Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to award the Shadow Creek Gift Shop, in Talking Rock, the Green Thumb award for July 2020. Owners Steve and Audrey —-have been busy planting beautiful flower bed all around their gift shop in Talking Rock. Their shop is open on the weekends, please go and visit their handy work, you won’t be disappointed. Keep up the good work, making Talking Rock a beautiful place to live and work.

If you would like to suggest someone or a business for a Green Ribbon or Green Thumb Award, call the KPB office at 706-253-3600 Tuesday and Thursday, from 10:00 to 2:00 PM. ( limited hours due to the coruna virus,) please call ahead or leave a message.



Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to “say thank you” to the two KPB board members that donated their time to make the repairs on the walkway at the Chamber in Lee Newton Park.  A special thanks to Brad Stevens at South Scape for donating the gravel necessary to fill in the walkway.  It was a big job but with helping hands it has been completed.

You can learn about Keep Pickens Beautiful by visiting our web page at, or contact us at 706-253-3600, leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.


Due to the coronavirus, the GAC was limited in the activities that were planned for the event.  The county again this year gave a tire amnesty, which yielded 1018 old tires, according to Kenneth Woodward, Recycling Director. They will be recycled into new products and kept out of back yards and off the roadsides.

KPB Adopt A Road Volunteers picked up 42 bags of trash from 13 miles of county roadways.  This amounts to 3.5 bags of trash per mile.

Our thanks to the City of Jasper for the beautiful flowers they planted all along Main Street.   KPB also wants to thank the businesses that joined our cigarette litter campaign. We trust those who shop downtown will take advantage of our new containers, and help keep our beautiful city clean.

If you have any questions about recycling or adopting a road, please call our office at 706-253-3600 and leave a message, we will return your phone call as soon as possible.



However this year due to the Coronavirus, KPB’s activities will be limited!  Commissioner Jones still plans to allow our regular tire recycling disposal the same as in years past.  Each family may bring 4 passenger tires, off the rims, to be recycled free of charge during the month of April.  Commissioner Jones stated since we are all staying at home, it would be a good time to clean up and dispose of any tires you have laying around.  Remember all old tires that are not disposed of are a breeding ground for misquotes.

KPB has canceled a planned program as part of the Great American Cleanup, “Cash for Trash.” This project was advertised in Pickens Progress last week has been canceled until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support of KPB, by doing your part to keep our beautiful county clean. Stay safe, this too will pass.

Green thumb Award

Left to right: Levy Rentz, Peggy Petty and Mary Ann Rentz

Keep Pickens Beautiful awards the Green Thumb Award to Peggy Petty for the beautiful gardens, pathways and pond. Ms. Peggy maintains her unusual landscaping and gardens on her 2 acre plot.

The vegetable garden shows the functionality of the land. Ms. Petty attributes this beautifully landscaped property to her late husband, Kenneth Petty.  Ms. Petty was born and raised right here at Grandview Lake and enjoys maintaining her 2 acres of heaven.  If you would like to nominate someone for the Green Thumb Award, contact our office at 706-253-3600.