Gooch: Senate Gets Down to Business

State & National

Senate Gets Down to Business

By: Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega)

Although the Senate was in session for only two days this week, my colleagues and I were very busy under the Gold Dome addressing budget proposals and a key piece of legislation on the Senate Floor.

The week started with Joint Senate and House Appropriations hearings on the Amended FY18 and General FY19 budgets. Governor Deal kicked off the hearings which included several different agencies presenting their budget proposals. I am happy to say that the state’s budget continues to be in good shape, with the General FY19 budget topping $26 billion for the first time. The General FY19 budget proposals were drafted with an estimated 2.9 percent state fund growth and around 3.8 percent tax revenue growth over the Amended FY18 revenue estimates. Included in the General FY19 budget are increases in funding for education and transportation.

The General FY19 budget addresses the needs for the state to meet determined employer contributions within the Teachers Retirement System with a proposed increase of around $364 million. Additionally, around $120 million would be appropriated for enrollment growth and training. Along with these positive changes in the General FY19 budget, an important proposal in the Amended FY18 budget is adding $15 million to purchase 194 school buses statewide. This will positively impact our students by ensuring that buses are not overcrowded.

The state’s growing need to address transportation infrastructure is also addressed in the General FY19 budget. An additional $31.6 million in projected revenues resulting from House Bill 170 – passed during the 2015 Legislation Session – will be added to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) budget. I am very happy to see that a piece of legislation we passed a couple of years ago is still making positive impacts for GDOT.

Along with attending the budget hearings and carefully reviewing the proposals for the Amended FY18 and General FY19 budgets, my colleagues and I took up a very important piece of legislation in Senate Chamber. On Thursday, the Senate passed the Supporting and Strengthening Families Act, also known as the Adoption Bill, or HB 159. This bill passed with bipartisan support and is now headed over to the House of Representatives for their review. Final passage of this legislation and a signature into law by the Governor would allow our state to update our adoption system which has been the same for nearly 30 years.

The Senate’s version of HB 159 clarifies many of the laws regarding who can adopt, who can act as a legal guardian and the rights held by the biological parents before and after giving their child up for adoption. Additionally, the version the Senate passed on Thursday states that if an agency is not involved in a private adoptive process, living expenses cannot be paid. The only expenses that can be paid in a private adoption are medical and counseling. These are just some of the highlights of the Senate version of HB 159. As this legislation moves through the legislative process, my colleagues and I will work with the Governor and House of Representatives to ensure there is cooperation to address concerns anyone may have. It is imperative that we pass this legislation so that we can assist the large number of children who are in foster care and need a loving and stable home.

The pace of the session is going to pick up quickly with standing committees beginning to hold meetings next week to vet legislation pending from last year along with new bills introduced this year. As we move forward in the session, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns and feedback. It is always great to hear from my constituents and our door is always open.

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
January 16, 2018
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

McCaysville Visitor Center has
Ribbon Cutting and Open House
McCaysville Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting
The McCaysville Visitor Center is a partnership of the Chamber, the City of McCaysville and the Ducktown Basin Museum.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, winter hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdayfrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.  The Center is located at 53 East Market Street.
Many thanks to all who worked hard to make the center a reality, especially Mayor Tom Seabolt,  Sue Beavers, Rodney Patterson and the McCaysville City Council; Marilyn MacNeil and Zachary Welch; Ken Rush and the board of the Ducktown Basin Museum; Mike Galinski and McCaysville Properties; the Fannin County Master Gardeners, especially Kathleen Holt; Trout Unlimited; People’s Bank and the Chamber staff.   

Waiting List Only

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Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
Ribbon Cutting for April_s Attic  
January 9 was the ribbon cutting for April’s Attic. Located at 6850 Appalachian Hwy., Mineral Bluff, April’s Attic specializes in quality antiques, collectibles, Country-Primitive home decor, interior design, and much more!
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January Community Events Calendar
January 25-28 – School House of Rock, Blue Ridge Community Theater
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here
In This Issue
McCaysville Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting and Open House
34th Annual Banquet
Ribbon Cuttings
Community Events Calendar

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Chamber Events
Calendar
  January 16 – Ribbon Cutting for Sleep More Mattress Store, 1901 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
January 19 – Ribbon Cutting at Mercier Orchards – 75th Anniversary, 8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge
5:00 p.m.
January 24 – Board Orientation at the Chamber
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
January 27 – Annual Chamber Banquet at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
6:00 p.m.
January 29 – Tourism Committee, Chamber Board Room at noon.
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News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
January 9, 2018
News for Members
Fannin Co. Chamber Logo

Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Click HERE to book your room now!!!

