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Wednesday October 28, 2009

Sentin el Volume 12, Issue 43

Economic CHARTER FLIGHTS AVAILABLE Traveling out of town to catch flights no longer a requirement outlook still bleak

North Carolina continues to have a high unemployment rate with two-thirds of the counties in the state running into double digits. In western North Carolina, jobs are as scarce as hen’s teeth. For September, Cherokee County had an unemployment rate of 14.2 percent, exceeding all counties west of Asheville. Graham and Clay counties weren’t far behind with 13.4 percent and 10.8 percent ,respectively. Most other counties west of Asheville were not much better, hovering in the mid 8 and low 9 percent range. Counties just east of Asheville seemed to fare as badly as Cherokee. Cleveland, Rutherford, McDowell, Burke and Caldwell counties all were in either the 14 or 15 percent unemployment range. Unemployment benefits paid out in North Carolina last year (October 2008 through September 2009) were just shy of $4 billion. In many ways, whatever economy the state had was bolstered up significantly by unemployment benefits. For many families, that’s what put food on the table and clothed their kids, while the bread winner or bread winners were waiting for jobs. In the fiscal year just cited, Cherokee County residents received almost $11.5 million in benefits; Graham County received $5.75 million in benefits and Clay County received $3.5 million in benefits. A recent report on the state’s economic outlook commissioned by the North Carolina General Assembly states that the recession ended in August, even though current economic conditions show few signs o a recovery. “Unfortunately, recession-like conditions may be with us the rest of the fiscal year,” the report reads.

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Among the attendees at the Airport’s ‘re-grand opening’ were, left to right, Christa Flenner, Tonya Hampton and Shelly Reams, all NCFlyports representatives; David Rodger, County Mgr.; Johnny Brown, Mayor of Andrews; Haydon Rogers, Cong. Heath Shuler’s Chief of Staff; Mike Sheidy, Chamber President; Donna Tipton-Rogers, President of Tri-County Community College.; Larry Kernea, Airport Commissioner; Juleigh Sitton, Director of Governor’s Western Office and Chad Warner, Flight Group Corporation Sales & Marketing.

By: Desiree Reynolds Sentinel Writer



Legislature is extending a hand to small businesses See Page 3A


Town election coming up Murphy and Andrews to hold municipal elections - see page 8A


Shortage of H1N1 Vaccine in North Carolina

No predictions as to when the next shipment will arrive. - see page 2A

On the evening of Thursday, October 22nd, a crowd gathered to usher the Andrews-Murphy Airport into a new era. It was not only christened with a new name: Western Carolina Regional Airport but also new services, so that it can better serve the local economy in its travel needs. The NCDOT Division

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those eleven. As a result, the newlynamed Western Carolina Regional Airport will be offering charter flights

“This is really going to be something that can bring more visitors and help drive the local economy.. ” the availability of on-demand air service in eleven communities in North Carolina. Cherokee County is one of

right out of the Andrews-Murphy area. Which can prove to be a pretty big convenience, for those both com-

ing and going in our area. Among the attendees at Wednesday’s event, were representatives from the Flight Group Corporation in association with NC Flyports and FlightGest. “Our goal is to bring more efficient air travel to rural areas, and educate people on just how accessible and affordable it can be for them.” said Shelly Reams of NC Flyports. See FLIGHTS Page 8A

DHHS takes steps to

limit the spread of H1N1

State-operated hospitals, residential schools, developmental disability centers, neuro-medical treatment centers and alcohol and drug treatment centers have already implemented plans to limit the potential spread of H1N1 flu at their facilities as North Carolina prepares for the fall flu season. A case of H1N1 flu has been confirmed in more than one of the 14 stateoperated facilities, and preparation and procedures are already in place to limit the potential spread of the flu to unaffected patients/residents and employees. State-Operated Healthcare Facilities Division Director Luckey Welsh says that the goal is to “stop the disease at the door”and, if it does get in, limit its ability to spread. Beginning Fri., Oct. 23, all state facilities will actively screen all staff and visitors to identify people exhibiting signs of respiratory infections. Visitors with

flu symptoms will not be permitted to visit patients or residents until they are no longer sick. Employees who develop fever or influenza-like symptoms are being instructed not to come to work or, if already on the job, to make arrangements to leave and avoid contact with other employees and patients/residents. “All facility employees have been briefed with the goals and procedures regarding the flu plans and their duties and responsibilities. We have posted notices throughout our facilities with common sense steps all of us can take to avoid catching or spreading the flu,” Welsh said. “These include thorough washing of hands with soap or alcoholbased hand cleaners, covering coughs and, if required or advised, to wear surgical face masks. So far these procedures have worked extremely well at limiting the spread of H1N1 at our facilities.” State facilities are particularly vul-

nerable to a potential H1N1 outbreak because they are closed environments and include patients and residents who are considered high risk and medically fragile, said Dr. Susan Saik, MH/DD/ SAS medical services manager. “All our state facilities are meeting all current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the N.C. Division of Public Health for responding to the H1N1 flu,” she said. “We plan to match and meet any changes either the CDC and our state public health experts recommend.“ “Our watchword is ‘Be Prepared’,” Welsh added. “So far, all our visitors and guests have understood the importance of trying to reduce the potential introduction and spread of the flu. They have been cooperative and supportive of our efforts to protect their family and loved ones.”

There are more than 3,400 patients or residents at any given time and more than 12,000 employees in DSOHF facilities. “I am confident that we have taken the wise and appropriate measures to prepare as best we can to protect the health and well-being of our patients, residents and employees,” Welsh added. “We will continue to be vigilant. We will notify the media immediately for changes in visitation status as a means of letting families and others know if they will be able to visit residents or patients. We also plan to use the state’s facilities website as a rapid means of posting information concerning flu, breaking news or other information a person may need to know about the status at one of our hospitals, developmental centers, residential schools or substance abuse treatment centers or neuro-medical treatment centers.”

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H1N1 Vaccine Shortage in North Carolina

The H1N1 vaccine shortage is causing concerns at clinics and pharmacies all across North Carolina. Many places have a small supply of vaccine for the seasonal flu, and none for H1N1. The State’s Health Director says he’s hesitant to predict when more of the H1N1 vaccine will arrive. “You might have to wait a month. Yes, a month…30 days. I hate to say that to people, pregnant women and so forth, but that’s the simple matter of the supply that’s at hand,” said Jeffrey Engel, State Health Dir. The federal government will distribute the vaccine as it comes available based on each state’s population. In the meantime, Engel says to take simple precautions, like hand washing and staying home when you’re sick.

NASA Scrubs launch of Ares I-X NASA has scrubbed its Tuesday launch of the next-generation spacecraft and launch vehicle system of the Ares I-X and will try again Wednesday, NASA officials said on the agency Website. The launch’s aim was to give scientists useful data on flight characteristics, hardware, facilities and ground operations. Weather along with technical difficulties led the space agency to push back the launch of the world’s largest shuttle until a noon launch window closed. Previous launch times were 8:25 a.m. and 9:49 a.m. The test launch of the Ares I-X, is part of NASA’s Constellation program poised to transport astronauts to low-Earth orbit aboard an Orion spacecraft. The test rocket includes a real solid-rocket first stage, with a mock second stage and fake Orion crew capsule on top to simulate the intended weight and size of Ares I. The Ares I-X is the tallest booster in operation or close to be placed in service. It stands 327 feet high - 14 stories taller than NASA’s current space shuttles. The White House asked for strict testing guidelines to be followed in anticipation of the Ares I rocket and Orion capsules to replace the current workhorses NASA employees. Researchers hope the new designs will be used to take and return astronauts to the moon by 2020.

Healthcare Bill Now Includes ‘Public Option’ Senate majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, announced that the healthcare reform bill that will be debated on the Senate floor will include a socalled public option. The proposal, which would create a government-run health insurance plan, was voted down by the influential Senate Finance Committee last month. Under the plan, states would have the option not to participate. They would have to decide by 2014. Critics, including most Republican lawmakers, say it will open the door to government control of the healthcare system. The plan is designed for people who don’t get insurance through their employers. Reid’s decision was a victory to the Democrat’s left-wing, but it also made passing a healthcare reform bill more difficult. The Wall Street Journal reports that Republicans will filibuster any plan that includes the public option. This means that all 58 Senate Democrats and two independents will need to vote for the bill. Reid said he was optimistic his party would unify on the issue, even though some of his more moderate colleagues prefer a plan that would require states to opt in to a government-operated health insurance program.

October has been deadliest month for troops

A day after 14 Americans died in separate helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, eight more U.S. troops were killed on Tuesday in the eight-year war. Attacks using improvised explosive devices (IED) in southern Afghanistan killed eight U.S. soldiers and an Afghan civilian working with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. Several soldiers were injured, the ISAF said without releasing details of whether these were Americans. “A loss like this is extremely difficult for the families as well as for those who served alongside these brave service members,” Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, ISAF Joint Command spokesperson, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends who mourn their loss.” The deaths make October the deadliest month for U.S. forces, with 53 fatalities so far, according to On Monday, a mid-air collision between two choppers in southern Afghanistan killed four American soldiers, while 10 other died when the helicopter they were using to search a compound suspected of harboring insurgents, went down for still unknown reasons.


