Chamber Chatter

September 2018

Changes at the Chamber

Dear Members,

As many of you know our Director, Meridith Jorgensen, has taken a position with Cherokee County School System. I am sure all of the energy and professionalism she brought to us at the Chamber of Commerce will be of great benefit to our County Schools and we wish her all the best in her new career.

Meanwhile I want to assure our Members that the mission of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce will move forward and continue to serve our membership. I am both honored and humbled to have been asked by the Chamber Board of Directors to assume the Interim Director's position and I am sure with their support and experienced leadership I will be successful. Having been with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce for almost two years; as a volunteer and then as a paid staff member, I feel confident that I am in touch with the goals of this organization.

I welcome any advice, ideas, or suggestions from you and I would love to speak to each of you about your goals for your business or organization. Call me or come by and lets talk.

Our Mission Statement:

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is an organization to foster, nurture and promote our members, to represent Cherokee County to the world, and to enhance the economic climate for businesses to thrive within.

Our members make up an elite business community!

Interim Director,

Sherry Raines

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Let's Get Together!

Yes it is that time of year. Our Annual Dinner is happening September 18th so if you haven't secured your reservation give us a call! 828-837-2242
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Member of the Month

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Our September Member of the Month is Cassandra Hendrix who is both a Cherokee County Chamber Member and local business owner. Cassandra, along with husband Matthew own both Movie Time Murphy and The Counter Collective. She was born in Brasstown, NC and lived in Hayesville, NC. She earned her Business Degree with an emphasis in child development. Afterwards she went back to college and earned her Biology Degree. While she was attending school, she worked with the Work Studies department in the Foundational Office and this is where she was first introduced to Marketing.

Cassandra was always meant to be an entrepreneur, owning her first business downtown which specialized in body care products. She also lived in Los Angeles, California for a while working in sales but was still searching for the right career fit. When her husband, Matthew, ended up joining the Navy Cassandra started playing around with Web Design. She knew a little bit about web design from her previous job in college, but with the fast-paced developments in that field she knew she had to learn more. And did she ever.

Her web design and marketing business, The Counter Collective was launched last July and it involves a lot of web design, logo design, e-mail marketing, and web strategies such as, “making your website work for you.” She originally wanted to do her design business while traveling, but she and her husband saw an opportunity with the purchase of Movie Time Murphy and they decided to stay. Cassie has also built quite a client base in Murphy for her design business, making it another reason to live in Cherokee County. Her business Movie Time Murphy is located at 1184 Andrews Rd. Murphy, NC 28906. Her other business, The Counter Collective is out of her home so she meets meets clients by appointment at their location.

A few Fun Facts about Cassie: She loves to travel, she loves cooking and likes getting creative with it because she is a vegetarian, and she loves hiking and being outdoors with her dog and husband.

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New Members

Chick-Fil-A Blairsville

Handmade. Daily.

In our kitchens, we focus on fresh and simple ingredients. And we always have. Since the beginning, we've served chicken that is whole breast meat, with no added fillers or hormones, and we bread it by hand in our restaurants. Produce is delivered fresh to our kitchens several times a week. Salads are chopped and prepared fresh throughout the day. Whole lemons are freshly squeezed in our restaurants and combined with pure cane sugar and water (yep, that’s all) to make Chick-fil-A Lemonade®. It may not be the easy way, but it's the only way we know.

Two Crows Farm

Located in the southwesternmost corner of North Carolina, Two Crows Farm is home to Mike and Woody Ham, 56 delightful alpacas, 4 noble llamas, 4 loyal dogs and 2 working cats. These ancient Appalachian hills surround us with four distinct seasons and daily encounters with the miraculous natural world.

Two Crows Farm promotes the rural lifestyle which includes raising alpacas for their luxurious fiber. Mike and Woody invite you to come learn about raising livestock, processing yarn, growing your food and the sense of community that living in the country brings.

Feel the Joy! Contact us today and schedule your visit to get up close and personal with the alpacas.
We all look forward to getting to know you better!
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Pinch! July AfterHours

A BIG thank you to Wayne Peacock, owner of Pinch Gourmet Shop, for hosting the Cherokee County Chamber July AfterHours! Congratulations to Lawrence and Becca McNabb of McNabb Properties for winning 50% off Chamber Event Sponsorship (donated by the Cherokee County Chamber). Another congratulations to Kelly Miller of Miller Well Drilling for winning specialty bake-ware (donated by Pinch Gourmet Shop). For all things Gourmet…check out Pinch! located in downtown Murphy.

