Completion of fire station halted

Community, News

Blue Ridge, Ga. – For now construction on the new emergency center / fire station located off of Windy Ridge Road in Blue Ridge will come to a halt. Plans to finish the current construction and move emergency personnel in will continue but a portion of the building that was not deemed to be finished in the current phase will remain undone for the time being.

At the Oct. 9 Fannin County Board of Commissioners meeting unexpected high bids were received for the completion of the project.

Fannin County Emergency Management Director Robert Graham explained that the completion of this particular area of the facility was not necessary for the building itself to be a functional space for emergency management staff.

The main purpose of the incomplete area will be for training and living quarters.

Graham reached out to 25 contractors in hopes of finding a winning bidder to complete the project. Local contractors were included in this list of 25, but no local companies opted to bid.

Fannin County, Blue Ridge, Georgia, Board of Commissioners, Chairman, Post 1 Commissioner, Post 2 Commissioner, Stan Helton, Earl Johnson, Larry Joe Sosebee, Fannin County Attorney, Lynn Doss, Emergency Management Agency, Director, Robert Graham, Fire Station, Windy Ridge, Egineered Structures Inc., JM Williams Contractors

An interior picture of the new emergency center during construction.

Fannin County Attorney Lynn Doss opened two sealed bids at the meeting.

The first bid came from Engineered Structures, Inc. of Kennesaw, Ga. in the amount of $486,460, and the second bid came from JM Williams Contractors of Marietta, Ga. in the amount of $439,927.

Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson was first to express his opinion after a lengthy silence from all the commissioners: “I think it’s way too much money.”

“I feel like that’s really high,” Graham said agreeing with Johnson and adding, “I don’t know what happened between now and last year. That’s almost double what we started out at.”

Graham said this referring to a quote that was given previously for the completion of the area that was substantially less than either of the two new bids.

County Chairman Stan Helton, agreeing with opinions expressed by Johnson and Graham, questioned Graham if any issues, either from safety or structure, would arise by not completing this particular section at the present time.

Graham responded that there would be a need to heat the space in cold temperatures due to the sprinkler system in that area already being live and functioning.

Johnson clarified that the sprinkler system was a wet system: “The lines on a wet system are charged with water at all times and in a dry system they are only charged once needed.”

Graham suggested heating the area with a propane heater, possibly a hanging heater, and that there would be no safety issues in doing so as long as the heater had proper ventilation.

“I’m disappointed that we couldn’t get a more favorable bid on this,” Helton concluded.

Johnson motioned,” I make the motion that we deny both bids due to the extreme cost.”

This motion passed unanimously.

With the area partially complete, Johnson made a last suggestion of looking into the cost of piecemealing the project out to specialized contractors in hopes cutting costs and also encouraging local businesses to bid on the process.

Specific areas mentioned that would need completion include sheetrock, flooring, heating and air, plumbing and electrical.


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Fannin Middle School Students of the Month September

Fannin Middle, Rebel's Corner

Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for September. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.

Students chosen for September are: Devin Hogsed, daughter of Jason & Victoria Turner of Blue Ridge; Tyler Ensley, son of Rodney & Pam Ensley of Epworth; Maddie Buchanan, daughter of Jacob & Tiffany Buchanan of McCaysville and Russell & Jennifer Jones of Mineral Bluff; and James Kyle, son of Tim and Mary Kyle of Blue Ridge.

Pictured Left to Right in featured image:

James Kyle, Devin Hogsed, Maddie Buchanan, and Tyler Ensley

Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report for 10-7 through 10-13

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
Fax 706-632-8003

October 7, 2018 thru October 13, 2018 Responses
M1: 41
M3: 15
M4: 31
M11: 27
Polk: 1
Total: 115
Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 367
Fire: 10
Rescue: 27
Total Emergency Calls: 489

Total Calls: 1491

The Fannin County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Leadership Fannin Class of 2019

Fannin County Chamber


October 10, 2018

For information contact Shannon York, Coordinator

The Fannin County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Leadership Fannin Class of 2019, which will begin in February of 2019.  Leadership Fannin is an extremely rewarding experience designed to educate and develop local community leaders. Participants learn about community leadership, gain a greater understanding of issues in Fannin County and network with people from all walks of life and geographic areas of our community.

Coordinating the program for the Chamber is Shannon York, and the 2019 Chair is Chris Hall. If you are interested in applying or know someone who would benefit from the program, please contact Jan Hackett at or call the Chamber at 706-632-5680, with the applicant’s name and contact information. The deadline for nominations is November 15.  Nominees will receive applications and a schedule of programs in December and the class will be approved in early January, 2019.

