Blue Ridge, Ga – Update on Fannin County Murder Investigation. GBI Press Release Dec. 5, 2018
Blue Ridge (December 4, 2018)- On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the GBI and the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Blake Dickey AKA Blake Dye, 15, and Hunter Hill, 15, both of Blairsville, Georgia for the murder of Justin McKinney, 33 of Morganton, Georgia. They were each charged with one count of murder; however additional charges are pending. Dye and Hill will be housed at the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center.
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at approximately 1:38 AM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested to assist the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office with a murder investigation. At approximately 12:50 AM, the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Elrod Lane, Morganton, Fannin County, Georgia. Deputies were dispatched to the area as a result of a 911 call in which the caller indicated she and a male subject were shot. When deputies arrived on scene, the male subject, McKinney was deceased. The female, Anna Franklin, 35 of Morganton, Georgia was taken to the hospital for treatment.
McKinney’s autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution Hill Booking Report
Initial report below:
Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed that a fatal shooting took place in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 4.
According to a press release from GBI, a 911 call came into dispatch at approximately 12:50 a.m. The caller, a female victim, indicated that she and a male victim had been shot.
When deputies arrived to a home in the area of Elrod Lane, Morganton, Ga. the male subject was deceased. The female was taken to a hospital with trauma care for treatment.
Fannin County Sheriff’s Office did request additional assistance from GBI as is standard in cases of this nature.
Names are not being released of the victims at this time as it is an open and ongoing investigation. An autopsy of the male subject is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
More details will be released to the public upon completion of the investigation.
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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.
DACA and US Citizenship
American citizenship should be earned not awarded for simply being here. That’s what laws are for, to give applicants a fair shot at getting in. There is a pathway to citizenship available for those outsiders who apply. Yes, it’s hard and lengthly but, so what? On top of that, Democrats defending Obama’s DACA Executive Order is unconscionable because it’s not law, but opinion only, and that’s the argument Democrats want to hang their hats on, Illegals over Americans.
So far, the really stupid visa programs initiated under a Democrat regime and supported by “Compassionate Conservatives,” who do not want to be smeared as racists or bigots, have swept aside the rule of law, in the name of “fairness.” America must atone for its undeserved prosperity by welcoming in the worlds great flood of unwashed, without conditions. Whoa!
The Democrats unrestricted illegal invasion program has met strong resistance in the form of Donald Trump who has said “No more!” meaning the unfettered importation of third world denizens from S__thole countries will end. For the present America is faced with solving the problem of the many Dreamers who arrived here years ago when our guard was down.
Here’s what I would accept concerning any DACA plan that attempts to legalizes the 800,000 “Dreamers,” kids who were brought here illegally by their criminal, gate crashing parents. Understandably they had no choice but like kidnap victims, they must be returned to their home country.
Democrats cite the unchanging DACA numbers at 800,000 because that’s how many Dreamers, more or less, who actually signed up for Obama’s ‘amnesty’ program. There is in fact over three million, but for purposes of negotiations, let’s stick with the Democrats number of 800,000, most of whom have matriculated into adulthood.
First, eliminate, out of hand, those who have failed to learn English, those with MS-13 and other gang affiliations, and any “dreamer” with one or more felony or firearms convictions. A few have matriculated through college and are employed in good jobs. Save them. Some have found low level jobs, started families and avoided accumulating police records. Save them too. Of the 800,000, only around 900 have entered military service on the promised path to citizenship. Save them. Chain migration must be eliminate. Assimilation does not occur when old family units are attached to and influence, accepted immigrants.
Democrats whine about Trump wanting to spend a one time cost of $18 billion to build a wall but ignore the annual $99 Billion taxpayers cost to cloth, feed, house, educate and provide medical care to the flood of illegals spreading over our country. The Visa program, the one that allows entry on a lottery system, has proven deadly and must not even be considered in negotiations.
Some national figures should be considered in this negotiation as well. 97% of immigrants in the Dreamers grouping identify themselves as Hispanic. By the fourth generation that number falls to 50%. Only 7% describe themselves as Americans, but only 56%, in the third generation, believe they are Americans. Even the use of Spanish slowly declines. The Democrats have abandoned Americas working class base to chase what they choose to believe is a racial group in harmony with their dream of a socialist state, when what they were actually chasing is the momentum of unlimited migration.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (24Jan18)
Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
Fax 706-632- 8003
July 10, 2017 thru July 16, 2017
Mutual Aid: 0
Total Emergency Calls: 438
Total Calls: 1320
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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.
(Photo credit Brenda Cantrell)
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