The Cherokee Sentinel October 28, 2009

How to have a safe Halloween Halloween is in 3 days! Here are some tips to make your holiday fun and safe. By: Desiree Reynolds Sentinel Writer Halloween is fast-approaching, and with it, many parents are caught in a whirlwind of activities: costumes, candy, pumpkin-carving and trickor-treating. Having more than one child can make Halloween even more challenging to pull off smoothly, and simple safety measures easy to forget. With this in mind, here are some tips to having a safe, and happy halloween for you and your family, courtesy of General Safety Tips: • Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make it fire proof, the eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision. • Keep in mind the weather when choosing a costume. Some costumes are very thin and revealing, so If freezing evening temps are predicted, be sure to have a backup plan or a way to make your existing costume suitable for cold weather. • If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids’ costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire. • Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. • Kids always want to help with the pumpkin carving. Small children shouldn’t be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face. There

are many kits available that come with tiny saws that work better then knives and are safer, although you can be cut by them as well. It’s best to let the kids clean out the pumpkin and draw a face on it, which you can carve for them. Trick-or-Treating Safety: • Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them. • Teaching your kids basic everyday safety such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets and crossing when the lights tell you to, will help make them safer when they are out Trick or Treating. • Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult. • Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren’t going with them. The best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can’t take them, see if another parent or a older sibling can go along. • Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless they are accompanied by an adult. • Make sure you set a time that they should be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time. • Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions. Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that

your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. • Children should go out during daylight hours only unless accompanied by a responsible adult. • Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure they know to stay in populated places and don’t go off the beaten track. Stay in well lighted areas. • Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem like fun but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, clean up and damages can ruin Halloween. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they’ve made. • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. NEVER eat candy that appears to have been tampered with. • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Tips for holding Halloween parties: • If using dry ice in a punch bowl, make sure that the person serving keeps any dry ice chips out of drinks! It can cause severe injury if ingested.  • If you are holding your party in your house, make sure that you move any breakable pieces of furniture or knick-knacks to another room where they can’t get broken. A forgotten heirloom vase that hits the floor could ruin the night for you.  • To keep things moving for either

an adult party or child’s party, make sure that you have some games, like a scavenger hunt or a murder mystery planned in advance. • If you are planning a party for your kids and their friends, see if you can get some of the other mothers to help out with the planning, baking and what ever else needs to be done. Make a block party out of it!  • Whip up a batch of Halloween cupcakes the day before, have the kids help you out. Any treats or party food that can be made in advance is always a big help! • Having a pumpkin carving party on the night before Halloween can be a great way to start off the festivities. Either adults, kids or both, you can have a wonderful time and get all your pumpkins carved at the same time!  • Set up a table with treats, punch and goodies in your front yard if you live in a small neighborhood. Invite the children and their parents to stop by for refreshments, you’ll start a small party right in your front yard! Just make sure you set up a nice yard haunt, too!

Volkswagen now accepting applications Interested applicants may apply from October 26 through November 15 online at

Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC today announced the company is ready to begin accepting applications for production team members at its Tennessee manufacturing facility be-

ginning of October 26, 2009. This application process is specific to the production positions which will produce Volkswagen's new mid-sized sedan. These team members will assemble automotive parts and operate tools and equipment in a fast-paced, high-tech production environment. Beginning Monday, October 26, at 7:30 a.m. EST, applicants interested in production positions may apply online at the web site Applicants may access the web site from any computer with internet access. If they do not have access to a computer, they can visit any Tennessee Career Center to complete the online application, including:

Tennessee Career Center - Chattanooga 5600 Brainerd Road, Suite A-5 Chattanooga, TN 37411 Tennessee Career Center - Athens 410 Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303 Application support will also be available at Chattanooga State Technical Community College locations in Chattanooga, Dayton, Kimball and Sequatchie/Bledsoe as well as Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The application window will remain open through November 15, 2009, at which time it will close. Beginning in November and continuing through

2010,Volkswagen will select candidates to move to the assessment process, including practical hands-on testing. "We are looking for capable, local people who can work together in a team environment to build our cars safely and with the highest quality," said Hans-Herbert Jagia, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC. "These production team members will make up the majority of our 2,000-plus workforce here in Chattanooga and are the key to the successful launch of our new plant." See VW Page 8A

Piedmont Heart Institute opens new office in Murphy Medical Institute expands to serve Western North Carolina

John Kelley, M.D., Michael Sabom, M.D., and Sammy Gammenthaler, M.D., have clinic hours at a new Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians location in Murphy, N.C. In addition to their regular hours at the Blairsville, Ga., office, the physicians accept appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the new office located at 125 Medical Park Lane, Suite I, Murphy, NC 28906. “We are excited to expand our services into North Carolina and other communities,” said Dr. Kelley. “This new location helps us better serve our patients in western North Carolina, by shortening the distance they have to travel to reach us.” Dr. Kelley earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Geor-

gia. Prior to joining Piedmont Heart Institute, he held private practices in Augusta, Ga., for 28 years. He is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia as well as the American Medical Association. Dr. Gammenthaler earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif. Board-certified in internal medicine as well as cardiovascular disease, Dr. Gammenthaler is also a member of the American Medical Association and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Sabom earned his medical degree from the University of Texas in Galveston, Tex. Dr. Sabom is a member of the American Heart Association, International Association for Near Death Studies and the American

College of Cardiology. Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians accepts most major insurance plans. The new location is located next to the Murphy Medical Center in the Medical Park Office Building. To schedule an appointment, please call 828-837-3684, or for more information visit ### About the Piedmont Heart Institute The Piedmont Heart Institute (PHI) is the first integrated cardiovascular healthcare delivery program affiliated with a community health system in greater Atlanta and is headquartered on the campus of Piedmont Hospital, a 481-bed tertiary care facility offering all major medical, surgical and diagnostic services. Offering a continuum of patient care, including primary and secondary prevention, outpatient and inpatient cardiovascular care, and appropriate quality measures and metrics to demonstrate enhanced outcomes, Piedmont Heart Institute combines more than 75 cardiovascular specialists in Piedmont Heart Insti-

tute Physicians with over 30 locations across north Georgia, and the Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital to propel new programs in cardiovascular research, education and excellence in prevention, arrhythmias, coronary and vascular intervention, stroke and cardiac imaging. Piedmont Heart Institute is part of Piedmont Healthcare (PHC), a not-for-profit organization that also includes Piedmont Fayette Hospital, a 143-bed, acute-care community hospital in Fayetteville; Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, a 42-bed community hospital in Jasper; and Piedmont Newnan Hospital, a 143-bed, acute-care community hospital in Newnan. Piedmont Healthcare also is the parent company of Piedmont Philanthropy, the philanthropic entity for private fundraising initiatives; the Piedmont Physicians Group, with more than 100 primary care physicians in over 30 offices throughout metro Atlanta; and the Piedmont Clinic, a 600-member physician network. For more information, visit


3A Giving a hand to small business

The Cherokee Sentinel October 28, 2009

Flesh Out Your Financial Skeleton

As Halloween hovers on the horizon, the most frightening prospect for some adults has nothing to do with ghosts or goblins. Rather, it’s their scary lack of preparation when it comes to retirement planning. We suggest a new activity: fleshing out your financial skeleton. Here are the rules. Know what lurks behind the closet door. Or in your file cabinet, as the case may be. Take a look at Your Social Security Statement, which comes in the mail every year about two to three months before your birthday, if you are at least 25 years old and not yet receiving benefits or Medicare. The Statement provides an estimate of your retirement benefit based on the yearly earnings reported to Social Security.

You also can get an immediate and personalized benefit estimate online by using the Retirement Estimator: Add ingredients to your cauldron. Social Security was never intended to be your only source of income when you retire. You also will need other savings, investments, pensions or retirement accounts to make sure you have enough money to live comfortably. According to financial experts, you will need at least 70 percent of your annual working income when you retire to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. For the average worker, Social Security provides about 40 percent of it. You have a 30 percent gap to fill, so start throwing spare change in the retirement cauldron now.

Keep an eye out. In addition to checking Your Social Security Statement each year, watch your 401k and IRA account balances grow through compound interest. Try to continue contributing to your accounts every month. Follow these rules and watch your financial skeleton pack on the pounds. When retirement rolls around, your fleshed-out retirement plan can keep the financial hobgoblins away and set you up for a comfortable retirement. And when you’re ready to retire, it’s so easy to do it online at Learn more by visiting our website, Start now and there’ll be no reason to fear retirement.

