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shucks


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Posted - 12/27/2010 :  1:57:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK, tell it like it is. Union County, with it's inefficient one man commisssioner type goverment, is so mired in archaic government, it is failing to provide the citizens with basic services.

I have not seen the first snow plow or vehicle on any county road yet. Either the county or state does a pretty good job of keeping the main roads clear but the county is pitiful when it comes to clearing side roads. Where is our increased tax money going? Maybe a "waltzing around" newspaper question and answer maybe will be forthcoming NGN, after the tradional "spin" of course.

I talked to one of my accounts in Hartford, CT. this morn. This is a city of about 400,000 people and a county of about 2 million. As of this morn ALL the main roads were clear and 90% of all secondary and subdivision roads are clear. Union is minute when it comes to size, but the present government evidently doesn't give a rats posterior about the citizens, who do pay taxes, to show some sign of concern and services.

Just another reason why the Sole Commissioner, type goverment is worthless, inefficient and unable to provide needed county services.


Shucks

William R. Jenkins

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Posted - 12/27/2010 :  4:20:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shucks,You are correct on all counts.The time has long passed when this county has needed more than one commissioner.The need for a county garbage pick-up system is long over due also.We are getting the hell out of this area the last day of this month.And one of the main reasons is the absence of good doctors.It seems to me as if the sick go to the local hospital only to die.The administration,in this county is very amateur,to include the law enforcement and J.W. Payne's theiving tax office.WRJ and I am on my way

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mountainguy

USA
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Posted - 12/27/2010 :  5:25:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit mountainguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
WRJ,

I'm considering leaving for the same reason. The health care in Towns County is subpar also. Having worked in the field for 22 years, I think I have a leg to stand on. I won't go into details but, what I've seen has really concerned me.

"Educate and inform the whole mass of people. They are the only sure reliance of the preservation of our freedom."
-- Thomas Jefferson

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shucks


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Posted - 12/27/2010 :  8:32:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Count me in the moving column. After 3 episodes at the hospital, one nearly costing my wife's life, I now feel as if the medical situation here in the county is one of the reason's I feel as if time to go.
That, along with the absence of basic services such as Garbage pickup, lack of fire protection,lack of police protection, the aforementioned total disregard for the citizens roads. The list could go on and on, but let's just say it is time to move on.

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William R. Jenkins

USA
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Posted - 12/27/2010 :  9:58:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shucks,I remimber your wife's sickness,yours also.Several months back I had a semi-emergency,visited the e-room here.There was no doctor present ,but a physician's assistant.For about two hours I wasn't sure if I were the patient or the physician's assistant.I finally admitted myself to overnight observation and additional testing.WRJ

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ShadowMan

USA
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Posted - 12/28/2010 :  02:35:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit ShadowMan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
All you curmudgeons go sit over there on the DP bench and let me bend your ear a sec.

First off, where in the Sam Hill do you get off comparing snow mitigation between a town in Georgia which sees less than 3 inches of snow a year on average with a city in Yankee-land that averages 45 inches of snow a year and gets 116 inches in peak years?

We do not have the same weather issues or expectations that they have in Yankee land. If you want professional snow response going forward, kindly move to someplace that gets snowfall in an amount to warrant it. (Hint - it's Yankee-land).

Second, the sole commissioner form of government is the MOST efficient type of government because it doesn't have the built-in conflict, discussion, and negotiating that multi-member bodies of government have. For my prime example, I present to you the wasteland representative government that we call the Senate and the House of Representatives. Having a sole person as head of government removes checks and balances that may be needed if the wrong person gets elected. Thank your lucky stars that we have not seen that type of person elected to the office yet.

Lastly, this is not a metropolitan area. Our community and our county do not have the population to sustain the services you got accustomed to when you were living "someplace else". It does have more services than it had three years ago. And even more services than it had 10 years ago. And astoundingly more services than it had 25 years ago. And it is practically a different place than I remember it being 30 years ago.

