Fannin County Chamber of Commerce eNewsletter June 13, 2017

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
June 13, 2017
News for Members
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

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


Tuesday, June 20
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Business After Hours at the Vault June 20_ 2017
260 West Main St.- Blue Ridge

Newsworthy
 
Georgia DOT meeting scheduled
The Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting June 22 at West Fannin Elementary from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to discuss a new Hwy. 5 bypass route that will bring the bypass closer to downtown McCaysville.

Ribbon Cuttings
Congratulations!
 
Ribbon Cutting for CK Laboratories
June 6 was the ribbon cutting for CK Laboratories at their new location, 51 Overview Dr., Blue Ridge. Their services include diagnostic testing, legal drug screen collections, industrial accounts, health fairs and self-referral testing. For more information you can reach them at 706-946-5227Like us on Facebook
Ribbon Cutting for Cloud Hopper Aerial Pix
June 8 was the ribbon cutting for Cloud Hopper Aerial Pix. Cloud Hopper Aerial Pix offers aerial drone photography along with ground video/stills including challenging terrain and remote locations for real estate, construction monitoring, agriculture, tourism, utilities, eco-weddings and many more applications. Visit them online at www.cloudhopperaerialpix.com or call 770-843-6022 for more information.

June Community Events Calendar
June 14-18Dancing Tree Festival 2017, Heartwood Community
June 17Father’s Day Cooking Class, Mercier Orchards
June 17-July 22 Community Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
June 17Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
 June 17 

Noontootla Creek Farms

June 18Sunday Supper on The Farm, The Cook’s Farm
June 18PULSE Trio Concert, Blue Ridge United Methodist Church
June 23Classic Car Cruise-In, Dairy Queen
June 24Firefly Music presents Wade Hayes in Concert, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
June 30Firecracker Special Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
July 1 Fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge, Lake Blue Ridge Marina
July 14th of July Parade, Downtown Blue Ridge
July 2Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade, Lake Blue Ridge
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday

 
* Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ In Horseshoe Bend Park
Saturday
*Blue Ridge Farmers Market, Downtown Blue Ridge
Weekends
* Brewery Tours & Tastings: Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-inNow Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR Click Here

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In This Issue
Business After Hours
Newsworthy
Ribbon Cuttings
Community Events Calendar

Chamber Events
Calendar
 
June 13 – Golf Committee Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
12:00 p.m.
June 14 – Ribbon Cutting for Lularoe Spring Creek Boutique, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
10:00 a.m.
June 14 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Committee Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
June 15 – Ribbon Cutting for The Mountain Life/Keller Williams Team, 1665 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
June 16 – Ribbon Cutting for dun workin, 588 East Main St., Ste. B, Blue Ridge
2:00 p.m.
June 20 – Business After Hours at The Vault Blue Ridge, 260 West Main St., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 22 – Ambassador Lunch at Monte Alban, 5004 Appalachian Hwy., Ste. B1, Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
June 28 – Ribbon Cutting for Chester’s Provisions, 733 East Main St., Blue Ridge
11:00 a.m.
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Member to Member Ads
 
Blue Ridge Wine and Jazz Festival June 17
 Wade Hayes concert June 24
STEM camp available
Light up the Lake Boat Parade July 2_ 2017
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

152 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge GA 30513
706-632-5680

Fannin County Board Of Commissioners Special Called Meeting.

News, Politics

Fannin County- Citizens may start seeing progress on long awaited for Fire Station One. Fannin County Board of Commissioner held a Special Called Meeting on Wednesday. The commissioners came closer to awarding a bid for the new Fire Station One.

 

Commission Chair Stan Helton Opened the meeting by asking both post commissioners, Earl Johnson and Larry Joe Sosebee, if they believed contractors had  enough time to submit bids? Both post commissioners  agreed that there was enough time to submit bids. The motion carried to continue opening bids.

 

Out of the five potential bids only two were submitted. The First bid was submitted by Engineered Structures Incorporated in the amount of  $2,876,706 according to Engineered Structures Incorporated the project would take 39 calendar weeks for them to complete. Design Works Principal Architect Rick Larosa Indicated that the county has experience with this contractor,  they built the Fannin County Recreation Center.

 

The second bid was submitted by DA Edwards and Company in the amount of $4,760,658 according to  DA Edwards and Company the project would take 52 calendar weeks for them to complete the project. There was no indication that the county had ever worked with the company before.

 

The Commissioners decided to table the bids until the  June 13th meeting. Though it seems that Engineered Structures Incorporated was the favorite with Helton commenting “ I mean at this point it’s obvious that Engineered Structures is the way to go so I guess we could tentatively say, I mean i’m speaking for me”. The post commissioners were in agreement with the Helton’s statement.

