June Newsletter

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

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Memorial Day Ceremonies - Monday, May 29

MURPHY: 11:00 am at the Veterans Memorial Park, on the town square

ANDREWS: 12:00-4:00 pm at the Andrews Senior Center (hot dogs, chips, soda and dessert available at no cost to Veterans)

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Valley River RV Resort

Treat yourself to unparalleled service and luxury at the newest RV resort in the Smoky Mountains. A brand new, full-service RV resort in beautiful Murphy, NC featuring full hookups, water-view and pull-through RV sites. A Beautiful Clubhouse and lounge facility with covered patio area overlooking our own fishing lake. Pool, fitness center, laundry, and bathhouses opening very soon. Easy access to outdoor recreation, small town eateries and shops, and high stakes gaming are all just steps away. Whatever adventure is calling your name, Valley River RV Resort is the ideal Great Smoky Mountain base camp!

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Scattered throughout Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds are 207 camping and RV sites that offer modern conveniences such as water, electricity, telephone and internet.

There are 93 sites in the first area and 119 paved sites, open year-round, in the second area. Most sites offer beautiful views of Lake Chatuge, and campers can take advantage of the Fairgrounds' many amenities including a playground, boat ramp, paved playing courts, full time Park Ranger/Security Guard, shaded picnic tables and the Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens.

Reservations: Campgrounds are open YEAR ROUND! A minimum stay of two nights is required. Monthly spaces available first working day of November (preceeding year) and spaces reserved for the week or for the day are available the first working day of January (current year) by phone only. Maximum of one site per phone call for selected dates. Reservations can be made by calling (706) 896-4191.

West Tubing Company

West Tubing Company is an outdoor adventure center located in Warne, NC. They offer float trips as well as kayak trips. Also available is cabin rentals, and camping opportunities.

Prices are $19.95 for primitive, $29.95 for platform tent, $39.95 for platform tent with air mattress, chairs and power and $69.95 for glamping cabins. All rates are nightly .

J&J's Getaway Campground and RV Park

J&J's is the perfect get-a-way. The campground is set along a beautiful creek and 360 mountain views. We welcome all RVs- whether you have a motorhome, camper van, 5th wheel, pop-up, or truck camper, we have a site for you.

The two bathhouses offer individual showers+restrooms and are open 24-hours. The laundry facility is located in bathhouse #1 for guests to use. We take pride in our clean facilities and want you to have the best camping experience at J&J’s Getaway.

Don't have a camper? J&J's has two remodeled vintage camper rentals that are cozy and comfortable.

Murphy/Peace Valley KOA

The Murphy/Peace Valley KOA is located one mile from Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino. They offer furnished Deluxe Cabins, shady full hook up RV sites with Cable TV and Wi-Fi internet, tent camping and RV storage. Amenities include a swimming pool, laundry/bath house, play ground, pet play area, and tubing and fishing. All on the scenic Valley River. Open year round.

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Chamber Happenings!

Forks and Corks; Local Savor 2023 is happening June 1, 2023! Come out and taste our local cuisine. This event gives the community a chance to experience offerings from our area restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and much more. Vendors List: FernCrest Winery, Sage, Legends Steakhouse, Hoppy Trout Brewing Co., The Crown Restaurant, Red Brick Deli 2, Buck Bald Brewing Company, Grapevine of North Carolina, Julies' Place, Mimo's Ice Cream & Twisted Treats, Snowbird Mountains Brewery, Smoky Mountain BBQ Company, and Murphy's Chophouse. A big thank you to Miller Welling Drilling for providing a complimentary water station.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online or at the Chamber office now. Attendees will be asked to select a reservation time of 5:00 pm or 6:30 pm at the time of ticket purchase. We are offering only 300 tickets this year and attendance is by reservation only. All ticket purchasers will be checked in at the event based on a paid registration. All ticket holders will be issued an event passport during check-in at the event. Ticket holders with a complete passport at the close of their reservation will be given a complimentery ticket for the auction.

