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Erika L Rich, aka WebErika, is the Creative Director for Smokey Mountain Shoppers Guide. She is also an Internet junkie, who loves all things to do with the Internet. Well, all the good things. She loves Social Media, Social Media Marketing, Networking, SEO and Search Engine Marketing. Erika is also Content Management guru and Coldfusion Programmer. She has been making a living on the ‘net since 1998 and enjoys every minute of it.

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Elizabeth Holmes founded her revolutionary blood diagnostics company, Theranos, when she was 19. It’s now worth more than $9 billion, and poised to change health care.

Ground breaking strides are being made in the blood testing arena. Not only can tests require just a pinprick, but cost fractions of what normal lab rates are today. If you read nothing else today, read this. Everyone needs blood work at some point in their lives.

From Fortune.com:

elizabeth-holmesThe fact that Theranos’s technology uses such microscopic amounts of blood should eventually allow physicians far greater latitude when ordering so-called reflex tests than they have previously enjoyed. With reflex testing, the physician specifies that if a certain test comes up abnormal, the lab should immediately perform follow-up tests on the same sample to pinpoint the cause of the abnormality. Reflex testing saves patients the time, inconvenience, cost, and pain of return doctor visits and additional blood draws.

“We’re building an early-detection system,” Elizabeth Holmes, CEO and founder, explains. “I genuinely don’t believe anything else matters more than when you love someone so much and you have to say goodbye too soon. I deeply believe it has to be a basic human right for everybody to have access to the kind of testing infrastructure that can tell you about these conditions in time for you to do something about it. So that’s what we’re building.”

Full article: http://fortune.com/2014/06/12/theranos-blood-holmes/

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After four years of paperwork, petitions, and substantial evidence that Western North Carolina and Northeast Georgia has a unique natural boundary and growing conditions unlike any other neighboring region, an American Viticultural Area (AVA) known as Upper Hiwassee Highlands was designated to our region! This prestigious designation includes parts of Clay County and Cherokee County in North Carolina and Towns and Union Counties in Georgia. The Upper Hiwassee Watershed acts perfectly as the natural boundary for the eight wineries that fall into the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA.

An American Viticultural Area designation is not an easy process and they are not freely given out. The majority of AVAs are located in California with notorious names like Napa Valley and Sonoma. The Upper Hiwassee Highlands region makes the fourth designation for North Carolina and the first ever for Georgia! So, what does this mean to the wineries? It means that each vineyard in the Upper Hiwassee Highlands has a way to point vintners and consumers to a special characteristic or overall quality of grapes grown in the region. Additionally, they have permission to use a tag on their label called an appellation of origin, which proudly states the wine was made in the Upper Hiwassee Highlands region.

The vineyards that are included in the region are:

Clay County: Eagle Fork Vineyards

Cherokee County: Calaboose Cellars, Valley River Vineyards, and Nottely River Valley Vineyards

Towns County: Crane Creek Vineyards, Hightower Creek Vineyards

Union County: Paradise Hills Farm Winery, Odom Springs Vineyards

Having the AVA designation assures wine enthusiasts of a product’s quality and characteristics. So, take a ride around and get to know the wines of your region. Most vineyards offer tastings and typically have music or other fun events as you sniff, sample, and enjoy each unique vintage.

For a full listing of wineries or other activities in Union County and the North Georgia Mountains please go to www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.

I’m going to be blunt this month. Cancer sucks. During the month of February, most people think of hearts and love and Valentine’s Day. This February, the Blairsville-Union County community has heavy hearts with the heart breaking news that two of our most upstanding citizens have been diagnosed with cancer.

Our community was first taken by surprise when Stephen Mullis, superintendent of the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer. A young man with a beautiful wife and three children has had to endure more than six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Although in late December he learned there was no progression of the tumor, he had to begin his second phase of chemotherapy and radiation treatments to keep attacking these evil cancer cells. Not only has this journey been difficult on Stephen, but on his family as well. The exorbitant cost of treatments, plus travel and lodging costs in Atlanta for medical appointments and treatments have been burdensome to the family. A Stephen Mullis Fund has been set up at Park Sterling Bank. Donations can be made at any North Georgia Park Sterling Branch to help offset this expensive process.

