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A ribbon cutting was held recently for new Athens Area Chamber of Commerce member Friendly City Creative, located in Athens. Shown here are (front row, from left) Lisa Rhea, Chamber diplomat/McMinn County Sheriff’s Department; Karen Raby, Chamber diplomat/board/Simmons Bank; Jason Eby, owner, Friendly City Creative; Gloria Eby, Friendly City Creative; Julie Cardin, Chamber board/Mills Products; Ashton Burrows, Chamber diplomat/Miller & McPhail CPA’s, PLLC; (back row, from left) John Rodriguez, 3 Rivers Radio Group; Rob Preston, Chamber president/CEO; Scott Mashburn, Chamber diplomat/Tennessee Wesleyan University; and Joseph Ladner, Chamber diplomat/Edward Jones Investments.

On Wednesday at noon on Niota Road in Englewood, this house fire was reported with heavy smoke visible upon arrival of the fire department. The fire originated in the kitchen, resulting in heavy heat and smoke damage with the occupants escaping with no injuries. Englewood Rural Fire, Etowah Rural Fire, Madisonville City Fire, EMS and Englewood Police Department all responded, with Englewood Rural Captain Caleb Martin in command of the scene.