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Union and Towns Partner for the 2020 Census

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Blairsville, Ga – Union and Towns County formed the Trusted Voices committee for assistance with the 2020 census.

With the 2020 Census rapidly approaching – April 1, 2020, Union, Towns, Blairsville, Hiawassee, and Young Harris partnered with the Patrick Malone to form the Trusted Voices committee to ensure maximum participation.

“We had a meeting six week ago with a lady from the Governor’s Office, Anna Miller,” said Mayor Jim Conley “Commissioner Paris put together an agreement with Mr. Patrick Malone who is here tonight that puts [Malone] in charge of the working end of the Census.”

Mayor Jim Conley

Mayor Conley asks for committee members for Trusted Voices.

In the 2010 report, Union recorded around 85 percent of the total population. Towns recorded 87 percent.

Malone hopes to increase Census participation in 2020. The organization serves to encourage individuals to answer the survey through door-to-door visits and community engagements. These efforts will gear up in the fall to promote awareness.

“The committee’s known as the Trusted Voices Campaign. The responsibilities are really minor. It’s just being aware what’s going on with the Census and make sure that we exceed last Census’ participation rate,” explained Malone.

Blairsville City Council appointed Councilman Mary Ruth Cook and Councilman Rhonda Mahan to serve on the Trusted Voices committee to represent Blairsville’s interest. They will have one meeting with Malone and then spread the word in the community.

The city paid Trusted Voices $500 to utilize the service. Hiawassee and Young Harris also paid $500, but Union and Towns are expected to cover the rest of the cost.

Wastewater Plant Starts Processing Landfill Runoff


Blairsville, Ga – Blairsville’s Wastewater (WWTP) plant to begin processing leachate from local landfills after City Council approves a partnership with The Water Authority (TWA).

TWA approached Superintendent of WWTP Jody Cook two months ago about allowing the company to use the plant for leachate processing. Blairsville’s WWTP makes a good candidate to take on processing due to the extra capacity in the tanks. TWA will pay the city $0.5 per gallon for the amount of leachate that the city accommodates.

“We’ve crunched the numbers and the amount of air available, we can treat it, and it would be a lot of revenue for the city,” explained Cook, “The only thing that we’ll have to purchase would be a pump because we don’t have an in-ground tank. We’re going to do a trial period, and they’ll give a pump until we get it approved by the city.”

In last month’s city council meeting, Cook and the council decided against adding leachate out of concerns that ammonia levels would be too high. However, after spending more time analyzing the procedure, Cook and TWA found that the WWTP can process leachate as long as enough air is available.

TWA’s proposal of $0.5 per gallon will provide the city in the worst case scenario with $526,600 a year if the plant only processes 28,800 gallons a day. The best-case scenario: if the plant can process 93,600 gallons a day, then TWA will pay the city $1,708,200 a year.

Councilman Tony Dyer asked, “This all is going to be hauled to us?”

Mayor Jim Conley confirmed, “It would be hauled to us and pumped into one of our digesters that is not in use at this time.”

The above ground tanks require the city to purchase a new pump to process the leachate.

It won’t alter the existing process at the WWTP, just act as an additive. It’s a chance for extra revenue for the city. Blairsville’s WWTP currently using approximately 30 percent of the facilities capacity at the moment.

“I don’t think they’ve tried it in an SVR plant before, which is why they want to have a trial,” said Cook, “We can’t violate our permit period, so if that happens then we don’t do it. I don’t foresee that, and we have no issue with ammonia, and we’re not using all the air in the tank now.”

The plan’s to start slow and let the organisms acclimate to the leachate with 5 gallons a minute for two weeks, then increase it to ten gallons a minute. Eventually, leachate will reach the 15 gallons a minute and maintain that setting.

Ellijay has implemented a similar process, and Cook visited the facility to see how it works and how Blairsville can undertake the process.

“I talked to the operator down there, and he said as long as you’ve got enough air, then you can treat it. There’s nothing else bad in it. It’s just high ammonia,” stated Cook.

TWA’s a Georgia Environmental Service Company and owned by several parties including State Senator Steve Gooch who explained that the treatment of leachate by under capacity plants’s a “good source of revenue for the city.”

“Typical municipal systems and septic waste systems take it,” said Gooch, “It’s a clean and effective way to dispose of the liquid and to treat it.”

Leachate consists of water, suspended materials, dissolved solids, nitrogen, and other organic substances, which makes it ideal to supplement the WWTP living ecosystem. The nitrogen will turn into ammonia during the aeration.

By adding leachate to the plant on days when the plant can’t maintain a level feeding schedule for the organisms in the WWTP. By using an empty process tank to store the leachate, it can readily meter the substance into the plant.

