Breakfast & Lunch Menus for August

Fannin County High

Breakfast & Lunch Menus for August

Fannin Middle

Breakfast & Lunch Menus for August

Blue Ridge Elem, East Fannin Elem, West Fannin Elem

Students of the Month: August

Fannin Middle

Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for August. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.

Students chosen for August are: Leah Pope, daughter of Michael & Janene Pope of Blue Ridge; Seth Reece, son of Charles & Karen Reece of Morganton; Annabel Lillard, daughter of David & Melissa Lillard of Blue Ridge; and A.J. Covey, son of Anthony & Colleen Covey of Blue Ridge.

Students L to R:
A.J. Covey, Annabel Lillard, Leah Pope, and Seth Reece

Employment Up, Unemployment Rate Down in Georgia Mountains in August

State & National
Mark Butler | Commissioner David Bennett | Director of Communications

Suite 642
148 Andrew Young International Blvd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-1751
(404) 232-3685
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Sept. 21, 2017


Employment up, unemployment rate down in Georgia Mountains in August

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the Georgia Mountains area’s unemployment and jobs picture looked bright in August.

Butler said Wednesday that in August the unemployment rate was just 4.1 percent, unemployment claims fell and job growth continued to climb.

“The August numbers show the Georgia Mountains’ economy and outlook for employment remains healthy,” said Butler.

The August unemployment rate was down from 4.4 percent in July. A decline of 812 in the labor force contributed to the decline in the monthly rate which can be attributed to school age workers returning to their educational institutions. The August rate compares favorably to last August when the rate was 4.9 percent.

Unemployment claims were down by 32.9 percent to 1,047 – another good sign for the Georgia Mountains’ economy. Claims were down in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were down by 28.9 percent from August 2016.

There were 12,798 more area residents employed than in August 2016.

“Georgia continues to be one of the leaders in job creation and employment,” Butler said. “It’s great to see our employers continue to create jobs, and Georgians going back to work.”.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 2,526 new active job postings in the Georgia Mountains region for August.

Visit to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers and to connect with us on social media.




FCHS August Lunch and Breakfast Menus

Fannin County High


Fannin Middle August Lunch and Breakfast Menus

Fannin Middle



Fannin County Chamber of Commerce August Newsletter

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
August 2017

Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia. Together we prosper.

Two Great Business After Hours
Networking Events in August!

Business After Hours logo
Tuesday, August 15 – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Cucina Rustica logo
76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton

Business After Hours logo
Tuesday, August 29 – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Mercier Orchards logo
8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge

Welcome Center to Open in McCaysville
The Chamber will open a McCaysville Welcome Center, in partnership with the City of McCaysville, Fannin County and the Ducktown Basin Museum. The Welcome Center will be located at 53 East Market Street on the Toccoa River.  Current plans are to open in early September. The Welcome Center will feature old photos and history of the Copper Basin provided by the Ducktown Museum. We are in the process of interviewing part-time employees for the center.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in working at the McCaysville center, contact Jode Mull at the Chamber. (706) 632-5680

McCaysville’s Riverfront Park Grant Announced
Speaker David Ralston recently announced a $500,000 grant for McCaysville’s riverfront park.  Pictured here with past Chamber Chair Gilita Carter, Chamber President Jan Hackett and Board Secretary Lisa Vest.

David Ralston pictured with past Chamber Chair Gilita Carter_ Chamber President Jan Hackett and Board Secretary Lisa Vest.

Solar Eclipse Image
*Solar Eclipse Train, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
*Solar Eclipse Whitewater Trip, Rolling Thunder River Co.
*Solar Eclipse Tasting & Viewing Party, Serenberry Vineyards *Solar Eclipse Over Lake Blue Ridge, Capt’n Joe’s Adventures *Solar Eclipse Dinner on the Farm, The Cook’s Farm
*Paradise Hills Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, Paradise Hills        Winery
*I Blacked Out at Fannin Brewing, Fannin Brewing Company
*Eclipse Raft-up, Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association
*Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, Chateau Meichtry
*Get Off The Grid Fest, Union County Saddle Club – August 18,  19    & 20


Solar Eclipse Image

We made the list!
Blue Ridge is #5 out of 8 U.S. places with the best views of this summer’s total solar eclipse. See the story on!

Solar Eclipse Glasses Available at Welcome Center The Chamber has ISO 12312-2 approved solar eclipse glasses for sale at the Welcome Center on Orvin Lance Drive for $1.  The glasses are free to our lodging partners for visitors who stay overnight to watch the eclipse.   
Here are links to some great recent articles about Blue Ridge and our partners. Great coverage!
Best honeymoon destinations in the US – Trip Advisor
20 Charming mountain towns to visit this fall – Southern Living
Our picks for apple orchards – Southern Living
Ten favorite mountain towns in the south – Atlanta Magazine
10 Small towns near Atlanta you need to visit soon – Curbed Atlanta
Mark Millican: Ridin’ on a scenic train – Dalton Daily Citizen
Solar Eclipse Part 3: South Carolina, Georgia – Weird, Wacky and Wild South
Networking pays off!

Lunch N Leads logo

The Lunch N Leads group is on fire this year. In the first half of 2017, this group has exchanged around $89,000.00 with the group. Way to go! This group continues to grow by leaps and bounds. For more information on how to join Lunch N Leads, contact Dianne Mallernee.
July 2017 Ambassador Recognition
Member services would like to recognize Bobby and Debra Amburn with Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals. This husband and wife team are amazing ambassadors for the Chamber. If they are not working or taking care of family, they are at every event; ribbon cutting, luncheons or business after hours. Thank you for your support!

Pic of Bobby and Debra Amburn

Welcome New Members!
Capt’n Joe’s Lake Adventures
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
Joe Kennedy
Capt’n Joe’s Lake Adventures offers lake tours, fishing and special events. 
High Speed Tactical & Safety Solutions
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
David & Kelli Antolini
High Speed Tactical & Safety Solutions offers high-quality, easy-to-use and cost effective training programs covering basic first aid through advanced life support. They also offer wilderness first aid and baby sitting safety courses. 
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Lake Country Graphics
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
David La Crosse
Lake Country Graphics offers screen-printed apparel, banners, business cards and more.
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North Georgia Law
282 West Main St.
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
Steve Smith
Trane Rental Services
1535 Northeast Expressway
Atlanta, GA, 30329
JD McGuirt
Trane Rental Services offers the following rental equipment; air cooled chillers, water cooled chillers, oil free air compressors, generators/power distribution, air handlers, DX Voyagers, cooling towers, vertical tent units, dehumidifiers, vertical life line and spot coolers. 

Ribbon Cuttings
Ribbon Cutting pic for High Speed Tactical and Safety

July 25 was the ribbon cutting for High Speed Tactical & Safety Solutions. High Speed Tactical & Safety Solutions offers high-quality, easy-to-use, & cost effective training programs covering basic life support, basic first aid, advanced first aid, CPR & AED, bloodborne pathogens, emergency oxygen, pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid, wilderness first aid, and child & babysitting safety.

25th Anniversary Golf Tournament
Golf Hole Sponsor Flyer

Advertise your business at The Chamber’s 25th annual golf tournament, October 2 at Butternut Creek Golf Course with a hole sponsorship. Hole sponsorships are available for $100.00 for the Fall tournament, or $150.00 for both Fall and Spring tournaments and include a sign with your business name placed on the golf course as well as recognition on the program. Anyone interested in being a hole sponsor please contact Kim Foster at

August Community Events Calendar
July 29 – August 26 – 3D Exhibit Off the Wall, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
August 5 – Big Gus and the Swampadelic, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 11 – Downtown Drum Circle, Downtown Blue Ridge
August 18-20 – Get Off the Grid Fest Union County Saddle Club
August 18-19 – Kiwanis Rodeo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
August 18 – September 3 – One Slight Hitch, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 19 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
August 19 – Denim and Diamonds, Willow Creek Falls & Vineyard
August 25 – Classic Car Cruise-In, Dairy Queen
August 26 – Firefly Music presents John Berry in Concert, location TBD
Recurring Events
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern

Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ In Horseshoe Bend Park
*Blue Ridge Farmers Market, Downtown Blue Ridge
*Blue Ridge Motorsports Park Races, Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing

Fannin EMA Eclipse Fact Sheet: Local Info
For the first time in nearly 100 years, the sun, Earth and moon will align for a total solar eclipse that will sweep the nation on Aug. 21. In Blue Ridge, you will be able to see the total eclipse for 40 seconds at 2:35 p.m.
The Fannin County Emergency Management Agency is planning for thousands of visitors into the Blue Ridge area for Eclipse Weekend. Expect nearly everything to be above capacity for nearly a week total. Residents, businesses and visitors should all be prepared for this historic event by keeping safety in mind.
  • Start planning now for where you will go to view the eclipse and make sure you’re prepared.
  • Prepare in advance to take care of your normal weekend activities.
  • Fill your car up with gas and buy groceries before the weekend.
  • Even if you do not plan to participate in any eclipse-related activities, expect heavy traffic and extremely busy areas in much of Blue Ridge.
  • Welcome to Fannin County! We hope you have a chance to discover everything the Blue Ridge area has to offer.
  • Follow the guidance of local public safety officials and your event organizers. Our local police and fire fighters know their communities and how best to direct you to where you would like to go.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination throughout the weekend. Traffic will be heavy with large crowds going to and from events all weekend.
  • Once you get to your eclipse event, stay there until well after the eclipse is over.
  • If you are driving during the eclipse, KEEP MOVING. Do not stop your vehicle along any roadway.
  • August in Georgia means it will be HOT. Be prepared for extreme heat.
  • Make sure you have bottled water, sunscreen, first aid kit, and solar eclipse viewing glasses.
  • Call 9-1-1 for life-safety emergencies only.
  • Make sure family members or friends back home know your schedule, when you are expected to return and your plan if something happens.
  • Prepare for a big jump in customers. Grocery stores, gas stations, hotels, restaurants, transportation services, coffee shops, retail stores, urgent care clinics and many other establishments will experience a jump in business. We encourage them to order goods and schedule staff accordingly.
  • Merchants may want to adjust hours beginning August 18 through August 21.
  • Fannin County schools will be closed on August 21. Be aware of this in case employees need to make schedule adjustments for their children.
  • We will have many visitors who are not accustomed to Georgia’s extreme heat and they will be outside for most of the afternoon onAugust 21. Plan to have extra water available for customers looking to stock up in advance.
  • Be aware that many visitors will be camping in both authorized and unauthorized locations; expect customers who may be primarily interested in using rest rooms.
  • Encourage employees to have a full tank of gas prior to the time visitors begin to arrive in the area. Lines for fuel may occur and you’ll want staff to be able to get to work.
  • Be prepared for more cash transactions and potential challenges with credit/debit card transactions taking longer than usual because of increased volumes. Consider having tills set up to accommodate more cash transactions.
  • Be prepared for cell service overloads; there may be service disruptions due to the increase in visitors using networks. Visitors may have urgent requests to use your business telephone line if they are having trouble with cell service. Decide how you want to handle these requests and make sure employees know what to do.
  • Talk to suppliers. Some suppliers may be considering delivery schedule changes due to the event(s). Suppliers may also be looking at how the increased traffic on rural roads may impact delivery times.
In This Issue
Two Great Business After Hours
McCaysville Welcome Center
McCaysville Grant
Solar Eclipse Events
New Members
Ribbon Cuttings
2017 Golf Tournament
Community Events Calendar
Fannin EMA Eclipse Fact Sheet

Chamber Events
August 2 – Lunch N Leads, Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory
12:00 p.m.
August 8 – Ribbon Cutting for Capt’n Joe’s Lake Adventures, Lake Blue Ridge Day Use Area Free Boat Ramp
10:00 a.m.
August 9 – Ribbon Cutting for American Mobile Dustless Blasting, Chamber of Commerce
10:00 a.m.
August 10 – Ribbon Cutting for Lake Country Graphics, Chamber of Commerce
10:00 a.m.
August 15 – Business After Hours at Cucina Rustica, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
August 16 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Committee Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
August 17 – Ribbon Cutting for Chester’s Provisions, 733 East Main St., Blue Ridge
11:00 a.m.
August 24 – Ambassador Lunch, Location TBD
12:00 p.m.
August 28 – Tourism Committee Meeting, Chamber of Commerce
12:00 p.m.

August 29 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards, 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Membership Renewals
Thank you!
1st Responders Tactical and Safety Training
American Wholesale Print Shop
Angelina’s Gourmet Market & Delicatessen
Big Jim’s Floors
Blinds by Design
Blue Ridge Adventure Park
Blue Ridge Booksellers
Blue Ridge Business & Professional Association
Blue Ridge Ghost Tours
Blue Ridge Mountain Cabins
Blue Ridge Mountain Canopy Adventure at Hells Hollow
Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company
Blue Ridge Outdoor Exchange
Blue Ridge Yamaha & Polaris
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Clark & Clark, Attorneys at Law
Cohutta Cove Mini Golf & Gem Mining
Fannin Area Children’s Charity
Fannin County Heritage Foundation
Fannin County Public Library
Folger Gas-Blue Ridge
Gold Star Estate Sales
High Country Picture Framing
Howard Jabaley Taxi Service
Humble Pie Boutique
Jumping Mouse Beads
K & S Tank Lines
Larry Foster Backhoe, Dozier and Trackhoe Service
Lendmark Financial Services
McCaysville Drug & Gun
Mineral Springs Center
Monte Alban Mexican Restaurant
Morganton/Mountaintown Baptist Association
Mountain Place Realty
Mountain River Cabins
North Georgia Paper & Specialty
Personal Systems Services
Premier CPA Services, PC
PruittHealth Blue Ridge
PruittHealth Hospice (Blue Ridge)
R. L. Jennings & Associates
Reid Ridge Lodge
River Dwelling
Rum Cake Lady Bakery and Cuban – Take Out
Scooters and More Factory Outlet
Scott & Marilyn MacNeill
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