You may scoff, but there was a time when West Palm Beach, Florida or Hartford, Connecticut also did not have the wide array of services that they are capable of providing today. They built up to it over time and paid for it with taxes from the substantial population that lived/lives and worked/works there. We're building up to services ourselves but on an entirely different timeline. I suggest rather than bitchin' and moanin' about the lack of services you expect our community to provide that you put that energy and effort into making your desires to move a reality so you can be unhappy someplace else.

Lecture over.

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GrayEagle

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Posted - 12/28/2010 :  05:25:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit GrayEagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Uh, amen. What Shadow Man said. I still think this the most beautiful place I have ever lived. However, I still do not care for the Sole-Commissioner form of Government. Not speaking of the current commissioner, but the system that could allow dictorial mis-use of the office.

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William R. Jenkins

USA
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Posted - 12/28/2010 :  11:45:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Most everyone has heard the expression,birds of a feather flock together.That describes this county very well.As the former commissioner H. cook said, "Union county is a Christian community".A county full of religious fanatics and bible thumpers,where the blow hard preachers further the lies of the bible and the ignorant people believe every word and give their money ,thinking that will get them to an immaginary place called heaven.With this mind set all other elements of society have little value.If a sole commissioner is the best form of government,why are there only a few communities in the country that have only one.I agree with S.man about the congress.What they have done to the citizens of this country makes me want to holler.WRJ

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fawn

USA
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Posted - 12/28/2010 :  12:04:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit fawn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Absolutely Shadow and Gray!! If people want all the big city conveniences and the taxes, crime and corruption that goes along those "conveniences" they should not be living here. So...we get a really big snow. We knew about it in advance so we were prepared...just like we were prepared during hurricane season. You can't stay home for a couple of days and entertain yourself?!

Having resided in a FL town with a population of 20,000...just about the size of Union county, I can tell you that poor government services, waste, inefficiency and buck-passing AND high taxes are a way of life in that town. I get my money's worth here....AND when there is a problem, I know who to contact directly and am not passed around from dept to dept AND more importantly, I get my issues answered.

As far as medical care is concerned, the ER here is certainly better than the ER's in large hospitals where I've lived before. I won't bore this forum with details....just suffice to say that the quality of patient care for true emergencies is better here than my family and I have experienced at metropolitan hospitals.

Finally, give me private garbage service any day over county run services. At least with private service if I don't like the job one guy does, I can call someone else and have done just that.

Geez...some of you guys need to chill out and quit your neverending complaining. All this negativism reminds me of retirees in FL who don't have enough to do except be overly critical of everything and everybody.

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William R. Jenkins

USA
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Posted - 12/28/2010 :  12:53:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Fawn,it isn't negatism ,but personal opinions,Not everyone thinks the same.As for complaining about present conditions or lack of them is just as important as necessity being the mother of inventions.IF you think this local emergency poom is good or professional,the one you described in Florida must be the worst of all.I don't think the local population can entice the better doctors to come here,but I will say the doctors are nice people.One of the biggest problems on the litter scene is caused by uncovered garbage trucksand the county doesn't have the courage to enforce the laws they establish.the situation with the tax commissioners office is beyoud belief.If you are happy her I am happy for you,but I expect more are am leaving to have it.WRJ

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Shelbyfoot

United States
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Posted - 12/28/2010 :  1:04:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shelbyfoot's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jenkins didn't you know they have your picture at Union General. I'm surprised you were able to walk out of there.Go to Top of Page
fawn

USA
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Posted - 12/28/2010 :  1:17:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit fawn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:

Fawn,it isn't negatism ,but personal opinions,Not everyone thinks the same.As for complaining about present conditions or lack of them is just as important as necessity being the mother of inventions.IF you think this local emergency poom is good or professional,the one you described in Florida must be the worst of all.I don't think the local population can entice the better doctors to come here,but I will say the doctors are nice people.One of the biggest problems on the litter scene is caused by uncovered garbage trucksand the county doesn't have the courage to enforce the laws they establish.the situation with the tax commissioners office is beyoud belief.If you are happy her I am happy for you,but I expect more are am leaving to have it.WRJ

