McCaysville’s Downtown Revitalization Continues

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MCCAYSVILLE, Ga. – Lots of new things are happening in downtown McCaysville these days. With the grand opening of Riverwalk Shops, the area is bustling with activity and beautification.
McCaysville Revitalization Committee Chairman Zachary Welch visited with City Council members on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, to update them on the recent upgrades to the project as well as express interest in possible future projects to be considered by the council.

Concerning some completed and on-going projects, Welch stated there is a “passion to make (the downtown area) appealing as best as it can be.” He noted there were three donated planter boxes which were refurbished and placed in front of the People’s Bank of East Tennessee and at the Welcome Center.

He further added 17 new hanging baskets were beautifully displayed throughout the city on decorative street posts, two on the sidewalk leading to the Welcome Center and five baskets are located on the Highway 60 side of town.

A new sidewalk extension has been put in place next to the Welcome Center and extending to the current city park. This project was approved for completion at a recent council meeting.
Welch continued to share the good news about the existing city park area. Recently, trees between the old and new parks had been removed to make room for much-needed parking spaces. Rotten wood on the old picnic benches and tables are being replaced with cedar wood. New flower planters are being placed will be an added and featured on this portion of the beautification project. A new flower planter at City Hall was placed next to the drive-in window. A newly donated bench is now seen in front of the McCaysville Police Department.

Welch asked the council to consider his suggestion of placing “two to three paperbark maple trees, up to three decorative street lights, and three park benches with a matching trash container on the new sidewalk area leading to the existing city park.”

The council took under advisement vendor applications and fees for upcoming events. City Attorney Curtney Stewart said she would prepare a city ordinance to reflect the application process and fees. Stewart added the council would address this issue at a Special Called meeting.

The next McCaysville City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at City Hall.

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McCaysville Police Commissioner resigns

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Police Commissioner Tommy Colis has resigned his post effective April 9, 2019.

 

McCAYSVILLE, Ga. – McCaysville Police Commissioner Tommy Colis resigned his post effective April 9, 2019.

Colis, who also serves as a council member, made the announcement at the monthly City Council meeting in McCaysville. He cited he was stepping down as Commissioner due to the fact his son was being hired as a McCaysville Police Officer.

Larry Colis’ letter of resignation as McCaysville Police Commissioner.

His letter of resignation reads:

“I hereby resign the position of Police Commissioner as of April 9, 2019,

It has been a great honor to lead the McCaysville Police Department. I could not be more proud or more humble by their service and dedication and commitment to keep our city safe.

I am proud of our success upgrading McCaysville Police Department to better keep pace with change in times and threats.

To accomplish this, our police deserve to have all the tools and resources to execute the mission entrusted to them to better serve and protect.”

McCaysville GA City Hall

 

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Tri-City Business Association changing name – Announces Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad schedule

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Tri-Cities Business Association (TCBA), an organization of many businesses in McCaysville, GA, Copperhill, TN and Ducktown TN serve the greater Copper Basin with its wonderful, quaint shops and restaurants. From March through then end of December, tourism is a vital part of the town’s vibrance. In keeping with the Copper Basin Renaissance and McCaysville Downtown Revitalization efforts to bring these beautiful mountain towns forefront in tourism, the TCBA Board decided to change the name of the organization to Copper Basin Business Association beginning in March, 2019.

The announcement was made during TCBA’s monthly meeting by President Tamberlyn Tanner, owner of Toccoa River Rustic Decor.

Left to Right: Treasurer Mary Stuart, President Tamberlyn Tanner, Secretary Ashley Barker, and Vice President Donna Tresslar.

She presented to members the 2019 Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad schedule as well.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad 2019 Schedule

Serving with President Tanner this year are Vice President Donna Tresslar (Dixie Discount), Secretary Ashley Barker (McCaysville Properties), and Treasurer Mary Ann Stuart (Katz’s New York Deli/Riverview Beanery).

The annual Fireworks display will be present near the Fourth of July in McCaysville. Tourists aboard the train will arrive later in the evening to enjoy to spectacular show of lights in the sky. Other events are in the planning stages at this time and will be announced when finalized.

TCBA meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. McCaysville Properties is the host for the meetings. It is located at 169 Tennessee Avenue, Copperhill, TN.

For more information on becoming a member in TCBA, email President Tanner at TriCitiesBA@gmail.com.

