Public Health District and County Health Departments Closed on Tuesday, January 29th

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For Immediate Release

January 28, 2019

Public Health District and County Health Departments Closed on Tuesday, January 29th

Due to predicted winter weather conditions, North Georgia Health District 1-2, based in Dalton, and Health Departments and public health services in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties will be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. All further updates will be provided and posted to our website at www.nghd.org and on our social media sites at facebook.com/NGaHealthtwitter.com/NGAHealthDist,instagram.com/northgahealth.

Rabies Alert issued in Ellijay

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ELLIJAY, GA – Gilmer County Environmental Health officials are urging residents near the intersection of Board Town Road and Chatsworth Highway in Ellijay, Georgia to call for a rabies risk assessment if they or their children may have been in contact with an orange tabby cat in the area that has now tested positive for rabies.

The phone number for local environmental health is (706) 635-6050, or if calling after hours, the Georgia Poison Control Center toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222.

On Monday, December 3rd, a local resident picked up the cat after finding it in their carport. The cat was behaving sickly and dragging its back legs.

The county environmental health office was notified and sent the cat to the Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing on Tuesday. The lab confirmed the animal was positive for rabies on Wednesday.

Since the resident who handled the cat was not bitten or scratched, no treatment was required, and no other human exposure is known, at this time. However, environmental health staff will be canvassing that area today, distributing notices to residents to call their office or the Georgia Poison Control Center if they or their children were potentially in contact with the cat within the past two weeks.

Residents are also being notified that several stray cats are in that area, and these cats should be avoided due to the high risk of rabies exposure.

All residents are urged to avoid wild or feral animals and to maintain rabies vaccinations in pets. If a pet receives an initial one-year vaccine, it can receive a three-year rabies vaccination the following year.

A bite or scratch from any wild mammal should cause concern and be reported to a health care provider and the local environmental health office.

Children should be warned to avoid contact with wild animals and any stray dog or cat, and they should report any contact with these animals to an adult right away.

For more information about rabies and its prevention, log onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/.

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Dog bit by rabid raccoon in Talking Rock

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Talking Rock, Ga – The North Georgia Health District, district office of the Georgia Department of Public Health, is warning citizens in both Pickens and Gilmer Counties to be aware of potentially rabid animals in the Talking Rock area.

The official statement by the office only reports of a dog bite sometime on September 4. While the raccoon was found and sent for testing, a positive return has officials in an alerted state. Since the animal has already been recovered, Gilmer County Environmental Health officials are simply urging pet owners to vaccinate their animals as it saved this dog’s life. He is currently under observation at home.

According to Andrea Mathis, county environmental health manager, there was no human exposure to the raccoon. She went on to say, “It’s imperative to maintain rabies vaccinations in our pets, not only for their protection, but to protect ourselves and our families from rabies. Once our pets are exposed to rabies, they can expose us, and rabies is virtually 100 percent fatal if not treated before symptoms begin.”

Check the full release below:

Gilmer County Environmental Health officials are urging residents to ensure pets are vaccinated against rabies after a Talking Rock dog was bitten by a rabid raccoon.

The raccoon fought with the dog outside a home in the Ruby Ridge Drive/Highway 136 area of Talking Rock near the Gilmer-Pickens County Line on September 4th.

The raccoon was shipped for testing to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and the positive rabies results have now been reported to the Gilmer County Environmental Health office.

According to Andrea Mathis, county environmental health manager, there was no human exposure to the raccoon, and since the dog was currently vaccinated against rabies, it only required a booster shot and at-home observation for 45 days.

“It’s imperative to maintain rabies vaccinations in our pets, not only for their protection, but to protect ourselves and our families from rabies,” said Mathis. “Once our pets are exposed to rabies, they can expose us, and rabies is virtually 100 percent fatal if not treated before symptoms begin.”