William R.Jenkins


Don't get me wrong. There are problems here just like there are problems in every community. (The Tax Commish thing is like something out of a bad novel). However, as my husband often tells friends and newcomers..."living here isn't for everybody." My main issue with people who are unhappy here for whatever reason is...if you don't like it here, find some place else but just quit complaining about how awful it is here. Your wanting/needing to be in a metropolitan area doesn't mean that you must convince everyone else what a miserable place you think this area is. Go..be happy. Find your little piece of paradise and have a good life.

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William R. Jenkins

USA
3545 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2010 :  2:21:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have often said ,I wouldn't live in Atlanta or any large city if I owned it .that includes Tampa or anyother city in florida.the trend for those that can afford it is to live in a semi-rural location where all the good eating and shopping are available without having to go to a city.That's exactlly what we choose and a gated community with restrictions and a CDD requirement. If you aren't familiar with those letters it's community development district requiring a yearly fee.WRJ

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Wildflower

USA
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Posted - 12/28/2010 :  5:29:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

I'm considering leaving for the same reason. The health care in Towns County is sub-par also. Having worked in the field for 22 years, I think I have a leg to stand on. I won't go into details but, what I've seen has really concerned me.

Yes, unfortunately true. Overall, I'm not disappointed in our local services in Towns County, but the medical care situation can't be ignored.

I never made a decision one way or the other on whether to stay here or not. I'm free of any ties on purpose. Since getting older is going to happen no matter what, the lack of critical health care will probably eventually chase me away too.

We just don't have the population or close access to a town large enough to support the level of medical care a person might need some day. You have to know that moving here and plan accordingly. If you need serious surgery or expert advice, plan on driving to Gainesville or Atlanta.

This is not really news, but it can't be emphasized enough just how true it is. We have a friend who is lucky to even be alive right now and his experience was an eye opener. No names will be given to protect the innocent and the guilty.

If you find yourself with health issues that could remotely result in death if wrongly diagnosed, I would URGE you to travel to those places.

In the words of Forest Gump: "And that's all I have to say about that."

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meg

United States
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Posted - 12/28/2010 :  8:44:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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mountainguy

USA
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Posted - 12/29/2010 :  12:46:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit mountainguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For the record, my only beef is with the state of health care in Towns Co. I can't speak for Union since I've never gone there to see a doc.

Whether the streets get plowed is immaterial to me since we don't get that much snow anyway. We have a private co. for trash pickup.

And, I rather like the sole commissioner idea as opposed to a committee that can't agree on anything. At least I know who to call when I have an issue.

I'm just looking to the future and the time when I may need more care.

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shucks


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Posted - 12/29/2010 :  1:17:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This post got slightly of track!!

AS I understand it, there cannot be any more rose colored glasses at Wal Mart or Dollar General because the natives have bought them up.

To put one reply in perspective--If the sole commissioner type goverment is so great and efficient, then why is Union only one of the 9(soon to be eight) counties in Georgia (159) that has the sole commissioner type government. So I guess the premise is that Union knows more than 150 other counties. The sole commissioner type is like a feudal landlord of the 1600's, I am the lord of this kingdom and make all the decisions, citizens be damned. It is time to get out of the dark ages.

Now, I would have hoped in this enlightened era that the native populace would have gotten by the arcane phrase,"if you don't like it here leave". Maybe the Chamber of Commerce can use that on their letterhead.