Until recently, most activated sludge plants operated at a max flow of 200mg/L BOD and TSS at 20mg/L ammonia loading. The TKN will be around 40-60mg/L. To better illustrate this example, TWA provided the following: A plant designed at 1.0 MGD should process 200mg/L BOD and 20mg/L and it can remove 1668 lbs/day of BOD and 166 lbs of ammonia. However, if the plant only operates at 0.35 mg/L with an average of 150mg/L and 15mg/L, then it’s only processing 437 lbs/day of BOD and 44 lbs/day of ammonia.

The leachate will keep the organisms at the WWTP eating at a slow rate by maintaining an even flow at all times.

Dylan Mark Headrick: Obituary


Dylan Mark Headrick

June 5, 1996 – June 2, 2019

Mr. Dylan Mark Headrick age 22 of Davenport Court Blairsville formerly of McDonough, GA. passed away peacefully on Sunday June 2, 2019 at Northeast GA Medical Center following a brief illness. Dylan was born on June 5, 1996 in Watsonville, CA., the son of Mark C. Headrick and Thea Nina Powell Headrick. Dylan has been described as one of the kindest, purest hearts you’d ever meet, and brilliant beyond his years. He had attended Georgia Tech and was an amazing woodworker, musician, tinkerer, mechanic and engineer, but most importantly, a loving, caring son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. In his short life, he touched the lives of so many who knew him. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Johnny Powell and an uncle, Kip Headrick.

Surviving Dylan are his parents, Mark and Thea Headrick of Blairsville, one sister and her fiancé, Carly Mae Headrick of Blairsville and Andrew Moody of McDonough, grandparents, Dave and Shirley Hulligan of East Wenatchee, WA., Jay and Joan Headrick of Magalia, CA., aunts and uncles, Jim and Carmen Darcey of Squaw Valley, CA., Clark and Eileen Headrick of Clarkston, MI., several cousins and many other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Dylan’s Life will be held at a later date and will be announced. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the charity closest to your heart in Dylan’s memory.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

Herbert Joseph Teague: Obituary


Herbert Joseph Teague

February 04, 1942 – June 03, 2019

Mr. Herbert Joseph Teague, age 77 of Blairsville passed away peacefully at his home on June 3, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones.

Herb was born in Union County to the late Joe & Alean Teague. He loved his Lord and always looked forward to the many special days at church. He was a devoted member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where he was the Sunday School Teacher.

Herb was a loving and caring Dad and Papaw. He loved to play the guitar, spending time with his friends at the car shows, and riding his lawn mower with Jackson & Sydney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Alean Teague; his loving daughter, Mrs. Stephanie Teague Sharrock; sisters, Thelma Truitt & Frances Lee; along with his brother, Harold Teague.

Surviving Mr. Teague is his best friend and loving wife, Joyce; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Kelly Teague of Blairsville; two brothers, Randall and Judy Teague and Robert and Mary Teague; His very special grandchildren, Sydney Sharrock of Canton, GA; Jackson & Adalynn Teague of Blairsville. There are many relatives, along with nieces and nephews that were so loved by Herbert.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday June 6, 2019 at 11:00am from the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Jones & Rev. William Kerr officiating. A eulogy will be given by Herbert’s son Joe. Special music will be presented by Jimmy & Judy Thompson, Angie Burrell, and Will Potts. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers; Joe Teague, Ricky Hughes, Bobby Warren, Bart Hoibraten, McCoy Walker, and Charles Baugh. The following gentleman will also serve as honorary pallbearers; Tim Jones, Will Potts, Roy Fortenberry and Gerald Potts. Interment will follow in the Union Memory Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors being conducted by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Flowers are accepted but if you wish, the family requests that donations be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. The family will meet with friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

Seth Paul Ratliff: Obituary


Seth Paul Ratliff

August 01, 1961 – June 02, 2019

Seth Paul Ratliff August 1, 1961-June 2, 2019 Born the eldest son of Randy and Lois Ratliff on August 1, 1961 in Pequannock New Jersey, Seth Paul Ratliff entered eternal rest following a brave battle with cancer on June 2, 2019 in Blairsville, Georgia. Paul was preceded in death by his younger brother, Randy Ratliff, Jr., maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Seth Paul Triplett and paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shaffer. Paul is survived by his son, Eric Paul Ratliff, Kissimmee, Fl.; former spouse Lisa Pearson Ratliff, St. Cloud, Fl.; parents, Randy and Lois Ratliff, Blairsville, Ga.; sisters, Ginny Ratliff, Danville, KY.; Rhonda Ratliff-Wagoner (Bryan), Macon, Ga.; brother Shawn Ratliff, Blairsville, Ga.; and several precious nieces and nephews.

Paul was blessed with exceptional artistic ability, working his entire life as a skilled craftsman, carpenter and stone mason. Many homeowners and businesses throughout Florida and Georgia benefitted from Paul’s talent, making his creations a lasting testament and legacy to Paul’s strong work ethic and skill.

