Murphy, NC


Mendez pleads to Indecent Liberties with a child

MURPHY, NC (WDEF) – A 43 year old has pleaded guilty to Indecent Liberties with a Child in North Carolina. Benito Morales Mendez was sentenced to a jail term of 16-29 months after pleading in Murphy last week. He will be a registered sex offender for 30 years. He...
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Smoky Mountain News

Tribe begins $275 million expansion at Murphy casino

One day after the seven-year anniversary of the Valley River Casino’s grand opening just outside of Murphy, tribal officials and casino executives gathered under a bluebird sky Thursday, Sept. 29, to break ground on an expansion project whose budget is more than double that of the initial construction. “The...
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Valley River Casino announces $275 million expansion

MURPHY – Just one day after celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, leaders broke ground on a $275 million expansion project that will evolve the property. This project will more than double the constructed space of the casino. The existing buildings...
Atlanta Magazine

Gainesville Eye Associates

Since 1982, Gainesville Eye Associates has upheld its positive reputation throughout Northeast Georgia for commitment in providing personalized, caring service from some of Georgia’s top eye doctors. From routine preventative care to surgical repair and cosmetic procedures, our physicians have the training, experience, and expertise to help patients achieve optimal vision. Our exceptional team of doctors have been consistently recognized for their high-quality patient care and treatment, as well as their expertise in advanced technologies and training. For over four years, Dr. Jack Chapman, Dr. Lori Lebow, and Dr. Clayton Blehm have been nominated for their excellence in eye care by Castle Connolly Top Doctors, and Dr. Zach Balest received the Rising Star award as an emerging leader in the medical community. Northeast Georgia residents have access to first-class, Top Doctor care right around the corner. At our primary clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia and our satellite clinics in Blairsville, Clayton, Toccoa, and Franklin, we offer the latest technologies to meet each unique eye care need, providing our patients with not only clearer vision, but also an enhanced quality of life. Our onsite state-of-the-art surgical suite is equipped for a wide range of corrective procedures, including breakthrough bladeless laser cataract surgery; we were the first practice to introduce this technology to Northeast Georgia. Gainesville Eye Associates also was one of the first practices to offer the PanOptix lens, the only FDA-approved trifocal lens in cataract surgery. Our doctors regularly contribute to clinical eye research on national and international levels.
Cherokee Scout

Town hopes to draw thousands for rail tours

Andrews – The “small town with a big heart” is fast becoming the little darling of Cherokee County. On Saturday, the mountain town will host their annual Oktoberfest, which brings in visitors from across the tri-state area to enjoy the craft vendors, the entertainment and the spirited drinks. But this year is special.
Smoky Mountain News

Stecoah Harvest Festival

The annual Stecoah Harvest Festival will return Oct. 14-15 at the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14: Enjoy the 6 p.m. campfire and marshmallow roast. Hot dogs, hot cocoa and soft drinks for sale. Old fashioned campfire entertainment. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 6...

Creative Threads quilt show returns

After an absence because of the pandemic, the Village Crafters brought back the “Creative Threads” quilt show. Held Friday and Saturday at Chota Recreation Center in Tellico Village, the show featured 150 pieces, including quilts and items made by members of the organization. Planning started in spring 2021, Robin Baus, show chairperson, said. “We’ve been...

Grants expanding broadband

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development awarded $2.9 million in grants to Charter Communications to improve internet access in Loudon County. A total of $20.2 million has been awarded in broadband expansion grants for Loudon, McMinn and Monroe counties. The grants were made available by utilizing a portion of the state’s American Rescue Plan funding from the federal government. The counties will receive three grants as part of...

Old Kimsey junior college gets the chance to live again

POLK COUNTY, TENN. — Jason Collis is restoring history in Ducktown, Tennessee. Jason Collis and his wife purchased the Kimsey junior college last year. They are restoring the school in hopes preserve this historic building. This old school was built in 1932 and designed by the architect Reuben H....
Mountain Xpress

Historic day for Corridor K

Press release from the N.C. Department of Transportation:. State and local officials celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for Corridor K, a project that will improve mobility in western North Carolina and create a unique land bridge over a highway so hikers and wildlife can safely travel the area. “This gives...
Northeastern Georgian

Photo contest open for Lake Living magazine

Whether it’s enjoying a cozy fire in a lakeside cabin, fishing the icy waters or hiking on a trail, winter is great at Northeast Georgia’s lakes. Lake Living magazine is looking for photos that represent this beautiful time of year at the lake. The selected photo will be featured on the cover of the magazine’s winter 2022 edition.