City of Blue Ridge declares State of Emergency

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Blue Ridge City Council passed an official State of Emergency for all citizens and business owners within city limits.

After discussions with several local and state agencies and mounting pressure from the public, an emergency special meeting was called and held via teleconference at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

The ordinance, which passed unanimously will take effect at noon on Thursday, March 26 and expire on April 15, 2020. The ordinance does allow for city council to extend the time period of the ordinance, if deemed necessary, beyond the April 15 expiration date.

A curfew will be placed within the city limits, with exception being given to essential personnel, beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. 

“A curfew is imposed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. effective 9:00 p.m. March 26, 2020. Residents, unless “exempt individuals” as defined herein, shall remain in their homes or on their property during the curfew period.”

The ordinance also has a shelter in place provision. Persons are allowed to leave residences for essential activities, such as obtaining supplies, and for essential business. You do not have to remain indoors during this time, but will need to remain on your property, private properties, or public properties that are allowed to remain open by municipalities.

Among activities that were addressed were the gathering of people on city owned property.

For the duration of the declared emergency, there shall be no public gatherings on any property owned or controlled by the City.  To avoid confusion, the following definitions shall apply under this Section: a “public gathering” shall mean the organized gathering or assembly of more than five or more persons at a specific location; “property owned or controlled by the City shall include any park, public square, public space, playground, recreational area, or similar place of public gathering, but nothing herein shall prohibit individuals or families from using sidewalks or designated pedestrian areas of parks for walking or other exercise if they are not participating in an organized gathering.”

The ordinance also calls for a closure to all non-essential business except for “Minimum Basic Operations”.

Minimum Basic Operations are defined as: “(a) the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions; and (b) the minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.”

Restaurants may operate, but must close all dine-in areas and “may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery, drive-through or take-out services” only.  The ordinance further states: “Any restaurant that is currently licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption, such business shall be authorized to sell unopened bottles, cans, or other sealed containers of beer or wine for take-out consumption off-premises.”

The City encourages essential businesses to remain open. These businesses must follow the social distancing rule of 6 feet to the greatest extent possible and put signage on storefronts reminding customers of the social distancing rules.

Essential businesses may not allow more than 10 people in their building at a time if social distancing is unable to be maintained.

The ordinance defines “essential businesses” as:

  • Healthcare Operations and essential infrastructure;
  • Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
  • Gas stations and auto-supply, auto repair, and related facilities;
  • Banks and related financial institutions and pawn shops;
  • Hardware stores;
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and Essential Businesses;
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes; 
  • Educational institutions-including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities-for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing  essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Cafeterias in hospitals, nursing homes, or similar facilities shall not be subject to the restrictions contained in this Ordinance.
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences;
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;
  • Professional services, such as legal, or accounting services:
  • Childcare facilities;
  • Construction services; and
  • Utility, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, railroads, public transportation, taxi/rideshare, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).

Lastly, the ordinance states that all vacation rentals, including hotels and motels in city limits, are to be declared non-essential, stating: “Any customer currently occupying a Tourism Rental under a paid reservation tendered prior to March 23, 2020 shall be allowed to complete the original reservation period but shall not be allowed to extend.   All other customers must vacate the Tourism Rental within forty-eight (48) hours of this Ordinance going into effect.”

Violation of any term or provision of the Ordinance is punishable by a civil fine of $1,000 per violation.

The Fannin County Board of Commissioners are meeting at 4 p.m. today and are expected to implement a State of Emergency for Fannin County as a whole.

 

Click here to read about the City of McCaysville declaration of a State of Emergency

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McCaysville declares Public Health Emergency

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McCaysville, Ga. – The McCaysville City Council held an emergency special called meeting to address concerns from the citizens regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The purpose of this meeting was to declare a Public Health Emergency within the city and to lay out how city businesses and functions would be handled moving forward.

“It’s only a matter of time before we get a positive case here in the county,” Dr. Dillon Miller of Blue Ridge Medical Group spoke with the council. “If I were a betting man, I would say that within the next week we’re going to have a positive test come back for the county.” 

Miller said that over the last week there have been testings for Covid-19 in the double digits run in Fannin County. He added that with the influx of people coming to our area from “hot zones” like Atlanta, that it could “create the perfect storm for spreading the disease”.

The council voted unanimously to pass the emergency ordinance after being informed that a small number of  businesses were not willing to voluntarily comply. 

The ordinance states that beginning March 25, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. all gatherings or events of 10 or more people, outside of private households, are prohibited.

  • All bars, restaurants, or establishments that sell food and beverages can offer take out only, and dining is prohibited on the property of these establishments.

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  • All gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, pools, arcades, parlors, nail salons, hair salons, private social clubs or any facility used for entertainment, social and grooming must be closed to in person events.

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  • Essential stores allowed to stay open, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, must post signage on their doors informing customers to stay at least 6 feet apart and cannot allow more than 10 people in the establishment at a time.

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The McCaysville Police Department has been tasked with enforcing the new ordinance. The ordinance will expire in 30 days of passing but does have the option for council to renew for an additional 30 days.

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Speaker Ralston Announces North Georgia Office of the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation in Ellijay

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(The following is a Press Release from the Office of David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.)

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) today announced that the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation has opened a North Georgia Office in Ellijay. The office is located in the Collaboration on River’s Edge (CORE) Building, a workplace innovation space and initiative of the Greater Gilmer Community Foundation.

“I am proud to welcome the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation to Ellijay and look forward to the good work that will be done to further economic opportunity throughout rural Georgia,” said Speaker David Ralston. “This center is a direct result of the work of the House Rural Development Council and our continuing efforts to ensure prosperity is accessible to all Georgians – regardless of zip code.”