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce June Newsletter

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  Newsletter
June 2017

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


Tuesday, June 20
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Vault Blue Ridge logo
260 West Main St.- Blue Ridge

Congratulations Leadership Fannin 2017

“This class was very engaged and enthusiastic from day one. I know they will be a wonderfully positive influence on our community.” – Wanda Dostall
 
Congratulations to the steering committee and participants of Leadership Fannin 2017! The Leadership Fannin is coordinated by Wanda Dostall. The 2017 Steering Committee members included: Mark Belongie, Chairman
Eddie Ayers and Lynn Dwyer, Knowing Your Community;
Sarah Dunn, Social Services;
Lou Ann Potito, Health Care;
Heather Finley, Education;
Dana Chastain, Local Government;
Christie Arp, Economic Development and
Jan Hackett and Paul Gribble, Tourism
Members of the Class of 2017
Ken Banwart, Heartwood Health, Art and Yoga; Ryan Beadnell, Harvest on Main; Connie Clark; Dawn Cochran, Fannin County Tax Assessors Office; Jeff DePaola, Mountain Place Realty; Kelly Devine, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty;  John Drullinger, Fannin County Animal Control; Tony Dyer, Park Sterling Bank; Pam Fink, LG Web Consulting; Courtnie Fowler, Mountain Top Cabin Rentals; Toots Greene; Kayla Garceau, Serenberry Vineyards;  Gene Holcombe, Blue Ridge Bed & Breakfast; Shannon Miller, Fannin County Board of Education; Ginger Mize; Don Mull; Brian Mundy, Mundy Heat & Air; Nancy Norton; Sandy Ott, University of North Georgia; Mel Rothchild; Cindy Stone, United Community Bank; Rita Suiter, Mercier Orchards;  and Richard Turner, Masseria.

Newsworthy …
Fannin Regional/Riverstone Merger
David Sanders, CEO of Fannin Regional Hospital, announced the merger of Fannin Regional Hospital with Riverstone MDPC to create Riverstone Medical Group.  Fannin Regional Hospital is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary with over 300 employees and an economic impact of over $100 million a year. “It certainly is our intent to continue to grow and expand services here locally and continue to have that positive impact.” – David Sanders


Keep Fannin Beautiful: Adopt-A-Road!

Interested in helping? Civic-minded organizations, businesses and individuals can adopt a stretch of county road in the community where they are living or elsewhere in the county. For more information on the Adopt-A-Road program, CLICK HERE.

Also, beginning June 1st, the Fannin County Land Development Office  will issue citations to garbage haulers who do not have garbage properly tarped or covered. This measure along with the Fannin County Adopt-A-Road program is a great way to help keep our roads clean!

Check Out the Trout Art Trail!
 

Blue Ridge has 9 beautiful trout sculptures produced by local artists for the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association — and they are on view in downtown and at the Chamber Welcome Center on Orvin Lance Drive. Open and print the map above to discover all nine!

Welcome New Members!

Awning Builders of Atlanta
3355 Lenox Rd.,
Atlanta, GA, 30326
Clint Love
Awning Builders of Atlanta is proud to provide guaranteed and quality products backed by a 10 year warranty. All Awning Builders Awnings feature Sunbrella fabric – the leader in exterior fabrics for both beauty and longevity. Choose from hundreds of colors and designs to perfectly match your vision for your outdoor living space. With a fabrication facility and full engineering and design department, they are able to fill residential or commercial custom orders.
 
Lularoe Spring Creek Boutique
88 Cherokee Springs Trail,
Cherry Log, GA, 30522
Erin Gwinn
Lularoe is extremely comfortable, unique, quality clothing that comes in a wide variety of styles, designs and sizes for women, men and children.

June Community Events Calendar
May 13 – June 10 SAAG Spring Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
May 18-June 4 No Sex Please, We’re British, Blue Ridge Community Theater
June 2Downtown Drum Circle, Downtown Blue Ridge
June 2Senior Fishing Rodeo, Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery
June 3 16th Annual Burra Burra Kids Carnival, Ducktown Basin Museum
June 3Family Fishing Festival, Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery
June 3 Breathe Deep, Move to the Groove Concert, Mercier Orchards
June 3 St. Luke’s Anniversary Concert, St. Lukes Episcopal Church
June 4 Firefly Music & Treo of Blue Ridge presents a Wine Pairing Music Event, Treo Blue Ridge
June 9 Second Saturday Merchant Walk, Downtown Blue Ridge
June 9 Movies in the Park presents Moana, Downtown City Park
June 9-11Gemini Music Fest Concert, Fox Mountain Artist Retreat & Campground
June 10Maria Howell & Noel Freidline Concert, Blue Ridge Community Theater
June 14-18Dancing Tree Festival 2017, Heartwood Community
June 17-July 22 Community Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
June 17Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
June 18Sunday Supper on The Farm, The Cook’s Farm
June 23Classic Car Cruise-In, Dairy Queen
June 24Firefly Music presents Wade Hayes in Concert, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
June 30Firecracker Special Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
July 1 Fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge, Lake Blue Ridge Marina
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern

Thursday

 
* Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ In Horseshoe Bend Park
Saturday
*Blue Ridge Farmers Market, Downtown Blue Ridge
Weekends
* Brewery Tours & Tastings: Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-inNow Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR Click Here
In This Issue
Business After Hours
Leadership Fannin Class of 2017
Newsworthy
Adopt-A-Road
Trout Art Trail
New Members
Community Events Calendar

Chamber Events
Calendar
 
June 6 – Ribbon Cutting for CK Laboratories, 51 Overview Dr., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
June 7 – Lunch N Leads, Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory
12:00 p.m.
June 8 – Ribbon Cutting for Cloud Hopper Aerial Pix, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
10:00 a.m.
June 13 – Ribbon Cutting for MNM Cleaning & Management Services, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
10:00 a.m.
June 13 – Golf Committee Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
12:00 p.m.
June 14 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Committee Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
June 15 – Ribbon Cutting for The Mountain Life/Keller Williams Team, 1665 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
June 20 – Business After Hours at The Vault Blue Ridge, 260 West Main St., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 22 – Ambassador Lunch, Location TBD
12:00 p.m.
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Membership Renewals
Thank you!
 
3 Monkeys Antiques, Inc
Allie Harper
AngelFire 7 BBQ

Appalachian Physicians Group – Dr. Clifford Thompson and Dr. Jonathan Bloch, F.A.C.S.General Surgery

Appalachian Physicians Group – Dr. Emily Sue Burnham, Internal Medicine
Aska Lodge B&B, LLC
Best Solar Control
Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company
Blue Ridge Brewery
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Blue Ridge Cotton Company
Blue Ridge Flowers
Blue Ridge Framing Company
Blue Ridge Mineral Springs RV Park and Tent Camping
Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters – Copperhill
Blue Ridge Village
Broadview Cove Apartments

Carol L. Smith – Coldwell Banker / High Coun

try Realty
Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill
Copperhill Country Cabins
Eagles Rest
Edward Jones, Amanda Payne
Edwin C. Pound, III, MD, PC
Family Life Chiropractic Center
Fannin County Empty Stocking Program, Inc.
Free Time Hobbies
Georgia Foothills Hand Surgery
Gracious Me!
Hilburn Solutions, Inc.
Hometown Foods IGA
Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe
Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters
Kimberly Bruner, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty
Morganton Grill
Mountain Gateway Appraisal
Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals
Mountain Property Limited
Multitudes Gallery
Nancy MacLean, Century 21 In The Mountains
Nevaeh Cabin Rentals
New Blue Home & Gift
North GA Stone
Nottely River Valley Vineyards
Out of the Blue, Inc.
RE/MAX – Town & Country
Reel’em In Guide Service
Rum Cake Lady Bakery & Cuban Cafe
Serenity in the Mountains Hair, Nails & Body Spa
Shamrock Septic Service
Southern Car & Truck Center
Stan Hamm, Real Estate Around the Mountains
The Diamond Center
The Mail Box Company
The Toccoa Lodge
The Vault of Blue Ridge, LLC
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
Tupelo Tea
Zip Line Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge
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Member to Member Ads

 

Fannin County Board of Commissioners Meeting 5-23-17

News, Politics

The Fannin County Board of Commissioners held its regular meeting on June 23rd 2017.

 

  Chairman Helton opened the meeting with a request to  add new business to the agenda. The addition was a proclamation for foster care month and bids on county employee insurance. The commissioners approved adding the items and they appended it to immediately follow the consent agenda.

 

  Following the addressing of old business public commentary was held. During this item on the agenda Mr. Glen Holland, an Epworth resident, voiced a complaint about a recent property appraisal.

 

  He objected to the increase of his property appraisal, Stating ” My property appraisal went up by $80,000”  He also cited  the people in the tax assessor’s office were inconsistent in getting him an answer as to why it went up and he said they were rude to him.  

 

 Mr. Helton first stated his concern for any rudeness which Mr. Holland may have experienced, and went on to explain  his department has nothing to do with property appraising, it only sets the millage rate.  He then advised him there is a tax assessor’s meeting open to the public, and  it takes place on June 2nd at 2:00 pm in the tax assessor’s office. In addition Helton advised Holland he could voice concerns at the meeting since there is an opportunity for public commentary.  .   

 

  Post One Commissioner Earl Johnson commented on the matter, stating “ I think being treated generously and answered in a respectful manner that should come first” He then went on to explain the objections  he had received that morning saying “ From the barber shop at 9:15 this morning to this evening I’ve heard a lot of the complaints.” He then reiterated that the Board of Commissioners is only responsible to set the millage rate.           

