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Several items were discussed and approved  at the recent Jackson County Commission meeting.

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Jingle Bell Square Events Tuesday, 27 November 2018 21:43

The 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Trail, circling the Jackson County Square is preparing to open.

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PENV still interested in Bellefonte site Tuesday, 13 November 2018 20:42

            Mr. Michael Dooley, managing partner and chief engineer of Phoenix Energy of Nevada,LLC (PENV), says, “There are other better, less expensive, safer, less toxic waste polluting, cleaner and more financially viable options for the expansion, build out / build up, completion and use of the TVA Bellefonte Site than to try to complete this Property Site as a 2019 state of the art design and codes compliant nuclear powered electric power generation plant facility.”

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The Jackson County United Givers Fund’s 16th Annual T-Shirt Event along with their 50th Anniversary is currently underway.


Jackson County UGF began in 1968. During that time Bob Word served as President and nine agencies were served. Those agencies included, Red Cross, U.S.O., Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, Retarded Children, Mental Health, Crippled Children and the American Legion. Early members including Arlene Greed, Word and Jack Livingston recall “drawing names” for UGF. Each would draw a name and go out to solicit funds from the person whose name they had drawn.
Livingston served as President with Grede as Vice President among various committee chairs including Charles Bramlett and Bud Cannon in 1974-1975. The Child Development Center was added in 1975 as an agency to be served.
Grede became the first female President in 1976. She served with Sam Mason, Carlos Page, Ann Haralson, Ben Richardson, Harry Campbell, Dr. Paul Dawson, Bob Yates, Earnestine Russell, Lawrence Kennamer, Dr. Charles Bradford, James B. Street and Charles Dawson.  In 1977 12 agencies were served and there were 36 board members.  The number of agencies served grew to 15 in 1979 and 13 were served in 1981.
In October 1984, Friends of the Family was created and accepted funds to start an education program for prevention of child abuse and neglect.
In December 1986, the UGF applied for “Gifts in Kind.” They received a tractor trailer truck full of Leggs panty hose and other clothing. An arrangement was made with Jackson County Department of Human Resources, who distributed the clothing and panty hose.
The UGF served its highest number at one time in 1991, serving 23 agencies. Around the same time Tim Haston served as the UGF Board President. The campaign reached a peak $200,000.
The 1st Annual UGF T-Shirt campaign kicked off in 2003 when Robbie Copenhaver suggested T-Shirts be sold  with restaurant sponsors listed. Those restaurants began giving free drinks to people wearing their UGF shirt on Fridays in September. A total of 306 shirts were sold that year.  The campaign goal of $95,000 was exceeded with a campaign report of $105,000. Sixteen agencies were funded with those proceeds.
Current UGF Board members include, Charles Heath, Brent Miller, Norma Harvey, Ellie Smith, Jeff Arnold, Jim Butler, Wally Duffey, Carol McCrary Hale, Norma Harvey, Kathryn Holder, Rachel Howard, Shirley Keel, Bobbi Keller, Carla Kimball,  Tiffany Milligan, Cathy Mitchell, Judi Weaver, Rosemary Tucker, Missy Tolleson, Marilyn Stevens, Monique Skelton, Josh Sherlin, Drushilla Selvage, Karen Screws, Rodney Putman, Brenda Potts, Gene Necklaus and Elizabeth Mullins. The mission has remained the same and that is to provide financial assistance to non- profit health and human service programs which administer vitally needed services to the people of Jackson County.  For 50 years this organization has been committed to making a difference in the lives of our neighbors who need services that our local programs offer.
The 2019 recipient programs include American Red Cross, The Arc, Boys and Girls Club, CASA, Crisis Services of North Alabama, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Impact Learning Center, Jackson County 4-H, the Michael Scott Learning Center and Northeast Alabama Health Services.
UGF last met their goal during the 42nd UGF Campaign. However, they are hopeful that their goal will be surpassed this year as they celebrate 50 years of Jackson County United Givers Fund.  Donations may be sent to  Jackson County United Givers Fund, P. O. Box 581 Scottsboro, Ala. 35768
Another way to contribute is to purchase a 2018 UGF T-Shirt. These shirts can be worn on Fridays during September into 30 local restaurants where you will be given a free drink. To purchase  a T-Shirt contact any UGF Board Member of go by the Impact Learning Center.
A Campaign Kick Off Event is scheduled for September 6 sponsored by Comfort Inn & Suites, honoring UGF’s 50 years of service to Jackson County charities.

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