DDA discusses “Stay in Blue Ridge” Program, as well as sharing available business’ with potential buyers

Development Authority, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Blue Ridge Downtown Development Authority discussed their potential “Stay in Blue Ridge” Program, as well as sharing available business’ in the Central Business District (CBD) with potential buyers during their meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Gene Holcombe, in charge of the DDA’s Business Development, states that the DDA now has a source to obtain a list of all of the business’ for sale in the Central Business District (CBD), and that they would like to get this list available to interested parties. He states that the initial plan is to have a copy available in City Hall for those who are interested.

They also discussed getting greater exposure of this list to those in the community (builders, developers, investors, potential business owners) who may be interested, which led to the idea of having a meeting/reception where local commercial realtors, business owners, and other interested parties may learn more about the DDA’s plan and vision for the CBD.

Holcombe went on to discuss the DDA’s potentially upcoming “Stay in Blue Ridge” program, in which discussion of historical places, things to do, trails, and potentially even tours with points of interest take place to greater expose people to downtown Blue Ridge and the Central Business District.

“There isn’t anyone that’s out there talking about reasons to stay in downtown Blue Ridge”, Holcombe states. “[…]If you go to the Chamber of Commerce and talk to them, they’re talking about Fannin County in general, and, they’re talking about go hiking here, and go over here, go there, but there’s no one saying, ‘Oh, there’s alot to do in downtown Blue Ridge, and the CBD.'”

DDA Chairman Cesar Martinez later stated to the public that “All of these things take time to bring about, it’s not something that’s gonna happen over night. So all of these things that we’re talking about are going to take time.”

During public comment, it was asked if the DDA has a large map available for the public to view of the entire Central Buisness District. Though there are maps, Martinez responded that he didn’t know of any larger maps, and that they would look into getting a large map printed up for display at the Blue Ridge City Hall.

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Plans revealed for the previous site of the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Growth and change continue to come to downtown Blue Ridge. With all new projects comes some debate from the local residents, and the latest construction involving the property previously occupied by the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church (BRUMC) showed no exception as citizens took to social media to vocalize their feelings on the progress of the downtown area.

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Demolition of the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church.

Many considered the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church to be a landmark of Blue Ridge and a building that enhanced the feel of small town rural America, adding charm to the city. For others the church was more than a building, it was also a place of memories made from generations of family worship.

Dena Johnson stated in part via social media, “I understand growth. But couldn’t we have kept downtown small? And let growth occur somewhere else.”

Many echoed Johnson’s sentiment regarding Blue Ridge and the demolition of church, but others took a different stance.

“So negative… it will always be a beautiful small town with wonderful people,” resident Dana Chastain commented on the social media thread, adding, “Growth is good. It’s inevitable in any town. Embrace it and be positive. I love how our town has grown and I’m proud to be a local. I’m lucky to call this place home.”

The Blue Ridge United Methodist Church had plans on relocating and selling their downtown property for several years with an initial Capital Campaign “Laying the Foundation for the Future” fundraiser ending in 2013. The need for a new place of worship arose from the church’s own growth and the needs of its congregation.

The downtown building was not handicap accessible (by ADA standards) and with an aging congregation the stairs and hills on the property were posing a challenge. The church’s website noted that upon the first visit of the congregation to the new property on Orvin Lance Drive “Several noted how large it (the property) is. Others marveled that you could go anywhere on the property without walking up stairs or going up a hill.”

The size of the downtown property was another determining factor in the need for BRUMC to find a new location. In order to expand or update their facilities on the existing property, available parking would need to be removed. Parking that was already scarce downtown and the removal of even more spaces did not work for a growing congregation.

The downtown property sat on 1.62 acres with vertically being the only way to expand. The new property sits on just over 10 acres and will be able to be developed by the church to fit their needs as they continue to grow.

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Ribbon cutting for BRUMC at their new location off of Orvin Lance Drive. (photo courtesy of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce via Facebook)

There was some divide in the church on whether to sell the downtown property knowing what fate the building would likely see. The church’s website notes that before the congregation voted on whether to sell, Reverend Herzen Andone “spoke to the congregation, noting how men and women of faith and good may and often will disagree on issues such as the vote before the body. He emphasized that we shouldn’t consider the outcome of this as having winners and losers; but as persons in Christian fellowship expressing our conscience in good faith, while keeping the unity of the congregation”.

The result of the vote was 68 persons voting to approve the sale, 16 persons voting against and one abstention. With the vote final the church moved forward in unison toward their goal with the new facility.

According to Fannin County Tax Records Hawthorne Ventures Blue Ridge, LLC. purchased the downtown property, which consists of multiple lots, for $1,750,000.00.

FYN spoke with a developer with Hawthorne Ventures Blue Ridge, LLC. about the purchase and the future of 322 West Main Street in Blue Ridge.  