Overcoming a financial crisis By: Jim Fitzgerald Columnist Have you looked at your retirement account lately? If you have not, take a look because I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Since March, the stock market has risen over 60% and all of us have been able to recapture a significant portion of our previous losses. The direction of the stock market reflects investors “talking” with their money. In this case, investors are saying they think the worst is over and they are anticipating an economic recovery. This reflection of investor optimism is very different from the economic view held just eleven months ago. Do you remember the dire predictions and projected consequences facing this nation that were

talked about back then? What is frightening is that those dire consequences could have come true. The economic and financial structure of this country could have come crashing down, leaving us in financial ruin. This is what happened to the former Soviet Union in the late 1980’s, and could have easily happened to us. It may be decades before we fully realize how close to the brink of collapse we came. Nevertheless, for now it looks like we have survived the worse fate that could have befallen us – and I dare say would have befallen us if the people who wanted to allow the collapse to happen were in charge of the decision-making. Regardless of one’s politics, it was the combination of TARP (Republi-


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can) and Stimulus funds (Democrat) that radically slowed and gradually stabilized the free-fall this country was in and averted financial disaster. The extraordinary actions taken by our government were just that – extraordinary. Nobody, and I mean nobody, was happy with the compromising decisions that had to be made but thank goodness our elected representatives had the courage to make the unpopular decisions necessary to stop the free fall. I do wish the Republicans had been more fully on board but they have damaged their brand by taking such an obstructionistic approach once they lost political power. It is apparent now, and will be more apparent later as the details emerge, just how dangerous the Republican position was during the most crucial crisis this nation has faced in over half a century. As anyone who has to make a living knows, or anyone concerned about the national debt levels, we are not out of the woods and our financial situation remains perilous, even if stabilized. However, investors, notoriously conservative individuals and institutions, are telling us they see better things ahead for this nation. Bloomberg Financial Services, a conservative financial firm, is suggesting that our third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) grew 3.2%, an astounding number considering all of the pessimism in the country. The financial numbers, on which investors base their decisions, are telling a very different story than what the media seems to report. Investors are saying that we are turning around and headed toward better financial times. Since Republicans have been very quick to say that President Obama “owns” the economy (I do not blame them for wanting to distance themselves from their record), we should thank him and his administration for saving this nation from a disaster we do not even want to image. President Obama found it necessary to turn our financial house around without any help from Republicans over the last ten months. It has been Democrats who have been fighting to save this country, and it looks like they have done so, even while Republicans and the Fox channel berated every step they took. So, when you look at your retirement account and see the dramatic gains, remember to thank a Democrat.

“.. the success of our small businesses will be a foundation upon which our future prosperity is built,” The House Small Business Committee, on which I serve, and the Obama administration took steps last week to help small businesses that have been harder hit by the economic slowdown. I was proud that the Small Business Committee approved legislation that will create as much as $44 billion in lending and investment to small businesses. That additional investment will create or save up to 1.3 million jobs a year. This legislation overhauls government lending and investment in small businesses for the first time in more than a decade. It will cut red tape for small businesses to obtain government loans, lower fees on many loans, and increase the maximum amount of allocations for Small Business Administration loans to $3 million. The bill additionally extends a number of temporary programs that were created for small businesses earlier this year, including fee waivers for governmental lending programs. The legislation also raises the limit of interest-free loans available to small businesses that are struggling financially to $50,000. The House is expected to take a vote this week on these measures. President Obama announced his own steps to increase lending to small

businesses last week, including a request to Congress to raise the cap on Small Business Administration loans. He also proposed lowering the rates for banks to borrow money through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) specifically to provide loans to small businesses. “Of all the steps we’re taking to move this economy from recession to recovery, I continue to believe that the success of our small businesses will be a foundation upon which our future prosperity is built,” President Obama said at a press conference in Maryland last week. Congress has bailed out Wall Street, General Motors and Chrysler, but we can do more to spur the economy by allocating resources to small businesses. Smaller companies provide the lion’s shares of the jobs in the United States, but have been hit harder by the weak economy than larger corporations. Increasing access to loans and other capital can help small businesses thrive and hopefully aid new entrepreneurs as they work to build the next generation of businesses. One reason I asked to sit on the Small Business Committee, and now chair a subcommittee, was to ensure that Congress pays more attention to this vital segment of our economy.

Funding Energy Innovation In other action last week, the House passed the Solar Technology Roadmap Act, HR 3585, which lays a long-term plan for our nation’s research and development into solar power. The bill will form a committee to forecast the research and development needs for short and long-term solar technology. The committee will create an investment roadmap which will direct government spending and allow the U.S. to develop the superior solar technology. The legislation authorizes spending of at least $350 million per year on solar research that will be conducted in partnership with the private sector. The funding will create at least 10 medium-sized and three large demonstration projects. Solar power can provide a sustainable energy source for the United States, as well as reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Ensuring Security in our Waters Additionally, the House passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 that provides about $10 billion for the agency. The legislation raises the Coast Guard’s end strength by 1,500 members to 47,000 and adds life-saving provisions to improve safety requirements on cruise ships.

From the desk of Heath Shuler Congressman Shuler Applauds Agencies Working Together on I-40 Clean Up

Congressman Heath Shuler applauded the U.S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Department of Transportation for their quick cooperation to speed up the removal of the debris caused by Sunday’s rock slide that has closed Interstate 40 near the Tennessee line. The Forest Service has given DOT emergency access to its property that will enable it to begin removing rubble from the top of the slide. Rubble from

the slide will be deposited in private offsite location and if that fills up, the Forest Service has offered to make arrangements to store excess debris on its own property. “It’s heartening to see two government agencies working through bureaucratic obstacles to help reopen I-40 as soon as possible. This is a vital highway for our region, and I will do everything I can to assist these agencies in whatever they need,” said Congress-

man Shuler, D-Waynesville. Transportation officials said it may take months for all the debris to be cleared from I-40. The state DOT issued an emergency declaration on Sunday and advised that drivers from Asheville traveling west detour to I-26 West to I-81 South in Tennessee and then back to I-40. For more information, contact the North Carolina Department of Transportation

Congressman Heath Shuler urged the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that rural areas receive their share of the H1N1 vaccine, which remains in short supply during the start of this year’s flu season. “A lack of access to health care is already a major problem in rural areas, such as Western North Carolina, which I represent. It is critical that those in rural areas have equal access to the H1N1 vaccine,” Congressman Shuler, D-Waynesville, wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday. Vaccine production for the H1N1

flu virus has fallen behind schedule, according to federal health officials. Originally predicting that 120 million doses of the vaccine would be available by now, the current estimate is that only 30 million will be available by the end of October. Some hospitals, schools and clinics in Western North Carolina have reported receiving limited amounts of vaccine while others have ample supplies. But when vaccines run out in rural areas, people must drive much further to find alternative supplies, and those without access to transportation can be denied treatment.

Congressman Shuler also asked federal officials to do everything possible to speed up the production of H1N1 flu vaccines. “I strongly urge you to increase production of H1N1 vaccines, and to request that you direct the Centers for Disease Control to work with state Health Departments to ensure sufficient distribution to rural areas,” Congressman Shuler wrote. “Please take the necessary steps to ensure that every at-risk patient can be given this lifesaving, preventative treatment.”

Rep. Shuler Asks Administration to Ensure More H1N1 Vaccine for Rural Areas

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4A Love song to jazz at library Holy Smoke Signals Profits The Cherokee Sentinel October 28, 2009

All Bleek Gilliam wants to do is play the sultry sounds of jazz on his trumpet. That is, when he’s not trying to hold his quartet together and his women apart. The Murphy Library is showing Spike Lee’s love song to jazz, “Mo’ Better Blues,” Thursday at 6 p.m. It runs 130 minutes and is rated R.

Denzel Washington stars as Bleek Gilliam, along with Lee, Wesley Snipes, John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Nunn. Branford Marsalis wrote and performed the concert pieces in the film and Spike Lee’s father, Atlanta-born Bill Lee, composed the jazzy score. In addition, songs by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie remind us the grand old men of jazz are never far away.

Moreover, Lee fits his favorite New York spots into the jazzy rhythms. Harlem, Greenwich Village, Park Slope, and Broadway light up the scenes. The Brooklyn Bridge is there too. Most of all, it’s about the music. To see the trailer, go to Call 837-2417.

STATE WINNERS - Competitors in the Cherokee County Senior Games/Silver Arts at the state level have put Cherokee and Clay counties on the map. State medal winners in the Silver Arts categories are, from left, Gayle Larson, performance, gold; Millie Crawford, crochet, bronze; Marshall Peterson, wood pottery, silver; Jane Hembree, photography, bronze, and Loye Merwin, jewelry, gold. The 2010 local Senior Games are scheduled for May 9-22. For more information,

email People 55 and older are invited to attend committee meetings held the third Monday of every month, 9 a.m., Cherokee County Senior Center. ON THE MARK – A trio of athletes, representing the Cherokee County Senior Games, came home as medalist and one ribbon winner at the national level. From left are Gene Smith, Dave Schiell and Mike Davis. Smith placed 7th in golf at the national senior games held in Palo Alto, Cali-

fornia this summer. Schiell was a state silver medalist in bowling and Davis was a silver and gold medalist in bowling. Not pictured is Jim Bent who took a silver and bronze in track events at the state games held in Raleigh in September. The 2010 local Senior Games are scheduled for May 9-22. For more information, email jrbent@hotmail. com. People 55 and older are invited to attend committee meetings held the third Monday of every month, 9 a.m., Cherokee County Senior Center.

