2015-12-02 / Front Page

Quality of Life Initiative at work

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


Grady Lane, County Field Director, and Kenny Shockley Sr. are shown inspecting a drainage ditch behind the baseball field at the Recreation Department. Grady Lane, County Field Director, and Kenny Shockley Sr. are shown inspecting a drainage ditch behind the baseball field at the Recreation Department. Solving drainage problems at the Jenkins County Recreation Department Complex is one of the latest projects of the Quality of Life Initiative.

The Complex has a history of flooding and Phase1 of the multi-phase project is currently underway. Phase 2 is planned for a later date.

Wesley Parker, project engineer, said, “Phase 1 will correct the major problems at the Complex. The track and baseball field will now drain and will not pond like they did in years past. Phase 2 will address the area around the office, softball field home plate and the baseball field home plate.

Shockley Plumbing, Kenny Shockley Sr., is the project contractor.

Previous improvements at the Complex funded by the Quality of Life Initiative have included the resurfacing of the tennis courts, new netting over the playground, removal of a tree near the playground, all clay infield at the small baseball field and a new scoreboard and removal of old brick bleachers, which were a safety hazard.


Kenny Shockley Sr., Shockley Plumbing, is shown checking the grades of new pipes that were installed at the Jenkins County Recreation Department football field to correct flooding issues. ( 
Photos contributed) Kenny Shockley Sr., Shockley Plumbing, is shown checking the grades of new pipes that were installed at the Jenkins County Recreation Department football field to correct flooding issues. ( Photos contributed) The Quality of Life Initiative is a 501(3)C non-profit organization sponsored by the Jenkins County Development Authority, Millen/ Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce, Jenkins County Commissioners, City of Millen and Jenkins County Board of Education. The goal of the program is to attract new residents to Millen and Jenkins County with the initiative targeting several areas for improvement: Education, Recreation, Housing, Infrastructure, Retail Business Development and Medical Services and Promotion. All donations to the initiative are tax deductible.

For more information on the Quality of Life program, contact the Chamber office at (478) 982-5595.

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