• Scearce sworn in as Post One Comissioner

    Fannin County, Georgia, Johnny Scearce, Post One Commissioner, Chief of Police, Blue Ridge, Swearing In, Oath of Office, Probate Judge, Scott Kiker

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – A crowd gathered on the steps of the Fannin County Courthouse to witness the swearing in of new Post One Commissioner Johnny Scearce. Scearce, who is currently the City of Blue Ridge Chief of Police, won the seat of Post One Commissioner in the November 2020 General Election. Due to a […]

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  • Fitts goes on record with Mayor’s alleged violations

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – Council Member Nathan Fitts is going on record with alleged City Charter violations and State Law infractions committed by the Mayor and certain Council Members. At the March 9th City Council meeting Fitts made the public aware that Mayor Donna Whitener and Council Members Mike Panter and Robbie Cornelius had been […]

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  • Fitts pursues legal action against censure

    Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County, Censure, Conduct, City Council, Post 1, Harold Herdon, Post 2, Rhonda Haight, Post 3, Mike Panter, Post 4, Robbie Cornelius, Post 5, Nathan Fitts, Mayor, Donna Whitener, Attorney, James Balli, David Syfan, Hostile Work Environment, Lawsuit, Anti Litem, Whistleblower

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – The recent censure of Council Member Nathan Fitts could lead to legal proceedings that would cost the taxpayers of Blue Ridge. Fitts’ personal lawyer and previous City Attorney for the City of Blue Ridge, R. David Syfan, sent an Anti Litem Notice (intent to sue) to those members of council, including […]

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  • Mayor asked to return key to City Hall

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – Mayor Donna Whitener was asked to turn in her key to City Hall as council members expressed their concerns over the upcoming election. “With all that has been going on over the past couple of months, which the public is just now starting to find out about, to be very honest, […]

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  • Criminal threats precede discussion of proposed Code of Civility

    Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County, Criminal Threat, Censure, Conduct, City Council, Post 1, Harold Herdon, Post 2, Rhonda Haight, Post 3, Mike Panter, Post 4, Robbie Cornelius, Post 5, Nathan Fitts, Mayor, Donna Whitener, Attorney, James Balli, David Syfan, Code of Civility, David Ralston, Speaker, House of Representatives

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – As the Blue Ridge City Council discussed revising the Rules and Procedures of its meetings, conflict erupted over the newly proposed Code of Civility presented by Council Member Mike Panter. During a very heated discussion, it was also revealed by Council Member Nathan Fitts that Panter had allegedly made criminal threats […]

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  • Fitts censured for creating hostile work environment

    Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County, Censure, Conduct, City Council, Post 1, Harold Herdon, Post 2, Rhonda Haight, Post 3, Mike Panter, Post 4, Robbie Cornelius, Post 5, Nathan Fitts, Mayor, Donna Whitener, Attorney, James Balli, David Syfan, Hostile Work Environment

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – In a split vote ultimately decided by the Mayor, Blue Ridge City Council went on record with a censure of Council Member Nathan Fitts for continuous inappropriate conduct leading to council’s inability to perform their duties. While not on the agenda, Fitts asked at the beginning of the meeting to be […]

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  • City Council and Mayor seats open in 2021 General Election

    Blue Ridge city council candidates

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – The City of Blue Ridge is gearing up for the 2021 General Election. All Council seats and the seat of Mayor will be on the ballot. In a brief teleconference meeting held on Jan. 20, 2021, Council (Nathan Fitts and Mike Panter absent) along with Mayor and City Attorney passed the […]

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  • McCaysville Police Department year end activity report

    McCaysville, Ga. – McCaysville Chief of Police Michael Earley gave the year-end stats for his department’s activity, as well as the latest update for the month of December 2020, at the city’s January 2021 monthly meeting. The City of McCaysville Police Department had a busy year in 2020 with the following duties being carried out: […]

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  • Search for new Middle School Principal begins

    Fannin County, Georgia, School System, Schools, Middle, Principal, Board of Education, Superintendent, Michael Gwatnet, Keith Nuckolls

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County School System (FCSS) will begin the search for a new principal after the announcement came that Fannin County Middle School Principal Keith Nuckolls will be leaving the system.  “This is coming as a surprise to many people, that you are leaving,” Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney […]

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  • Scearce released from CHI Memorial Hospital

    Blue Ridge, Police, City, Johnny Scearce, Chief of Police, Covid19, Fannin County, Georgia, Post One, Commissioner, CHI Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Fannin Regional Hospital

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – After a long battle with Covid-19, Blue Ridge Chief of Police and recently elected Fannin County Post 1 Commissioner Johnny Scearce has been released from the hospital. CHI Memorial Hospital released a video of Scearce being cheered on as he made his Honor Walk out of the hospital. “Thank you all, […]

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  • Zoning request for Hastings Development tabled

    Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County, Zoning, Hastings, Development, College Street, Highway 515, City Council, City, Mayor, Planning, Attorney, Donna Whitener, Rhonda Haight, Nathan Fitts, Robbie Cornelius, Mike Panter, Harold Herndon, James Balli, Utility Director, Rebecca Harkins, Integrity Development Group LLC

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – A development that has drawn the attention of many in Fannin County has once again come to a temporary halt as the developer seeks to have land rezoned in the City of Blue Ridge to accommodate the plans. What has become known locally as the Hastings Development is a residential development […]

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  • Charter changes and reopening of City playground

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – Citizens could see a change in the way the City of Blue Ridge is managed after the city council voted on charter changes that would allow for the hire of a City Manger. According to council member Rhonda Haight, the move to a city manager or a full-time mayor has been […]

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  • Haight announces intent to run for Mayor

    Blue Ridge city council candidates

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – Rumors have already begun to circulate regarding who may or may not be running and for which seat they will seek in the 2021 Blue Ridge City Council / Mayor election. One such rumor is that of current council member Rhonda Haight and her intent to seek the seat of Mayor […]

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  • Snow Chimps at Project Chimps!

    Project Chimps, Ali Crumpacker, Executive Director, Chimpanzees, Sanctuary, Rescue, Donate, Snow

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – Who doesn’t love a snow day? Adults and children alike took part in the joy of the first snowfall of the season last week and humans weren’t the only ones enjoying the change of scenery. The chimps at Project Chimps ventured out into the open spaces to appreciate the winter wonderland. […]

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  • Council votes to stagger elections

    Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County, Charter, Change, Election, Resolution, City Manager, City Council, City, Mayor, Planning, Attorney, Donna Whitener, Rhonda Haight, Nathan Fitts, Robbie Cornelius, Mike Panter, Harold Herndon, James Balli

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Blue Ridge City Council made moves to bring about changes to the city charter which according to council member Rhonda Haight has not been updated since 1989. While it has been discussed in previous years, council members voted unanimously to begin the process of staggering elections for city council and […]

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  • Arguing erupts over City Park playground

    Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County, Playground, Park, City Council, City, Mayor, Planning, Zoning and Project Manager, Attorney, Donna Whitener, Rhonda Haight, Nathan Fitts, Robbie Cornelius, Mike Panter, Harold Herndon, Jeff Stewart, James Balli, Legal, Safety, Reopen

    Blue Ridge, Ga. – It was clear from the onset of the Blue Ridge City Council meeting that tensions were high between fellow council members Rhonda Haight and Mike Panter. During approval of the minutes from a Special Called Oct. 20, 2020 council meeting Haight made the motion to accept the minutes but with it […]

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