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Kevin Langston, GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for tourism, presents Jan Hackett, president of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, with the 2018 Larry Allen Tourism Award at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference, alongside GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson and Rashelle Beasley, president of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Credit: Jode Mull

Jan Hackett receives Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award

BLUE RIDGE, GEORGIA—SEPT. 2018—President of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, Jan Hackett, was among the state’s top tourism professionals recognized at the 2018 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in Atlanta, Aug. 29. Jan received The Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in leadership skills and abilities. The award is […]

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Chief Appraiser Dawn Cochran, Chief Financial Officer Robin Gazaway

Finance director, tax board to work together

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Aug. 2 Tax Assessor meeting began with Fannin County Chief Financial Officer (CFO)/CPA Robin Gazaway sitting at the table with Tax Assessor Board members Janie Bearden, chair, Troy Junnier, and Mark Henson. The meeting was to clarify misunderstandings between the commissioners and the assessors regarding budget reporting and responsibilities. Junnier […]

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Chamber President Jan Hackett, Mike Gallinski, Restaurants Manager Sue Griffin, Business Development Manager Matthew Cole, Development Authority Executive Director Chirstie Arp.

McCaysville Revitalization Committee hosts Luncheon

Mike Galinski of Galinski Enterprises shares his vision for Downtown McCaysville By Maria Kidder, Sentinel Staff Writer Fannin County has a low residential population, but is continuing to be the fastest growing county in the North Georgia Mountain region. With its remote terrain, steep mountain peaks, and unspoiled natural beauty, the mountains lure a large […]

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The Lyndhurst Foundation of Chattanooga is funding regional economic revitalization in northwest Georgia

UGA promotes renaissance in partnership with McCaysville, Copperhill and Ducktown

The Lyndhurst Foundation of Chattanooga is funding regional economic revitalization in northwest Georgia By Roger Nielsen, UGA Education BLUE RIDGE, GA – May 31, 2018 – A Georgia mountain community is forging a unique economic development partnership with two Tennessee cities through a downtown revitalization process pioneered by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute […]

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House Rural Development Council

House Rural Development Council meets in Blue Ridge to talk about providing faster internet service

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ During the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 389, creating the House Rural Development Council. The council was tasked to meet on a regular basis across the state to listen to citizens, businesses, and organizations about what challenges rural Georgia faces, and […]

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Georgia Primary Election Results 2018

Winners and losers in primary election

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Primary Election Day turned rainy just before the polls closed Tuesday. That might be the reason many political junkies who usually waited in the third floor jury room of the court house to stay home. A rather subdued small crowd hung out in the hallway and into the jury room, […]

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Harold Herndon, Nathan Fitts, Mayor Donna Whitener, Rhonda Haight, Ken Gaddis and Robbie Cornelius.

City Council restructures Planning Commission and Zoning Board

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Item 6 under “Action Agenda Items (Items requiring the approval of the Council)” at the May 8 meeting of Blue Ridge City Council read, “An ordinance to combine the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Commission (Second Reading and Adoption).” The motion was unanimously approved. […]

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Unemployment below 4 percent, first time since 2000

The job market hasn’t been this good in a very long time. The unemployment rate dropped below 4 percent in April for the first time since 2000. The Labor Department reported Friday that it fell to 3.9 percent — inching closer to territory not seen in half a century. Employers added 164,000 jobs, slightly below […]

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Fannin County Spec Building corner view.

FCDA announces details of Spec Building lease

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Fannin County Development Authority (FCDA) called a special meeting Wednesday, March 21 to announce that it has secured a lease for the Spec Building at 63 Kyle Rd. on Hwy 5 (subject to approval from OneGeorgia, one of the funding sources for the building). The proposed agreement includes a lease-purchase […]

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Walmart is bringing its online grocery delivery service to 100 cities

America’s largest grocery retailer is taking a major leap into the home delivery space. On Tuesday, Walmart announced that it plans to expand its online delivery service to 100 metro areas by the end of 2018. To compete with the likes of Amazon, personal shoppers will pack up digital orders in store and the company […]

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