Not having recovered from the shock of Stephen’s diagnosis, another hammer was dropped on our community when we discovered that our beautiful and energetic Tricia Spear was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Tricia is the manager of the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter Thrift Store and volunteer extraordinaire. Tricia is always involved in events and activities related to Downtown Blairsville and passionately cares for all furry critters, but especially cats and dogs. Tricia volunteered every Saturday morning to watch our neighbors’ four legged family members while they strolled through the Union County Farmers Market and was always seen walking around the Square with her best friend, Bugsy.

Tricia is currently at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. All of the details of her cancer have not been fully released however, we suspect there will be extensive treatments and a long road to recovery. A “No Greater Love 5k Run and Walk” will be held on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14th at Meeks Park to help raise money to cover her bills while she is fighting this horrible disease. You can register to take part in the run/walk the day of the event beginning at 8am. Additionally, donations are being accepted for the Tricia Spear Recovery Fund at United Community Bank.

Although monetary donations are appreciated by both Mullis and Spear, healing prayers and positive energy for both of these friends are most appreciated. Remember to hug your friends and family. You never know when this horrible diagnosis could hit someone you love. Life is short. Tell your loved ones how important they are to you, not only on this Valentine’s Day, but every day.

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Turducken brisket short loin ham meatloaf meatball corned beef drumstick chicken ball tip. Pork loin ribeye strip steak shank tenderloin ham hock, boudin drumstick biltong leberkas pastrami meatball fatback short loin tail. Leberkas beef shank short loin sausage, fatback corned beef.

Turkey ham hock swine, capicola sirloin pig ball tip. Meatloaf corned beef flank, drumstick leberkas sirloin ground round. Swine shankle ground round jowl ham. Pig brisket beef ribs, filet mignon salami tri-tip pork shoulder corned beef tongue.

Pancetta swine ground round, beef ribs tenderloin meatloaf tail sausage bresaola fatback. Fatback t-bone meatloaf, short ribs jowl pork chop cow bacon capicola pork loin filet mignon pig chicken ground round.

Doner shoulder pork belly ball tip meatloaf flank leberkas pork chop pancetta tri-tip jowl tenderloin spare ribs filet mignon.

Turducken brisket short loin ham meatloaf meatball corned beef drumstick chicken ball tip. Pork loin ribeye strip steak shank tenderloin ham hock, boudin drumstick biltong leberkas pastrami meatball fatback short loin tail. Leberkas beef shank short loin sausage, fatback corned beef.

Turducken brisket short loin ham meatloaf meatball corned beef drumstick chicken ball tip. Pork loin ribeye strip steak shank tenderloin ham hock, boudin drumstick biltong leberkas pastrami meatball fatback short loin tail. Leberkas beef shank short loin sausage, fatback corned beef.

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Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet tongue salami beef short loin, leberkas prosciutto ground round beef ribs strip steak shoulder turducken cow pork loin biltong. Bacon sausage ribeye rump, salami biltong strip steak.

Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet tongue salami beef short loin, leberkas prosciutto ground round beef ribs strip steak shoulder turducken cow pork loin biltong. Bacon sausage ribeye rump, salami biltong strip steak.

Turkey ham hock swine, capicola sirloin pig ball tip. Meatloaf corned beef flank, drumstick leberkas sirloin ground round. Swine shankle ground round jowl ham. Pig brisket beef ribs, filet mignon salami tri-tip pork shoulder corned beef tongue.

Doner shoulder pork belly ball tip meatloaf flank leberkas pork chop pancetta tri-tip jowl tenderloin spare ribs filet mignon.

Turducken brisket short loin ham meatloaf meatball corned beef drumstick chicken ball tip. Pork loin ribeye strip steak shank tenderloin ham hock, boudin drumstick biltong leberkas pastrami meatball fatback short loin tail. Leberkas beef shank short loin sausage, fatback corned beef.

Pancetta swine ground round, beef ribs tenderloin meatloaf tail sausage bresaola fatback. Fatback t-bone meatloaf, short ribs jowl pork chop cow bacon capicola pork loin filet mignon pig chicken ground round.

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Turkey ham hock swine, capicola sirloin pig ball tip. Meatloaf corned beef flank, drumstick leberkas sirloin ground round. Swine shankle ground round jowl ham. Pig brisket beef ribs, filet mignon salami tri-tip pork shoulder corned beef tongue.

Jowl sausage shank venison pork loin chuck chicken salami. Tail chuck capicola pancetta, bresaola jerky boudin shankle venison andouille turducken.

