Jessi brings a special guest to the show. She has been a caretaker at Cameron Hall for over 7 years and gives us an idea of what the experience is like!
ELLIJAY, Ga. – “This is the kind of project that will spread prosperity throughout our entire region. It is the kind of skin-in-the-game project that deserves support…” Georgia Speaker of the House, David Ralston praised the CORE Facility in Ellijay who hosted their official ribbon-cutting today.
Nestled just off Maddox Drive on the banks of the Coosawattee River in Ellijay, Georgia, the CORE Facility hosts business offices and incubation locations for entrepreneurs and start-ups in need of an office or workspace without the hassles of long-term investment.
However, the facility’s impact reaches so much farther than the city limits or the county’s borders. Today marked a celebration for the region and for the state. Representatives statewide joined together for this ribbon cutting including Gilmer Commission Chairman Charlie Paris, Gilmer Post Commissioner Karleen Ferguson, Pickens Commission Chairman Rob Jones, Fannin Commission Chairman Stan Helton, Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, State Senator Steve Gooch, State Representative of District 11 Rick Jasperse, Ellijay City Mayor Al Hoyle, Gilmer Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs, and many representatives from the Ellijay and East Ellijay City Councils and Gilmer Board of Education. Efforts from many organizations have led into combined organizations such as the Greater Gilmer Joint Development Authority (JDA) and the Greater Gilmer Community Foundation.
That Foundation was the birthplace of the initiative to build CORE. According to Kent Sanford, Executive Director of the Greater Gilmer JDA and part of the Greater Gilmer Community Foundation, a 14-month birth cycle has finally come to full fruition.
While the celebration was a culmination of efforts so far, it is only the beginning. It is a project that holds great impact on the future, according to Ralston who said, “It will create jobs in our area. The jobs of tomorrow will be possible because of the work that goes on in this building.”
Ralston also dedicated support to the facility as he announced, “Because of the local commitment to the CORE building the State of Georgia, through our OneGeorgia Authority, is awarding $420,000 to this project to be used for Facility purchase and improvement costs. This $420,000 grant is historic, both in terms of its dollar amount and the impact it will have on this project and community.”
Ralston continued speaking about the economic development and job creation in the county before offering the second announcement of the day regarding the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation, also known as Georgia’s Rural Center.
Ralston stated at the ribbon-cutting, “I am proud to announce that the new North Georgia of the Georgia Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation will be housed right here in Ellijay in this facility. The office will be led by Janet Cochran.”
Ralston’s office later offered a full Press Release on the announcement stating the center serves as a central information and research hub for rural best practices, including community planning, industry-specific assistance and cooperative efforts with community partners. The center was proposed by the House Rural Development Council in 2017 and was created by House Bill 951, which was enacted in 2018.
These announcements were applauded by those present and praised by the Chairman of the Gilmer Chamber, John Marshall, who said, “Mr. Speaker, once again you have proven yourself to be the very epitome of a stalwart and faithful advocate not only to your hometown and all the other communities in these beautiful North Georgia Mountains, but to each and every corner of the state of Georgia.”
President of the Gilmer Chamber, Paige Green also praised the facility as the realization of a dream for the community that has spread to benefit not only one county but something larger that now spans the region.
Today was a celebration of completing the first steps of a larger plan for the facility. Though it is now open, it is only the first phase of that dream. Director Sanford noted last year that the hopes for the facility include two more phases.
In Phase II, the foundation will continue renovation onto the second floor to open up a larger area for education and training in a 1,200 square foot space upstairs.
In Phase III, hopes for the CORE Facility could extend into the schools for things like STEM Classes, STEM Saturdays, or other forays into education connection. Consolidating resources for these could include shared STEM kits or a shared expense for a STEM subscription service involving 3d-printing necessary components. However, specific details into PHASE III have yet to be finalized.
Ultimately, the CORE wants to continue spreading and growing this larger community where possible. Opportunities that may come have yet to be revealed, but one ribbon-cutting today, one celebration, can lead to something bigger than imagining tomorrow.
(The following is a Press Release from the Office of David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.)
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) today announced that the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation has opened a North Georgia Office in Ellijay. The office is located in the Collaboration on River’s Edge (CORE) Building, a workplace innovation space and initiative of the Greater Gilmer Community Foundation.