January Community Events Calendar
January 25-28 – School House of Rock, Blue Ridge Community Theater
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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In This Issue
Open House, Ribbon Cutting at McCaysville Visitor Center
34th Annual Banquet
Community Events Calendar

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Chamber Events
Calendar
January 9 – Ribbon Cutting for April’s Attic, 6850 Appalachian Hwy., Mineral Bluff
11:00 a.m.
January 10 – Ribbon Cutting and Open House at the McCaysville Visitor Center, 53 East Market St., McCaysville
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
January 15 – Welcome Centers CLOSED in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.
  January 16 – Ribbon Cutting for Sleep More Mattress Store, 1901 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
January 19 – Ribbon Cutting at Mercier Orchards – 75th Anniversary, 8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge
5:00 p.m.
January 24 – Board Orientation at the Chamber
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
January 27 – Annual Chamber Banquet at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
6:00 p.m.
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News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
January 2017
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

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Here’s a Quick Look at 2017!
Total New Chamber Members …………………115
Total Members…………………..………………….770 
Lodging Business………………….………………………………….Up 12%
Website Sessions………………….………………………………..849,417  
Website Users…………………….………………………………….599,955
New Website Users…………………….…………………………….69.74% 
Facebook Fans……………………..………………………………….81,000

Looking for Ways to Network in 2018?
Join this great group of Chamber Ambassadors!
 

Bobby and Debra Amburn – Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals
Bonnie Roper – Farmers Insurance
Brenda Morgan – Hayes, James & Associates
Chrystal Trent – Blue Ridge Pharmacy
Donna Tipton – United Community Bank
Glenn Harbison – The News Observer
Gretchen Loggins – Mountain Emergency Animal Center (MEAC)
Helen Sandonato – PruittHealth Hospice (Blue Ridge)
Susan Kiker – Fannin Regional Hospital
Kimberly Miller – University of North Georgia
Leah Rock – Douglas Inn & Suites
Lesa Reece – Mountain Gateway Appraisal
Lisa Hood – Tri-State EMC
Lisa Pritchard – Fetch Your News
Mark Belongie – Southern Financial Consultants, Inc.
Pam Fink – LG Web Consulting
Sandi Simpson – Norton – Mountain Insurance
Greg Spencer – Toccoa House Properties
Sandy Ott – University of North Georgia
Steve Smith – North Georgia Law, LLC
Chamber Ambassadors meet once a month for a networking lunch, and attend ribbon cuttings and other Chamber events.  We know — there were 57 ribbon cuttings in 2017! You don’t have to attend them all!!  For more information about joining our Ambassador group, call Dianne Mallernee at 706-632-5680 or email her at diannem@tds.net.

Chamber Member Anniversaries! 
Thank You!
 

Town & Country Furniture
Tri-State Heating & Air
Appalachian Country Living Magazine
Escape to Blue Ridge
Terry L. Wilson
BR Main
Getaway Valet
WoodmenLife
Pulse Medical
David Ralston
Doug Collins, U.S. Representative
Hidden Key Properties

WANTED:
Sponsors for Business After Hours
We’re looking for a few more sponsors for Business After Hours in 2018, so let us know if you are looking for this kind of great exposure for your business! Call Dianne Mallernee at 706-632-5680 or email her at diannem@tds.net.

Welcome New Members!
April’s Attic 
(706) 374-1300
April  Leach
April’s Attic offers antiques, collectibles and country-primitive home decor.
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Blue Ridge Surveillance
P.O. Box 645
McCaysville, GA, 30555
Britton Quintrell
Blue Ridge Surveillance offers the latest video security technologies and surveillance solutions to help solve security challenges and meet the needs of your application. They also offer a comprehensive set of security services ranging from site survey and needs assessment to local installations, technical support and post-installation maintenance. 
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Daffodil Hill Farm & Carriage
(706) 851-4430
Barbara Noyes
Daffodil Hill Farm & Carriage offers horse-drawn carriage rides for your special occasion. There are several carriages available that will seat 2-7 people; the white wedding surrey seats 2, the Replica 1893 Miller solid maple surrey seats 2 and a one-of-a-kind Vis-A-Vis surrey that will seat up to 7 people comfortably.
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Pulse Pilates Blue Ridge
Tess Nagel
Pulse Pilates is the Tri-State areas premier reformer pilates studio. They offer group reformer classes as well as private training.
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January Community Events Calendar
November 18 – January 6 – Holiday Show and Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
January 6 – Gretchen Peters Live, Blue Ridge Community Theater
January 25-28 – School House of Rock, Blue Ridge Community Theater
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here
In This Issue
34th Annual Banquet
A Quick Look at 2017
Join the Chamber Ambassadors
Chamber Member Anniversaries
Business After Hours Sponsors Wanted
New Members
Community Events Calendar