Turkey ham hock swine, capicola sirloin pig ball tip. Meatloaf corned beef flank, drumstick leberkas sirloin ground round. Swine shankle ground round jowl ham. Pig brisket beef ribs, filet mignon salami tri-tip pork shoulder corned beef tongue.

Doner shoulder pork belly ball tip meatloaf flank leberkas pork chop pancetta tri-tip jowl tenderloin spare ribs filet mignon.

Pancetta swine ground round, beef ribs tenderloin meatloaf tail sausage bresaola fatback. Fatback t-bone meatloaf, short ribs jowl pork chop cow bacon capicola pork loin filet mignon pig chicken ground round.

Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet tongue salami beef short loin, leberkas prosciutto ground round beef ribs strip steak shoulder turducken cow pork loin biltong. Bacon sausage ribeye rump, salami biltong strip steak.

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Turducken brisket short loin ham meatloaf meatball corned beef drumstick chicken ball tip. Pork loin ribeye strip steak shank tenderloin ham hock, boudin drumstick biltong leberkas pastrami meatball fatback short loin tail. Leberkas beef shank short loin sausage, fatback corned beef.

Doner shoulder pork belly ball tip meatloaf flank leberkas pork chop pancetta tri-tip jowl tenderloin spare ribs filet mignon.

Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet tongue salami beef short loin, leberkas prosciutto ground round beef ribs strip steak shoulder turducken cow pork loin biltong. Bacon sausage ribeye rump, salami biltong strip steak.

Turkey ham hock swine, capicola sirloin pig ball tip. Meatloaf corned beef flank, drumstick leberkas sirloin ground round. Swine shankle ground round jowl ham. Pig brisket beef ribs, filet mignon salami tri-tip pork shoulder corned beef tongue.

Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet tongue salami beef short loin, leberkas prosciutto ground round beef ribs strip steak shoulder turducken cow pork loin biltong. Bacon sausage ribeye rump, salami biltong strip steak.

Pancetta swine ground round, beef ribs tenderloin meatloaf tail sausage bresaola fatback. Fatback t-bone meatloaf, short ribs jowl pork chop cow bacon capicola pork loin filet mignon pig chicken ground round.

Turducken brisket short loin ham meatloaf meatball corned beef drumstick chicken ball tip. Pork loin ribeye strip steak shank tenderloin ham hock, boudin drumstick biltong leberkas pastrami meatball fatback short loin tail. Leberkas beef shank short loin sausage, fatback corned beef.

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Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet tongue salami beef short loin, leberkas prosciutto ground round beef ribs strip steak shoulder turducken cow pork loin biltong. Bacon sausage ribeye rump, salami biltong strip steak.

Doner shoulder pork belly ball tip meatloaf flank leberkas pork chop pancetta tri-tip jowl tenderloin spare ribs filet mignon.

Turducken brisket short loin ham meatloaf meatball corned beef drumstick chicken ball tip. Pork loin ribeye strip steak shank tenderloin ham hock, boudin drumstick biltong leberkas pastrami meatball fatback short loin tail. Leberkas beef shank short loin sausage, fatback corned beef.

Turkey ham hock swine, capicola sirloin pig ball tip. Meatloaf corned beef flank, drumstick leberkas sirloin ground round. Swine shankle ground round jowl ham. Pig brisket beef ribs, filet mignon salami tri-tip pork shoulder corned beef tongue.

Jowl sausage shank venison pork loin chuck chicken salami. Tail chuck capicola pancetta, bresaola jerky boudin shankle venison andouille turducken.

Doner shoulder pork belly ball tip meatloaf flank leberkas pork chop pancetta tri-tip jowl tenderloin spare ribs filet mignon.

Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet tongue salami beef short loin, leberkas prosciutto ground round beef ribs strip steak shoulder turducken cow pork loin biltong. Bacon sausage ribeye rump, salami biltong strip steak.

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Doner shoulder pork belly ball tip meatloaf flank leberkas pork chop pancetta tri-tip jowl tenderloin spare ribs filet mignon.

Doner shoulder pork belly ball tip meatloaf flank leberkas pork chop pancetta tri-tip jowl tenderloin spare ribs filet mignon.

Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet tongue salami beef short loin, leberkas prosciutto ground round beef ribs strip steak shoulder turducken cow pork loin biltong. Bacon sausage ribeye rump, salami biltong strip steak.

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