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Keeping any eye on the array of desserts served at the 2009 Holy Smoke, from left, are Sharon Hotchkiss and Paige Sherrill. Local restaurants and  event supporters supplied the sugar treats to top off the smorgasbord  of entrees and salads. The  fund raiser for HouseRaiser Volunteers of Cherokee and Clay Counties was held Oct. 15 at the First Baptist Church of Murphy. More than 300 people came out to sample foods prepared by local clergy and HouseRaising volunteers. For more information about HouseRaising Volunteers of Cherokee and Clay Counties, or how to become a homeowner through this program, call the Murphy First United Methodist Church, 828.837.2718. Gastronomical Delights - Putting on the final touches on plates of food, from left, are Sister Terry, Flo Valentine and Amy Nicholson. The women participated in the 2009 Holy Smoke fund raiser for HouseRaiser Volunteers of Cherokee and Clay Counties o Oct. 15 at the First Baptist Church of Murphy. More than 300 people came out to sample foods prepared by local clergy and HouseRaising volunteers. The organization builds homes for low-income families with children. For more information about the organization, or how to become a homeowner through this program, call the Murphy First United Methodist Church, 828.837.2718.

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Fair Tax State Director and Noted Surgeon to speak on Healthcare Bill The North Georgia/Carolina County Patriots a division of the North Georgia Patriots.There are four national organizations that comprise the North Georgia/Carolina Patriots which include: The National 912 Project,FreedomWorks,Tea Party and Fair Tax. The North Georgia/Carolina Patriots will not be affiliated with any of the traditional political parties. We are not Libertarians, Republicans, or Democrats.We are just Americans Contributed Photos (Above) Local Senior Games medal winners from Cherokee and Clay County. From L-R: Gayle Larson, performance, gold; Millie Crawford, crochet, bronze; Marshall Peterson, wood pottery, silver; Jane Hembree, photography, bronze, and Loye Merwin, jewelry, gold. (Right) From L-R: Gene Smith, Dave Schiell and Mike Davis

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Harrison Dockery, age 58, of Marble, NC passed away Sunday, October 25, 2009 at the Murphy Medical Center. He was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, NC and the son of Guain Hancock Dockery of Marble, NC and the late Harvey Dockery. He was a machinist at Coats America for over 40 years. Harrison enjoyed raising cattle and working on automobiles. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Joy Woody Dockery; one son, Bryan Dockery of Marble, NC; one daughter, Robyn Truhan and her

husband, Shaun of Marble, NC; two brothers, Alfred Dockery and his wife, Wanda and Danny Dockery and his wife, Carolyn all of Murphy, NC; one sister, Nadine Lance and her husband, Jim of Marble, NC; three grandchildren, Aleanna Truhan, Dylan Truhan and Zack Dockery and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Marble, NC. Darrell Dockery and Rickey Lance will officiate. Music will be provided by Paul Ray and Linda Morgan and Sunny Anderson. Burial will be in the Moss Cemetery in Marble, NC. Pallbearers will be Dane McConnell, Wayne

ODell, Kenny Lovingood, Jeff Lance, Harold Hancock and Darren Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be Dylan Truhan, Zack Dockery, Austin Dockery, Cody Lance and Eric Dockery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Marble, NC. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in memory of Harrison Dockery to The Gideons International, PO Box 624, Murphy, NC. You may send tributes to the Dockery family at or view other obits at Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Bessie Roberts, 91, of Murphy died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 in a Murphy care center. She was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. She had worked as a seamstress for Levi Strauss and Company and was a member of the Owl Creek Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Jefferson Eli and Julia Nancy Ashe Kephart and the wife of the late Houston Roberts, who died in 1962. Surviving are two daughters, Juanita Hoffman and husband, Howard of Albuquerque, NM and Judy Lovin of

Sautee, GA; two sons, Dennis Kephart and wife, Clair of Gilbert, AZ and Michael Roberts and wife, Jeannie of Murphy; a sister, Grace Hembree of Murphy; and 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Friday, Oct. 23 in the Owl Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Shope officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Eugene, Neal, Glenn, and Larry Kephart, Jim Allison, and Mark Farmer. The family received friends from 6-8 Thursday evening at the Ivie Funeral

Home, Murphy where the body was until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services. The family requests memorials be made in memory of Bessie Roberts to Feed the Children, PO Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0036 or Valley River Humane Society, 7450 US 19, Marble, NC 28905. NOTICE TO THE CREDITORS OF Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in Jeanne O. Goings charge of all arrangements. An online guest register is available at Having qualified as Executrix of the Estate of Jeanne O. Goings, deceased, “Obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome. late of Cherokee County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the Estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undercom

Baptist Church. In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife Jennifer Jenkins Abernathy. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy, NC. Dr. Eddis Dockery will officiate. Burial will be in the Hanging Dog Baptist Church Cemetery. Pall-

bearers will be Doug Millsaps, Ronnie Beaver, Scott McRae, Calvin Beaver, William Abernathy, Tim Abernathy and Daniel Abernathy. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 PM Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home. Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bulah Wilson Trull. Jimmie was of the Baptist faith.He was a US Navy Veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. He worked for 35 years as a machinist and supervisor for MGM Brakes until his retirement in 1995. Jimmie enjoyed fishing, hunting, flea market finds and tinkering in his shop. In addition to his mother and grandparents, Columbus and Betty Wilson, he was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Pullium. He is survived by his wife of more than 53 years, Betty Payne Wilson; a daughter, Teresa McKinney and husband, Jerry of Decatur, AL; two sons, Mike Wilson and his wife, Amy of Flowery Branch, GA and Tony Wil-

son and his wife, Cheryl of Cumming, GA; two grandsons, Wesley Freeman and Joshua Wilson; five stepgrandsons, Chad and Ryan McKinney, Chad, Corey, and Steven Tillery; three sisters, Carolyn Watson, Emogene Wilkins and Marilyn Dailey and two brothers, Gayland and Tommy Truell. Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Townson-Rose Chapel in Andrews, NC. Rev. Lewis Welch and Dr. Homer Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in the Moss Cemetery in Marble, NC with Military Graveside rites conducted by the V.F.W. Post #10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post #96 and D.A.V. Chapter #73, Hayesville American Legion Post 532 and Hayesville VFW Post 6812 (Allison-Briston).

Pallbearers will be Gary Rowland, Robert Chastain, Mark Hall, Dennis Ash, Bill LeQuire and Jimmy Chastain. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Merritt and Bruce Luther. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Townson-Rose Chapel in Andrews, NC. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in memory of Jimmie Wilson to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 452500301, Attn: Gift Processing. You may send tributes to the Wilson family at or view other obits at Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Ray Barton, age 34, of Copperhill TN and formerly of Murphy, NC passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was a native of Polk County, TN and the son of the late Harry and Geneva Shields Barton. He was a union iron worker. Michael was a great handyman and welder. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jim and Eulah Barton; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Beulah Shields and brother, Johnny Barton who passed away in 1980.

He is survived by his companion of 15 years, Mandy Eller of Copperhill, TN; one brother, Ronnie Barton and his wife, Vickie of Charlotte, NC; one sister, Judy Barton Mason and her husband, Rayburn of Murphy, NC; one niece, Jennifer Secrest of Knoxville, TN; three nephews, Jamie Mason of Murphy, NC and Kyle Barton and Cameron Barton both of Charlotte, NC;one great-niece, Sarah Secrest and great-nephews, Johnathan Secrest and Eli Mason; nieces, Haley Eller, Megan Eller and Katlyn Eller and nephews, Storm Eller and Jeff Eller. Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 22, 2009 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel

in Murphy, NC. Rev. Richard Mashburn will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Michael’s friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 22, 2009 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in memory of Michael Ray Barton to the American Diabetes Association, Greenville Office, 16-A Brozzini Court, Greenville, SC 29615. You may send tributes to the Barton family at or view other obits at Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Fall Jubilee Gospel Singing to Benefit Toys For Tots  Nov. 7, 2009 At the old rock gym @ Konehetta Park  Murphy   5:00pm: Begin Selling Hot dog Plates 6:00pm-8:00pm : Singing   *Admission is free but, we are asking for everyone that can to bring a new unwrapped toy to benefit Toys For Tots * Clay County Historical & Arts Council presents

The Autumn Arts Expo Celebrating the richness of our area’s arts and artists. Hand-crafted works for sale by local potters, basket-makers, writers, painters and more. Presentations by local arts groups. Join us at the

Truett Memorial Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, November 7, from 10 am - 4 pm. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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Upcoming Events Bingo

Bingo every Saturday night at the Andrews V.F.W. post. Early bird time is 5:30 p.m., regular time, 7 p.m. and the doors open at 3:30 p.m. There is also a snack bar. Bingo is open to everyone, bring a friend.

