Banks County, Georgia

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Banks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population is 14,422. The 2007 Census Estimate placed the population at 16,556.[1] The county seat is Homer.[2]



  • The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation to create Banks County on February 1, 1859, from Franklin and Habersham Counties.
  • The county is named for Richard Banks, a prominent 19th century physician in Gainesville, Georgia.
  • Ty Cobb, a Baseball Hall of Famer, was born in Banks County in 1886 in an area of the county knows as The Narrows - a small farming community consisting of fewer than 100 people. The area and birthplace are on State Highway 105 in the northern part of the county near the Broad River.
  • The legal organ for the county is The Banks County News, a member of Mainstreet News, Inc.
  • One of the county's oldest church sites is the Hebron Presbyterian Church, established in 1796.
  • Banks County is the home of the Atlanta Dragway, located near Banks Crossing.
  • Also known for being the home of the former World's largest Easter Egg Hunt. (The 50th annual egg hunt in 2009 was the finale.)

Law and government

As of January 1, 2010, the county's government will consist of a five-member county commission, with one being the Chairman of the Commission.

  • Milton Dalton is the Commission Chairman.
  • Rickey Cain, Ernest Rogers, Charles Turk, and Joe Barefoot are the other commissioners representing Districts 1-4.
  • The Sheriff is Charles Chapman
  • The Coroner is Bobby Eubanks
  • The Probate Judge is Betty Thomas
  • The Clerk of Court is Timothy Harper
  • The Magistrate Judge is Ivan Mote.
  • The Fire Chief is Jeff Taylor


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