Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce leaders have selected an experienced chamber and tourism professional as the new president and chief executive officer of the business organization. Jennifer Grimmer was unanimously approved by the chamber’s board of directors on Friday, January 15 to lead the 650 member chamber which serves as the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for East Ellijay, Ellijay, and Gilmer County.
Grimmer previously served as the Executive Director of the Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau – Atlanta Regional Tourism from 2015 – 2018. She is currently the Marketing Manager/Digital Marketing Specialist for the Natural Resources and Wildlife Division with the State of Utah in Salt Lake City where she has created and implemented a marketing strategy for the Department of Wildlife Resources.
“The chamber’s search committee was very focused on the qualifications of the candidates we wanted to interview,” according to Chris Wang, 2020 Chair. “Chamber, tourism, and marketing experiences were dominant skill sets that are required of the president. Jennifer met all of those prerequisites on paper and in person.”
Originally from Oregon and a 2000 graduate of the University of Oregon, Grimmer grew up in a community that depended heavily on small businesses and tourism, similar to East Ellijay, Ellijay and Gilmer County. She has held chamber and tourism positions in Corvallis, Wilsonville, and Medford/Jackson County, all in Oregon, and Wahkiakum in Washington State. While in Wilsonville, Grimmer founded Oregon Horse Country (OHC) as an arm of the Wilsonville Chamber. The organization focuses on connecting, strengthening and representing the equine industry in the state. Lodging tax for Wilsonville increased by 30% following launch of OHC after its first year in operation. Forming OHC garnered the Core Competency Award from the Western Chamber Executives Association in 2011 for the Wilsonville Chamber.
“The opportunity to return to Georgia and be a part of an organization like the Gilmer Chamber is a dream come true for me,” Grimmer said. “My husband and I are recently empty-nesters and I’m excited to find a position I can pour myself into, make a priority and make a difference. My first initiative will be to listen to the community and build upon the foundations that are already in place in terms of tourism and chamber programs.”
Grimmer’s successes in Peachtree City include the founding of the annual Hops and Props Georgia beer festival in partnership with the Commemorative Air Force as well as the Annual Wine and Warbirds Festival. She also served on the boards of the Fayette County Chamber and Arts Council of Fayette County. Other accomplishments include graduating from both Leadership Fayette and the Georgia Academy of Economic Development.
“The timing is right to bring Jennifer into the community as our new president,” said Wang. “Gilmer County was a great place for people to come spread out in throughout 2020, and we are excited to have a new president bringing fresh ideas for 2021 to continue to market our area as a perfect destination for all people to get away to. Jennifer’s expertise can play a large role in furthering the chamber’s core values of Integrity, Kindness, Collaboration, and Vision.”
Grimmer and her husband Ben, who served as a United States Marine, plan to move to Gilmer County in the next few weeks. Her first day at the chamber will be February 1.
Members of the search committee, in addition to Wang, included Amber Davenport, United Community Bank, past chamber chair; John Marshall, past chamber chair; Bobby McNeill, Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery, 2021 Chair of the chamber; Lex Rainey, past chamber Chair; Donna Reece, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, current chamber board member; and Jason Smith, ETC and ETC Security, Treasurer/Secretary of the chamber.
The president’s position became vacant in the fall of 2020 when Paige (Green) Hutto resigned her seat to move to Alabama. She had served the community for 12 years and grown the chamber in both influence and valuable programming.
The chamber board engaged The Chason Group to lead the executive search process. The firm, which is Georgia based, specializes in executive searches for chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, foundations and other non-profits. The placement of Grimmer marks the third Gilmer Chamber president recruited by The Chason Group.
ELLIJAY, Ga: Senator David Perdue (R) addressed his relationship with President Trump, voter turnout, and not debating Jon Ossoff on his bus tour through North Georgia.
Citing the earlier debates, Perdue didn’t see the necessity in rehashing the issues.
“I wanted to give him a chance to show Georgia what an empty suit he is,” Perdue explained, “How can someone lose a debate with himself? I mean, that is what we saw last night.”
The senator discussed his concerns about the “radical left agenda” moving forward if the Democrats win in January.
“We’ve held the line on Iran, and by removing ourselves from that JCPOA nuclear deal, we’ve now put tremendous pressure on Iran. We’ve stood up to China. We’ve got our trade deals moving. These are the things we can protect and hold the line against the radical leftist agenda the Democrats have put forward,” Perdue remarked.