The center, also known as Georgia’s Rural Center, has named Janet Cochran to lead the North Georgia Office. Cochran comes to the center with more than a decade of experience as a project manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

“Finding ways to not only maintain but to multiply the economic and cultural vitality present in so many of north Georgia’s small towns and rural communities relies heavily on relationships,” said Dr. David Bridges, Georgia’s Rural Center interim director, “and we know that our presence and personnel there will only improve our ability to facilitate positive outcomes. Janet brings a wealth of experience in managing economic development projects in this region of the state, and we’re excited to have her join our team in this role at the North Georgia Office.”

Headquartered at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation serves as a central information and research hub for rural best practices, including community planning, industry-specific assistance and cooperative efforts with community partners. The center was proposed by the House Rural Development Council in 2017 and was created by House Bill 951, which was enacted in 2018.

“Promoting a strong business environment that enhances the quality of our community is not just the chamber’s mission in words, it is behind everything we do. The opening of CORE and the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation is a cornerstone moment in that mission and one that we have worked tirelessly to support and create for many years. I join with our 650 members in celebrating,” remarked John Marshall, Gilmer Chamber Chairman of the Board.

“As chairman of the Greater Gilmer Community Foundation it has been our goal as a private, citizen funded organization to help spur economic growth for our community and region. CORE being the home to the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation North Georgia office brings our vision to reality. We look forward to continuing to serve our communities for years to come,” said Kent Sanford, Chairman of the Board.

“Working with Speaker of the House David Ralston and the House leadership to bring the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation North Georgia office to our community will have economic impact to the entire region. We look forward to continuing to work to insure the success of the center and all of our partners within CORE,” remarked Lex Rainey, Greater Gilmer Joint Development Authority Chairman of the Board.

Located in Gilmer County, Ellijay is a thriving rural community in the North Georgia mountains, offering a unique blend of southern hospitality and natural beauty. The area leads Georgia in apple production and is a center for agribusiness and agritourism.

For more information about the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation, visit http://www.ruralga.org/.

FCYFA Presents: Monthly Business Meeting and Ag Talk

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FANNIN COUNTY
YOUNG FARMERS ASSOCIATION
PRESENTS:

Monthly Business Meeting and Ag Talk
February 18, 2019
8:00am
Mercier Orchards

Meal is sponsored by: Mercier Orchards

Anyone interested is welcome to attend
FCYFA members attend free of charge
Non members we ask you pay $5.00

For Questions or Additional Information
Please Contact rmathews@fannin.k12.ga.us or
706-455-2545

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
August 2018
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Operation Appreciation 2018
September 7 will kick off Operation Appreciation when Chamber Board Members, Ambassadors, Leads Group Members and Staff will visit every Chamber member with a local business address to deliver new publications, a window decal and a gift to show our appreciation. If you are interested in volunteering for delivery, please contact Kim Foster at (706) 632-5680 or kimfoster@tds.net. Lots of fun and prizes too!
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Fall Decorating Contest
The Chamber’s 4th Annual Fall  Decorating Contest will take place in October for Blue Ridge, McCaysville and Copperhill Chamber members. Participants will compete for great prizes; 1/2 page page ad in Information Please, FREE one-year Chamber membership, and tickets to the annual banquet. Be on the lookout for the entry form in September’s newsletter and your Operation Appreciation bag!
 
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Fall Golf Tournament

The Chamber’s 26th Annual Golf Tournament will take place onOctober 8 at Butternut Creek Golf Course. Registration information and hole sponsorship opportunities coming soon!

Featured Member…
Mountain View Orchard & Cider House Cafe
When it comes to Marc and Stephanie Cots, growing a business and living in a small town is what they know and love. The story starts over ten years ago when Marc visited the area with his motorcycle friends and fell in love with the mountains of Georgia and Tennessee. After meeting Stephanie and bringing her to the mountains, the couple pictured a life for themselves in the small town of McCaysville — as owners of The Cider House and Mountain View Orchard.

Marc and Stephanie want to raise their family in a small town, and they have a vision — making The Cider House and Mountain View Orchard the best kept secret in the mountains. Leaving the hustle and bustle of south Florida behind, they relocated to the peaceful mountainside orchard, where they are gradually making improvements and updates to the Cider House Cafe and Mountain View Orchard, owned by Joe and Mary Jo Dickey for over 50 years.  Visit them soon at the Cider House!

Welcome New Chamber Members!
 
Cintas Corporation
(678) 602-0465
Bryon Iwane
Cintas leads the industry in supplying corporate identity uniform programs, providing entrance and logo mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning. They operate more than 400 facilities in North America-including six manufacturing plants and eight distribution centers.
Dreamview Cabin
(954) 681-3950
Doug Boyer
Dreamview Cabin is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath cabin that can accommodate up to 8 guests. Located on 2 very private acres in the highly sought after and beautiful Cashes Valley area Dreamview is perfect for those who desire to escape the crowds. For all the outdoor enthusiasts out there, the cabin is very close to many different and exciting outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, ziplining and more!
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Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival
Union County Schools Fine Art Center
Amanda Lawrence
Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for an under-served audience to engage with the voices of Appalachia and develop a cultural intelligence. They put on the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival each April.
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Heavenly Hollow
(239) 465-8099
Kiley Bergin
Heavenly Hollow- Escape To The Perfect Mountain Getaway!! Secluded/ Pet friendly Private cabin that sits on almost 3 acres, with access to small community lake. Open floor plan with 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Mountain views from every room.
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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
(423) 496-4681
Erik Broeren
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. Faithfully grounded in Scripture and the Book of Common Prayer 1979, St. Mark’s welcomes everyone to join them, for a day or for a season. Just a short drive from downtown Blue Ridge, St. Mark’s offers a festive Eucharist (Rite II) every Sunday morning at 10:30. Also, join them for weekday activities including Christian Formation, Outreach, and Fellowship.
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Storehouse Ministries Thrift Store
(706) 669-2233
Rosemary Medley
Storehouse Ministries Thrift Store is a completely volunteer, non-profit Thrift Store meeting the needs of those in the community through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They generally have available for purchase clothing, household items, electronics, and toys.
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America’s Home Place
Blood Assurance
 