As it is obvious that some posters are still relatively young and have no serious health problems( and am I am thankful for that). As you get to the 4th quarter of your life you tend to look at things more objectively.When you have a condition that is life or death, you have best make arrangements to go to Gainesville or Piedmont. Had it not been for a member of a local cardiologist group my wife probably would not be here. He just happened to be at the local hospital one night(not my wife's doctor) and heard the talk and commotion. He looked at my wife and said bluntly I am taking over and flew my wife to Piedmont. 22 days later I brought her home. Local hospital had no clue what was wrong. I have had 3 other bad ER experiences with the local hospital. Fawn. if this hospital is better than the one's you had in Florida then you must have been going to some armpit ER's.

No, you cannot compare a large city snow removal with Union. The only difference is a smaller scale operation. Still no snow removal equipment or gravel trucks on our road. So, I guess we do not matter because we are all "outsiders". I am like a football coach, I do not care what has happened in the past or how it was done, just what have you done lately!

Take of your rose colored glasses, look at things objectively, make your lone feudal official take responsibility for the citizens well being. Let us just surmise, do you think the county used any preferencial treatment as to who's road got cleared first? If you say no, you still have your glasses on.

Shucks, a practicing Curmudgeon!!!

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fawn

USA
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Posted - 12/29/2010 :  4:49:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit fawn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
FYI...the county paved road off my private gravel road was sanded every day. (Since my road is private, we who live there are just waiting for nature to take its course. Those who have 4 wheel or all wheel drive have had no problems. We were able to use our road Monday with a regular SUV.) Because the county road is a shady road, the sand/gravel mixture didn't make a great impact. Today I noticed that the road was scrapped and yet another sand/gravel mix was put down. So, progress is being made. I don't know what sort of miracles Shucks wants or how much he's willing to pay for instant snow removal. Seems like NYC and other metropolitan areas in the NE are having snow removal issues as well.

Since the title of this topic is "snow plowing and clearing", I'll confine my comments to that specific area. If someone wants to discuss the sole commish issue or health care, he/she can start the topic.

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Wildflower

USA
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Posted - 12/29/2010 :  5:25:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Back in October, someone dumped some gravel in certain downhill spots along the main road in our community (Towns). We had no clue what it was all about or what it was for. They never did it before.

I now think the county decided to put the gravel down in anticipation of winter weather because it has come in handy for the last two snowfalls - it's concentrated on the downhill curves.

I hated it at the time because I had just gotten a new car and didn't want the paint dinged up by flying gravel. But I loved it when it snowed.

A certain county employee lives here and he MUST be able to get around for his job. I've wondered if his presence had anything to do with it. Not that I care. In his case it's justified.

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spam4einstein


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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  11:39:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think the roads were typical Blairsville. I agree there seems to be some poor management when it comes to the plowing. The county seems to like to keep the privately owned gravel trucks running all day with county projects. Some made up just to create jobs. Why not have some of them do some on call plowing. It is done in most areas that deal with snow. When towns get overloaded, they call up the reserves and at $75 hour, those truck owners and believe it or not farm owners who have big tractors hit the city streets and get things done. In this small town, a few reserves when things get bad seems like a no brianer. But this is far from the worst Blairsville government issue, and I do not find it to be a real issue. Just like I don’t feel bad for the people who decide to live on top of cliffs and get stuck there in storms. Personal responsibility people! I do however agree with those who are fed up with incompitance in how much of the town has been and to some extent still is managed. Not much excuse for this. The voters are getting smarter finally and it is getting better. But except for a few bright stars, the incompetence, nepotism and corruption are a huge black spot on this otherwise great community. It is completely unexpected to most who relocate here. To me it is the thing that really stands out in a shocking way. If you have lived here for most of your adult life it may be what’s normal to you. But it is far from typical and normal. I think that private garbage is great, and better than being forced to buy the county service. I came here to partly get away from big government and high taxes. I think it has been a great trade off. I do not wish for any more growth or bigger government here. I do however wish for some better running of it on many levels. I think it stems from never having people from outside the area in any positions of power. It is like living in a bubble. Few new ideas come in, while the same mistakes are made over and over. Being an isolated place only makes this worse.
Well, I agree to a point with those that are ready to move. The health care service is not top notch. However, it has very good healthcare services for a small and very remote community. It is kind of not fair to judge it by the standards of big city, or even small communities that are close to big cities. I grew up 10 miles from one of the premier hospitals in the world. Noble prize winning types just wandering the halls. Heck, the famous Dr. Bernie Siegel did my surgery when I needed a simple operation as a kid. I would be out of here in a heartbeat if I were elderly or had serious health issues. When that is something you need, then it is on you to have made a better choice on a place to live that meets your needs. I feel lucky to have what we have around here in this respect. I do pray I never have a serious emergency here though. It is a risk I assume living here though.
Blairsville is my home, warts and all! I like it but if I had not already settled here, gotten to know great people, built a life, adjusted my expectations, embraced what is good and try to ignore what is bad I think…well I think similar small towns like those outside Asheville or other cities have more going for them. I think they offer the same small town feel, but have access to things we do not here. When you take the personal out, they are in all respects better places to live. But we are people, once you plant some roots, the human factor matters more and picking a town is not like buying a car. For this reason I try to not dwell on the warts. Just enjoy what is good and enjoy the people around me. In the end that is 99% of life. Not snow, pretty mountain views, littler on the roads or wasted tax money.


