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Carrie Green Evans, the owner of Maggie Mae’s, a new clothing and furniture consignment store in downtown Fort Payne, loves this area. Carrie is from Birmingham, but has lived all over, including Camden, South Carolina, Selma, Savannah, Georgia, Los Angeles, California, and Trussville.

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It’s finally here! The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce has a new website, and we couldn’t be more excited.

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When Lee Buffington started his business 24 years ago, he really thought it was just a job to earn money while going to Medical School.

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I was raised to honor and respect those who serve or have served in the United States Military, devoting their time, efforts, careers and sometimes their life to serving our country and its citizens.

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What started out as a hobby in high school has turned into a passion for Elisha Huizenga, owner of Seesha Photography, in Fort Payne.

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What does the chamber do? Well, we feel like a lot, but we really want to do even more.

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This may sound familiar. Stan Cole worked in the sock manufacturing business and like everyone else, when manufacturing moved offshore, Stan had to decide what he wanted to do.

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This year is the third year in which March 18 has been recognized as Gas Utility Workers’ Day, a time when communities such as ours give recognition to the employees who provide one of their most valuable assets—their natural gas utility. Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution …

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Good Morning to my Fort Payne family from Fort Payne Main Street. I come to you every week in my article from my location at the beautiful historic Coal & Iron Building. I am truly honored to call this brick beauty my office. This place along with many other buildings in our historic tow…

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Seniors may sometimes be incapable of making the distinction between a pleasant voice on the other end of a phone call and that of an individual involved in an illegal scheme or activity. And they may not know that such fraudulent actions are crimes and punishable by law.

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If you have seen the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce car, you have seen Randy Posey. I laugh and tell people I am never alone in my travels, Randy Posey and Bobby Ledbetter are always with me.

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Jeff and Kim Hall, owners of Chick-fil-A, are finally home.

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Spring is in the air this week, and I am loving walking around downtown with the visions of events dancing through my head. OK, that was little over the top, but you can expect some really fun events beginning in March.

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Mike Shirey is almost a year into his role as the general manager of Fort Payne Improvement Authority and really enjoying working in the town he has always called home.

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The Rainsville Garden Club met for their first meeting of the new year on January 3, 2018. President Sue Shirey welcomed 16 members and thanked them for braving the cold temperatures to take down the Christmas decorations in front of the library and put them away for the next year.

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Have I mentioned the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce has an awesome Board of Directors? We do, and I am thankful for them daily. Today, I want to share some thoughts about one of our Board Members, but you have to promise not to try and steal him!

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Alabama weather is nuts sometimes. From short sleeves to parkas within the same week, we have certainly had our share of the “Alabama weather” that everyone talks about so far this year.

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Patrick Trammell, the CEO of DeKalb Regional Medical Center, grew up in Cantonment Florida, just north of Pensacola. Spending his childhood in the shadow of Cantonment’s mills, plants and supporting businesses he is very familiar with the impact industry can have on a small town. Growing up …

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Tracy Jones, whom as I describe as a go-getter, is dependable and does what she says she will do. Tracy was born in Miami, Florida and made the long trek, along with her family, to Fort Payne in 1979, where she graduated from Fort Payne High School in 1983. Tracy’s father’s family was from t…

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As we end 2017 and my first few months at the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, I would like to say thanks Fort Payne. These past few months I worked at a feverish pace to get to know our local businesses and movers and shakers in the community, and I cannot wait to see the many successes we h…

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Well, I have my first Christmas Parade under my belt. It was everything I was told it would be, mostly lots of fun. I had some “WOW!” moments, and I hope you did too! I am compelled to recognize some amazing people who helped make this parade such a fun event.

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The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce and Coffey Agencies are gearing up for this Friday’s Fort Payne Christmas Parade. This year James Dean, author and creator of ‘Pete the Cat’, will be our Grand Marshal.

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The Big Wills Arts Council is pleased to announce the upcoming, “Christmas in Dixie: A Yuletide arts and Crafts Festival” starting Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Dec.9 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Fort Payne Coal & Iron Building located at 501 Gault Ave. N., in Fort Payne.

