Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 12/2 – 12/8

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Polk County. Those arrests are posted on for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.


Johnnie Lee Watkins: Obituary


Mrs. Johnnie Lee Watkins, age 84, of McCaysville, GA, passed away on December 4, 2019 in the Chatuge Regional Nursing Home. Born in Fannin County, GA, she was the daughter of the late Carl Clifford and Nona Margaret Cobb Crawford. She had worked as a Machine Operator for both Van Raalte and Shaw Industries. Mrs. Watkins was also a member of the Kingtown Baptist Church. Also preceding her in death was three brothers, Brownie Crawford, Bob Crawford and Jack Crawford.

Survivors include her husband, Myles Joe Watkins; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Kim Watkins of Hartwell, GA; brothers, Carl “Pete” Crawford of Nashville, TN, Gene Crawford of Morganton, GA, Joe Crawford of Toccoa, GA and Jim Crawford of Blue Ridge, GA; sister, Doris Olnick of Blue Ridge, GA; grandchildren, Jessica Watkins, Holly Cobb, Amanda Wesp and Taylor Gunter; great grandchildren, Jenna Wesp, Logan Cobb and Chelsea Cobb.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Delmar Davenport officiating. Eulogies were provided by Bryan Watkins and Gene Crawford. Interment followed in the Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Gary Crawford, Greg Crawford, Kevin Watkins, Wayne Watkins, Randall Watkins, Mike Grindstaff and Len Crawford. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Perry Crawford, Brett Crawford and Kevin Bowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA was in charge of the arrangements.


Russell Lee Inman: Obituary


U.S. Veteran

Russell Lee Inman, age 93, of Blue Ridge, GA passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in Blue Ridge, GA. Mr. Inman was born on November 15, 1926 in Birmingham, AL to the late Samuel Martin Inman and Florence Isabella Moore Inman. He worked in Sales Management at Stockham Valves and Fittings. He was a member of Blue Ridge United Methodist Church and served in the United States Army Air Corps. Mr. Inman was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Lou Estes.

He is survived by three daughters, Beth Ellen Inman of Morganton, Nancy Lea Evick of Tucker, GA and Martha Jane Inman of Lawrenceville, GA; a sister, Florence Isabella Scott of Birmingham, AL; and three grandchildren, Katherine Rae Wise, Sarah Elizabeth Kody, and Nathaniel Edward Erick.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Woody: Obituary


Patricia Woody, age 67, of Suches, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, at her home in Suches. Mrs.Woody was born January 5, 1952, in Dahlonega, GA, to the late Ray Jay Rider and the late Thelma Satterfield Rider.

Survivors include her husband, James Randall Woody, daughters, Kim (Nathan) Garrett, Miranda Woody, and brother, Ray Rider, Jr.

Funeral services: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Garrett officiating. Interment will follow in the Sugar Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers: Robert Woody, Howard Woody, Clyde Woody, Jason Booker, Michael Harper, and Daniel Murphy.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested any donations are welcomed to help with funeral expenses.

Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at


Beatrice Edith (Lemon) Tremblay: Obituary


This is the story of Beatrice Edith (Lemon) Tremblay. Beatrice was an amazing woman, mother, grandmother and daughter who was very much loved, is already missed and will be forever cherished.
Beatrice’s story started in the small town of Ware Massachusetts where on May 24, 1924 she was born the second to the youngest to Arthur and Louise Lemon. She lived her life in the same town, the same house until after graduating high school, she left to attend nursing school in Boston Massachusetts. Here is where she met the love of her life having been set up on a blind date with the brother of one of her patients. It was a whirlwind romance and ended with her flying to where her betrothed was stationed in Denver Colorado to get married. It was a standing joke in our household as to how she chased him down and how, on the very day they got married, Roland, her now husband and flight engineer in the Air Force took flight and crashed. After three days, she finally learned of his safety and they went on to have four children and their first home in Marlboro, Mass.
Beatrice was known for her positive attitude, winning smile, and love for her family and friends. She was strong willed and a fighter to the very end. She passed peacefully at her home in Mineral Bluff, Georgia on December 1, 2019.
She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Roland Tremblay and her son, Roland Tremblay Jr. She is survived by her three daughters and their partners, Donna Tremblay and Christine Kohl of Holly Springs, Georgia, Paula Tremblay and Melissa Morrissette of Mineral Bluff, Georgia and Shari (Tremblay) Evans and husband Daniel Evans of Blairsville, Georgia along with two grandchildren, Jonathan Evans and Aysel Tremblay.
Committal Service to be held in the chapel of the Henry Cochran Funeral Home in Blue Ridge Georgia on Friday, December 6 at 2 pm. Interment to follow at the Crestlawn Cemetery in Copperhill, Tennessee.


Balinda Gale Hymen: Obituary


Balinda Gale Hymen, age 46, of Blue Ridge, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Piedmont Hospital. Ms. Hymen was born on January 31, 1973, in Pahokee, FL, to Gale Stinnett Hymen. Balinda graduated from Moorehaven High School in Florida. She was active in the FFA program and loved all animals, especially cows. Coming from Moorehaven, Florida, Ms. Hymen made Fannin County her home for the past 31 years. She was a member of Liberty Hill Methodist Church.

Survivors include her father, Carl Eugene Hymen, mother, Gale Hymen, and spare mother, Anne Hymen.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at


James Franklin McCrickard: Obituary


Obituary for James Franklin McCrickard

Obituary incomplete at this time.


DEC 14. 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

Henry-Cochran Funeral Home

3911 Appalachian Hwy

Blue Ridge, GA, 30513


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. attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month for ad server. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and has between 15,000 to 60,000 per week Facebook page reach. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or visit

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