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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


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.



-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. 

Wiregrass 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.


Medical Community:

-Tift Regional Medical-

Tift Regional Medical Center is a full service regional referral hospital that provides state of the art services to patients in our area. With a reputation as an innovative provider of quality care, Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) is a not-for-profit, 191-bed regional medical center serving south central Georgia. The medical staff includes more than 95 physicians with the majority board-certified in more than 30 specialties.

The B.L. Southwell Tower, which opened in 1992, houses an Emergency Department, a Women's Pavilion featuring family centered child birth, and a modern Pediatrics Unit. In 1993, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center opened. 1996 marked the opening of a new medical office building and the completion of the total renovation of the front lobby, cafeteria, orthopedics unit, education area and the business office.

TRMC provides a wide-range of services, including six Centers of Excellence offering advanced, expert care in ocology, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, women's health and emergency medicine. A comprehensive day surgery facility has a centralized pre-surgical testing area and its own family waiting area. Surgical procedures offered include general, vascular, orthopedic, gynecologic, urologic, dematologic, otolaryngologic and other specialties.

-Affinity Health Group-

At Affinity Health Group patients find professional, efficient health services. With over 30 board-certified physicians and their skilled clinical support teams available, patients select a personal health care team. From infants and adolescents to senior adults, there is a primary care or specialty physician at Affinity to meet the health needs of all ages.

Quality health care at Affinity is also efficient: many diagnostic tests and treatments are available in our facility. Patients enjoy the easy "down the hallway" access and one-time registration process for treatments and testing. For added convenience, extended office hours during the week and weekends are standard fare.



-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 vollyeball. 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.

-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 Park:Marks 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 Agrirama:  When you visit the historic Agrirama, you journey back to another time, and for a little while, enjoy exploring a different and more peaceful world. Discover the 19th century living history museum with its two working farmsteads, cotton gin, sawmill, grist mill, print shop, drug store Masonic lodge, Victorian home, steam train, and country store. Costumed interpreters share Georgia’s rural heritage with visitors.

Open year-round from Tuesday through Saturday – closed Sunday, Monday, New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and December 22-25 of each year. Attraction parking is free. Call for information on full-service overnight recreational vehicle parking. Group rates are available for parties of 20 or more. 
Contact the Agrirama for more information about tickets prices, field trips and teacher resources, the special events calendar, and the soon-to-open Education & Conference Center and Peanut Museum.

For more information, call (229) 386-3344 or toll-free at (800) 767-1875.

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.


Churches by Denomination (Alphabetically):


Seventh-Day Adventist Church  382-1726


African Methodist Episcopal

Allen Temple AME Church  386-9833



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



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



Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church 382-4600



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 



St. Anne's Episcopal Church  382-7505


Full Gospel 

Faith of Deliverance Church  386-5327



Mount Calvary Holiness Church  386-8183

St. John's Holiness Church  382-2566



Arms of Hope Outreach  387-7860

New Covenant Church  387-7770


Jehovah's Witness 

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 382-0389



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



Church of the Nazarene  382-3441



Arms of Hope Outreach Ministries 387-7860



New Bethel Pentecostal Church  387-8554



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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CENTURY 21 Smith Branch & Pope

Tifton, GA   -  229.386.8737