Mayor's office supports Blairsville's Green Bean Festival
Front row - Janice Gratton and Mayor Jim Conley. Back row - Layne Ellison, Karen Carver, and Tracie Shields

July 2010 - Lookin' Good at Blairsville, Georgia City Hall

The Mayor's Office at Blairsville City Hall is looking good with everyone wearing a Green Bean Festival T-Shirt. Festival t-shirts are available in several colors and styles. They are available in children's and adult sizes. According to recent reports, they are flying off the shelves!

The Downtown Development Authority of Blairsville and Green Bean Festival Committee would like to thank the Mayor's office for supporting the Green Bean Festival. They would also like to thank Blairsville artist Chuck Rogers for the popular Green Bean Man and festival logo. The festival just wouldn't be the same without the green bean man!

Coosa Creek has done a great job producing the festival t-shirts. If you want to purchase a Green Bean shirt, they are available for $10 each at the DDA office on the Square, Antonietta's Grill & Italian Restaurant, Brasstown Pharmacy, Carl & Ray's Antiques, Comfort Café, Season's Inn, Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce, King's 5 & 10, and Blairsville Bike's and Boards.


Mayor Jim Conley

May 13, 2008 - Sixth graders enter "If I Were Mayor" essay contest

Each year the Georgia Municipal Association "If I Were Mayor" essay contest encourages over 4000 sixth grade students to dream about leading their cities and hometowns. Blairsville Mayor Jim Conley recently visited Denise Driskell's 6th grade class to recognize this year's essay winners and participants.

Mayor Conley says, "The essay contest is all about the kids. I enjoy giving them the recognition they deserve."

For the past 5 years, Ms. Driskell's class has had a District 2 winner. This is quite an accomplishment! Only one winning essay is selected from each of GMA's 12 districts. Winners receive a $250 savings bond and are recognized at a special awards luncheon. Although there was not a top place District 2 winner this year from Union County , there were 5 students in Ms. Driskell's class that received honorable mentions. Josh Anderson, Darian Colbroth, Zach Markham, Reagan Hooper, and Josh Dyer were applauded by classmates and onlookers as their names were announced.

According to the GMA website, "The contest gives students a chance to creatively use grade-specific language arts skills and civics/social studies knowledge." Ms. Driskell's sixth grade students are certainly up to the challenge! Congratulations to Denise Driskell and every student that participated in the "If I Were Mayor" contest.

Mayor Conley

November 15, 2009 - Gifts needed for Mayor's Christmas Motorcade

Let's help make Christmas a special time for mental health residents of the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital. Gifts are being collected at Blairsville City Hall thru December 14th and will be delivered on December 15th during the Mayor's Christmas Motorcade.

The residents of NWGRH, located in Rome, Georgia, are dependant on people in the North Georgia area. Without the generosity of local citizens, patients at the regional hospital might be overlooked during the holidays. Together we can make Christmas a joyous time for these special adults.

The Mayor's Christmas Motorcade is a program of the Georgia Municipal Association, where Mayors throughout Georgia gather gifts for the state hospitals that serve their regions. Blairsville Mayor Jim Conley has participated in the Motorcade since he took office in 2006. He says, "I hope that even in these tough economic times, we can spare some Christmas spirit for the residents of Northeast Georgia Regional Hospital ."

Requested items include miscellaneous gifts, personal care items, new clothing, and cash donations for larger ticket items like sports equipment, musical instruments, and electronics. Ideas for smaller gifts include board games, cards, T-shirts, baseball caps, watches, walkman radios, Top 40 CD's & cassette tapes, wallets, stationary, pens, pencils, tote bags, cookies, snacks, movies (PG or G only), and hair accessories. Personal items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, brushes, cosmetics, shaving lotion, deodorant, after shave, cosmetic cases, shampoos, conditioners, and body lotions are also needed. New clothing is always welcome and may include pajamas, nightgowns, bathrobes, socks, underwear, bedroom shoes, tennis shoes, and hats. Women's items are especially needed in plus sizes (extra large through 4XXXX). Men's items are especially needed in size small.

Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital serves the people of North Georgia in many ways including providing inpatient services to individuals that need round the clock mental health care. Your donation will help make Christmas a special time for these patients. Donations of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows are also needed. Cash donations are always welcome and checks should be made payable to Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital . All donations are tax deductible.

There are currently seven regional mental health hospitals in the state of Georgia serving over 3,200 Georgians. Many of these clients have lived in a hospital facility for much of their lives and receive little, if any, support or contact from their families. Without the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade, many of these patients would not receive a gift at Christmas or any other time. Any gifts not handed out during Christmas are used for client birthdays, special occasions, or given to newly arrived clients (who may arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs).

Let's not forget those less fortunate during this holiday season. While out shopping, it's easy to pick up something extra for the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade!