Heritage Partners Along the River Walk

The Heritage Partners is an active organization throughout our community and best know for their work on the Murphy River Walk. It’s only fitting that we take in the natural beauty of our community during this last month of Summer.

We’ll see you Thursday August 15th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Pavilion near the Rock Gym and Murphy Health & Fitness. Click here to watch our WKRK Wednesday Facebook Live video with Elo-ly and Corey Bailey of Heritage Partners as they share details about this Networking event.

Congratulations to our Door Prize Winners at last month’s AfterHours! Elo-ly Bailey, Barbara Hughes, and Corey Bailey were the lucky table at Bojangles’ in Murphy!

We celebrated the first anniversary of Bojangles’ in Murphy with a Ribbon Cutting and AfterHours networking event Thursday July 18th. Bojangles’ provided true Southern hospitality and an impressive spread, including their new pimento cheese that wowed all in attendance. Pictures center with scissors are owner, Crystal and general manager, Kristi. Holding the ribbon at the left is marketing director, Regina and on the right, catering manager, Ronda. For information and catering, contact Bojangles’ at 828-516-2105 and visit their location at 1563 Andrews Road in Murphy.

Joining us were WKRKMcNabb PropertiesCherokee ScoutREACHCherokee County Arts CouncilCherokee County Master GardenersFriends of Harshaw Chapel, Miller Well Drilling, America’s Homeplace, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, AirMedcare Network, and Appalachian Land.

Many thanks to our Chamber Ambassadors: Elo-Ly & Corey Bailey, Barbara Hughes, Tim Radford, and Sherry Palmer. We’ll see you Thursday August 15th with Heritage Partners!

Two-For-One Special!

Our July Ambassador is the best two-for-one… Elo-ly Bailey is always out and about with her husband, Corey, volunteering with Cherokee County Master Gardeners, Arts Council, Heritage Partners, and our Chamber of Commerce. Logging 1,000 volunteer hours in just the Master Gardeners alone, they have also served on the Friends of Murphy Library and Valley River Humane Society.

We are beyond grateful to have Elo-ly and Corey supporting this community that they have called home for the past 15 years. With the experience from their career in Claims and Risk Management, they have been an asset to the boards on which they serve. While they love to be a part of our community with such diverse interests, they moved to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren in Marietta. We honestly don’t know how they keep up with it all, but we’re so grateful!

In their free time, Elo-ly and Corey enjoy the quiet beauty around their house. Sharing their 5 acres with deer, turkeys, wood ducks, fish, 8 cats, and 1 dog certainly helps them recharge to go right back out and serve in this beautiful mountain community.

If you haven’t met the Baileys yet, we would love to introduce you at our August 15th AfterHours with Heritage Partners on the Murphy River Walk. They’re always fun to chat with, so grab a glass of wine and they can tell you about some great ways to experience the whole county: from the rivers to the mountains, the fun of small town shopping, and some delicious local restaurants. Just remember to let us know… what’s your favorite way to enjoy Cherokee County?

For location details check out the Facebook event!

Gaines Concealed Carry

Dr. George Gaines is the Owner of Gaines Concealed Carry and our July 2019 Member of the Month. Dr. Gaines is the lead instructor with a long list of credentials, licenses, and certifications from the Red Cross and the Academy for Advanced Homeland Security Training to the NRA and US Concealed Carry Association. Most important of all, he’s a member of our Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

George has been living here in North Carolina for just over a year, enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery. You’ll see him out and about at our Chamber AfterHours, meeting new folks. While he may be new to our community, he has been providing firearms training to students of all levels for over 6 years after his cousin Henry got him back into competitive shooting. He loves to teach others about gun safety, stressing that a gun is a tool that everyone must learn to use safely.

If you currently have your concealed carry permit and interested in becoming a USCCA Training Counselor, Dr. George offers this and additional training opportunities. If you get a chance, sit down and enjoy a slice of pizza and red wine as you chat about all that he offers at Gaines Concealed Carry and his past experiences in education. Better yet, join us at our AfterHours and get to know many of our members!

Business Cards & Bojangles’

Each month Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce hosts an AfterHours networking event. Bojangles’ will be our host on July 18th in Murphy from 5:00 – 7:00pm. We invite our members, local businesses, and entrepreneurs to join us! We offer door prizes and select our Member of the Month and Ambassador of the Month from those in attendance. Be sure to bring your business cards and stay a while!

Congratulations to our Door Prize Winners!
Brad Bruce of Olde Town Brokers: Valley River RV Resort two-night stay
John Reynolds of Valley River Humane Society: Mike Lalone Pottery

Thursday, June 13th Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce AfterHours at Valley River RV Resort in Murphy. Many thanks to our hosts: Jean-Marie Harrison – Resort General Manager, Billy Harrison – Operations Manager, Loren Snyder and Ron & Judy Schweitzer.

Joining us were Murphy Mayor Rick Ramsey, Murphy Town Council Gail Walker Stansell, WKRKMcNabb PropertiesThe Whole StoreCherokee ScoutValley River Humane SocietyREACHCherokee County Arts CouncilOlde Town Brokers, Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining Co., Gaines Concealed CarryCherokee County Master Gardeners, and Chamber Ambassadors: Sherry Palmer, Cory Bailey, and Elo-ly Bailey.

Congrats to our Member of the Month: Dr. George Gaines of Gaines Concealed Carry and Ambassador of the Month: Elo-ly Harris of Cherokee County Arts Council & Cherokee County Master Gardeners!

Join us for your chance to be our Member or Ambassador of the Month!

The Hackney Warehouse AfterHours

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce held their monthly AfterHours Networking event; hosted by The Hackney Warehouse Thursday, February 21st at 5:00 pm. Venue Manager Lydia Gray welcomed Chamber Members, Chamber Board Members, Chamber Staff, Chamber Ambassadors, and guests with food and drink. Lucky winner of the Hackney Basket (pictured here) Melody Johnson of Edward Jones (center) with Lydia Gray on the right and Chamber Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Becca McNabb on the left. Other door prizes were awarded to Greg Collins of UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Harrah’s Valley River Casino receiving a gift card for Brother’s Restaurant in Murphy and Missy Allen of America’s Home Place winning a piece of Mike Lalone Pottery. 

A great big thank you to Lydia Gray for making us all feel so welcome. It was a great evening of networking with Kula Wellness, Mother’s Hemp, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Harrah’s Valley River, America’s Home Place, Miller Well Drilling, iServe Residential Lending, USHealth Advisors-Tom Maynard, PNC Bank-Murphy, Bistro 29, Murphy Business Association, ROTOR Consulting, LLC, Kathryn Brown Jenkins, TCCC’s Small Business Center, AirMedCare Network, Murphy / Peace Valley KOA Holiday, Kona Ice of Blairsville, Murphy Health & Fitness, Appalachian Angels, McNabb Properties, Judy Bruce-Cruise Planners, Valley River RV Resort, Cinderelly’s Housekeeping, WKRK, First United Methodist Church-Murphy, and so many others. Thank You! Our next AfterHours is scheduled for Thursday, March 21st at Chick-fil-A Blairsville at 5:30 pm so mark your calendars.