News from Fannin County Chamber

Fannin County Chamber
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

Frankie Rigdon is 2019 Chairperson
Frankie Rigdon, Vice President of operations for ETC Communications, will serve as Chairman of the Chamber’s 2019 Board of Directors.
Frankie is married to Sarah Finch Rigdon and together they have 7 children and 5 grandchildren. He graduated from Fannin County High School in 1984 and began his career in Telecommunications later that same year working for Hoke Jones and Voncel Gregory at the then privately owned Blue Ridge Telephone Company. Frankie was hired in 1986 by General Telephone (GTE) which later became Alltel and worked there until 1999. It was in 1999 that Frankie began his employment with ETC.
In addition to serving on the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce board of Directors, Frankie has served or is serving in many volunteer positions including President of the Mountaintown Community fire department organizing committee, Captain of Mountaintown Fire Station #8, Sunday School Director and Vacation Bible School Director of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Georgia 811 Board of Directors and past Chairman, Fannin County Development Authority and the City of Jasper “Perrow Property” steering committee.
Congratulations New Board Members!
Three Year Term: 
Suzanne Stepp Davenport, Southern Drug Company;
C.J. Green, Terminator Pest Control;
Susan Kiker, Fannin Regional Hospital;
Cindy Stone, United Community Bank
One Year Term: 
Bill Banzhaf, Harry Norman REALTORS;
Steve Smith, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty

Invitations will be on the way next week!

Ribbon Cutting – Congratulations!
Congratulations to Amanda Payne, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones on her new location! Visit her at 3798 East 1st St., Blue Ridge. (706) 632-8118
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The Chamber is looking for ten members to sponsor the quarterly Business After Hours Cash Drawing. The cost to sponsor for the year is $100.00. Business sponsor names will be listed on ads for the events and other mentions  building up to the event, as well as announced at the event. If you are interested in being a cash drawing sponsor, contact Dianne Mallernee at [email protected]
or (706) 632-5680.
Become a Chamber Ambassador or
Join the Chamber Leads Group in 2019!
Ambassadors represent the Chamber throughout Fannin County at community events and improve relations with members and non-members. Ambassadors have a monthly meeting at a member restaurant to discuss upcoming events and networking opportunities.
Lunch N Leads is a referral group that meets monthly sharing leads, referrals, best practices and common experiences, building a network of trust and confidence that helps its members thrive.
If you have any interest in participating in Ambassadors or Lunch N Leads, contact Dianne Mallernee for more information or to sign up!

Welcome New Members!!
Appalachian Home Renovations
(706) 889-1945
Bill Scutt
Appalachian Home Renovations offer complete remodeling services; basement build-outs, kitchens, baths, decks, porches, garages, sheds and siding. Master carpenter father and son team. Fully licensed and insured.
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Diamond Mobile Advertising
2207 Chestnut Gap Rd.
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 633-4099
Elizabeth Edwards
Diamond Mobile Advertising offers mobile LED advertising.
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Fly Fishing North Georgia
490 East Main St.
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
Hunter Morris
Fly Fish North Georgia offers guided wading and drift boat trips on several private trophy streams and public rivers. Whether you are looking for an instructional trip for beginners, or access to north Georgia’s finest trophy trout streams for experienced anglers, Fly Fishing North Georgia has you covered.
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Harbor Ministries
35 West Tennessee Ave.
McCaysville, GA, 30559
(706) 964-7729
Denise Caldwell
Everyone is invited to join them at Harbor Ministries! The church services are casual dress and worship style is blended. Anchor groups, bible study groups for all ages, meet at varying times during the week in addition to Sunday morning worship service.  
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Highlightz Hair Salon
5764 Appalachian Hwy.
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 946-2887
Megan Stiles
Hair Salon. Highlightz Hair Salon also has a cosmetic line available.
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Chamber Member Anniversaries!
Melwood Springs Water Company
Milestones Learning Center & Childcare
Willow Creek Falls & Vineyard
Winkler & Winkler
Brotherhood Oil Quick Lube & Tire Center
S & S Painting & Pressure Wash

Community & Local Events Calendar
November 17 – Janurary 4 – Holiday  Show & Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Associaton
November 26 – December 24 – See Santa and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree, Southern Tree Plantation
November 26 – December 23 – Santa Trains, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
November 23 – December 16 – Miracle on 34th Street, Blue Ridge Community Theater
December 6 & 8 – A Charlie Brown Christmas, Fannin County Performing Arts Center
December 6-7 – A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol, Fannin County Performing Arts Center
December 7-8 – Nutcracker: The Musical, Fannin County Performing Arts Center
December 8 – 59th Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade,McCaysville/Copperhill
December 8– Visit Santa, Mercier Orchards
December 8 – Vogel State Park Tree Lighting, Vogel State Park
December 13 – A Polar Express Literacy Night, FCHS and Swan Drive-In
December 15 – A Shaggin’ Christmas Concert, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
December 18 – Pig & Swig, Masseria Kitchen & Bar
December 21-22 – Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Then Some, Bear Claw Vineyards
December 22 – Visit Santa, Mercier Orchards Downtown
December 29 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Historic Mineral Bluff Depot
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Party, Grumpy Old Men Brewing
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Train, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Recurring Events
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot

* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Open every day – Copperhill Brewery
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Buck Bald BrewingFannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.

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In This Issue
Business After Hours
2019 Board & Chair
35th Annual Banquet
Ribbon Cutting
Membership Services
Welcome New Members
Chamber Member Annniversaries
Community Events Calendar


Chamber Calendar of Events
December 5 – Lunch N Leads at Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory
12:00 p.m.
December 5 – Ribbon Cutting for Fly Fishing North Georgia, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
3:00 p.m.
December 6 – Ribbon Cutting for ATA Controls, 931 East Main St., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
December 11 – Ribbon Cutting for Highlightz Hair Salon, 5764 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
11:00 a.m.
December 13 – Ribbon Cutting for Fat Raccoon Gallery, 121 Ocoee St., Ste. 2, Copperhill, TN
11:00 a.m.
December 18 – Business After Hours at Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main St., Blue Ridge
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
December 19 – 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 – Ambassador Lunch at Treo Blue Ridge, 588 East Main St., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
December 25 – Welcome Centers Closed in Observance of Christmas
Member Renewals – 
A2B Transit (L&M Transit)

Anchor Brokerage
Appalachian Country Living Magazine
Blue Ridge Dental
Blue Ridge Lodge & RV Park
Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
BR Main
Brotherhood Oil Quick Lube and Tire Center
Cabin Rentals of Georgia
Cameron Hall of Ellijay-Five Star Senior Living
Cantaberry Restaurant
Cartecay Vineyards
Comfort Inn & Suites
Distinctive Developers
FLAG Adult Education
Home Town Insurance
Johnson Paving
McCaysville Properties
Mountain Place Home Management
North Georgia Paper & Specialty
Painted Pony Trading Co.
Recon Investment Strategies
Ridge Chiropractic
S & S Painting & Pressure Wash
Serenity Luxury Suites
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Taste of Amish & General Store
Temple Baptist Church
Winkler & Winkler
Member Events
Holiday Show _ Sale
 Christmas Shoppe at MACA
BR Pharmacy
Literacy night 
Christmas Show at Bear Claw Vineyards
The mission of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce is to provide services to members, support existing business and promote economic development and tourism, while preserving and enhancing our community’s character, natural resources and quality of life.

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

152 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge GA 30513

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