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Chamber Events
Calendar
January 3 – Lunch N Leads at Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta
12:00 p.m.
January 9 – Ribbon Cutting for April’s Attic, 6850 Appalachian Hwy., Mineral Bluff
11:00 a.m.
January 10 – Ribbon Cutting and Open House at the McCaysville Visitor Center, 53 East Market St., McCaysville
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
January 15 – Welcome Centers CLOSED in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.
  January 16 – Ribbon Cutting for Sleep More Mattress Store, 1901 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
January 19 – Ribbon Cutting at Mercier Orchards – 75th Anniversary, 8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge
5:00 p.m.
January 24 – Board Orientation at the Chamber
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
January 27 – Annual Chamber Banquet at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
6:00 p.m.
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Member Renewals
 Thank you!
1 My Mountain Cabin Rentals
1st Franklin Financial Corp
Abernathy’s Complete Home Furnishings
Anne Merkel, PhD.,ND, CNHP, Autoimmune Specialist-Energy Therapist
B.F. Remodelers
Blue Ridge Highlander
Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
Blue Ridge Rotary Club
Carlos & Carol Martel
Cartecay Vineyards
Chapman Fence Company
Cohutta Country Store
Company House
Distinctive Developers
Escape to Blue Ridge
Fannin County Animal Control
Fannin County Development Authority
Ferrell Gas
Herendon Construction & Custom Built Homes
Hidden Key Properties
Horse Creek Stable Bed and Breakfast
Inside & Out Home Maintenance
Jerry’s Mountain Furniture
Johnson Cleaning
Keel Properties
Media Marketing Group
Mountain Transportation
North Georgia Equestrian Tours
North Georgia Technical College
Norton – Mountain Insurance
Pruitthealth Home Health Blue Ridge
Pulse Medical
Rachel Callihan Cowart, Harry Norman Realtors
Square Frame Media
The Chocolate Express
Walhala Ridge Furnishings
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Senator David Perdue Recaps This Year’s Results, Previews 2018 on Fox News

State & National

Senator David Perdue Recaps This Year’s Results, Previews 2018 on Fox News

 

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Mike Emanuel on Fox News’ Special Report about President Trump’s significant accomplishments during his first year in office and the priorities heading into 2018.

Delivering Results: “President Trump laid out four agenda items this year. We accomplished most of them. President Trump wants to continue to get results. The economy is going to move now that we started regulatory work and with the tax bill we just passed.”

Early Success: “The President is working diligently to get ready for 2018, but he is very happy with the results of 2017. His first year in office we saw 2 million new jobs created, 860 rules and regulations being reversed, illegal crossings down 60%, 500 people have been fired at the Veterans Administration for non-performance. The President is very excited about the future of our country now that we’re moving to get the economy going again.”

Business Focus: “We have a business guy in the White House for a change. He is moving at a business place, not a bureaucratic pace. Look, 2018 is an election year, but we have different leadership in the White House. He is not going to waive off his priorities for an election process.”

Immigration Solution: “President Trump, Senator Tom Cotton, and I have been consistently saying that any solution for DACA has to include an end to this archaic chain migration and money for border security and the wall at our southern border.”

Helping American Workers: “That’s what’s wrong with Washington, career politicians don’t understand how the free enterprise system works. The best thing we can do for the American worker, the American consumer, for anyone who works in America is to help our businesses, large and small, become competitive again with the rest of the world.”

Breaking The Gridlock: “The problem in Washington is gridlock. The minority party is causing that right now, but there are signs of encouragement. Frankly, the immigration issue is one that should have a bipartisan solution. We believe we can do that early in the new year. The President is going to keep focused on that as we get back to work next week.”

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
December 26, 2017
News for Members
Fannin Co. Chamber Logo

Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Invitations are in the mail. Be on the lookout for yours!
The deadline to turn in reservations has been extended to 
January 12.

December Community Events Calendar
November 18 – January 6 – Holiday Show and Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 23 – December 30 – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights,Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
December 30 – Christmas Bird Count – Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Train, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Gala, Brasstown Valley Resort
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Bash, Lodge at Copperhead
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Party, Bear Claw Vineyards
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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In This Issue
34th Annual Banquet
Community Events Calendar

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Chamber Events
Calendar
January 1 – New Year’s Day, Welcome Centers Closed
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Member to Member Ads
 
Holiday Show and Sale
New Year_s Eve Restaurants Open
New Year_s Eve Train
Tri State Model Railroad Membership Sign Up

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
December 12, 2017
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Business After Hours

Invitations will be on the way soon! 

Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
Blue Ridge Cotton Company Ribbon Cutting
December 5 was the ribbon cutting for Blue Ridge Cotton Company and gather. Blue Ridge Cotton Company (above) offers Blue Ridge inspired apparel and gifts, inspirational gifts, books and journals, home accessories, unique gifts and more! They have recently moved into their new location at 550 East Main St., Blue Ridge!
gather Blue Ridge Ribbon Cutting
gather, a market of goodness, is stocked with wholesome and delicious foods and beverages sourced as locally to Blue Ridge as possible, unique and affordable kitchen and home goods, sustainable housekeeping products, and even special items for your beloved companion animals. 75 Roberts Way, Blue Ridge.

December Community Events Calendar
November 18 – January 6 – Holiday Show and Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 23 – December 30 – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
November 24 – December 17 – Gingerbread Village Display, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
December 12 – Three Guys and a Stage, Harvest on Main
December 13 – Christmas Hayride, Lebanon Baptist Church
December 15 – A Classic Frank Sinatra Christmas Show, Blue Ridge Community Theater
December 15 – Town Wide Caroling, Downtown Blue Ridge
December 16 – Santa’s Elves and More, Downtown Blue Ridge
December 16 – Carols by Candlelight Concert, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
December 16-23 – Santa Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
December 16 – Visit Santa, Downtown Blue Ridge Gazebo
December 21-23 – Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), Blue Ridge Community Theater
December 22 – Back Sliders Trombone Quartet, Sycamore Crossing in Downtown Blue Ridge
December 23-24 – Live Nativity, Seventh-day Adventist Church in Morganton
December 23 – Barbershop Quartet and More, Downtown Blue Ridge
December 30 – Christmas Bird Count – Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Train, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Gala, Brasstown Valley Resort
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Bash, Lodge at Copperhead
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Party, Bear Claw Vineyards
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here
In This Issue
Business After Hours
34th Annual Banquet
Ribbon Cuttings
Community Events Calendar

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Chamber Events
Calendar
December 12 – Ribbon Cutting for Pulse Pilates Blue Ridge, 2800 Scenic Dr., Ste. 1, Blue Ridge
11:00 a.m.
December 13 – Ribbon Cutting for Dr. Bloch and Dr. Thompson at Fannin Regional Hospital, 2855 Old Hwy. 5 
Ste. 108, Blue Ridge
10:30 a.m.
December 19 – Business After Hours at Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main St., Blue Ridge
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
December 20 –  Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
December 20 – McCaysville Visitor Center Open House, 53 East Market St., McCaysville
3:00 p.m.
December 24 – Christmas Eve, Welcome Centers Closed

December 25 – Christmas Day, Welcome Centers Closed
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Member to Member Ads
 
Holiday Show and Sale
Christmas Party at 5 Star
New Year_s Eve Train
New Year_s Eve Party at Bear Claw

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
 Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
December 2017 Newsletter
News for Members
Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Manda Gwatney is 2018 Chairperson

Manda Gwatney will serve as Chair of the Chamber’s 2018 Board of Directors. Manda has been a solo practitioner at her own law firm since 2007. Her primary area of practice is as a Special Assistant Attorney General, representing state agencies in the area.  She earned a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University of Law.  Manda is in her second term as a member of the Chamber Board.  She and her husband Michael have a daughter, Lora, who is a student at Fannin High School.

OTHER OFFICERS FOR 2018 INCLUDE:
Vice Chairman – Chairman Elect:
 Frankie Rigdon, ETC Communications
Secretary: Lisa Vest, Hometown Foods IGA
Treasurer: Rene’ Bidez, C.P.A.
Past Chairman: Paul Gribble, Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals

Newly Elected 2018 Board Members — Congratulations! 
Three Year Term: Betsy Hyde, Fannin County School System; Dr. Jennifer Jabaley, Jabaley Eye Care; David Lillard, Mercier Orchards; Sandy Ott, University of North Georgia at Blue Ridge; Shannen Oyster, Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods
One Year Term: Jenny Mundy, Dickey McCay Insurance; Brandon Holloway, Mountain Valley Community Bank

Invitations will be on the way soon! 

Business After Hours

$418.76 Savings to Every Fannin County Household
Georgia Tech Economic Impact Study Says

Every Fannin County household saved $418.76 in 2016 property tax because of tourism, according to the Georgia Tech Economic Impact Study commissioned by the Chamber.  Tourism generated more than $7 million in local and state tax revenues.