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McCaysville City Council agrees to maintenance on GDOT’s new lighting

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The McCaysville City Council met for its monthly meeting on Feb. 12, 2019 in City Hall. On the agenda was Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) asking the City to consider maintenance on the upcoming Hwy 5 roundabout.

GDOT will begin construction on Highway 5, also known as Blue Ridge Highway, scheduled for 2020.

There is a proposed truck route with two roundabouts – one in McCaysville beginning near School Street and the other across the river toward Copperhill, TN. These roundabouts will ease traffic flows in both towns by relieving congestion at Blue Ridge Drive and TN 68/GA 60 intersection.

The Council agreed to the following resolution:

                                                              The proposed roundabout in McCaysville GA

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Copperhill, McCaysville continue Christmas parade tradition

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COPPERHILL, Tenn. – History is synonymous with life here in southern Appalachia, and perhaps nowhere is history more apparent in our area than in the Copper Basin region of north Georgia and east Tennessee.

A large part of that deep-rooted history continued Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, on the streets of McCaysville, Georgia, and Copperhill, Tennessee, as the 59th annual Christmas Parade delighted hundreds of festive onlookers lining the streets and bridges of the twin cities.

Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Copperhill sponsors the parade, and as Howard Jabaley, the local Kiwanis chapter president, explained, this is a tradition that goes back a very long time. Though there has been a break or two through the years, one being during the early 1940s while WWII was taking place, the parade, and the Kiwanis Club’s participation, traces its roots all the way back to 1923, according to Jabaley.

“We look forward to it every year,” Jabaley said of the Kiwanis Club’s involvement in the Holiday tradition. As for this year’s turnout, Jabaley stated, “We were really surprised at the number of people.”

Copperhill, Ducktown and McCaysville mayors Kathy Stewart, Doug Collins and Thomas Seabolt, respectively, greeted parade goers.

This year, McCaysville Police Chief Michael Earley kicked the event off by leading the way down West Tennessee Avenue, Blue Ridge Drive and eventually making the turn down Ocoee Street and into the Volunteer State. Close behind in a shiny silver convertible were McCaysville Mayor Thomas Seabolt, Copperhill Mayor Kathy Stewart and Ducktown Mayor Doug Collins tossing handfuls of candy to excited young parade goers.

According to Collins, years ago, the parade would make its rounds in the twin cities and then pack up and head north three miles on Hwy. 68 to downtown Ducktown to give the residents there an annual Holiday display.

“All in all everyone seemed to enjoy it (this year),” Collins said of the parade. Speaking of the importance of continuing the parade’s tradition, Collins stressed, “It’s good to instill it to the kids, so that they’ll  keep it going one day.”

For those kids, the usual display of fire engines and emergency vehicles from the Copperhill Volunteer Fire Department, East Polk Fire and Rescue and the Fannin County Fire department passed the masses on sidewalks with glowing red lights and blaring sirens.

Of course, no parade would be complete without a pack of thunderous motorcycles rumbling through the streets and shaking storefront windows, their riders all donning Santa hats.

A large group of motorcycle riders revved their engines loudly to the delight of onlookers.

Boy Scouts Troop 32, of Epworth, and 14, of Ducktown, marched down the route proudly carrying flags and banners. Two high schools, Fannin County High and Copper Basin High, participated again in this year’s festivities, offering up Holiday tunes played by their respective bands and escorting their 2017 homecoming queens in snazzy-looking  convertibles.

Several elaborate floats from churches and various organizations and businesses glided down the twin cities’ streets with joyful youngsters atop singing traditional Holiday carols. Vintage cars, trucks, tractors and even dune buggies added to the down-home display.

Following at a safe distance away from the hustle and bustle of the parade lead were the Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia with an impressive display of thoroughbreds.

All the way from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus made a special appearance Saturday at the 59th annual Kiwanis Copperhill/McCaysville Christmas Parade.

Finally, honored guests from the North Pole visited the Copper Basin Saturday as Santa and Mrs. Claus lifted the spirits of anxious children with the familiar yule-time cheer of “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

As the friendly faces of so many familiar folks passed, both in the parade and on the sidewalks, through downtown McCaysville and Copperhill on a sunny December afternoon, it was easy to see why this wonderful tradition has stood the test of time for so long. And it is safe to say that the sense of community of these two mountain towns will keep this great tradition of history alive for generations to come.

Featured image: Nicholson Tire provided an interesting-looking snowman on their float that the Michelin Man would be proud of.

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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

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