Let's Network

Come out and network with us! Rotary Club of Murphy is hosting June's AfterHours Networking event. The meeting will take place in Downtown Murphy in Fain Alley. Refreshments will be served. Be sure and bring your business card to be eligible to win a door prize.

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Lunch & Learn presented by ClearWinds Technologies

On June 28th, Clear Winds Technologies, a trusted IT support partner in the Southeast since 2001, will present a Cybersecurity Seminar entitled: “You’ve been Hacked: Cybersecurity Case Studies and How to Minimize Vulnerabilities”. Registration is required to attend.

Register Here!

This event will be presented as a lunch & learn from 11:30-1pm in the Crisp Building, Room 100 at the Tri-County Community College main campus in Murphy.

There is no charge for this event and a complimentary box-lunch is included with a registration deadline of Friday, June 23rd through the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce or The TCCC Small Business Development Office.

Clear Winds iTOPS program provides the most comprehensive suite of network support and protection offered in the market today, powered by a dozen engineers and over 90 technicians at their clients’ disposal through a 24/7 unlimited Help-Line. This includes CISSP-certified engineers in cybersecurity, the highest Federal Certification attainable. Latest estimates show businesses lose over $450 billion annually to Cyber-crime—with some unable to recover, making this a very timely topic.


We had beautiful weather and a great turnout for our 15th Annual Golf Classic of Cherokee County Chamber yesterday. Our first place winners for $600 were the Owens Team with Larry Owens, Dale Bone, Durrel Kirkland, and Ed Nichols. Our second place winners for $450 was the Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel team who donated their winnings back to the chamber. Our third place winner for $300 was the Smith Team with Johnny Smith, Dewayne Miles, Larry Simonds, and Steve Bristol. Brian Smith of Cherokee County Chamber Board of Directors presented the checks. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mountain Harbour Living and Golf for providing such a beautiful course and endless assistance for our tournament.
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Unto These Hills runs Monday through Saturday from May 27th through August 19th at Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee, NC. Tickets start at $35 for adults. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available now at CherokeeHistorical.org. You can also call 828-497-2111 during business hours or purchase tickets at the door. See you soon!


CVMA-Annual fundraiser is May 27th, Memorial Day weekend. It’s a coordinated tri-state ride that starts at Marie’s Dinner in Andrews and ends at Hwy 64 Gym in Copperhill, TN. All are welcome at the finish. It’s a modified poker run, as they stop along the way and items are bought at gas stations, receipts get turned in for tickets. First place is $200, second place is a Mann knife, third place is a plaque.


Brought to you by United Way of Cherokee & Clay Counties this is the make up date for the Easter weekend event. Come out to Konehete Park at 11:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2023.
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Jasmine Best is a mixed media artist creating dialogues about black female identity in the south.

Jasmine Best is a true Southern Artist, gathering narratives from her Carolinian family and childhood. The North Carolina based artist uses her personal memories and manipulations of her memories to create dialogues about the black female identity in the south and in predominantly white spaces.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. Jasmine was recently awarded the Artwork Archive Art Business Grant. She works with tangible and traditional mediums combined with digital means of art making. Her work often depicts maternal figures, each depicting the diversity and qualities that make up the black southern women in her life through several generations.

Artist in Residence Opening Reception with Jasmine Best at Olive's Porch

Friday, June 2

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Please join us to celebrate Artist in Residence Jasmine Best and welcome her to our community. Remarks to start at 6:30 PM. Refreshments provided!

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-Closest to the pin prizes on all par 3’s -One par 3 with “hole-in-one” prize of $15,000 -Senior Tees for 65+ -Women’s Tees -Maximum of 2 mulligans can be purchased for $10 each at registration.


1st place: $650

2nd place: $400

3rd place: $250

WHEN: Saturday June 10th Tee off at 9:00 am

WHERE: Chatuge Shores Golf Course 260 Golf Course Road Hayesville, NC 28904 (828) 389-8940

Format: 2-person Captain’s Choice

Cost: $200 per team *includes green and cart fees Attire: Appropriate golf attire


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Career Opportunities!

