Artful Ellijay, Featuring Renowned Ga Artists and Craftsmen, Opens in Downtown Ellijay


Furniture, Home Décor and Accessories Ideal for Home or Gifting Add to Downtown Offerings

ATLANTA (Oct. 1, 2018) – Bringing together a love for interior design and the north Georgia mountain town of Ellijay, life-long friends Paul King and Steve Wadley, along with their team of family and friends have curated an outstanding collection of home décor and accessories with the opening of a brick and mortar location of Artful Ellijay. The new storefront is located at 10 N. Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Ellijay. Providing a mix of merchandise that is soulful and eclectic, Artful Ellijay features local artists, hand-crafted accessories and many more items to fulfill home goods and gifting needs. An Open House and Ribbon Cutting will be held on Oct. 2, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., where guests can explore store offerings, meet the design team and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

The idea for the business started when life-long friends Steve Wadley and Paul King developed an interest in crafting metal art in Wadley’s barn in Ellijay. The first pieces they created became elegant décor for the wedding of Wadley’s daughter, Samantha to Damon Gabriel. From there, the idea evolved into bringing together unique pieces crafted by Georgia artisans, where people could add them to their own homes. The Artful Ellijay team formed as Samantha and Damon moved from Atlanta to build a new life in Ellijay, create the business of celebrating and bringing Georgia craftsmanship into more homes and become engaged members of the community.

In addition to Samantha and Damon, the team includes Karen Driskell, Paul’s sister, who will share her 22 years of expertise as a past professor of interior design at Bauder University and is the Creative Director for Artful. Joining Driskell are her close friends and design associates, the store’s Retail Manager Laura Webb, a former retail manager for renowned Atlanta design institution Outrageous Interiors, and Lead Interior Designer Charlene Tittle, who has more than 20 years of experience in interior design in Atlanta. Whether connected by blood, marriage, friendship or passion for the design, they consider one another family and are proud to bring another family owned business to the town. With their love for interior design, fine craftsmanship and being a part of the economic development of Ellijay, which all now call home, the team at Artful Ellijay looks forward to sharing their carefully crafted collection of home furnishings and design expertise to assist clients in finding the ideal pieces to bring both beauty and comfort to their homes.

“Having spent more than a decade visiting my parent’s Ellijay home on the weekends, I’d already fallen in love with the beauty of the North Georgia mountains as well as all that downtown Ellijay and the surrounding area has to offer,” shared Samantha Wadley, co-owner of Artful Ellijay. “We look forward to assisting customers in selecting pieces to curate a home that not only looks beautiful, but also lends itself to functional and artful living.”

Items are available for sale both in store as well as through their online outlet at Customers can find an array of unique and thoughtfully sourced furniture, lighting, home goods, outdoor pieces, and accessories while consulting with an experienced design team on what pieces will be the best fit for their home or as gifts for someone else.

Some of the store’s featured artists and craftsmen include:

  • Emily Griffith– renowned animal portrait artist in Alpharetta, Ga., who was the resident artist for UGA’s UGA VII, VIII and IX, as well as celebrities such as Tori Spelling and Cindy Wilson of the B-52s
  • Kim Daniels – Ellijay based artist with a focus on oil paintings of farm life
  • Abbi Reece Cagle – Ellijay native photographer, jeweler and painter
  • Anna DeStefano – Nature photographer and owner of Affirmation Photography
  • Bill Tyndale– Woodturner in Atlanta, using local wood from arborists, storm damaged or trees cut down due to age, to create art from what might otherwise be waste
  • Melanie Sheldon – Watercolor artist in Blairsville, Ga., whose work is featured as murals and in galleries throughout Georgia, Florida and New Mexico.
  • Jim Wonderling – National award-winning Dahlonega based colored pencil artist

“Each person on our team has fully invested in not only the business of Artful Ellijay, but also in the Ellijay community and it’s prosperity by making it their full-time home,” noted Samantha. “We are thrilled to be a part of the outstanding businesses contributing to the renaissance of downtown Ellijay.  Our Open House on October 2 is just the beginning of how we plan to be family-friendly and community focused in all that we do.”