An opportunity to get rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats at the reduced cost of $10.00 will be at the Fall Vaccines Clinic hosted by VCA Animal Appalachian Animal Hospital on September 29th. Other vaccines will be offered, as well. Please click on the attached flyer below to view various times and locations of the clinic that are being held throughout Gilmer County.

To learn more about rabies and how to protect against the disease, call the local county environmental health office. The number for Gilmer County Environmental Health is (706) 635-6050.

Additional rabies information is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/rabies.

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July Public Health Inspection Scores

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  • GILMER COUNTY RECREATION POOL

  • 1559 SOUTH MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-28-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • STRATFORD INN

  • 79 MADDOX DR EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 78
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-24-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • OKINAWA STEAK & SUSHI RESTAURANT

  • 130 OLD ORCHARD SQUARE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 698-2222
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 94
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-18-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • MOOBEARS

  • 40 RIVER STREET STE A ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (770) 815-6512
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-18-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • THE 1907 RESTAURANT

  • 24 RIVER STREET ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 635-1907
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 94
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-18-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • HITCHING POST

  • 740 S MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 276-9924
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-05-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • NORTH GA NURSING HOME

  • 1362 S MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-05-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • EASTSIDE GRILL

  • 3842 HWY 52 EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30536
  • Phone Number: (706) 636-4747
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 91
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-05-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050

June Public Health Inspection Scores

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  • EL REY

  • 945 MADDOX DR EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 276-1515
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-27-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • WHITE COLUMNS RESTAURANT

  • 200 INDUSTRIAL BLVD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 273-7134
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-27-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • CHARLIE’S ITALIAN RESTUARANT AND PIZZERIA

  • 15 WEST CROSS STREET EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 89
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-27-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • CARTECAY RIVER PIZZA COMPANY LLC

  • 2400 HWY 52 EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30536
  • Phone Number: (706) 889-7099
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-27-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • IHOP #3241

  • 90 HIGHLAND CROSSING SOUTH S EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 698-4467
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-20-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • LITTLE CAESARS

  • 76 INDUSTRIAL BLVD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 92
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-20-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • COUNTRY CORNER KITCHEN

  • 2020 OLD HWY 5 SOUTH ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (404) 520-6496
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-20-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • EAST TOWNE PUB

  • 941 MADDOX DRIVE STE 230 EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
  • Phone Number: (630) 518-7250
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 93
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-20-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • PAPA’S PIZZA TO GO

  • 91 RUSSEL DR ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 635-7020
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • BUDGET INN

  • 34 JEFF DR ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 90
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • ELLIJAY INN

  • 92 SOUTH MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • HARDEE’S #0798

  • 1208 INDUSTRIAL BLVD EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 84
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • ELLIJAY DELI AND BAKERY

  • 96 CRAIG STREET EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
  • Phone Number: (706) 515-3354
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • CAMP HIGHLAND

  • 1250 CAMP HIGHLAND RD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-08-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • SUBWAY – WALMART – SFS, INC.

  • 500 HIGHLAND CROSSING STE 101 EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: () –
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-06-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • DUNKIN’ DONUTS

  • 600 HOWARD SIMMONS RD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 93
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-06-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • TACO BELL

  • 1 CRAIG STREET EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-06-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050

May Public Health Inspection Scores

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  • GILMER COUNTY RECREATION POOL

  • 1559 SOUTH MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-25-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • STRATFORD INN

  • 79 MADDOX DR EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-24-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • SUBWAY

  • 88 HIGHLANDS CROSSING RD EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 515-0013
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-11-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • WAFFLE HOUSE #944

  • 1047 MADDOX DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 636-5500
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-11-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • WALKER’S BBQ

  • 2179 HIGHWAY 52 EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30536
  • Phone Number: (706) 635-1223
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-11-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • BURGER KING #5791

  • 1022 MADDOX DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 276-2999
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-10-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • CAMERON HALL OF ELLIJAY

  • 114 PENLAND STREET ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-10-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • KRYSTAL

  • 124 HIGHLAND CROSSING S EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 91
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-02-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • THE DAVIS HOUSE

  • 449 INDUSTRIAL BLVD STE 155 ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 05-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050

Cartecay Bike Team preparing for second season

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Entering its second season as an official team, the Cartecay Youth Bike Team has already achieved greatness by producing a state champion in its inaugural season.

