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Jule-Lynne Macie began her career as the Rockdale County Extension Agent in 1987. She was promoted to Rockdale County Extension Coordinator in 1997.
For 26 years Macie has served the community by educating residents in the areas of the environment and agriculture and natural resources using a variety of techniques – teaching classes, writing a weekly newspaper column for the Rockdale Citizen – Indoors Outdoors, hosting the Envir-O-Sense television show on the County’s government cable access channel, Rockdale 23, and more.
In 2005, she was promoted to University of Georgia Senior Public Service Associate. Macie has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents and from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. Macie has also received national awards for her work in 4-H and youth, fire ant control efforts and media work. In 2004, she received the Outstanding Media Project Award from the Georgia Urban Forest Council for her Rockdale 23 Envir-O-Sense shows focusing on urban tree education. She has been published internationally in the International Society of Arboriculture Magazine.
Macie earned the nickname “The Bug Lady” (and she likes it) because of her entomology expertise. She initialed a popular Insect Day Camp for youth and the Insectival, a festival to educated residents about the value of insects and ease their phobias by providing unique insects to view, handle, eat and spit. Yes, cricket spitting, A Guinness World Book of Record event, débuted in Rockdale in 2009. She has presented her entomology work nationally and is a frequent guest lecturer statewide.
Macie earned a bachelor’s of science in forest entomology from State University of New York and a master’s in plant protection and pest management from the University of Georgia. She is a Certified Arborist and holds a Category 24 Georgia Pesticide License.
A few of Macie’s other roles in the community include: Rotary member, past president of AT&T’s Toastmasters, past co-president of the Rockdale Magnet Fund, a perennial gardener and a cookie baker, a reluctant Georgia Tech fan (her son was in the band), and a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor.
Macie was born in Mobile, Alabama, but grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has lived in Georgia for 27 years, 19 of those in Rockdale County. She has one son, Nick, who has recently graduated from Georgia Tech.