“I am proud to welcome the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation to Ellijay and look forward to the good work that will be done to further economic opportunity throughout rural Georgia,” said Speaker David Ralston. “This center is a direct result of the work of the House Rural Development Council and our continuing efforts to ensure prosperity is accessible to all Georgians – regardless of zip code.”
The center, also known as Georgia’s Rural Center, has named Janet Cochran to lead the North Georgia Office. Cochran comes to the center with more than a decade of experience as a project manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“Finding ways to not only maintain but to multiply the economic and cultural vitality present in so many of north Georgia’s small towns and rural communities relies heavily on relationships,” said Dr. David Bridges, Georgia’s Rural Center interim director, “and we know that our presence and personnel there will only improve our ability to facilitate positive outcomes. Janet brings a wealth of experience in managing economic development projects in this region of the state, and we’re excited to have her join our team in this role at the North Georgia Office.”
Headquartered at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation serves as a central information and research hub for rural best practices, including community planning, industry-specific assistance and cooperative efforts with community partners. The center was proposed by the House Rural Development Council in 2017 and was created by House Bill 951, which was enacted in 2018.
“Promoting a strong business environment that enhances the quality of our community is not just the chamber’s mission in words, it is behind everything we do. The opening of CORE and the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation is a cornerstone moment in that mission and one that we have worked tirelessly to support and create for many years. I join with our 650 members in celebrating,” remarked John Marshall, Gilmer Chamber Chairman of the Board.
“As chairman of the Greater Gilmer Community Foundation it has been our goal as a private, citizen funded organization to help spur economic growth for our community and region. CORE being the home to the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation North Georgia office brings our vision to reality. We look forward to continuing to serve our communities for years to come,” said Kent Sanford, Chairman of the Board.
“Working with Speaker of the House David Ralston and the House leadership to bring the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation North Georgia office to our community will have economic impact to the entire region. We look forward to continuing to work to insure the success of the center and all of our partners within CORE,” remarked Lex Rainey, Greater Gilmer Joint Development Authority Chairman of the Board.
Located in Gilmer County, Ellijay is a thriving rural community in the North Georgia mountains, offering a unique blend of southern hospitality and natural beauty. The area leads Georgia in apple production and is a center for agribusiness and agritourism.
For more information about the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation, visit http://www.ruralga.org/.
Tune in for another great segment of North Georgia Senior Living. Jessi Barton and BKP discuss the great things happening at Cameron Hall.
Cameron Hall of Ellijay is opening a new garden area for its residents and you’re invited for the first day! Monday at 10AM at Cameron Hall.
BKP and Jessi from Cameron Hall in Ellijay discuss Respite Care and how they are able to help with it.
The North GA Senior Living segment joined up with the Pet of the Week and was a great time! Dogs can be great companions for the elderly as they transition into senior living, and if they already have one Cameron Hall will allow them to move in too!
BKP and Jessi talk about Bonnie and Clyde in this week’s edition of North GA Senior Living.
Jessi joins BKP to discuss the amazing savings going on if you move into Cameron Hall by the end of April!
March 23, 1953 – October 23, 2018
Mr. Kenneth John Cody, Jr, age 65, passed away October 23, 2018 at his residence in Ellijay, GA
Mr. Cody is survived by his mother: Ann Cody of East Point, GA. Brothers: Cary Cody of Newnan, GA and Tim Cody of East Point.
Mr. Cody is preceded in death by his wife: Sharon Cody; Son: Keith Cody; Daughter: Leanne Cody.
A memorial service will be announced latter.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Homestead Hospice.
Cagle Funeral Home is Honored to serve the Cody family.
February 01, 1927 – October 14, 2018
Ms. Betty Fitz Harlan, age 91, of Jasper, GA passed away October 14, 2018 at Tranquility Hospice in Kennesaw Mtn, Hospice in Marietta.
Ms. Harlan, is survived by her Son and Daughter-In-Law: Ralph Eric & Lisa Harlan of Kennesaw, GA. Daughter: Diana Harlan Walls of Rome, GA. Six Grandchildren – Tracy Harlan, Dayna & Victor Jacobs, Lisa & Tom Masci, Brent & Melissa Harlan, Kimberly & Matthew Dice, Mary & Cole Wallace, and Sixteen Great-Grandchildren also survive.
Ms. Harlan was preceded in death by her Parents: Ralph & Mildred Fitz: Sister: Beulah Marsh; Grandson: Ralph Eric Harlan.