He asserted the only way to protect the gains made is to “hold the line” against the Democrats.
As for President Trump, he’s instructed Perdue and Senator Kelly Loeffler to win their races.
“He has said ‘you’ve got to hold this Senate. We’ve got to win in January.’ He’s very disappointed that he hadn’t been able to get more of transparent accounting, if you will, of the signature absentee ballots, and so on and so forth,” Perdue stated.
Perdue pointed out that Loeffler and himself called for the resignation of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger weeks ago. He asserted that Georgia never had election problems before 2019-2020, and the consent decree between Raffensperger, Attorney General Chris Carr, and Stacey Abrams created this situation. Perdue asked for a “specific accounting of absentee ballots, relative to the validity of the signatures and the number of ballots versus envelopes.”
“We’re going to continue to make noise about,” Perdue affirmed. “If you look at the logic of saying ‘I’m upset about President Trump’s treatment or accounting of November 3, and therefore, I’m going to protest and not vote on January 5,’ what logic is that? That’s circular logic that basically gives the keys to the kingdom to the Democrats.”
Perdue will be in Union and Towns Counties on Tuesday, November 8.
Due to the potential for wintry hazardous road conditions tomorrow, Monday, December 10, Pickens County Health Department will be CLOSED all day, and Fannin County Health Department will delay opening until 10 AM. Gilmer County Health Department will delay opening until 9:30 AM. This applies to all public health services in these counties. Further updates will be posted to the North Georgia Health District website at www.nghd.org and to our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Gilmer County is known as the “Apple Capital of Georgia” and holds an annual Georgia Apple Festival. August through November is Apple Season in Gilmer County! Enjoy our many apple houses, where you can pick your own apples.
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Fannin Co. Middle School was the sight for the 2018 Special Olympics on Wednesday as athletes young and old competed in a full court dash, a tennis ball throw and the long jump. The event, originally scheduled to take place on the high school football field was moved to the FCMS gym less than 24 hours the scheduled start time. Heavy rain and thunderstorms were in the forecast but thankfully for the athletes it never happened.
Without the hard work and dedication of 4 individuals the last minute move wouldn’t have went so effortlessly. Ms. Gini Bell(Director of Special Olympics-Fannin) and Fannin Middle School Administrators, Keith Nuckolls(Principle) and Assistant Principles Dr. Connie Huff and Tony Tichler, made the transition from outside to inside allowing everyone to focus on the athletes. The remainder of the FCMS teachers and Staff deserve a huge pat on the back as well. The normal school day was reworked including bringing each grade in at different times to cheer on the stars of the day. The cafeteria staff fed the everyday students on time while the athletes were fed by Chic-fil-a.
Now to the really important part of the day…the ATHLETES! From all over Fannin and Gilmer counties these athletes range from elementary students to senior citizens. There were smiles all around from the faces of the students, volunteers and of course the athletes. There were also tears. Tears from those that didn’t receive medals or compete to the level that their hearts told them they could. At the end of the day every athlete was full of excitement in knowing that they gave their all and most importantly…they had fun! The only real truth to take way from this event and in life is to know that no matter what happens, you are still a WINNER.
Ellijay, GA – On Friday, April 27, 2018, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an in-custody death.
At approximately 10:00 p.m., Charles Michael Patrick, age 72, was found hanging in an isolation cell of the Gilmer County Detention Center. Patrick was pronounced dead at the scene. Patrick was arrested Thursday, April 26, 2018 for the murder of Drusilla Patrick (see below).
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur.
By: Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega)
Week nine had a slower pace when compared to the legislating marathon of the last few weeks. The Senate passed 11 pieces of legislation this week and held several committee meetings to hear bills, most of which originated in the House. Now that we are passed the Crossover Day mark and through Legislative Day 32, we have hit the home stretch leading up to Sine Die.
Of the 11 pieces of legislation passed this week, the most significant was House Bill 683, which is the supplemental appropriations budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year. The amended version of the House bill was passed by the Senate on Monday and signed into law by Governor Deal on Friday. While we may have completed the budget process for the 2018 Fiscal Year, we wasted no time getting to work on the 2019 Fiscal Year budget. During week nine, the Senate Appropriations Committee held subcommittee hearings where state agencies, organizations and institutions presented their budget requests. In addition to my role as the Senate Majority Whip, I serve as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. It is always beneficial and important to hear how we can improve transportation in the state by allocating necessary funds.
