Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County

Chamber of Commerce

In This Issue
New Chamber Members
SBDC Start-Up Success Series
Leadership Murray
GDOT Project/Detour Map
Murray County Map
Congressman Graves
R.S. Thomas Memorial Singing
Alumni Association Meeting
"Second Saturday" Historic Downtown Tours
Vann House Days
Spring Place Community Festival
Murray In Motion Community Fun Day
Grants Available/Amerigroup
Ruritan Club
Go Murray Arts Cafe

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce is to be... A voice, bridge, partner, and advocate for the businesses and citizens of Murray County.
2013 Annual Meeting Platinum Plus Sponsors
Cohutta Springs
Conference Center
Murray Medical Center
Oglethorpe Power Corporation
2013 Annual Meeting Platinum Sponsors
Cimbar Performance Minerals
City of Chatsworth
First National Community Bank
Georgia Power Company
Murray County Commissioner
North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation
Windstream Communications
2013 Annual Meeting Gold Sponsors
City of Chatsworth Water Works Commission
City of Eton
Community & Southern Bank
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
H&R Block
Hamilton Medical Center
Morehouse Group
Santek Waste Services
Shaw Industries, Inc.
New Chamber Members  
The Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the addition of two new members this week.
We welcome NovaCopy Inc. of Chattanooga, TN and Liberty Tax Service in Chatsworth, GA to our chamber and our community.
Start-Up Success Series Offered at the Chamber  
The Small Business Development Center and the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber will be hosting a series of education sessions for any entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their own business.
The Series includes classes on starting and marketing your business, writing a business plan, and financing.
The cost is $276 for all four classes from throughout August, or $69 a session. You must register at least 48 hrs prior to the first session on August 6, 2013.
A limited number of $50 scholarships are available, so contact Kinsey Hicks at 706-622-2006 to register today.   
Leadership Murray Seeking Applicants for 2013-2014 Session

Co-leaders Lori McDaniel and Brett James are looking for a few good men and women for the 2013-14 Leadership Murray Session.  Sponsored by the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce, this is a great program for those who live or work in Murray County. 


The fun, informative sessions are held once a month from August through April and usually only take a few hours.


"If you'd like to learn more about the Murray community, what the needs and challenges are for our community and how you might be able to fit in to a leadership role, this is the class for you," said co-leader Lori McDaniel.  "It is a small, intimate group, and you learn as much from each other as you do from the sessions themselves.


"The sessions were short and didn't take up too much of the work day.  The topics, like economic development, education, government and growth of the Murray community, were of great interest to me.  I feel much better informed about my home now.  And for the 2013-14 session, we will be adding a session for the arts in Murray." said McDaniel


If you'd like to apply to be a candidate for Leadership Murray, please email Lori McDaniel at  The cost is $325 per year.

GDOT Project M004565


Project Description: The project proposes to replace the existing bridge deck on SR 2 over CSX railroad. The approximate length of the project is 0.40 mile. All work will be completed within existing right-of-way. The project is scheduled to Let for construction in August.


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Murray County Map 
Get in the official 2013-2014 Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber Map today! This is the Chamber's #1 requested marketing piece. Reserve your prime ad position now. An interactive map locator and the online link is also available, so prospects can find you FAST!

Congressman Graves "County Connection" Dates


U.S. Representative Tom Graves had scheduled a "County Connection" event for June 18th from 1 p.m. to 3.p.m. at the Murray County Courthouse Annex located at 121 North 4th Avenue in Chatsworth.


Rep. Graves' constituent service representatives will be available to take scheduled and walk-in meetings and are trained to help constituents on federal issues, particularly matters involving casework with federal agencies. Constituents often seek assistance with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, immigration and passports, veterans' benefits and military service academies, among other issues.


For more information on Seanotor Grave, visit

Singing Convention in Memory of R. S. Thomas.


Leaders of the quarterly Murray County Singing Convention have named their summer session  the R.S. Thomas  Memorial Singing  in honor of the late music minister who kept the convention going for decades after the original Murray County Singing Convention group disbanded.


The convention will be held on Saturday, June 29th at Smyrna Baptist Church beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, you can contact the church at 706-695-5815. 

MCHS Alumni Association to Meet


Alumni of Murray County High School are invited to attend the next regular meeting of the MCHS Alumni Association to be held on Monday, July 8 at the Historic Wright Hotel in Chatsworth beginning at 7 p.m.


Items on the agenda are a report on the alumni scholarships as well as plans for the 2013 Hall of Fame ceremony.


