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Why Tifton is for you:

  • Tifton is a progressive city and diversity is its strength.  Its agriculture, location, tourism, manufacturing and research provide unique opportunities for everyone
  • Strategically located just 180 miles south of Atlanta and 60 miles from Florida –Tifton is central to all that is magnificent in Georgia and North Florida
  • Tifton can be easily reached by I-75 (via exits 61 & 62), US Hwy. 319, US Hwy. 82, and US Hwy. 41
  • Constant promotion of community growth and economic development
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Moultrie Technical College and University of Georgia, Tifton campus
  • “Tifton is highlighted as 1 of 7 cities in the Southeast predicted to be part of an emerging ‘Mega Region’ according to a study done by Center for Quality Growth & Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology”
  • Tifton is home of one of the best public school systems in Georgia & is the reading capitol of the world
  • Tifton has a thriving and expanding medical community
  • Home of the Georgia Agrirama, "A Top 10 Living History Museum"
  • Listed as #53 in Norman Crampton’s “Top 100 Best Small Towns in America”
  • Winner of the “Cleanest Community in The USA” Award
  • Tifton is known as the “Friendly City”
  • Georgia has a strong, effervescent business environment that is   on the move globally & Tifton is at the center of an advancing- growing region
  • Georgia's Free-port Law offers manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and warehouse operations an attractive inventory tax exemption

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History of Tifton

In 1869, Henry Harding Tift, having left Connecticut to join his uncle's business operations in South Georgia, saw opportunity and potential in the piney woods of present Tift County. A few years later, in 1872, he set up some lumber mill machinery, starting a sawmill beside a railroad. This area grew and on December 29, 1890, was incorporated as a city. Our 'Friendly City,' Tifton, was born.

A cotton mill started in 1900 and led to further industrial growth. Tift County was created on August 17, 1905, with Tifton as the county seat.

Today Tifton has many national manufacturing plants producing a wide range of products including textiles, processed foods, farm implements, aluminum extrusion, automotive supplies and refrigeration equipment.

Through progress, growth and involvement, the citizens of Tifton and Tift County look forward to an exciting future.

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Education:

Tift County Public Schools

The Tift County Public School system is operated by the Tift County Board of Education. The county system has approximately 7500 students, 600 certified staff members and 400 support staff. The public system offers full-day kindergartens, specialized programs in all areas and a comprehensive high school. All schools meet Georgia Public School Standards and have SACS accreditation.

1998 saw the completion of a new High School and major additions and renovations at four schools. A new primary school (Pre-K-3) opened in 2003.

Tift County School offer many extracurricular activities such as Beta Club, 4-H Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and all sports activities. Our school system has active parent-teacher organizations. The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce sponsors an Adopt-A-School program with active involvement from local industries and businesses.

Quality education is a high priority in Tifton-Tift County!

Tiftarea Academy

Tiftarea Academy was founded in 1969 by parents in Tifton and surrounding communities for the purpose of providing their children with a quality education that encourages mental, physical and spiritual growth in a stable atmosphere conducive to learning. Academic excellence, respect, discipline and moral character are key words at Tiftarea Academy.  The school's curriculum reflects a strong emphasis on college preparations. Small classes enable teachers to give personal attention to each student and to encourage development of each individual's potential.

Tiftarea Academy, Inc., admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. A renewed effort to publicly demonstrate our "Commitment to Excellence" has brought increased community support. We invite you to come visit. Look us over. See why "Our Quality Shows" at Tiftarea Academy.  Tiftarea Academy is fully accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and is a member in good standing with the Georgia Independent School Association.   All Tiftarea Academy teachers hold current State of Georgia certificates and many have earned advance degrees in their specific disciplines.

Attractive, well-equipped classrooms, science laboratory and library are built around a central gymnasium-auditorium and lunchroom.  The next appearance of the school grounds reflects the pride Tiftarea Academy has in its beautiful wooded campus. Appealing equipment of sturdy construction invited children to a spacious, grassy playground.  A well-kept athletic complex with regulation size football, baseball, soccer and softball fields is also included on the campus.  Adjacent to the football field is the Field House which contains a modern weightlifting room and athletic training center.   Construction of a new media center, computer lab and additional classroom and office space was recently completed demonstrating Tiftarea Academy's long term "Commitment to Excellence."

