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James Bryant, Jr. ~ Mayor Pro Tem

James Bryant, Jr.


James Bryant and his family have lived in Talking Rock since 2012. Born in Tampa, Florida, James was raised in Pulaski County, Virginia and graduated from Radford High School in 1987. James joined the United States Army in October of 1987. In 1990, James served in Operations Desert Shield and Storm. After the war, James returned home and attended Radford University. While at Radford, James joined the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1995. James had served in several roles and been stationed in several areas throughout the United States and Overseas. James has been deployed several times to include, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. James retired from active duty in 2015 and now is working in the Public Sector. James began serving on the Talking Rock Town Council in 2017 and became Mayor Pro Tem in January 2022.

Lynda Cagle - Councilmember

Lynda Cagle


I grew up in Atlanta, was schooled there, attended UGA and over the years saw many changes.. The Buckhead area was really my home town as both of my parents had businesses in the heart of the community. Our family was well accepted by all businesses and to us they felt like family who watched us grow. My own family still enjoyed the community. Later we created businesses. The Atlanta Voice Connection and Comtel Services were both communication businesses, The last position in Atlanta was with Benefit Services Corporation as the Facilities Manager.

As the times passed Atlanta lost the community feeling to the point that my husband and I wanted to find that sense of closeness that no longer existed even in our little neighborhood. In 1997 my husband and my son found our house on a pleasure ride to North Georgia to see the area that impressed him. They stopped in Talking Rock, saw the house for sale and he felt it was the place we should move. It has been home ever since.

In 2003 my job ended in Atlanta after being sold to a large national company. Shortly after, some neighbors in town asked me to fill an opening on the town council. Later, I ran for a full term and was elected and continued until 2013. This year I was offered the opportunity to serve again. Our little community still offers the special feeling we were looking to find over 26 years ago.

Caleb Gay - Councilmember

Caleb Gay


Tony Hawf - Councilmember

Tony Hawf

Mayor Pro Tem

Tony Hawf moved to Talking Rock with his wife Mary in 2019. Living in Georgia for most of his life, he has always been passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of his fellow citizens.

After graduating from North Cobb High School and Marietta Vo-Tech (Currently Chattahoochee Tech) he has worked in the construction industry, for the Cobb County Planning Dept., served in the United States Army in Desert Storm, worked for the Cobb County Fire Dept, then back to construction where he is now a licensed contractor.

He has never lost sight of his desire to serve the community, and over the years he has volunteered for a number of local organizations and causes.

In 2020, Tony decided to take his commitment to the community to the next level by running for a seat on the Town council. He has also heavily invested time and money in the downtown business district, starting local businesses and reviving diminished areas.

Tony remains active in the community and continues to volunteer for various organizations and causes. He is a proud parent and grandparent, and enjoys spending time with his family, as well as hiking, cooking and gardening.

Tony is deeply committed to making Talking Rock a better place to live, work, and raise a family, and he is honored to serve on the council and work towards that goal.

Jason Little - Councilmember

Jason Little



The Town Clerk is appointed by the Mayor and Council and is the official record keeper for the Town of Talking Rock. The Town Clerk is responsible for keeping minutes, distributing agendas, maintaining ordinances, resolutions and proclamations as well as facilitating city elections.

Phone: 706-253-5515



* No Meeting Held   |    C - Called   |    PH - Public Hearing  |    WS - Work Session
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The next regular scheduled meeting for the Talking Rock Council is on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 7 pm.
Work Session precedes the meeting at 5:30 pm.


    I. Call Meeting to Order

    II. Pledge of Allegiance

    III. Mayor Announcements

    IV. Approval of June 2024 Meeting Minutes

    V. Approval of June 2024 Financial Reports

    VI. Summary of Maintenance

    Old Business:
    A. Park repairs

    New Business:
    A. Discuss Downtown Talking Rock conceptual plans
    B. Continuation of LMIG funding
    C. Heritage Days update
    D. Waste Management discussion

    VII. Adjourn: Next Council Working session, Thursday, 8 August 2024 at 5:30 PM, followed by Town Council meeting at 7:00 PM.


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For the purpose of establishing a Town on the Marietta & North Georgia Railroad in Pickens County, Georgia, to be designated and known as the Town of Talking Rock, the undersigned owners of lands in Lots 132 and 157, in the 12th District, 2nd Section, first reserving the right of way and lands contiguous to the railroad track, which lands we have this day conveyed to the Marietta & North Georgia Railroad Company in deed bearing even date with this instrument, and as appears on this map prepared by F.S. Wallace, Chief Engineer of said Railroad Company, which map is drawn on the tracing-cloth which this instrument is written; and first again hereby dedicating to the public forever for street purposes so much of said lands as is embraced in the various roads, streets and even as shown on said map, do hereby set apart so much of our said land as is embraced in the various lots and blocks show on said map, to be hereafter known as designated by number of lot and letter of block, with metes and bounds as shown by said map, said lots, blocks, roads, streets and avenues to compromise the Town of Talking Rock; the consideration moving each of us in the establishing of this Town being the consequent enhanced value of our lands within and adjacent to said Town, and the general benefit to the surrounding country, by which we shall be benefitted. It is our wish that the Town of Talking Rock be incorporated according to the Laws of Georgia, with such regulations as the purchasers and holders of the lots may determine to be best, and that the streets and avenues become the property of the Town for the purpose designated.

In witness whereof we have hereunto signed our names and affixed our seals this 19th day of March, A.D. 1883.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of F.S. Wallace, E. Wofford, N.P, N.W. Blalock, S.L. Taylor

Recorded May 8th, 1883

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Blackwater Station

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Talking Rock, GA 30175

Lateral Drift General Store
& Hiking & Camping Gear

Lateral Drift

4615 Hwy 136 West
Talking Rock, GA 30175

Level III Framing, LLC House Builders

Level III Framing, LLC

4679 Hwy 136 West
Talking Rock, GA 30175

Moose and Annie Mercantile Antiques

Moose and Annie Mercantile

4551 Hwy 136 West
Talking Rock, GA 30175

Talking Rock Brewery

Talking Rock Brewery

4500 Highway 136 West
Talking Rock, GA 30175
706-253-2337 | @talkingrockbrewery

Talking Rock First Baptist Church

Talking Rock First Baptist Church

429 Old Blairsville Hwy
Talking Rock, GA 30175

Talking Rock Pottery

Talking Rock Pottery

4632 Highway 136 West
Talking Rock, GA 30175


Talking Rock is located 1.4 miles east of Georgia highway 515, in beautiful Pickens County, between Jasper & Ellijay.

Town of Talking Rock

4675 Hwy. 136 W
Talking Rock, GA 30175
Phone: 706-253-5515