Membership in the alumni group is still only $10 per year. Dues and Hall of Fame nominations can be sent to the MCHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 2155, Chatsworth, GA 30705.

Next "Second Saturday" Opening of Wright Hotel Scheduled for July 13th


The Whitfield Murray Historical Society will be hosting tours through Chatsworth's historic downtown on July 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Cost for the tour is $5 per person 12 and older. Children under 12 will be admitted for free, but require adult supervision. The tour includes a guided look inside the Wright Hotel and Chatsworth Depot.


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35th Annual Vann House Days Set for July 27th  


Vann House Days, an event based around "living history" demonstrations featurings arts and crafts of the 1800's, will be held on Saturday, July 27th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the state historic site hosted by Friends of the Vann House.


Tours will be conducted through the Vann House, Slave exhibit, and Cherokee homestead while local craftsmen demonstrate 19th centeury pottery, weaving, quilting, blacksmithing, blowgun shooting, and much more.


Admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.50 for seniors aged 62 plus, and $4.00 for youth aged 6-18. Children under 6 will be admitted for free


For more information, visit the Vann House Days Facebook page, call 706-695-2598 or email



Spring Place Community Festival Set For August 17th


"Spring Place: A Legacy in Education" is the theme for the 16th Annual Spring Place Community Festival set for Saturday, August 17th at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church.


A new and used book sale, food concessions, a bake sale, an indoor and outdoor flea market, a raffle, and other activities will begin at 8 a.m. Highlighting the day is the auction which will include artist prints, paintings, book sets, antiques, rugs, and gift cards donated by area businesses. The auction will begin at 10 a.m.


The day will also feature a display of textbooks, pictures, and other memorabilia from the many small, rural schools that eventually became part of Spring Place; there will even be a time for alumni of those schools to meet and visit.


Proceeds from the festival will go to the Old Spring Place Methodist Church Preservation Fund of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. The Festival is co-sponsored by the Spring Place Ruritan Club.


For more information contact 706-695-2740 or 706-695-2110.


Community Fun and Health Day at Cohutta Springs


The Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce will host the 5th annual  Murray in Motion Community Health and Fun Day on Sunday August 18th from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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Tickets are $5.00 each, cash only. Participants are recomended to buy their tickets early, as there are a limited number avaliable. Tickets will go on sale on August 5th at the Chamber of Commerce.


Click Here For a Murray In Motion Registration Form

Amerigroup Foundation


The Amerigroup Foundation has been instrumental in developing long-term partnerships in Georgia since 2006, the year the Georgia Families program was launched and Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia became active.


The Foundation has been of significant support to safety net hospitals like Grady, the state's largest public hospital for indigent care, as well as nationally established community organizations. Our key objective is to support effective provider and community initiatives through Foundation contributions that strengthen and perpetuate programs consistent with the Foundation's core mission and direction.

 In 2013, the Amerigroup Foundation will focus on supporting the following initiatives:

  • Access to care and services
  • Healthy birth outcomes
  • Promoting health and wellness among moms and
    kids who are Medicaid eligible
  • Independent living and home- and community-based services
  • Long-term services and supports for people with disabilities, including Supplemental Security Income and aged, blind and disabled Medicaid eligibles 

This year, applications can be submitted online. Please visit our website to apply for a 2013 Amerigroup Foundation grant:

All grant applications must be submitted by June 30, 2013, to be considered for 2013 Foundation year.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions: 678-587-4858 or

Ruritan Club Receives Awards, Co-Sponsors Spring Place Community Festival
The Spring Place Ruritan Club has again been recognized by Ruritan National for over 60 years of work in the Murray community.   

Ruritan National presented two National Service Awards to the group this spring, including a bronze in the area of social development and a gold for club activities promoting citizenship and patriotism.


The Club sponsors 16 community projects each year funded by an annual golf tournament held at Indian Trace each Spring.


Currently the group is gearing up to co-sponsor the 16th annual Spring Place Community Festival with the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. This event is designed to raise money for the continued preservation of the Old Spring Place Methodist Church, an important local landmark.


Ruritan meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month except July, usually at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church. 


Regular dues are $12 per quarter while student memberships are only $18 per year. To find out more about the benefits of Ruritan membership visit or call 706-695-6021.


Go Murray Arts Coffee Shop & Gallery Now Open
The blossoming Go Murray Arts Center announces the opening of it's coffee shop. The shop is open from 7 to 7 Monday through Saturday (Wed. closes at 2 pm). Coupon available by following the link.