September AfterHours!

Valley River Brewery & Eatery

Join us for our September AfterHours!

Where: Valley River Brewery & Eatery | 71 Tennessee St. Murphy, NC 28906

When: Thursday, September 27th at 5:30 pm

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Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening for REACH Thrift Shop

Ribbon Cutting for Barking Bubbles Pet Salon

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Murphy/Peace Valley KOA

Matt Walters - Owner, Murphy/Peace Valley KOA Campground

117 Happy Valley Road

Marble, NC 28905


(800) 562-9382

(828) 837-6223

Cell (828) 200-3243

Websites -





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September 7th 10:00--6:00

Special Sale, Prizes, Refreshments,Samples

THE WHOLE STORE 64 West Murphy

Sale will continue thru Sept. 13.

Come help us celebrate. No other discounts apply.

3090 West US Hwy 64 #105

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 837-5408

(866) 639-8915

(828) 835-9215 (fax)

The Learning Center

The Hackney Warehouse

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The Arts Council is pleased to welcome two new Board members, artist and author David Rabhan, along with artist and Hiwassee Dam HS art teacher Cristen Clounts. By the way, if you're interested in volunteering for occasional projects with the Arts Council , give us a call at 828 835 0550 or email

Throughout the month of September you are invited to come and enjoy our exhibit of large scale artworks (big pieces!) suitable for office or spacious home decor. Check it out in our Cultural Calendar Room at 33 Valley River Avenue in Murphy (the Murphy Art Center).

The large scale art exhibit opens with Art Walk Friday on September 7, and to help celebrate Art Walk one of our favorite musicians, blues and jazz guitarist Dana Rogers will come over from Chattanooga to entertain outside on the square downtown.

The Murphy Art Center

Calling all Artists!! “Smoky Mountain Autumn” Art Show On and Off the Wall Sponsored by the Cherokee County Arts Council October 5 th Friday is the Show Grand Opening Reception on First Friday Art Walk evening, 5-8PM In the Cultural Room at The MAC, Murphy Art Center, 33 Valley River Ave., Murphy, NC Submit your most interesting, most beautiful, most amazing autumn-themed art! Only a $10 entry fee per artwork, TWO artworks per artist maximum, any type of 2D or 3D art work accepted. If you enter one piece, entry fee is $10, two pieces is $20. (Members & associate Members of Valley River Arts guild can enter two pieces for just one $10 entry fee). Fees payable by cash or check made out to CCAC.

All entry forms and artwork must be received by September 30th, 2018. Artwork can be delivered anytime to the MAC classroom space during month of September but no later than September 30. Entry form may be delivered at same time as artwork but only the first 50 applicants will be accepted, so the earlier the better! *IMPORTANT*: Please attach a tag with title and price to the back of each artwork.

Artwork will hang from the 3rd to the 30th of October in this special autumn-themed show at The MAC. Artwork must be priced to sell and if sold, artist will receive 60% of the selling price. Members and associate members of the Valley River Arts guild will receive 65% of the selling price. (VRAG members should inventory tag their artworks as usual when checking artworks in). All sale proceeds to benefit art in the community via the Cherokee County Arts Council and Valley River Arts. 2D artworks must be nicely framed, or on canvas, metal, wood, or acrylic, and include a full length hanging wire. (No saw-tooth hardware please!) All artwork should be picked up after the show’s end (October 30) by November 6th. Checks for sold artwork will be sent by November 10th, 2018.

Name-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Address-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------City, State, Zip-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Email address--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Home phone-------------------------------------------------- Cell phone----------------------------------------------------------- Artwork title #1----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Price------------------------- Artwork title #2----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Price------------------------- Signature ------------------------------------------------------------ Fees payable by cash or check made out to CCAC. (Due care will be taken in handling and hanging/displaying of artworks. Artist will not hold the CCAC or VRAG responsible for any damage occurred in handling art.) (Any artwork left after November 10, 2018 becomes the property of CCAC).

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Do you hear that?