Of the bills passed on the Senate floor this week, I believe House Bill 354 will have the biggest impact on transportation. The bill reconstitutes the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority (GIMTCA) as a public corporation and an instrumentality of the state. Located in Savannah, where the Port of Savannah continues to grow by the year, GIMTCA aims to bring increased economic growth to the state’s import and export markets.
I am also happy to announce that House Bill 159, the “Adoption Bill,” was signed into law by Governor Deal on Monday. HB 159 is a much needed update to Georgia’s adoption laws and is the first of its kind in nearly 30 years. The bill will allow more children in foster care to be adopted into caring homes, extend the list of family members who can undertake legal guardianship and give parents in difficult situations more options to provide the best opportunities possible for their child.
In addition to this week’s action in the Senate, two of the three bills I sponsored to expand broadband access in rural Georgia saw movement in the House. Senate Bill 232, or the Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act, and Senate Bill 426, the Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development (BILD) Act, each received their second reading and have been assigned to committee. SB 232 has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee and SB 426 has been assigned to the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee. The third piece of this rural broadband package – Senate Bill 402 or the Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act – received its second reading on Crossover Day and has also been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee for further review. I am confident that each of these bills will continue through the legislative process in the coming weeks and provide a solid starting point for broadband expansion.
Though the pace may have slowed this week, it is going to pick back up first thing Monday morning. There are only eight legislative days remaining and still much work to be done as our time winds down under the Gold Dome. Thank you for the continued opportunity to serve as your Senator, I will be sure to stay in touch as we wrap up the 2018 session. If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office. We are always here to help in any way we can.
It is a beautiful spring day here in Gilmer County. Karla and BKP take Karla’s Korner on the road today. This weekend, May 6th and 7th, is the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival. Today’s segment is on location at the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce where the festival will be held. This festival is FREE admission, pet friendly, will have kids activities, local crafts, and the business expo. Karla tells us all about the festival, what to expect when you arrive, and other fun events going on in the local area this weekend. For more information and times of other events this weekend check out the events calendar on the Gilmer Chamber site.
Donald Trump remains a surprise. He did a first yesterday (03/09/18). He popped his head into the White House briefing room and threw a bone to the assemble goof’s of the main stream media, to wait for a big announced at 3:30pm, He then left while their mouths hung open. At 3:30, the South Korean representative announced that North Korea’s “Rocket Man” has asked to meet face to face with Donald Trump, another first. Kim Jung Un has never yet met with the head of state of any country save probably China. What is going on here and why with Trump?
As expected, the media went wild. By the evening’s news, CNN was crediting Obama’s policies against No. Korea for bringing Kim to the table. Other media nay sayers, from their lofty platforms, were all positing the reasons why any “summit” between Trump and Kim could not possibly work by regurgitating all the failed efforts previous presidents experienced in dealing with the Hermit kingdom. If they couldn’t, how could that awful Trump achieve such a feat?
We have a serious contradiction here right now. All the major players in the world today are unpredictable. Putin is trying to support a collapsing economy with a strategy of provoking his neighbours to keep them off balance so he can create political room for his dreams of renewing an Imperial Russia.
China’s president Xi, who just made himself President for life, is unpredictable too because no-one really has any idea about his character the party;s ideas or his long-term objectives. China needs internal stability but no one can predict how China’s external policies of stirring the pot, may react to the potential of political change on the Korean peninsula.
China is still reeling from Trumps steel and aluminum tariffs when suddenly, here Trump is ready to reunite the Koreas, and Kim asked for it. I don’t believe it will happen, but China must seriously consider it. On top of that, China has its own social problems that threaten its internal stability. So does No. Korea for that matter. Kim fears his military could oust him now that Trumps total embargo on banking and commerce is forcing No. Korea intro bankruptcy. China can’t carry Kim’s economic burdens forever. It’s the unpredictability of it all that makes us think “out of the box.” What’s next?
Trumps “Anaconda Plan” for No. Korea is squeezing Kim’s economy far more then any previous policy any American president or the UN has enacted. Common thinking works on the basis of fear of reigniting the as yet unresolved Korea War. “Rocket man,” who has threatened the US with a hail of nuclear terror raining down from the sky has suddenly and quietly opted for a first meeting with the last unpredictable world leader, Donald Trump.