 

  The Commissioners then approved the consent agenda. The items listed on the agenda were: The Fannin County EMA six year projected plan, The Fannin County EMS six year projected plan, and the Fannin County E-911 Center SPLOST Request.  

 

  The next item to be voted on was the county employee insurance.   Finance Director Robin Gazaway announced the bids received from 3 companies:   MSI with 2,177,879, Kevin Panter Insurance with 1,840,954, and Benefit Support Group with 1,741,325.  Based on the bid amounts   Gazaway fully recommended Benefit Support Group.  Helton inquired if both Post Commissioners had been given enough time to decide on the matter.  Both commissioners voiced their agreement and the chairman made a motion to approve Benefit Support Group, motion carried and it passed. The Insurance is set to begin July 1st and be in force for a year.

 

Next on the agenda a proclamation for foster care month was recognized by the Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners moved on to new business and scheduled a workshop to discuss the fire station six year plan. They reconfirmed a special called meeting to be held on May 31st at 5:15 pm. They will discuss awarding bids for a new fire station.  

 

The chairman then asked Marie Woody, in land development, to speak on condemnations on properties which may endanger the public. She advised she sent letters of condemnation out and presented two new letters of condemnation to the board.   Woody also reported there were 12 permits for new homes.

 

Larry Joe Sosebee brought up garbage being tossed on the road, he asked, “What’s to prevent these trucks from half a mile down the road stopping and covering them up then going to the landfill.”   Helton responded, “We just have to do it a step at a time, if the first step we take creates another problem then we’ll have another discussion to address that.”

 

 

  The meeting continued and bids were awarded for the fire department vehicles. Fouts brothers was awarded the bid with no set-backs and a delivery of 180 days. The deal is worked out over six years to match the SPLOST.   It will also be local financing with United Community Bank.  

 

No executive session was needed.

 

  The meeting came to end with Post One Commissioner Earl Johnson introducing the new Fannin County logo which was also unveiled at the meeting.

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Happy Retirement from Fannin County Schools

Rebel's Corner

The following people retired from the Fannin County School System after this school year:

Betty Davenport, Fayrene Addington, Patricia Adams, Jerry Bradburn, Stacy Henson, Deborah Satterfield, Michelle Thomas, Carl Curtis, Sheila Loudermilk, Mark Henson, Larry Clonts , Walter Glasgow, Judy Godfrey, Cindy
Kephart,  Janet Cherie Loudermilk, Robert Taylor, Peggy Walton, & Karen Williams

(L to R) Betty Davenport, Fayrene Addington, Patricia Adams, Jerry Bradburn, Stacy Henson, Deborah Satterfield, Michelle Thomas, Carl Curtis, Sheila Loudermilk, Mark Henson

Fetch Your News and Fannin County Schools would like to congratulate them on their retirement and Thank them for their years of service.

Congratulations to the Fannin Rebels Class of 2017

Fannin County High School

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BKP talks about this Weekend’s Graduations and Memorial Day Celebrations

Community

Fetch Your News covered four of our local counties graduation ceremonies this weekend as well as some great Memorial Day ceremonies. In this segment BKP shows a few pictures from each graduation and from each of the Memorial Day celebrations. He ends the segment Thanking all the men and women who have given their lives so that we can all enjoy the freedoms that we do daily. He makes a special Thank you to 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, Department of Homeland Security head General John Kelly’s son, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce eNewsletter

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
May 23, 2017
News for Members

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

Ribbon Cuttings
Congratulations!
 
May 18 was the ribbon cutting for ServiceMaster Restoration ServiceMaster Restoration specializes in disaster restoration, water loss, fire, trauma and mold remediation. 3475 Swallows Creek Rd., Hiawassee, GA, 30546. 706-897-7065

May Community Events Calendar
May 13 – June 10 SAAG Spring Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
May 18-June 4 No Sex Please, We’re British, Blue Ridge Community Theater
May 25 Free Sleep Awareness Luncheon, Town & Country Furniture
May 26 Classic Car Cruise In, Dairy Queen
May 27-28 42nd Annual Spring Arts in the Park, Downtown City Park
May 27 Red, Wine & Blues Festival, Cartecay Vineyards
May 27 Fannin Palooza! Fannin Brewing Company
May 27 Lake Blue Ridge Poker Run, Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday

 
* Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ In Horseshoe Bend Park
Weekends
* Brewery Tours & Tastings: Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-inNow Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR Click Here
In This Issue
Ribbon Cuttings
Arts in the Park
Community Events Calendar

Chamber Events
Calendar
 
May 24 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Committee Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
May 25 – Ambassador Lunch, La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd, Morganton
12:00 p.m.
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Member to Member Ads
 

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

152 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge GA 30513
706-632-5680

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