Barking Bubbles Pet Salon, in Murphy NC is accepting new clients! Call to book your appointment today. 828-490-6784

1248 Floyd Stalcup Rd.

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 490-6784



What Your Teenage Driver Thinks About Driving - and Why It Matters

Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for America’s teens: For many, a license equals freedom and getting one step closer to adulthood and independence. But each generation has different feelings and stressors about driving, and the current generation is no different. Here’s what you might discover from friends, relatives and your own kids, and how you can help learning drivers become better drivers.

Click here to learn more:

669 Andrews Road

P.O. Box 279

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 837-7203

(828) 835-9734 (fax)



Walnut Hollow Ranch is a working cattle farm welcoming visitors and farm stays. The ranch offers tours, lodging, RV sites, tent camping and is pet friendly. Activities are fishing, hiking, swimming and sightseeing.

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Farm Store

1100 Carter Cove Road, Hayesville, NC

Friday & Saturday 10 – 4 pm

Come visit Western North Carolina’s premier cattle ranch and excite your senses. Charlie will personally introduce you to his ranch and share a wealth of knowledge about sustainable, regenerative management of productive pastures, genetics, animal husbandry, environmental and conservation practices. Discover how the ranch manages complete beef production from conception to plate.

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Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association

The Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association will host a Trail Work Day at Jackrabbit Mountain Bike & Hiking Trail System in Hayesville, NC on Saturday, September 8th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If anyone is interested in helping maintain our trails, please bring gloves, small folding saws, pruners, loppers, or we can supply you with tools. Thank You!

Hayesville, NC 28904


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The Peacock Performing Arts Center in Hayesville, NC announces their 2019 season. First out of the gate is Neil Simon’s popular bachelor son vs. parents play, Come Blow Your Horn. Next up will be the classic musical,The Music Man with its familiar “76 Trombones” and “Trouble, right here in River City” and the ultimate loveable con man, Harold Hill. That will be followed by another Ken Ludwig farce, Leading Ladies (2 Shakespearean actors, down on their luck, resort to bookings on the Moose Lodge circuit where they find a golden opportunity to really show what they can do) and the final show of the season will be the award-winning, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. “Incident” revolves around the mysterious killing of a beloved pet, with an innocent person being accused simply because he’s “different” (a 15-year old math genius who happens to be autistic) who then uses his awesome gift to unravel the mystery. If you’re a fan of the TV series, “The Good Doctor”, you won’t want to miss this one—it’s stunning. Season ticket packages will be available as of October 1. For further information call 828-389-2787. The Peacock is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.

301 Church Street

Hayesville, NC 28904

(828) 389-2787



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September Information for Murphy’s Chophouse and Patio Bar

Phone 828-835-3287

130 Valley River Ave

Chef Owner – James Reaux

Executive Chef – Mark Counts

General Manager - Jeff Holden

Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch starts at 11am. Lunch Mon-Sat starting at 11:00am. Early Bird Mon – Thurs from 4-6pm. Dinner starts at 4pm. Patio Bar is open, weather permitting.

We also offer catering on and off property for any occasion.

$8.99 Lunch Specials Mon - Thurs - Flame Grilled USDA Burger ~ Crispy Fried Shrimp Basket ~ Blackened Chicken Quesadilla ~ Giant Stuffed Idaho Baked Potato ~ Buttermilk Chicken Fingers ~ Asian Stir Fry Bowl ~ Unlimited Soup or Salad ~ ½ BLT ~ Friday Only ($5.99) ½ price Fish and Chips.

Nightly Specials: Mon. – Cajun Night / Tue –Super Two For Tuesday / Wed. – Surf and Turf / Thurs. – Crab Night

Call about our Daily Chef’s Soup and Entrée Lunch Specials

Weekend Specials carefully selected and different every weekend

October 25th – BEER Dinner

130 Valley River Ave

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 835-3287



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First Citizens will offer a Community Shred Day September 21st from 10 am to 2 pm.

22 Hiwassee St

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 837-4800

(828) 837-9052 (fax)


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GSMR Offers:

Discount Code: GCCFRIENDS

Source: Friends of GSMR- Graham, Clay, Cherokee Counties

Offer: 10% off

Valid For: Code Holder

Restrictions/Exclusions: Not valid on non- profit train events, fundraisers, adventure add-ons (rafting, zip lines, jeep tours), and licensed specialty events and special events trains. Saturdays in October.