Paul was instantly recognizable with fire red hair and a personality to match. He truly lit up a room with his wide smile, booming laugh and lively spirit. Paul loved nature and traveling. Among his favorite memories was a family vacation and road trip to Alaska, where he spent time in the beautiful outdoors with those he loved. Always the artist, Paul developed an interest in clock-making in later years, pursuing it with his typical passion and pride. Paul’s eternally positive outlook benefitted him in life, especially as cancer took hold. He kept a smile to the end, grateful for the kindness and care shown to him by hospice, nurses and relatives.

Paul’s departure weighs heavily on his family, but we are certain Heaven is full of music, laughter and celebration with the arrival of his beloved spirit. Special thanks and recognition are extended to the staff at Union County Nursing Home, Blairsville Georgia for their exceptional care and support during Paul’s final days. Keeping with Paul’s wishes, a celebration of life is planned at the home of his parents, Randy and Lois Ratliff, Blairsville, Georgia.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

Russell Townsend Berglund: Obituary


Russell Townsend Berglund

August 09, 1930 – May 31, 2019

Mr. Russell Townsend Berglund age 88 of Blairsville passed away peacefully at his home on Friday May 31, 2019, under the care of Hospice, with his son next to his side. following an extended illness. Mr. Berglund was born on August 9, 1930 in Cambridge, MA., the son of the late George W. Berglund and the late Grace Townsend Berglund. He was a veteran of the US Navy of the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW. Russell was a loving father, He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Goss Berglund in 2005 his brother Paul W. Berglund of Tallahassee, FL Mr. Berglund attended the Unity Church.

Surviving Mr. Berglund are one daughter , Virginia Ann Berglund – McCabe of Ogdensburg, NY., his son, George Stanley Berglund of Blairsville, a close friend, Mary Anderson of Blairsville, one grandchild, three great grandchildren, and Ne Ne his favorite four legged buddy.

A memorial service will be held at a later date . with interment to follow in the Holly Hill Cemetery will be announced. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made in Mr. Berglund’s memory. to Pruitthealth Hospice of Blue Ridge GA

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

Reverend James Marshall Lee: Obituary


Reverend James Marshall Lee

September 22, 1938 – May 30, 2019

Reverend James Marshall Lee, of Young Harris, GA age 80, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 30th. After a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He Loved God and loved working for God (reading his bible, preaching the gospel and adding more Christian’s to GOD’s flock) His love for his family and friends were beyond measure. In his pass time he enjoyed spending time with his loved ones (Family and Friends) visiting, helping and praying with his neighbors, drawing, painting, woodworking, fishing, gardening, and rock hunting, His hard working careers included: Grocery Store Manager, Owner/CEO of Lee’s Janitorial Service, Bus Driver for Towns County School System, Arbor Acres, and Union County Road Dept.

He was born the son of Joe Van Lee and Clyde Carter Lee, of Hayesville, NC.

He was proceeded in death by his Father (Joe) and Mother(Clyde), of Hayesville, NC His Brother and (best buddy) Ralph Lake Lee, of Warne, NC. Infant Son Daniel Jerome Lee, Infant Daughter Marrissa LeAnn Lee, Mother in Law: Estee “Edna” Ramey Bradley Chastain Three Brother in Laws Rev. Frank Dockery, Robert E. Brown, and Robert Dye Two Nephew’s: Zyndall Dye, and Mark Dockery, one Niece: Shirley Mae Dockery Grizzle and two Great Nephew’s: Andrew Brown and Jeff Brown.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Geneva Chastain Lee, Son: Jason James and wife Wendy Marie Lee, of Young Harris, GA Daughter: Meda Lorinda Lee-McWhorter and Husband Benny of LaGrange, GA. Sister: Ruby Lee Dockery, Blairsville, GA. four grandsons: Justin and wife Sara Lee, Hayesville, NC, Brandon and wife Keltsey Lee, Blairsville, GA, Jordan Lee, Young Harris, GA , Ben A., Jr and wife Ashley McWhorter. one granddaughter: Kim and husband Brian Huckleberry Eight great-grands: Alex McVay, Jacob J, Lee, Jenna H. Lee, Cohen McWhorter, Jackson, Garrett, Addison Huckleberry, and MaryKalen Bryant. two sister-in-laws: Annie Mae Bradley Brown and Genette Chastain Dye, Brother in Law: Ernest and wife Sue Chastain all of Young Harris, GA, As he always said; at the end of his sermons: “He loved everybody, each and everyone of you.”

Funeral services will be held on Sunday June 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm from the Mountain View Chapel with Pastor Ray Potts and Rev. Jimmy Rogers officiating. Special music will be presented by Alice McDonald and Spirit Led. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers, Justin Brandon and Jordan Lee, Alex McVay, Benny McWhorter and Scottie Brown. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Clearance Kirby, James (Buddy ) Mason and Jacob Lee. Interment and graveside services will be held in the Many Forks Baptist Church Cemetery with the North GA Honor Guard conducting Military Honors. Flowers are accepted or if you wish, donations may be made to the Many Forks Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in Rev. Lee’s memory. The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 6-9:00 pm.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

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