Story Hour

Story hour at The Curiosity Shop Bookstore, 46 Valley River Avenue, Murphy, on Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your children or grandchildren and let them enjoy being read to. Call 835-7433 or 321-2242

Bridge Playing

Intermediate Bridge is being played at the Senior Center in Hiawassee on Mondays and Fridays, starting at 12:45. All players welcome. For more information please call 828-389-8065. Peachtree Community Potluck supper first Tuesday each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Peachtree Community Center. Grocery bingo and games, 3rd Friday each month at 7 p.m.

Mountain High Hikers

Mountain High Hikers schedule two hikes each Tuesday, occasionally specialty hike, and regular trail maintaining trips- all in the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. Check the web site: for schedule and meeting locations or call 828-389-8240 for information.

Experimental Aircraft

The Experimental Aircraft Association local tri-state EAA Chapter #1211 meets the third Thursday, 7 p.m. of each month at Blairsville airport. If interested, contact Jim Olson @ 828-557-2446.

GWRRA Meetings

Chapter J of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) meets the fourth Saturday of each month at Daniel’s Steakhouse, Hiawassee, Ga. We eat at 11 a.m. followed by the meeting at 12 p.m. during which rides and other activities are announced and discussed. We encourage current members of the GWRRA and anyone interested in becoming a member to join us. All motorcyclists are welcome and we look forward to seeing participants from other chapters. There are great rides coming up and we hope many of you will join us. For further information, contact Chapter Director, June Gottlieb, 706-896-7403.

Family Resources

Family Resources in collaboration with Tri-County Community College will offer ESL (English as a second language) classes every Wednesday

and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Classes will be held in the basement of Family Resources and are free to anyone wishing to participate. For more information call 837-3460.

Abandoned Animals

Just 4 Hours. Just 4 hours a week can make a big difference in caring for abandoned and abused animals. Just 4 hours to walk dogs. Just 4 hours to groom dogs or cats. Just 4 house to clean the cattery. Just 4 hours to transport dogs and/or cats to the vet. If you have just 4 hours a week to volunteer your time and energy, please contact Castaway Critters at 706781-3992 or call Martha at 706-379-2729.

One Dozen Who Care,

Instructor, Jamie Wrigley, will conduct the following computer classes in the Training Center at One Dozen Who Care, Inc, (ODWC): Basic Computer: Mondays, September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., $5 for classroom materials. Introduction to Microsoft Word: Wednesdays, September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, $5 for classroom materials Introduction to Excel: Thursdays, September 17, 24, and October 8, 15, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. $5 for classroom materials Grant Writing: Instructor Howard Scott, Monday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration fee $10 ODWC Training Center is located at 65 Wilson Street, Suite 6, Andrews, between Dollar General and PJs Pizza. Space is limited. To register, please call 828-321-2273, leave a message and you will receive a call-back to confirm, or call 828-361-1941. One Dozen Who Care, Inc. (ODWC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Community Development Corporation in Andrews. The mission of ODWC is to strengthen local leadership and create strong community bonds through common cultural situations.

Blacksmith Auction

Blacksmith Auction: A Benefit for the John C. Campbell Folk School Saturday, November 7, 1-4 p.m. Art preview & Silent Auction from 1-2 p.m. Live Auction from 2-4 p.m. Our annual Blacksmith Auction presents some of the finest artist blacksmith and other fine craft items for sale. Proceeds benefit the craft programs at the Folk School. Featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, including pottery, ironwork, basketry, wood items, dolls, paintings, weavings, rugs, jewelry, furniture, and more. Free admission Keith House, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC Call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or 828-837-2775 for more information or visit

Veterans Day

DAR meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of Jan.-May and Sept.Nov. at 2 p.m. at the Harshaw Chapel in Downtown Murphy. For more information contact Joan Wallace at 837-0876 or Margaret Warner at 837-8777 or 837-2644.

Blue Ridge MOAA

The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) meets the third Monday of each month at various area restaurants. All active duty, National Guard, reserve, retired, and former Military, Public Health Service, and NOAA officers and warrant officers and surviving spouses are invited to attend. For information please contact Jim Ferrell at 828-835-9203 or visit www.moaa. org/chapter/blueridgemountains .

Amateur Radio

Attention HAMs and wannabe HAMs North Georgia Tri-State A.R.C. (Amateur Radio Club) meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Branan Lodge in Blairsville. All of our meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Don Deyton at 706-781-6665.

Brasstown Potluck

Brasstown Potluck The Brasstown Community holds a potluck supper and meeting on the third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Brasstown Community Center, 255 Settawig Road, Brasstown.

Flying Club

Flying Club. The Over mountain Flyers meets the second Saturday each month at the Andrews-Murphy Airport from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, call 837-3468.

Hiwasse Kennel Club

Hiwassee River Valley Kennel Club: Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Brother’s Restaurant on Hwy 64 in Murphy, NC. We invite all those interested in pure bred dogs and canine activities to attend. Call President Kit Miracle @ 706 492 5253 or Peggy Moorman @ 828 835 1082 for details.

Experimental Aircraft

The Experimental Aircraft Association - local tri-state EAA Chapter #1211 meets the third Thursday, 7 p.m. of each month at Blairsville airport. If interested, contact Jim Olson @ 828-557-2446.

Small Scale Agriculture

The Far West Small Scale Agricultural Action Team meets the second Monday of each month in the St. Andrews Lutheran Church community room, Andrews. For information, call Mary Janis, 828-389-1913

Cherokee Mountain Lions

Cherokee County Mountain Lions meet the first and third Tuesday of each month at Downtown Pizza, 6 p.m. New members are welcome.

GWRRA Meetings

Chapter J of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) meets the fourth Saturday of each month at Daniel’s Steakhouse, Hiawassee, Ga. We eat at 11 a.m. followed by the meeting at 12 p.m. during which rides and other activities are announced and discussed. We encourage current members of the GWRRA and anyone interested in becoming a member to join us. All motorcyclists are welcome and we look forward to seeing participants from other chapters. There are great rides coming up and we hope many of you will join us. For further information, contact Chapter Director, June Gottlieb, 706-8967403.

Mountain Economic Partners

Far West Mountain Economic Partners’ Small Scale Agriculture Action Team meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Far West offices located at 452 Main Street in Andrews. All farmers in from Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary are invited to attend. For details, contact Pat Love at 828-321-2929 or via email at fwpartners@

Anti Death Penalty

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty meets the 1st Monday each month at 7 p.m. at the Glen Mary House, next to St. William Catholic Church. For information, call 837-0867.

Commissioners Meeting

The Cherokee County Commisioners meeting will be held on the first Monday of each month at 8:30 a.m. and on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commissioners boardroom of the Cherokee County Courthouse, unless Monday falls on a holiday, or unless otherwise posted.

Valley River Civitan Club

Valley River Civitan Club of Andrews meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., PJ’s restaurant in Andrews. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Anita Davis at 361-1247.

Basket Weavers

The Shooting Creek Basket Weavers Guild meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 9:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Shooting Creek Community Center (fire station). Refreshments are served and a business meeting is held before a weaving project is presented. For more information contact Joan (Guild president) at 706-896-1534.

MRACG Meeting

Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild, Inc (MRACG) meets the second Tuesday of each month at ArtWorks Artisan Centre. ArtWorks is located at 308 Big Sky Drive (behind the Holiday Inn), Hiawassee. Refreshments are served at 6

is sponsoring a fundraiser at Brother’s Restaurant at 5722 US Hwy 64 West in Murphy on Wednesday, October 21 from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. Please dine with us.  For details call 828-837-0055 or visit”

The Murphy High School Chorus, the Murphy Middle School Chorus, the Murphy High School Journalism Department, and the Murphy High School Art Department will sponsor a Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, November 5 in the Murphy Middle School gymnasium at 8:30AM, then again at 9:30AM. All veterans are invited to attend.

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Friends of Murphy Library are holding their “Not Just a Yard Sale” yard sale Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17. Books and yard sale items as well as beautiful gift baskets at the back of the Murphy Library.  The Scholastic Book Fair continues in the library.  Call 8372417 for details.


   Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. Giff Beaton, author, speaker, photographer, birder, pilot, world traveler and recipient of the Earl R. Greene Memorial award of the Georgia Ornithological Society will speak at Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, N.C.  He will present a program on his recent book titled “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast”.     This author has channeled his knowledge and photographic expertise into the creation of this one of a kind reference book.  Most of the photos in this book are his own and showcase his talent for capturing nature at its best.  This publication illustrates the vast number of different Dragonflies one never realizes occupy our world.  Giff, also, authored “Birding Georgia” and co-authored “Birds of Georgia”.  His photography has appeared in many books and national magazines.  He is active in several local birding organizations and has earned widespread recognition for his outstanding nature slide presentations.      For information call:  (828) 389-8401                             Refreshments will be provided Funded by:  The Fred A. Moss Charity Trust


General MOPS Information (20 Seconds) Mothers of Preschoolers is a non-profit international organization that strives to create communities to help make “better moms who make a better world.” A MOPS group is a place where moms can come-just as they areto build friendships, receive mothering support, practical help and spiritual hope.  Visit us online at<http://www.MOPS. org>.  Join now - because better moms make a better world! Mothers of Preschoolers meets on the Third Thursday of each month at First Baptist Church of Blairsville from 6-8pm.  Call the church office at 706-745-2469 for more information.

