Daily News

Blairsville area United Community Bank employees can rest easier knowing their jobs will not be moving to the new Greenville headquarters as a Greenville publication had reported. UCB President and Chief Operating Officer Lynn Harton spoke about the Blairsville operations group. Not only will the 300 Union County jobs remain but Harton also said there are currently 27 job openings in UCB’s Blairsville local workforce.

The Sydnie Grace Jones Memorial Intersection dedication was held last week in Fannin County. Sydnie, a 19-year-old Fannin County High School graduate, died in January 2021 in a car crash at the Hwy 515 and SR 325 intersection in Union County. State Representative Stan Gunter and Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston were instrumental in dedicating the intersection to Sydnie. House Resolution 282 honors the life and memory of Sydnie Grace Jones and designates the intersection in her memory. An R-cut and additional safety features on Hwy 515 will prevent drivers in the future from passing across all four lanes of traffic at the intersection.

U.S. Representative Andrew Clyde, who represents Georgia’s Ninth District in Congress, says the success of America depends on people getting back to work rather than sitting at home. Clyde says he applauds Governor Brian Kemp for cutting off the extra $300 unemployment stimulus in Georgia.

Tuesday’s Towns County Commissioner meeting included an update on broadband expansion in the county with Alex King from the EMC. Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw reported the 7-day moving average of new COVID cases in the county is down to 4 from a high of 11 in early September. Commissioner Bradshaw also reported the final design of courthouse remodel and expansion is still with the architect, but a late spring 2022 groundbreaking and 18 months construction timeline is on schedule.