The developer echoed much of what was said from BRUMC. Like the church, when looking into proposed development of the area, there was no way to use the existing building because of ADA regulations. Beyond there being no handicap access to the building itself there was also many issues within the building, such as doorways being too small, that made preservation and use of the building nearly impossible.

While demolition took place only recently, Hawthorne Ventures Blue Ridge, LLC. actually completed the purchase of the property in March 2018. According to the developer, Hawthorne Ventures Blue Ridge, LLC. agreed that BRUMC could continue use of the property, rent free, while they awaited the completion of their new building. This is why construction and development of the site was delayed for over a year after the purchase.

“We also allowed them to remove whatever architectural details from the building that they wanted including the doors, stained glass windows, pews, kitchen appliances, light fixtures, cabinets, and most importantly the bells,” the developer went on to tell FYN.   

Church member Gary Keel backed up Hawthorne Ventures Blue Ridge, LLC.’s account of the transaction, “It was a handshake agreement. They said they would love to help the group, and we agreed that they would give us (the church) a thirty day notice before we needed to leave. We kept up the insurance, but they let us continue to use the building, rent free, for 18 months.”

“It gave us that transition,” Keel said explaining that when the property sold the new church had not been built. “It was really amazing for a buyer not to use the property immediately, and to let us continue to use it just on a handshake.”

FYN obtained an architectural rendering of the proposed project to be constructed on the site. 

“As you will see from the rendering, we have taken a great deal of time and effort to make sure that the new project is in keeping with the “small town” appearance of Blue Ridge,” the developer said of the proposed development, adding, “Located in the breezeway between the buildings will be an architectural feature commemorating the site of the United Methodist Church, which will include some of the salvaged bricks.”    

The new development will be a two story structure capable of housing multiple shops. Not shown in the rendering is a two level proposed parking garage that will be located behind the structure to help alleviate some of the parking issues faced in downtown Blue Ridge. 

Hawthorne Ventures Blue Ridge, LLC. is currently in the process of submitting plans to the State Fire Marshall and hopes to begin construction in the upcoming months.

“It was a great building,” Keel spoke of his feelings on the church’s move, “It served its purpose over many years, and now we are able to continue to grow.”

The Blue Ridge United Methodist Church held their first service at their new location on Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

If anyone is interested in getting more information about the project or would be interested in leasing space, they may contact Re/Max Town and Country at 706-946-6867.

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Natalie Kissel

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2019 Budget and 2018 Millage Rate

Community

BLUE RIDGE, Ga.—Oct. 9 the Blue Ridge City Council gathered to approve the millage rate for 2018. The Blue Ridge City Council also adopted the 2019 fiscal year budget.

The millage rate has fluctuated over the last three years. In 2015 & 2016, the millage rate was 5.479 mills. In 2017, the millage was rate 5.362 mills and the rate for 2018, which will be applied to 2019 taxes, is 5.378 mills.

When is this tax due? Fannin County property owners will receive a receipt of tax notice in the mail. The amount owed will be due within a time period 60 days from the postmark on the bill.

Please note that if your payment is late, you can be charged an additional five percent, and if the balance is still not paid within 120 days there could be a charge up to 20 percent. Property owners should check their mail regularly in 2019.

The Blue Ridge City Council passed the 2019 fiscal year budget where the city is expecting to a receive $2,026,400.00 in tax payer dollars and a total revenue of $2,449,250.

The City of Blue Ridge will be allocating the complete revenue amount out to various expenditures: Mayor and Council, General Administration, Tax Administration & Licensing, Municipal Court, Police, Custody of Prisoners, Fire Fighting, Highways and Streets, Shop, Recreational Facilities, Parks Administration, Park Areas, Planning and Zoning, Downtown Development, and Special Facilities Rental.

Blue Ridge’s Confiscated Funds from Fines and Forfeitures will go toward the Police Department for a total of $1500.

The Hotel/Motel Fund revenue of $170,000 will go towards Downtown Development.

The SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) Fund revenue, a total of $746,500, will be applied to Highways & Streets and Downtown Development.

Lastly, the Water & Sewer Fund, a total of $5,643,500, will be divided into Sanitary Administrations, Sanitary Sewer Maintenance, Sewage Treatment Plant, Water Administration, GEFA Project, Water Treatment, Water Distribution, and Water Loss Prevention.

Council member Rhonda Haight made the motion that the Millage Rate be approved, and it was seconded by Council woman Robbie Cornelius.

Council member Nathan Fitz made the motion that the 2019 Fiscal Year Budget adoption be approved, and it was seconded by Haight.

Does Downtown Blue Ridge Have a One-Way Street on the Horizon?

Community

BLUE RIDGE, Ga.—Oct. 9 Blue Ridge City Council members gathered to review their latest agenda. One item stood out to the board—traffic signs and a one-way street.

The Fannin County Accident Review Board encouraged the Fannin County Sheriff’s office to petition the Blue Ridge City Council to change the two-way road behind the courthouse—between Church St. and Summit St.—to a one-way street going northbound. It’s also been recommended that the speed limit be lowered on that section of road on West First Street.

