2019 Budget and 2018 Millage Rate

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga.—Oct. 9 the Blue Ridge City Council gathered to approve the millage rate for 2018. The Blue Ridge City Council also adopted the 2019 fiscal year budget.

The millage rate has fluctuated over the last three years. In 2015 & 2016, the millage rate was 5.479 mills. In 2017, the millage was rate 5.362 mills and the rate for 2018, which will be applied to 2019 taxes, is 5.378 mills.

When is this tax due? Fannin County property owners will receive a receipt of tax notice in the mail. The amount owed will be due within a time period 60 days from the postmark on the bill.

Please note that if your payment is late, you can be charged an additional five percent, and if the balance is still not paid within 120 days there could be a charge up to 20 percent. Property owners should check their mail regularly in 2019.

The Blue Ridge City Council passed the 2019 fiscal year budget where the city is expecting to a receive $2,026,400.00 in tax payer dollars and a total revenue of $2,449,250.

The City of Blue Ridge will be allocating the complete revenue amount out to various expenditures: Mayor and Council, General Administration, Tax Administration & Licensing, Municipal Court, Police, Custody of Prisoners, Fire Fighting, Highways and Streets, Shop, Recreational Facilities, Parks Administration, Park Areas, Planning and Zoning, Downtown Development, and Special Facilities Rental.

Blue Ridge’s Confiscated Funds from Fines and Forfeitures will go toward the Police Department for a total of $1500.

The Hotel/Motel Fund revenue of $170,000 will go towards Downtown Development.

The SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) Fund revenue, a total of $746,500, will be applied to Highways & Streets and Downtown Development.

Lastly, the Water & Sewer Fund, a total of $5,643,500, will be divided into Sanitary Administrations, Sanitary Sewer Maintenance, Sewage Treatment Plant, Water Administration, GEFA Project, Water Treatment, Water Distribution, and Water Loss Prevention.

Council member Rhonda Haight made the motion that the Millage Rate be approved, and it was seconded by Council woman Robbie Cornelius.

Council member Nathan Fitz made the motion that the 2019 Fiscal Year Budget adoption be approved, and it was seconded by Haight.

Does Downtown Blue Ridge Have a One-Way Street on the Horizon?

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga.—Oct. 9 Blue Ridge City Council members gathered to review their latest agenda. One item stood out to the board—traffic signs and a one-way street.

The Fannin County Accident Review Board encouraged the Fannin County Sheriff’s office to petition the Blue Ridge City Council to change the two-way road behind the courthouse—between Church St. and Summit St.—to a one-way street going northbound. It’s also been recommended that the speed limit be lowered on that section of road on West First Street.

As citizens of Blue Ridge may know from experience, there’s a lot of traffic on that section of road as far as people commuting through town, people parking to go into the courthouse or county jail. Often, the amount of traffic makes it hard to park, pull out, and overall navigate that stretch of road.

Council member Rhonda Haight stated, “Sheriff Kirby called me and said that they have had numerous accidents there and…at first he suggested a four-way stop and I think after looking at it, they may be thinking now maybe just a one-way street there.”

Mayor Donna Whitener responded, “I think with a four-way stop because they’re backing out into the road I think you’re going to still see people backing into the cars that are coming from the lower street.”

Council member Nathan Fitz asked, “So, come up the hill to the jail there’s only going to be one-way. So, when you come to the stop sign, turning right only, not turning left?”

Mayor Whitener, “Yes, they want the one-way to go back towards [Highway] 515.”

Fitz responded, “So, how do we reroute traffic coming down West First Street for people who need to go to Doss & Associates or any of those places?”

Council member Robbie Cornelius replied, “Just go straight.”

Mayor Whitener added, “Go down and then back up.”

Fitz confirmed, “So, you’d have to go down by the courthouse and then back up the hill?”

Council member Ken Gaddis asked, “What about school bus routes?”

Mayor Whitener replied, “They’ll have to do the same thing.”

