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DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

The Wonders of DNA

By Ross King
Executive Director

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...I encourage
everyone to spend
time reflecting on
where you have
been and where
you want to go.
Grab that elusive
sense of joy and
make a positive
impact on those
you come into
contact with - it
will fill your heart
with peace and
tranquility.

William R. (Bill) King

MY FATHER, WILLIAM R. (BILL) KING
passed away on March 15, 2017, surrounded by his
immediate family. Dad was 86 years old and was in
failing health after a fall in December 2016.
The passing of a loved one typically triggers periods
of reflection which can be limited in scope or expand a
lifetime. I lift up my father not as a means of personal
privilege but instead to amplify how each of us should
pause momentarily and think about our respective
life paths while we are on this earth. As I wrote my
father's obituary, I was struck by how life is defined
by family, profession and personal interests within
the bookends of our birthdate and day of passing.
The story is often very brief in nature and includes
language about funerals/celebrations of life and family
desires for memorials. As each of you know, though
there is so much more that can be told - it is simply
our tradition to present an abbreviated life snapshot
in the form of a written obituary.
My father was born in Mason City, Iowa, and lived by
simple means with his mother, father, older sister and
brother. Each preceded him in passing and all - with
the exception of his mother - experienced life challenges attributed to many distinct factors. Dad very
simply had a choice of taking one of two paths in life -
he could have easily been surrounded by his limited
opportunities as a young man and remained trapped
in that grip of life. He instead was, in his own words,
very fortunate to have a couple of significant life mentors pull him aside and hold him accountable. They did
not provide special opportunities for my father. They
simply gave him a road map and said that he could
(not would) enjoy a successful life, one not absent of
heavy lifting and hard work. He understood that his

educational path was critical and, fortunately, was
able to transfer into East High School in Des Moines,
Iowa, for his all-important final years. He then faithfully served his country in the U.S. Navy as a medical
corpsman for four years including a stint overseas as
well as at the prestigious Bethesda Naval Hospital. He
saw a great deal of suffering and was forced to mature
quickly during those years of military service. I am
convinced that this period engrained memories into his
mind which, in part, compelled him to return to civilian
life where he immediately went into higher education
at the University of Iowa where he earned both his
bachelor's and master's degrees in political science.
Upon graduation, the mentorship continued and
Dad was afforded an excellent opportunity to join the
federal government where he ventured into the world
of public sector training. He consumed his mentorship
opportunities and realized that he could build upon
his extroverted character by pacing himself carefully. Professional advancement took him to Illinois,
Missouri, New York, and eventually to Tennessee
where he retired from the federal government in 1986.
His professional path allowed him to interact with
individuals such as Pres. Harry Truman; then Majority
Leader George Bush; a number of U.S. Congressmen;
Frank Bane, the first Director of the Social Security
Administration; Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who
many vividly recall from his heroic service in Dallas, TX
on November 22, 1963, when he rushed from a trail car
to protect Mrs. Kennedy during the assassination of
Pres. Kennedy; and many other dignitaries. He and his
highly professional staff were responsible for training
upwards of 25,000 mid to upper level federal agency
employees in two and three week topical seminars.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2017

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Intro
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover1
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover2
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 4
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 5
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 6
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 7
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 10
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 11
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 13
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 14
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 15
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 17
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 18
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 21
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 22
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 27
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 29
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 30
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 32
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover4
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