A Greenville SC publication reports 100 Blairsville jobs will be moving to Greenville with the relocation of the United Community Bank headquarters. That plus an additional 200 new positions being created was the justification for the Greenville City Council approving $1.4 million for construction improvements on behalf of the longtime Blairsville bank.
The Rotary Club of Lake Chatuge is growing hydroponic lettuce and supplying their yield to local food pantries. Prior to COVID-19, more than 1,550 people in Towns County and 1,610 in Clay County were identified as food insecure or unable to get access to enough food.. Sponsorship from local community leaders and business owners has enabled the product to expand to a total of nine Tower Gardens, producing fresh greens on an ongoing basis. Co-Chair Gene Boyd joined Gerry Gutenstein at Friday’s Mountain Movers and Shakers meeting in Hiawassee to discuss the Signature Service project and the club’s hopes to bring it into the schools. The club’s long-term goal is to increase the number of Tower Gardens in operation, construct a greenhouse to house the Towers, and partner with local school districts to teach the benefits of hydroponic gardening through a proven curriculum.
“Funeral services for Murphy High School Band Director Jason Dickert, known by his students as “Mr. D”, are being held today. 48-year-old Dickert died Thursday in an Asheville hospital from complications of COVID-19. “As we face today with broken hearts, we would like to remember a wonderful teacher, mentor, counselor, and band director,” a post on the school’s Facebook page reads. “Mr. Jason Dickert was not just the MHS band director, but a role model. He showed compassion and caring to all MHS students, teachers, staff, and community.” Peers say Dickert’s lifelong dream was to become a band director and that dream became reality in 2016, when he became band director at Murphy High School. Not only was he the band director at the high school, but also Murphy Middle School and Ranger Elementary School. A graduate of Mars Hill University, he was a former police officer and a member of Ranger Baptist Church. Reporting for WJRB and WJUL, I’m Rob Moore.”