Fitz stated, “I personally feel like I need a little more time with this to research it. I say we table it.”

Haight responded, “You can also get with Sheriff Kirby and he can go over the accident reports with you.”

Fitz made the motion that the council ‘table’ the petition for the one-way street until next month so that the members have time to think it over and research options Gaddis seconded the motion.

Will there be a one-way section of street on West First Street by the county jail? Stay tuned until the next council meeting.

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
August 2018
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Coming Soon!

Operation Appreciation 2018
September 7 will kick off Operation Appreciation when Chamber Board Members, Ambassadors, Leads Group Members and Staff will visit every Chamber member with a local business address to deliver new publications, a window decal and a gift to show our appreciation. If you are interested in volunteering for delivery, please contact Kim Foster at (706) 632-5680 or kimfoster@tds.net. Lots of fun and prizes too!
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Fall Decorating Contest
The Chamber’s 4th Annual Fall  Decorating Contest will take place in October for Blue Ridge, McCaysville and Copperhill Chamber members. Participants will compete for great prizes; 1/2 page page ad in Information Please, FREE one-year Chamber membership, and tickets to the annual banquet. Be on the lookout for the entry form in September’s newsletter and your Operation Appreciation bag!
 
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Fall Golf Tournament

The Chamber’s 26th Annual Golf Tournament will take place onOctober 8 at Butternut Creek Golf Course. Registration information and hole sponsorship opportunities coming soon!

Featured Member…
Mountain View Orchard & Cider House Cafe
When it comes to Marc and Stephanie Cots, growing a business and living in a small town is what they know and love. The story starts over ten years ago when Marc visited the area with his motorcycle friends and fell in love with the mountains of Georgia and Tennessee. After meeting Stephanie and bringing her to the mountains, the couple pictured a life for themselves in the small town of McCaysville — as owners of The Cider House and Mountain View Orchard.

Marc and Stephanie want to raise their family in a small town, and they have a vision — making The Cider House and Mountain View Orchard the best kept secret in the mountains. Leaving the hustle and bustle of south Florida behind, they relocated to the peaceful mountainside orchard, where they are gradually making improvements and updates to the Cider House Cafe and Mountain View Orchard, owned by Joe and Mary Jo Dickey for over 50 years.  Visit them soon at the Cider House!

Welcome New Chamber Members!
 
Cintas Corporation
(678) 602-0465
Bryon Iwane
Cintas leads the industry in supplying corporate identity uniform programs, providing entrance and logo mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning. They operate more than 400 facilities in North America-including six manufacturing plants and eight distribution centers.
Dreamview Cabin
(954) 681-3950
Doug Boyer
Dreamview Cabin is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath cabin that can accommodate up to 8 guests. Located on 2 very private acres in the highly sought after and beautiful Cashes Valley area Dreamview is perfect for those who desire to escape the crowds. For all the outdoor enthusiasts out there, the cabin is very close to many different and exciting outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, ziplining and more!
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Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival
Union County Schools Fine Art Center
Amanda Lawrence
Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for an under-served audience to engage with the voices of Appalachia and develop a cultural intelligence. They put on the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival each April.
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Heavenly Hollow
(239) 465-8099
Kiley Bergin
Heavenly Hollow- Escape To The Perfect Mountain Getaway!! Secluded/ Pet friendly Private cabin that sits on almost 3 acres, with access to small community lake. Open floor plan with 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Mountain views from every room.
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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
(423) 496-4681
Erik Broeren
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. Faithfully grounded in Scripture and the Book of Common Prayer 1979, St. Mark’s welcomes everyone to join them, for a day or for a season. Just a short drive from downtown Blue Ridge, St. Mark’s offers a festive Eucharist (Rite II) every Sunday morning at 10:30. Also, join them for weekday activities including Christian Formation, Outreach, and Fellowship.
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Storehouse Ministries Thrift Store
(706) 669-2233
Rosemary Medley
Storehouse Ministries Thrift Store is a completely volunteer, non-profit Thrift Store meeting the needs of those in the community through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They generally have available for purchase clothing, household items, electronics, and toys.
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 Chamber Member Anniversaries!!
 