Big Creek Alpaca Farms

Fannin Brewing
Reid Ridge Lodge
Southern Charm

Community & Local Events Calendar
August 4 – Maria Howell and Noell Freidline Jazz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 11 – “Maters and Music” Festival, Reece Heritage Farm
August 16 – September 2 – Broadway Comedy, Catch Me If You Can, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 17 – Kiwanis RODEO,  Kiwanis Fairgrounds
August 18 – Denim & Diamonds, Willow Creek Falls & Vineyards
August 18-19 – Mountain Sunshine Arts & Crafts, North Georgia Technical College
August 24 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
August 25 – Tri-State model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
August 24-26 – Ocoee River Championships, Ocoee Whitewater Center
August 25 – Hard Cider & Beer Festival, Mercier Orchards
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Pickin’ in the Park
Friday
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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August 9 – Governmental Committee, Chamber Board Room at 3 p.m.
August 13 – Tourism Committee Meeting, Chamber Board Room,

12:00 p.m.
August 14 – Ribbon Cutting for Copperhill Brewery, 105 Ocoee St., Copperhill, TN
11:00 a.m.
August 15 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Barber Shop, 40 East Main St., Blue Ridge
9:30 a.m.
August 15 – Board of Directors Meeting, Chamber Board Room, Executive Committee at 11:00 a.m., Board of Directors
12:00 p.m.
August 16 – Ribbon Cutting for The Cider House, 2984 Mobile Rd., McCaysville
11:00 a.m.
August 21 – Business After Hours, Cucina Rustica, 76 Forge Mill Crossing, Morganton
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
August 23 – Ambassador Lunch at Pete’s Place, 2460 East First St., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
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America’s Home Place
Anne Merkel, PhD.,ND, CNHP, Autoimmune Specialist-Energy Therapist
Big Creek Alpaca Farms
Big Jim’s Floors
Bill Holt Chevrolet
Blue Ridge Adventure Park
Blue Ridge Business & Professional Association
Blue Ridge Cabin Cleaning
Blue Ridge Law
Blue Ridge Mountain Cabins
Blue Ridge Realty
Blue Ridge Yamaha & Polaris
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Budget Blinds
Capt’n Joe’s Lake Adventures
Chateau Meichtry
Checkers
Cherry Log Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

CitruSolution

City of McCaysville
Clark & Clark, Attorneys at Law
Cohutta Cove Mini Golf & Gem Mining
Cool River Tubing
Downtown Market Blue Ridge

Ducktown Basin Museum

Fannin County Department of Family and Children Services
Fannin County Family Connection
Fannin County Heritage Foundation
Fannin County Public Library
Fannin Regional Hospital
Fly Fish Blue Ridge
Folger Gas-Blue Ridge
Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat

High Country Picture Framing

Home Depot #1771
Howard Jabaley Taxi Service
Jabaley Eye Care
Jumping Mouse Beads
Kismet Rubber Products Corp.
Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association (LBRCA)
Lake Blue Ridge Marina
Larry Foster Backhoe, Dozier and Trackhoe Service
McCaysville Drug & Gun
Mercier Orchards
Mountain River Cabins
Mountain Top Cabin Rentals
New Blue Home & Gift
Ocoee Rafting
One Main Financial
Personal Systems Services
Pete’s Place Restaurant
Premier CPA Services, PC
PruittHealth Blue Ridge
Reel Angling Adventures, A Division of Toccoa Bend Images
River Dwelling
Riverview Beanery Katz’s New York Deli & Coffee
Scooters and More Factory Outlet
Scott & Marilyn MacNeill
Sequoyah Water
Southern Charm
Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals
Spa & Deck Creations

TDS-Telecom

The Club at Bear Claw Vineyards
The Copper Grill
The Mail Box Company
The News Observer
Toccoa Overlook Cabin
Toccoa River Cottage
Toccoa Valley Campground-Tubing
Tom’s Amusement Company
Total Comfort Systems
Violets Doggy Daycare
William T. Echelberger
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July  31, 2018
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Welcome Mountain Valley Community Bank! Mountain Valley Community Bank offers personal and business banking, loans and investing services as well as mortgages. www.mvcbank.com, 111 Collins Ave., Blue Ridge, GA, 30513. (706) 946-2265
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Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals
Welcome Black Dog Mountain Rentals! Black Dog Mountain Rentals is a full service cabin rental company, serving Blue Ridge, Georgia. Introducing their flagship rental, Huckleberry Hill on VRBO and Airbnb. See Huckleberry Hill Like us on Facebook

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 28 – August 25 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
August 4 – Maria Howell and Noell Freidline Jazz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 10 – Travis Bowlin Live, Blue Ridge Brewery
August 11 – Matt Foster Live, Blue Ridge Brewery
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Pickin’ in the Park
Friday
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
August 1 – Lunch N Leads at Blue Jeans Pizza
12:00 p.m.
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Member Events
 


Ecyclers USA
Hawaiian Luau
Denim _ Diamonds Flyer
Mercier Orchards Festival

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July  24, 2018
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PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS TODAY
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Family Fun Day, Mercier Orchards
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Pickin’ in the Park
Friday
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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Chamber Calendar of Events
July 24 – Primary Run-off Election Don’t forget to vote!
July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals, 434 Martin Crossing, Cherry Log
2:00 p.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Member Events

Glow River Float
Ecyclers USA
Hawaiian Luau

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  17, 2018
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Two Great Business After Hours in July!

