• Report confirms asbestos and mold at old Whitepath building

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – A hazardous materials survey revealed asbestos, mold, lead-based paint, and lead-containing paint within the former Whitepath facility. A state-certified asbestos inspector with Contour Engineering surveyed the property on March 17, 2021. They conducted a visual inspection and collected samples for testing. “89 bulk asbestos samples were collected with 106 samples or […]

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  • RNC Spokesperson Dennard addresses MLB’s decision

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    ELLIJAY, Ga – RNC National Spokesperson Paris Dennard called out Major League Baseball, Stacey Abrams, and President Joe Biden for their actions following Georgia’s passage of SB 202. MLB, according to Dennard, cares more about politics and should have taken the time to talk to Governor Brian Kemp, Speaker of the House David Ralston, and […]

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  • Pickens man arrested for arson and fraud

    ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that Douglas Eaton, 54, was arrested on charges of 1st Degree Arson and Insurance Fraud. The fire occurred on Sunday, February 7,  in Ball Ground. The 1200-square-foot structure was approximately 26 years old. “It was discovered that the fire occurred in the master […]

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  • Hiawassee moving forward with planning ordinance modifications

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    Hiawassee, Ga – City Council agreed everyone needed to participate in the review and potential rewrite of the planning ordinance. After Celtic Management presented its plan to develop 16 townhomes on two acres next to Georgia Vision Center, it was clear the ordinance would need rewriting. The existing ordinance only allows for four units per […]

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  • Ralston reviews the 2021 legislative session

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    ATLANTA – Speaker of the House David Ralston (R – 7) commented on the General Assembly’s accomplishments for the 2021 session. Starting off with the hottest issue of 2021, Ralston stated that he was “very pleased” with the Election Integrity Committee’s work. Chaired by Barry Fleming, they reviewed numerous bills submitted by Republicans and Democrats […]

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  • Track Rock Gap Petroglyphs vandalized

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – U.S. Forest Service reported an incident of vandalism to the Track Rock Gap Petroglyphs in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Track Rock Gap is the location of a series of historical rock carvings created by Creek and Cherokee people on soapstone boulders almost 1,000 years ago. Visitors to the area can view up […]

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  • State employees and teachers paid parental leave passes General Assembly

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    ATLANTA – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) and State Representative Houston Gaines (R-Athens) announced that House Bill 146 received final passage in the General Assembly today. House Bill 146 provides three weeks of paid parental leave as a new benefit to full-time state employees and teachers. This is the Georgia’s first paid parental leave benefit […]

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  • Commissioners haven’t given support for Blue Ridge’s aquatic center

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – All three Fannin County Commissioners affirmed that they haven’t committed to Blue Ridge City Council’s proposed aquatic center. Chairman Jamie Hensley explained that the city made an initial presentation in a private meeting but hasn’t seen any follow-up plans or cost analysis. “There’s so many unanswered questions. The questions haven’t been […]

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  • Sydnie Grace Jones Memorial Intersection adopted by General Assembly

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    ATLANTA – Senate passed and adopted Sydnie Grace Jones Memorial Intersection Resolution, HR 282, on March 25, 2021. The piece of legislation commemorates the life of Sydnie Jones who tragically lost her life following a car accident at the State Routes Hwy. 515 and Hwy. 325 intersection. Sydnie was born on May 3, 2001, in […]

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  • Paris addresses COVID-19 vaccine and county updates

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris ran an efficient meeting and covered several topics during the March 2021 meeting. He reported that over 500 vaccine doses were administered at the last mass vaccine event but wasn’t sure if another mass vaccine day would occur. Also, Union County’s supply went from the Moderna to Pfizer […]

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  • Kemp signs Election Integrity Act of 2021

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    ATLANTA – Election reform is coming to Georgia after Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed the SB 202, Election Integrity Act of 2021, mere hours after it landed on his desk. During his televised remarks about the legislation Kemp stated, “With Senate Bill 202, Georgia will take another step in ensuring elections, accessible and fair.” He […]

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  • Election Integrity Act of 2021 on fast track to becoming law

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    ATLANTA – Shortly after passing the House of Representatives earlier today, the Senate voted to approve the House’s amendments to SB 202, also known as the Election Integrity Act. The House passed SB 202 with a 100-75 vote. The Senate approved the amendment 34-20. Kemp intends to sign the bill tonight at 6:30 p.m. Following […]

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  • Hice calls Secretary of State Raffensperger’s performance “dismal”

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    ELLIJAY, Ga – Tenth District Representative Jody Hice (R) addressed why he’s running for Secretary of State against incumbent Brad Raffensperger (R). On Monday, Hice officially announced his candidacy and has been making his case ever since. He even earned former President Donald Trump’s endorsement shortly after his announcement. Hice cited his work as the […]

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