 
America’s Home Place
Blood Assurance
 
Big Creek Alpaca Farms

Fannin Brewing
Reid Ridge Lodge
Southern Charm

Community & Local Events Calendar
August 4 – Maria Howell and Noell Freidline Jazz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 11 – “Maters and Music” Festival, Reece Heritage Farm
August 16 – September 2 – Broadway Comedy, Catch Me If You Can, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 17 – Kiwanis RODEO,  Kiwanis Fairgrounds
August 18 – Denim & Diamonds, Willow Creek Falls & Vineyards
August 18-19 – Mountain Sunshine Arts & Crafts, North Georgia Technical College
August 24 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
August 25 – Tri-State model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
August 24-26 – Ocoee River Championships, Ocoee Whitewater Center
August 25 – Hard Cider & Beer Festival, Mercier Orchards
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Pickin’ in the Park
Friday
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

Mercier Hard Cider _ Beer Festival

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Chamber Calendar of Events
August 9 – Governmental Committee, Chamber Board Room at 3 p.m.
August 13 – Tourism Committee Meeting, Chamber Board Room,

12:00 p.m.
August 14 – Ribbon Cutting for Copperhill Brewery, 105 Ocoee St., Copperhill, TN
11:00 a.m.
August 15 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Barber Shop, 40 East Main St., Blue Ridge
9:30 a.m.
August 15 – Board of Directors Meeting, Chamber Board Room, Executive Committee at 11:00 a.m., Board of Directors
12:00 p.m.
August 16 – Ribbon Cutting for The Cider House, 2984 Mobile Rd., McCaysville
11:00 a.m.
August 21 – Business After Hours, Cucina Rustica, 76 Forge Mill Crossing, Morganton
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
August 23 – Ambassador Lunch at Pete’s Place, 2460 East First St., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
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Member Renewals Thanks!
 
America’s Home Place
Anne Merkel, PhD.,ND, CNHP, Autoimmune Specialist-Energy Therapist
Big Creek Alpaca Farms
Big Jim’s Floors
Bill Holt Chevrolet
Blue Ridge Adventure Park
Blue Ridge Business & Professional Association
Blue Ridge Cabin Cleaning
Blue Ridge Law
Blue Ridge Mountain Cabins
Blue Ridge Realty
Blue Ridge Yamaha & Polaris
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Budget Blinds
Capt’n Joe’s Lake Adventures
Chateau Meichtry
Checkers
Cherry Log Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

CitruSolution

City of McCaysville
Clark & Clark, Attorneys at Law
Cohutta Cove Mini Golf & Gem Mining
Cool River Tubing
Downtown Market Blue Ridge

Ducktown Basin Museum

Fannin County Department of Family and Children Services
Fannin County Family Connection
Fannin County Heritage Foundation
Fannin County Public Library
Fannin Regional Hospital
Fly Fish Blue Ridge
Folger Gas-Blue Ridge
Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat

High Country Picture Framing

Home Depot #1771
Howard Jabaley Taxi Service
Jabaley Eye Care
Jumping Mouse Beads
Kismet Rubber Products Corp.
Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association (LBRCA)
Lake Blue Ridge Marina
Larry Foster Backhoe, Dozier and Trackhoe Service
McCaysville Drug & Gun
Mercier Orchards
Mountain River Cabins
Mountain Top Cabin Rentals
New Blue Home & Gift
Ocoee Rafting
One Main Financial
Personal Systems Services
Pete’s Place Restaurant
Premier CPA Services, PC
PruittHealth Blue Ridge
Reel Angling Adventures, A Division of Toccoa Bend Images
River Dwelling
Riverview Beanery Katz’s New York Deli & Coffee
Scooters and More Factory Outlet
Scott & Marilyn MacNeill
Sequoyah Water
Southern Charm
Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals
Spa & Deck Creations

