DOT approves traffic turn signal at Main Street and Bell Creek

Bell Creek RD Hiawassee

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw received notification from the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) confirming that the state agency plans to install a turn signal at the intersection of Highway 76 and Highway 75 North.

The three-way intersection is situated adjacent to McDonalds in Hiawassee. Traffic traveling east on Main Street, attempting to make a left turn onto Bell Creek Road, must do so while the light is green, and vehicles often sit for lengthy intervals due to oncoming, westbound traffic.

“I am very excited that the DOT has decided to do this,” Bradshaw said, “It is something we’ve needed, and something I’ve been onto them about.”

District Traffic Engineer for the Northeast Region, SueAnne Decker, states that the DOT is working on signal plans to install the left-turn light, and that it will take a few months to implement.

FetchYourNews  (FYN) reported in April that Commissioner Bradshaw was actively pursuing the matter with the Georgia DOT, as well as insisting that a much-needed center turning lane on Highway 76 should be created in the vicinity of Papa’s Pizza.

In the email approving the turn signal, Bradshaw’s request for a center turning lane was denied. The DOT says the department is unable to stripe the center turn lane as there is not enough pavement in place for proper lane widths.

While Bradshaw says he is pleased that the DOT has approved the turn signal, the commissioner plans to persist in pressing for the turning lane. “I’m not going to let the issue go,” Bradshaw tells FYN, “It is too dangerous of an area on the highway to let it slide. I’m going to keep onto them about it.”

In addition, the DOT approved a Towns County Cross-Country Championship sign. The DOT says the agency is finalizing the sign design, and hopes to have it in place soon.


Robin H. Webb

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Georgia DOT In Northwest Georgia Is Hiring, Holds Job Fair In Carrollton


CARROLLTON–  GDOT moves Georgia! It can help set your career in motion too! If you are looking for an exciting, challenging, and professional transportation career, join Georgia DOT job fair in Carrollton Georgia.

The Georgia DOT Northwest Georgia (District 6) Office will host a job fair from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20 at the Carrollton Goodwill Career Center, located at 1301-D South Park Street, Carrollton, Georgia 30117. The District Office plans to hire entry-level maintenance professionals.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old, with a high school diploma or a GED, and a have a valid Class C driver’s license.

“The Georgia DOT District Office in Cartersville serves 17 counties in northwest Georgia. We maintain five major interstates and many state routes. We are seeking eager and dedicated applicants to maintain the roadways,” said Terry Lee, regional recruiter at the Georgia DOT Office of Human Resources. “New hires will receive on the job training in various maintenance duties.

Applicants are encouraged to wear business casual attire and bring several copies of their resumes. Contingent job offers will be presented to the most qualified applicants the same day. New hires must obtain a Georgia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) within six months of employment.

For more information about the job fair, please (404) 290-7344. Job seekers can also apply online at, or complete an application at the Georgia Department of Transportation – Buchanan Office, located at 4323 US HWY 27, Buchanan, GA 30113. 

Towns County Board of Education holds first session of 2018, lists meeting dates

Dr. Darren Berrong

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Board of Education met for their first work session of the year on Jan. 2, 2018.

Listed on the agenda was discussion of goals for system improvements. Board member-at-large Dr. Kilee Smith raised concern that “dead time” in classrooms is not efficiently utilized. “There shouldn’t be days where things aren’t being taught,” Smith expressed, stating an estimated average of up to three weeks per school year is spent idle. Vice Chairman Stan Chastain agreed, adding, “As long as (students) are in class, they should be learning something.” Superintendent Dr. Darren Berrong mentioned many of the high school teachers have begun collecting cell phones from students as they enter class, and while he disagrees a vast period of time is being wasted, Berrong notes “everybody can improve.”

Also of interest was an update on the Department of Transportation (DOT) decision to include semi-synthetic opioid testing through random drug screening for bus drivers. The program will require testing for hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone. The change became effective on Jan. 1, 2018.

A three-month public fundraising campaign was approved for the high school varsity academic team, beginning Jan. 3. The academic team will be traveling to the National Championship Tournament April 26, 2018.

Field trip approval was granted for the middle and high school robotics teams at North Forsyth Middle School on Jan. 13, 2018.

As of Nov. 30, 2017, the Board of Education had received 14 percent of its 2018 local fiscal year revenue,  a total of 33 percent when combined with state funding. The local revenue is expected to drastically increase once property taxes are filed.  Of the 2018 fiscal year, 41.66 percent has been completed thus far. Also, $35,000 has been budgeted from federal revenue, none of which has been received at press time.

Towns County Board of Education 2018 meeting dates are as follows:


 2018 Meeting Schedule


Towns County Board of Education

67 Lakeview Circle, Suite C

Hiawassee, GA  30546



Pre-Board “Work Session” Meetings   

(First Monday of each month, except for January, April and September)


To be held at the Towns County Board of Education Office at 7 p.m.:


Jan. 2, 2018  (Tuesday)

Feb. 5, 2018

March 5, 2018

April 9, 2018  (2nd Monday)

May 7, 2018

June 4, 2018

July 2, 2018

August 6, 2018

Sept. 4, 2018  (Tuesday)

Oct. 1, 2018

Nov. 5, 2018

Dec. 3, 2018


“Regular” Board Meeting

(Second Monday of each month, except for April and October)


To be held at the Towns County School Auditorium at 7 p.m.:


Jan. 8, 2018

Feb. 12, 2018

March 12, 2018

April 16, 2018  (3rd Monday)

May 14, 2018

June 11, 2018


August 13, 2018

Sept. 10, 2018

Oct. 11, 2018  (Thursday)

Nov. 12, 2018

Dec. 10, 2018

All meetings are open to the public.

Parents, students, faculty and staff are always welcome.


(Featured Image: Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Darren Berrong)


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Georgia State Patrol sends warning on placing homemade/advertising signs – It is illegal and will be enforced!

Featured, News recently spoke with the Georgia State Patrol regarding individuals who are placing illegal signage on State Roadways and on State Road Signs.

It is illegal and dangerous.  Road signs are engineered to breakaway in a safe manner if a motorist loses control of a vehicle and hits a sign.  If someone places another sign, such as a homemade sign,  on the structure, it changes the engineering and becomes a hazard.  If you put up a sign on the roadway or in the median and someone wrecks it could put you in a position of liability to be sued for their injuries and damages.

Georgia State Patrol wants to send the warning – if anyone is caught placing any signage on road signs or otherwise on the road illegally the law will be enforced with no exceptions.  The idea is to keep the roads as safe as possible for travelers.  Just because you have done so in the past doesn’t make it okay and violators will find themselves in trouble.  If people have been warned and cited it may end up with an individual going to jail.

No one may place, maintain, or display on, or in view from any highway an unauthorized sign, signal, marking, or device that purports to be or is an imitation of or resembles any official traffic control device (such as a stop or slow sign) that attempts to direct traffic movement or that hides from view or interferes with the effectiveness of any official traffic control device or sign. No one may place or maintain, nor may any public authority permit, commercial advertising on any highway traffic sign or signal. The state or local traffic authority with jurisdiction over the highway may cause any prohibited sign, signal, or marking to be removed without notice as a public nuisance (CGS § 14-310).

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