Average SAT scores: 1120

Tiftarea Academy · P.O. Box 10 · Chula, Georgia 31733 · (229) 382-0436

Higher Education

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is the largest residential two-year college in Georgia. A total of 53 different majors, ranging from education to criminal justice to nursing are available. Ten different degrees are available at night. A specialized program in the Division of Agriculture and Forest Resources focuses on such unique majors as golf course management, wildlife technology and environmental horticulture. A unit of the University System of Georgia, ABAC offers six intercollegiate sports, a wide range of extracurricular activities and the most successful two-year college newspaper in Georgia. ABAC Place is ABAC's newest apartment project with 4BR/2BA housing units. This project will house 835 students. Through joint programs with Valdosta State University, Albany State College and Georgia Southwestern College, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees are also available on the campus.

The University of Georgia Tifton Campus, a unit of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, offers two majors: Agriscience and Environmental Systems and Agricultural Education, allowing students to earn a B.S. degree from the University of Georgia — all without leaving Tifton! The UGA Tifton Campus is home to world renowned researchers, staff members, and now undergraduate students. 

East Central Tech and Moultrie Tech are two vocational schools within easy driving distance, which provide alernative education opportunities. Moultrie Tech offers a satellite campus near the Tift County Industrial Park.

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Medical Community:

Tift Regional Medical

Tift Regional Medical Center....... With a reputation as an innovative provider of quality care, Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) is a growing, not-for-profit hospital system serving 12 counties in South Central Georgia.  TRHS offers more than 135 physicians with expertise in over 30 specialties.  TRHS provides a wide-range of care, including signature services in surgery, oncology, cardiovascular care, women’s health, neurodiagnostics, geriatric psychiatric care, radiology and more. 

The Main Campus is Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a 181-bed regional referral hospital located in Tifton at 901 East 18th Street.  TRMC was named a top 10 Georgia medium-size hospital by Georgia Trend magazine in both 2012 and 2013.  Tift Regional Medical Center’s West Campus, located in Tifton at 2225 Highway 41 North, is an outpatient facility which houses various diagnostic services and the region’s largest multi-specialty physician practice.  Located in Adel, Cook Medical Center is a 60-bed acute care facility which includes a 12-bed geriatric psychiatric unit.  Cook Medical Center also offers a 95-bed nursing home. 

Tift Regional Health System is under the direction of the Tift County Hospital Authority, a nine-member board of volunteer trustees appointed by the Tift County Board of Commissioners.  Though guided by a government-appointed entity, TRHS provides charitable care for the community without financial support from county government. 

In addition to being a quality healthcare provider for the region, TRHS is an economic engine for the community.  TRHS employs 2,046 personnel (including 1,825 for Tift Regional Medical Center and 221 for Cook Medical Center).  According a study conducted by the Georgia Hospital Association, TRHS has a $472.7 million impact on the local economy. Total household earnings generated are projected at $228.6 million.

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Recreation/Entertainment:

Tift County Recreation Department

The Tift County Recreation Department (TCRD) offers a wide variety of activities for all ages. Baseball, softball, football, soccer and cheerleading are offered for youth, while softball, basketball, swimming, tennis, karate, western line dance classes, clogging and track meets are offered for youth and adults. The recreation department also offers adult volleyball. A summer day camp program is offered at the end of the school year, as well as holiday child care through cooperative efforts between the Kid's Advocacy Coalition (KAC) and the recreation department for the youth of our area. A new pool was also completed in 2003.

TCRD is active with the older Americans of Tift County by providing a picnic, fishing and games in May and October. There is no charge to our seniors for these activities. TCRD also is a major sponsor of the Older Americans month emphasis during the month of May.

The Friendly City Park contains an open air pavilion, playground, volleyball court and a natural setting which provides excellent opportunities for relaxation and refreshing of the mind. An outdoor amphitheater provides many other recreational opportunities for residents of Tift County.