Even though the actual race season runs through September, October, and November, the team is already preparing for early training and meetings. Involving parents of the students on the team is part of the process through the next three months of April, May, and June as Coach Larry Alonso prepares for practice season and eventually the races.

Preparing the team in its first season, Alonso said he and his wife expected only a handful of members with their own children making at least half of the team. Today, Alonso celebrates 10 state finishers last season with Hannah Calabretta being a state champion in her first season of competition.

Alonso points to his Mountain Bike Team and the sports as more youth development focused than competitive. Separating the competition from other sports, Alonso said the constant focus on self alleviates much of the back biting and negativity of many other sports. Additionally, Alonso commented on how competitive mountain biking builds on active lifestyles and growth through training like many other sports. Competitors must be fully sufficient on the course for any repairs and on-the-spot fixes needed as accepting outside help carries a penalty in the competition.

Alonso said teaching these skills is so much more than just a sport. He teaches the mechanics of the bikes, skills for sufficiency, and the physical conditioning itself.

Moving into his second season now, Alonso is beginning to build on his successes as he hopes to increase the size of his team, but also to increase the team’s connection and involvement in the county. The team appeared at the Board of Commissioner’s March meeting for Alonso to speak to the commissioners about the county’s trails system.

Part of his presentation to the commissioners focused on the benefits his team and sport could provide for the county. Alonso has already begun work on an “Ellijay Invitational” event to bring teams all over Georgia to Gilmer County as the Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia. Alonso admitted he has already hit a wall in the event for parking and access for the major crowds seeking to attend and view the event with family.

Dreaming bigger, Coach Alonso noted ideas of partnerships for trails through or around local apple orchards and more adaptations for major competitions to point to Gilmer as the Mountain Biking Capital and hold events as such. These events, on average, see upwards of 800 racers and potentially 5,000 people attending the race. A major event like this also exposes people to the county for tourism in addition to the immediate economic in town.

The growth continues across the state, according to Alonso, who stated, “There’s no better place for the state championship race than at the mountain biking capital.” Gilmer provides everything needed for the events with varying difficulties across the county, but an event like this could show the mountain views across harder trails to make it a peak destination for the sport.

The races these students on Cartecay Youth Mountain Bike Team face changes across the minimum sixth-grade riders to do one lap around a five to six mile course and finish. Junior varsity riders do two or three laps to finish, and varsity hit four to five laps totaling around 20 miles before the race ends.

Cartecay continues building on its success and is inviting students and parents interested in the team to attend their team meeting on April 10. The event is one of six preseason events the team is allowed to hold before the end of June.

 

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March Public Health Inspection Scores

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  • CORNERSTONE CAFE’

  • 76 N MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 636-2230
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 82
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-21-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • GILMER HIGH SCHOOL

  • 408 BOBCAT TRL ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-21-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • THE CHILI DOG

  • 962 INDUSTRIAL BLVD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-14-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • PIZZA KING

  • 200 OLD ORCHARD SQUARE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 635-6666
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • CAJUN DEPOT

  • 67 DEPOT ST STE 101 ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 276-1676
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-09-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • THE 1907 RESTAURANT

  • 24 RIVER STREET ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 635-1907
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-07-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW INN/BEST WESTERN

  • 94 MOUNTAINVIEW DRIVE PO BOX 1030 EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
  • Phone Number: (706) 515-1500
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • BEST WESTERN

  • 94 COOSWATTEE DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • BEST WESTERN SPA

  • 94 COOSAWATTEE DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • BEST WESTERN POOL

  • 94 COOSAWATTEE DR EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
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