• Think twice before stealing any political signs

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – As we all take to the polls this election season, let’s remember to be respectful of our neighbors’ viewpoints and property. Defacing or stealing political signs creates more animosity toward the other party and raises distrust in local communities. In Georgia, no one can place within the right-of-way, so in most […]

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  • Commissioner proceed with increasing hotel/motel tax

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Commissioners decided to move forward with raising the hotel/motel tax to six percent during the October meeting. The hotel/motel tax is split 50/50 with the Chamber of Commerce and the county funds would go toward public safety. The change would go into effect on January 1, 2021. 50 percent of the […]

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  • DPH Urges All Georgians to Get a Flu Shot

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    Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has a message for Georgians: Everyone needs a flu shot. Yes, you! That’s the focus of a new campaign urging all Georgians over the age of six months to get a flu shot this year. “Now more than ever, influenza vaccination is critical not only to […]

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  • Blue Ridge fire ruled as arson by state investigators

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    ATLANTA – The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a fire in Blue Ridge has been ruled an act of arson. The fire occurred at 3427 Sugar Creek Road at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 12. Upon arriving at the scene, state investigators discovered minor fire damage to […]

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  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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    NORTH GEORGIA – The North Georgia Health District urges women ages 40 years and older to talk with their county health department or their doctor during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October about screening for breast cancer. Women who cannot afford mammograms may be eligible for free screening. Breast cancer screenings are critical for […]

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  • Commission moves ahead with disaster planning

    hazard pay disaster planning

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – In the September 22, 2020, Fannin County Commission meeting, the commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Fannin County School Board for disaster planning. “We’ve been working on a debris removal plan for the county in case of disaster. We’ve done one or two steps previously and this is just another […]

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  • Scholarships provide further support for students in UNG Blue Ridge


    A trio of new scholarships will help students fund their education at the UNG Blue Ridge Campus. The Claude William and Virginia Quintrell Merritt Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in August 2020 by Sandra Webb. The fund honors Webb’s parents by financially assisting students at UNG, particularly on the Blue Ridge Campus, with one scholarship […]

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  • Grand juries resume in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit

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    Appalachian Judicial Circuit will resume convening grand juries for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Our communities have been hit hard by the global pandemic. As the COVID19 outbreak in Georgia continues, the Appalachian Judicial Circuit is continually working to balance legitimate public health considerations with the necessity to maintain fair and […]

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  • UNG Blue Ridge Campus is officially open after ribbon-cutting ceremony

    UNG Blue Ridge

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Pleasant fall weather welcomed the crowd at the University of North Georgia (UNG) Blue Ridge Campus ribbon cutting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Since UNG Blue Ridge first opened in 2015 on Dunbarton Road, it’s grown from 18 students to 232. The new facility has over 3.500 square feet of classroom […]

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  • City takes precautions against COVID-19 as police chief fights the virus

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – City continues to take preventative measures against COVID-19 as Police Chief and Post One Commissioner Candidate Johnny Scearce battles the virus from the hospital. According to Mayor Donna Whitener, they have increased cleaning protocols and continue to be vigilant against COVID-19 with temperature checks, masks, and rotating office schedules. Sources are […]

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  • COVID-19 hazard pay tabled for frontline workers

    hazard pay disaster planning

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Commissioners decided to indefinitely table CARES Act hazard pay until receiving more information from the state. With several unanswered questions about eligibility and everchanging guidelines from the state, the board decided to hold on accepting COVID-19 hazard pay. The item can be brought up again by the new administration in January […]

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  • September 17 to 23 Constitution Week in Fannin County

    Constitution Week

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Fannin Commissioners proclaimed September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week in Fannin with Constitution Day falling on September 17. The Old Unicoi Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the resolution to the board of commissioners during the September 8 meeting. The document brought attention to the principles […]

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  • Property taxes remain low in Fannin County

    property taxes increase non-critical state of emergency 2020 Budget

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Fannin Commissioners set the overall county millage rate at 14.253 mills and accepted the county and school system’s rollbacks. Fannin County Schools rolled their millage rate back from 10.593 to 10.391 mills on Thursday, August 27. Previously, commissioners proposed to roll the county portion of the millage rate back to 3.938 […]

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  • Secretary of State unveils new absentee ballot request portal

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    ATLANTA-Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger unveils a new online portal to make it easier for Georgia voters to request absentee ballots for the November elections. Georgia voters with a driver’s license or state ID card will now be able to request an absentee ballot entirely online. “Georgia is constantly searching for new and innovative […]

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  • Fannin “preparing for growth” according to 2019 audit

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – New auditors believed Fannin County demonstrated acceptable money management practices and “preparing for growth” during the 2019 audit presentation. Amanda Wilkson, CPA from BatesCarter Company, presented their overall findings for the 2019 audit. Fannin received a clean/unmodified opinion for 2019, which is the best report a government organization under audit can attain. […]

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  • Commissioners accept 2021 millage rate rollback

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – The Board of Commissioners approved lowering the county’s portion of the 2021 millage rate to 3.862 from 3.938 at the August 10, 2020 meeting. If the millage rate remained at 3.938, tax revenues for Fannin would have increased by $186,000. Additionally, Fannin County would have to legally declare it a tax […]

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