Expiration Date: Year Round

**Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, NC can offer 10% off Nantahala Gorge or Tuckasegee River excursions by mentioning promo code GCCFRIENDS when calling to book 800-872-4681 OR book online at and entering promo code on the payment screen. Not valid on non- profit train events, Saturdays in October, fundraisers, adventure add-ons (rafting, zip lines, jeep tours), licensed specialty events and special events trains.


Source: GSMR Website- Tarheel Discount

Offer: $25 adults/ $15 Child

Valid For: Locals riding Coach/Open Air

Restrictions/Exclusions: Must live in Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Graham Counties; May be asked to present ID/proof of residency. DIESEL ONLY. Book by phone or in the Depot

Expiration Date: Year Round except October

**Local residents of Swain, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Graham, Clay and Cherokee counties in NC can now receive a discounted local fare! Good for Coach Class or standard Open Air Gondola on the Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River Diesel excursions January through December, excluding October, of the 2017 calendar year. Adults can ride for $25 and Children (2-12) can ride for $15. Call 1-800-872-4681 and mention promo code LOCALDISCOUNT to book this offer! Proof of residency required. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Not valid for special event trains. Not valid for any train pulled by steam. Not valid in October. Blackout dates may be added or changed without notice. Available by phone only. Available by phone only.

P.O. Box 1490

Bryson City, NC 28913

(800) 872-4681



Family Resources of Cherokee County

We are recruiting for our IY preschool class starting August 23rd, 2018, just call to preregister. We are also recruiting for our Circle of Parents group, Mom 2 Mom Wednesdays at 12 at Andrews First Methodist. We are also recruiting for our Mom2Be Thursdays at 10:00 AM, at our office in Peachtree. We have Serendipity a child's playgroup on Fridays at 10 AM. We are also recruiting for our Childbirth classes on Saturdays at 10:00 AM.

3765 East US Hwy 64 Alt

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 837-3460

(828) 837-1956 (fax)



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2018 Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser

Dear Prospective Sponsor:

When the Cherokee County Department of Social Services must remove children from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or dependency, they often arrive at the foster home or kinship placements with only the clothing they are wearing.

The mission of Appalachian Angels is to assist the foster home or kinship placement in providing the necessary resources to meet the needs of the children that are beyond the scope of services provided by the Department of Social Services. This can be as simple as clothing and other daily necessities, or as wide ranging as school pictures, field trips, and other routine life events.

We hope you can assist us in making the lives of children that have been removed from their families as normal as possible in spite of their circumstances.

Appalachian Angels is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, therefore one hundred percent of your contribution goes directly to the children’s fund.


David Lance

Chairman, Board of Directors

Appalachian Angels

(828) 835-8490

P.O. Box 442

Marble, NC 28905

(828) 321-4172


WagonMaster Adventure Ranch

WagonMaster Adventure Ranch Fun Park has begun our Fall hours open Friday & Saturday from 11-5. Labor Day weekend, hours will be Friday – Monday 11-5. The lake tours have been suspended while we finish our event center: 2600 sq. ft. “Jubilee Hall”. Our cabins are open year round. Join us for gem mining, gold panning, mini golf, paintball arcade (shooting at targets), skeet and pistol range, wagon rides, and, for the little ones, mini dune buggy track and bounce castle. Bring a picnic lunch and the family dog, and enjoy a day in the country. We’ve offered guests of every age a unique place to make special memories since 2010. Call 828-494-9521 or check online at See our reviews on facebook and trip advisor (with a certificate of excellence 5 star rating).

359 Adventure Ranch Road

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 494-9521



Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital

Hoppy Trout Brewing Co September Events:

September 3rd:

Home Brewers Competition

Local brewers are encouraged to submit their best home brews. Winner will get to name their beer and brew it with us! Two bottles of each entry must be submitted by September 1st.

September 9th:

Discraft Ace Race Disc Golf Tournament


$35 per player

Players will receive two new prototype discs from Discraft as well as a premium hat, lanyard, mini disc, towel, and sticker. Each player will have one shot per hole to either get the disc in or hit the basket. The person with the most points after two rounds wins!

September 29th:

Third Annual Oktoberfest Andrews

Main Street is being closed off all day with vendors lining the streets. Live music, cornhole tournament, food, photo booth with contest, and of course a beer and wine garden with open containers allowed on Main Street.