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TAKE THE SURVEY!
COPPER BASIN WEBSITE & SURVEY ARE ONLINE
Even if you missed out on the chance to express your vision of the future of McCaysville, Copperhill and Ducktown in person, you can still be a part of the process by completing the survey at the new website:
Surveys will be collected through the end of July.
Planners from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government are here this week to conduct interviews and focus groups for the Renaissance Master Plan. There is limited space in the groups on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of McCaysville if you would like to attend.
PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS JULY 24;
EARLY VOTING STARTS JULY 2
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 21-22 – Butternut Creek Festival, Meeks Park
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Family Fun Day, Mercier Orchards
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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July 17 – Business After Hours at TREO, 588 East Main St.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
July 18 – Chamber Board Meeting at noon, Chamber Board Room
July 17 & 18 – Focus Groups and Interviews for Copper Basin Renaissance.
July 24 – Primary Run-off Election Don’t forget to vote!
July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals, 434 Martin Crossing, Cherry Log
2:00 p.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Member Events

Glow River Float
Ecyclers USA
Hawaiian Luau
Mercier Hard Cider Festival

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  10, 2018
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Two Great Business After Hours in July!

BAH Treo Blue Ridge

BAH Mercier Orchards Downtown

Chamber & Member News & Events
 
FOCUS GROUPS & INTERVIEWS FOR COPPER BASIN
RENAISSANCE – JULY 17 AND 18
Planners from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government will be in the Copper Basin on July 17 and 18 to conduct interviews and focus groups for the Renaissance Master Plan.  Appointments are available for participation by community and business leaders at the following times:
First Baptist Church of McCaysville:
Tuesday, July 17 at 1:30 or 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Please contact the Chamber at 706-632-5680 if you are interested in participating.
 
PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS JULY 24;
EARLY VOTING STARTS JULY 2
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 14 – Singing in the Mountains 15th Annual Concert, Fannin County High School Performing Arts Center
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 21-22 – Butternut Creek Festival, Meeks Park
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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Celebrating Independence Day. United States of America USA flag with fireworks background for 4th of July

Chamber Calendar of Events
July 17 – Business After Hours at TREO, 588 East Main St.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
July 18 – Chamber Board Meeting at noon, Chamber Board Room
July 17 & 18 – Focus Groups and Interviews for Copper Basin Renaissance.
July 19 – Ribbon Cutting for First Choice Landscaping at the Chamber
10:00 a.m.
July 24 – Primary Run-off Election Don’t forget to vote!
July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals, 434 Martin Crossing, Cherry Log
2:00 p.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Member Events
Habitat Orientation
Glow River Float
UNG Save the Date
CASA Fundraiser

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  2018
News for Members
Fannin Co. Chamber Logo

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

Two Great Business After Hours in July!

BAH Treo Blue Ridge

BAH Mercier Orchards Downtown

Chamber & Member News & Events
 
FOCUS GROUPS & INTERVIEWS FOR COPPER BASIN
RENAISSANCE – JULY 17 AND 18
Planners from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government will be in the Copper Basin on July 17 and 18 to conduct interviews and focus groups for the Renaissance Master Plan.  Appointments are available for participation by community and business leaders at the following times:
First Baptist Church of McCaysville:
Tuesday, July 17 at 1:30 or 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Please contact the Chamber at 706-632-5680 if you are interested in participating.
 
PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS JULY 24;
EARLY VOTING STARTS JULY 2
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Chamber Member Anniversaries!!
Burger King
 
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild
 
 
 
Fannin County Public Library 
Mountain Paws Cabin Rentals

9 New Members!
First Choice Landscaping
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 200-2960
Kyle Boyer
First Choice Landscaping is a locally owned and operated company that offers a variety of lawn care and landscaping services that are custom design to each individual property. 
Lanier Tech Pros
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(678) 701-7787
Stephen Bradley
Lanier Tech Pros is a full-service digital marketing agency that has been creating beautiful yet affordable responsive websites, social media campaigns and custom search optimization solutions for customers in Blue Ridge and across north Georgia for more than a decade.
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Mercier Orchards Downtown
260 West Main St.
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 946-3411
Rita Suiter
Open daily 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mercier Orchards Downtown serves breakfast and lunch as well as offers a bakery and hard cider/wine tasting area. 
Mountain High Cabin
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
Scott Nelson
Mountain High Cabin located on Sunrock Mountain in the heart of Blue Ridge is unrivaled for its 180° phenomenal views of the Smoky Mountains. Get that secluded mountain feeling while being just 5 miles from town, Mercier Orchards, and all mountain outdoor activities. 
 
The Cider House
(706) 492-7753
Stephanie Cots
Enjoy a home-cooked lunch or dinner with our famous homemade fried pies and pressed cold cider at The Cider House.
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Toccoa Overlook Cabin
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(770) 329-3640
Kelly Pearson
The Toccoa Overlook Cabin is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 and a half bath mountain view home on the Toccoa River that can sleep up to 15 people. It is nestled on 9 acres of private land with hiking trails down to 500 ft of river front on the Toccoa River.
 
Toccoa River Cottage
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(770) 329-3640
Kelly Pearson
The Toccoa River Cottage is a cozy studio home on the beautiful Toccoa River that can sleeps 2 people. Beautifully appointed and romantic, the Toccoa River Cottage is the perfect destination for a getaway for you and your special someone! The Cottage is only 2.5 miles from downtown Blue Ridge.
 
Troy Shirbroun, Coldwell Banker
(407) 739-4230
Troy Shirbroun
Troy Shirbroun, is a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker High Country Realty.
 