TDS-Telecom

The Club at Bear Claw Vineyards
The Copper Grill
The Mail Box Company
The News Observer
Toccoa Overlook Cabin
Toccoa River Cottage
Toccoa Valley Campground-Tubing
Tom’s Amusement Company
Total Comfort Systems
Violets Doggy Daycare
William T. Echelberger
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Member Events
Hawaiian Luau
Denim _ Diamonds Flyer
Summit at UNG

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  31, 2018
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Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
MVCB Ribbon Cutting
Welcome Mountain Valley Community Bank! Mountain Valley Community Bank offers personal and business banking, loans and investing services as well as mortgages. www.mvcbank.com, 111 Collins Ave., Blue Ridge, GA, 30513. (706) 946-2265
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Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals
Welcome Black Dog Mountain Rentals! Black Dog Mountain Rentals is a full service cabin rental company, serving Blue Ridge, Georgia. Introducing their flagship rental, Huckleberry Hill on VRBO and Airbnb. See Huckleberry Hill Like us on Facebook

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 28 – August 25 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
August 4 – Maria Howell and Noell Freidline Jazz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 10 – Travis Bowlin Live, Blue Ridge Brewery
August 11 – Matt Foster Live, Blue Ridge Brewery
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Pickin’ in the Park
Friday
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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Chamber Calendar of Events
July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
August 1 – Lunch N Leads at Blue Jeans Pizza
12:00 p.m.
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Member Events
 


Ecyclers USA
Hawaiian Luau
Denim _ Diamonds Flyer
Mercier Orchards Festival

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  24, 2018
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BAH Mercier Orchards Downtown

Chamber & Member News & Events
 
PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS TODAY
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Family Fun Day, Mercier Orchards
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Pickin’ in the Park
Friday
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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Chamber Calendar of Events
July 24 – Primary Run-off Election Don’t forget to vote!
July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals, 434 Martin Crossing, Cherry Log
2:00 p.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Member Events

Glow River Float
Ecyclers USA
Hawaiian Luau

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  17, 2018
News for Members
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Two Great Business After Hours in July!

BAH Mercier Orchards Downtown

Chamber & Member News & Events
 
TAKE THE SURVEY!
COPPER BASIN WEBSITE & SURVEY ARE ONLINE
Even if you missed out on the chance to express your vision of the future of McCaysville, Copperhill and Ducktown in person, you can still be a part of the process by completing the survey at the new website:
Surveys will be collected through the end of July.
Planners from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government are here this week to conduct interviews and focus groups for the Renaissance Master Plan. There is limited space in the groups on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of McCaysville if you would like to attend.
PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS JULY 24;
EARLY VOTING STARTS JULY 2
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 21-22 – Butternut Creek Festival, Meeks Park
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Family Fun Day, Mercier Orchards
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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Chamber Calendar of Events
July 17 – Business After Hours at TREO, 588 East Main St.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
July 18 – Chamber Board Meeting at noon, Chamber Board Room
July 17 & 18 – Focus Groups and Interviews for Copper Basin Renaissance.
July 24 – Primary Run-off Election Don’t forget to vote!
July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals, 434 Martin Crossing, Cherry Log
2:00 p.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Member Events

Glow River Float
Ecyclers USA
Hawaiian Luau
Mercier Hard Cider Festival

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  10, 2018
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Two Great Business After Hours in July!

BAH Treo Blue Ridge

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Chamber & Member News & Events
 
FOCUS GROUPS & INTERVIEWS FOR COPPER BASIN
RENAISSANCE – JULY 17 AND 18
Planners from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government will be in the Copper Basin on July 17 and 18 to conduct interviews and focus groups for the Renaissance Master Plan.  Appointments are available for participation by community and business leaders at the following times:
First Baptist Church of McCaysville:
Tuesday, July 17 at 1:30 or 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Please contact the Chamber at 706-632-5680 if you are interested in participating.
 
PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS JULY 24;
EARLY VOTING STARTS JULY 2
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 14 – Singing in the Mountains 15th Annual Concert, Fannin County High School Performing Arts Center
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 21-22 – Butternut Creek Festival, Meeks Park
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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Chamber Calendar of Events
July 17 – Business After Hours at TREO, 588 East Main St.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
July 18 – Chamber Board Meeting at noon, Chamber Board Room
July 17 & 18 – Focus Groups and Interviews for Copper Basin Renaissance.
July 19 – Ribbon Cutting for First Choice Landscaping at the Chamber
10:00 a.m.
July 24 – Primary Run-off Election Don’t forget to vote!
July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals, 434 Martin Crossing, Cherry Log
2:00 p.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Member Events
Habitat Orientation
Glow River Float
UNG Save the Date
CASA Fundraiser

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  2018
News for Members
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Two Great Business After Hours in July!

BAH Treo Blue Ridge

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Chamber & Member News & Events
 
FOCUS GROUPS & INTERVIEWS FOR COPPER BASIN
RENAISSANCE – JULY 17 AND 18
Planners from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government will be in the Copper Basin on July 17 and 18 to conduct interviews and focus groups for the Renaissance Master Plan.  Appointments are available for participation by community and business leaders at the following times:
First Baptist Church of McCaysville:
Tuesday, July 17 at 1:30 or 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Please contact the Chamber at 706-632-5680 if you are interested in participating.
 
PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS JULY 24;
EARLY VOTING STARTS JULY 2
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Chamber Member Anniversaries!!
Burger King
 
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild
 
 
 
Fannin County Public Library 
Mountain Paws Cabin Rentals

9 New Members!
First Choice Landscaping
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 200-2960
Kyle Boyer
First Choice Landscaping is a locally owned and operated company that offers a variety of lawn care and landscaping services that are custom design to each individual property. 
Lanier Tech Pros
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(678) 701-7787
Stephen Bradley
Lanier Tech Pros is a full-service digital marketing agency that has been creating beautiful yet affordable responsive websites, social media campaigns and custom search optimization solutions for customers in Blue Ridge and across north Georgia for more than a decade.
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Mercier Orchards Downtown
260 West Main St.
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 946-3411
Rita Suiter
Open daily 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mercier Orchards Downtown serves breakfast and lunch as well as offers a bakery and hard cider/wine tasting area. 
Mountain High Cabin
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
Scott Nelson
Mountain High Cabin located on Sunrock Mountain in the heart of Blue Ridge is unrivaled for its 180° phenomenal views of the Smoky Mountains. Get that secluded mountain feeling while being just 5 miles from town, Mercier Orchards, and all mountain outdoor activities. 
 
The Cider House
(706) 492-7753
Stephanie Cots
Enjoy a home-cooked lunch or dinner with our famous homemade fried pies and pressed cold cider at The Cider House.
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Toccoa Overlook Cabin
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(770) 329-3640
Kelly Pearson
The Toccoa Overlook Cabin is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 and a half bath mountain view home on the Toccoa River that can sleep up to 15 people. It is nestled on 9 acres of private land with hiking trails down to 500 ft of river front on the Toccoa River.
 
Toccoa River Cottage
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(770) 329-3640
Kelly Pearson
The Toccoa River Cottage is a cozy studio home on the beautiful Toccoa River that can sleeps 2 people. Beautifully appointed and romantic, the Toccoa River Cottage is the perfect destination for a getaway for you and your special someone! The Cottage is only 2.5 miles from downtown Blue Ridge.
 
Troy Shirbroun, Coldwell Banker
(407) 739-4230
Troy Shirbroun
Troy Shirbroun, is a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker High Country Realty.
 