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p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to learn more about the Guild, we invite you to the next meeting as our guest.Contact us at 706-896-0932 or or visit

NCWN Poetry

There will be no NCWN West Poetry Critique Group in July, as the college campus will be closed. The next meeting will be in August at the regular time.

Alzheimer’s Support

Alzheimer’s Support Group of Murphy meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Murphy Senior Center. Contact Laura Harris at 828-644-0680 for more information. Also meetings every second Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in Hayesville.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous has scheduled meetings as follows: Tues. 7 p.m., in the back of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah located across the street from the Cherokee Scout and the Verizon building on the corner of Central & Church Street; Sat. noon at the 409 building; Thur. 8 p.m. St. William’s Catholic Ch., Murphy; Wed. 8 p.m., United Methodist Church, Andrews, in the fellowship hall; Tues. noon, Thur. noon, Fri. 8 p.m.; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hayesville; Sat. 8 p.m. First Methodist Church, Downtown Hayesville. For a complete area meeting schedule and information, call 837-4440.

Domestic Violence Support

Domestic Violence Support Group REACH of Cherokee County offers a free confidential support group to women whose lives are, or have been affected by domestic violence. The group meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the REACH office in Murphy. Please call (828) 837-2097 for more information.

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is a selfhelp, non-profit organization that offers that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings meets at 7 p.m. every third Thursday each month at the Senior Center in Murphy. Call Maxine Arne at 837-0425, Mabel Cooke at 837-6871 or Vicky Sullivan at 837-9168 for details.

Weight Loss

Tops Weight Loss “Take Off Pounds Sensibly” in Murphy meets on Mondays at 5 p.m. at the Glen Mary Hall, Andrews Road. For more information, call 8374587. Two Tops clubs meet in Andrews on Mondays. The morning club meets in Valleytown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 8:45 a.m. weigh in, meeting at 9 a.m. Call 321-5242 for more information. The evening club, which meets at Christ Community church, weights in at 5 p.m. and has a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Call 321-

Haunted House Opens Oct. 22 Face your fears this Halloween in Peachtree. Back after a long break, this Haunted House is sure to scare. Open October 22-24 and 27-31 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. $5 per person Hwy 141 in Peachtree, 1 mile from Murphy Medical Center The North Georgia Tri-State A.R.C. (Amateur Radio Club) meetings are held  on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Branan Lodge in Blairsville. All of our meetings are open to the public. Our next meeting is to be held  November 3rd and will  begin with a  special technical session on the Jambory Of The Air (JOTA) with Troup 101 Boy Scouts. For more information about joining the Club or becoming a HAM, call Don Deyton at 706781-6665. Amateur license testing will be held on  November 7th Blairsville at 310 Welborn Street, Blairsville, GA. Contact Bob Ochs at 706-838-4728 for more information. Walk-ins are welcome. Submitted by George Danner AI4VZ 706-745-7475

Clogging Classes

John C. Campbell Folk School Cloggers New class for beginners will start Monday, November 2 at 4:45pm. Class meets at the “Open House” near the garden at the Folk School in Brasstown NC For information: 828 837 8090

Christmas Crafts Luncheon

Plan to join Tri-County Women’s Connection (TCWC) on Thursday November 5th to get a jump start on Christmas decorations. Skilled craftsperson, Renata “Ronney” Craig of Andrews, will instruct each lady in making a “candle in wreath” bead ornament for her home.  The monthly luncheon meeting will take place as usual in the fellowship hall of Murphy’s First Baptist Church at noon at a cost of $10.50 which includes lunch and all activities. Luncheon will be catered by Shoebooties. Along with making a take home craft, there will be door prizes, music, fellowship and inspiration.  Music will be provided by Tony Prescott of Murphy.  Guest speaker, Rose Lewis of Mansfield, Georgia, will inspire the group with her story, “A Bouquet of Roses, Thorns Included!”  You won’t want to miss as Rose uses silk roses to illustrate different parts of her story and how the thorns of life can definitely get our attention and change lives. Reservations (and cancellations) will be taken by Linda at 828-837-2305 through Monday, November 2, noon.  Participants are encouraged to honor reservations with payment if plans must change after that time.  All women 3040 or 321-1422 for more information.

Divorce Care Seminar

Divorce Care Seminar. Divorce Care, a special-help seminar and support group for people experiencing divorce or separation will be held on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Hiawassee United Methodist Church. Divorce Care features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics.

English Classes

Classes de ingles gratis. Tri County Community College. Ofrece classes de ingles como Segundo idioma (ESL Classes) Todos los Miercoles y Jueves De 9:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. En el local de Family Resources of Cherokee County. Ubicado en 70 Central Street Murphy, NC 28906. Para mayor informacion llame al tlefono No. (828) 8373460.

Family Resources

Family Resources in collaboration with Tri-County Community College will offer ESL (English as a second language) classes every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Classes will be held in the basement of Family Resources and are free to anyone wishing to participate. For more information call 837-3460.


Knitting and Spinning Lessons: “From How to Knit to Knitting Design”, Monday mornings 10 a.m. to noon and Monday evenings 7-9 p.m. “Spinning Saturdays”, 9 a.m. to noon, once a month. Call Martha at Yarn Circle, 835-4592 for details.

Quilting Classes

Quilting Classes In Nonnie’s Attic is quilting 100 squares in 100 days to help Andrews celebrate its 100th birthday. Join us each day at 1:30 p.m. and learn new quilt square. Call 321-2800 for more information.

Abandoned Animals

Just 4 Hours. Just 4 hours a week can make a big difference in caring for abandoned and abused animals. Just 4 hours to walk dogs. Just 4 hours to groom dogs or cats. Just 4 house to clean the cattery. Just 4 hours to transport dogs and/or cats to the vet. If you have just 4 hours a week to volunteer your time and energy, please contact Castaway Critters at 706-781-3992 or call Martha at 706-379-2729.

Moose Lodge We are now forming a Moose Lodge and invite you to join us. Our meetings are held at Homers Corner Cafe located at Hwy 19/129 in Murphy, NC inside Fosters Flea Market. Come early and join us for a Dutch Treat lunch. Our meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of each month at 1 p.m. For further information please call Art or Donna Harris at (828) 389-6342.

Body Sculpting Class

Body Sculpting/Cardiovascular Exercise classes are being offered at Towns County Recreational Center in Hiawassee, Ga. Class is from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on

are encouraged to be a part of TCWC (affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries). Complimentary childcare will be available.  

Marine Corps Birthday

The Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held on Saturday, November 14th, at 6pm at McGuire’s Millrace Farm in Peachtree. Everyone is invited to attend this formal/semiformal event.  Great food, live band, guest speaker. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 361-5387 or by emailing No tickets will be sold after November 6th.

Scrapbooking Workshop

One Dozen Who Care, Inc. (ODWC) will offer a scrapbooking/gift idea workshop on Thursday, November 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Creative Memories consultant, Brenda Bryan, will bring supplies, ideas, and walk you through

the process to create a special and simple gift.

Grocery Bingo

GROCERY BINGO Friday, 10/30/09 at 7 pm at the Bellview Community Center. Door prizes, pot luck dinner, raffles, all to benefit Bellview Volunteer Fire Dept. All welcome. Info at (828) 837-0214 or 835-3844.BINGO

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Artist of the Month demonstrating at Artworks Beginning Saturday, October 31, the work of Verlee Jones will be featured at ArtWorks Artisan Centre. Her work will be on display thru November. Jones will be at ArtWorks Saturday, October 31 from 1:00-4:00 .Make plans to visit with this talented artist who will be demonstrating her painting techniques. ArtWorks is located behind the Holiday Inn Express at 308 Big Sky Drive. Jones is always experimenting with different types of surfaces when she paints. She also likes to work in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, and watercolors. She specializes in watercolor painting on Japanese rice paper. Jones also enjoys painting using the techniques of decorative painters. This Blue Ribbon winner is not only talented but very versatile as well. Her training has been thru local art classes as well as from some internationally known art instructors. Jones is a member of PAPOSA, Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild, Society of Decorative Painters, and the Cherokee Trails Decorative Painters. Mark you calendar and plan to stop by ArtWorks Saturday, October 31. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and chat with this talented artist. This event is sponsored by Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild, Inc.