WoodmenLife, Julie Dermer
Epworth, GA, 30541
(678) 447-1161
Julie Dermer
Julie Dermer helps local families prepare for the future, while working with them to make a difference in our community. As your WoodmenLife Representative, Julie will learn what makes you unique, and work with you to tailor solutions based on your financial needs.
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Community & Local Events Calendar
July 4 – 4th of July Observance, Epworth Community Club
July 4 – Blue Ridge Freedom 5k and 10k, Downtown Blue Ridge
July 4 – 4th of July Fireworks, Meeks Park
July 7 –  Carl Pruett and The Crossroads Band Blues Roots, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 7 – Van Dilbeck Memorial & Steel Head Race , Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 14 – Singing in the Mountains 15th Annual Concert, Fannin County High School Performing Arts Center
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 21-22 – Butternut Creek Festival, Meeks Park
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

Copper Basin Renaissance

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Celebrating Independence Day. United States of America USA flag with fireworks background for 4th of July

Chamber Calendar of Events
July 4 – Main Chamber Welcome Center, Caboose and McCaysville Center are all closed for the holiday.
July 5 – Ribbon Cutting for Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
10:00 a.m.
July 17 – Business After Hours at TREO, 588 East Main St.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
July 18 – Chamber Board Meeting at noon, Chamber Board Room
July 17 & 18 – Focus Groups and Interviews for Copper Basin Renaissance.
July 19 – Ribbon Cutting for First Choice Landscaping at the Chamber
10:00 a.m.
July 24 – Primary Run-off Election Don’t forget to vote!
July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Member Renewals-Thanks!
 
A Rolling Thunder River Company
Akins Funeral Home
All Choice Plumbing
Americas Best Value Inn
Angela Stewart DeLorme, P.C.

Bethel UMC

Blood Assurance
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn/The Art Center
Blue Ridge North Georgia Ford, Inc.
Blue Ridge Oil Change
Blue Ridge Pharmacy
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge United Methodist Church
BumbleBee’s Cafe Blue Ridge, LLC
Burger King
Cohutta Country Store
Coldwell Banker High Country Realty
Danielle’s Great Eats Deli
Das Kaffee Haus
DOTSGOOD
DQ Grill & Chill
Edd Stepp Agency, Alfa Insurance
Edward Jones, Mike Hamby
Enchanted Mountain Retreats, Inc.
Family Life Chiropractic Center
Fannin County Board of Commissioners
Fannin Lanes Bowling Center
First Baptist Church of Epworth
Georgia Department of Labor
Habitat for Humanity
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
Jaime Levins
K & S Tank Lines
Kevin Panter Insurance
Kiwanis of Blue Ridge
Melwood Springs Water Company
Men on the Move
Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals
Mountain Paws Cabin Rentals
Mountain Property Limited
Mountain Valley Motors
Mountain View Orchards
Nicholson Agency Insurance Mart
North Georgia Boat Lift
North Georgia Physical Therapy
Nottely River Valley Vineyards
Ocoee Animal Hospital
Out of the Blue, Inc.
Paradise Hills, Winery Resort & Spa
Parris Medical Services, Inc.
Pat’s Kountry Kitchen
Russell Seabolt, D.M.D.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild
Southern Financial Consultants, Inc.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
State Farm Insurance/Charles Edmondson
Stress Buster Vacation Rentals & Property Management
Terminator Pest Control Services
The Lilly Pad Cottage
Thomas Insurance Group
Tin Loong of Blue Ridge
Toccoa River Tubing Company
Total Lifestyle Concepts, Inc.
Town & Country Furniture
Tri-State Business Women
Tri-State EMC
Tri-State Model Railroaders
United Community Bank
Whispering Pines Campground
Wildwater Limited
Willow Creek Cabin Rentals
Zip Line Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge
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Member Events
Habitat Orientation
Glow River Float
UNG Save the Date
CASA Fundraiser

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
June 19,  2018
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Fannin County Sponsoring 
Electronics Recycling 
Ecyclers USA will be at the Senior Center on June 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to recycle your electronics. These will include:
  • Computers and Peripherals
  • Subassemblies and Components
  • Surplus Inventory
  • Home Electronics
  • Central Office and Communication Room Equipment
  • Microwave/Ground and Satellite Based Transmission Equipment
  • Office Equipment
  • Barcode Equipment, Pagers, Copy Machines, Fax Machines, Telephone Systems (cordless, cellular, desk)
  • Security Equipment
  • Utility and Power Equipment
  • Metals
**There will be a $10.00 fee for each Television or CRT Monitor**
440 West 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA
To see specifics on items that may or may not be available to be recycled:

Ribbon Cuttings!
 
June 12 was the ribbon cutting for Duane Thomas, Realtor with
Anchor Brokerage.
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June 14 was the ribbon cutting for Skyfall Cabin. Located in a brand-new, gated community with access to the Toccoa river, 10 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, Skyfall Cabin is a brand new 3200 square foot modern cabin featuring an expansive open floor plan with a pool table, shuffle puck, dart board and more. This cabin sleeps up to 8 adults and 4 children.

June Community Events Calendar
June 19 – Summer Youth Art Camps, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
June 23-24 – Ride the Rails Festival, Mineral Bluff Depot
June 22– Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise In, Dairy Queen
June 29-30 – Riverfest, Downtown McCaysville
June 29 – Firecracker Special, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
June 29 – Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade, Lake Blue Ridge
June 29 – McCaysville Fireworks, Downtown McCaysville and Copperhill
June 30 – Old Timers Parade, Downtown Blue Ridge
June 30 – Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks, Lake Blue Ridge Dam
July 4 – 4th of July Observance, Epworth Community Club
July 4 – Blue Ridge Freedom 5k and 10k, Downtown Blue Ridge
July 4 – 4th of July Fireworks, Meeks Park
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
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June 19 – Business After Hours, Blue Smoke Barbecue, 3365 East First St., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 21 – Ribbon Cutting for SafeKeep Pest Management at the  Chamber
10:00 a.m.
June 25 – Ribbon  Cutting for Escape the Line Ocoee’s #1 Escape Room, 115 Ocoee St., Copperhill, TN
10:30 a.m.
June 27 – Board of Directors Meeting, Chamber Board Room, Executive Committee at 11:00 a.m, Board of Directors
12:00 p.m.

