The Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception for the new CEO of Union General Hospital, Kevin Bierschenk (beer shank), last Thursday at the Community Center. Commissioner Lamar Paris and Mayor Jim Conley warmly welcomed Bierschenk to the community and he had this message about his background and the challenges of healthcare for the crowd of more than 150 citizens.
The Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Board of Directors met on Monday with a relatively light agenda. The financial reports continue to be positive and the co-op’s equity position has risen to 33% through a reduction in long-term debt. While already in this year’s budget the Board approved ALTEC’s bid of $152,000 for a line truck and $109,000 for a bucket truck. Manager Jeremy Nelms’ report included an update on the various pieces of legislation impacting rural broadband expansion that are in process in the current Georgia Legislature.