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Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Speaks to Pickens Chamber of Commerce

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Tuesday’s Pickens County Chamber Breakfast was no ordinary event. The crowd of well over 100 local business owners and professionals was treated to an update on the nation’s financial situation by Tom Cunningham.  Dr. Cunningham is the Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and is also currently the Director of the Center for Real Estate Analytics.    Dr. Cunningham’s presentation was informative, insightful, and well received. Tom has been with the Federal Reserve system since 1985 and I have been fortunate to hear several of his presentations over the years.  For more information on Dr. Cunningham  you can visit the Federal Reserves website: Tom Cunningham .

The presentation was recorded by and you can have your own private economic lesson by following this link:  Tom Cunningham, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

And yes, that is yours truly with the brief introduction.

Have a Blessed Day,


Robert Henry Live Tonight

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Casual Classics Schedule

Artwork Courtesy of Jasper Muse, Inc.

Don’t miss a golden opportunity to hear one of America’s great pianist live here in Jasper.  Dr. Robert Henry will be performing at 7:00 pm tonight at the New Lebanon Presbyterian Church as a part of the Casual Classics Concert Series.  The concerts are free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and is available on a first come – first served basis.  Jasper Muse, Inc. is the parent organization of the Casual Classics Concert Series, the Jasper Young Singers and the Creative and Performing Arts Center.  To learn more about the programs supported by Jasper Muse, please visit their website:  Jasper Muse .  To learn more about Dr. Robert Henry please visit his website:  Dr. Robert Henry

If  you can’t make tonight’s performance, please check the future performance dates and mark your calendar now.

Have a Blessed Day,


A Note on Fall Maintenance & Home Warranties

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Fall Maintenance & Home Warranties

Those of you whom we have represented in a purchase or sale know that we provide a 1 year Home Warranty with most of our sales.  We do this to provide a level of protection for the seller and the buyer and to make the transition from one owner to another as smooth and non-stressful as possible.  One of our key partners in this service is one of the nations largest providers of home warranties – Home Warranty of America.  HWA just published their fall maintenance tips and I thought I should pass them along to you.

Fall Home Maintenance Tips from HWA

Fall is, for many, the most enjoyable of all the seasons. One reason for this time of year’s popularity is its short timespan. As the temperatures steadily decline and days get shorter, the cold winter days get closer and closer.

While you are out enjoying the fall colors, pumpkin farms and Halloween activities, take some time to prep your home – both indoor and outdoor – for winter with the below fall home maintenance tips!

Outdoor Fall Maintenance Tips
1. Clear debris out of you window wells, gutters, downspouts, and storm drains. This will allow the water to properly drain, minimizing standing water and stalling the freeze and thaw expansion process that often occurs during colder months.
2. Make sure the weather stripping on your windows and doors fit and is in good condition.
3. Clean your windows. Sparkling clean windows let in lots of sunlight that will help chase away winter’s doldrums.
4. Look for broken or cracked glass and damaged screens or storm windows. Also, check for loose putty around glass panes.
5. Remove garden hoses from spouts, drain and store for the winter.

Indoor Maintenance Tips
1. Get your heating system checked by a professional.
2. Replace your furnace filter.
3. Clean out any dust that has accumulated in vents to reduce exposure to indoor pollutants and cut down on winter colds.
4. Make sure you have proper insulation in both your attic and basement. While checking your insulation, if you see any dark, dirty spots, it may indicate you have air leaks coming into your home.
5. Remove hair from drains in sinks, tubs, and showers.

If you have any questions about our services including the provision of home warranties, please contact me.  If you would like more information about specific products from HWA, please visit their website at :

Have a Blessed Day,


61 Main Named One of Georgia’s Top 10!

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
61 Main Restaurant

Local Favorite Now Officially 1 of Georgia's Best

Congratulations to the Owner’s & Staff of 61 Main.  We already new it was one of the best restaurants around, but verification arrived from afar today as Georgia Trend magazine awarded  61 MainSilver Spoon indicative of its position as one of  Georgia’s Top 10 Restaurants.

That puts them in the same tier with names like Rathbun’s and Bacchanalia.  You can read the entire article here:  Georgia Trend Magazine

Congratulations and Keep Up the Good Work!

Have a Blessed Day,


“Smoke on the Mountain” is a Must See

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Tater Patch Players will bring “Smoke on the Mountain” back to the Chamber Stage Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights and Sunday afternoon.  Your mission, whether or not you accept it, is to go see and hear this classic performance.


"Smoke on the Mountain" This Weekend

Bob Countryman’s set bring yous right inside the “Church in the Wildwood” and Marcia Wright has directed the talented crew so that you soon become part of the congregation.  The cast is rock solid and they deliver both visually and aurally.  If you you’ve ever been to a country singing then you’ll be transported back there in your mind; if you haven’t, then you are in for a treat.  Not only is the music spot on, but the background activities of the non-singers will keep you in stitches.  At some points, the juxtaposition between the beautiful singing and playing and the side stage antics is almost painfully funny.    Don’t miss this opportunity to support what I am certain is the best “little theater’ in North Georgia.

You can get additional information on the Tater Patch Players and order your tickets on line at :

Have a Blessed Day,