Atkinson County Health Department

Atkinson County is one the youngest counties in Georgia, having been created in 1917 from portions of Clinch and Coffee counties. The county is named for William Yates Atkinson, who served as governor of Georgia and Speaker of the Georgia House.

The county has two municipalities: Pearson, the county seat, and Willacoochee. Pearson was named to honor Benjah Pearson who served in the Indian War of 1838.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Pearson was known as the "Chess Capital" of the state. The town hosted four consecutive championships, and one-fourth of the Georgia Chess Association's membership was Pearson residents.

For health information on the county, visit

Atkinson County Health Dept.
Nurse Manager - Donna Smeltzer, ADN Environmental Health - Kelly McDonner

461 Albany Avenue East
PO Drawer 218
Pearson, GA 31642-9322
FAX: 422-7345
Hours of operation:
7:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Thursday
8am-5pm, Friday

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Southeast Health District
1101 Church Street
Waycross, GA 31501
P: 912-285-6002
F: 912-284-2980


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