If you’d like to be a vendor (at no cost) please download and complete this application:

For information and sign ups for the cornhole tournament go here:

For schedule of music and other Oktoberfest information go here:

911 Main Street

Andrews, NC 28901

(828) 835-2111



Papaw's Creations & Nonna's Treasures, LLC

We will be closed September 20 - September 25 for our daughters wedding and re-open on the 26th.

2070 W. US Hwy 64

Murphy, NC 28906

(561) 315-8323


John C. Campbell Folk School

As the trees begin to sport their seasonal colors, the John C. Campbell Folk School introduces its brand-new course catalog featuring classes through June 2019. Browse our Catalog eBook containing a veritable feast of weeklong and weekend classes: As a local resident, you'll benefit from our Standby Program that offers 50% savings on any full-tuition class on a space-available, standby basis.

Celebrate the Folk School's diverse culinary traditions by purchasing The Folk School Cookbook. This full-color hardcover volume features over 200 seasonally focused recipes including Southern Appalachian dishes, Folk School dining hall mainstays, and Fall Festival favorites. The cookbook also showcases traditional foods from far-flung parts of the world. Learn more about The Folk School Cookbook, and purchase a copy, at The cookbook is also available at the Folk School Craft Shop, the Highlander Gallery in Brasstown, and The Curiosity Shop in Murphy.

Mark your calendars for the Folk School's annual Fall Festival, set for October 6-7 from 10-5. This year's 44th anniversary event features over 240 fine craft exhibitors, more than 30 artisan demonstrations, many kids' activities, and delicious food. View our Fall Festival event page for full details: .

One Folk School Rd.

Brasstown, NC 28902

(828) 837-2775

(800) 365-5724

(828) 837-8637 (fax)



Cherokee Mountain Cabins

Sometimes you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life… Take yourself to a tranquil mountain haven beside the White Oak Creek and find the relaxation you need to rejuvenate your mind. Call today to book your getaway 828-321-2010 or visit us online at

61 Bear Creek Road

Topton, NC 28781

(828) 321-2010

(866) 772-2246



Movie Time and Easy Tan

"Glow into fall! We're launching a brand new 3-month membership on September 7. Perks include 10% off tanning supplies (lotions, moisturizers, peepers, and more!), plus the option to book your favorite bed during your lunch break or right after running errands and one free movie rental per month! Stop by Movie Time and Easy Tan at 1184 Andrews Road from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday through Saturday, and sign up. Give us a call at (828) 837-4291 to find out more!"



Mountain Home Health Services would like to provide "Your recovery and rehabilitation" Our primary focus is for you to maintain independence and live life to the fullest. Our services are Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Home Health Aide's and Medical Social Worker.

115 Mountain Home Nursing Lane

Hayesville, NC 28904

(828) 389-8106

(828) 389-8484 (fax)



The Curiosity Shop

PJ MASKS has arrived! We are building our collection of these popular books, as well as the "Play-a- Sound/Look & Find" reader. Fun!! School starts and we also have many books to help your "star student" have a good first day.

Lots of good books.....and so much more!

46 Valley River Avenue

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 835-7433



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Tri-County Community College - Marble & Graham County

The following Continuing Education classes will be offered at Tri-County Community College: Center for Applied Technology in Marble or Graham County Center in the upcoming months. Please call to add your name on the interest list and for more information: 828-835-9564 or 828-479-9256.

Machining for Gunsmiths: Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

September 10 – October 29

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $74.55

Electrical Contractor License Renewal: Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

September 10 – October 29

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $74.55

Bartending/Mixology: Students must be 21 years old. Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

September 4 – October 23

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $74.55

Call and Data Center: Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

September 10 – October 29

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Grant Funded class-no cost to student

Notary Public: Center for Applied Technology, Marble

November 7

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $70.55

November 14

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $70.55

QUICK CREDIT Intro. To Catering: Center for Applied Technology, Marble

October 1 – November 5

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $74.55

Intro. To Knife & Sheath Making: Premium Knife, Hayesville

October 2 – November 20

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $70.55

QUICK CREDIT Adobe Lightroom: Center for Applied Technology, Marble

October 16 – November 20

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $79.55

The Tri-County Community College Small Business Center at the Center for Applied Technology in Marble offers free assistance to anyone who wants to start or expand a business. The Small Business Center also offers free webinars for small business owners. The following free events are offered in the upcoming months. Please call Kathryn Jenkins for more information, to add your name to the interest list or to learn how to access the free webinars: 828-835-9564.