As a leader in Long Term Care in the Murphy community, Murphy Rehabilitation & Nursing has been committed to quality healthcare for many years. Our employees have helped to get us where we are today.

Murphy Rehabilitation & Nursing is looking for new team members who desire to make a difference in our communities and to positively touch lives. If you are looking to be a part of a growing, innovative company that puts service to others as their top priority, then you may be interested in joining their team.

Competitive salary and benefits, including 401(k) match, medical, dental, and vision health plans, short and long-term disability, tuition reimbursement, professional conferences, and paid vacation.

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Attention Business Owners

Industrial Opportunities, Inc. is looking to place their students in summer internship programs. IOI's PreETS Work Opportunities/internships, IOI will pay the students' wages, provide reliable transportation, provide an on site job coach at no charge, and the liability falls on the school and IOI. It's a win all the way around for businesses that are interested.
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Murphy's Chophouse "Summer In Sonoma Valley"

5 Course Wine Pairing Dinner!

Thursday, June 15th

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Father's Day at Freight Yard Grill!

Classic Cars, Vintage Cars, Muscle Cars come on out to Freight Yard Grill for our 1st car show. We have food, drink(alcohol or non), Corn Hole, and Singo starts at 5. $10 Entry free. Please call Deb at 828-557-6708 to let us know your coming.
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Welcome New Members


An elevated dining experience in beautiful downtown Andrews NC. Upscale American cuisine with regional influences. Make your reservations at Sage for exceptional food and service.

This Event Helps Support Our Veterans

Step into a world where music is crafted from the most unconventional of instruments

and creativity knows no bounds. Welcome to the Robbinsville Cigar Box Guitar Music

Festival, an immersive celebration of sound, innovation, and craftsmanship. Prepare to

be captivated as skilled artisans and musicians from around the country converge,

showcasing their mastery of the humble cigar box. These seemingly ordinary wooden

boxes, repurposed and transformed into musical instruments, become the conduits for

extraordinary melodies, rhythm, and soulful expression.

The event boasts a diverse lineup of talented performers, each bringing their own

distinct style and interpretation to the forefront. From blues and folk to rock, the

Robbinsville Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival showcases the breadth and versatility of

this unique art form.

Engage in hands-on workshops led by renowned artisans, where you can learn the

intricate craftsmanship behind creating your own cigar box instrument. Immerse yourself

in the collaborative spirit of the festival as musicians perform on stage and gather in

impromptu jam sessions, blending their talents and pushing the boundaries of what

these simple boxes can achieve.

The Robbinsville Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival is not just an event; it is a celebration

of creativity, community, and the power of music. Whether you are a seasoned aficionado

or a curious newcomer, this one-of-a-kind gathering offers an unforgettable experience

that will leave you inspired, connected, and yearning for more.

Mark your calendars and join us at the Robbinsville Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival,

where ordinary wooden boxes become extraordinary instruments, and the spirit of

music knows no limits. Let the melodies soar and the rhythms resonate as we embark

on this melodious journey together.

This event is brought to you by the Robbinsville Tourism Authority. Proceeds from this event will go to support the VFW Post and American Legion Post in Robbinsville, NC.

Event Schedule:

● June 9, 2023: 3 Locations

o Tapoco Lodge – 6 pm

o Fontana Village (location??)– 6 pm

o Music on the Square (5 N. Main St.) – 7 pm

● June 10, 2023: Robbinsville High School – 12 pm to 6 pm

We are excited to introduce this sound to our town and meet the performers. Our inaugural cigarbox guitar festival!!! Thank you Mountainwater Films for... | By Robbinsville Tourism Authority NC | Facebook
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May Open Houses, Networking and Ribbon Cuttings

The Blue Stage in Andrews, NC

Edward Jones - Christie Standish, Financial Advisor

AfterHours Networking with Murphy Rehabilitation & Nursing

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Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Our Mission

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce empowers its members to build relationships that foster economic development, growth and prosperity while uniting businesses and community leaders.