June 28 – Ambassador Lunch at Mesquite Grill, 4860 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
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Member Events
Glow River Float

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community, Fannin County Chamber
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
June 12,  2018
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Fannin County Sponsoring 
Electronics Recycling 
Ecyclers USA will be at the Senior Center on June 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to recycle your electronics. These will include:
  • Computers and Peripherals
  • Subassemblies and Components
  • Surplus Inventory
  • Home Electronics
  • Central Office and Communication Room Equipment
  • Microwave/Ground and Satellite Based Transmission Equipment
  • Office Equipment
  • Barcode Equipment, Pagers, Copy Machines, Fax Machines, Telephone Systems (cordless, cellular, desk)
  • Security Equipment
  • Utility and Power Equipment
  • Metals
**There will be a $10.00 fee for each Television or CRT Monitor**
440 West 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA
To see specifics on items that may or may not be available to be recycled:

June Community Events Calendar
June 16 – Community Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
June 16 – Blue Ridge Wine and Jazz Festival, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
June 16 – Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – PULSE Trio, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
June 19 – Summer Youth Art Camps, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
June 23-24 – Ride the Rails Festival, Mineral Bluff Depot
June 25 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise In, Dairy Queen
June 29-30 – Riverfest, Downtown McCaysville
June 29 – Firecracker Special, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
June 29 – Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade, Lake Blue Ridge
June 29 – McCaysville Fireworks, Downtown McCaysville and Copperhill
June 30 – Old Timers Parade, Downtown Blue Ridge
June 30 – Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks, Lake Blue Ridge Dam
July 4 – 4th of July Observance, Epworth Community Club
July 4 – Blue Ridge Freedom 5k and 10k, Downtown Blue Ridge
July 4 – 4th of July Fireworks, Meeks Park
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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June 12 – Ribbon Cutting for Duane Thomas, Realtor with Anchor Brokerage at the Chamber
1:30 p.m.
June 13 – Ribbon Cutting for Impact Design & Creations at the Chamber
11:00 a.m.
June 19 – Business After Hours, Blue Smoke Barbecue, 3365 East First St., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 27 – Board of Directors Meeting, Chamber Board Room, Executive Committee at 11:00 a.m, Board of Directors
12:00 p.m.

June 28 – Ambassador Lunch at Mesquite Grill, 4860 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
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Member Events
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

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June  2018
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Community Participation July 17-19
For Copper Basin Renaissance Project
The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute recently announced a Renaissance Strategic and Planning Process for the Copper Basin, including the cities of McCaysville, Copperhill and Ducktown, funded by the Lyndhurst Foundation.  The Chamber will assist in coordination of the project, which will take a year to complete.
The next step is public participation and input on July 17, 18 and 19, including focus groups and interviews of interested citizens and groups.  If you are interested in participating in a group or interview, please email Jan Hackett, jahackett@tds.net, or Sarah Mickens, Sarahfccoc@outlook.com.
The Renaissance project assists downtowns through the creation of a community-supported vision and plan. The RSVP is a downtown master planning process that result in the creation of a downtown planning document that illustrates the community’s vision for the future and provides the steps to get there. The final RSVP planning document helps local governments and community partners prioritize top downtown issues and work to establish a consensus around what must be achieved in the short and long-term.

Member News & Events
 

Taste of Amish Has Moved
Same great products, new location! Be sure and visit Taste of Amish at their new location, 1412
Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge.

Mercier Orchards Downtown
 Visit Mercier Orchards Downtown for deli and bakery goods as well as hard cider and wine tastings! Serving breakfast and lunch. You can find them in the historic 1926 People’s Bank building at 260 West Main St., Blue Ridge. (706) 946-3411
Scenic Railway Celebrates 20 Years
Congratulations to the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.  They recently celebrated 20 years and more than one million riders during that time! In 1995 Wilds Pierce, owner of GNRR Railroad, met with members of the Blue Ridge Mountains Preservation Foundation, a local group hoping to save the rail line railway between Blue Ridge and McCaysville. Subsequently GDOT purchased the line from CSX, Members of the Preservation Foundation and North American Railcar Owners’ Assn. began clearing the line from Ellijay north to Blue Ridge, which had not handled traffic in over 20 years. In June 1997, GDOT leased the line to GNRR and on May 30, 1998, the first tourist excursion was made between Blue Ridge and McCaysville.

Welcome New Members!
 
A River Runs Through It
Albert ”Skip” Smelko
A River Runs Through It is a cabin rental available through Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals. Enjoy this newly renovated 3 bedroom 3 bath cabin located just steps from the Toccoa River in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia. Enjoy fishing, kayaking and tubing from the property. Some amenities include a charcoal grill, pool table, hot tub, gas log fireplace and wifi.

Black Dog Mountain Rentals

Mineral Bluff, GA, 30559
(678) 739-9251
Pamela Abbott
Black Dog Mountain Rentals is a full service cabin rental company, serving Blue Ridge, Georgia. Introducing their flagship rental, Huckleberry Hill on VRBO and Airbnb.