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Silvia Hernandez was on a mission when she started Go Play Therapy Center. Go Play Therapy is a rehabilitation facility dedicated to providing speech, physical, and occupational therapies for children. Silvia has a passion for helping children. That passion has been fueled by her own challen…

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As we approach Thanksgiving, I would like to thank those who support the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce through sponsorships.

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I’m referring to “Bully,” Mississippi State’s bulldog mascot. Scott Bateman, DeKalb County president with Regions Bank and manager of the Fort Payne Main Office branch, loves Bully. Having grown up in Starkville, he fondly remembers spending many Saturdays on campus enjoying watching games a…

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If a visitor in the community asked you where to go and what to do, what would you say? I had the pleasure of attending a networking luncheon last week in Huntsville with Sharon Lovoy of Lovoy’s Team Works, Inc., as the speaker. Something she spoke about really resonated in me.

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When Tricia Shankles does something, it’s all in or nothing at all. Tricia and her husband, Kendall Shankles, have been married for 37 years, and they have two grown children, Amanda and Eric. She has dedicated herself to family, church, work and community service. Tricia has served on the F…

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Jim Farmer with Americas Best Care Plus Inc., (ABC Plus). believes his partners are rare, and he is lucky to have them on his team.

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We have all been discouraged with humanity at some point in our lives.

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Your aging parents are doing well on their own, but you’re concerned about an unpaid bill you noticed the last time you visited. Or maybe one parent needs in-home care and you’re not sure how the family can pay for it. About 15% of the United States population, or nearly 50 million people, i…

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The T-J crew has done a lot of birthday celebrating this week. Bradley turned 28 Tuesday, and we celebrated with a cookie cake. Kelsey and I will celebrate our birthdays a day early today, and since we share a birthday, we get to share a cake.

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It is my honor to serve as the new executive director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce.

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Although DeKalb County is about 400 miles from the Gulf Coast, and predicted to be bypassed by Hurricane Irma, being prepared for natural disasters is something we should all take seriously, regardless of our geographical location.

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Friday was my first “Football Friday” as a Times-Journal employee, and it did not disappoint.

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By the time you read this, a total solar eclipse will have crossed the United States from coast to coast. This has been a hot topic for weeks now and, as you can imagine, everyone in the Times-Journal newsroom is excited to step out of the office to experience the celestial event. First, we …

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Good Saturday morning from Fort Payne Main Street! We as a people achieve more and do more working as a community. The Webster dictionary definitions of “community” is described as a unified body of individuals or a people with common interests living in a particular area.

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Greetings and salutations Fort Payne, Alabama! Fort Payne Main Street is proud to represent our fair city, which is a very unique, diversified small southern charmer which is dedicated to moving forward but keeping in mind our historic past. This is definitely a balancing act but with proper…

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Artistic expression highlighted Alabama’s diverse farm commodities during a luncheon at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 45th annual Commodity Producers Conference and Expo in Birmingham Aug. 5.

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In the Spring of 2017 First State Bank and their Board of Directors awarded seven local seniors with $1,000 scholarships.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 19, 2017 at Tri-State Appliance located at 1989 McCurdy Avenue (Ala Hwy 75) North in Rainsville. Pictured from left to right: Sandy Hallmark, Mandi Cooper, Linda Samples, Councilman Brandon Freeman, Rickey Odom Jr, Tony Wilks, Rickey Odom Sr, Mayor …

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Fort Payne Main Street is absolutely Alabama, but we already knew that! Fred Hunter and his show Absolutely Alabama did a segment on one of our outstanding and unique restaurant and antique stores in historic downtown Fort Payne, The Strand Café! They are renowned for their “Bananza” burger …

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Recently, the Fort Payne Lions Club presented the DeKalb County Library a check for the last of the proceeds from the past book sales the club has held. Pictured  are Lions Club President Mike McElhaney, Lion Don Stout (President of the Mary C. Weatherly Memorial Foundation) and Librarian El…

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The Fort Payne Lions Club added a new sign adjacent to the Chicken Cooking Pit located on the Valley Head Road across from Vulcraft. Pictured are Lions Club President Mike McElhaney and Lion Lendell Chappell.