Community development on agenda in commissioners’ March meetings


ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer County Board of Commissioners addressed community development this month with a possible final solution to roadside trash pick-up as well as applying for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Trash pick-up has been a developing issue over the last two months now as the board originally planned on hiring five seasonal employees for trash pick-up to work through the summer preceding the county’s mowing teams. However, a special called meeting in February saw new ideas as the commissioners began considering a new deputy in the Sheriff’s Department, similar in costs, to put inmates on the roads picking up trash.

During that meeting, Gilmer County Commission Chairman Charlie Paris stated this crew would consist of four or five non-risk inmates under the supervision of one deputy. He described this option as a better long-term solution and one that is typically more favorably viewed in the public perception.

At their regular March meeting, the idea was restated for the public saying the Sheriff’s Department would not need a new vehicle for the added deputy. The county will receive reports of the progress of the program to monitor and are still expected to have the teams move ahead of mowers in the summer months. This item was officially approved this month, so citizens should be seeing these teams on county roads, not state-owned roads, in the coming months. They will also be skipping over roads already cleaned and maintained by the Keep Gilmer Beautiful organization.

March also saw the commissioners approve a CDBG for the area of Sunlight Road and Roundtop Road. Proposed by the Ellijay-Gilmer Water Sewage Authority, the approval by the board is the first step in the grant application process, meaning this is still early stages of a competitive grant process that the county will be entering into application for.

If accepted, it would allow expansion of the water/sewer system closer to the southwest corner of Gilmer County, closer to the county line, according to Ellijay-Gilmer Water Sewage Authority Director Gary McVey. He estimated 200 residents of the area could be affected by the expansion. With the application due April 1, late fall could see the beginning of construction if approved with an expected one-year construction time.

In addition to these items, the Board of Commissioners approved applications for 2018 River Outfitter’s licenses for Cartecay River Experience and Coosawattee River Resort and an Alcoholic Beverage license for Mohammad Nizar Tharani at Ellijay Mini Mart.


‘Donut Boy’ Sweetens Fourth of July Weekend in Ellijay


ELLIJAY, GA – A special visitor made his way to Ellijay today as he continues a cross country trip to thank Police Officers for their service.

This time, 9-year-old Tyler Carach, the ‘Donut Boy’ as Police Departments and people across America have begun calling him, began traveling from Florida on June 26, and will continue all the way to New Hampshire before continuing his return trip home. Tyler began his project one day, according to his mother Sheena Carach, in Douglasville when they were in a gas station. Tyler noticed four deputies and decided to buy them mini doughnuts.

Tyler receives a patch for the "Donut Police" after visiting Ellijay.

Tyler receives a patch for the “Donut Police” after visiting Ellijay.

Sheena tells FYN that he couldn’t understand why the officers were making such a big deal out of the snacks. After explaining the atmosphere involving police in the nation today and telling him you cannot judge everyone by a few, Tyler promptly announced that he was going to buy every officer in America doughnuts to say thank you.

“I’ve always taught them that if you believe it, you can achieve it. You are the only person in this life that can limit yourself,” said Sheena who helped Tyler by traveling to “local” departments in Florida, some three hours away. However, she very soon began receiving calls from all over the country including Oregon requesting Tyler to stop by. Tyler isn’t just receiving support from community and citizens in his quest, Sheena also praised her husband who travels for work, putting in long hours to support the family as well as Tyler’s dream.

Tyler Carach, the 'Donut Boy' stopped into Ellijay just in time for July 4th to thank Ellijay's Police Officers for their service and commitment.

Tyler Carach, the ‘Donut Boy’ stopped into Ellijay just in time for July 4th to thank Ellijay’s Police Officers for their service and commitment.

ALTAI, a company who sells Police Department approved boots, has offered a 2% donation of their profits to support Tyler as well as doughnut stores across America who donate and discount their products for Tyler and local officers. Ellijay’s Dunkin Donuts on 515 helped Tyler today by donating two dozen and discounting a third.

Having already begun the paperwork, Sheena tells FYN that she hopes to turn the whole thing into a 501c3 (non-profit) organization so that companies like ALTAI and anyone else can continue to support Tyler and his movement for Police everywhere.

Police Chief Edward Lacey stops for a comical moment during the 'Donut Boy's' visit.

Police Chief Edward Lacey stops for a comical moment during the ‘Donut Boy’s’ visit.

The “I DONUT Need a Reason to Thank a Cop” campaign, and Tyler specifically, has been highlighted and noted numerous times across America, and was even invited to speak at National Police Week, the Georgia Chief of Police Conference, and even the Steve Harvey Show.

The family decided to add Ellijay to their trip because a friend visited and spoke so highly of the town. Being in town since Friday, Sheena says she and Tyler have fallen in love with it as they have yet to meet anyone who wasn’t “just as friendly as can be.” Unfortunately, Tyler may not be in town much longer as “duty calls.” He will continue on to Augusta and  then to Pigeon Forge in the next few days.

Though leaving to continue his journey, Tyler has left a lasting impression on America and Ellijay as Police Chief Edward Lacey commented about the visit saying, “He’s a great kid, I love him.”

A donated picture from Tyler's Family of him trying on police gear.

A donated picture from Tyler’s Family of him trying on police gear.


It’s not just a trip for Tyler, though. He wants to follow through to become a Police Officer one day. Although originally wanting to join SWAT, Tyler got a chance to try on the gear once and told his mother the gear was too heavy. Since then, he has switched to wanting to become a K-9 Officer instead.

His visits exchange far more than doughnuts, however, Sheena tells FYN that Tyler has amassed a noteworthy collection of Police Department patches, hats, coins, and other various items from the Departments he visits. He also secretly leaves something more than doughnuts at the Departments, hiding painted rocks as a part of the connections to Pensacola Rocks, Ellijay Rocks, and numerous other communities he visits.


Make sure to follow more with Tyler’s trip through his Facebook Page.

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