Smoky Mountain Boys coming to Brasstown

Coming from the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, this group performs true bluegrass-gospel music the way it was meant to be done! They hit #1 on the Bluegrass Now Gospel Truths Chart in 1999 with their song, “Prayer Grounds”. More information about this dynamic group can be found This concert will be similar to the summertime Community Center concerts in Brasstown. The group will play 2 sets of approximately 45 minutes each with a break in the middle. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For preferred seating, buy your tickets in advance at CLAY’S CORNER for only $5.00 ! Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $4 per class or $48 per month. Contact the recreation center at (706) 8962600 or Susan Rogers at (706) 896-6842.

Square Dance Classes Enchanted Valley Squares is having Basic Mainstream Classess on Tuesday Nights at the Towns Co Middle School Cafeteria from 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information:  GA-Al Supplee (706) 3792191 or NC-Bob or Loretta Hughes (828) 837-2561.

Moose Lodge We are now forming a Moose Lodge and invite you to join us. Our meetings are held at Homers Corner Cafe located at Hwy 19/129 in Murphy, NC inside Fosters Flea Market. Come early and join us for a Dutch Treat lunch. Our meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of each month at 1 p.m. For further information please call Art or Donna Harris at (828) 389-6342.

Brasstown Suppers Brasstown Community Club meets at 6:30 p.m., the third Thursday of each month with a pot luck supper. Grocery game night, 7 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. Please bring snack foods.

Senior Game Day Dominoes, Hearts, Scrabble, Checkers, etc. Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Clay County Senior Center Call 838-389-9271 for more info.

HAMs meetings North Georgia Tri-State A.R.C. (Amateur Radio Club) meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Branan Lodge in Blairsville. All of our meetings are open to the public. For more  information about joining the Club or becoming a HAM, call Don Deyton at 706-781-6665.

Intermediate Bridge Intermediate Bridge is being played at the health department, downstairs in Hiawassee on Mondays and Fridays, starting at 12:45 p.m. All players welcome. For more information please call (828) 3898065.

Cherokee counties’ sick and needy. Helpers are welcome.

Fellowship Weekly Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at Daniels in Hiawassee, Ga. Call (828) 3890140.

Valley Kennel Club Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Brother’s Restaurant on Hwy 64 in Murphy, NC.  We invite all those interested in pure bred dogs and canine activities to attend. Call President Kit Miracle @ 706 492 5253 or Peggy Moorman @ 828 835 1082 for details.

Mountain Hikers Mountain High Hikers schedule two hikes each Tuesday, occasionally specialty hikes, and regular trail maintaining tripsall in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. Check the web site: for schedule and meeting locations or call 828-389-8240 for information.

Blue Ridge MOAA

The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) meets the third Monday of each month at various area restaurants. All active duty, reserve, retired and former military, and Public Health Service, and NOAA officers, and warrant officers are invited to attend. For information please contact one of the following individuals, in North Carolina: John Bayne at 828-389-9427 and in Georgia: Jim Reynolds at 706-379-6601.

Veteran Consultant

The veterans’ consultant, Mike Casey, will be at the Job Link Office on the second Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call (828) 837-7407 of the Social Service Office in Hayesville at 389-6301.

Granny’s Attic

Granny’s Attic, Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Home Health Care and Hospice, is open Wed. - Sat., 9 am - 4 pm. We are now stocked for Fall.   To make donations or volunteer contact Linda at 828-389-4233.

Oil Painting Classes

REACH Thrift Store

Helping Hands meet

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Classes for beginners and intermediate students, Wednesdays, 9AM - 1PM at Clay County Senior Center. Cost is $65; must furnish own brushes and canvas. Call the senior center for more information at (828) 389-9271 The ladies group at Sweetwater United Methodist Church meets from 10 a.m. to noon every first and third Tuesday. They make quilts for Clay and

The REACH Thrift Store hours are from 10 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. Monday Saturday. We are located at 1252 Hwy 64 W. (Old KT Billiards bldg.,   Donations accepted during business hours.  Volunteers welcome.  Call 828.389.1415 or 828.557.7416 for more information.



2005 FORD FOCUS SES, Runs GREAT! Automatic, white, power locks, power windows, leather seats, tinted windows. Great gas mileage. Well maintained car. Asking below Kelly Blue Book. Asking $5000, OBO. 706-299-1614 or 706-299-1431 leave message.

200-Employment CNA available excellent references. Will work Sundays. 706-896-5794

300-Services CNA’s needed for Cherokee and Clay County. Please call Helen @ (828) 835-8147 Drywall or Plastering, We can make these worry free with our Guarantee. All types of textures, repairs, remodels, new construction. Free estimates and references. 706-745-7768 or 239560-4560 CLASSIC TRANSPORTATION OF THE TRI-STATE 706-633-3668 AIRPORTS/MEDICAL/SITE SEEING/WINERIES Lincoln Town Car $10 OFF Fall Special! Will baby sit your child or children: Any age. Reasonable rates.References available. Call 706-299-1614 Horse back riding lessons for kids. Horses are calm and well behaved. Given by an experienced rider. Interested? Call for more information or rates. 706-299-1614. A&R Landscape Residential, and commercial lawn care. Plant, turf and grassing, lot clean up, mulching and retaining walls. 706-994-2457. Massage Therapy- in the comfort of your home. Licensed and insured. 18 years experience, call Gerri; 1 hour $40; Half hour $25; 706-896-6108. Walker Storage Corner of Old Highway 64 West and West Cherry Road. Concrete block Construction 828389-4926 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tile installer your tile or mine, 26 years experience have references and liability insurance. Ask for Don at 828389-9394 # Bush hogging, Stump-grinding, gardens plowed, gravel-roads/driveways scraped, post-holes dug, sickle mowing. Free estimates, reasonable rates, dependable service. (828) 8377809 Cell: (828) 361-8738 #

500 - For Sale 1985 Honda Shadow VT 1100 CC 7,500 orig. miles, garage kept since new. $2,500 OBO 706-492-9683 LP Gas Tank 250 gallon with approximately 70 gallons of gas. $400 Call 239-822-8218. Sofa bed (queen) beige/ burgundy plaid $100 and small beige recliner $60 All good condition. 706-8966071. Hiawassee Antique Mall 460 N. Main Street Hiawassee. Open year round. Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun 12-5. Antiques-Collectibles. 706-896-0587 Pro-Activ Solution for sale! I didn’t read the fine print – am now swamped with the stuff. How about $20 for the $45 product package? Call me – it’s a great product but I can’t use all of it. 706-781-3044.


Musician/singer: for gospel duet country/bluegrass style. Must play instrument, sing low key, lead, prefer song writing ability, non-professional. Must be serious, male/female. Send demo info: Music, PO Box 1883, Blairsville, GA 30514. Wanted: Someone with a Wood Splitter to cut up wood for a fireplace. A tree that is already cut into pieces about 30 inches across. Good Pay Call 828-389-4406 WANTED – Small to med. poplar trees. Also used boards, 2 by’s, roofing tin. Looking for bumper-pull horse trailer in good shape. Nothing too pricey. If you have one for sale or you want to get rid of call 706-299-1614.

Wanted: Old Pinball machines, electro-mechanical, . Call 828-3896459

700- Miscellaneous FREE: Blue glass medicine bottles to a collector, also FREE a stack of popular sheet music dating back to the 1940’s. 828-389-4406

800-Animals Missing Dog- Chocolate Lab with white spot on chest, name is BEAR. Lost on Highway 64 East, near Walker Point Rd. REWARD!!!! Please call if found: 828-371-2550 or 828-3613642 Missing: 2 English Mastiffs off of Yellow Creek Road in Robbinsville. One is a black brindle male goes by the name Titan the other is a female apricot with black stripes goes by Lola. Very loving animals and missed terribly. If found please call 828-4796905 Black Angus. All natural farm raised USDA Inspected, processed and packaged by the quarter. Heifers and cows bred with quality genetics for sale. Walnut Hollow Ranch, Hayesville, 828-389-8931 Cocker Spaniels AKC ,11 weeks. F/M, Tails docked, Dews removed, dewormed. Up to date shots. Puppy kits, state licensed, parents on-site. $350 Cash Lori 706-745-8101 charm38@ Professional dog Training, Boarding & Grooming, 1-4 week courses available, training service guaranteed, references abundant, GSD breeders. Located in Mineral Bluff, GA visit (706)374-9021 #

900 - Real Estate

3 Cabins, must see- reduced! In gated communities.Starting at $199,000, Call 706-896-2353. Must sell! Hiawassee, Ga. 2 adjoining lots, long range, year round mountain views. Well established neighborhood; $36,500 each; 706-781-5274. Lots within a gated community. Reduced. Highest elevation in Towns County. Call 706-896-2353. stop THE CAR HONEY! $319,000 short sale Make offer- in town- lake view, lake access & mountain views. 4br/4ba, oversize 2 car garage, complete apartment downstairs. Many, many extras. Almost new. Excellent condition. Must sell. Beautifully furnished by designer. Owner must sell furniture and furnishings at fraction of cost. Charlotte Ledford Realtor; 706-781-7028