Cultivating Workplace Skills: Help Your Employees Lead and Succeed

Center for Applied Technology, Marble

Instructor: Reyes

September 11

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Easy Steps to Podcasting: Your Own Web-Based Radio Show for Business Owners

Center for Applied Technology, Marble

Instructor: Brossman

September 12

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Using Video to Get More Business for Small Business Owners

Center for Applied Technology, Marble

Instructor: Brossman

September 13

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Best Bookkeeping Practices & Tax Time Summit

Center for Applied Technology, Marble

Instructor: tenBiz

September 19

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

21 Campus Circle

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 837-6810

(828) 837-0028 (fax)



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Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition, Inc

State of the Water

State of the Water

Hinton Rural Life Center, Moore Hall, Hayesville

Thursday, September 27th
5:30 - 7:30 pm

It may surprise you to learn that there is only one location in Cherokee Co. that any state or federal agency samples water quality on a routine monthly basis and only about a dozen where aquatic life is monitored on a 5-year rotating basis. Thanks to Watershed Coalition volunteers participating in our Adopt-A-Stream program, seven locations in Cherokee Co. are being monitored on a monthly basis for E. coli and basic water chemistry. The State of the Water was initiated by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition to annually provide the public and local government leaders with new information about water quality in local rivers, lakes and streams. Although the location of the meeting rotates to a different county each year, the information presented is for the entire 4-county area of the upper Hiwassee River watershed.

This year's State of the Water will be held on the shores of Lake Chatuge at the beautiful Hinton Center retreat in Clay County. The event will begin with a presentation by the HRWC executive director on the "state of the water" across the upper Hiwassee River watershed. Those in attendance will learn about how water quality is doing in our lakes, rivers, and streams including an overview of recent sampling that's been conducted in our watershed. Following this presentation, Coalition staff members will provide an overview of what we've been working on in various program areas including Monitoring, Education, and Restoration and a summary of our plans for the coming year. Participants will be asked to provide input into our work plans for 2019 and given the opportunity to help us prioritize our work in the watershed. Refreshments will be served.

Free admission, but donations are always welcome! For more information, including a link to directions and a map, visit:

90 Tennessee Street Suite D

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 837-5414

(828) 837-5414 (fax)



Cherokee Heritage Festival

Cherokee Heritage Festival & Nature Walks

Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, Hayesville

Saturday, September 15th

Event 10am-3pm; Plant walks at 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM & 5:30 PM

The Cherokee Heritage Festival celebrates the Cherokee culture with demonstrations, dancers, art, crafts, music, children's activities, and Cherokee food. There is no entry fee for the festival which is sponsored by Clay County Communities Revitalization Association (CCCRA). At 11:30 and 2:30, HRWC restoration coordinator, Tony Ward will share information about native plants with guided walks along a portion of the 2-mile easy Quanassee Path. Information about native and invasive plants will be available at the HRWC booth (near the Path). Native trees and shrubs can also be ordered as part of HRWC’s Fall Native Tree (and shrub!) Sale.

Later in the evening at 5:30 PM, our Restoration Coordinator, Tony Ward will host a third nature walk on the Quanassee Path. This is the fourth in a series of easy, leisurely, family-friendly nature walks within our watershed. Tony will identify various native trees and shrubs and discuss their value for stream bank stabilization, shade, storm water filtration, wildlife habitat and more. No registration is necessary; however, to be notified of a change to the rain date (Sept 22), email Raleigh Keagan at or call 828-837-5414. For more information including directions and a map, visit:

90 Tennessee Street Suite D

Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 837-5414

(828) 837-5414 (fax)



Two Crows Farm

Join Two Crows Farm in celebration of...

National Alpaca Farm Days!

Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30

11 am till 4pm

Tour the farm and meet the herd of 60 alpacas, llamas and their livestock guardian dogs.

Nana and Papa's Homemade Ice Cream

Caricature drawing by Bob Dasher

Shopping in the Farmstore

Photos Opportunities with the herd

Learn a little about Sustainable Fiber Farming and enjoy a day of Fun for the Whole Family!

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Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is an organization to foster, nurture and promote our members, to represent Cherokee County to the world, and to enhance the economic climate for businesses to thrive within.