WoodmenLife, Julie Dermer
Epworth, GA, 30541
(678) 447-1161
Julie Dermer
Julie Dermer helps local families prepare for the future, while working with them to make a difference in our community. As your WoodmenLife Representative, Julie will learn what makes you unique, and work with you to tailor solutions based on your financial needs.
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Community & Local Events Calendar
July 4 – 4th of July Observance, Epworth Community Club
July 4 – Blue Ridge Freedom 5k and 10k, Downtown Blue Ridge
July 4 – 4th of July Fireworks, Meeks Park
July 7 –  Carl Pruett and The Crossroads Band Blues Roots, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 7 – Van Dilbeck Memorial & Steel Head Race , Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 14 – Singing in the Mountains 15th Annual Concert, Fannin County High School Performing Arts Center
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 21-22 – Butternut Creek Festival, Meeks Park
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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Treo Blue Ridge Business After Hours
Mercier Orchards Downtown Business After Hours
Member News & Events
Welcome New Members
Community Events Calendar

Celebrating Independence Day. United States of America USA flag with fireworks background for 4th of July

Chamber Calendar of Events
July 4 – Main Chamber Welcome Center, Caboose and McCaysville Center are all closed for the holiday.
July 5 – Ribbon Cutting for Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
10:00 a.m.
July 17 – Business After Hours at TREO, 588 East Main St.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
July 18 – Chamber Board Meeting at noon, Chamber Board Room
July 17 & 18 – Focus Groups and Interviews for Copper Basin Renaissance.
July 19 – Ribbon Cutting for First Choice Landscaping at the Chamber
10:00 a.m.
July 24 – Primary Run-off Election Don’t forget to vote!
July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Member Renewals-Thanks!
 
A Rolling Thunder River Company
Akins Funeral Home
All Choice Plumbing
Americas Best Value Inn
Angela Stewart DeLorme, P.C.

Bethel UMC

Blood Assurance
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn/The Art Center
Blue Ridge North Georgia Ford, Inc.
Blue Ridge Oil Change
Blue Ridge Pharmacy
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge United Methodist Church
BumbleBee’s Cafe Blue Ridge, LLC
Burger King
Cohutta Country Store
Coldwell Banker High Country Realty
Danielle’s Great Eats Deli
Das Kaffee Haus
DOTSGOOD
DQ Grill & Chill
Edd Stepp Agency, Alfa Insurance
Edward Jones, Mike Hamby
Enchanted Mountain Retreats, Inc.
Family Life Chiropractic Center
Fannin County Board of Commissioners
Fannin Lanes Bowling Center
First Baptist Church of Epworth
Georgia Department of Labor
Habitat for Humanity
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
Jaime Levins
K & S Tank Lines
Kevin Panter Insurance
Kiwanis of Blue Ridge
Melwood Springs Water Company
Men on the Move
Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals
Mountain Paws Cabin Rentals
Mountain Property Limited
Mountain Valley Motors
Mountain View Orchards
Nicholson Agency Insurance Mart
North Georgia Boat Lift
North Georgia Physical Therapy
Nottely River Valley Vineyards
Ocoee Animal Hospital
Out of the Blue, Inc.
Paradise Hills, Winery Resort & Spa
Parris Medical Services, Inc.
Pat’s Kountry Kitchen
Russell Seabolt, D.M.D.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild
Southern Financial Consultants, Inc.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
State Farm Insurance/Charles Edmondson
Stress Buster Vacation Rentals & Property Management
Terminator Pest Control Services
The Lilly Pad Cottage
Thomas Insurance Group
Tin Loong of Blue Ridge
Toccoa River Tubing Company
Total Lifestyle Concepts, Inc.
Town & Country Furniture
Tri-State Business Women
Tri-State EMC
Tri-State Model Railroaders
United Community Bank
Whispering Pines Campground
Wildwater Limited
Willow Creek Cabin Rentals
Zip Line Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge
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Member Events
Habitat Orientation
Glow River Float
UNG Save the Date
CASA Fundraiser
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