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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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State Farm Announces $25K in Grants for 40 Non-profit Organizations Dedicated to Improving their Communities

July 14, 2020

State Farm Announces $25K in Grants for 40 Non-profit Organizations Dedicated to Improving their Communities State Farms Provides Incentive for Being a Good Neighbor with the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program   Neighbors across the country will soon have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist®.…

Judy Bruce, Cruise Planners, Murphy, NC

Judy Bruce Discusses COVID-19s influence on the Travel Industry and the Creative Solutions to Travel Planning

June 30, 2020

Judy Bruce of Cruise Planners Discusses Creatively Approaching Travel Planning in the time of COVID Early in June Sherry met with Judy Bruce of Cruise Planners to discuss how COVID-19 has affected the travel industry, and how she’s creatively accommodating clients. Check out the video series throughout this post to get the latest info from…

Pro Motion Rehab | Murphy NC

ProMotion’s July Event

June 30, 2020

From Pro Motion Rehab – July Updates

On the Road with Riley - Lake Hiwassee, Murphy, NC

On the Road with Riley – Lake Hiwassee

June 19, 2020

Early Trip Down Hiwassee Lake in Murphy, NC So far in “On the Road with Riley,” we have hiked, biked, and run across the Appalachian terrain. This, however, does not fully encapsulate the vast array of adventures that await in Western North Carolina. Therefore, on this outing, we took to the waters for an early…

Let Safety Be Your Guiding Principle

June 17, 2020

Let Safety Be Your Guiding Principle Considerations for farm, food, and agritourism related industries navigating reopening businesses and restarting of the economy. Thursday, June 11, the Chamber staff once again attended an informative webinar sponsored by Visit NC Farms.  Dr. Ben Chapman, Food Safety Specialist with NC State, spoke on the topic, “How to help…

Appreciating our local law enforcement

Appreciating our Local Law Enforcement

June 16, 2020

Full Width Template   On behalf of Jim Miller State Farm and Steven Aft State Farm, we want to show our appreciation by serving a delicious BARBECUE LUNCHEON to ALL CHEROKEE COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL on Thursday June 18, 2020 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department/Detention Center (577 Regal St, Murphy NC…

On the Road with Riley - Panther Top

Riley hikes Panther Top Tower Trail in Murphy, NC

June 13, 2020
On the Road with Riley - Jack Rabbit Trails, Hiawassee, NC

Jack Rabbit Trails in Hayesville, NC

June 13, 2020

On the Road with Riley – Jack Rabbit Trails I recently visited the Jackrabbit Mountain trail system for a mountain biking excursion with my dad. Let me begin by stating that I am by no means an expert mountain biker (hiking and running are more my forte), yet I still had an excellent experience. Jackrabbit…

Tyler Anderson and Sherry Raines on WKRK Live

WKRK Live – 6/10/20

June 11, 2020

WKRK LIVE – Upcoming Events, Free Resources for Re-opening Businesses, and the Kindness of Strangers THE HIGHLIGHTS Local Activities Farmer’s Market at L&N Depot will be open Saturday from 9am to 1pm Events The Legendary Ladies of Motown, Mary Wilson and Martha Reeves will be performing at the Smokey Mountain Center for Performing Arts June…

Summer Travelers are Heading to the Mountains

June 11, 2020

Summer Tourists are eager and cautious to hit the road?  How do we bring travelers back to the mountains and help them feel safe? On June 10, Chamber staff attended a webinar led by Marlise Taylor, Research Analyst for Visit NC. Taylor shared research that shows the past, current, and projected travel-related trends for the…

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