Visitation will began Friday, October 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM till 9:00 PM. Saturday, October 20, 8:00 AM until the funeral hour.
Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday October 20, in the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home. Rev. Roger Canuel officiating.
Pall Bearer: Steve Marsh, Steven Marsh, Bret Harlan, David Cole, Nick Jacobs, and Darrell Levenwolf.
Interment will be at Jasper City Cemetery, in Jasper, GA, immediately following the funeral service.
The family will accept flowers or donate to a charity of your choice.
Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Harlan family.
Ms. Joan Chastain Weaver, age 76, of Jasper, passed away October 15, 2018 at her residence.
Ms. Weaver is survived by her Son and Daughter-In-Law: Scotty and Mary Weaver of Ellijay. Brothers: Leon Chastain of Nelson and Billy Chastain of Jasper. Sisters: Nora Chambers of Talking Rock and Laverne Walker also of Talking Rock. Seven Grandchildren and Four Great-Grandchildren also survive.
Ms. Weaver is preceded in death by Son: Ricky Weaver. Brother: Gary Chastain and Fred Chastain. Sister: Kathleen Mulkey.
The family will be receiving friends, Wednesday, October 17, from 1:00 PM until 10:00 PM and Thursday, October 18, from 8:00 AM until the funeral hour.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Roger Elliott officiating.
Pall Bearers: Henry Cantrell, Timmy Chastain, Shawn Chastain, Roger Mulkey, Jimmy Lee and Billy Buchanan.
Interment will be at Bethel Christian Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.
Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Weaver family.
Genevieve Duran Monroe
December 27, 1977 – January 25, 2019
Mrs. Genevieve Duran Monroe. age 41, of Ellijay, GA passed away Friday, January 25, 2019 at her residence.
Gena, is survived by her Mother: Rita Wallace; Father: Joe Beale; Step-Dad: Bob Wallace; Sons: Austin Bowden of Pooler, GA; Rylin Duran of Cartersville, Ga; Andy Wallace of Jasper, Ga; Brennen Monroe of Cartersville, Ga; Daughters: Farren Barnette of Cartersville; Abby Monroe of Talking Rock and Zhoie Duran of Talking Rock. Sister and Brother-in-Law: Joleen and Brian Wood of Talking Rock; and Sister: Destini Beale of Tate. Step-Sister: Amy Costner of Waleska.
Gena was to have her first grand-baby in July, his name will be Maverick Shutts.
Mrs. Monroe was preceded in death by her Brother: Christopher Wallace of Jasper. Son: Kaegan Fewell; Daughter: Hope Fewell.
Visitation will begin Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM until the Funeral Hour.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jimmy Huggins officiating.
The family is accepting flowers or donations can be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with Funeral Expenses.
Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Monroe Family.
BKP quizzes Jessi on devices from the old days to see if she knows what they are. Technology has come a long way in just a few years.
What is your favorite love song?
FYN’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway!
FYN & local businesses have put together a basket to make your Valentine’s Day Special.
Thank you to:
Ellijay’s Hometown Florist- $50 Gift Card & Valentine’s Vase
River Street Tavern- $25 Gift Card
Tea Tree’s Boutique Spa- Aroma Therapy Massage
GTC Mountain Cinemas- 2 Movie Tickets
Carrington Coffee-.$20 Gift Card
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Entries must be in by 2/11/19
The winner will be announced by BKP on GMFTO
On Wed 2/13/19 @ 8:30AM
November 25, 1948 – October 19, 2018
Mr. Roger Baker, age 69 of the Ludville Community passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at Seasons Hospice in Cumming GA.
Mr. Baker is survived by his Wife: Linda Baker of Ludville Community. Daughter: Laura Baker of Ludville Community. Daughter and Son-in-Law: Miriam & Jonathan Pearson of Sugar Hill, GA. Brother: David Baker of Corbin, KY. Grandchildren: William Prince, Amelia Prince, Ian Prince and Suzanne Pearson. Nephew: Justin Baker and wife Brandy. Great Nieces: Whitley Baker and Paisley Baker.
The family will be receiving friends Sunday, October 21, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM and Monday, October 22 from 8:00 AM until the funeral hour.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, October 22, 2018 in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Ben Mock, officiating.
Interment will be 2:00 PM at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, 2000 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
The family will be receiving flowers or donate to The American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Baker family.