Raging fires have been spreading through dry land in the North Georgia Mountains for weeks. A few sprinkles of rain fell in the past few days but really didn’t make much of an impact.
The local community appreciates the firefighters and a local church in Chatsworth decided to show it on Thanksgiving Day! The First Baptist Church of Chatsworth fed over 400 out of town firefighters who didn’t make it home to be with their families. Locals from various areas including Blue Ridge brought food to the Church to assist in the program to feed the firefighters. Much of the food cooked in their homes and a local Ingles Market also took orders from those who wanted to donate a meal but didn’t have time to cook.
A local man told us, “It’s a small effort to say a big thank you to those firefighters protecting us and our homes.”
Firefighters have been working tirelessly for weeks to battle the wildfires and a home cooked meal of turkey was an extension of the gratitude felt by the folks in the North Georgia Mountains.
Rough Ridge Fire Update
TJ MAXX plans to have its grand opening on Sunday, November 13th. Doors will open at 8AM.
The new store is located in the Ingles shopping Plaza in Blue Ridge, GA off HWY 515.
Soon there will be a new place to shop in Blue Ridge, GA.
Coming soon to a location near you! The store will occupy a space in the Ingles Market shopping center in Blue Ridge, GA. Spokesperson for the stores told FYN it is expected to open this Fall. Look for exciting information on its grand opening soon.
T.J. Maxx, often styled T.J.Maxx, is an American department store chain. With more than 1,000 stores, T.J. Maxx is a major clothes retailer in the United States.
Fannin County Fire Department gets a new Ford F350 4WD vehicle and Fire Chief Larry Thomas described the truck as “much needed.” Volunteers raised the funds to purchase the vehicle which will be used at Mineral Bluff at Fire Station #2. Thomas told us the Fire Station #2 had one 4 wheel drive unit but this one is smaller and will make things easier.
Much needed equipment is generally purchased through the budget, however volunteers raised donations for this purchase. Chief Larry Thomas has been Fire Chief with Fannin County for almost 15 years. Thomas wanted to thank the Committee who worked so hard, the volunteers who worked equally hard, and all the folks who donated to raise the funds.
Please remember the BBQ Benefit – Live Music – November 14th 2015 11am – 3pm at The Community Hall in Epworth, Georgia $7 per ticket. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of the Fire/Rescue Truck for Fannin County Fire Department. Sponsored by: Tri-State Methodist Men. Fannin Fire Department will be doing Car Seat Safety Check, Life Force will be there, and Sparky!
Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.
Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.
Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lens.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
- Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
- Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
FYN is happy to announce the winners of the “Let It Snow” Photo Contest. The many snow photos everyone submitted were wonderful. Thank you all for your snow pictures. The winners were selected by independent judges. Congratulations winners!
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