than 75% of these deaths occur in the homes where we live.  Recent studies indicate that smoke alarms are present in 46% of all homes nationwide.  However, 65% of fire related deaths have occurred in homes with no smoke alarms present or those that were not operational.

     

    With that being said, Jones County Department of Fire Rescue and its members are launching a program to assist residents within Jones County that are unable to afford a smoke detector in their home.  Jones County Fire Chief and EMA Director Don Graham said that a grant was obtain through Tri-County EMC Operation Roundup Program, generous donations by Ace Hardware of Gray and Jones County Fire Rescue Fund.  Graham said 400 First Alert Smoke & Fire Alarms have been purchased and will be available upon request.  Residents should make a formal request by calling Jones County EMA Office at 478-986-6672 Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Residents making a request should be able to produce an address, contact name and phone number.  One free smoke detector (per floor) will be installed at no charge by Jones County Firefighters Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Before installation is complete the resident(s) or homeowner(s) will be required to sign a waiver that will require them to take full responsibility of maintaining and ownership of the detector.

     

    In 2015 alone, Jones County Department of Fire Rescue have already responded to more than a dozen structure fires in Jones County.  Chief Graham said that over half of these structures involved residential dwellings.  Out of the six dwelling fires, two of them had smoke detectors.  Graham added, the residential dwellings that had smoke detectors paid off big time by saving five lives.  These lives were well documented that a single smoke detector saved a family of four and a family of one.  These two families each were alerted quickly by a functional smoke detector while they were asleep and were able to escape harm’s way.  Smoke detectors truly save lives, Graham said.

    Chief Graham said that while our fire personnel are installing your smoke detector(s), our personnel will be glad to assist with friendly advice regarding smoke detectors and any other fire safety concerns.

     

    Don Graham, Fire Chief

     

     

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  • New Fire Station Open
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    Jones County Department of Fire Rescue recently opened a brand new fire station in southern Jones County.  The new Fire Station #11 is located at 116 Griswoldville Industrial Boulevard off of Highway 57.  Open house and dedication will be announced soon.

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  • CLINTON’S WAR DAYS REMEMBERED
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    Come to Old Clinton and take a step back in time on May 2 & 3, 2015, when re-enactors from the Southeast recreate the Battles of Sunshine Church, which took place in July of 1864, and Griswoldville, which took place in November of 1864 during Sherman’s March to the Sea.

    Beneath a windblown battle flag, tents will spring up on grassy fields in the town. Soldiers from grizzled veterans to beardless recruits, both blue and gray, will gather. As in July and November of 1864, the rattle of musketry and the rolling thunder of cannons will shake windows in old homes.HISTORY SCHEDULE

    The McCarthy-Pope House, circa 1809, the oldest house existing house in Clinton, will be open for tour. Ladies of the Confederacy will have the house furnished and decorated in the era of the War Between the States. Miss Annie’s Store, which will be set up as an 1800’s mercantile establishment, will also house a display of a wide variety of war relics, a prize winning exhibit of Griswold pistol parts, a beautiful example of a finished Griswold pistol, a Burnside carbine, other war weapons, and authentic Confederate currency.

    The 16th Georgia will again sponsor rapid fire as well as ultimate soldier/U.S. & C.S. authenticity contests and unit drill competition this year.The entire event takes place in the Old Clinton Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Self-guided walking tour information will be available, and guided tours are available by pre-reservation.

    Crafts of the era will be demonstrated; “modern” arts and crafts will also be available for purchase; and “modern” as well as food of the period will be served.

    Saturday’s program will conclude at 8:05 P.M. with the 16th Georgia, Company G, Jackson Rifles, CSA conducting a memorial service in the Old Clinton Cemetery to honor Clinton’s Confederate dead.

    Gates open at 9:00 A.M. Battle at 2:05 each day. Admission/Contribution each day: Adults – $5; Students 18 and under $3; Children under 6 – Free. Memorial service – Free.

    Clinton is located 12 miles NE of Macon, 1-½ miles SE of Gray, one block west off US Hwy 129. For more information contact Earlene Hamilton at 478-986-6383 or the Jones County-Gray Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center at 478-986-1123.

     

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Jones County, Georgia
P.O. Box 1359
Gray, Georgia 31032-1359
Office: (478) 986-6405
Fax: (478) 986-6462

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