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mountainguy

USA
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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  1:42:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit mountainguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:

This post got slightly of track!!

AS I understand it, there cannot be any more rose colored glasses at Wal Mart or Dollar General because the natives have bought them up.

To put one reply in perspective--If the sole commissioner type goverment is so great and efficient, then why is Union only one of the 9(soon to be eight) counties in Georgia (159) that has the sole commissioner type government. So I guess the premise is that Union knows more than 150 other counties. The sole commissioner type is like a feudal landlord of the 1600's, I am the lord of this kingdom and make all the decisions, citizens be damned. It is time to get out of the dark ages.

Now, I would have hoped in this enlightened era that the native populace would have gotten by the arcane phrase,"if you don't like it here leave". Maybe the Chamber of Commerce can use that on their letterhead.

As it is obvious that some posters are still relatively young and have no serious health problems( and am I am thankful for that). As you get to the 4th quarter of your life you tend to look at things more objectively.When you have a condition that is life or death, you have best make arrangements to go to Gainesville or Piedmont. Had it not been for a member of a local cardiologist group my wife probably would not be here. He just happened to be at the local hospital one night(not my wife's doctor) and heard the talk and commotion. He looked at my wife and said bluntly I am taking over and flew my wife to Piedmont. 22 days later I brought her home. Local hospital had no clue what was wrong. I have had 3 other bad ER experiences with the local hospital. Fawn. if this hospital is better than the one's you had in Florida then you must have been going to some armpit ER's.

No, you cannot compare a large city snow removal with Union. The only difference is a smaller scale operation. Still no snow removal equipment or gravel trucks on our road. So, I guess we do not matter because we are all "outsiders". I am like a football coach, I do not care what has happened in the past or how it was done, just what have you done lately!

Take of your rose colored glasses, look at things objectively, make your lone feudal official take responsibility for the citizens well being. Let us just surmise, do you think the county used any preferencial treatment as to who's road got cleared first? If you say no, you still have your glasses on.

Shucks, a practicing Curmudgeon!!!

PS I am not a negative person, just a realist.


Almost the same circumstances for someone I know. They saw the local GP and were diagnosed with anxiety/stress. Given some pills and sent home. When he told me what his symptoms were, I said to demand to see a cardiologist immediately. He had open-heart surgery shortly thereafter. You were lucky a cardiologist was around Shucks.

The plain and simple truth is, a primary care doctor (I don't care where he/she went to school) should be able to diagnose congestive heart failure. I mean, I went to the internet to justify my assumption and there it was plain as day - CHF.

A little poem I learned many years ago:

An optimist builds castles in the sky,

A dreamer lives there,

and a realist collects rent from both of them.