As citizens of Blue Ridge may know from experience, there’s a lot of traffic on that section of road as far as people commuting through town, people parking to go into the courthouse or county jail. Often, the amount of traffic makes it hard to park, pull out, and overall navigate that stretch of road.

Council member Rhonda Haight stated, “Sheriff Kirby called me and said that they have had numerous accidents there and…at first he suggested a four-way stop and I think after looking at it, they may be thinking now maybe just a one-way street there.”

Mayor Donna Whitener responded, “I think with a four-way stop because they’re backing out into the road I think you’re going to still see people backing into the cars that are coming from the lower street.”

Council member Nathan Fitz asked, “So, come up the hill to the jail there’s only going to be one-way. So, when you come to the stop sign, turning right only, not turning left?”

Mayor Whitener, “Yes, they want the one-way to go back towards [Highway] 515.”

Fitz responded, “So, how do we reroute traffic coming down West First Street for people who need to go to Doss & Associates or any of those places?”

Council member Robbie Cornelius replied, “Just go straight.”

Mayor Whitener added, “Go down and then back up.”

Fitz confirmed, “So, you’d have to go down by the courthouse and then back up the hill?”

Council member Ken Gaddis asked, “What about school bus routes?”

Mayor Whitener replied, “They’ll have to do the same thing.”

Fitz stated, “I personally feel like I need a little more time with this to research it. I say we table it.”

Haight responded, “You can also get with Sheriff Kirby and he can go over the accident reports with you.”

Fitz made the motion that the council ‘table’ the petition for the one-way street until next month so that the members have time to think it over and research options Gaddis seconded the motion.

Will there be a one-way section of street on West First Street by the county jail? Stay tuned until the next council meeting.

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
August 2018
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Coming Soon!

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

Mercier Hard Cider _ Beer Festival

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Chamber Calendar of Events
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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Member Renewals Thanks!
 
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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Denim _ Diamonds Flyer
Summit at UNG

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  31, 2018
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Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
MVCB Ribbon Cutting
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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Chamber Calendar of Events
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

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
July  24, 2018
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Chamber & Member News & Events
 
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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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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Glow River Float
Ecyclers USA
Hawaiian Luau

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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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.
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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 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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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
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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.

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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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

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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
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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.

 

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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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Business After Hours
Copper Basin Renaissance
Member News
Welcome New Members
Ribbon Cuttings
Chamber Member Anniversaries
Community Events Calendar

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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Member Renewals

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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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.   

Waiting List Only

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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
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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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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
January 9, 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.

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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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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Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
January 2017
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.

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Here’s a Quick Look at 2017!
Total New Chamber Members …………………115
Total Members…………………..………………….770 
Lodging Business………………….………………………………….Up 12%
Website Sessions………………….………………………………..849,417  
Website Users…………………….………………………………….599,955
New Website Users…………………….…………………………….69.74% 
Facebook Fans……………………..………………………………….81,000

Looking for Ways to Network in 2018?
Join this great group of Chamber Ambassadors!
 

Bobby and Debra Amburn – Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals
Bonnie Roper – Farmers Insurance
Brenda Morgan – Hayes, James & Associates
Chrystal Trent – Blue Ridge Pharmacy
Donna Tipton – United Community Bank
Glenn Harbison – The News Observer
Gretchen Loggins – Mountain Emergency Animal Center (MEAC)
Helen Sandonato – PruittHealth Hospice (Blue Ridge)
Susan Kiker – Fannin Regional Hospital
Kimberly Miller – University of North Georgia
Leah Rock – Douglas Inn & Suites
Lesa Reece – Mountain Gateway Appraisal
Lisa Hood – Tri-State EMC
Lisa Pritchard – Fetch Your News
Mark Belongie – Southern Financial Consultants, Inc.
Pam Fink – LG Web Consulting
Sandi Simpson – Norton – Mountain Insurance
Greg Spencer – Toccoa House Properties
Sandy Ott – University of North Georgia
Steve Smith – North Georgia Law, LLC
Chamber Ambassadors meet once a month for a networking lunch, and attend ribbon cuttings and other Chamber events.  We know — there were 57 ribbon cuttings in 2017! You don’t have to attend them all!!  For more information about joining our Ambassador group, call Dianne Mallernee at 706-632-5680 or email her at diannem@tds.net.

Chamber Member Anniversaries! 
Thank You!
 

Town & Country Furniture
Tri-State Heating & Air
Appalachian Country Living Magazine
Escape to Blue Ridge
Terry L. Wilson
BR Main
Getaway Valet
WoodmenLife
Pulse Medical
David Ralston
Doug Collins, U.S. Representative
Hidden Key Properties

WANTED:
Sponsors for Business After Hours
We’re looking for a few more sponsors for Business After Hours in 2018, so let us know if you are looking for this kind of great exposure for your business! Call Dianne Mallernee at 706-632-5680 or email her at diannem@tds.net.

Welcome New Members!
April’s Attic