The E.B. Hamilton softball complex, also located within Friendly City Park, offers six championship caliber softball fields which attract many national events as well as visitors to our friendly city.

The TCRD also sponsors/co-sponsors many special events throughout the year, depending on the season and weather conditions (i.e. Love Affair, bicycle rodeos, football bowls, tournaments, etc.). TCRD's administrative offices are located at 316 West 2nd Street. For more information about programs and activities, please call (229) 382-3262.

Tiftarea YMCA

Tiftarea YMCA .....The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. And that's just the beginning.

Paradise Public Fishing Area

Paradise Public Fishing Area is located on 1,060 acres in Berrien and Tift counties. 525 acres of water in 75 lakes provide excellent boat, bank & peir fishing. Owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Paradise fish provides picnic areas for family outings, a fishing cleaning station, nature trails, hiking & bird watching.  Open daily year round.  Georgia fishing and wildlife management license required

Fulwood Park

A beautiful 36 acre spot in the center of town for picnicking and relaxing. The azaleas and dogwoods make this a springtime fairyland. New and innovative play ground equipment for kids.

Local Entertainment

  • Springhill Country Club: Members only. Golf, pool, tennis.
  • Forest Lakes Golf Club: Public nine hole course. Driving range, putting green and carts. Open daily.
  • Sunsweet Hills Golf Club: Public 18hole championship course. Double putting greens, driving range, carts, clubhouse, pro-shop and golf lessons. Open daily.
  • Tift County Lanes: Bowling facility complete with game room, concessions and pool tables. Open daily.
  • Carmike Cinema Six: Six screen theater featuring first run films. Open daily.
  • Tifton Mall: Tifton Mall is open daily with large chain stores such as J.C. Penney, Belk, and Goody’s. The mall also open at 8:00AM on weekdays for walking.
  • Andy Summers Tennis Center: Six Lighted Courts, six handball courts, paved walking track. Located at 8th Street Middle School.
  • Jeff Davis Memorial ParkMarks the site of the capture of President Jefferson Davis of the Conferderate States. 12 miles North of Tifton.
  • Ken’s Fish Hatchery: Featuring fish and bullfrog breeding. Alapaha, 15 miles east of Tifton.

Places to Visit

  • Fulwood Garden Center:  Restored English-style cottage farmhouse and historic family home of Mr. and Mrs. P.D. Fuwood, Sr. Currently serves as the Tifton Council of Garden Clubs headquarters. Visitors are welcome.

For more information, call (229) 386-8347.

  • Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village:     Georgia’s Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village opened as the Agrirama on July 4, 1976. The grounds consist of five areas: a traditional farm community of the 1870s, an 1890s progressive farmstead, an industrial sites complex, rural town, national peanut complex, and the Museum of Agriculture Center. Over 35 structures have been relocated to the 95-acre site and faithfully restored or preserved. Costumed interpreters explain and demonstrate the life-style and activities of this time in Georgia’s history.

For more information, visit the website or call (229) 391-5205.

  • Magnolia Tree Park:  In the heart of Magnolia Industrial Park stands a magnificent 'old lady,' a Southern Magnolia tree estimated to be 400 years old. Neglected and vandalized for years, this beautiful specimen (reputedly the second largest magnolia tree in the United States) is now the center focus of the park. Visitors are invited to enjoy her boardwalk and read or meditate on her shaded deck. The Friends of the Magnolia are committed to her care and preservation.
  • Myon Hotel:  A famous south Georgia hotel built in 1907 and known as the grandest hotel south of Atlanta. Today, the Myon Hotel is a business complex. Completely renovated, the Myon Hotel contains municipal offices, specialty shops, offices, apartments and bed-and-breakfast accommodations.
  • Tifton - Tift County Main Street:  The Main Street philosophy is that economic revitalization can be accomplished through historic preservation. By building on assets that are inherent in older downtowns — architectural character, vacant and under-utilized buildings, availability of public services and infrastructure and a history of entrepreneurship — downtowns can become economically healthy again.

Recent projects completed include restoration of the Tift Theater and a Depot Plaza complete with an outdoor stage area. The Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage has just completed restoration. It is located on Love Avenue in the old First Methodist Church.

