Jackson EMC crews help restore Gulf Coast power

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jackson Electric Membership Corporation sent 18 contractor crews to help restore power to residents in Mississippi and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

Three construction crews from Utility Line Construction Services and MASTEC North America Inc. left Aug. 31, and 15 right of way crews from Townsend Tree Service and Asplundh Tree Expert Co. left Tuesday. The 18 crews totaled about 70 workers.

Contractor crews supplement Jackson EMC's regular employee work force, handling construction projects and right-of-way clearing.

"Release of these contractor crews won't affect new service or repair for Jackson EMC's members," said Jim Smith, Jackson EMC vice president of engineering operations. "We'll be keeping an eye on Hurricane Hanna throughout the week, and if it appears that it may threaten our service area, our contract crews will be recalled to make sure we have the resources we need to handle any power restoration efforts at home."

Jackson EMC serves nearly 205,000 meters in portions of 10 Northeast Georgia Counties.

Foundation needs volunteers for PGA Tour

ATLANTA - Dream Makers Youth Foundation needs volunteers to help work the concession stands Sept. 24 to 28 at the PGA Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

The Smyrna-based organization is assigned to concession tents located on the Championship Club Oasis No. 15.

Required dress includes khakis or dress pants, a collared shirt and comfortable walking shoes. Volunteers will be picked up and dropped off at the Gold Parking Lot at Turner Field and are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the shift to allow time for transport and locating the tent.

Volunteers are asked to work the full shift for which they sign up. The Youth Foundation will receive a portion of all net concession receipts for each completed shift.

The shifts are:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 11 a.m. to close Sept. 24

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to close Sept. 25

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to close Sept. 26

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 11 a.m. to close Sept. 27

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to close Sept. 28

For more info, e-mail dreammakersyf@aol.com.

Certified nursing assistant wins top honor

GAINESVILLE - Verna Pemberton was recently selected from more than 5,000 employees in six states as a 2008 ACTS Retirement-Life Communities President's Award winner.

Pemberton is a certified nursing assistant in WillowBrooke Court Skilled Care Center, located on the campus of Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville. She will receive an additional week of paid vacation, a travel voucher for $2,750 and an engraved crystal President's Bowl signifying the honor. In addition, her picture will be prominently displayed at Lanier Village Estates.

The ACTS President's Award recognizes excellence in service to residents, concern and support for fellow employees, attitude and work performance.

Lanier Village Estates is an accredited, faith-based, nonprofit community owned and managed by ACTS Retirement-Life Communities.

Local real estate agent lands in Hall of Fame

SUWANEE - Suwanee-based Ryan Assad, one of Atlanta's top producing residential real estate agents, has earned membership into the prestigious RE/MAX Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is a career achievement award that places Assad in one of the most highly respected groups of real estate professionals internationally. In 2007, only 2 percent of all RE/MAX agents earned this award.

Assad has been working in the Atlanta real estate market for more than 12 years and specializes in residential home sales and corporate relocation in and around the Atlanta area.

Assad has also been named one of RE/MAX Greater Atlanta's top 15 agents. He is a member of RE/MAX's Platinum Club and is a certified luxury home marketing specialist.

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