About Artful Ellijay

Artful Ellijay is a family owned and operated home provisions business located in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains in the historic downtown of Ellijay, Ga. The team at Artful Ellijay believe the home should be a place of refuge and comfort. It offers products to curate a home that not only looks beautiful, but also lends itself to functional and artful living. Providing a mix of merchandise that is chic yet functional, Artful Ellijay features local artists, hand-crafted accessories and many more items to fulfill home goods and gifting needs. For more information, visit and follow on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

Live Coverage: Gilmer Parks & Rec Basketball Tournament

Bobcat's Corner, Sports

Join us as TeamFYNSports, FYNTV, FetchYourNews proudly present the LIVE coverage of the entire Gilmer Parks & Recreation annual basketball tournament. Coverage begins Saturday morning at 9 AM and all games will be streamed LIVE on and our YouTube Channel and we will be posting updates via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.


ICYMI: Thousands in North GA Don’t Have Reliable Internet

State & National

ICYMI: It’s 2017, but thousands in north GA don’t have access to reliable internet

ATLANTA—WSB TV reports that thousands of northeast Georgians lack access to reliable broadband services while their internet provider has received millions in federal tax dollars. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) hears regularly from neighbors who are frustrated with their lack of internet access, and he has been working to address the challenge.

WSB’s investigation led to a two-part story tackling the problem and considering solutions, including Collins’s GO Act, which would promote broadband development in underserved areas like north Georgia.


WSB: “You have federal tax dollars here going to provide a service. Do you believe that service is being provided?”

Collins: “Right now, in northeast Georgia, no, they’re not.”


Collins: “We’re trying to take a proactive solution while at the same time holding accountable the federal dollars that are supposed to be going for this.”

Safety Maintenance Work Begins on HWY 515 in Gilmer County


Safety Maintenance Work Begins

on Highway 515 in Gilmer County

ELLIJAY, Ga. – A Georgia DOT Maintenance crew will begin today to replace the obliterated and damaged reflective raised pavement markers on State Route (SR) 515 in Gilmer County.  Work will proceed daily Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. This maintenance operation and the lane closures it necessitates are weather permitting and subject to change.

Georgia DOT maintains over 2000 lane-miles in Northwest Georgia. Relatively harsh winter and snowplows used to clear the region’s interstates and state routes from snow and ice present a challenge to the DOT crews who are charged with maintaining lane markers on the roads.   These crews follow Federal Highway Administration standards for markings and do their best to keep up. They also work almost continuously restriping faded markers and replacing missing reflective raised pavement markers. Still, the volume of traffic on the highways, snow removal in the winter and sunny summer all weigh heavily on the durability of the lane markers.

Georgia Department of Transportation plans, constructs and maintains Georgia’s state and federal highways. We’re involved in bridge, waterway, public transit, rail, general aviation, bike and pedestrian programs. And we help local governments maintain their roads. Georgia DOT is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to its citizens and its environment. For information on the Department of Transportation, visit  You also may like us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter(

GDOT: Begins Asphalt Repair on Two Highways in Gilmer County

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4th of July Events


Upcoming fourth of July events happening in your hometown, Ellijay, Ga.









GA Senator and Candidate for Governor (R) Hunter Hill Interviews with BKP

Election, Politics

Constitutional conservative GA Senator and Candidate for GA Governor Hunter Hill came on the show this morning to discuss why he is running for Governor. Hill has been a member of the GA Senate since 2012 after returning home from his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. During this interview Hunter Hill talks about the importance of the core competencies that he would focus on in the state if elected as Governor. These being public safety, education, and transportation. Hill made the statement that the current restrictions on the education system is “stifling leadership” not just within the classroom but even into the administration within the schools. Hear all these details and more in this interview. - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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