Author: admin

Filming in Dawson County

Film crews from the blockbuster “Hunger Games” movie franchise were in town last week filming scenes for “Mockingjay,” the third segment in the popular series.

Christie Haynes, president of the local chamber of commerce and office of tourism development, said filming a movie the magnitude of “Hunger Games” could have a tremendous impact on economic development. “Lionsgate has been a longtime partner of Georgia’s entertainment industry. The fact that they are continuing to bring productions including this high profile franchise to Georgia reaffirms their commitment to our talented crew, diverse locations and accessibility,” he said last year.

Christie Haynes, president of the local chamber and office of tourism development, said Dawson County is a proud partner in the state’s Camera Ready program. “Dawson County is truly the perfect community for filming as we offer diverse film locations from the mountains to rural farms to outlet shopping scenes,” she said.

Haynes added: “We have a very cooperative community that respects privacy and is eager to work with filming crews. “We are excited about future filming opportunities and will continue to market Dawson County as the perfect filming location.”

Lanier Tech

Lanier Technical College held its 2016 commencement Friday night at Free Chapel, awarding 235 degrees, 394 diplomas and 631 certificates. The college marked its 50th graduation ceremony with 985 unduplicated and 1,260 duplicated graduates. They ranged in age from 18 to 72, including 304 from Hall, 192 from Forsyth, 81 from Barrow, 54 from Dawson, 64 from Jackson, 32 from Lumpkin and 21 from Banks counties. Medical Assisting had the highest number of graduates, followed by Early Childhood Care & Education, Cosmetology’s Shampoo Technician, Practical Nursing and Emergency Medical.

“Besides being our ‘golden anniversary class,’ this class is special in many ways,” said Ray Perren, President of Lanier Tech. “The class includes the largest number of associate degrees ever awarded by Lanier Technical College. The class also includes the first Lanier Tech students to earn the Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Physical Therapist Assistant and in Health Information Management Technology.

“We are proud of each and every one of our graduates. This class represents the very best and brightest to enter our region’s workforce.”