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Last week in his farewell address to the US Senate, retiring Georgia Senior Senator Johnny Isakson spoke of his decision to be bipartisan where his conservative principles would permit. The Senator will be succeeded by Governor Kemp’s appointment of Kelly Loeffler that was announced the day after Isakson’s address. The December meeting of the Clay County Commissioners saw the reappointment of Dr. Rob Peck as Chair, Randy Nichols as Vice Chair, Merinda Woody as County Attorney, Betty Bradley as County Clerk and Carl Peterson was appointed to another 3-year term on the ABC Board. An initial reading of the new Mobile Home and RV Park Ordinance was held with public comments welcome through January 2020.

Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital in Murphy is ending its labor and delivery services this week and closing its OB/GYN office at the end of December but Mark Kimball, CEO, said they are actively recruiting physicians that will keep more healthcare needs local. In addition to primary care physicians and an additional internal medicine doctor, the hospital plans to add more specialists and a second orthopedic surgeon.