We live in a world of fear. Two of those three unpredictable but powerful world leaders, Putin and Xi, plus No. Korea’s Kim, could react negatively to a single bad decision possibly plunging the world into a nuclear holocaust. That’s the fear. Since Putin and Xi are both effectively free of any democratic constraints, and Trump probably wished he were, the anticipation and fear of the future lies in the hands of a psychotic despot and an always smiling billionaire negotiator who eschews the title “politician” but revels in getting the job done. Trump has managed to force North Koreas Kim to at least express a willingness to meet with him, and the world trembles.
America does not yet even have an ambassador to South Korea thanks to Chuckie Schumer. Trump is on the cusp of greatness, The democrats will prevent it at all costs. Maybe Trump will actually earn a Nobel Peace Prize.
Remember freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go Get ‘em!
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Do you think God has your Number?
He knows how many times you breathed yesterday. He holds your breath in His hand. God absolutely knows every move you make. The Lord has the hairs on your head numbered. He most definitely tracts your life. My friend, if the Lord has a call on your Life for the ministry, you couldn’t get away in a race car.
What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?-Psalms 117
What is the longest chapter in the Bible? –Psalms 119
Which chapter is in the center of the Bible? Psalms 118
Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118
Facts: There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118
Add these numbers up, and you get 1188
(NKJV)What is the center verse in the Bible? Psalms 118:8.
“It is better to trust in The Lord than to put confidence in man.”
If this is coincident, it is a good one.
God can be in the center of your life if you will just ask, and let Him.
From time to time, I have been sent to share a ministry call with God’s people. He has their number, I would like to share one such call with you just to show you how detailed God is when it comes to the life of His children, and the work of His kingdom.
Some years ago, my friend, the late George Marshal, and I were going to Dunklin Ministries for a Saturday men’s gathering. Dunklin is a large farm between Stuart and Okeechobee, Fl. It is a rehab center used to rebuild lives and, a very good one, I might add. At one time, we had a man here by the name of Jim Way who could bring men together and make things happen. We would have as many as 700 men there for seminars and to worship the Lord. Sometimes in the middle of the previous night, I was caught up in the presence of the Lord. The Lord and I were standing in front of a long table seated with men my age; late fifties to sixties. The Lord was inspecting these men military style just like a company commander would do, along with his Platoon Sgt. I was a Platoon Sgt. at one time in the Marines, and The Lord and I were pulling an inspection on these men. I don’t know why the Lord chose this manner, but we were looking over every man, face-to-face. The Lord would get a good look at each man. When we got to the left end of the table, the Lord turned sharply and pointed to a young man in his middle twenties. He was at the far right corner of the table facing us, Ronnie Rinker had invited him. He was a Southern Baptist boy. The Lord turned and looked at him and said,“I am calling this one into the ministry. And I said, but Lord, he is so young. The Lord said, “I know, but I am going to train him. I am going to teach him. I am going to develop him, but he is the one I am calling.” At that point, every scratch and every cut on that old, wooden table was embedded into my mind, along with each man’s face and location at the table. The next morning I had no recollection of this, what-so-ever. George and I went into the dining hall. While we were in line, George saw an empty table and said let’s throw our Bibles on this table, and that will save us a seat. We went through the breakfast line at eight o’clock. After we got our food, George said, Bob let’s sit over here at this table; I know these guys. I said, but our Bibles are over there, but he said they would be ok. I sat down at the right corner of the table, and a young, good-looking man sat down across from me. As we started to eat, I felt like I knew him from somewhere. I asked him if we had ever met and he said, no I asked where he worked and what he did?. I said are you sure; he again said, “I just don’t know you.” I am sitting there starting to eat, not thinking any more about him when all at once I looked at that beat up handmade table and knew every scratch and cut on it. Everything came back to me, I looked at the man and knew that I had been there in the middle of the night. Every man was in his proper place, and the young man across from me was exactly where he was when Jesus called him. I said, “Have you ever thought about the ministry?” He said, “Yes I have.”
“Good!” I said, “Because you’re in it.” Then I shared his calling from the Lord. What a mighty God! Look how he used Ronnie to get God’s man there, and how the Lord used George to get me to the right table with all the scratches on it and all the man I had seen the night before. The Word says He knows every hair on our head; but I know one thing for sure He walks among the tables at Dunklin in the middle of the night and knows every scratch on them! Yes, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is alive and well and will speak and call men today.
The Lord Jesus can interact with us today here on the earth, just as if we were in heaven. Father God has everything down to a science, just like he does your life. Let’s look at some facts:
- He knew everything about the meeting, date, time, location, and who would be there.