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Wildflower

USA
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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  2:12:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

Well, I agree to a point with those that are ready to move. The health care service is not top notch. However, it has very good healthcare services for a small and very remote community. It is kind of not fair to judge it by the standards of big city, or even small communities that are close to big cities.

I grew up 10 miles from one of the premier hospitals in the world. Noble prize winning types just wandering the halls. Heck, the famous Dr. Bernie Siegel did my surgery when I needed a simple operation as a kid. I would be out of here in a heartbeat if I were elderly or had serious health issues. When that is something you need, then it is on you to have made a better choice on a place to live that meets your needs. I feel lucky to have what we have around here in this respect. I do pray I never have a serious emergency here though. It is a risk I assume living here though.


Please understand that I am not blaming either Towns County or Union County specifically for the health care issue. I'm not sure what they could actually do about it, because the population is small and the area does not attract experts for serious health issues.

And as Shadow said, there is more here than there ever used to be. It's the nature of small towns. Population density has a lot to do with the care you will receive.

My goal is to let people know the situation so they can make plans accordingly if they are set on moving here. If my advice saves even ONE life, then it was worth saying.

For health issues that are not life threatening, local care can be okay. But if you have a serious health issue, the closest experts are at least one hour away - more if you go all the way to Atlanta.

I will tell you that our friend who is damn lucky to be alive owes his life to an intervention in Gainesville. He was close to dying and no one caught on in spite of continuous doctor visits locally for his problems. The Gainesville surgeon just shook his head at what had transpired with the doctor in Blairsville because he just didn't know how to diagnose at all.

Just do your homework.

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paprclip22mom

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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  4:29:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Back when I was growing up in Blairsville, none of the roads got scaped or salted until the snow had been there several days and then it was only the 4 main highways. Absolutely none of the side streets or roads were ever touched unless a private citizen used his tractor and scrape blade. Nowadays, the roads are passable from the beginning. Sometimes the road department is a bit slow on the get go but the roads are clear in a timely manner. Almost all the side streets in town and county roads are also scraped and salted. This particular snow, we called the county road department and told them which road and within a short time, they came and made it passable. I'm thankful that this county has come as far as they have. Gripe all y'all want...or better yet...get off the computer and actually Do something about it.

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Wildflower

USA
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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  5:43:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To put it all into perspective, consider this ...

Our neighbor, Clay County, NC, became a county in 1861 when it was separated from Cherokee County, NC. Their first industry was tanning deer hides which they sold for 12.5 cents a pound. The local people used the hides to make shoes because there was no place to buy footwear.

(Reference - "North Carolina's Mountains Insiders' Guide")

I know a lady who was born the same year I was (1958) and grew up in Clay County. Her family had an out house during her childhood - something unheard of for most people in my generation.

I don't think most newcomers get how isolated this whole area was for so long. I've only been around here for 10 years and have seen many changes and more services available! A lot of the businesses didn't even take credit cards then, and now most of them do.

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coosa creek

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Posted - 01/02/2011 :  3:50:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I moved to this area 26 years ago. When I moved here, no one had central heat and air conditioning. They all heated with wood and did without air conditioning. Many people still had outhouses. My local best friend is 8 years my junior. She grew up in a house without running water and lived without a bathroom until she was an adult and got married.
Garbage pick up? Who heard of that?? You took your garbage to one of the local dumpsters. The area I lived in (Dial in Fannin County) did not have electricity until the mid 50's! We had to wait almost 6 months to get a phone. The phone company was owned locally and they got to you when they felt like it.
There were very few jobs unless you were one of the local moonshiners. Our moonshiner was one of the first men I met here. He just lived down the road.
I would say that this area has come a long way in a short time. I love this area and am glad I moved here when I did. I have gotten to witness a lot of progress in the past 26 years.

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Wildflower

USA
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Posted - 01/03/2011 :  6:22:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We used to take our trash to the dump when we lived in Marble, NC.

BTW, what year was 515 built here? I know it hasn't been there too long. Coosa, how did you find this place back then?

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