We invite you to come discover Tifton's newest stores nestled among the old time favorites on Main Street!

  • Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage:  Built in 1901 by Tifton's founder, the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage originally served as a church. It features fine heart pinewood, vaulted ceiling and 27 exquisit stained glass windows.

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Churches by Denomination (Alphabetically):

Adventists

  • Seventh-Day Adventist Church  382-1726

African Methodist Episcopal

  • Allen Temple AME Church  386-9833

Apostolic

  • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith  382-8289
  • I Hope Church of God Apostolic 382-3713

Assemblies of God

  • First Assembly of God 382-5437

Baptist

  • Beulah Hill Baptist Church 382-0968
  • Brookfield Baptist Church 382-3652
  • Calvary Baptist Church 382-6831
  • Corinth Freewill Baptist Church 382-0060
  • Eastside Baptist Church 382-0730
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church 386-5106
  • First Baptist Church 382-6063
  • First Baptist Church of Chula 382-7682
  • Fourth Street Baptist Church 382-1559
  • Friendship Baptist Church 382-4635
  • Macedonia Baptist Church 386-2097
  • Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church 387-9067
  • Mount Zion Baptist Church - Chula 382-1516
  • Mount Zion Baptist Church 386-8687
  • New Bethel Baptist Church 382-7910
  • Northside Baptist Church  382-6855
  • Oak Grove Baptist Church  382-4681
  • St. John Baptist Church  382-3870
  • St. Paul Baptist Church  382-9270
  • Second Baptist Church  382-2211
  • Shiloh Baptist Church  382-5152
  • Springfield Baptist Church  387-8170
  • Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church  386-8754
  • Ty Ty Baptist Church  382-6247
  • Zion Hope Baptist Church 382-7089

Baptist - Free Will 

  • Cherry Grove Freewill Baptist Church 387-6535
  • Macedonia Baptist Church 387-9067

Baptist - Independent 

  • Bible Baptist Church 382-3264
  • Grace Baptist Church 387-9008
  • Waterloo Baptist Church  382-5796

Baptist - Southern 

  • Calvary Baptist Church 382-6831
  • Eldorado Baptist Church 387-6139
  • La Mission Bautista Hispana  386-0865
  • Liberty Baptist Church 382-0806
  • Mell Baptist Association Center  386-0805
  • New River Baptist Church 386-2693
  • Northside Baptist Church 382-6855
  • Unity Baptist Church of Tift County  386-5082

Catholic

  • Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church 382-4600

Charismatic

  • New Covenant Church 387-7770

Church of Christ 

  • Church of Christ 382-2737
  • Church of Christ 386-1988

Church of God 

  • Carpenter Road Church of God  382-4880
  • Church of God State Headquarters 386-2967
  • Church of God  382-4707
  • Southern Avenue Church of God  382-2087
  • Union Grove Church of God  382-5793

Church of God of Prophecy

  • Sonrise Chapel  848-0216 or 382-2450

Episcopal

  • St. Anne's Episcopal Church  382-7505

Full Gospel 

  • Faith of Deliverance Church  386-5327

Holiness

  • Mount Calvary Holiness Church  386-8183
  • St. John's Holiness Church  382-2566

Interdenominational

  • Arms of Hope Outreach  387-7860
  • New Covenant Church  387-7770

Jehovah's Witness 

  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 382-0389

Lutheran

  • Peace Lutheran Church 382-7344

Methodist CME 

  • Everette Temple CME of Tifton  382-2981

Methodist - United 

  • First United Methodist Church 382-6100
  • Grace United Methodist Church  387-7628
  • Trinity Methodist Church  382-1227

Nazarene 

  • Church of the Nazarene  382-3441

Non-Denominational

  • Arms of Hope Outreach Ministries 387-7860

Pentecostal

  • New Bethel Pentecostal Church  387-8554

Presbyterian

  • First Presbyterian Church 382-6730

Presbyterian - America 

  • New Life Presbyterian Church 382-7238

Primitive Baptist 

  • Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church 387-7415
  • Tifton Primitive Baptist Church  382-5300

United Pentecostal 

  • First United Pentecostal Church 382-0588

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