Direct visitor spending in 2016 reached $150 million:
$34.2 million in Lodging
$25.4 million in Transportation
$61.5 million in Food Service

$17.6 million in Shopping
$11.7 million in Entertainment
 
In addition, one of every three jobs in Fannin County are supported by visitor spending, with a payroll of $24.5 million.  
 
On an average day in 2016:
$93,150 was spent on lodging.
$410,960 was spent by visitors.
$19,178 in local and state tax revenues. 

Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!

December 1 was the ribbon cutting for Blue Ridge Variety Mall. Located at 4177 East 1st St., Blue RidgeBlue Ridge Variety Mall is a charity thrift store offering a variety of items from clothing to furniture.

Welcome New Members!
 
John E. Foster Realty & Appraisal
P.O. Box 310
Morganton, GA, 30560
John E. Foster
John E. Foster Realty is Fannin’s oldest real estate company, offering professional service since 1978. Blue Ridge Georgia, where art, culture and convenience is right around the corner, but solitude is at your doorstep.
 
Mountain Heaven Cabin

P.O. Box 72
Cherry Log, GA, 30522
Sandra Parrish Rink or Doug Rink
Mountain Heaven Cabin is a beautifully decorated 2 bed 1 bath cabin on 2+ acres with views of the Rich Mountain Wilderness from the front door and offers a king-sized bed in the master bedroom and a daybed/trundle in the guest bedroom. Relax at the end of the day in the hot tub! Less than 10 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, GA.
 
 

Painted Pony Trading Co.

Mary Kirkconnell
Painted Pony Trading Company offers turquoise jewelry, unique clothing, arts and primitive crafts, along with home goods and wellness gifts.
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Recon Investment Strategies

James Oliver Cox IV
Recon Investment Strategies is a wealth management and retirement solutions firm. From investments to retirement to insurance, the decisions can be overwhelming. Whether you have significant assets to manage-or if you are just starting to accumulate wealth-they have the tools and background to provide the services that may fit your needs.

December Community Events Calendar
November 18 – January 6 – Holiday Show and Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 23 – December 30 – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
November 24 – December 17 – Gingerbread Village Display, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 24 – December 10 – White Christmas, Blue Ridge Community Theater
December 5 – Chorus Christmas Concert, Fannin Performing Arts Center
December 8-9 – Fannin County High School White Christmas Production,Fannin Performing Arts Center
December 9 – Holiday Shopping in Downtown Blue Ridge, Downtown Blue Ridge and Sycamore Crossing
December 9-10 – Santa Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
December 9-10 – Christmas Trees, Southern Tree Plantation
December 12 – Three Guys and a Stage, Harvest on Main
December 13 – Christmas Hayride, Lebanon Baptist Church
December 15 – A Classic Frank Sinatra Christmas Show, Blue Ridge Community Theater
December 15 – Town Wide Caroling, Downtown Blue Ridge
December 16 – Santa’s Elves and More, Downtown Blue Ridge
December 16 – Carols by Candlelight Concert, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
December 16-17 – Christmas Trees, Southern Tree Plantation
December 16-23 – Santa Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
December 16 – Visit Santa, Downtown Blue Ridge Gazebo
December 21-23 – Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), Blue Ridge Community Theater
December 22 – Back Sliders Trombone Quartet, Sycamore Crossing in Downtown Blue Ridge
December 23 – Christmas Trees, Southern Tree Plantation
December 23-24 – Live Nativity, Seventh-day Adventist Church in Morganton
December 23 – Barbershop Quartet and More, Downtown Blue Ridge
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Train, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Gala, Brasstown Valley Resort
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Bash, Lodge at Copperhead
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Party, Bear Claw Vineyards
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern

Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here
In This Issue
2018 Board Members
34th Annual Banquet
Business After Hours
Newsworthy
Ribbon Cuttings
Welcome New Members
Community Events Calendar

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Chamber Events
Calendar
 
December 5 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Cotton Company and gather, 550 East Main St., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
December 6 – Lunch N Leads at Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory
12:00 p.m.
December 7 – Ambassador Lunch at Black Sheep Restaurant, 480 West Main St., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
December 13 – Ribbon Cutting for Dr. Bloch and Dr. Thompson at Fannin Regional Hospital, 2855 Old Hwy. 5 
Ste. 108, Blue Ridge
10:30 a.m.
December 19 – Business After Hours at Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main St., Blue Ridge
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

December 20 –  Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.

December 25 – Christmas Day, Welcome Centers Closed
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