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Buck Bald Brewing

Patrick Keenan
Coming August 2018 to Copperhill, Tennessee!
Born in the mountains of Blue Ridge, GA, Buck Bald Brewing is dedicated to brewing the highest quality beer. They combine the best quality ingredients with careful attention to every detail. So when you’re thirstin’ for a tasty brew, look for the Hollerin’ Man on your tap handle or bottle. You’re sure to find beers that will whet your whistle and make you holler for more.
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Copperhill Brewery

Harrison Abbott
Coming August 2018 to Copperhill, Tennessee!
Copperhill Brewery has a passion. A passion to brew high quality, diverse, and exceptional tasting craft beer. Brewing craft beer is truly an art form, and our goal is to brew an exceptional selection of craft beers that will set Copperhill Brewery apart from all others. They plan to create a tap room that will become a local hangout and loved establishment.
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Duane Thomas, Anchor Brokerage

(678) 772-8723
Duane Thomas
Duane Thomas is a Real Estate Agent with Anchor Brokerage, a Real Estate Agency that specializes in lakefront and commercial property.

Okinawa Steak & Sushi
Wade Gill
Okinawa Steak & Sushi has been serving Ellijay a variety of fresh sushi delicacies and Japanese style cooking for 10 years. At Okinawa, each Sushi roll is an edible work of art masterfully created by trained Sushi Chefs. Now serving delicious Italian Desserts.
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Skyfall Cabin

(813) 340-6454
Christopher Gunn
Skyfall is a brand-new, 3200 square foot modern cabin nestled in the North Georgia mountains. Skyfall is situated on a 1.5 acre lot with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, sleeps up to 8 adults and 4 children, 4 fireplaces, 3 levels, over 1500 square feet of outdoor deck with fireplace, hot tub, 65 inch TV, hammock, grill and stunning sunrise views over the mountains. Located in a brand-new, gated community with access to the Toccoa river, 10 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, GA. 30 minutes to Aska Adventure area.

Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
Congratulations to Wrapsody in Blue! They cut a ribbon to open their beautiful new addition, a porch custom designed to showcase the outdoor living space options available. 

Chamber Member Anniversaries!

3 Monkeys Home Accents
DOTSGOOD
Georgia Foothills Hand Surgery
Reel ‘Em In Guide Service
Total Lifestyle Concepts

June Community Events Calendar
May 29 – June 10 – SAAG Spring Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
June 9 – Bergonzi Quartet Stage Production, Blue Ridge Community Theater
June 16 – Community Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
June 16 – Blue Ridge Wine and Jazz Festival, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
June 16 – Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – PULSE Trio, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
June 19 – Summer Youth Art Camps, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
June 23-24 – Ride the Rails Festival, Mineral Bluff Depot
June 25 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise In, Dairy Queen
June 29-30 – Riverfest, Downtown McCaysville
June 29 – Firecracker Special, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
June 29 – Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade, Lake Blue Ridge
June 29 – McCaysville Fireworks, Downtown McCaysville and Copperhill
June 30 – Old Timers Parade, Downtown Blue Ridge
June 30 – Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks, Lake Blue Ridge Dam
July 4 – 4th of July Observance, Epworth Community Club
July 4 – Blue Ridge Freedom 5k and 10k, Downtown Blue Ridge
July 4 – 4th of July Fireworks, Meeks Park
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
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Chamber Calendar of Events
June 1 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
11:00 a.m.
June 1 – Ribbon Cutting for Wrapsody in Blue, 652 East Main St., Blue Ridge
4:00 p.m.
June 5 – Get Noticed with Google, Bear Claw Vineyards, 2494 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
June 6 – Lunch N Leads, Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory, 11 Mountain St.
12:00 p.m.
June 12 – Ribbon Cutting for Duane Thomas, Realtor with Anchor Brokerage at the Chamber
1:30 p.m.
June 13 – Ribbon Cutting for Impact Design & Creations at the Chamber
11:00 a.m.
June 19 – Business After Hours, Blue Smoke Barbecue, 3365 East First St., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 27 – Board of Directors Meeting, Chamber Board Room, Executive Committee at 11:00 a.m, Board of Directors
12:00 p.m.

June 28 – Ambassador Lunch at Mesquite Grill, 4860 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
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A Simple Pleasure
Advanced Disposal Services
AJ Petrillo, RE/MAX – Town & Country
AngelFire 7 BBQ
Baugh Home Builders, Inc.
Best Solar Control
Bill Banzhaf, Harry Norman Realtors
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Blue Ridge Cotton Company
Blue Ridge Flowers
Blue Ridge Framing Company
Blue Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast, LLC
Blue Ridge Mineral Springs RV Park and Tent Camping
Blue Ridge Mountain Moving & Packing, LLC
Blue Ridge Village
Bodyplex Blue Ridge
Broadview Cove Apartments
Canoe
Carolina Ocoee
Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill
Chester’s Provisions
Copperhill Country Cabins
Custom Installations
Edward Jones, Amanda Payne
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Evolutionary K9
Fannin County Democratic Party
Fannin County Empty Stocking Program, Inc.
First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge
Flying Trout Restaurant
Frank X. Moore Law
Georgia Cancer Specialists
Georgia Foothills Hand Surgery
Georgia Luxury Vacation Rentals – Buckhorn Lodge
Glass Doctor
Hair Studio, Jennifer Bryant
Heartwood Community
High Speed Tactical & Safety Solutions
Hilburn Solutions, Inc.
Humble Pie Boutique
Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters
Life is Good in the Mountains
Margo’s Polish Bistro and Deli
Michael Konkel, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty
Morganton Grill
Morganton Point Bed and Breakfast Inn
Mountain Periodontics, Gregg R. Codelli D.D.S.
Nancy MacLean, Century 21 In The Mountains
Nevaeh Cabin Rentals
RE/MAX – Town & Country
Real Estate Around the Mountains
REEL’EM IN GUIDE SERVICE
Shamrock Septic Service
SHEC (Southern Highlands Employee Committee)
Silks for Less
South State Bank
Southern Car & Truck Center
The Mailman Did It
The Shops at Sycamore Crossing
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
Tru Mountain Realty, LLC
WildSide Custom Trailers
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Gooch: Senate Gets Down to Business

State & National

Senate Gets Down to Business

By: Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega)

Although the Senate was in session for only two days this week, my colleagues and I were very busy under the Gold Dome addressing budget proposals and a key piece of legislation on the Senate Floor.

