What’s New?

  • The Spring Newsletter is now out and can accessed here. With this edition, we renew an old practice of putting out regular newsletters for everyone to learn about matters of interest on the mountain.
  • The SME Annual Meeting will take place at Fire Station #10 on Monument Rd. on Saturday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m. We will hold elections for four positions on the board to replace three retiring members and the re-election of one current member. If you are interested in running for board membership, please contact Jeff Kirves at the email address below. Meetings are held monthly and last about two hours, plus any email coordination required to discuss issues needing to be resolved.
  • Georgia Forestry Commission has updated rules for burning outdoors. For the latest info, go to:https://gatrees.org/burn-permits-and-notifications/
  • Living in the mountains can present some unique problems, like getting timely attention in the event of a medical emergency. Go here to see what one option could be to save your life or the life of a loved one.
  • The SME shop on spreadshirt.com has been updated with new designs and items. Go down this page to the section on our shop and click on the “Check it out” link to see what’s new. Don’t forget that a portion of the sales comes back to SMEPOA to help fund work on our roads.
  • The minutes from the May board meeting (held on April 30 to plan for the annual meeting) are now posted on the minutes page.

SMEPOA Board of Directors

Jeff Kirves, President, e-mail: Jeff.Kirves@Yahoo.com 

Bonnie Lovejoy, Secretary, e-mail: kbonsassy@hotmail.com

Joyce Leath, Treasurer, email: jsee@mindspring.com

Kelly Watson, Vice President, email: kellywatson@windstream.net

Trina Britt, email: georgiamountaincord@gmail.com

Libby Glosson, email: libglosson@gmail.com

Mark Stubbs, email: mcstubbs1@comcast.net

The Sassafras Mountain Estates Property Owners Association, SMEPOA, was formed to represent the collective interests of property owners.

Mission Statement

1. Represent the combined interests of property owners on issues of mutual concern that may have an effect on the fundamental character of Sassafras Mountain Estates.

2. Protect property values within the community by encouraging cooperation among property owners regarding issues pertaining to covenants, and private and common property maintenance. To provide a collective voice on issues regarding local governmental activities that would influence the quality of life and the value of properties within our community.

3. Promote the quality of life that brought property owners to Sassafras Mountain Estates by supporting the preservation of the natural resources of our community.

4. Assist property owners by working with local Fire and Law Enforcement agencies to help provide adequate and timely services.

SMEPOA does not make personal data about property owners available to the public for any reason

Click on the covenants link below to see the SME Covenants overview that summarizes the responsibilities and restrictions for property owners:


Board Meeting Minutes

Click on the link below to see the most recent meeting minutes from the SMEPOA board meeting.


Area Information

Pickens County

Sheriff – (706) 253-8900

Government site:http://pickenscountyga.gov

Dawson County

Sheriff – (706) 344-3535

Government site:http://Dawsoncounty.org

Community Resources

Fire prevention:



Looking for someone to perform some service for your home or property? Click on the mountain services link below to see the contact information for companies that have done good work for your neighbors.

Mountain Services

From the SMEPOA board

The board is interested in your input. If you do have an issue that you would like answered, a question or comment(s), please email a concise paragraph highlighting your concerns and it will be discussed, as long as it is respectful. Then, if the board thinks it is of interest to the community, we will send our responses via email to everyone for whom we have an email. 

A concern that was brought to our attention is there needs to be more communication during the year. You are more than welcome to ask a question or express a concern anytime. You may ask a board member, the board membersā€˜ email addresses are found on the sassafrasmountainestates.com website (above), or send an email to smepoa@mindspring.com and we will respond in a timely manner.

Thank you.

Sassafras Mountain Estates Shop

Don’t forget that we now have a dedicated Sassafras Mountain Estates shop for buying T shirts (both long and short sleeve), sweatshirts and hoodies, and accessories. Check it out

Here are some sample items that are some of the many things that can be purchased on the website. There are three logos that can be selected on the items: the leaf logo, the SME mountain logo with red lettering, and the SME mountain logo with black lettering. The premium choice for men’s T shirts is a little higher quality, but the regular choice works fine for casual wear. Each clothing item is offered in various colors, shown in the bubbles below the item.

Women’s items are shown below.

Accessories are also included, and include coffee cups, aprons, tote bags, dog bandanas. You can check them all out online at the shop. Finally, you can customize any item offered on the site, including some accessories that are not already printed with one of the logos, under the “Customize” tab. Just use the “Product”, “Design”, or “Text” tab in Customize to make the item uniquely yours. See the examples below. Finally, if the item doesn’t fit or doesn’t meet your expectations, just follow the instructions for the “Return Policy” on the site.

SMEPOA Contribution

Property owners of Sassafras Mountain Estates, via the Sassafras Mountain Estates Property Owners Association, or SMEPOA, support the upkeep of our private roads by making an annual contribution, due by July 1st of each year for the 7/1 to 6/30 fiscal year. The current donation for each lot with a house is $600 and $300 for lots without houses, all of which goes almost exclusively to paving and patching the roads, mowing and maintaining the road shoulders, and painting lines and installing reflectors on the roads. There is no county road maintenance because the roads are private. Therefore, it’s essential that property owners provide the funding to keep the roads up. Please make your contribution now if you haven’t done so already.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make the check payable to SMEPOA, and mail it to PO Box 1611, Jasper, GA 30143. You can also pay by credit card or through PayPal by clicking on the “Donate” link below. You can also set up automatic payment through your bank or credit union by going to the Bill Pay/Payment Center and entering SMEPOA in the business line, and use PO Box 1611, Jasper, GA 30143 as the address.  If a telephone number is required, enter your telephone number in case the financial institution has questions or problems with your payment. Finally, select the monthly amount you wish to pay ($50 for lots with houses, $25 for lots only) and the day of the month you want the payment to be made. Thanks.

NOTE: After you click the contribution link, you must enter the amount of your donation before choosing “Pay with PayPal” or “Pay with a Card”.

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