• Fannin sets property tax increase hearings

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – At the previous commission meeting in July, Chairman Jamie Hensley announced he anticipated the millage rate would remain the same as last year’s. Since the county isn’t accepting the state’s rollback rate, it’s viewed as a tax increase. “Fannin County, a political subdivision of the State of Georgia, has tentatively adopted […]

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  • Broadband Ready Ordinance proceeds forward in Fannin

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – The first public hearings pertaining to the Broadband Ready Ordinance and adjustment to Fannin’s Comprehensive plan were held last Tuesday. Fannin County Economic Development Executive Director Christie Gribble explained the importance of implementing a Broadband Ready Ordinance in Fannin to those in attendance. She’s been in charge of finding resources and […]

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  • Fannin County Courthouse paid off

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Fannin County government paid off the remaining debt on the courthouse slightly ahead of schedule. “I think myself and Commissioner Scearce are just happy to be hard on the tail end of that, the payoff. Due to the hard work of every administration before us, we were able to pay that […]

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  • Ralston calls for GBI investigation into Fulton County elections

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    ATLANTA, Ga – Elected officials are taking aim and Fulton County and its elections director Richard Barron, following new details regarding the 2020 election. Today, Speaker of the House David Ralston (R – Blue Ridge) released the letter he sent to Fulton Elections Director Richard Barron. In the letter, Ralston requests Barron ask the GBI […]

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  • Fannin Commissioners purchase property behind the jail

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Following an hour-long executive session, Fannin Commissioners made a motion to purchase two parcels of property behind the jail. The parcels are known as the Queen property and the Old Sarrell property and will be used for parking and administrative needs. It will be used for county employee parking. The county […]

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  • Mayor Whitener offers response to zoning ordinance veto

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener releases a response concerning her recommendation to veto of ordinance amendment BR2021-06. The ordinance would lower building height requirements in the central business district to 35 feet. Whitener’s letter stated that the zoning ordinance has been amended 10 times in 23 years. She added that during […]

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  • Deputy Director Darrell Payne retires after 38 years

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Deputy Director Darrell Payne stated it’s been an honor to serve the people of Fannin as part of emergency services. Payne’s seen EMS goes through several changes over the years and commended EMS employees and volunteers for their efforts. He added that Fannin has one of the best EMS departments in […]

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  • Special alcohol permit moratorium repealed, new requirements in place

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – The existing Fannin County alcohol ordinance doesn’t address special events, and the county’s in the process of rewriting it. In the meantime, the board of commissioners enacted special requirements for those seeking a special event alcohol beverage permit. At an earlier meeting, a special event alcohol permit moratorium was put into […]

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  • Changes coming to Fannin dispatch department

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Commissioners approved moving dispatch to fall under the sheriff’s office at the June 8 meeting to go into effect July 1, 2021. Chairman Jamie Hensley detailed how other counties operate dispatch. At a public safety case, he learned that Fannin was one of the only counties in the state where dispatch […]

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  • 42 percent of Fannin doesn’t have access to broadband internet

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – According to Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs, approximately 42 percent of Fannin County doesn’t possess adequate internet service. Executive Director of the Development Authority Christie Gribble presented a path to hopefully providing Fannin residents with broadband services. She also remarked the Community Affairs map might not be entirely accurate, but it’s […]

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  • 30-day moratorium on special use permit for alcohol license

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Fannin County Commissioners opted for a 30-day moratorium on special use permits for alcohol licenses while they gather more information and the ordinance is rewritten. When Fannin County added the alcohol permit ordinance to its official code, commissioners did not include a special use provision, but the application for a special […]

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  • Georgia Ag Commissioner Gary Black launches Senate campaign

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    JEKYLL ISLAND, GA – Gary Black, Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner who received more votes than any candidate for U.S. Senate or Governor in 2018 and 2014, today launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Raphael Warnock. “Warnock and Biden promised to ‘fundamentally change America,’” Black said. “They’re five months into it and […]

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  • Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan announces he won’t be running for reelection

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    ATLANTA – Earlier today, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan released a statement on his decision to not run for reelection. He plans to focus on forging a new version of the Republican Party. Duncan’s political energy will go toward the organization GOP 2.0. The group seeks to reform the Republican Party through policy, empathy, and tone, […]

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  • May proclaimed Mental Health Awareness Month

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Fannin County Commissioners declared May 2021 as Mental Health Awareness Month. Members of Fannin County Connection accepted the proclamation. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans are diagnosed with a mental health condition per year. 46 percent of Americans will be diagnosable with a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime […]

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  • Fannin Commissioners decide to go with new insurance broker

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Following a two-hour work session, the Fannin Commissioners opted to change health insurance brokers for the 2021-2022 year. MSI Benefits Group won the business. The company previously represented the county until Total Insurance took over and ushered Fannin through its partially self-insured phase. Last year, commissioners decided to move away from […]

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  • Ralston and leadership issue Israel statement of support

    ATLANTA – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones (R-Milton) and the leadership of the House Majority Caucus issue the following statement in support of Israel: “In the last two days, more than 1,000 rockets have been fired at innocent men, women and children in Israel. The Israeli people are being attacked […]

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