The week started with Joint Senate and House Appropriations hearings on the Amended FY18 and General FY19 budgets. Governor Deal kicked off the hearings which included several different agencies presenting their budget proposals. I am happy to say that the state’s budget continues to be in good shape, with the General FY19 budget topping $26 billion for the first time. The General FY19 budget proposals were drafted with an estimated 2.9 percent state fund growth and around 3.8 percent tax revenue growth over the Amended FY18 revenue estimates. Included in the General FY19 budget are increases in funding for education and transportation.

The General FY19 budget addresses the needs for the state to meet determined employer contributions within the Teachers Retirement System with a proposed increase of around $364 million. Additionally, around $120 million would be appropriated for enrollment growth and training. Along with these positive changes in the General FY19 budget, an important proposal in the Amended FY18 budget is adding $15 million to purchase 194 school buses statewide. This will positively impact our students by ensuring that buses are not overcrowded.

The state’s growing need to address transportation infrastructure is also addressed in the General FY19 budget. An additional $31.6 million in projected revenues resulting from House Bill 170 – passed during the 2015 Legislation Session – will be added to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) budget. I am very happy to see that a piece of legislation we passed a couple of years ago is still making positive impacts for GDOT.

Along with attending the budget hearings and carefully reviewing the proposals for the Amended FY18 and General FY19 budgets, my colleagues and I took up a very important piece of legislation in Senate Chamber. On Thursday, the Senate passed the Supporting and Strengthening Families Act, also known as the Adoption Bill, or HB 159. This bill passed with bipartisan support and is now headed over to the House of Representatives for their review. Final passage of this legislation and a signature into law by the Governor would allow our state to update our adoption system which has been the same for nearly 30 years.

The Senate’s version of HB 159 clarifies many of the laws regarding who can adopt, who can act as a legal guardian and the rights held by the biological parents before and after giving their child up for adoption. Additionally, the version the Senate passed on Thursday states that if an agency is not involved in a private adoptive process, living expenses cannot be paid. The only expenses that can be paid in a private adoption are medical and counseling. These are just some of the highlights of the Senate version of HB 159. As this legislation moves through the legislative process, my colleagues and I will work with the Governor and House of Representatives to ensure there is cooperation to address concerns anyone may have. It is imperative that we pass this legislation so that we can assist the large number of children who are in foster care and need a loving and stable home.

The pace of the session is going to pick up quickly with standing committees beginning to hold meetings next week to vet legislation pending from last year along with new bills introduced this year. As we move forward in the session, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns and feedback. It is always great to hear from my constituents and our door is always open.

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
January 16, 2018
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

McCaysville Visitor Center has
Ribbon Cutting and Open House
McCaysville Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting
The McCaysville Visitor Center is a partnership of the Chamber, the City of McCaysville and the Ducktown Basin Museum.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, winter hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdayfrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.  The Center is located at 53 East Market Street.
Many thanks to all who worked hard to make the center a reality, especially Mayor Tom Seabolt,  Sue Beavers, Rodney Patterson and the McCaysville City Council; Marilyn MacNeil and Zachary Welch; Ken Rush and the board of the Ducktown Basin Museum; Mike Galinski and McCaysville Properties; the Fannin County Master Gardeners, especially Kathleen Holt; Trout Unlimited; People’s Bank and the Chamber staff.   

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Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
Ribbon Cutting for April_s Attic  
January 9 was the ribbon cutting for April’s Attic. Located at 6850 Appalachian Hwy., Mineral Bluff, April’s Attic specializes in quality antiques, collectibles, Country-Primitive home decor, interior design, and much more!
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January Community Events Calendar
January 25-28 – School House of Rock, Blue Ridge Community Theater
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here
In This Issue
McCaysville Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting and Open House
34th Annual Banquet
Ribbon Cuttings
Community Events Calendar

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Chamber Events
Calendar
  January 16 – Ribbon Cutting for Sleep More Mattress Store, 1901 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
January 19 – Ribbon Cutting at Mercier Orchards – 75th Anniversary, 8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge
5:00 p.m.
January 24 – Board Orientation at the Chamber
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
January 27 – Annual Chamber Banquet at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
6:00 p.m.
January 29 – Tourism Committee, Chamber Board Room at noon.
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News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
January 9, 2018
News for Members
Fannin Co. Chamber Logo

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

Click HERE to book your room now!!!

January Community Events Calendar
January 25-28 – School House of Rock, Blue Ridge Community Theater
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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In This Issue
Open House, Ribbon Cutting at McCaysville Visitor Center
34th Annual Banquet
Community Events Calendar

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Chamber Events
Calendar
January 9 – Ribbon Cutting for April’s Attic, 6850 Appalachian Hwy., Mineral Bluff
11:00 a.m.
January 10 – Ribbon Cutting and Open House at the McCaysville Visitor Center, 53 East Market St., McCaysville
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
January 15 – Welcome Centers CLOSED in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.
  January 16 – Ribbon Cutting for Sleep More Mattress Store, 1901 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
January 19 – Ribbon Cutting at Mercier Orchards – 75th Anniversary, 8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge
5:00 p.m.
January 24 – Board Orientation at the Chamber
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
January 27 – Annual Chamber Banquet at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
6:00 p.m.
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