- When he caught me up and showed me the scratches and cuts on the table in the dining hall at Dunkin: they are rough, handmade tables that were made by the men going through the program. All of them filled with cuts and scratches, and they look just alike, yet I knew the exact table.
- He knew every man there and where he would sit the next day.
- Ronnie thought he was inviting that young man to the meeting. Ronnie was working for Jesus under the power of the Holy Spirit and didn’t know it.
- George Marshal took me to the right table and never knew he was working under a mandate from God.
Here is the thing that just blows me away, not one of us could have been late!Nothing in the world could have stopped any of us. Not one man could have said, I don’t think I will go today. No one could have sat in the wrong place.
Not one of us had any thought of being led by the Lord. We were in the natural and walking under the power and order of God at the same time. Your next words to somebody could be out of the heart of God. No one knew about this, but those of us at the table.
Got put that meeting together like a beautiful piece of music. You can’t beat Him.
What the Lord Jesus wants to be done, He will do! The Holy Spirit was leading every man to that table, and not one of us knew it. Sometimes being led by the Spirit of God may not be what we think at all. We felt nothing. Your next phone call, a trip to the store, or the post office may be your most anointed moment of the week; ordered by the Lord, don’t miss it. If we belong to the Lord, we are naturally supernatural when He needs for us to be.
Your loving heavenly Father can unscramble your life and seat you at His table where you really don’t belong.” Grace, Grace WonderfulGrace”. There is no doubt about it; God sees tomorrow before we see today.
Dr. Bob Allen
God Loves You. Fix your eye on the Straight Gate.
Omnibus is an ominous word. I once thought it was a double-decker bus in England. Now, whenever I see the word attached to a spending bill, I automatically know somebody is going to get a double decker screwing and it’s not politicians. Under the circumstances of the Omnibus Spending Bill cobbled together in a few days by four “bipartisan” senators who rank as the ttititual leaders of the corrupt “establishment, I thinks we may be in trouble. Politicians create the problem, then tell us they’ll solve the problems if only we re-elect them to office…BS!
I rather like the idea of a successful novice businessman seizing hold of the political machine, applying the tactics of business management (sales and profit) to its management style, firing heads who don’t understand the process and re-establishing the tenants of competent leadership. Apart from Trump, one or two other such successful leaders without prior experience, have revealed themselves. First time Senator David Perdue of Georgia and Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas come immediately to mind. But, I drift from my course.
It’s not the deficit spending that bothers me. Deficit spending is good, to a point, for stimulating an economy. As our money is simply fiat money anyway, no longer backed by any tangible asset, like gold, it presents no problem for government simply to print more. That’s what has been done since the 1970’s. It’s all a phony economy manipulated by phony politicians who have no business being there if we are to Make America Great Again.
What irks me most is giving some level of victory to the obstructionist Marxist Democrat Party, when they have already lost all except the media and their whining voice. They don’t even deserve to be in congress. They lost everything in three consecutive national elections including the empowerment of their chosen Queen, Hillary Clinton. To still pander to the Democrat party’s demands is to insult Americans everywhere, including the President.
More to the issue of Conservatives, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, stand as the finest examples of corrupt political leadership,. They are the complete antithesis of honest government. They are of the “swamp.” The just passed Omnibus spending bill, reluctantly signed by President Trump, is their baby. It’s a hodge-poge of idiocy, spending tax payer funds on projects that only invigorate Democrat politicians.
The irritating glee and euphoria shown by Sen. Chuckie Schemer and the Democrats dimming light, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, should be enough to alarm Conservatives everywhere. When we stop gagging, we should turn our undivided attention to removing these RiNO’s, and many others, from office. Every incumbent Republican congressman, without at least an 80% Conservative voting record, should be challenged and removed from office.
The Senate is still locked up by a Senate rules change authored by once crazy Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, a staunch and rabid Progressive, to keep Republicans from winning any votes. It’s the filibuster rule that ensures a stacked deck against the opposition and allows the Majority Leader to change between a majority vote (51) to a super majority vote (60), when it suits his him. It’s still in play and McConnell doesn’t use it. Hence, the Omnibus spending bill, an unread 2000 page document, yet another trick to keep the “deep state” alive,. That’s the epitome of corruption, not the hallmark of statesmanship. I’m sick at heart with the Republican Party. They keep begging for money to support conservatives against those rascally Democrats. They’ll not get another dime until I see America Made Great Again.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!