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As this world is rapidly changing, we are keeping up by providing more information that is relevant to our members, to the community, and to visitors to this region. Please check often for our expanding #Where WNC Begins Blog that will keep you informed (and entertained) about what's happening with our Chamber Members, the local economy, and other important matters that affect everyone.

Facebook and WordPress’ – Irreconcilable Differences will Affect Countless Websites – Will Your Be One of Them?

October 21, 2020

Facebook and WordPress’ – Irreconcilable Differences will Affect Countless Websites – Will Yours Be One of Them? UDPATE 2 10/23/2020: Since information is still unclear about how the Facebook-Instagram-Wordpress embedding scenario is going to play out, we have decided to wait until AFTER the weekend before posting possible solutions to preserving existing or establishing new…

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In the Air with Riley

October 15, 2020

In the Air with Riley – Ziplining at the Nantahala Outdoor Center You are perched hundreds of feet above the forest floor. The silhouette of mountains on the horizon, shrouded by a thin veil of fog. A lake shimmering in the distance. A river snaking through the valley. The soothing voice of your guide, explaining…

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Beloved Caboose Gets a Facelift

October 15, 2020

Submitted by Theresa Jo Gaffney Rotary Club of Murphy Public Information Officer Beloved Caboose Gets a Facelift Earlier in the summer, we asked our Rotary club members if there were any projects that we could help out with. Murphy Mayor Rick Ramsey, one of our Rotarians, mentioned that the train caboose behind the L&N Depot…

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Erlanger Announces New Entrance Policy for Patients and Visitors

October 13, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EWCH Announces New Patient and Visitor Entrance Process Beginning Monday, October 12, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital will implement a new patient and visitor entrance process. All patients, including emergency patients, and visitors must drive to the main entrance canopy of the hospital where they will be screened in their vehicles. After being…

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Get to Know Your Local Veteran’s Organizations

October 13, 2020

2nd Annual “Welcome Home Veterans” Event Honors Local Veterans If you have been alive any length of time you have encountered a Veteran. We are generally familiar with Veterans we know personally; a relative, a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend, or even just a light acquaintance. But what about all those encounters with Veterans that…

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Where WNC Begins – The Blog

September 25, 2020

Daytrippin’, Local Savor, and Guest Spot – 3 New Regular Features for our “Where WNC Begins” Blog It’s no surprise that the most common question we get asked at the Welcome Center is “What’s to do around here?” Meaning, what’s to do in Murphy, NC or Cherokee County. Honestly “around here” includes a pretty large…

Cherokee County Chamber NC Virtual After Hours Event Oct. 1, 2020

Staying Connected: Cherokee County Chamber’s First FB Live After Hours Event

September 24, 2020

Cherokee County Chamber’s Virtual After Hours from Downtown Murphy with WKRK As is the case with all our After Hours events, the public is welcome! Our first After Hours since February’s standing room only event at Parson’s Pub, will be no different. The public is welcome. Well – maybe, a little different. Instead of members…

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Mortgage Utility and Rent Relief Program aims to Help Qualifying Small NC Businesses Affected by COVID-19

September 24, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mortgage Utility Rent Relief Progam Aims to Help Qualifying Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced the MORTAGE UTILITY RENT RELIEF program to help small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. When applications become available they will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis. Only qualifying…

Fall leaves | © Ronda Birtha 2008

Opening Day of the Fall Season

September 22, 2020

WHERE WNC BEGINS First Day of Fall 2020 Fall leaves along Yellow Creek Road in Graham County | © Ronda Birtha We may not have been setting temperature records lately but the cool days and cooler evenings offer a promise of something pleasant and hopeful to look forward to. What is that? First, let’s drop…

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7 Myths About Social Media and How to Leverage it for Better Business Connections

September 21, 2020

GUEST POST: BASE NOTE LABS 7 Myths About Social Media and How to Leverage it for Better Business Connections You’ve probably heard from most of your business friends, or a random Facebook ad, how important social media is. Even though it’s almost become a “buzzword”, social media is one of the most powerful marketing tools…

Hiwassee Lake with Hiwassee Dam in the distance, Murphy NC

Hiwassee Lake Loop

September 17, 2020

DAY TRIPPIN’: HIWASSEE LAKE LOOP Hiwassee Lake is one of the crown jewels of Cherokee County. Whether it is fishing, swimming, boating, or just panoramic views this non-commercialized reservoir has it all. Looking for a fun drive? There is an easy loop around the lake that offers sweeping views and several access points to Hiwassee…

Yellow Branch Cheese and Pottery in Graham County NC

Promoting Agritourism in Graham County with the Visit NC Farm App

September 1, 2020

Promoting Agritourism in Graham County – the Neighbor in our Region Since activating the Visit NC Farms app in July of this year for Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties it has been an interesting journey for us into the world of agritoursim. Who knew so many rural businesses could be counted under that umbrella. Farm…

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The Future Workforce of NC Depends on YOU

August 25, 2020

Calling Construction and Trades, Manufacturing, and Hospitality and Tourism Industries You’re invited to a Business/Industry focused NC Credentials Conversation What will the workforce look like in our region, as well as the state in the next year, five years or even 10 years from now? The answer to that question depends on the combined input…

NC Works provides Virtual Career Center Assistance for Graham County Residents

August 24, 2020

***** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***** NC Works Offering Virtual Career Center Assistance in Graham County Starting August 25, 2020 NC Works will offer Virtual Career Center assistance to Graham County residents every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. The virtual sessions seek to connect job seekers with Graham County employers and to…

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USS San Jacinto Sailors Return Home

August 24, 2020

***** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***** Welcome Home USS San Jacinto Sailors! The US Naval Ship San Jacinto is finally home! After more than six months at sea – the longest time at sea with no port of call in the history of the U.S. Navy – the sailors are finally home. Among the sailors on…

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