L-R: Michael Haviland, Al Rothe & Stan Barnett KPB Boards members, Bart Connelly. AAR Chairman

“When I relocated to Georgia 9 years ago, I was disappointed to discover a great deal of discarded litter along the roads in the major roads leading into the City Of Nelson.  I took it upon myself to start picking up trash near my residence.  I also took the initiative to clear away and expose the Tate sidewalks that had been overgrown with years of kudzu growth, at the HWY 53 intersection.  I also edged these sidewalks and mowed the public right of away.  After about 2 years on my own, I signed up with KPB and began a formal record of each bag of litter that was picked up, to be able give KPB an accurate monthly accounting of my trash pickup.

“In my reporting to KPB, I serviced a distance of 1.65 miles out, and another 1.65 return, for a total distance of 3.30 miles.  On average, I picked up trash pretty consistently about every two weeks, over a period 5 years to reach my total of 1,000 bags of litter.  When I had reached a total 500 bags of trash, I was given an award by KPB.  It was at this point I made a personal goal to pick up a total of 1,000 bags after realizing that my volunteer trash pickup represented constituted a really large part of the entire annual KPB total.

“My goal was to try to make a positive difference in the appearance of the community.  Hopefully by volunteering to clean up the right of away, the missing pride and respect for our community might be restored.”        -Michael Haviland

Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to present Michael Haviland with another plaque honoring him for something we don’t believe any other AAR volunteer has ever done.  Our grateful thanks to Michael and all of our AAR Volunteers.  Our goal would be to not need volunteers to pick up our roadway and that our citizens would stop throwing their trash out.  If you would like to become part of our organization to keep Pickens clean and beautiful contact us at 706-253-3600 visit us on our web page or face book.

QSR Adopts a Road!

Robert Martin, QSR team members

Quality Synthetic Rubber (QSR) Adopted Ridgewood Road and Woodlane Drive between Burnt Mt Road and Highway 53. Under the leadership of Matt Ledford, he has a team who has a goal of picking up every month.  Mr. Ledford stated “We are happy to be participating in the KPB Adopt-a-Road program!” Our thanks for all your efforts to keep our county looking clean and beautiful, keep up the good work.

If you would like to volunteer to help keep Pickens clean and beautiful, contact us at 706-253-3600 or visit our web page at for more information.

New Adopt-a-Road Volunteers!

Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to announce 2 more families have joined our Adopt A Road program. Neighbors Dick and Donna Evans (on the left) Joe and Deb Vess (on the right) got together to adopt Sunrise Ridge Road between Burnt Mountain Road (Hwy 136) and Bear Paw Road. Their first pick up yielded a truck load of litter. Thank you folks for caring about our beautiful county and helping to keep it clean.

Littering the roadways is a crime in the State of Georgia, punishable by a LARGE fine and/or jail time.

KPB is all about reaching our goals to improve the quality of life by eliminating litter through community involvement and increased public awareness. Doing the little things make a “BIG difference.” You too can make a difference! If you would like become a volunteer contact our office at 706-253-3600 or visit our

Don’t Litter!

New signs on Philadelphia Road between Highway 515 and Talking Rock Highway warn motorists that the area, one of the most frequently littered in the county, is under surveillance.  Pickens County Marshal Jim Harvey wants to remind residents that littering can carry a hefty fine, and that “I don’t issue warnings, I issue citations.”   The sign cautions of the maximum penalty for littering – a $5,000 fine or five years’ jail time or both. Citations can be issued for littering or illegal dumping. Harvey will even go so far as to look through trash in larger dump sites to find identifying pieces of information and track down litterers.

Keep Pickens Beautiful President Carol Opdenhoff  has said that portion of Philadelphia Road is one of the worst in the county for litter, with the suspicious that people pick up food at one of the nearby fast food restaurants and dump it there because there are no houses on that stretch – just cows.

Harvey said the county has surveillance cameras they rotate to keep certain trouble spots under watch.