Leadership Fannin was established in 1999 in cooperation with the Fannin Cooperative Extension.  The Chamber program consists of 14 classes since 2004.  Nominees should have lived in Fannin County for more than two years.  Tuition is $200 however scholarships are available for representatives of non-profit organizations.


BBQ Chicken Dinner at Epworth Community Club

BBQ Chicken Dinner at Epworth Community Club (125 Schoolhouse Road, Epworth, GA) on Sunday October 28th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls & Dessert.  Dine-In or To-Go.  $7.
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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  Newsletter October 10, 2018

Fannin County Chamber
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
October 10, 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.

Two Great Business After Hours this Month!


26th Annual Golf Tournament Winners! 
1st Place – United Community Bank
2nd Place – Jasper Coca-Cola Bottling Company
1st Flight
1st Place – Mountain Valley Community Bank
2nd Place – Kevin Panter Insurance
2nd Flight
1st Place – Keel Properties
2nd Place – Walter G. George Soil Consultants
Congratulations Winners!!
Special thanks to the golf committee for the hard work putting this event together: Cynthia Panter, Reid Dyer, Paul Gribble, Jason Farmer, Greg Norton, Richard York, Bill Banzhaf and Keith Jensen. 
Also, thank you to the many volunteers for helping throughout the day! 

Good Luck!
Fall Decorating Contest Entrants! 
Good Luck to all of our Fall Decorating Contest Entrees! Judging will begin October 12. Members will have a chance to vote for their favorite the following week. Good luck to the contestants!
Bank OZK
Blue Ridge Adventure Wear
Blue Ridge Bird Seed Co.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Century 21 in the Mountains
Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar and Grill
Chester’s Provisions
Cohutta Animal Clinic
Design Refind
DQ Grill and Chill
Escape the Line
Fannin County Boys and Girls Club
Fannin County Courthouse
Harry Norman Realtors
Jabaley Eye Care
Jumping Mouse Beads
Laura J. Ray
Mercier Orchards
Mercier Orchards Downtown
Mitzi’s on Main
Mountain View Orchards and Cider House Café
Sleepmore Mattress Store
Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals
Southerndipidy Boutique
Toccoa Lumber Mill
United Community Bank

Community & Local Events Calendar
October 2-3 – Apple U-pick, Mountain View Orchards
October 2-26 – Gazers of the Galaxy, Brasstown Bald
October 13 – Blue Ridge Marching Band Festival, Fannin County High School
October 26 – November 4 – Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Musical, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 27 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
Recurring Events
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot

Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Open every day – Copperhill Brewery
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Buck Bald BrewingFannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.

West Fannin Elementary joined in the Rivers Alive Clean-up

Rebel's Corner

By, Mrs. Mary Jean Pace, 4th grade science teacher

West Fannin Elementary had the great privilege of joining in the Rivers Alive Clean-up on Saturday, September 29th. We began our morning at WFES with a safety briefing from Trout Unlimited representative, Peggy Reich, who then passed out Rivers Alive t-shirts, gloves, trash bags, and bug spray. Students from Pre-K through fifth grade, along with family members, scoured our school campus, nature trail, and stream for trash and debris.



Some of the items removed included rubber tires, a toilet tank, rusty gallon cans, foam stuffing, metal poles cemented into rubber tires, as well as plastic containers and trash. After loading the trash and debris onto a trailer, we shared a delicious lunch and dessert by the river at Tammen Park, with many of our kids enjoying a wade or swim at the boat ramp! Our WFES Rivers Alive Clean-up Day was a great success! Cleaning our campus, nature trail, and stream of rubber tires, trash, and old building debris has made West Fannin a safer and more environmentally-healthy place to learn and enjoy! Thanks again to our families who attended as well as Trout Unlimited for including West

Fannin Elementary in the 2018 Rivers Alive clean-up!

Congratulations on the Ribbon Cutting for 6 Ponds Farm at their new tree-house

Business, Fannin County Chamber

Pictured above are the members listed below in front of the tree-house rental now open from 6 Ponds Farm. From left to right are Chamber Ambassadors, Debra Amburn and Bob Amburn, friends Carol Ledoux, Jim Studeny, Owner Gilda Lyon and friend Cindy Hillsman.

The builder of the incredible tree house is Mitchell Brown.

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