1000 - Rentals

2BR/2BA Cabin near golf course in Martin Creek area.Unfurnished. Very nice.$600. per month. Call 828.360.4630. Fall Special -Southern Living Apartments, 3346 Highway 64 East, Hayesville, N.C. 28904 828-389-1545 Southern Living Apartments is offering 2 Bed/1 Bath for $495.00. All appliances are furnished along with free water/ sewage and trash disposal. We offer a furnished apartment for only $695.00 a month. 2 Br- 2 Bath Lakeview on Highway 175 $500 a month . 828-524-0514 or 828-507-1617 2 BR 1 Bath Lakeview on Highway 175 $400 a month 828-524-0514 or 828-507-1617 2 BRM, 1 bath Trailer . Furnished or unfurnished. Very Nice, very clean in Warne, NC, off Ford Road. Includes water, sewer and grass cutting. $500 month. 706-896-6634 3BR/2BA Lakeview on Hwy 175, $700 per month; 828-524-0514. or 828-507-1617 3 BR 1 1/2 BA mobile home – not in a trailer park. $300 a month. (828) 837-6222. # 2 BR 1 BA Mobile home for rent in Hiawassee. $375 per month or $100 per week. Plus $200 deposit. Call 706-835-6561. 2 BR 1 BA Mobile Home for rent in Hiawassee. $350 per month. Plus $200 deposit. No Pets Please. Call 706-835-6561. 5br/3ba Upscale home 2 car garage 1.71 acres near Young Harris College. $1200 per month/deposit plus utilities or for sale $399,000. Call 706-8966208. 3br/2ba 2 car attached garage close to Young Harris College. Beautiful & private; $900 month/deposit, plus utilities; 706-897-3730. Nothing else like it in Towns County. 2 unrestricted lots for sale or lease. Utilities, beautiful landscaping & drive-ways already done by owner. All you have to do is place your RV, park model, or home on lot. 706-2074159. 2BDRM/2BA mobile, CHA, completely furnished on pond, 55+ community. Year round Mtn. views, decks, carport, many extras. $49,500. 706896-8363 or 706-897-0311. Young Harris rentals available Mountain Realty 706-379-3115 STORAGE Rentals SELF STORAGE RENTAL NEAR PAT COLWELL ROAD, 10’ X 10’ AT $30.00 AND 10’ X 20’ AT $500.00 PER MONTH. 706-994-2935


Job Announcement PTR CNA/Clerk(wk-end days) & PTI RN Float

The Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority has the above position available. Anyone interested should pick up an application and position description from Arlenea Chapa or Teresa Carvalho at the Cherokee Indian Hospital Human Resources Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. This position will close November 6, 2009.

Place your ad in our classifieds and reach thousands of Western Carolina readers. Cost is only $5 for the first 10 words for one week in Cherokee, Clay and Graham Counties. Call (828) 389-8338


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Buy, Buy, Lease, Build New homes available for purchase now or you may lease for a year with the option to buy. All rent goes toward purchase price and maintenance and trash pick-up is included.

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Indian preference does apply and a current job application must be submitted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of CIHA application.

Martin’s Construction • Bulldozing • Backhoe work

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The following positions are available


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October 28, 2009

LTLT to Host Fall Celebration at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve

Flights: “This is really going to be something that can bring more visitors and help drive the local economy, because there will be more ground time for people who come to the Andrews-Murphy area. Instead of flying into Atlanta, then driving two hours there and back, they can maximize the time spent at their actual destination.” Conversely,

the program has the potential to save time and money for locals who intend to travel out of Cherokee County. Flight Group Corporation, which is operated by FlightGest Aviation, boasts planes of varying sizes from 5 and up to 9 seats for use in Charter flights out of the Andrews-Murphy area, some with availability starting immediately, while others will become available in January 2010. “When you add up the time wasted driving, waiting in line at the airport, money spent on hotels and other various costs associated with business travel, hiring

a charter flight makes a lot of sense financially.” says Chad Warner of FlightGest. “The time gained just by hiring a charter flight can be spent on better things, such as dinners with clients or just more leisure time at your destination.” For more information about charter flights out of the Andrews-Murphy area, visit The Web site offers a firsthand look at comparing the costs of charter flights and other forms of travel, as well as the ability to book a flight online.

Applicants for production positions must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and have legal authorization to work in the U.S. Volkswagen plans to hire approximately 1,200 production team members. Initial hiring begins in first quarter of 2010. Starting wages will be $14.50 per hour, gradually increasing to $19.50 per hour after 36 months. Team members will also be eligible for a compre-

hensive benefits package, including medical and dental plans, life insurance and retirement savings. "Because we anticipate there will be a great deal of interest in these positions, it's important to note that there is no advantage to applying on the first day or in person," said Ryan Rose, General Manager of Human Resources for the Chattanooga Operations. "All applicants who complete their application during the 3-week period will be given equal consideration." Added Jagla: "We continue to make progress towards our planned launch in 2011 and now we are ready and excited to start the hiring and training of our

local production team members." Volkswagen Group of America Inc. will invest $1 billion in the local economy for the Chattanooga plant and create 2,000 direct jobs in the region. According to independent studies, the new Volkswagen plant is expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs over the life of the project. The Chattanooga plant will build a new midsize sedan specially designed for the North American market. Approximately 30 percent of these cars will be powered by Volkswagen's TDI Clean Diesel Technology.

revenues for those states. In North Carolina, nearly 270,000 jobs have been lost since the start of the recession with 230,000 of them lost since the financial crisis in October 2008. According to a forecast by UNC-C’s economic forecasters, 6 of the state’s

10 non-agricultural industry sectors are expected to rebound in 2010 with wholesale and retail trade and services expected to lead the way. While most economist agree that the recession has come to an end, a robust recovery is not on the foreseeable horizon.

and Alvin Adams. For Murphy City Council there six seats to be filled with seven candidates vying for the spots. These include David Hilton; Phil Mattox; Sandra Sumpteer; Margaret Warner, and Frank Earl Dickey (all of whom are incumbents) and Barbara Vicknair and Deborah Bruce. The polls open at 6:30 am. on Tuesday and close at 7:30 p.m. Polls for the

Andrews election will take place at the town community center and at the rescue squad building. In Murphy, voting will take place at the Murphy Depot and the Murphy library. There are 1,401 registered voters in Andrews and 1,193 registered voters in Murphy.



“The riverbanks have been stabilized and reforested, and a wetland area has been partially restored. “  On Saturday, November 7, come celebrate ten years of stewardship on LTLT’s Tessentee property in Otto.  The Celebration begins at 11:00 and continues until 4:00 and includes music by the Frog Town 5, tours of the property, annual conservation award presentation, and demonstrations by Cherokee artisans and others.  All activities are FREE for the entire family, and food may be purchased on-site from Big Mountain BB-Q.  In November of 1999 LTLT purchased 60 acres at the confluence of Tessentee Creek and the Little Tennessee River.  This was the first land protected on the free-flowing Little Tennessee, and now a decade later - with 30 land protection projects - more than 5200 acres and 35 miles of river frontage have been conserved.   LTLT's purchase of the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve not only launched an extraordinary river corridor conservation initiative, it also created a laboratory for land restoration and stewardship in the valley.  At Tessentee LTLT purchased an old dairy farm with diverse soils, abundant water, and an historic farmstead.  LTLT conducted a detailed inventory and sought expert advice in developing a management plan to restore the rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage resources found here in the heart of the upper Little Tennessee River Valley.  The riverbanks have been stabilized and reforested, and a wetland area has been partially restored.    LTLT began their invasive exotic plant control program at Tessentee and initiated the long process of converting fescue pastures to more diverse grassland habitats and open woodlands.   At Tessentee LTLT first began its

Still, North Carolina appears to be faring better than many other states, where employment rates are still higher and there is a greater shortfall in the

Town Election Next Tuessday

Candidates for mayor in both Andrews and Murphy are running unopposed. Incumbents Johnny Brown in Andrews and Bill Hughes in Murphy are seeking re-election with out opposition; although there is always a provision for write-in candidacy. For Andrews Alderman there are four seats up for grabs with five candidates seeking office: James Reid; Steve Jordan; Peggy Owenby; Jim Bristol

collaboration with Cherokee artisans in the management and harvest of rivercane. This collaboration has expanded to the establishment of experimental plantations of butternut and white oak for production of other traditional artisan materials.  The Tessentee Preserve is stop #53 on the NC Birding Trail with the preserve's bird list at 115 species and butterfly list at 42 species and counting.  Here one can hike the most extensive trail system found on any LTLT property.  Volunteers have also helped to restore the historic farmstead - by restoring the apple house, smoke


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house, and in recent months the foundation of the historic farmhouse. Now a decade later, the Tessentee Preserve is a rich mosaic of wildlife and plant habitats, and it serves as a microcosm of LTLT's stewardship and restoration work in this historic valley.  It is a wonderful place to walk and to appreciate the extraordinary richness and diversity of the upper Little Tennessee.  On November 7, come see what ten years of stewardship has accomplished.  For more information please contact Kate Parkerson at 828-524-2711 x203 or

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